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Maureen Withey on 9th July, 2020 wrote of Ferdinand Meaurant:


Ferdinand Meaurant

Sydney Gazette, 19 June 1803.

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Mccaustin:

1818, 16 June: Admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; prisoner 3687 (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924,Dublin Kilmainham 1815-1910).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Mccaustin:

TRIED: Lent 1818 (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Henry Alcorn:

1818, 31 March: The Belfast Newsletter reports that Henry Alcorn and Edward McCormick, tried at the Tyrone Assizes, were found guilty of having in their possession forged notes of the Bank of Ireland; to be transported for 14 years (see https://www.jenwilletts.com/).

1823-1825: General Muster of NSW - Henry Alcorn is a government servant assigned to John Smith at Newcastle.

1825, 10 March: Henry Allcorn (Alcorn alias Smith), aged 45, native place Donegal, 5’9”, fair ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, and hazel eyes. Servant to Richard McGuire at Newcastle

1828: Census - He is a labourer employed by William Innes at Paterson/Patterson’s Plains.

1829, 26 December: Ticket of Leave granted for Patterson’s Plains (see https://www.jenwilletts.com/).

1832, 1 June: Granted Certificate of Freedom, #32/540. Description: 5’9”, fair complexion, grey hair and light blue eyes. Notation: CoF cancelled on receipt of a letter on 24 November reporting the holder’s death (on 20 November) (see NSW Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867, Butts of Certificates of Freedom 1832 June All Records).

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2020 wrote of William Orr:

Irish Convict Database.
William Orr,  per Friendship (1800),  Tried at Antrim,  Rebel, Life.  Trade - Watch maker. Left Colony. Died in Ballymena Antrim Co.


13 July 1805. Letter from Under-Secretary King to Under-Secretary Cooke.
Re Pardon for William Orr with permission to return to Ireland.
Source: Historical Records Of Ireland.

General Orders.
His Majesty has been graciously pleased to Grant a Free Pardon to William Orr;
By Command of His Excellency
G Blaxcell, Sec.
April 30, 1806.
Sydney Gazette, 4 May 1806

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2020 wrote of William Davis:

In the Sydney Burial Ground the tombstone inscription for William Davis stated: “He was one of the last survivors of those who were exiled without the formality of a trial for the Irish political Movement of 1798.”

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Henry Alcorn:

DIED and BURIED: 24 November 1835 (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879 for Henry Alcorn alias Smith)

Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of George Jordan:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), September 1832, trial of GEORGE JORDAN (t18320906-67).
GEORGE JORDAN, Theft > simple larceny, 6th September 1832.
1793. GEORGE JORDAN was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of August , 1 handkerchief, value 2s. , the goods of William Sentance .

WILLIAM BELLCHAMBERS . I am a Custom-house officer. I was on Fish-street-hill , and saw the prisoner and another lad walking before Mr. Sentance; I saw the other put his hand towards Mr. Sentance’s pocket, and look into it; after walking a few paces he took the handkerchief out, and gave it to the prisoner, who was in his company and talking to him: Mr. Sentance turned down Eastcheap, and the two boys ran away; I informed Mr. Sentance, then ran after the prisoner, and took the handkerchief out of his trousers pocket: he denied having it; but when I found it, he said he had picked it up.

WILLIAM SENTANCE. I live in Blackman-street. On the 1st of August the witness gave me information - I felt my pocket, and missed my handkerchief; I afterwards saw it in King’s possession.

JOHN KING . I am a constable. Bellchambers delivered me the handkerchief, and I took the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence (written) On the day previous to the robbery, I was going along Fish-street-hill, a boy came up to me and asked me whether I would be so kind as to pawn a handkerchief; he pulled it out of his side pocket; I asked him where he got it from - he said it was his mother’s; while I was in the act of pledging the handkerchief I was taken into custody, and the boy made his escape.

GUILTY . Aged 14. - Transported for Life .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Hutchins:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), May 1832, trial of THOMAS GASCOYNE JOHN JONES JOHN HUTCHINS (t18320517-161).
THOMAS GASCOYNE, JOHN JONES, JOHN HUTCHINS, Theft > pocketpicking, 17th May 1832.
1287. THOMAS GASCOYNE , JOHN JONES , and JOHN HUTCHINS were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of May , 1 purse, value 1s.; 2 sovereigns, 2 half-crowns, 6 shillings, and 5 sixpences, the property of Brook Brydges Parbly , Esq. , from his person .

