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D Wong on 22nd September, 2017 wrote of Charles Scoldwell:

Old Bailey:
CHARLES SCOLDWELL, Theft > animal theft, 14th September 1796.

Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
CHARLES SCOLDWELL was indicted for feloniously stealing two live tame ducks, value 3s. the property of Thomas Spurling, July the 3d.

The Jury having retired half an hour, returned with a verdict of GUILTY. (Aged 41.)
Transported for seven years.

The trial was lenghthy - the above is an edited version - Charles Scoldwell was a Excise man and Sheriff’s Officer, (he was a notorious figure) - he had gone to collect a debt and proceeded to denude Mr. Spurling, a baker, of his money and possessions and 2 ducks. Found guilty of taking the 2 ducks.

Charles was the son of Thomas Scoldwell or Scaldwell and Sarah Harris.

Charles was married to Elizabeth Larwill and they had 5 children.

23/3/1801: Absolute Pardon.

C1821: Reportedly died at Little Grays Inn Lane, Holborn, London. (Source: http://www.geni.com/people/Charles-Scoldwell).

D Wong on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Thomas Eggleton:

Old Bailey:
THOMAS EGGLETON, Theft > theft from a specified place, 31st January 1842.

Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

THOMAS EGGLETON was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of September, 671bs. weight of lead, value 12s., belonging to the inhabitants of the county of Surrey, and fixed to a building.—2nd COUNT, the same not stating it to be fixed.—3rd COUNT, stating it to belong to Henry Heathcote Russell.
HENRY HEATHCOTE RUSSELL. I live in Freeman’s-court, Cornhill. I am clerk of the works, and superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum for the county of Surrey—there was some lead missing about the 21st or 22nd of September, 1839—it was a portion of the ridge lead, gone from a tool-house in the kitchen garden—it had been cut in length, and taken away—about half a cwt. was left—the policeman brought the lead, in a bag on the 23rd of September—I compared it—seven pieces had been cut, which were worth 10s. or 12s.—five out of the seven were brought back—the prisoner had been employed as a labourer there, I believe during the month of September—the tool-house belongs to the Asylum—it was formerly the residence of Mr. Perkins, and the Magistrates of Surrey purchased the estate to build the Asylum.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What were the works going on? A. Building the Asylum—Mr. Edward Lappenter, the architect, employed me—I lived there, in Mr. Perkins’s house—I had the whole charge of the property.
COURT. Q. Had Mr. Perkins any thing to do with it during the time you were there? A. No.
JOHN WAYMARK (police-constable of Wandsworth.) I have known the prisoner twenty years—about eight o’clock on the 20th of September, 1839, I passed the prisoner in Garratt-lane, Wanda worth, about half a mile from where the lead was stolen—he had the bag produced with him—he turned up the lane to the Asylum—I did not speak to him—I am sure he is the man.
Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it was the 20th of September? A. I am sure of it—I saw the bag, soon after it was found in Mr. Martin’s fields, with the lead in it—I was about two yards from the prisoner when I saw him in Garratt-lane—it was a light-looking bag, and he was carrying it under his arm—I did not tell the Magistrate that I met him with a white
bag which was quite empty, under his arm, and not the bag which has got the lead in it now.
COURT. Q. Did you notice the bag? A. Yes, under his arm—it was a coarse-looking light bag—there is no mark on it—this is the same sort of bag.
WILLIAM HEATH . I am bailiff of Mr. Martin. I was so in 1839—Garratt-lane parts the Asylum from Mr. Martin’s land—Mr. Perkins parted with the land in 1838—he had nothing to do with it after the Asylum had begun building—I had not seen him interfering—he used to do so before—in September, 1839, I was in one of our fields adjoining the lane with some men and women picking up potatoes—it was twenty minutes to nine o’clock, on the 20th of September—Mr. Heath’s factory-bell had rung half-past eight—I saw the prisoner come over the stile into the lane into our premises—he had a bag on his back—he ran into the first field, and threw the bag and its contents into a ditch, and covered it with some nettles—I was about thirty yards from him—I went towards him, and met him face to face—I said, “What have you been putting in the ditch?”—he said, “It don’t belong to me”—I said, “I suppose it is something you have been stealing; I suppose you have robbed some poor man’s house? let us go and see”—we were going to the ditch—I got a little before him—he slipped behind me, and ran away—I sent a boy after a policeman, who came before the boy got back—there was a bag under the nettles with something it it.
Cross-examined. Q. Of course you told the Magistrate all this? A. I did, what I said was taken down, and read over to me, and I signed it—I had never seen the prisoner before that day—I swear to him because I took such particular notice of him—I have said I did not know, till I saw him again whether I should be able to swear to him or not.
COURT. Q. But when you did see him, you knew him? A. I knew him immediately—I have no doubt about its being him—there were three women, a boy, and two men in the field.
EDMUND BRUCE (police-constable V 19.) On Friday, the 20th of September, 1839, I went with Heath to a ditch, and found a sort of fustian, light bag containing five pieces of lead—I was present when Mr. Russell applied them to the roof of the house—they agreed with the marks where the lead had been ripped from—there were seven pieces taken away—I searched for the prisoner—I could not find him—I did not know where he lived—I searched at Merton, Beddington, and round the country—the building is in the county of Surrey.
(The witness Heath’s depositions being read, omitted to state that he had spoken to the prisoner.)

