Mark Chambers CARROLL

Mark Chambers Carroll          1861-1861

Mark was the ten week old son of John Carroll and Martha Chambers and brother to John Thomas Carroll age seven and William Henry Carroll age four.  Martha died in 1869 aged 43.  John was married again in 1877 to Julia Angela Burnip.  The Burnips were a well-known and respected Coimadai family.

Research has shown that John Carroll was a five foot eleven inch RC boot maker.  He featured in an article in the ‘Evening News’ Thursday 24 June 1886:  ‘John Thomas Carroll pleaded guilty to bigamy in having married Julia McDonald in Menindee, in February 1884, his first wife, Julia Carroll, to whom he was married in 1877, being alive.  His Honour called the first wife into court, and asked her whether a statement made by the prisoner as to a mutual separation was true.  This she denied, and she created a scene by interrupting his Honour, who ordered her out of the court.  His Honour, in addressing the prisoner, said it was not because the prisoner had made an unfortunate marriage that he should marry another person.  The sentence of the court was, that he be imprisoned in the Young Gaol for two years.  As the witnesses in the next case had not arrived his Honour adjourned the court.  At the resumption of the court the prisoner, John Thomas Carroll, was recalled.  His Honour said that since the sentence of the court had been passed he had taken into consideration, his previous character, and the circumstances surrounding the case, and he would reduce the sentence to one year.  The prisoner thanked his Honour for his leniency.