Transcribed by Audrey Henderson, October 2014
Quebec City Archives
Themis Database of Court Records
October 19, 1852
(Note: Helen Thomson was the wife of George Thomson. Her maiden name was Grogan. Helen Watt was the wife of William Watt, her maiden name was Kerr.)
Dated 19 day of Oct 1852
Assault & Battery
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 nineteenth day of October in the year of our lord Christ, one thousand eight hundred and fifty two, personally came and appeared Elizabeth Thomson, wife of George Thomson, of Valcartier within the District of Quebec.
Who being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, doth declare, depose, and say, as follows : – to wit, Yesterday at Valcartier, I was at work near the field on my land when I had to leave for a few moments to go into my house. Being afraid that the pigs belonging to William Watt who are there in my field should come and eat my potatoes I set my little dog after them . Seeing that the dog did not succeed in sending them away I took a switch for the purpose of turning them away when Helen Watt, wife of William Watt came over with a stick and calling me an old devil said that she had long sought to catch me and that she caught me now. She struck me with the stick on the left temple. She then seized me and I fell down, she fell on top of me when my daughter Isabella Thomson, hearing my scream, came up to us and took her from me.
Further deponent saith not and hath made her mark.
Sworn before me at the City of Quebec, on the day and year first above written.
Signed: J Maquire J.P.
Signed: Elizabeth (her mark) Thomson