Sarah Louisa OLIVER - (1844 - abt. 1931)
Louisa OLIVER was born in Bramwith Woodhouse, near Doncaster, in
Yorkshire in 1844. She was the daughter of John OLIVER, a farmer, and
Sarah (nee WOODALL) and was baptized on 1st May 1844 in Kirk Bramwith.
1851, six year old Sarah was at boarding school with her two elder
sisters in Thorne, about 4 or 5 miles from her family...
Name: Sarah L Oliver
Estimated birth year: abt 1845
Where born: Bramwith; Woodhouse, Yorkshire
Civil parish: Thorne
Street Address: King Street
Occupation: Boarding Scholar
Registration district: Thorne
Sub-registration district: Epworth
ED, institution, or vessel: 5c
Household schedule number: 145
Household Members: Name Age
Hannah Haworth 58 (School Mistress)
Ann Haworth 36 (School Mistress)
Mary Anne Haworth 11
Clara Jane Haworth 11
Elizabeth Oliver 8
Sarah L Oliver 6
Sarah Ann Drabes 13
Elizabeth Drabes 11
1861, she was living at home with her family in the hamlet of Bramwith
Name: Sarah Louisa Oliver
Estimated birth year: abt 1845
Father's Name: John
Where born: Bramwith Woodhouse, Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Kirk Bramwith
Street Address: Bramwith Woodhouse Rd
Occupation: Farmer's Daughter
Registration district: Doncaster
Sub-registration district: Campsall
ED, institution, or vessel: 13
Household schedule number: 2
Household Members: Name Age
John Oliver 59
John Henry Oliver 23
Charles Edwin Oliver 14
Sarah Louisa Oliver 16
Sarah Styring 21 (House Servant)
daughter's birth record notes that she married John George Waldegrave
BARNES on 29th March 1865 at Hanover Square, London, England. However,
further investigation has found no evidence of this marriage ever having
and John travelled to Australia in 1865 on the ss Great Britain. The
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923 records
the following information...
Name First Name Age Month Year Ship Port Fiche Page
BARNES SARAH L MRS 21 SEP 1865 GREAT BRITAIN B 249 007
BARNES JOHN GEO 26 SEP 1865 GREAT BRITAIN B 249 007
book, 'Is yours an SS Great Britain family?' by Adrian Ball, also notes
the couple as...
John George 26-27
Barnes Sarah 21-27
their ages, the number 27 signifies the Great Britain's 27th voyage. The
ship left Liverpool on 25th July 1865 and took 56 days to arrive at her
destination. There were 142 crew members and 504 passengers on board for
the journey to Melbourne, Australia.
of the ss Great Britain appear in the 'Photos' section of this web
and Sarah had their daughter in Bay Street, Brighton, Victoria,
Australia, in 1867 but two years later, Sarah was back in England with
her daughter in tow, and no John. She then rekindled a prior relationship she had had
with William Elbert DANDO.
On the 1871
census, Sarah was shown as being William DANDO'S wife but
they didn't in fact marry until 1875. Living with them was Sarah's 4 year old daughter,
Alicia BARNES (in fact it should have been Alitea).
Name: Sarah Dando
[Sarah Louisa Oliver]
Estimated birth year: abt 1844
Spouse's name: William
Where born: Bramwith, Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Hornsey
Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary Hornsey
Registration district: Edmonton
Sub-registration district: Hornsey
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Household schedule number: 201
Household Members: Name Age
William Dando 28
Sarah Dando 27
Alicia Barnes 4 [should read as Alitea]
Eliza Wigglesworth 48 (Lodger). [This person's occupation looks to read
as an Assistant.]
William DANDO applied
for a licence to marry Sarah when she was about one month pregnant...
DIOCESE OF LONDON.
4th October 1875.
