Date: 2 Apr 1607
Place: Goldhanger, Essex
William Sumford was beaten to death in Goldhanger.
Two men from Heybridge were tried for his murder. It was said that they had assaulted him by punching and kicking him at Goldhanger on 2 April 1607.
However, the jury returned the verdict that he had died from divine visitation
see Calendar Of Assize Records - Essex Indictments James I - JS Cockburn
see Assizes 35/49/2