Part 834h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – The Mystery of GG-Grandfather Audley Holmes – 1854 – And?

26 January 2013

Good Day,

My investigation into the death and murder trial of great-great-grandfather Audley Holmes has not been shelved. I have not been deterred by the closed doors or barricades at the end of each pathway that I have, thus far, conducted an inquiry.

This week I received a new response to the continued investigation from the Luzerne County Historical Society.

January 18, 2013

Thank you for your request for additional research on the death of Audley Holmes. We spent another hour in searching the Luzerne Union and the Pittston Gazette newspapers for any further articles on Mr. Holmes or Margaret Burk, the accused murderer, but were unable to find anything. We search the Pittston Gazette from July 1855 to February 1st, 1856 and the Luzerne Union from July 1855 to January 16th, 1856.

In the last article we found from January of 1855, it was noted that the case was remanded for trial at the next term of Court. The next term was April and enclosed is an article regarding the April term of court, but there is no mention of a case involving Holmes or Burk having been heard

Here is an image of the copy of the article April Term of Court from the 4 April 1855 edition of the Luzerne Union.

The following are six of my previous 2012 posts regarding the mystery of the death and murder of gg-grandfather Audley Holmes. Check them out. Bring yourself up-to-date. Can you shed some light?

Jul 15Part 733h – 1854 Death and Burial – Great-Great-Grandfather Audley Holmes – Murdered?

Jul 17Part 734h – 1854 Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Jul 25Part 739h – 1854 Wiles-Barre, Luzerne County, PA – Murder Investigation

Sep 21Part 770h – 1854 Cold Case Opened – Who Dunnit?

Sep 29Part 771h – 1854 – She Was The Cook!!!

Sep 30Part 772h – 1855 – The Plot Thickens

We have some more pokers in the fire regarding the investigation. Stay tuned. If you have any ideas, or if you stumble upon any family treasured papers please let me know.




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