APPEARED PERSONALLY, William Elbert Dando Esquire of the Parish of Saint James Piccadilly in the County of Middlesex, a Bachelor, of the age of twenty one years and upwards and prayed a Licence for the Solemnization of Matrimony in the Parish Church of Saint James Piccadilly, aforesaid between him and Sarah Louisa Barnes of the same Parish, a Widow, and made Oath that he believeth that there is no Impediment of Kindred or Alliance, or of any other lawful cause, nor any Suit commenced in any Ecclesiastical Court to bar or hinder the Proceeding of the said Matrimony, according to the tenor of such Licence. And he further made oath, that he the said Appearer hath had his usual Place of abode within the said Parish of Saint James Piccadilly for the space of Fifteen days last past.
[signed] William Elbert Dando
Sworn before me.
J? S May
The details which appear
on the marriage certificate for Sarah Louisa OLIVER and William Elbert
DANDO are as follows...
1875. Marriage solemnized at The Church in the Parish of St James's
Westminster in the County of Middlesex
Date: Oct 11 1875
Groom: William Elbert Dando (Bachelor)
Father's Name: Joseph Dando
Father's Profession: Manufacturer (dec'd)
Bride: Sarah Louisa Barnes (Widow)
Father's name: John Oliver
Father's Profession: Farmer (dec'd)
Residence: St James's (for both)
Married in the church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the
Established Church, by Licence.
Witnesses: Charles Louis and Sam Walton
Curate: Lionel Davidson
(Note - Sarah declared herself
a widow but, as she had not in fact married John G W BARNES, she should have called herself
of St James's Church can be viewed in the Gallery.
The author's visit to St James's Church
appears on the blog.
may have been pregnant when they married as the couple's son, Charles Llewellyn Ernest Elbert
DANDO, was born in the following June. Their residence was then 86 Regent Street, Westminster,
marriage was not a happy one and Sarah left William in June 1877. There
were some chaotic episodes preceding what must have been a very public
The following article appeared in The Times on Tuesday 4th September
At MARLBOROUGH-STREET, Mrs. SARAH LOUISA DANDO and Mrs. ANNIE LEWIS,
both residing at 36, Waverley-road, Harrow-road, were brought before Mr.
Newton on a warrant charged; the first-named with taking a drug for an
unlawful purpose, and the latter-named prisoner with aiding and abetting
in the offence. Mr. Wontner prosecuted, and Mr. Besley, barrister,
defended. George Shepherd, a coachman, said on the 30th of April last he
was in the service of Mr. Dando, of 86 Regent-street. Mrs. Dando lived
at that time with Mr. Dando. On or about the 30th of April he drove Mrs.
Lewis, whom he knew by riding in the carriage with Mrs. Dando, to
several places - linendrapers, and then to a chymist's shop. He called
at Mr. Eland's, a chymist in Oxford-street, and Mrs. Lewis went in. He
then drove to Whiteley's and afterwards to a chymist's nearly opposite.
Cross-examined, witness said Mr. Dando saw him on the 23d of last month,
and asked him if he knew anything about going to a chymist's shop.
Witness replied in the affirmative. Mr. Dando said he wanted a divorce
from his wife, but he did not say that he had been in that court for
assaulting her. On Saturday witness come to the court and swore an
information. No one teld him Mr. Dando was going to charge his wife. He
knew Mr. Dando was going to get up a charge of some sort, but he did not
know what it was. Detective-sergeant Walter Andrews, Scotland-yard, said
he received a warrant from this court on Saturday last, and in the
evening went to 36, Waverley-road, Harrow-road, Paddington, and saw the
two prisoners. He told them he was a detective officer and held warrants
for their apprehension. Mrs. Dando cried and said, "I know who has
done this ; it is my husband. Its quite true I took some ergot, but I'll
tell you how it happened." Mrs. Dando then explained that, after
some difficulty, she and Mrs. Lewis had procured the drug at a chymist's
in Westbourne-park. Mrs. Lewis said "I did go to get the stuff, and
I saw her take some of the stuff, and I really did not think there was
any thing wrong about it. "Mrs. Emily Shreb said she was formerly
in Mr. Dando's service. She remembered Mrs. Dando showing her a bottle
containing a dark fluid. The bottle was placed on the mantelpiece in the
bedroom, and Mr. Dando could have seen it as well as witness could. Mr.
