Mary Rogers (Faull) (1804 - 1854) MP

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Birthplace: Crowan, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in Omata, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Cause of death: Stabbed to death by Joseph Cassidy
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About Mary Rogers (Faull)

Died of multiple stab wounds - this was the first known murder of a white woman in the New Plymouth settlement. paperspast.natlib.govt.nz By searching under Taranaki in the Taranaki Herald newspaper and entering Joseph Cassidy and exact phrase two entries came up: Resident Magistrates Court Sept 20 1854 (the last part of this appears to be missing) Supreme Court 28 March 1855 These are write ups of the court reports. By searching under Mary Rogers a small piece appeared on 11 Apr 1855 under Communications: We understand that the case of Joseph Cassidy, now under sentence of death for the murder of Mary Rogers, will be considered by His Excellency and that evidence as to the state of the prisoners mind at the time, has been taken before the Resident Magistrate.

By Raewyn Evans -------------------- John and Mary Rogers rented a whare at Waiwhakaiho, Glenavon, near the settlement of New Plymouth died in September 1853. Three months after John's death the family purchased four acres of land at Omata. Joseph Cassidy moved with them. He had been their boarder for some three years since his discharge from the 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot in 1850.

On 14 September 1854, daughter Victorine saw Joseph Cassidy murder her mother. Cassidy had wanted to marry Mary Rogers, but she had spurned him for another suitor. In a fit of jealousy Cassidy had stabbed and beaten her to death. Victorine was a key witness at Cassidy's trial in Auckland on 1 March 1855 and was described as 'an intelligent little girl'. Cassidy was found guilty and condemned to hang, but the death sentence was later revoked on the grounds of insanity.

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Mary Rogers's Timeline

1804
June 7, 1804
Crowan, Cornwall, England
1824
March 23, 1824
Age 19
Crowan, Cornwall, United Kingdom
1825
February 25, 1825
Age 20
1828
1828
Age 23
1830
1830
Age 25
1833
1833
Age 28
1834
1834
Age 29
1836
1836
Age 31
Cornwall
1839
1839
Age 34
Sithney, Cornwall, England
1841
1841
Age 36