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Frances Jackson, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803
Name, Aliases & Gender
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life span was 61 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 353 (176)
||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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Phil Hands on 7th March, 2017 wrote:
Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18030420-42
356. SARAH HARCOURT , FRANCES JACKSON , and MARY CAYHILL , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of March , twenty-three yards and three quarters of cotton, value 2l. 17s. 8d. the property of Bartholomew Coombe , privately in his shop .
BARTHOLOMEW COOMBE sworn. - I am a linen-draper , No. 74, Sun-street, Bishopsgate-street : On the 22d of March, about five o’clock in the evening, the prisoners came in to look at some print for a child’s frock; they conversed together while they were in the shop, and Harcourt looked at the print; I don’t know which asked for it, but one of them asked to look at some printed cotton for a child’s frock; they fixed on the pattern, and Harcourt paid four shillings for two yards of it; I delivered the print to her, and they left the shop together; about four or five minutes after a neighbour came into my shop, and asked if I had been robbed; I could not tell, but on his information I went into my parlour adjoining the shop, to see whether I could see the prisoners, I could not; I took my hat, and ran towards Finsbury-square; about fourteen or fifteen doors off there is an alley, where I saw the three prisoners in close conversation; I went to them, and desired them to return to my shop; they seemed in confusion, but as soon as they separated I picked up my property, being seventeen yards and three quarters of printed cotton in one piece, and six yards in another; Harcourt went into the Ship public-house, where I took her; in about two minutes Cayhill went into Sun-street, I stopped her just by the passage; and Jackson went towards Bishopsgate-street, a neighbour took her, and they were all brought to my house; I have no doubt they are the women who took the print, which cost me about 2l. 17s. I had no suspicion of their robbing me.
Cross-examined. Q. Have you a partner? - A. No; my wife sometimes serves in the shop when I am out, and was in the shop at the time, but is not here to day. I have no shopman.
- OWEN sworn. - I am a butcher, and saw the prisoners turn down a gateway opposite my door, No. 6, Sun-street, in great confusion; I suspected them, and went to Coombe’s, and told him which way they went; he followed them, and took them; I did not see them drop any thing.
SARAH OWEN sworn. - I was in my husband’s shop, and saw three women come out of Mr. Coombe’s in a great hurry, go down a gateway, and stop, but I saw no further; I cannot say whether the prisoners are the women.
ROBERT SAPWELL sworn. - I am an officer, and took charge of the prisoners, and produce the cotton, which was delivered to me by Mr. Coombe.(The cotton produced and identified by the prosecutor.)
Prisoner Harcourt’s defence. I went into the shop to buy a piece of cotton to make a frock for Jackson’s child; the prosecutor’s wife served us, and I never saw the property till he came up, and took us with it under his arm.
Jackson’s defence. I went with Mrs. Harcourt to buy the frock, never thinking of any thing happening, and never saw the cotton till I saw it under the prosecutor’s arm.
Caybill said the same.
Harcourt, GUILTY, aged 19.
Jackson, GUILTY, aged 28,
Cayhill, GUILTY, aged 19,
Of stealing, but not privately .
Transported for seven years .