THOMAS MADDEN. I am a constable of Kensington. On the 15th of May I was in the garden belonging to the King’s Head, Kensington ; there were a number of persons assembled at a meeting - I saw all the prisoners there, and watched them; I saw Colonel Parbly - Gascoyne, the prisoner, extended his right hand to the prosecutor’s right-hand trousers pocket; I did not observe where the prosecutor’s hand was at the time, but I heard Jones make some remark to Gascoyne, who replied,“I can’t get his manler off,” which means a hand; Jones then attempted his pocket in the same way - some more words passed between them, and Gascoyne said, “Why don’t you get his d-d mauler off?” I then saw Hutchins come from the rear in front of the colonel; he looked up in his face, and said Mr. Hume (who had just spoken) was a very clever fellow, and he added, “Before Mr. Hume leaves the hustings, let us give him three cheers”- when they were given Hutchins said, “Let us give him one cheer more;” when the fourth cheer was given the colouel took his hat off, and waved it as well as he could in the crowd, raising his right arm; and either Gascoyne or Jones was supporting his arm up; the three prisoners left the crowd immediately the fourth cheer was given - I asked the colonel if he had lost any thing; he felt in his pocket, and said, “I have lost my purse” - I ran through the crowd, and succeeded in stopping the three prisoners, with the assistance of some other persons, just as they were going out of the door - Hutchins had his right hand in his pocket; I examined his pocket, and found in it this purse, with two sovereigns and 13s. 6d. in it - he claimed it; I took them to the station, and asked the colonel to describe his purse - he claimed it, and said there were two sovereigns in it, and some silver, but he could not exactly say what - I found some money on Jones, and on Gascoyne - I found on Hutchins, besides the purse, a half-sovereign, 9s. 6d. in silver, and I think 2d. in copper, and a pocket-book.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q.What did you find on Gascoyne? A.2s. 6d. in silver, and 1 1/2d. - there was a great crowd, and the colonel was in the midst of it; there was no difficulty in distinguishing the prisoners - I did not go to the Reform Meeting as an officer, but if I had seen a breach of the peace I should have interfered; I was not quite certain when the attempt was made, and if I had attempted to take them then I should have had very little chance in the crowd - I was not certain that the colonel was robbed till I saw them leaving the crowd - I did not see Jones or Gascoyne speak to Hutchins; there might be one or two persons between him and the colonel when these attempts were made.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You went partly as a reformer yourself? A. You may take it so if you please, but of course I was an officer - I applauded the speeches, but I never lifted my hand; I think the prisoners were more anxious to see others cheer than to cheer themselves - Hutchins claimed thepurse to the last; I do not know whether it is a common purse, I have seen many like it.

BROOK BRYDGES PARBLY. I am a colonel in the East India Company’s service . I was at the King’s Arms garden, attending the meeting, as I live in the parish, in Brompton-square; Lord Teynham was in the chair - I had a purse of this sort and colour, with two sovereigns and some loose silver in it - I missed it when the officer spoke to me; I believe this is my purse - I recollect the cheers being proposed; I had before that had my hand on my side, but when Mr. Hume was leaving the meeting, I lifted my hand, and took off my hat - by that means my pocket was exposed.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Was your coat buttoned? A. Yes; I cannot swear to the purse - Hutchins insisted that it was his from the first; there was a great crowd.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you observe any communication between the prisoners? A. No- I could not swear to any of them.

JURY to THOMAS MADDEN . Q. Did the prisoners go away together? A. They were close together when they quitted, and went at the same time.

Gascoyne. I was not near the door; I was in the crowd - another person took me. Witness. I took him and Hutchins near the door; there was some crowd there - I called a person to assist me; I called to a special-constable to take Jones - they were all going away together: there were several speeches after Mr. Hume left.

Hutchins. The purse is mine - I have had it three or four months; I bought in the Strand, where you can buy fifty every day - this officer did not take it from me; another person took it out of my pocket, and gave it to him- I said it was mine, and that it had 2l. 13s. 6d. in it. -Witness. He had his hand in his pocket, grasping the purse, and I took it; I said, “If it is yours, you can tell what is in it - how many sovereigns are there?” he said three; I said, “How much silver?” he said about 14s. - he guessed the silver right within 6d.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Are you sure he did not say two sovereigns? A. He said two, after he saw the money counted, but at first he said three.

COLONEL PARBLY. The gold was at one end, and the silver at the other.



JONES - GUILTY . Aged 34.

Transported for Fourteen Years .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of James Hitchcock:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), September 1831, trial of JAMES HITCHCOCK (t18310908-156).
JAMES HITCHCOCK, Royal Offences > coining offences, 8th September 1831.

1683. JAMES HITCHCOCK was indicted for feloniously puting off to Robert Lawrence , 20 counterfeit shillings, at and for a lower rate and denomination than the same were counterfeited for .

MESSRS. SCARLETT and GURNEY conducted the prosecution.

