Crime & Punishment

Gloucester Quarter Sessions convictions 1825 - 1854

Quarter Sessions Convictions 1825 – 1854 2018-04-08T10:49:59+00:00

Name & Date

Charge, verdict & sentence

Personal

Joseph Mills

1825 November 26th

Feloniously entered barn and stable of Thomas Anstey of the parish of Thornbury and put a quantity of apples in a sack with intent to steal.

Not Guilty

Dark brown hair, light brown eyes, dark complexion, rather  long nose,  wide mouth.  Several scars.  Cannot read .  Labourer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 7 inches.  Aged 28 years.

Sarah Davis (wife of James Davis)

1826 December 6th

Feloniously stealing at different times from the shop of Thomas Inman Councell and Partner two pieces of cashmere value £2.

Guilty – Three months in penitentiary

Dark brown hair, large dark eyes fair complexion, good countenance.  Several moles.   Cannot read .  Labourer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 4 1/2 inches.  Aged 20 years.

Hannah Morgan (wife of William Morgan)

1826 December 27th

Feloniously stealing two yards of calico value 2/6d from the shop of Thomas Inman Councell and James Jennings of Thornbury.

Guilty – one month in penitentiary

Dark brown hair, lark grey eyes, fresh complexion, oval fac, regular features.  Long arms.   Can read and write.  Thornbury labourer.  Height 5 feet 2 inches.  Aged 30 years.

James Savery

1827 January 6th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing, taking and carrying away a quantity of peas straw from the outhouse of William Wither pig driver in the parish of Thornbury.

Guilty – one month in penitentiary

Light brown hair, light grey eyes, rather wide nose, moles and scars.  Can read and write. Thornbury labourer.  Height 5 feet 8 1/4 inches.  Aged 26 years.

Thomas Oliff (Olive)

1827 October 16th

Suspicion of feloniously cutting and maiming a horse, the property of Richard Barber of Wickwar by cutting off his tongue and otherwise wounding him. 

Guilty – three months in penitentiary

Light brown hair, light grey eyes, rather wide nose, moles and scars.  Can read and write. Thornbury labourer.  Height 5 feet 8 1/4 inches.  Aged 26 years.

Ephraim Wilson

1827 November 5th

Suspicion of unlawfully entering, with George Longdon (Longden), a certain wood the property of Earl of Liverpool in the parish of Thornbury armed with guns with intent illegally to destroy, take and kill, game.  

Guilty – one year in House of Correction at Horsley to hard labour.

Light brown hair, light grey eyes, rather wide nose, moles and scars.  Can read and write. Thornbury labourer.  Height 5 feet 8 1/4 inches.  Aged 26 years.

George London (Longden)

1827 November 5th

As above

Guilty – one year in House of Correction at Horsley to hard labour.

Very dark hair, dark brown eyes, dark complexion, long face, rather long nose, moles and scars.  Can read and write.  Tinplate worker of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 7 1/2 inches.  Aged 23.

Elizabeth Wheeler

1828 December 8th

On the oath of Richard Withers of Thornbury charged with Feloniously stealing and carrying away from a waggon travelling from Bristol to Berkeley a basket containing sundry articles value £1.00

Not Guilty

As above

Guilty – one year in House of Correction at Horsley to hard labour.

Brown hair, grey eyes, long face, pale complexion, lost her upper front teeth, short pecked nose, a large substance on the joint of her great toe, mole.   Can read a little.  Labourer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet.  Aged 50 years.

William Higgins

1829 February 25th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing, taking and carrying away a quantity of potatoes value 2/6d from a field in the parish of Rockhampton in the occupation of Thomas Grove, farmer of Thornbury.

Guilty – one month penitentiary.

Dark hair, eyebrows and whiskers, dark eyes, fresh complexion, round face, long nose with rather a twist to the right.  Moles and scars. Very large hands.  Cannot read.  Labourer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 5 1/4 inches.  Aged 27.

Thomas Olive (or Oliff )

1829 June 10th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing, taking and carrying away one ewe sheep, property of William Boulter of Olveston

Not guilty

Sandy, curly hair and eyebrows and whiskers, fresh complexion, oval face.  Lower teeth irregular. Scar and moles.  Stout made. Can read.  A labourer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 8 inches.  Aged 23 years.

