Greed was the motive, to collect insurance money. Select a place on the map to place the pin. William and Mary Ann moved back to North East England, where William worked as a fireman aboard a steam vessel sailing out of Sunderland, then as a colliery foreman. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. Russell's appointment over Aspinwall led to a question in the House of Commons. The Cotton case was the first of several famous poisoning cases he would be involved in during his career, including those of Adelaide Bartlett and Florence Maybrick. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. Rumour turned to suspicion and forensic inquiry. Photo added by Bonnie Fortney- Wichita,... Mary Cotton was born in North England during the Victorian Period. Mary Ann Cotton, tied up with string. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE.

", "ITV drama about Durham serial killer Mary Ann Cotton called 'Dark Angel' starts filming", "Dark Angel: the gruesome true story of Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first serial killer", "Joanne Froggatt to star in new ITV drama Dark Angel", "All Mine Enemys Whispers – The Story of Mary Ann Cotton",, 19th-century executions by England and Wales, People convicted of murder by England and Wales, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles lacking in-text citations from December 2010, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2016, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2016, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Around 21, including 3 of her husbands and 12 children. A system error has occurred. James Robinson was a shipwright at Pallion in Sunderland, whose wife, Hannah, had recently died. Drag images here or select from your computer for Mary Ann Robson Cotton memorial. Soon her eleventh pregnancy was underway. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. We have a volunteer within ten miles of your requested photo location. Mary Ann Cotton, she's tied up with string. She was charged with his murder, although the trial was delayed until after the delivery in Durham Gaol on 10 January 1873 of her thirteenth and final child, whom she named Margaret Edith Quick-Manning Cotton. Lying in bed with her bones all rotten. However, it was accepted, and Russell conducted the prosecution. Riley, who also served as West Auckland’s assistant coroner, said she would have to accompany him. She sent her remaining child, Isabella, to live with her mother.

Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. Where? © 2018 Found a Grave, All rights reserved. GREAT NEWS! Of Mary Ann’s thirteen children, only two survived her: Margaret Edith and her son George from her marriage to James Robinson. I thought you might like to see a memorial for Mary Ann Robson Cotton I found on All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage.

Please note: You are asking volunteers to find and take a photo of the headstone. They married in Monkwearmouth on 28 August 1865. Richard Quick Mann was a custom and excise man specialising in breweries and has been found in the records and this may be the real name of Mary Ann Cotton's lover. Then the local newspapers latched on to the story and discovered Mary Ann had moved around northern England and lost three husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother, and eleven children, all of whom had died of stomach fevers. She gained employment as nurse to an excise officer recovering from smallpox. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. In 1852, at the age of 20, Mary Ann married colliery labourer William Mowbray in Newcastle Upon Tyne register office; they soon moved to Plymouth, Devon. Her father's body was delivered to her mother in a sack bearing the stamp 'Property of the South Hetton Coal Company'. Flowers added to the memorial appear on the bottom of the memorial or here on the Flowers tab. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. He’ll go like all the rest of the Cottons.”. Their first child, Margaret Isabella (Mary Isabella on her baptismal record), was born that November, but she became ill and died in February 1868. She returned to Sunderland and took up employment at the Sunderland Infirmary, House of Recovery for the Cure of Contagious Fever, Dispensary and Humane Society. Mary Ann was desperate and living on the streets. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Soon after, Mary Ann learnt that her former lover, Joseph Nattrass, was living 30 miles away in the County Durham village of West Auckland, and no longer married. Then he found that Mary Ann had been forcing his older children to pawn household valuables. When the trap door swung open, she wriggled in agony for three minutes, before choking to death. All three children were buried in the last two weeks of April 1867. During this time, her 3½-year-old daughter, (the second) Margaret Jane, died of typhus fever, leaving her with one child of up to nine she had borne. Mary Ann’s first port of call after Charles’ death was not the doctor’s but the insurance office. Mary Ann Cotton Official Biography 1832-1873. The delay was caused by a problem in the selection of prosecution counsel.

Mary Ann Cotton, she's dead and forgotten, The insurance policy Mary Ann had taken out on (the still living) Charles' life still awaited collection. She gained employment as nurse to an excise officer recovering from smallpox, John Quick-Manning. 15811713, citing Durham Prison Cemetery, Durham, Durham Unitary Authority, County Durham, England ; Maintained by Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas (contributor 46786768) . If you have questions, please contact Please try again later. The only birth recorded was that of their daughter, Margaret Jane, born at St Germans in 1856.