ROBERT LAWRENCE . I am a fishmonger, and live in Lambeth-walk. In consequence of an application made to me, I met Gollocker and Myers, at Myers’ house, on the 10th of June; Gollocker there searched me, to see if I had any money, and then provided me with four shillings, and Myers gave me six pence; I then went with them to Kingsland-road - I and Gollocker went to the sign of the Bull, and Myers went to the Weavers’ Arms - Gollocker and I had a pint of porter, for which Gollocker paid; in about ten minutes the prisoner came in, he took a drink of porter and then beckoned me out - I had seen him on the day before, at the same house; we went into Edward-street, and Gollocker followed us - I went with the prisoner nearly to the bottom of the street, and asked what he had got; he said a score of bobs - I asked him the price - he said they were to be 4s.; he took a parcel out of his waistcoat pocket, and gave it me - I broke it open, and found there was a score; I gave him four shillings in return - I took one of them out of the paper, and threw it up with my thumb and finger, to give Myers a sight of it - we then went into the Weavers’ Arms, called for a pot of ale, and the prisoner asked me when I should want any more; I said I would let him know; he then left, and I gave the twenty base shillings which I had from him to Gollocker, and he gave them to Myers, in my presence - we then went to Myers’ house, where I marked them; I went to the prisoner’s house on the 22nd of July, and he was there taken.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. How long have you been employed by the Mint? A. I have gone now and then for about eleven weeks; but I attend to my own trade - I am a fishmonger; I never passed bad coin; Gollocker knew I had taken seven bad shillings, and applied to me to assist in taking these people - I have not received a farthing; I have given evidence for the Mint once before; I expect to be paid for my loss of time, whether the prisoner is convicted or not - there is a dead wall where the sale took place; it is a long street.

JURY. Q.What did you see the prisoner for on the 9th? A. I went with Gollocker, and the prisoner and him had some transactions together; I made an arrangement with the prisoner to meet me on the next day - he asked Avis, in my presence, if I should want any thing, and he said Yes, a score of bobs.

JAMES GOLLOCKER . I am a constable, and live in King-street, Lambeth-walk. I applied to Lawrence to assist in apprehending the prisoner; I met Lawrence at Myers’ house, on the 10th of June - I searched him, furnished him with four shillings, and Myers gave him 6d.; we then went to Kingland-road, to a public-house called the Bull; we went in, and had a pint of beer - the prisoner came in, and took part of the beer; he then went out, and Lawrence followed him - I followed them, and as they were going down Edward-street I heard Lawrence ask the prisoner how many he had got; he said a score - he took a paper parcel from his pocket, and Lawrence gave him something in return; we then went to the Weavers’ Arms, and had a pot of ale together - I said to the prisoner, “We shall see you again by and by;” I received the money from Lawrence, and gave it to Myers - we went to Myers’ house, and there Lawrencemarked the money: we did not take the prisoner at that time, because we had information that he was one of the coiners who resided in Wentworth-street - I had bought twenty of the prisoner myself on the 9th.

Cross-examined. Q.How long had you known Lawrence? A.Eight or ten years - I never employed him before; he has been engaged with others - he had three cases at Maidstone, which is all I know of; they were all three tried the same day - this is the first case here; the prisoner was aware I was near him - nobody was passing at the time.

RICHARD MYERS . On the 10th of June I accompanied Gollocker and Lawrence, and left them at the Bull-Lawrence had been searched, in my presence, at my house, and four good shillings were given him by Gollocker, and I gave him 6d.; I went to the sign of the Weavers’ Arms, which is about the middle of Edward-street, where I could see what took place - the prisoner came down first, Lawrence next, and Gollocker next; the prisoner stood and put something into Lawrence’s hand, and Lawrence gave him something in return - Lawrence threw up one of the shillings, to let me see what it was; they then came into the Weavers’ Arms, and I drew back - this is the parcel.

WILLIAM HALL . I was at the Orchard public-house on the 22nd of July, and apprehended the prisoner; I found there was something in his waistcoat pocket, and asked him what it was - he said a bad shilling which he had taken a fortnight ago.

JOHN FIELD . I have been long employed as inspector of counterfeit coin for the Mint. These shillings are all counterfeit.

Prisoner’s Defence I have only to say that I know none of these gentlemen who now come to prosecute me -I never saw any of them before but Lawrence.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years .

Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of George Heaven:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), September 1832, trial of GEORGE HEAVEN (t18320906-159).
GEORGE HEAVEN, Royal Offences > coining offences, 6th September 1832.
Before Mr. Baron Bailey.

1884. GEORGE HEAVEN was indicted for feloniously forging a bill of exchange for the sum of 15l. 1s. 6d.,(setting it forth, dated the 2nd of May 1832, at three months after date, on John Smith , High-street, Maidstone, signed Whittaker and Co.) with intent to defraud John Lindsay .

SECOND COUNT, for uttering the same with a like intent.

THREE OTHER COUNTS, for forging an acceptance of the said bill, and uttering the same with a like intent.

MR. CRESWELL conducted the prosecution.