Thomas Ball

1829 July 18th

Charged with committing a rape on the body of Margaret Edwards wife of John Edwards (a tinman and brazier) now residing in the parish of Thornbury against her will and consent on 13th July.  

Not guilty

Dark hair, dark hazel eyes, dark beard, dark complexion large nose, large mouth, full face with several scars.  Can read a little. A labourer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 5 1/4 inches.  Aged 46  years.

George Longdon (Longden)

1829 November 11th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing four ducks from an outhouse adjoining a dwellinghouse of the value of 5/- the property of Thomas Gwynn of Thornbury, gentleman.

Not Guilty.

Very dark hair, dark brown eyes, dark complexion, long face, rather long nose, moles and scars.  Can read and write.  Tinplate worker of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 7 1/2 inches.  Aged 25.

William Longdon (Longden)

1829 November 11th

As above

Not Guilty.

Very dark hair, dark brown eyes, dark complexion, long face, rather long nose, moles and scars.  Can read and write.  Tinplate worker of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 7 1/2 inches.  Aged 25.

James Liddiatt

1830 May 20th

Charged with Isaac Powell of Cam, breaking open and stealing from Alveston schoolroom property namely books and wearing apparel value £4.00.  Further charged with Richard Stevens of Alveston on suspicion of feloniously entering the dairy and cellar of Mrs Mary Ann Moore and stealing 22 gallons of wine, 18lbs of beef, 8 towels, a reticule basket and other articles value £2.00.

Guilty.  Transported 7 years

Brown hair and eyebrows, grey eyes, large nose, long face, several scars and moles.  Can read but not write.  Sawyer of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 7 1/4 inches. Aged 20 years.

Elizabeth Walker

1830 May 20th

Receiving property at St Paul’s in Bristol stolen from Alveston schoolroom namely books and wearing apparel value £4.00, knowing it to be stolen.  Further charged with receiving also at St Paul’s in Bristol 22 gallons of wine, 18lbs of beef, 8 towels, a reticule basket and other articles value £2.00 knowing it to be stolen from the dairy and cellar of Mrs Mary Ann Moore.

Guilty.  Transported 7 years

Brown hair and eyebrows, grey eyes, rather short face, thin nose, rather small mouth, vaccination scar and one mole.  Can read but not write.  Shoebinder of Thornbury.  Height 5 feet 2 1/2 inches. Aged 38 years.

John Shipton

1830 June 15th

Fraudulently obtaining on 11th June two loaves of bread and half a pound of butter value 1/-  property of William Penduck carpenter of Thornbury

Guilty.  Fourteen days penitentiary

Brown hair and eyebrows, grey eyes, oval face, thick nose, very much freckled, scars and moles brown complexion.  Labourer.  Height 5 feet 2 1/2 inches.  Aged 15.

James Birt

1831 January 6th

Violently assaulting and feloniously taking the sum of 16/9d from Thomas Phillips on a certain highway.

Guilty.  Fourteen years.  Death recorded

Dark brown hair and eyebrows, hazel eyes, rather short face, scars and moles, fourth finger left hand broken near end, fair complexion.  Can read but not write.  Labourer.  Height 5 feet 3 inches.  Aged 17.

Richard Weyman

1831 April 30th

Suspicion of felony in stealing one pair of quarter boots value 5/- the property of Henry Ball and one razor and sheath the property of Thomas Ball both of the parish of Thornbury 

Guilty.  Four months at Lawford’s Gate.

Very dark brown hair and eyebrows, dark grey eyes, rather long face,  large nose turns rather to the left, small mouth, short chin, right arm deformed, scars moles and boils.  Can read and write.  Servant.  Height 5 feet 7 1/4 inches.  Aged 37 years.

Thomas Jenkins

1831 December 24th

Wilful murder of George Webb, parish of Thornbury, labourer and assault with intent to murder William Jones in the parish of Thornbury on 16th December.

Died in gaol before trial on 14th March 1832 of nervous fever brought in by mental excitement.

Brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, sandy beard and whiskers, rather long chin, several moles and scars, rather slender made.  Can read a little not write.  Labourer.  Height 5 feet 1 1/2 inches.  Aged 32.

Alfred Jenkins

1831 December 24th

As above

Died in gaol on 15th February 1832 of an affliction of the brain.

Brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, sandy beard and whiskers, rather long chin, several moles and scars, rather slender made.  Can read a little not write.  Labourer.  Height 5 feet 1 1/2 inches.  Aged 32.

William Clutterbuck

1831 December 24th

As above

Admitted King’s evidence.

Light brown hair, rather inclined to sandy sallow complexion, thin face , several scars and moles.  Cannot read. Labourer.  Height 5 feet 9 inches.  Aged 19.

Joseph Thomas

1831 December 24th

As above

Not guilty of murder.  Guilty of manslaughter.  Transported for life.

Brown hair, brown eyes, fair complexion, thick chubby face,  broad nose, several moles and scars.  Can read not write.  Labourer.  Height 5 feet 6 inches.  Aged 17.

Nicholas Lanfear

1832 June 26th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing one ewe sheep value 40 /- the property of Edward Doward of Alveston, yeoman.

Guilty – transported for life

Dark brown hair, light blue eyes, long face, sallow complexion, scar and several moles. Rather lame in right ankle. Cannot read nor write.  Hurdle maker. Height 5 feet 5 1/4 inches. Aged 37.

Henry Tudor

1832 June 26th

As above

Guilty – transported for life

Dark brown hair, grey eyes, fair complexion, long face, scars and moles.  Cannot read nor write.  Labourer. 5 feet 5 3/4 inches.  Aged 21.

John Harley

1832 November 10th

Suspicion of stealing a cotton handkerchief and blue coat value 1/- and diverse carpentry tools value £1 the property of Jessie Cossham of Thornbury carpenter and a smock frock and flannel jacket value 2/- the property of William Morgan of Thornbury mason.

Guilty – sentenced 12 months

Brown hair, sandy grey eyes, fresh complexion, moles, rather round shouldered. He had been in the marines two years discharged 16 years.  Read a little.  Mason’s labourer.  5 feet 4 1/2 inches.  Aged 29

George Trayhurn

1835 July 13th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing at Thornbury on 9th July one ewe sheep of the value of 20 shillings the property of Jonathan Micklestone.

Guilty – transported for life and removed 1st September 1835  Read more

Thornbury errand boy aged 17.  Height 5ft 4 inches with light brown hair, light grey eyes, mole on throat, and two between shoulders.   Can read and write.  Indifferent conduct.

Joseph Birt

1835 July 13th

Suspicion of feloniously stealing at Thornbury on 9th July one ewe sheep of the value of 20 shillings the property of Jonathan Micklestone.

Guilty – transported for life and removed 1st September 1835.  Read more

Thornbury labourer aged 16.  Height 5ft 2 1/4 inches with light brown hair, grey eyes round visage, fresh complexion, cut on forehand. lots of moles and scars.   Can read and write.  Indifferent conduct.

 William Birt

1842 January 16th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on 14th January a box containing two shillings and six pence and other monies the property of Martha Eley.

Not guilty.  discharged 3rd March 1842.  Read more

Thornbury labourer aged 15.  Height 5ft. with light brown hair, round visage, grey eyes, fresh complexion, scars on left eye and left shin

William Bradfield

1849 August 31st

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 30th August 1849 four sheaves of wheat in the straw the property of William Collins the elder.

Guilty – sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour in the House of Correction Lawford Gate.  Released Oct 22nd 1849 by order of court.

Thornbury labourer aged 23. Height 5ft 4.75 inches dark brown hair, grey eyes, long visage and sallow complexion, no distinguishing marks.   Native of Thornbury married with children, has been working for farmer Teal of Thornbury all this summer.  Religion – ‘Church’.  Conduct – good.

William Simmons

1849 Oct 27th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 13th October 1849 a pair of harness and part of a set of cart harness and on the 17th a cart saddle the property of Thomas Pearce.

Guilty and sentenced to one calendar month hard labour in the House of correction Lawford Gate.  Released January 1850 by order of Court.

Thornbury labourer aged 36. Height 5ft 3.25 inches, dark brown hair, light grey eyes, oval visage, dark complexion with cut seam right side upper lip and mole on left side of arm.   Native of Thornbury, married with 5 children, made stacks for Mr workman a farmer before that with farmer Pearce of Thornbury.  Religion – ‘No place’.