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Thomas was listed as 24 years old on arrival.
Previous Convictions: 6 months for a workbox.

Thomas was 5’5” tall, reads and writes, single.

Mother: Elizabeth
Brothers: George, Robert, William.
Sisters: Ann, Elizabeth.

D Wong on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Mary Haggerty:

Mary Haggerty was listed as 19 years old when transported to VDL - she was transported for ‘stealing a watch’

Mary had been convicted before.
She was 5’0¾” tall, very dark brown hair, blue eyes, P D on lt arm above elbow M F M H M D and dots on rt arm above elbow, illiterate, had spent 3 years on the town, RC.

2/9/1851: TOL
17/6/1853: Free Certificate.

Angela Prosser-Green on 21st September, 2017 wrote of William Taylor:

Marriage record shows age for William Taylor as 25 years in 1840 Marriages in District of Launceston for 1840 no 750 performed at George Town LINC website Tasmanian names Index

Gary Patton on 21st September, 2017 wrote of George Shergold:

Son of William Shergold (b.1772) & Jane Shergold (nee Morgan).
Cousin to John, George & Henry Shergold also transported on the Eleanor.

Nell Murphy on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Samuel Collins:

Samuel COLLINS came to Australia - free? .
Whilst living in New South Wales, Samuel was charged and convicted of murder, at the Sydney S.C. - 14 year transportation sentence.  He stated that “James Ellis used to rob my hut and the second time he took my wife away. I followed them and tried to get her back. I had a pistol with me which went off in the struggle”. Wife Harriett who is a prisoner at the Female Factory in Sydney. She came out on the “Competitor”. (No surname given but possibly Harriet Gilbert, Harriet Wakefield, Harriet Williams or Elizabeth Harriet Guy.)
Samuel was transported to Van Diemen’s Land per the ship “Siren” arriving 29 Oct 1835.

Aged 27 yrs; 5’9” height; married man; labourer, can cook; Protestant.
Sisters: Ann & Sarah (ref. Indent record)
Brothers: John & xxx   all in NSW for 3 yrs and last lived with Mr. Johnson.

11 Dec 1835: Stationed at Norfolk Plains (now known as Longford) in the north of the Colony. An Overseer.
20 April 1837: Capt. O’Hara - Insubordination. 6 weeks in the cells, on bread & water. Recommended to be sent to the Bagdad Road Party on probation.
6 Jan 1840: Ticket of Leave granted.

