Quebec City Archives
Themis Database of Court Records
September 17, 1849
Localization 3B 023 04-06-003A-01
Dated 17th day of Sept 1849
Wounding with intent to murder
For the Quarter Sessions
Province of Canada,
District of Quebec.
BEFORE ME, the undersigned, one of the Justices of our Sovereign Lady the Queen assigned to keep the Peace within the District of Quebec, this seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand eight hundred and forty nine personally came and appeared James Cullen of the place called Stoneham, farmer.
Who being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, doth declare, depose, and say, as follows: - to wit, on Sunday the ninth instant I was in Thomas Wright’s house at Stoneham when we perceived James Duffy and Thomas Duffy and John Duffy chasing James Cowan and his family in Mr. Cowan’s own field. I perceived that Mr. James Cowan was running toward Mr. Wright’s house pursued by James, John and Thomas Duffy. I went out of the home with Mr. Thomas Wright and I saw James Duffy strike James Cowan with an iron hay fork over the head. Cowan fell on his knees, then James Duffy jostled him down again and John Duffy lifted a wrightly (?) hand stick with a big lump at the end of it and struck him twice over the head when he was down. I came down to Mr. Cowan and lifted him up. His face was all covered with blood flowing from the cuts that were inflicted by the blows he had received from James and John Duffy and Mr. Wright brought him into his house.
Further deponent saith not and hath signed.
Sworn before me, at the City of Quebec, on the day and year first above written.
Signed: Jos Robitaille
Signed: James Cullen
Transcribed by Audrey Henderson, November 2014