George Jones

1850 March 22nd

Feloniously stealing at Coalpit Heath a quantity of coal the property of William Smith.

1850 March 25th – guilty – sentenced to 3 calendar months hard labour in House of Correction at Lawford Gate.  Released March 25th 1850.

Thornbury labourer aged 27.  Height 5ft 3 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, oval face, with mole lower right arm and freckled arms.   Native of Worcester, father dead, mother goes with washing in a barge with salt to Lydney.  Religion – ‘Church’.  Conduct – orderly.

George Bennett

1850 April 9th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 3rd April 250 lb weight of flour and two sack bags the property of George Cossham.

2nd July  1850 – guilty and sentenced to 6 calendar months hard labour in the Penitentiary.  Term expired 1st January 1851.

Thornbury labourer. Height 5ft 8.25 inches with brown hair, dark grey eyes, long visage and fresh complexion and a quantity of moles on chest right side and back, scar on left hip.   Native of Thornbury, a widower, worked last for Robert Screen at Kington near Thornbury  ¾ of a year.  Religion – ‘Meeting’.  Conduct – orderly.

Benjamin Nelmes

1850 May 19th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 17th May 1850 18 lb weight of beef the property of George Rice.

2nd July 1850 – guilty and sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour at the House of correction Lawfords Gate.  Discharged July 8th 1850 by order of court.  See more

Thornbury butcher aged 22.  Height 5ft 4.25 inches, dark brown hair, grey eyes and oval face.  Roman nose and mole on each breast.   Single, has been working for Mr Rice of Thornbury for 9 years but for Cole for one week.  Religion – ‘Church’.  Conduct – orderly.

James Smith

1850 May 19th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 17th May 1850 18 lb weight of beef the property of George Rice.

2nd July 1850 – guilty and sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour at the House of correction Lawfords Gate.  Discharged July 8th 1850 by order of court.

Thornbury labourer aged 22.  Height 5ft 4.25 inches, dark brown hair, brown eyes and oval visage, thin faced and spare person.  Native of Thornbury, single, worked last for farmer Spill of ?? Barkiss?? Lodge and also for farmer Lee.  Religion – Baptist meeting.  Conduct – orderly.

William Coventry

1850 May 19th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 17th May 1850 18 lb weight of beef the property of George Rice.

.2nd July 1850 – guilty and sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour at the House of correction Lawfords Gate.  Discharged July 8th 1850 by order of court.

Thornbury ostler aged 17.  Height 5ft 6.5 inches, light brown hair, grey eyes and oval visage with scar under right eye and moles back of neck and flesh mark above left hip.   Native of Thornbury, he has been working for his father who is a tailor and before that for grandfather.  Religion – ‘baptist’.  Conduct – orderly.

Hannah Bell

1850 May 19th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 17th May 1850 18 lb weight of beef the property of George Rice.

2nd July 1850 – not guilty and released on 5th July 1850 by order of the court.  Read more

Thornbury servant aged 19.  Height 5ft 2 inches, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, long visage and dark complexion with heavy eyebrows, cut on first left finger, round dark spot corner of right eye.   Native of Thornbury, has been living at the White Hart at Thomas Charles Jones ostler before that at Woolaston 6 months.  Religion ‘Church’.  Conduct – orderly.

Aaron Gough

1850 September 15th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on the 15th April 1850 three casks the property of Charles Jones.

Guilty – sentenced to be transported for 7 years.  14th December 1850 discharged or removed.  Sec. of State order to Bedford Gaol.  Read more

Thornbury labourer aged 18.  Height 5ft 2.5 inches, dark hair, grey eyes, oval face and fresh complexion with cut seam left side upper lip.   Native of Thornbury,  his father is a carrier, mother stops at home.  He has been working for Stephen Rice N. Tetbury.  Religion – Wesleyan.

William Simmons

1850 May 10th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on 7th May 1850 a bucket the property of Rowland Workman.

Guilty and sentenced to two calendar months hard labour in Lawfords Gate.  Released 8th July 1850 by order of the court.