D Wong on 21st September, 2017 wrote of John Marks:

Old Bailey:
JOHN MARKS, Theft > simple larceny, 26th February 1849.
Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

JOHN MARKS, stealing 1 memorandum-hook, and 2 candlesticks, value 11s.; the goods of John Donken and others; having been before convicted.
CHRISTIAN RUSSELL. I am single, and keep the British-school at Camberwell—Mr. John Donken is treasurer to the committee of the school, and a shareholder, and there are others—these candlesticks and books were on the mantelpiece in my school-room—I saw them safe on Friday night, 2d Feb., and missed them on Saturday afternoon; these are them.
MARIA WALKER. At half-past three o’clock on Saturday afternoon, 3d Feb., I was looking out of window and saw three boys before the Britishschool—I told Miss Russell that I thought they were no good, and she went for a policeman—I watched and saw the prisoner, who was one of the boys, open the school-room window and get in—he and another handed these things to a bigger one outside—I went across the road—I saw two of them running—the prisoner threw this book down.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was coming down Coburg-road, and there was a policeman coming along; I passed three yards by him, and he hallooed out, “Stop thief!” I asked what he wanted me for; another policeman came up and gave me a punch on the head.
ALFRED BONNARD (policeman, V 301). I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction at Newington—(read Convicted Oct., 1846, transported for seven years)—the prisoner is the boy—he has been convicted summarily since then. GUILTY . Aged 15.— Transported for Seven Years.

D Wong on 21st September, 2017 wrote of John Marsland:

7/5/1824: Ganymede hulk, Chatham -(Source Citation: Home Office: Convict Prison Hulks: Registers and Letter Books; Class: HO9; Piece: 1.)
John Marsland age 17. Convicted of burglary at Lancaster on 10 March 1824 and sentenced to transportation for life. Admitted to the Ganymede Hulk from Lancaster Castle on 7th May 1824 and transferred to the convict ship Minerva for transportation to New South Wales on 2 July 1824.

1825: To Carter’s Barracks, Sydney.

11/4/1833: TOL Invermein
1840: TOL Muswellbrook

11/1/1842: John Marsland, aged 35, application to marry Elizabeth Allsopp, aged 19, arrived per ‘Surry 1840’.
1842: Married - Church of England, Althorpe; Brougham; Invermain; Rowan.
Children listed on NSW BDM: All born at Scone, NSW
1842: Mary J
1844: John
1846: Henry J
1847: Emily A
1850: Thomas
1852: Isabella
1854: William
1857: Peter
1857: John
1860: Helen E S
1862: Esther
1867: Susan Rose
Elizabeth Allsop 1823-1915 was buried at St Luke’s Churchyard Cemetery, Scone, NSW.

1844: Recommended for a CP

Nell Murphy on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Bryan Doolan:

Bryan DOOLAN was convicted at Westmeath, Ireland on 18 Oct 1842 for Larceny - stealing 1 sheep. One previous conviction. 7 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Constant” arriving 26 Aug 1843.  General conduct good.

Aged 26yrs; single man; house servant; fresh complexion; dk brown hair; dk brown eyes; 5’2 1/2” height; Roman Catholic; can read.
Native Place: Westmeath, Ireland.
Sisters: Bridget, Elizabeth & Judith (ref. Convict Indent record)

20 mths Probation Period.

22 Feb 1848: Ticket of Leave granted.

26 Oct 1849: Conditional Pardon approved.

Further conviction in the Colony, but under the name William BARNARD. (ref. 37/1 page 2486)

Nell Murphy on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Mary Murphy:

Mary MURPHY (Identifier 1) arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1851 and was assigned to work services, including Brickfields Depot, Launceston, Hobart, New Town.

Recorded as: single woman; house maid; aged 21 yrs; ruddy complexion; light brown hair; light blue eyes; Protestant; can read.
Native place of birth: Co. Limerick, Ireland.
Indent record states that her proper name is ‘MASSEY” but no other details given.