JOHN LINDSAY. I live in Earl-street west, Edgware-road , and am sub-collector of the parochial rates . The prisoner lodged with me - he did not pay his rent regurlarly; I applied for it several times - it was about 8l.; and on the 14th of June he gave me this bill to get discounted to pay my rent and give him the difference - I endorsed it, and got it discounted at Henry Hodson’s, in New Church-street - I paid 5s. for the discount, and paid the prisoner 7l. 2s. 6d.; on its becoming due, it was returned to me as dishonoured; I paid it - the prisoner had then removed to Mr. Clark’s, at Kilburn; he had remained five weeks with me after paying me the bill.

Prisoner. Q. What was the cause of my leaving? A. In consequence of his getting my son turned out of a situation, I gave him notice to leave - when he gave me the bill, I asked him if it was on Whitaker, of Ave Maria-lane; he said it was, and that he got it from them for work he had done for them.

GEORGE BYROM WHITAKER. I am one of the firm of Whitaker and Co., Ave Maria-lane. This bill was not drawn by me, or any member of our firm; the prisoner never worked for our house; but he worked for another house in a trade-book, in which our house holds a small share - we were not the managing persons; Mr. Collingwood, who is now dead, managed it - we have a correspondent named John Smith , at Maidstone, but never drew bills on him.

Prisoner. Q. Is the bill drawn in the way your firm sign? A. No, we never draw in the names Whitaker and Co.

JOHN SMITH . I am a bookseller, and live in Week-street, Maidstone. The acceptance to this bill is not my writing - I do not know whose it is, and have not the least suspicion; I formerly lived in High-street - I know no John Smith in High-street; there was Jacob Smith , a linen-draper, there - I do not know his hand-writing; I do not know the prisoner.

BALTIMORE CLUBB . I am clerk to Messrs. Luke and Wilkinson, solicitors. I caused the prisoner to be apprehended at Mr. Clark’s, Kilburn-wells; I am Lindsay’s brother-in-law - I took Jones, a Policeman, with me, on the 9th of August, about nine o’clock in the evening; he was not at home, but came in shortly after - we were waiting in the neighbourhood, and Mrs. Clark sent for us; I said,“Mr. Heaven, I am very sorry, but I am obliged to give you in charge of this Policeman, on a charge of uttering a forged bill of exchange” - he said nothing then; on our way to the station, I said it was an unlucky thing - he said he did not intend to defraud Mr. Lindsay, but he had hoped, by getting money for some work he had published, to have got sufficient to have taken up this bill: at the station he wished me to use my influence with my brother-in-law, not to prefer the charge, as he should then be discharged; I cannot tell his precise words.

WILLIAM JONES . I am a Policeman. I took the prisoner in charge at Kilburn, Middlesex.

Prisoner’s Defence. I feel myself in a most distressing situation - I never attempted or wished to wrong Mr. Lindsay in any way; I trust any favourable point in my case will be considered, also my having a wife and children; I have hitherto moved in a respectable situation in life - I declare I never used the name of Whitaker and Co., nor did the prosecutor ask me the question.

GUILTY of uttering . Aged 36.

Transported for Life .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of William Haynes:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), May 1832, trial of HENRY SAMPSON WILLIAM HAYNES (t18320517-205).
HENRY SAMPSON, WILLIAM HAYNES, Theft > pocketpicking, 17th May 1832.
1331. HENRY SAMPSON and WILLIAM HAYNES were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of May , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Thomas Gotobed , from his person .

THOMAS GOTOBED . I live in Russell-street, Bloomsbury. On the afternoon of the 4th of May I was walking down Gate-street, Lincoln’s Inn-fields ; a person touched my coat pocket; I turned, and saw the two prisoners in custody of Goldstone - Sampson had my handkerchief concealed in his jacket; he gave it me himself - I delivered it to the officer.

JAMES GOLDSTONE . I am an umbrella-maker, and live in Gate-street. On the 4th of May I was in my shop, and saw the prosecutor pass, followed by the prisoners -I saw Haynes lift up the prosecutor’s pocket; I left my shop to go and caution him, but before I got to him Haynes took the handkerchief, and gave it to Sampson; I took them both - by my direction Sampson gave up the handkerchief.

JOHN GALLAHER. I am a Police-constable. I took the prisoners.

(Property produced and sworn to.)


HAYNES - GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Fourteen Years .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Thomas Goodfellow:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), April 1832, trial of JOSEPH SAINT THOMAS GOODFELLOW SAMUEL BENTOTE (t18320405-181).
JOSEPH SAINT, THOMAS GOODFELLOW, SAMUEL BENTOTE, Theft > simple larceny, 5th April 1832.
984. JOSEPH SAINT , THOMAS GOODFELLOW , and SAMUEL BENTOTE were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of February , 1 till, value 1s., 3 half-crowns, 9 shillings, and 3 sixpences , the property of Timothy Coleman Johnson , the elder.

