Thomas Morshead SYMONS
- Born: 7 Mar 1838, Marylebone, Middlesex, England
- Christened: 29 Jul 1838, All Soul's, Marylebone, Middlesex, England
- Marriage: Louisa FITCHETT on 18 Jan 1859 in St.Peter's, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
- Died: 7 May 1884, Kairangi, Manawatu, New Zealand at age 46
From the EVENING POST
13th Jaunuary 1870
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE COURT
Before J. C. Crawford, Esq., R.M.
Thos. Simmonds (sic) was charged with being drunk and resisting the police
Sergeant Monaghan said that he arrested him in the streets, while fighting in a state of drunkeness, and had a good deal of trouble securing him; he had been up once or twice before, and was very quarrelsome when drunk.
His Worship cautioned prisoner, and fined him 10s, or in default 2½ hours
imprisonment, when his wife, who was present, expressed a wish to have him further bound over to keep the peace; but his Worship having declined to accede to this request, the lady swore an information for assault against him, and he was again brought up.
Louisa Simmonds (sic) being sworn, deposed that on the 12th instant prisoner came home mad drunk, and followed witness with his fists clenched, and said he would hit her if he could reach her; she had to seek protection from her brothers, who gave prisoner in charge, being afraid of their lives while he was loose; on previous occasions he had been mad drunk, and forced witness to run away for protection; she was in danger of her life from his violence.
John Fitchett, brother of last witness, deposed to the violent conduct of witness on the 12th inst., and said that on other occasions he had been in the same state; prisoner took these fits periodically
By prisoner - I did not see my brother take a pocket-book out of your pocket
Prisoner said he was not so mad drunk as he was said to be; he had great provocation at times - abusive language an aggravation
His Worship said prisoner was one of those men who ought to take the pledge, as he could not take drink without getting drunk. He would bind prisoner over to keep the peace for six months, in the sum of £20
Thomas married Louisa FITCHETT, daughter of John Celdiston FITCHETT and Louisa BUDDLE, on 18 Jan 1859 in St.Peter's, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. (Louisa FITCHETT was born on 30 Sep 1832 in Derby, , Derbyshire, England, died on 26 Nov 1913 in Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand and was buried in Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand.)