Dando knew what his wife was taking, and it was partly at his request
that she did so. Witness once heard Mr. Dando say "Don't take too
much of what you are taking." Witness thought that was the morning
after Mrs. Dando went to the chymist's. Mrs. Dando took it while Mr.
Dando was in the room. Mrs. Dando said Mr. Dando knew all about it. Mr.
Besley said it was clear that Mr. Dando should be put in the dock, and
the prisoners called to give evidence against him. Mr. Newton requested
Sergeant Andrews to represent the matter to the Commissioners of Police.
The prisoners were remanded on their own recognizances.
The Lloyds Weekly Newspaper on 9th September 1877 went into a little
SERIOUS CHARGE. Mrs. Sarah Louisa Dando and Mrs. Annie Lewis, residing
at 36, Waverley-road, Harrow-road, were brought up at Marlborough-street
police-court, on Monday, on a warrant, charged - the first-named with
administering to herself feloniously a certain drug with intent to
procure abortion, and the latter with aiding and abetting in the
George Shepherd, of 3, Havelock-street, King's-cross, said : I am a
coachman. On the 30th of April last I was in the service of Mr. Dando,
of 86, Regent-street, and Mrs. Dando lived at that time with Mr. Dando.
On or about the 30th of April I drove Mrs. Lewis, whom I know by riding
in the carriage with Mrs. Dando, to several places - linendrapers, and
then to a chemist's shop. I called at Mr. Eland's, a chemist in
Oxford-street, and Mrs. Lewis went in. I then drove to Whiteley's, and
afterwards to a chemist's nearly opposite. Mrs. Lewis went into the
chemist's shop and came out, but I did not hear anything. Afterwards I
drove to Mr. Shepherd's, in All Saints'-road. I looked through the
window, and saw Mr. Shepherd mixing up something. Mrs. Dando made a
remark as to how long Mrs. Lewis had been in the shop. I then drove back
to 86, Regent-street. - In cross-examination by Mr. Besley, the witness
said: I did not know that Mr. Dando had been brought to that court in
June last for assaulting his wife. On the 23rd of last month Mr. Dando
asked me if I knew anything about going to a chemist's shop, and I said
"Yes." He said he wanted a divorce from his wife. I did not
understand that he spoke to me with reference to procuring something for
Detective-serjeant Walter Andrews said : On Saturday evening I went to
36, Waverley-road, Harrow-road, Paddington, and saw the two prisoners. I
told them I was a detective officer, and had warrants for their
apprehension, telling them the charges and reading the warrants. Mrs.
Dando cried, and said, "I know who has done this - it's my husband.
I did take some drug, but I'll tell you how it happened." Mrs.
Dando then added - "Thinking I might be in the family way and being
in pain, I went to a doctor and asked him to give me something to bring
on a miscarriage. The doctor did not write me a prescription, but told
me to take a certain medicine, and that I should be likely to get it at
a chemist's in Oxford-street. I drove there with Mrs. Lewis, and she
tried to get it, but was refused to be served without a medical order.
We afterwards went to another chemist's in Westbourne-park and there
Mrs. Lewis got it, saying it was for haemorhage. We then went back to
Regent-street, and I took some of the drug much against Mrs. Shred's
wish, she stating she would tell my husband. Even now I don't feel sure
I was in the family-way." Mrs. Lewis stated, "I did go to get
the stuff. Mrs. Dando told me she was in the family-way, and I saw her
take some. I really did not think there was anything wrong about
it." I then took the prisoners to the station. I am not sure
whether Mrs. Dando said the medicine was to "bring on" or to
Mrs. Emily Shred, residing in Surrey, said : I was formerly in Mr.
Dando's service. I remember Mrs. Dando at the end of April going out in
a carriage. She said on her return that she had been to a medical man,
and asked him to give her something for a miscarriage, but that he
declined to give her any prescription. He told her, however, that, if
she went to Oxford-street, she would be most likely to get something.
She said the doctor would have given her something, but he did not like
his name mixed up with the matter. I saw Mrs. Dando on her return from
the chemist's, and she showed me a bottle containing a dark fluid, Mr.
