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George Thatcher, one of 200 convicts transported on the Marquis of Wellington, August 1814
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life span was 58 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 171 (87)
||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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Tony Beale on 27th October, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Online
194. ANDREW ROKE and GEORGE THATCHER were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of January , forty-eight yards of printed cotton, value 4 l. 16 s. the property of John Hughes , in his dwelling-house .
JOHN EVANS . I am an assistant to John Hughes , linen-draper in Holborn . I live at 280, Tottenham-court-road, in the parish of St. George’s in the Fields. On Saturday the 29th of January, about three in the afternoon, I perceived these two pieces of print taken down from where I put them in the morning. I perceived the two prisoners walking up and down before the house, and I saw these two pieces of print taken off the line where they were put in the morning by themselves.
Q. Where was the linen - A. Inside of the shop. They were hanging up inside of the shop. I cannot say who took them down. When I perceived them taken down I went into one corner of the shop and watched, having suspicion. I watched the prisoners walking up and down at one corner of the shop; after the prints were taken down I watched there for a quarter of an hour, and when they had an opportunity the prisoner Roke came in and put one of them on the top of the other.
Q. Roke entered the shop, did he - A. Yes, and put one of the prints on the other; he clapped his apron over them.
Q. He had an apron on then - A. Yes, he was in the act of taking them away; somebody came past at the time.
Q. Had he moved them from where they were - A. Yes; he had taken them down from where I put them. Somebody coming past at the time, Thatcher gave him a signal to be off. Thatcher was waiting outside at the door at the time; somebody came by; he gave him a signal to run off. I pursued him; both run off contrary ways. I pursued, and took the prisoner Roke; Christopher Truman took Thatcher.
CHRISTOPHER TRUMAN . I was in the shop; as soon as I was disengaged the other witness came up, and told me that the prints were not in the same state as he put them in the morning; that he had seen the prisoners walk by the shop several times. I then went and watched as well as him. I observed the prisoners walk by the shop twice; the third time the prisoner Roke stepped into the shop; he took one piece of print up from a box; he put it on the other; he put his apron over it, and as he was going to take it away the other prisoner gave him a signal that somebody was coming.
Q.What was the signal - A. He touched him, which I understood to be a signal; then he dropped the print out of his apron, and run away. One of the pieces of print cost Mr. Hughes two shillings and four pence a yard, and the other one shilling and ten pence. They are forty-eight yards; twenty-four yards each. That was the prime cost.
Roke’s Defence. I know nothing of the transaction.
Thatcher’s Defence. I was twenty yards off when one of these gentlemen took me.
Roke called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.
ROKE, GUILTY - DEATH , aged 19.
THATCHER, GUILTY - DEATH , aged 19.
[The prisoners were recommended to mercy by the jury, on account of their good character.]
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.
Convict Changes History
Tony Beale on 27th October, 2020 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), gender: m