Mother: Ellen
Sister: Caroline (in America)
Brother: George (at sea)

5 July 1853: Ticket of Leave granted.

17 Jan 1854: Application for permission to marry to Samuel Collins (transported per ‘John Calvin’). Approved. (ref. record on her Convict Conduct Record, however the Marriage Registration is not on index unless under variation of name).

5 June 1855: Conditional Pardon approved.

Nell Murphy on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Bridget Murphy:

HUSBAND: George SEABOURNE (Seaburn) was actually transported as a convict on the ‘Forfarshire’ 1843 to VDL. Link to his record https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/seaborn/george/90561.
It was not uncommon to try to hide a convict past, therefore when daughter Hannah was admitted to the Orphanage he stated he was a “Bounty” immigrant, i.e. his paid a small fee and then indentured to an employer.

There are several variations in the spelling of the surname, so may well be more children who should be listed.

Birth of male baby SEABORN on 4 Feb 1854 at Hobart. Mother - Bridget Murphy. Father - George Seaborn. (ref. 33/1/5 no. 668)

Death of male baby SEABOURN ON 12 May 1863 at Franklin. Stillborn. Father, George Seabourn, farmer at Franklin. (ref. 35/1/32 no. 170)

Death of male baby SEABOURN on 22 Aug 1865 - stillborn. Registered at Franklin, Tasmania. Father, George Seabourn, farmer at Franklin. Mother Bridget Murphy/Seabourne died a few days later. (ref. 35/1/34 no. 186B)

Erin Vink on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Thomas Eggleton:

Thomas Eggleton (variation Egginton) married Mary Haggerty at the Church of St George, Hobart on April 13, 1857. He had 12 children with her over 18 years. He died in New Norfolk, Tasmania on June 1, 1891.

Erin Vink on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Mary Haggerty:

Mary married Thomas Egginton (var. Eggleton) on April 13, 1857. She had 12 children over 18 years. She died in Franklin, Tasmania.

Tony Paul on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Lucy Cheney:

No 46/1899 on 5 Dec 1846
Prisoner’s Number 513/39; Name Lucy Cheney; Ship May Anne; Master Hillman; Year 1839; Native place Oxfordshire; Trade House Maid; Offence Stealing Bacon; Trial Oxford Ass.; Sentence 7 years year of birth 1822 - so 17 when jailed.
Height 5ft 2 3/4 inches. Complexion fair, Hair Brown and Eyes Hazel.

Certificate of Freedom 5 Dec 1846.
General: Red spot on right eye, small scar top of left side of forehead. Mark of a burn on left elbow and lower part of arm. Scar inside left wrist. Third finger of left hand constricted by being burnt. Wife of William Piggott Royal Saxon married free.

Tony Paul on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Lucy Cheney:

On Thursday last Lucy Cheney was committed to our county gaol by J.W.Fane Esq. charged with having stolen about 2 lbs of bacon, the property of Wm. Lloyd of Britwell.

Tony Paul on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Lucy Cheney:

Christening: Sept 10th 1820 REG No 38 Lucy Daughter of James and Bridget Cheney from Britwell Salome he was a labourer. Andrew Price was rector.

Tony Paul on 21st September, 2017 wrote of Susannah Brookshaw:

It appears that Susannahs first Husband John Brookshaw became a Sergeant in the Royal Marines on 19 June 1810. He came to Australia and was involved in the establishment of Fort Dundas on Melville Island. The fort was there for only a short number of years, and while there John died of Cholera. Strangely, he was the only person to die of Cholera, which is a
bit strange.

D Wong on 20th September, 2017 wrote of Ellen Sullivan:

Ellen Sullivan was listed as 26 ;years old on arrival in NSW - she was transported for ‘Man Robbery’.

Ellen was a widow with 1 male and 1 female children.

