John Barton.
2nd March 1726
Reference Numbert17260302-57
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty; Guilty

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John Barton , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Richard Askew , and stealing 2 Gold Chains. 5 Gold Necklaces, 17 Snuff Boxes, 72 Tea Spoons, and other Goods . Aug. 1 .

Richard Askew thus depos'd. I keep a Goldsmiths Shop in Barbican . I went to Bed on the first of August about 12, and left my Kinswoman to fasten the Doors, which I believe she did. - But she is not here to prove it - The Watch rais'd me about 3. My Shop was broke open, and my Goods gone.

William Marjoram thus depos'd. I and the Prisoner committed this Fact about peep of Day. We cut a whole in the Window. Shutter, and so unpin'd it, took it down and rifled the Shop. We carry'd the Place into the Fields, where we hid it 'till Night, and then fetch'd it away and divided it. Guilty of Felony .

John Barton, was a second Time indicted for breaking and entring the House of Edward Watts , and stealing 50 Pieces of printed Linnen, 10 Pieces of Turky Cotton, and 10 Pieces of Dutch Holland, Sept. 23 in the Night .

Edward Walter depos'd. That he about 9 at Night, fasten'd his Doors himself, and went to bed. That the Watch call'd him up about 3, when he found that his Shop was broke open, and that he had lost Goods to the value of above 200 l.

William Marjoram thus depos'd. I and the Prisoner broke open the Shop, and took out a Sackful of Goods, and carry'd 'em to a House in White Horse-Alley in Chick-Lane, and there I sold my Part to the Prisoner, for 4 l. Guilty of Felony .

John Barton , of St. Dunstan's in the West , was a third Time indicted for breaking and entring the House of Sarah Higgs , and stealing from thence 100 Pair of Stockings, value 25 l and other Things, the Goods of Sarah Higgs on the 30th of June last, in the Night Time .

Sarah Higgs depos'd. That she made fast her Shop at Night, when she went to Bed, but being call'd up by the Watch about 3 in the Morning, she found that one of her Window-Shutters was cut: 2 of 'em taken down, and the Goods in the Indictment lost.

William Marjoram thus depos'd. About 2 in the Morning. I and the Prisoner broke open the House in Chancery-Lane , and stole a great parcel of Stockings, and Milliners Goods We bored Holes in the Shutter, and then cut one Hole into another, pull'd out the Pin, and took down the Shutter. I got in and fill'd a great Sack, and handed it out to the Prisoner. We sold 'em at a Lump for 3 l. to Nell Gaton . Who then lived in Newtoners-Lane; but she is now in the Marshalsea. When I had surrendered my self, and was going before a Justice, the Prisoner fir'd a Pistol at me hard by Goldsmiths-Hall, but the Bullet went over my Head.

John Bishop , and - Smith thus depos'd. We went to Marjoram in New Prison, and he told us that he believed we might find the Prisoner at Black-Mary's-Hole. We went that Way, and met him in a Path betwixt Black-Mary's-Hole and the Spaw. He took out 2 Pistols, and swore he'd fire at us. You must be quick then says smith, for if you dont fire, I will, and immediately he shot first at the Prisoner, and wounded him in the Thigh. Guilty . Death .

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