Police methods back then was ancient. Mary Ann claimed to have used arrowroot to relieve his illness and said Riley had made accusations against her because she had rejected his advances. We’ve updated the security on the site. Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. Of Mary Ann's 13 children, only two survived her: Margaret Edith (1873–1954) and her son George from her marriage to James Robinson. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. One month later, when James’ baby died of gastric fever, he turned to his housekeeper for comfort and she became pregnant. Margaret had acted as substitute mother for the remaining children, Frederick Jr. and Charles, but in late March 1870 she died from an undetermined stomach ailment, leaving Mary Ann to console the grieving Frederick Sr. Mary Ann's first visit after Charles' death was not the doctor but the insurance office. The Raveness, an English performance poet from Warwickshire, composed a spoken word piece entitled "Of Rope and Arsenic" about Cotton and featured the nursery rhyme on her album, This page was last edited on 1 October 2020, at 12:49. She rekindled the romance and persuaded her new family to move near him. After three years there, she returned to her mother’s home and trained as a dressmaker. [7] The drama was inspired by the book Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer by David Wilson, a criminologist. based on information from your browser. [3] He told the police, who arrested Mary Ann and procured exhumation of Charles' body. A Mr. Aspinwall was supposed to get the job, but the Attorney General, Sir John Duke Coleridge, chose his friend and protégé Charles Russell. But in late March 1870 Margaret died from an undetermined stomach ailment, leaving Mary Ann to console the grieving Frederick Sr. At the age of 16, Mary Ann left home to become a nurse at the nearby village of South Hetton, in the home of Edward Potter, a manager at Murton colliery.

In 1843, Mary Ann’s widowed mother, Margaret (née Lonsdale) married George Stott, with whom Mary Ann did not get along. There are further versions, slightly more crude, still passed on in school playgrounds in the region, such as: Mary Ann Cotton She’s dead and forgotten, The Times correspondent reported on 20 March: “After conviction the wretched woman exhibited strong emotion but this gave place in a few hours to her habitual cold, reserved demeanour and while she harbours a strong conviction that the royal clemency will be extended towards her, she staunchly asserts her innocence of the crime that she has been convicted of.” Several petitions were presented to the Home Secretary, but to no avail. They married at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth on 28 August 1865. He threw her out, retaining custody of their son George. When Mary Ann was eight, her parents moved the family to the County Durham village of Murton. Mary Ann Cotton She’s dead and forgotten, She lies in a grave with her bones all-rotten; Sing, sing, oh, what can we sing, Mary Ann Cotton is tied up with string. To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. Their second child George was born on 18 June 1869. The doctor testified that, in the chemist's shop, there was no other powder, only liquid, on the same shelf as the arsenic; the chemist himself, however, claimed that there were other powders. Mary Ann's downfall came when she was asked by a parish official, Thomas Riley, to help nurse a woman who was ill with smallpox. Richard Quick Mann was a custom and excise man specialising in breweries and has been found in the records and this may indeed be the real name of Mary Ann Cotton’s alleged lover. William became a foreman at South Hetton Colliery and then a fireman aboard a steam vessel. Verify and try again. All three children were buried in the last week of April and first week of May in 1867.

Year should not be greater than current year. [6] The first part of the dramatisation was broadcast on 31 October 2016, the second part was broadcast on 7 November. GREAT NEWS! Of Mary Ann’s thirteen children, only two survived her: Margaret Edith and her son George from her marriage to James Robinson.

At the time of her trial, there were reports of four or five of their children dying young while they were living away from County Durham. One of her patients at the infirmary was an engineer, George Ward. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits.

As the miner's cottage they inhabited was tied to Michael's job the widow and children would have been evicted. He hired Mary Ann as a housekeeper in November 1866. or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out.

The insurance policy Mary Ann had taken out on Charles’ life still awaited collection. ,Up in the air, Sellin’ black puddens a penny a pair. 51889081, citing Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Dixie (contributor 46967647) . Please reset your password.

Then her friend Margaret Cotton introduced her to her brother, Frederick, a pitman and recent widower living in Walbottle, Northumberland, who had lost two of his four children.

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