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Esther Ferguson

Esther Ferguson, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Esther Ferguson
Aliases: Cherry (alias)
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 192
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Roger Churm on 20th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings September 1814
Trial of Esther Ferguson
ESTHER FERGUSON and ESTHER DOBSON were indicted for feloniously stealing,on the 6th of September,thirteen 10.1.bank notes,five 5.1 bank notes,and fourteen 1.1 bank notes,the property o Abraham Broms.from his person.

ABRAHAM BROMS.I am a captain of a Swedish ship.

Q. On Tuesday,the 6th of September,had you received any bank notes-A.Yes,at Messrs.Fullers I received them,there were near two hundred pounds altogether;they were ten’s,gives,and one’s.I put the notes into my pocket-book when I received them,and my pocket -book into my breast pocket;I left the Exchange about five o’clock;as I was leaving the Exchange,Esther Ferguson met me;she asked me to go to her lodgings;I went with her,I forgot the name of the place;I went with her into a house,and when I came into the house,they locked the door,and put the key in their pocket.

Q. Was there any other person in the room at first - A. There was a little girl of twelve years old
The moment I saw the door locked,I was afraid;I wanted to go directly.Ferguson asked the little girl to go down,and ask the other lady to come up;Esther Dobson came and sat on my left knee;when she came up,she got a working my coal outside,so and to raise the pocket-book up the top of my pocket;then Ferguson came close and looked over my shoulder,took the pocket -book,and ran downstairs.While Ferguson was downstairs Dobson kept her arms around my neck.Ferguson came up star,and tried to put the pocket -book into my pic,it fell down;I picked it up and found all the notes were gone.Ferguson then took out the key,as said I might go if I pleased.After I picked up the pocket-book;I said to Ferguson,you have taken my money away;they told me I wrong,I said yes,one of us must be wrong;I shall go and find a constable.I saw a more of the name of Kippax;I asked his assistance.I took one,he took the other,to the office;we secured them both.

Q. Had you more money than what you received at the bankers -Yes.I had one hundred and ninety four pounds or two hundred and four pounds,I am not sure which.

Mr.Alley.Q.This was a aukward cruise that you had;how many notes did you go at the bankers.A.One hundred and sixty-seven notes,I cannot recollect what notes I had besides.

Q. Were you sober - A.Yes

Q. When the girl took your pocket-book,why did you not take it out of her hand -A. I was after there was some people below;I was afraid of being killed.

WILLIAM KIPPAX.I am a Greenwich pensioner .On Tue,the 6th of September,I was at my brothers house,in Church lane;there is an alley by the side of our house,I saw the Captain and Ferguson came down the street,about five o’clock,he had hold of Ferguson by the hand;I saw them again in about ten minutes afterwards;he was singing out for a constable.I went to the door immediately;he came up our steps with Ferguson in his hand;he said these girls had robbed him to a great amount.I saw Dobson,she had a key in her hand.I went for a constable;I could not get one.I told Dobson to come along with me;she threatened to knock me down.I said,come along to the magistrate I assisted in taking the prisoners to the office.I delivered them over to Dalton,the officer.

EBENEZER DALTON I am an officer The two prisoners were brought to Lambeth-street office by Kippax,and the prosecutor I searched them and found nothing on them.The prisoners gave me a key for me to go and search the house;I searched the house and found nothing.

WILLIAM BORER.I am a clerk at the house of Fuller and Co.

Q. On the 26th of September,did you pay Mr Broms any sum of money-A.I did one hundred and sixty pounds in ten’s,five’s.and one’s.

Ferguson’s Defence-When the gentleman came into the house.I never saw him with any money.

Dobson’s Defence The same.

FERGUSON.GUILTY.Aged 20

DOBSON.GUILTY.Aged 16

Transported for Life

First Middlesex jury before Mr Common Serjeant

Y

Roger Churm on 20th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings September 1814
Trial of Esther Ferguson
ESTHER FERGUSON and ESTHER DOBSON were indicted for feloniously stealing,on the 6th of September,thirteen 10.1.bank notes,five 5.1 bank notes,and fourteen 1.1 bank notes,the property o Abraham Broms.from his person.

ABRAHAM BROMS.I am a captain of a Swedish ship.

Q. On Tuesday,the 6th of September,had you received any bank notes-A.Yes,at Messrs.Fullers I received them,there were near two hundred pounds altogether;they were ten’s,gives,and one’s.I put the notes into my pocket-book when I received them,and my pocket -book into my breast pocket;I left the Exchange about five o’clock;as I was leaving the Exchange,Esther Ferguson met me;she asked me to go to her lodgings;I went with her,I forgot the name of the place;I went with her into a house,and when I came into the house,they locked the door,and put the key in their pocket.

Q. Was there any other person in the room at first - A. There was a little girl of twelve years old
The moment I saw the door locked,I was afraid;I wanted to go directly.Ferguson asked the little girl to go down,and ask the other lady to come up;Esther Dobson came and sat on my left knee;when she came up,she got a working my coal outside,so and to raise the pocket-book up the top of my pocket;then Ferguson came close and looked over my shoulder,took the pocket -book,and ran downstairs.While Ferguson was downstairs Dobson kept her arms around my neck.Ferguson came up star,and tried to put the pocket -book into my pic,it fell down;I picked it up and found all the notes were gone.Ferguson then took out the key,as said I might go if I pleased.After I picked up the pocket-book;I said to Ferguson,you have taken my money away;they told me I wrong,I said yes,one of us must be wrong;I shall go and find a constable.I saw a more of the name of Kippax;I asked his assistance.I took one,he took the other,to the office;we secured them both.

Q. Had you more money than what you received at the bankers -Yes.I had one hundred and ninety four pounds or two hundred and four pounds,I am not sure which.

Mr.Alley.Q.This was a aukward cruise that you had;how many notes did you go at the bankers.A.One hundred and sixty-seven notes,I cannot recollect what notes I had besides.

Q. Were you sober - A.Yes

Q. When the girl took your pocket-book,why did you not take it out of her hand -A. I was after there was some people below;I was afraid of being killed.

WILLIAM KIPPAX.I am a Greenwich pensioner .On Tue,the 6th of September,I was at my brothers house,in Church lane;there is an alley by the side of our house,I saw the Captain and Ferguson came down the street,about five o’clock,he had hold of Ferguson by the hand;I saw them again in about ten minutes afterwards;he was singing out for a constable.I went to the door immediately;he came up our steps with Ferguson in his hand;he said these girls had robbed him to a great amount.I saw Dobson,she had a key in her hand.I went for a constable;I could not get one.I told Dobson to come along with me;she threatened to knock me down.I said,come along to the magistrate I assisted in taking the prisoners to the office.I delivered them over to Dalton,the officer.

EBENEZER DALTON I am an officer The two prisoners were brought to Lambeth-street office by Kippax,and the prosecutor I searched them and found nothing on them.The prisoners gave me a key for me to go and search the house;I searched the house and found nothing.

WILLIAM BORER.I am a clerk at the house of Fuller and Co.

Q. On the 26th of September,did you pay Mr Broms any sum of money-A.I did one hundred and sixty pounds in ten’s,five’s.and one’s.

Ferguson’s Defence-When the gentleman came into the house.I never saw him with any money.

Dobson’s Defence The same.

FERGUSON.GUILTY.Aged 20

DOBSON.GUILTY.Aged 16

Transported for Life

First Middlesex jury before Mr Common Serjeant

Y

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 20th April, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Cherry (alias) (prev. Cherry (Alias))

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