|Orphan:||Mary Ann PERKINS|
|Age when admitted:||8yrs|
|Date admitted:||7 Mar 1829|
|Date discharged:||9 Feb 1832|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||father executed for murdering the mother|
In 1829 Elizabeth Perkins was brutally murdered by her companion of ten years, John Leach.
“A little girl, Leach's daughter, went to the room where they were, but speedily came out terrified, saying her mother's face was cold and she thought she was dead.”
Leach’s subsequent execution left Mary Ann Perkins an orphan. She was taken into care at the Orphan School for three years until “returned to Mary French who had formerly charge of the girl. The committee believing Mary French to be a decent woman and capable of taking care of the girl”
When Mary French marries in 1835, Mary Leach signs as one of the witnesses in a hand seemingly unused to writing this surname.
Mary Ann Leach signs the registry when she marries Thomas Steadman Potter in 1836. The two Leach signatures bear a strong resemblance.
Mary Ann Potter died in 1910, mother and grandmother to seven surviving children and their families.
There are two births on record for Elizabeth Perkins, Ann and Sarah. There is a death record for Sarah Ann Leach in 1825
Mary Ann Potter's birth date is noted by her daughter as February 1815. Ann Perkins was born in February 1819. It is possible that her age was altered to suit her marriage to Thomas.
Mary French was a witness to the trial of John Leach
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