Dando being present. Mrs. Dando took the bottle into her room, and she
afterwards told me that she had taken a dose. I fetched some gin for
Mrs. Dando, and after she had taken the medicine she took some of the
gin. I told Mrs. Dando that if she was taking the stuff for an unlawful
purpose she was very wrong. I begged of her not to take it, and told her
that if she took it I would tell Mr. Dando. - By Mr. Besley : The
bedroom was occupied by the husband and wife, and they lived together as
husband and wife. The bottle was placed on the mantelpiece in the
bedroom, and Mr. Dando could have seen it as well as I could. Mrs. Dando
had a child about 12 months old by Mr. Dando.
The Witness (replying to Mr. Newton) said : I did not think Mr. Dando
wanted telling about the matter. He knew Mrs. Dando was taking this
drug, and it was partly at his request that Mrs. Dando took it, as he
told her that he did not wish for any more children ; would not have any
more; and that he would not support them if she had any more. I once
heard Mr. Dando say, "Ducky, don't take too much of what you are
taking." I think that was the morning after Mrs. Dando obtained the
drug. Mrs. Dando took it while Mr. Dando was in the room. I told Mrs.
Dando I did not believe she was in the family-way, and I don't know that
Mrs. Dando said Mr. Dando knew all about it.
Mr. Newton : It is a very serious matter if the man was a party to the
Mr. Besley said he did not propose to put any questions to the witness,
but had no doubt the Treasury would do its duty. He asked for a remand,
for after what had been stated it was clear that Mr. Dando should be put
in the dock, and the prisoners called to give evidence against him.
Mr. Newton requested Serjeant Andrews to represent the matter to the
Commissioners of Police, that they might take action in the matter if
they considered it advisable.
In the course of the case it having been stated that four men had been
to Mrs. Lewis's house, broken in, and taken away a child by a former
marriage, Mr. Newton told Mrs. Lewis that when she returned home if she
found anything wrong to at once go to the Marylebone police-court.
Mr. Wontner said that as far as the last part of the last witness's
evidence went, nothing had been said to the prosecution. - Mr. Newton :
How could all that has occurred have taken place without the connivance
of Mr. Dando?
Mr. Dando : Will you hear a few words from me? - Mr. Newton: Certainly
not. - The prisoners were remanded on their own recognisances.
The Times - Tuesday 11th September 1877...
At MARLBOROUGH-STREET, Mrs. SARAH LOUISA DANDO, of 36, Waverley-road,
wife of Mr. Dando, of 86, Regent-street, was charged, on remand, with
administering to herself a drug, with a felonious intent; and Mrs. ANNIE
LEWIS was charged, also on remand, with aiding and abetting her in the
offence. Mr. Straight attended on the part of the Treasury. Mr. Straight
said, as the case originally came before Mr. Newton, the request he had
now to make was that there should be a further adjournment for a
fortnight, that Mr. Newton might hear the case throughout. Mr. Besley,
while not exactly resisting the application, would say that the charge
preferred against his clients was of a dastardly and interested
character, the charge being preferred simply for objects in the Divorce
Court, the main purpose of the prosecutor being to get a divorce. He
asked that the case might he adjourned sine die. Mr. Straight again
pressed for an adjournment for a fortnight. Mr. Flowers acceded to the
application, and the case was adjourned accordingly.
The Wednesday 26th September 1877 edition of The Times saw the next
instalment of the story...
At MARLBOROUGH-STREET, Mrs. SARAH LOUISE DANDO, wife of Mr. Dando, 86,
Regent-street, and Mrs. ANNIE LEWIS were finally examined, the first
charged with attempting to procure abortion by drugs, the latter with
aiding in the offence. Mr. Straight appeared for the prosecution ; Mr.
Besley defended. George Shepherd stated that he was formerly in Mr.
Dando's service as coachman. In April last he drove the two prisoners to
various chymist's shops, and in one of them he saw Lewis receive a
mixture and bring it to the other prisoner in the carriage.
