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Mary Rogers (Faull)

Birthplace: Crowan, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in Omata, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Cause of death: Stabbed to death by Joseph Cassidy
Place of Burial: New Plymouth, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Faull and Margery Faull
Wife of John Rogers and John Rogers
Mother of John Rogers; William Rogers; Henry Rogers; Mary Rogers; Anna Maria Rogers and 7 others
Sister of Tabitha Faull; Thomas Faull; Honor Faull; Elizabeth Faull; Maria Faull and 5 others

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About Mary Rogers

Died of multiple stab wounds - this was the first known murder of a white woman in the New Plymouth settlement. 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

June 7, 1804
Crowan, Cornwall, England
February 25, 1825
Age 20
January 20, 1828
Age 23
Cornwall, England
January 28, 1828
Age 23
Sithney, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Age 25
Age 28
Age 29
Age 31
July 14, 1839
Age 35
Sithney, Cornwall, England