Alfred John Amos1

#4372, b. 31 July 1845, d. 28 October 1922
  • Father: James Amos1 b. c 1807, d. 1888
  • Mother: Mary Ann Jane Collins-Jackson1 b. 1817, d. 24 Jun 1872

Individual's Timeline

Birth31 July 1845Alfred John Amos1,2
Death of Mother24 June 1872Mary Ann Jane Collins-Jackson3
Marriage3 January 1873Alfred John Amos4,5
Death of Father1888James Amos6,7
Death28 October 1922Alfred John Amos8,9

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

Brushes with the LAW


Sir In the early part of August last year there came on for trial at the Court of General Sessions, Swansea, two cases to which the above heading applied. In the first I was the plaintiff, and in the second my cousin, Mr Adam Amos. Mr. Carmichael Lyne, the son of Mr John Lyne, MHA , being the defendant in each case. These actions had their origin in a fire lighted by the defendant, which spread first to my property, and then to Mr Adam Amos, in each case subjecting us to very considerable loss and inconvenience. When my case was called 0n, the bench was occupied by Messrs John Lyne, John Meredith, Gill, and F Shaw. The solicitor representing my interests applied to Mr Lyne to leave the bench, but be declined doing so until he had obtained the-Attorney General's opinion as to the propriety or otherwise 0retaining his seat on a case in which his son was interested.

The service however on Mr Lynne of a subpoena as a witness, coupled with a request to the Magistrates to order all witnesses out of Court produced the desired effect, and the defendant's father left the bench. No sooner, however, had he retired than Messrs Frederick and Albert Lyne took their seats as magistrates. My Solicitor at once requested them to withdraw,* adding that it would surely be much more satisfactory for both parties that the case should be decided by magistrates unconnected, with either side. Notwithstanding this, Messrs F and A Lyne kept their seats, and after a lengthy trial a judgment was given against me, each side being ordered to pay their own costs. On this judgment being given, Mr Adam Amos case was withdrawn, and was subsequently removed to the small debts jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and on the trial of this action before His Honor the Acting Chief Justice on 29th ultimo upon precisely the same evidence as had been adduced in my case the jury, after an absence of ten minutes returned a verdict for the plaintiff, assessing damages at £35.

May I ask you to1 be good enough to give the above facts publicity. They may lead somewhat to the establishment of a Judge or Commissioner for the country districts, a reform which in the Municipality of Glamorgan is most urgently required. Doubtless, Mr John Lyne as an honest and honourable man, and holding the high and responsible positions of justice of the peace, warden, and coroner for the district, and its member in the House of Assembly, will now make good with as little delay as possible the loss and expense to which I have been subjected, and will forthwith raise his voice in Parliament, with a vow to bring about the establishment of a travelling Judge to discharge the important duties which are now left in the hands of country magistrates - Yours etc., ALFRED JNO. AMOS.11

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Alfred was the first child Chr in Cranbrook Gala Kirk. His wife was named as Florence May.

Child of Alfred John Amos and Susannah Amos

  • Mildred Mary Amos12 b. 6 Dec 1873, d. 26 Jul 1877


  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1845/82.
  2. Tasmanian Family Link, online
  3. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1872/165.
  4. Trove Digitised Newspapers, AMOS-AMOS.-On the 3rd. January, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev.T. Dove, Alfred John, second son of James Amos, Esq., Cranbrook, to Susannah, second daughter of Adam Amos, Esq., of Glen Gala, Glamorgan.

    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Wednesday 8 January 1873 p 1 Family Notices.
  5. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1873/117.
  6. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  7. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1888/298.
  8. Unknown author, Bridport on the web.
  9. Website ( "Australian Cemetery Index."
  10. Tasmanian Wills 1825 - 1915, online, Amos Alfred John 1923 AD960/47 88 14030.
  11. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 25 November 1884 p 3 Article.
  12. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1874/593.