Cross-examined, witness said he knew that Mr. Dando had been charged
with assaulting his wife. Mr. Dando saw him recently and asked him about
going to the chymists' shops, stating that he wanted a divorce from his
wife. Witness did not recollect Mr. Dando mentioning the word
"abortion." He afterwards swore an information at that court,
and knew that Mr. Dando was going to charge his wife with something, but
did not know what. Detective Andrews stated that he served the warrant
on the prisoners at 26, Waverley-road, Harrow-road. He told them he had
a warrant against Mrs. Dando for procuring abortion and against Mrs.
Lewis for aiding and abetting. Mrs. Dando said, "I know who has
done this ; it is my husband." She added that under medical advice
she had taken some ergot. Mrs. Lewis said she was asked to get some
"stuff" without thinking there was anything wrong about it. On
cross-examination by Mr. Besley, the detective said he had been
requested by the Commissioner to inquire into the matter. He had
reported that Mr. Dando had assaulted his wife, and had a suit against
her in the Divorce Court. Emily Threed, formerly servant to Mr. Dando,
remembered Shepherd driving Mrs. Dando and Mrs. Lewis out in the evening
about April last. Mrs. Dando, when she came home, said she had been to
get something for what the witness knew to be an unlawful purpose, and
showed her a bottle containing a dark liquid. Mrs. Lewis was present.
Mrs. Dando afterwards came into the kitchen and said she had taken a
dose of the stuff, and that she was going to take some more. Witness
told Mrs. Dando she thought it was wrong if she was taking the stuff for
an unlawful purpose, and begged her not to do so again. If she did she
would tell Mr. Dando. Cross-examined by Mr. Besley, witness said she
knew that what Mrs. Dando was taking was ergot of rye. It was in a
bottle on the mantle-piece in their bedroom. Mrs. Dando told her she was
taking the "stuff" partly at her husband's request. Her
husband knew it was ergot of rye, and did not object to her taking it.
He said if she had any more children he would not keep them. Heard Mr.
Dando on one occasion tell Mrs. Dando not to take too much. Mrs. Dando
told her that she told her husband all about what she had done. The
magistrate intimated that if this evidence remained uncontradicted the
prosecutor ought to be placed by the side of his wife. When the case was
resumed yesterday, Mr. Straight intimated that, as there was a suit in
the Divorce Court pending, he had advised, and he hoped wisely, the
prosecutor to withdraw the charge before the court. Mr. Besley said as
he had from the first denounced the charge as one of a cowardly and
dastardly character, he repeated his words in all their strength. Mr.
Mansfield said there was no further evidence before him, and, in the
circumstances, he thought the most judicious course had been taken in
abandoning the charges. The defendants were then discharged.
The Times printed the following report
the next day, Thursday 27th September
At MARYLEBONE, WILLIAM ELBERT DANDO, of 24, Regent-street ; EDWARD
AUGUSTUS DANDO, of the Great Northern Railway, King's-cross ; ALFRED
HUTCHINSON, 10, Wimpole-mews, Marylebone ; WILLIAM SCOTT, 63,
Angers-street, New-cross ; and SYDNEY MAYHEW, 50, Walbrook, appeared
before Mr. Cooke in answer to summonses which charged them with forcibly
entering the dwelling-house, 36, Waverley-road, Paddington. They were
further charged with assaulting Mr. and Mrs. Blackman and Mrs. Edmunds.
Mr. Kelly appeared for the prosecution ; Mr. Goldenberg was for Mr.