TIMOTHY COLEMAN JOHNSON , JUN. I am the son of Timothy Coleman Johnson; he keeps a public-house in Cheshire-street, Waterloo-town . On the 26th of February I saw Goodfellow, a boy who is admitted evidence, and a number of other boy s opposite my father’s house; and between seven and eight in the evening I missed the till, which had been kept in the bar under the counter - I had seen if safe two minutes before, and, to the best of my belief, there were about 2l. in copper, and a half-crown in it, which I had put in about a quarter of an hour before, and a number of shillings and sixpences; I saw the till again about one o’clock in the morning, when it was produced by the officer - the prisoners were all in custody then; Goodfellow and Bentote’s parents were tenants of my father’s; when I missed the till I went to Bentote’s father, and from what he said, I had Goodfellow taken; but before he was taken he had been sent to my father for a quartern of gin, and I questioned him about it, but did not make him any promise or threat; he said he knew nothing about it, but the afterwards said he was in company with Saint and Prince about four o’clock, and that he had been in Brick-lane that evening.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. Do you conduct your father’s business? A. I do sometimes - I am sure there was a half-crown in the till about two minutes before it was lost - we open the till to put the money into it; there is a pin to fasten it, but it was not fastened then - the bar is about twenty feet from the door; I have a room behind the bar; I can see a person who comes into the bar.

THOMAS PRINCE . I am fourteen years old; I am a weaver - I know the three prisoners. On the day stated I met them about twelve o’clock; they were at play, and I played with them till about two; while we were playing I heard Goodfellow say he had had 15s. one week out of Mr. Johnson’s till, and 1l. the week afterwards - this was on the Sunday they were taken up, but I do not know the day of the month; he did not say how he had got it, but said he was by himself; I was taken up on this charge, and have been ever since in the House of Correction; I met the prisoners again about four o’clock, near the prosecutor’s house - I played with them till about five, and then went to my tea; I came out and joined them again in about an hour; then Goodfellow said to me, “Will you be in getting Johnson’s till?” he said it would be a gift to get it, and he would go and get it - I refused to have any thing to do with it - the other two prisoners were there at the time, and must have heard what was said - I left them, and in about an hour I saw them again in Bethnall-green-road - Goodfellow told me that he had got Johnson’s till, and said there was a good load of money in it; the other two were close to him; he said they had chucked the till over some palings behind Johnson’s house - I was taken at one o’clock on Monday morning - I told the officer what I have now stated; I showed him the place, and the till was found there - I saw the prisoners again an hour after; they told me of this, and Bentote asked me if I would put a pair of pigeons into my father’s loft till Monday morning, and I did; he did not say where he got them from.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the nature of an oath? A. Yes, I have been instructed in it since the prisoners were committed; if what I have said be false, I shall go to hell; the parson told me to say so - I have been to church, but have not been taught the catechism; I never was in gaol before this time - I worked for Mr. Wade two years; he never charged me with taking a sovereign; I left him to go home to my father - I swear I never robbed him; I have never told any one that I used to rob Mr. Wade weekly, to supply my father with tobacco - since I have been in prison Saint has charged me with stealing a knife from him, but I did not; I stated before the Magistrate the same that I have now - I did not say that I saw Goodfellow go into the house while another boy held the door open, and when Goodfellow brought out the till, we divided the money; I said, they told me so; I did not say I was present, and they told me they divided the money as fairly as they could, by handfulls - I did not tell Mr. Johnson they were going to rob him, for fear they should give me a good hiding; I did not say any thing about it till I was in custody; I then told directly - I had no part of the money, and did not know where it was.

Q. Now, did you not tell an officer that you had buried 12s. of this money in a garden? A. I did not; I said Bentote went into our garden, and I told the officer I thought he had buried some money there - I happened to tell the exact place where the money was; I do not know how much was found, nor whether it was copper or silver.

JOHN CONNOR . I am a weaver, and am almost fifteen years of age. On the Sunday in question I went out to take a walk, and as I was coming home the three prisoners and Prince called me; it was then ten minutes or a quarter-past six o’clock; they called to me, and said,” Jack Connor , will you come with us?” and I thought they said crack a crib, but I cannot be certain - I went home.

ROBERT McGOVERN . I am a Police-officer. On the evening of Sunday, the 26th of February, I was on duty in Brick-lane, at a quarter-past six o’clock - my attention was attracted by three boys standing by a window -I can swear one of them was Saint; he had some copper money in his hand, and was trying to reckon it by the light of the window; I went up, and questioned him how he came by it; the other two ran away - Saint turned round, threw the money into my hands, and ran away; I overtook him, and asked how he got it; he said he got it from boys who he believed had thieved it - I asked if he knew the boys; he said Yes - I took him to the station-house; as we were going there, he told me the boys had more money, and some silver also; he told me the names of Prince, Goodfellow, and Bentote - when they were taken to the station, he charged them as being the boys; I found in Saint’s pocket 1ls. 6d., in silver; there was one half-crown, with shillings, and sixpences; the other two prisoners were brought in about eleven o’clock, but nothing was found on them.

Cross-examined. Q. Then Saint gave you the name of Prince? A. Yes, he said he was one of the boys who gave him the money - I was present when the till was found.