Tried September 1850 for stealing harness the property of Thomas Lawrence Pearce.  Sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

Thornbury labourer aged 36.  Height 5ft 3.25 inches, dark brown hair, light grey eyes, oval face and dark complexion with cut seam right side upper lip and mole on left side of arm.   Native of Thornbury, married with 5 children, worked last for Mr Tuckett of Alveston not many days before that in this parish.  Religion – Church.  Conduct – orderly

Joseph James

1851 March 21st

Feloniously stealing at Iron Acton half 100cwt of coal the property of Jonathan Blanch.

18th March 1851 – Guilty and sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour at Lawfords Gate.  Released 25th March 1851 by order of the court.

Thornbury labourer aged 41.  Height 5ft 2.5 inches, light brown hair, grey eyes, oval face & pale complexion with cut on right hand.

William Lippiatt

1852 March 25th

Feloniously stealing at Rockhampton 20lb weight of pig meat the property of John Collins.

Not a true Bill – discharged by proclamation 2nd April 1852 by order of court.

Thornbury labourer aged 33.  Height 5ft 7.5.inches, light sandy hair, grey eyes, long visage and fresh complexion with scar on small of back enlargement of 3rd left finger from injury.   Native of Thornbury, married with 7 (?) children has been working for Mr John Hatch (?) of Marlwood 12 months before that David ?.  Religion – Baptist.  Conduct – good.

William Lester

1852 March 25th

Feloniously stealing at Rockhampton 20lb weight of pig meat the property of John Collins.

Not a true Bill – discharged by proclamation 2nd April 1852 by order of court.

Thornbury labourer aged 26.  Height 5ft 3.5 inches, brown hair, hazel eyes, oval face with scar right side of chin and has a speck in each eye.   Native of Thornbury, married with no family, has been working for Dr Fox for 6 weeks before that for Walter Bayliss of Thornbury Farm.  Religion – Baptist.  Conduct – good.

 

Hannah Lovell

1853 February 26th

Charged on the coroners Inquisition with killing and slaying Emma Smith.

2nd April 1853 guilty.  Sentenced to 2 years hard labour in the penitentiary.  Term expired 1st April 1855, released 31st March, the 1st being a Sunday.

Thornbury Union Pauper aged 42.  Height 4ft 10.5 inches, dark brown hair, grey eyes, oval face, tawny brown complexion with face deeply furrowed, most of teeth gone, mark left of nose, very large wart above right elbow.   Native of Bladdington  (sic) near London (sic) Wilt, was single for the last 5 years, has been on the Thornbury Union.  Religion ‘Church’.  Conduct – orderly

Sarah Abrahall

1854 August 5th

Feloniously stealing of Thornbury on 3rd August 1854 11lb weight of potatoes the property of Nicholas Grove.

Pleaded guilty and sentenced to 4 calendar months hard labour in the penitentiary.  Expired February 16th 1855.  Discharged Feb 16th term expired.  Read more

Thornbury laundress aged 55.  Height 5ft 4.75 inches, thin dark hair, dark eyes, long visage and brown complexion – upper part of teeth gone, moles on neck, scar across left eyebrow, mole centre of brow.   Native of Thornbury, married with 3 children, her husband is in this prison but he has worked for Joseph Collings a watchmaker.  Religion – Church.  Conduct – orderly.

James Abrahall

1854 August 5th

Feloniously receiving two baskets of potatoes the property of Nicholas Grove knowing the same to have been stolen.

Not guilty. Released 20th October 1854 by order of court.  Read more

Thornbury clock & watchmaker aged 65.  Height 5ft 4.5 inches, grey hair, blue eyes, long visage & fresh complexion with large cut on right side of forehead.  Native of Hereford, there married with 3 children, is a watchmaker for himself 20 years.  Religion – Church.  Once before convicted.  Conduct – orderly. Tried Trinity Session 1840 for obtaining a pen (?) by false pretences.

Luke Greenman

1854 October 18th

Feloniously stealing at Thornbury on 14th October one basket, 2 oz of tea, one lb of sugar and other articles the property of James Longden.

17th October 1854 Not a true Bill. Discharged by proclamation.  Released 20th October 1854 by order of court.  Read more

Thornbury labourer aged 35, height 5ft 8 inches, brown hair, brown eyes, long visage and sallow complexion. Marks of a sore on left side, boil mark on back right ear and back of left thigh.   Native of Thornbury, married no family, has been working for Mr Cullimore of Alveston nearly 2 years.  Religion – Church.  Conduct – orderly.

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