Mayhew. The wife of William Dando and a Mrs. Lewis were recently charged
at Marlborough-street with a serious offence. The case was adjourned,
they being allowed to go out on their own recognizances to appear. At
the same time it was stated that Mr. W. E. Dando had forcibly broken
into his wife's house, 26, Waverley-road, Paddington, and Mr. Newton,
the presiding magistrate, suggested that if a breach of the Law had been
committed he should be prosecuted. Mrs. Dando and Mrs. Lewis appeared at
the Marlborough-street Police-court on Tuesday, and the case against
them was withdrawn. It appears that on the day Mrs. Dando was taken into
custody, Mr. Dando called a police-constable of the X Division and said
that he wished him to accompany him to the house of Mr. Blackman, 36,
Waverley-road, Paddington. where his wife was lodging, in case any
disturbance should occur. Mr. Dando demanded admittance to the house,
and on being told by Mr. Blackman, who answered the door, that he could
not go upstairs, pushed past. Mr. Dando broke the panels of a door,
doing damage to the amount of £1 8s, and collected documents which
belonged to him or his wife. Mr. Mayhew, the solicitor to Mr. Dando, was
sent for. When he arrived he was admitted to the house, but he with the
other defendants took no part in the affair, with the exception of
seeing some boxes taken out at the direction of Mr. Dando. At the close
of the case for the prosecution Mr. W. E. Dando, who had a summons
against Mr. Blackman for assault, said he would leave the case in the
magistrate's hands, and not go on with the summons. Mr. Cooke, in
dismissing the whole of the summonses, said he thought that Mr. Dando
had a right to go to the house to get certain papers, but he ought to
pay for the damage he had done, and if he did not pay it a summons would
be granted against him.
Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England) - Sunday, September 30, 1877;
MARLBOROUGH-STREET. THE STRANGE CHARGE AGAINST A WIFE. - Mrs. Sarah
Louise Dando, wife of Mr. Dando, 86, Regent-street, and Mrs. Anne Lewis
were finally examined, the first charged with attempting to procure
abortion by drugs, the latter with aiding in the offence. - Mr. Straight
intimated that, as there was a suit in the Divorce court pending, he had
advised, and he hoped wisely, the prosecutor to withdraw the charge
before the Court. - Mr. Besley said as he had from the first denounced
the charge as one of a cowardly and dastardly character, he repeated his
words in all their strength. - Mr. Mansfield said there was no further
evidence before him, and in the circumstances he thought the most
judicious course had been taken in abandoning the charges. - The
defendants were then discharged.
Daily News (London, England) - Tuesday, October 23, 1877; Issue 9830...
MARLBOROUGH-STREET. Elbert Dando, No. 86, Regent-street, was summoned
for assaulting his wife, Mrs. Sarah Louisa, Dando. - Mr. Grain appeared
for the complainant; and Mr. Wontner for the defendant. - Mr. Wontner
said he was not prepared to go into the case, and it was rather annoying
to have to answer such charges while proceedings were still pending in
the Divorce Court. - Mr. Newton, from what had ocurred in that court
last month and elsewhere, said he was in hopes he should never see the
parties again. Mr. Grain said Mrs. Dando had felt it necessary to come
to that court for protection. She would be satisfied if her husband was
bound over to keep the peace. - Mr. Wonter could not consent to that
unless the complainant was also bound over. - Mr. Grain had no objection
to that. - Mr. Newton thought the wisest course would be for both
parties to be bound over, and his decision would be in accordance with
the divorce case finally came to court, William was unsuccessful in his
petition but the case reveals Sarah was by no means innocent.
There was an
enlightening article published in The Times on Friday 21st
February 1879, which read as follows...
PROBATE, DIVORCE, AND ADMIRALTY DIVISION.
(Before the Right Hon. the PRESIDENT and a Special Jury.)
DANDO V. DANDO, WADHAM, AGNEW, AND HARROWEN.
Dr. Deane, Q.C., and Mr. Bayford appeared for the petitioner ; Mr.
Serjeant Parry and Mr. Pritchard were for the respondent ; Sir Henry
James, Q.C., Mr. Inderwick, Q.C., and Mr. Middleton were for the
co-respondent Dr. Wadham ; Mr. W. G. Harrison, Q.C., and Mr. Searle for
the co-respondent Major-General Agnew.