WILLIAM CLAY . I am a Police-officer. I heard Prince say that the till was thrown into a valley; I went there, but could not find it - I went back to him, and then he said it was thrown over some palings; I went there, and found it.

Cross-examined. Q. Did Prince tell you where the money was shared? A. No, Saint said that Prince was sharing the money in the valley.

MICHAEL DAY . I am a Police-officer. On the 26th of February, I was on duty in Selby-street, Waterloo-town, and a brother officer said there had been a till stolen; I found it was at Mr. Johnson’s; I apprehended Goodfellow about eleven o’clock that night, and on our way to the station, he asked if I could tell him what their punishment would be - I said I could not; he said,“I dare say we shall get three months of it.”

JOHN LAWRENCE MACDONNELL . I am an inspector of Police. Saint was brought to the station, and 16s. 2 1/2d. was found on him in copper and silver; he said the money had been divided among a certain number of boys who had committed a robbery.

JOHN CRAWLEY . I am pot-boy to Mr. Johnson. On Sunday, the 3rd of March, as I was getting in my pots, I saw Bentote at the back of my master’s house; I asked how he thought he should get on - he said he did not know yet; I asked him if he had any of the money; he said he had but 1s. 6d. in silver, and some copper - he said the money was shared by handsfull; he said that Saint held the door, and Goodfellow went in and took the till, and they ran down in the hollow, emptied it into Goodfellow’s cap, and he put it under his arm - they ran off where they thought no one could see them - I told him I thought they would get a severe flogging; he said he did not think that - he thought the case was not large enough, unless it went to Newgate, and he did not care about two or three month’s imprisonment, so long as he did not get a teazing.

Cross-examined. Q. You seem to have a very perfect recollection of it, how often have you told this? A. Two or three times; I do not recollect any thing being said about Prince peeping through the window, or his name being mentioned.

TIMOTHY COLEMAND JOHNSON. This is my father’s till, and I can identify some of the money.

SAINT - GUILTY . - Aged 14.



Transported for Seven Years .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Gordon Gibson:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), May 1832, trial of JOHN GORDON GIBSON (t18320517-98).
JOHN GORDON GIBSON, Theft > simple larceny, 17th May 1832.
1223. JOHN GORDON GIBSON was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of April , 1 silver spoon, value 10s., and 1 umbrella, value 10s. , the goods of John Bethell .

JOHN BETHELL. I am a solicitor , in Lincoln’s Inn-fields - the prisoner was a clerk in my office from 1828 up to April last; I am in partnership with Mr. Henry Williams - the lower part of the house is offices, but I reside in the upper part, and the prisoner had the unlimited range of the house. In February last I lost a number of valuable articles, and among the rest some spoons - the prisoner was taken to the office on another charge; the officer found on him a number of duplicates, one of which is for a silver dessert-spoon, which is one of a set I had lost, and one for a silk umbrella.

WILLIAM PENNY. I live with Mr. Cottrel, a pawnbroker. On the 14th of February I took in this spoon of a man, who, I believe, was not the prisoner; I gave him this duplicate.

CHRISTOPHER LAMB . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Stanhope-street; I have a silk umbrella, which I took in on the 23rd of February, of a man, who, to the best of my belief, was the prisoner; this is the duplicate I gave.

BENJAMIN PHILLIPS (Police-constable G 58). I tookthe prisoner - as we were going along in the coach I saw him take something out of his pocket, and he was going to throw it out of the window; I took hold of them - he said, “They are only some duplicates, which Mr. Bethell has seen;” I found the duplicates of these things among them.(Purse produced and sworn to)

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that he had been induced, by his necessities, to pledge the property, which he indtended to redeem.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Seven Years .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of George Gardner:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), October 1832, trial of GEORGE GARDNER (t18321018-212).
GEORGE GARDNER, Deception > forgery, 18th October 1832.
2419. GEORGE GARDNER was indicted for that he, on the 11th of August , did forge a certain request for the delivery of goods , which said forged request for the delivery of goods was as follows - that is to say:

GENTLEMEN, - Please to send by bearer, two reams of demy, at 20s., for Messrs. Cunningham and Salmon.

August 11, 1832. with intent to defraud John Hodge and others; against the Statute, &c.

SECOND COUNT, for uttering the same.

THREE OTHER COUNTS, stating his intent to be to defraud other persons.

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

HENRY BLUNT . I am in the employ of Messrs. Hodge and Co., stationer s. The prisoner came to their shop on the 11th of August, and produced this order; I gave him two reams of paper, worth about 36s., and he went away with them.

COURT. Q. Why did you give him the paper? A. He produced an order, which purported to come from Messrs. Cunningham and Salmon - I believed it to be genuine and good; he said nothing.

JOHN BROWNING . I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner pawned these two reams of paper with me on the 11th of August.