Occupation: Cook in a hotel.

Assigned to the Female Factory, Parramatta.

9/8/1841: COF

Greg Scannell on 20th September, 2017 wrote of Margaret Scannell:

Her trial was held in Cork Ireland in August 1817.

D Wong on 20th September, 2017 wrote of Edward Kinshela:

Edward is listed as “KINSELLA” on Irish Convict Records database - he is not listed on the NSW Gov. Convict database.

Occupation: Canal Boatman.

Edward was listed as 25 years old on arrival - birth date of 1794 listed.  Native place: Kildare.

Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 wrote of Mary Bond:

Mary Bond (nee Sutton) was a widow, when at Wells, Somerset on 19th August 1786 she was charged with stealing a petticoat and other goods from her parents, sentenced to transportation for 7 years she was held on the prison hulk ‘Dunkirk’ (the only woman among nearly 350 male convicts) from 30th January 1787 to October 1789.
Left England on 19th January 1790.
Ship:- The Neptune was one of the three ships that made up the second fleet. She embarked her convicts in December 1789 and sailed from England on 19th January 1790. carrying 424 male convicts & 78 female convicts, one Hundred and Fifty-Eight convicts died on the Neptune during the voyage to Port Jackson (147 male & 11 female). The three ships of the Second Fleet arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, in company, on 13th April 1790 following a passage of just 84 days from Portsmouth. The Neptune embarked an additional twelve convicts at the Cape of Good Hope (survivors of the Guardian ship wreck).
Arrived on 28th June 1790, 158 days after leaving England.

Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 wrote of Henry Sutton:

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18280110-3

Before Mr. Justice Littledale.
259. HENRY SUTTON was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of November , at St. Pancras, in the dwelling-house of Mary Ann Clements , 1 watch, value 15l.; 1 pair of gold snaps, value 18l.; 3 bracelets, value 3l.; 12 silver forks, value 9l.; 15 silver spoons, value 9l.; 1 pelisse, value 20l.; 3 dresses, value 12l.; 16 pairs of silk stockings, value 6l.; and 11 shifts, value 6l. , her property.
MARY ANN CLEMENTS. My real name is Clements, but I have assumed the name of Kelly for about five years. I live at No. 2, Bath-place, New-road, Mary-le-bone, in the parish of St. Pancras - my tax papers are headed St. Pancras; nobody but myself rents the house. On the 31st of October I went out, and did not sleep at home that night; I slept at No. 16, Duke-street, Portland-place. I had left my house about five o’clock in the evening - every thing was perfectly safe when I went out; I went to my house next day, at one o’clock; I called for some cloaks, but did not go into the house - I remained at the gate. I called again at half-past three - I merely went for some clothes of my own and of the lady’s with whom I was with in Duke-street; I did not go into the house - Aldridge, my servant, delivered them to me; I dined out. A friend came to me at No. 16, Duke-street, to tell me my house was robbed - I went there a few minutes after five o’clock, and found four or five officers in the dining-room; I found my wardrobe stripped, and the plate out of the dining-room gone; my wardrobe had not been locked - there was nothing left in it but an old pair of stockings; and some white dresses were left in a drawer. I missed a gold watch, worth 15l.; a pair of gold bracelets, worth eighteen guineas, four silk dresses, worth 16l.; a velvet pelisse, worth 21l.; twelve or thirteen shifts and about sixteen pairs of silk stockings; I also missed six silver dinner forks, which cost 21s. each; six desert forks; and eight table-spoons, worth 5l. or 6l. from the sideboard cupboard, in the dining-room; I had left the keys with my servant, and desired her to lock it - it was all my property. Some places had been unlocked, but not forced open. I suppose the property to be worth 130l. or 140l. altogether. but cannot be certain of the exact value. I did not tell the Magistrate that my wardrobe was forced - (looking at her deposition) I signed this - it says so here, but I never said it - it must be a mistake.