In this case the petitioner, Mr. William Elbert Dando, sought for a
divorce from his wife on the ground of her alleged adultery with the
several co-respondents. The only case which it was attempted to prove
was that against the second co-respondent, Major-General Agnew. It
appeared that in 1863 the petitioner had sought for an introduction to
the respondent from having seen her portrait in a friend's album and had
at once proposed marriage to her. Her father, who was a large farmer
near Doncaster, at first opposed any engagement, but soon withdrew his
objections. At the end of three months, however, the engagement was
broken off, and they do not appear to have met again for years. In 1864
she left her home, and went to Australia with a Mr. Barnes in the
following year. Returning to England four years later, she found herself
in London towards the end of 1869 without money or friends, and she then
sent a letter to the petitioner, who at once went to see her. From this
date until that of their marriage in 1875 they lived together at
intervals and at various places. In July, 1871, she had gone to
Ramsgate, and there made the acquaintance of Major-General Agnew, to
whom she represented herself as a widow. It was not denied that there
had existed an improper intimacy between herself and the latter from
this date until the commencement of February, 1872, when he had to
return to India. On October 11, 1875, the petitioner married the
respondent at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, and he being then the
manager of the London General Cab Company, they lived together at 86,
Regent-street, the offices of that company. It appeared that they did
not from this date live happily together, and she left him in June,
1877. Two months after this he had brought a charge against her of
having attempted to procure abortion in the preceding May. The case was
adjourned that the Treasury authorities might be asked to take up the
prosecution, but this they refused to do. Just before this she had
charged him with assault, and he had eventually been bound over to keep
the peace for four months. It was attempted to show that the intimacy
which had previously existed between Major-General Agnew and the
respondent had been renewed on his return from India in 1876 ; but this
failed entirely, though the latter did not deny that he had seen the
respondent both at her own house and at another in Maida-vale several
times in 1876 and 1877. It appeared that after his return to India he
had remitted money regularly to the respondent as "Mrs.
Barnes" up to the date of her marriage ; and the petitioner, though
he denied having taken this money, admitted that at the time he was
living with the respondent and that the money had gone to supply the
wants of their home. The petitioner had claimed £1,000 damages against
each of the three co-respondents, but declared in his evidence that if
any were given he wished them to be settled on his wife. She was
defended by counsel, but did not appear to give evidence. Major-General
Agnew, on the other hand, went into the box and most emphatically denied
that there had been any improper intimacy between himself and the
respondent after 1872, admitting that he had seen her occasionally after
1875 ; this, he said, was always at her request, and she had wished to
see him with reference to the education of the child she had had by Mr.
Barnes, for whom the petitioner would do nothing. It was very imprudent,
he admitted, but there had been no secrecy about these interviews, some
of them, indeed being held at the house of her husband, in
Regent-street, but none after she left him.
The jury, without leaving the box, found that the respondent had not
committed adultery with any of the co-respondents, and
The PRESIDENT dismissed the petition with costs, emphatically declaring
that it was a case that ought never have come into court.
The Newcastle Courant etc (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) printed the
following on Friday, February 28, 1879; Issue 10653...
DANDO v. DANDO.
On Thursday, the suit of Dando v. Dando, Wadham, Agnew, and Harrower, in
which the petitioner, Mr William Elbert Dando, manager of the Patent Cab
Company, prays for a divorce from his wife on the ground of her
infidelity with the parties mentioned above, one of whom, Mr Wadham, is
a doctor, and the second, Agnew, a retired major-general in the Indian
army, was heard before the President and a special jury. The petitioner
first met the respondent, then Miss Oliver, after having seen her
photograph in 1863. He then became engaged to her, but the engagement
was shortly after broken off and the respondent married a Mr Barnes and
went to Australia. In 1869 Mrs Barnes returned to England and wrote the
petitioner a letter expressing an earnest wish to see him before she
finally returned to Australia. The result of the interview which
followed upon this letter was that the petitioner and respondent lived
together as man and wife till 1875 in London and in Jersey. ln October
of that year they were married at St. James's Church, Piccadilly. Prior
to this, however, the respondent had lived under the protection of the
co-respondent, then Colonel Agnew, and doubtless the real Mr Barnes, and
of this she told her husband. Two letters were read by Dr Deane, in
opening these facts, which had been received by the respondent from the
General, then at Gulhatti and Kohat in India, in which he addressed her
in the most endearing terms. The respondent wrote to him to tell him of
her marriage, and asked him to bring her an Indian workbox, and
immediately on his return he visited her, at her husband's house, and,
as it appeared, with her husband's consent and knowledge. While he was
away at his daily business the respondent used to drive out, and, as
alleged by the petitioner, used to have illicit meetings at St.