MORRIS SALMON . I am one of the firm of Salmon, Cunningham, and Co. The prisoner lived in our employ as porter , and left us in July last - I did not send this order to the prosecutors’, nor give any direction; I have no doubt this is forged.

JOHN CUNNINGHAM . I am in partnership with Mr. Salmon - we are printers. This order is not in my writing; I know nothing of it - there is no other partner.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

There was another indictment against the prisoner.


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Richard Gadsden:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), April 1832, trial of RICHARD GADSDEN (t18320405-100).
RICHARD GADSDEN, Theft > simple larceny, 5th April 1832.
896. RICHARD GADSDEN was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of February , 1 roasting-jack, value 16s. , the goods of David Evans .

JAMES GODDARD . I am warehouseman to Mr. David Evans , of Mansion-house-street . On the 20th of February the prisoner walked into his warehouse, took this vertical jack from the crane it was on, placed it before him, and walked away; I was in the counting-house, saw him, and followed him - when he got on the pavement I took him- this is the jack; I had not known him before.

SAMUEL NEALE . I am an officer. About ten minutes past three o’clock I was sent for - Mr. Goddard and I took the prisoner.

Prisoner. I was out of employ, and throw myself on your mercy.

GUILTY . Aged 24. - Transported for Seven Years .


Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote of William Freeman:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), January 1832, trial of HENRY WELLS WILLIAM FREEMAN (t18320105-20).
HENRY WELLS, WILLIAM FREEMAN, Theft > animal theft, 5th January 1832.
Fifth Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

313. HENRY WELLS and WILLIAM FREEMAN were indicted for stealing, on the 21st of December, at Edgware, 2 heifers, price 12l. , the property of Benjamin Buckoke .

2nd COUNT, stating them to be the property of Henry Child , the younger.

3rd COUNT, Stating them to be the property of Henry Child , the elder.

MR. COBBETT conducted the prosecution.

HENRY CHILD, JUN. I am the son of Henry Child, a farmer , who lives at Edgwarebury, in the parish of Edgware , about nine miles and a half from town. We had some cattle running in my father’s grounds; I saw them on Tuesday, the 20th of December - they were then all safe; I went round the field on the Wednesday, but I did not count the cattle - they were then laying down; on Thursday, the 22nd, I missed two heifers - I saw them again on the morning of Christmas-day; I am sure they were what I lost - I knew them by a mark on the hip and on the back, which Mr. Buckoke, the butcher , put on them, and H.C. my own brand-mark, was on their near horns; Mr. Smith’s premises are near ours - his bedge joins the ground these heifers were in; he keeps a beer-shop - on the Wednesday I saw that they had been out of our field into Smith’s, and the feuce put up again between Smith’s boundary and ours.

COURT. Q. You saw them again on the morning of the 25th? A. Yes, in Lord Manners’ park, at Tring.

WILLIAM KIRBY . I live with Mr. Smith, at Woodcock-hill - I have been with him about half a year. I have seen Wells at his house, but I did not know his name; I saw him there on the 16th of December - he came about half-past six o’clock in the morning with a black mare; he was there three or four days - he wasthere on the Wednesday before Christmas-day, but I cannot say whether he remained there from the 16th till that Wednesday, but I think he did; I remember he was there that Wednesday night, and Freeman was there- I went up to bed between nine and ten o’clock, and a short time afterwards, apparently, they came up stairs after me; Freeman and Wells had been at Smith’s house before then; I have seen them came together - I did not see Wells on the Thursday morning, but I saw Freeman about nine o’clock, as near as I can recollect.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Your master is a large farmer? A. He has about fifty acres of land. I believe - he has taken in harses and cattle to keep; I cannot tell whether he has taken a licence to sell beer, since the new beer act - Freeman was there at the time Wells came with the black mare; they did not came together that morning - Freeman was in the habit of coming there; I do not know where he lives - I have been about that neighbourhood all my life; I do not know that Freeman is a man of that neighbourhood - I lived at Mr. Child’s before I lived with Mr. Smith, which is about a mile from Mr. Smith’s: there may be four or five or six fields between them - Mr. Smith’s and Mr. Child’s fields are together; the field the heifers were in is three fields from Mr. Smith’s house - other persons drink at my master’s.

Re-examined. Q. Did Wells ever come with cattle? A. Not with droves of cattle - I did not know him by the name of Wells; we used to call him Shepherd.

COURT. Q. You had seen before that Wells and Freeman together, drinking as friends who knew each other? A. Yes - Wells brought the mare, and Freeman was there at the time; I think he had been there a day or two - when there they lived at this beer-shop; I believe they slept together - they both slept in the house, and up stairs, I believe; I slept up stairs - I cannot tell how many bed-rooms there are in the house; I have slept half a year in a room at the top of the house - I cannot say how many rooms these are at the top of the house; I have never been all over it.