MARY ANN GREEN . On a Wednesday evening, late in October, I went to Burchett’s lodgings; I do not know the day, or whether it was in October or November - I saw Isabella Aldridge there - she is Mrs. Kelly’s servant; I knew her by that name: I went home with her to her mistress’ house, and staid there all night, and in the morning went with her to Tottenham Court-road, to buy some gall to clean the parlour carpet - this was on Thursday morning - we both returned to the house, and a person sent to say she wished to speak to Aldridge; she went out, leaving me in the house; and about half-past twelve o’clock I saw the prisoner in the New-road - I was then with Aldridge - she asked him to come into the house, and he went in; Aldridge told him she was going to have a treat, a preserved damson pudding for her dinner - he said he was very fond of that: she told him she was going to meet her mistress in the afternoon, and could not stay to eat any of it, but if he would call in the course of the afternoon he should have some; the prisoner left the house, after eating a herring and a roll. Aldridge then went out, and I was left alone in the house - the prisoner came again in about half an hour; it was then about half-past two o’clock, I think; he knocked at the door, and I let him in; he came down to the kitchen; I told him the pudding was not done; he stood in the kitchen, looked round, and asked me if I could not get him a silver spoon - I asked him what for; he said to pledge for a trifle of money, for he was very much distressed; I asked where he thought I could get a silver spoon from, and said he would get me into disgrace, and the servant too; he then went up stairs: I went up with him, to let him out at the street door; as he went along the passage the parlour door was open - he went into the parlour, looked on the sideboard and about; I begged of him not to touch any thing that was there; the sideboard cupboard door stood a little open, and he took out a basket of plate: I begged of him not to do any thing of the kind; I saw him take the basket out, and saw there was silver in it, but do not know what kind of plate it was; he told me to keep all silent, and it would be all for the best; he told me to remain in the passage, and that if any one came not to open the door, and said he would have a good sweep; he went up stairs, and came down in about five minutes afterwards, with two bundles, and went out of the house. I never saw him any more till he came to the prison; when he went out he told me when the servant came in, to clap my hands together, and say, “Oh! Bella, I am sure there are thieves in the house, for there is such a noise up stairs;” the servant came in in about ten minutes after he went out, and directly after she came in the prisoner came up, and knocked at the door; the servant was very much frightened, and told him her mistress’ wardrobe was stripped.
Q. Had you told her what he mentioned when she came in? A. Yes; I said, “Oh! Bella, there is such a noise up stairs - I am sure there are thieves in the house.” She went up stairs directly.
Q. Did she come down before be came to the door? A. No; he knocked at the door directly she came in - she came down directly, and told him her mistress’ wardrobe was stripped; he told her to keep all silent, and to go for an officer; she went, and one came - she asked him where to go for an officer - he told her to go to Benson’s butter-shop, at the corner of the New-road; she went, and the prisoner went away before the officer came; I never saw him again till he came to Clerkenwell prison, where I was taken on suspicion of being concerned in this. When I saw him there he begged of me to keep my own counsel. I have known the prisoner ten years - he was a shoemaker. I used to go out to work, as I could get it, but have no regular place of service.
Q. Had the prisoner employment at this time? A. Yes- I used to see him every day; I cannot mention the date on which this happened, but I remember Mrs. Kelly coming in a chaise about two o’clock on the Thursday - the prisoner was in the house at that time; Mrs. Kelly did not come in: the prisoner was in the kitchen, and went to hide himself, because she should not see him, and I went with him, as I did not wish to be seen - I do not know what Mrs. Kelly came for - she did not come again till after the robbery, to my knowledge; I do not know of any dress being taken to her.
Q. What did the prisoner do with the basket of plate? A. He put it into his pockets, I believe; he carried two bundles out, but I did not see what was in them.