Leonard's House, Maida Vale, with the general, on discovery of which
proceedings for dissolution were instituted. The respondent, when living
with the general, had been confined of a child; towards it and its
mother's maintenance he contributed money. On the respondent's marriage
the supplies were continued, and the case for the co-respondent, General
Agnew, was that they were sent with her husband's consent, and that the
charge of infidelity after the general's return was a fiction by which
to extort damages. The case against the other co-respondent was not
investigated, and the respondent did not appear. The jury found against
the petitioner on all issues, and the President dismissed the petition,
and condemned the petitioner in all costs, stating that the action ought
never to have been brought.
husband, William Elbert DANDO, 'married' Emma SHERIFF in Manhatten, New York,
in 1884. This 'marriage' was more than
likely a bigamous one as there is evidence to suggest William was still married to Sarah
- only in 1890, 6 years after the said 'marriage', did Sarah acquire a judicial separation from William and no evidence of a divorce has yet come to light. In the
separation papers, Sarah cited William as having committed adultery
with, and continuing to live with, 'Miss SHERIFF'.
whereabouts in 1881 is still unknown. However, in 1891, she appeared on
the census at a lodging house in Paddington using the surname, DAUCH, describing herself as an actress. Her daughter, Alitea, was with
her, by now 24 years old and working as a governess...
Name: Sarah L Dauch
Estimated birth year: abt 1849
Where born: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Paddington
Ecclesiastical parish: St Paul
Street Address: 10 Ranelagh Rd
Condition as to marriage: Married
Registration district: Paddington
Sub-registration district: St Mary Paddington
ED, institution, or vessel: 3
Household Members: Name Age
Nash Reynolds 50
Elizabeth Reynolds 54
William Reynolds 18
Sarah L Dauch 42
Alitea W Barnes 24
Amy L Martin 17
1901, Sarah was described as a visitor in the household of a George
Name: Sarah L Dando
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1846
Where born: Bramwith, Yorkshire
Civil parish: Willesden
Ecclesiastical parish: Christchurch
Street Address: 35 Windermere Ave
Occupation: Living on own means
Condition as to marriage: Married
Registration district: Hendon
Sub-registration district: Willesden
ED, institution, or vessel: 54
Household schedule number: 155
Page Number: 28
Household Members: Name Age
George Horne 40
May W Horne 8
Norah E Horne 2
Sarah L Dando 55 (Visitor)
Sarah turned up in 1911 working as a housekeeper for a school head
teacher and his family, at Fairleigh', London Rd, Wembley.
The property had 7 rooms including the kitchen...
Address: 'Fairleigh', London Rd, Wembley - 7 rooms including the kitchen.
Edwin James Sainsbury, (Head), Age: 46, Married, Schoolmaster Hd Teacher, Born: Hants, Southampton.
Ada Elizabeth Sainsbury, (Wife), Age: 28, Married 4 years, 1 child - living, Born: Cucklington, Somerset.
Montague Quintin Sainsbury, (Son), Age: 11, School, Born: Middlesex Harlesden.
Francis Quinton Sainsbury, (Son), Age: 5, Born: Middlesex, Wembley.
Margaret Ursula Sainsbury, (Daughter), Age: 3 mths, Born: Middlesex, Wembley.
Sarah Louisa Dando, Servant, Age: 66, Married 36 years, 1 child [should be 2], 2 still living, Housekeeper, Born: Yorkshire, Bramwith.
Sarah died in 1931,
aged 86, and her death was registered in the registration district of
Willesden, Middlesex, under the name, DANDO.
Death Index states...
Name: Sarah L Dando
Death Registration Month/Year: 1931
Age at death (estimated): 86
Registration district: Willesden
Inferred County: Middlesex
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