EDWARD WHITLEY . I am game-keeper at the Rev. Mr. Thellerson’s, at Elstree. On the Thursday before Christmas-day I was out early, and heard a gun fired - I came into the road, and met Freeman, coming along before some beasts; I wished him good morning, and he crossed out of the road - I was by the side of a wood; I believe the road is in Bushy parish - there were two heifers behind Freeman, and Wells was behind them; Freeman had a stick down by his side - he put it down as if to conceal it, and he let it drop; the man who was out with me picked it up - I wished Wells a good morning, and asked if he had heard a gun fired; he said, “I think I did;” I think Ereeman was fifteen or twenty yards before the beasts - it was a very light morning; the clock had just gone one.

Cross-examined. Q. All you saw of Freeman was that he was walking fifteen or twenty yards before the beasts? A. Yes - I said, “Good morning,” he said, “Good morning,” and he crossed out of the road; he had a stick down by the side of him, and it slipped out of his hand -I do not know that neighbourhood.

RICHARD DICKENSON . I am assistant-gamekeeper with Whitley. On the morning in question I was with him; what he has stated is correct - I have nothing to add: I wished Wells a good morning, and he said the same to me- I said, “Where are you going with those two beasts?” he said, “I am going to Aylesbury.”

Cross-examined. Q. Freeman was not within hearing? A. No.

HUMPHREY BULL . I am assistant to the constable of Tring, in Hertfordshire. On the 22nd of December I went to Wells’ house, to apprehend him, as I had information that he had come home - I found he was in a beer-shop, at Wilsden, near Tring; I went into the shop, and told him I was come to apprehend him - he asked what for, and I told him on suspicion of stealing Mr. Southernwood’s mare; there were two Leifers against the door, and when he came out I said, “Whose beasts are these?” he said,“They are mine;” I asked where he got them - he said be bought them of a Welchman at Barham-wood; I took him to Tring, and put the beasts in Lord Manners’ park- Mr. Child saw the same beasts in my presence.

Cross-examined. Q. Where had you put them? A. In Tring-park; I am certain they are the same I showed to Mr. Child on the Sunday, Christmas-day - I put them there on the Thursday morning, the 22nd; I saw them several times, and am quite sure they were the same.

MARK WALSH . I am a constable of Chipping, Barnet. I remember Mr. Bull coming me to inquire after Freeman on the 27th of December - I found him, and took him; I said it was for stealing a horse and some beasts - he said, “I have no money in my pocket, but I will go with you.”

Cross-examined. Q. He came without any trouble? A. I had a little trouble in finding him, but he went without resistance.

HENRY CHILD re-examined. Q. Are your premises in Middlesex? A. Yes, and the beasts were in that County.

WILLIAM SMITH TUTHILL . I am clerk to the Magistrate at Edgware. I saw the prisoners examined before the Magistrate there; no promise or threat was made to them - this is the deposition of Wells - (read).

Henry Wells, the prisoner, having heard the charge made against him, says, “Mr. Smith told me where these cows were; we walked round part of the field by the side of the wood, then we came back again, and went home to his house- this was a fortnight before, as near as I can say; then he said there was no way of getting these heifers out but by pulling up the hedge, where they had been through before, and letting them come up his field into the road; on the Wednesday night, on winch Mr. Kirby says we were there, Freeman and I went and caught the cows out - Smith had nothing to do with that; he did not go with us - we took the cows up his field into the road to Elstree, to where that gentleman(Whitley) says he saw us by the wood; Freeman went along with me as far as Hinton-bridge, then I could drive the heifers home, and Freeman returned I do not know to where, but Kirby says he was at Master Smith’s in the morning - he had plenty. of time to get there; I had the heifers home, where Mr. Bull had them from; he took the beifers away and me.”

The + mark of Henry Wells .

William Freeman says, “I have nothing more to say than that a great deal of it is false.

The + mark of William Freeman .


FREEMAN - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 40.[Jan. 11.]


Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Edward Chapman:

2020, 8 July: I checked the usual official records but could not find any listing for EDWARD CHAPMAN as a prisoner aboard the Mary in 1819.

He does not appear on the ship’s Muster Roll (see Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

He is not listed on Peter Mayberry’s “Irish Convicts to New South Wales 1788-1849” for the Mary.

Other sites with listings for the Mary 1 / Mary 1819 also do not include an Edward Chapman, unfortunately.

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Gillespy:

1818, 16 June: Admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; prisoner 3666 (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924; Dublin Kilmainham 1815-1910).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Gillespy:

Not to be confused with fellow prisoner James Gillespy, born 1779 (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of John Gillespy:

TRIED: Summer 1817 (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of James Gillespy:

Not to be confused with JOHN GILLESPY, fellow prisoner on the Mary (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of James Gillespy:

TRIED: Summer 1817 (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

1818, 16 June: Admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; prisoner #3667 (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 17901 924; Dublin Kilmainham 1815-1910).

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Henry Alcorn:

1818, 16 June: Admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; prisoner #3690.

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote of Henry Alcorn:

CRIME: Having forged bank notes (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

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