ISABELLA ALDRIDGE. I was servant to Mrs. Kelly in October last; I remember seeing Green at Burchett’s lodgings; I think it was on the last day of October - she went home, and slept with me that night; Mrs. Kelly did not sleep at home that night - it was on the Wednesday that she went out. I have known the prisoner about a twelvemonth - I did not see him on the Thursday till two o’clock; I saw him then in the New-road - Green called him, and asked him to come in - he came into Mrs. Kelly’s house; he came down stairs; I had got some damsons, and told him I was going to have a damson pudding for dinner- he said it was what he was very fond of, and he should like some; I said if he could stop he might have some - he said he could not stop; I asked if he could come in the afternoon - he said No, he had got some work to do, and could not leave work till about eight o’clock in the evening- he had a herring, and part of a roll which was left at breakfast - he ate that, and then went out; I did not see him again till after the robbery: I had gone out to No. 16, Duke-street, where my mistress was, about half an hour after he left - I was to have taken her a dress and a pair of shoes - I forgot to take the shoes; she sent me home for them, and when I got there Green said she heard a noise in the house, and that I had left the door open.
Q. Well, but did your mistress come to the house in a gig? A. Yes; she came to the house about one o’clock, and about three; both times were before the robbery; I first heard of the robbery when I came home for the shoes, that was about five o’clock; I opened the door with a key, and called Green; she came up stairs from the kitchen, after I had called three times, and told me she had heard a dreadful noise in the house - that I had left the street door open, and she thought some one was in the house then. I had not left the door open.
Q. Did you go up stairs? A. Yes, and found the wardrobe almost stripped of all the clothes; I came down again, and when I came down the prisoner was at the door.
Q. Did you look at the sideboard? A. No - I did not go into the parlour. I told him the wardrobe was stripped, and asked him what I should do; he told me to go and fetch an officer; I asked him where - he told me to go to the butter-shop at the corner of the New-road; I went, and they told me where to go and get one; Benson keeps the butter-shop - he did not mention Benson’s name; I was to ask them where there was an officer. I left the prisoner in the house; he told me he would stop till I came back, but he went away while I was gone; he told me to keep all quiet, and not to say that he had been to the house; I said No, I would not - I hoped God would strike me dead if I did, if he would stop till I got back, and he said he would.
Q. How came you to say you would not tell any body? A. Because he did not seem satisfied that I would not say he had been. and I thought if I said that he would stop till I came back, and if I did not say so he might go away; Green was by my side, and told me not to say she had been in the house; I said I wished her to stop with me, and she did stop.

GEORGE AVIS . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner on the 29th of November, at Clerkenwell prison; he came there to see Mary Ann Green - he said his name was Williams - I told him I knew it was Sutton, and he must come with me. As I took him to the office I told him I took him on suspicion of Mrs. Kelly’s robbery - he said he was innocent - that he knew nothing of it, and was never in the house in his life, no farther than walking to and fro. I took him before Sir George Farrant - at his first examination he denied it, the same as he had to me; what he said was not then taken down: he was brought up a second time - I had no conversation with him; no threat nor promise was held out to him by any body; what he said was in the presence of the Magistrate, who took it down; it was read over to him, and he signed it; Sir George Farrant also signed it, and I witnessed it; I saw him sign his name - this is his statement (looking at it,) and this is Sir George Farrant’s signature to it - here is my signature - the prisoner made no objection to signing it; (read) “I now acknowledge that I did take the property, as mentioned by Green, and gave the two bundles to a man named William Smith, who waited for them near Mrs. Kelly’s house, but I never saw Smith afterwards, nor received any of the money the things might produce, - Henry Sutton.”

