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Thomas MAYERS was born in 1812. His mother's maiden name was Taylor. He could read and write, a Protestant, he was single when he left Manchester. He was a copper engraver/printer who was convicted for stealing clothes (4 yards of printed calico and other articles belonging to John Brooksbank) and was tried at Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 20 April 1830. He was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months. He was 5ft 3 inches, had a sallow complexion, brown eyes and hair. He has a scar over his right eye and a large scar on his right arm.

He married Mary Ann Perry on 21/6/1875 (at the age of 63!) and had 5 children. He died 2/7/1896 and was buried at Paddy's Creek near Bungwahl.

An obelisk stands in front of Bungwahl Hall and is inscribed: 'ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THOMAS MEYERS By the people of Myall Lakes among whom he lived for 50 years, for his gratuitous suffering and skillful aid to those in bodily suffering and his kindly assistance in times of need AD1897.' (He was well known in the local area as a bone setter and natural healer though it is unclear where he otained any medical training.

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