Hannah Dagoe, Theft > theft from a specified place, Theft > other, 13th April 1763.

Reference Number: t17630413-29
Offences: Theft > theft from a specified place; Theft > other
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

179. (M.) Hannah Dagoe , widow , otherwise wife of William Connor , was indicted. together with one Mathews, not taken, for stealing three copper sauce-pans, a copper tea-kettle, an iron stove-grate, an iron sender, a gridiron, four harrateen bed-curtains, a feather-bed, three blankets, two quilts, one teaster, six matted chairs, a wainscot table, seven pictures framed and glazed, three silver tea-spoons, one pair of bellows, one hair trunk, one table-cloth, one silk and worsted gown, three linnen aprons, one lawn apron, two laced caps, two linnen caps, two cambricks hoods, one cambrick handkerchief, one stuff gown, one callimanco petticoat, one cloath cloak, two linnen shifts, one pair of cotton stockings, one pair of cotton gloves, one velvet bonnet, and other goods, in the whole to the amount of 11 l. 4 s. the property of Eleanor Hussey , in the dwelling-house of Susanna Rowland , widow, March 17 . +

Eleanor Hussey . I lodge at the house of Susanna Rowland in Phenix-street, Spital-fields . On the 17th of March the prisoner came to my lodging between 12 and 1 in the day; she said she would shew me where she lived, and would make much of me: she had done plain work for me in my husband's time. She took me and Mary Wayland out in a coach to the Nag's-head in Leather-lane, and got some fish for dinner, and left us there between 4 and 5; about 9 she came to us again, then she went out, as she said, in order to get a coach to send me home, she never returned, but left me to pay all the reckoning; she had a hussey that she pretended was her servant, name Ann Mathews , with her: there I was obliged to stay till 9 the next morning, and forced to sell my ring to pay the reckoning. When I went home there was nothing left but my bedstead, which could not be easily unscrewed. I lost all the things mentioned in the indictment, (mentioning them by name) the chamber door had been burst open. Two or three days after this I chanced to be going by Mr. Meers's shop, a Broker in Hounsditch, and saw my gridiron and two pictures, by which means I came to find more of them, six chairs, the trunk, the bed-curtains, the bed-trick, the bellows, the gridiron, and four pictures. I asked the Broker before the Justice, what he had done with the rest of the things? He said, he had sold them.

Susanna Rowland . The prosecutrix lodged in my house. On the 17th of March the prisoner came and took Mrs. Hussey and Mrs. Wayland out in a coach; about 5 in the afternoon the prisoner came back with a woman she called her maid; she made as if she was tired, I asked her to sit down; I said, where is Mrs. Hussey? she said, at her house; she said, she had known her some years to have lived well, and she would keep her, and maintain her; she has lived in credit, and it is hard she should work for a bit of bread, which made her heart bleed to see it. She said she had got a little tenement, and she should dwell in it. I said, I wonder Mrs. Hussey did not let me know of it. She said, she did not know of it herself till she told her after she was gone out with her. I said, where is Mrs. Wayland? She said, she is making the room clean against the bed comes. What with her behaviour and appearance I believed her; she opened the prosecutrix's door, and brought the things out, with the assistance of others that she got to help her, and got a porter to carry them away. She said Mrs. Hussey had given her a strict charge not to meddle with any of Wayland's goods. She took all Mrs. Hussey's

except the bedstead. (She mentions most of the goods which she saw the prisoner bring out of the room.)

Mary Wayland confirmed exactly the account given by the prosecutrix.

Jacob Meers . I am a broker, and live in Shoreditch. On the day after St. Patrick's day the prisoner brought these goods to my house, I bought them of her: a bed and bolster, curtains belonging to a four-post bedstead, the valance, two blankets, two quilts, two sauce-pans, a tea-kettle, two tables, a stove, a fender, tongs, poker and shovel, a pair of brass candlesticks, a flower-box called a drudger, six chairs, four pictures, a trunk, and a pair of bellows. Some of the things I have sold. (Most of these goods produced in court, and deposed to by prosecutrix.)

Q. What did you give for the goods you bought?

Meers. It was 7 l. within a shilling under or over.

John Beckwith . I was the officer that had the prisoner in charge, after she was committed. Justice Fielding granted a warrant to go and search for the goods, which we found at Mr. Meers's house. Some of the things we could not get into the trunk, which we have not brought here; that is, six chairs, bellows, stove grate, and fender.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was at Leather-lane with her, but I did not take the things. I leave it to your Lordship's mercy.

Guilty Death .

There was another indictment against her, for stealing a quantity of goods , the property of George Ingram .

The prisoner is the person who stabbed Ralph Wayne in Newgate, an accomplice and evidence against Morgan and Dupuy. See Wayne's evidence No 171, 172, in Sir Matthew Blakiston 's Mayoralty.

She was also in Newgate in July last, but had the good fortune to escape a prosecution.


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