MRS. CLEMENTS. I have not found any of my property.
Prisoner’s Defence. On the Thursday that the robbery was committed I was to have met Green at two o’clock, to give her part of my earnings, to help maintain her; when I got to the bottom of Brook-street she told me to come that way - I was not inclined to go, but the servant beckoned to me to come in; I objected - I was asked to come in several times - I at last went in, and took part of a herring and roll; I then said I must go, as I had been ill for two months, and should lose my work if I did not attend to it; I went to the corner of the New-road. I had a subscription made for me while I was ill, and Smith had subscribed for me; I met him, and asked him to go and take part of a pint of porter - we went to a public-house, and had a pint of beer, and afterwards sixpenny-worth of rum; he asked how the young woman was who nursed me when I was ill- I told him she was at the prosecutrix’s house, and I was to have something to eat there, and what money I had I would spend on him, for his kindness - I stopped there with him for half an hour, and in our conversation he said I was to blame if I did not get some property from the house, and could I not do it - I said No, but after awhile he overpowered me; I went in, and brought the property.
Two witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.
GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.
Recommended to Mercy by the Jury, believing him to have been induced to commit the offence by Smith .

Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 wrote of Henry Sutton:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 10th January 1828 for stealing, on the 31st of November 1827, at St. Pancras, in the dwelling-house of Mary Ann Clements , 1 watch, 1 pair of gold snaps, 3 bracelets, 12 silver forks,15 silver spoons, 1 pelisse, 3 dresses, 16 pairs of silk stockings, and 11 shifts, her property, he was sentenced to death, but recommended to mercy by the Jury, believing him to have been induced to commit the offence by William Smith, this was commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 1st June 1828.
Ship:- the ‘Albion’ sailed with 192 male convicts on board of which 4 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 3rd November 1828.

Henry was assigned to Hanibal Hawkins McArthur as a bootmaker, there he met Irish servant Ann Liddy who he married in 1833 at Parramatta, they had 11 children between 1834-1859.

He was granted Ticket of Leave Generic 14th August 1838.
He opened his own bootmaking business specialising in Wellington Boots in 1851 at Parramatta.
Henry was granted Conditional Pardon No 51/187 on 1st May 1851.

Henry died on 23rd December 1886 aged 85 at Camperdown, Sydney.
Ann died of chronic bronchitis on 1st March 1891 at the home of her daughter Matilda, in Surry Hills, Sydney age 76.

Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 wrote of George Shepherd:

The Ipswich Journal Saturday 9th January 1836 p. 3
At Woodbridge Quarter Sessions, on Wednesday last…George Sheppeard, for stealing ten pigs, the property of Mr. John Turner, of Pettaugh. Mr William Page, who had for the last three months managed the prosecutor’s business in consequence of his ill health, deposed that the correct number of pigs were upon the premises on the 27th ult., and that on the following morning ten were gone; witness went that day to Hadleigh market, in search of the lost pigs, and found eight of them there in a pen; the prisoner was then pointed out to witness by David Beer, of Hintlesham, who had bought seven of the pigs, the other had been sold to another man, and the prisoner, in the presence of the witness voluntarily returned the money he had received for the eight; the other two (making up the number lost) were found, under a search warrant, on the prisoner’s premises, and the whole identified as the prosecutor’s property. David Beer identified prisoner as being the person of whom he bought seven of the hogs claimed and taken away by the last witness. Guilty - transported for 7 years.

Phil Hands on 20th September, 2017 wrote of George Shepherd:

Tried and convicted at the Suffolk Quarter Sessions on 6th January 1836 for stealing 10 pigs, he was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 7th May 1836.
Ship:- the ‘Moffatt’ sailed with 400 male convicts on board of which 4 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 31st August 1836.
George married free settler Caroline Victoria Whittle in 1841 at Parramatta, nothing more has been found regarding the couple, it is presumed that she died or left the Colony before 1844, as it appears George had met his next wife (Amelia Arrobus) and started a family with her.
George married Amelia Arrobus in 1857 at Hartley, Central Tablelands, they had 9 children between 1844-1859.

George died in 1887 at Hartley age 70.
Amelia died in 1900 at Lithgow in the Central Tablelands.

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