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William Todd, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
30th September, 1817
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 219 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 331 (167)
||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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Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 March 2020), January 1817, trial of WILLIAM TODD (t18170115-107).
WILLIAM TODD, Theft > burglary, 15th January 1817.
255. WILLIAM TODD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Gillham , abour four in the night of the 20th of January , with intent to steal .
GEORGE GILLHAM . I keep a chandler’s-shop in White-horse-lane, Stepney , it is a dwelling-house, I keep it myself, and have lived there about half a year. On the 20th of January I fastened the house myself, my family consists of my wife, two children, and a maid servant; I went to bed at eleven o’clock, the house was broken open between four and five o’clock in the morning, the cellar shutter was forced and broken in two pieces-it is a flap outside the door. The watchman alarmed us between four and five o’clock, I got up, came down, and found the shutters broken, and the prisoner in the cellar, laying on the coals, I told the watchman that he was there, and he took him into custody; I asked him how he came there, he said that he was a poor man out of work, a cabinet-maker by trade, and that he only came down into the cellar for a night’s lodging. I asked him how he came to break the door? he said that he did not know that he had done any harm. I took him to the watchhouse, and gave him in charge to the constable. On our return we searched the cellar, and found a chisel, nothing else; we found a brad-all on him at the watch-house.
WILLIAM HARROW. I am a watchman of Stepney parish; I was passing the house about three o’clock, on morning of the 20th of January, and observed a little piece of the door broken, but it was fast then; I came round again at four o’clock, and found it broken open - I alarmed Mr. Gillham; he came down into the cellar. I had called out to him at the window, that his flap was broken open, and asked him if he knew it. He told me to wait till he came down. I never saw the prisoner about; I only call the hours, we do not call the half-hours, but we keep walking round-mine is a long beat. I did not see any body break it open, I found the man in the cellar; the chisel was found underneath the prisoner, where he was laying. The door was split open, The door which leads from the cellar had a mark in it which fitted the chisel.
Prisoner. Did you not say at the office, that you found the door partly broken - A. I found a little nob off - I say so now.
GEORGE GILLHAM. The door which leads from the cellar was locked. I compared the chisel with the mark, it appeared as if an attempt had been made to break it open.
JOHN SURIER. I am the constable of the night. Gillham brought the prisoner into the watch-house at a little before five o’clock. I took him in charge, searched him, and found a brad-all on him and a key.
Prisoner’s Defence. It is the key of my lodgings. I was shut out of my lodgings. The flap appeared to be loose and I opened it, and went to sleep there for the night. GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 38.
Recommended to Mercy on account of Distress .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
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