James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Timber theft!

The journal records that the constables worked even on Christmas Day. Part of the entry for Christmas Day 1845 reads:

Diary-Timber theft
Found Thomas Humphres, taylor of this town by the longbridge consealing a peas of timber – took the timber in Posion. We suspected the timber belong to Mrs Jervis of Brynllis.
A later entry reads:
January 3rd Llanidloes – I assisted Const. Owen in apprehending Thomas Humpreys, tailor of this town. Took him before Hugh Jones and Edmund Cleaton Esquires – Charged on oath of Mrs. Elizabeth Jervis of Brynllis and others of stealing a piece of timber, the property of Sarah Elizabeth Jervis – the value of 1/9. He was fully committed to take his trial on the 8th day of January inst at Montgomery. The above mentioned Thomas Humphreys commited the offence on the 25th day of December 1845. The aforementioned Thomas Humphreys – was admitted to bail – himself in the sum of £10–0–0 and two security of £5–0–0 each.

Thomas Humphreys stood trial and was sentenced to nine months hard labour in the County Gaol at Montgomery.