Ashby Johnson.
21st February 1739
Reference Numbert17390221-6
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath; Death

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150. Ashby Johnson , of Harrow on the Hill , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Thomas Brian , Esq ; about Twelve at Night, and stealing thence a Cloth Great Coat, val. 10 s. a Linnen Shift, val. 3 s. the Goods of John Edlin , in the said Dwelling-house , Jan. 16 .

John Edlin. I am Servant to Mr. Thomas Brian at Loxley Green, in the Parish of Harrow on the Hill . The House was broke sometime in the Night, between Eleven and Four, the 17th of January: A Quarry of Glass was broke; through which the Casement was unhasped, and so the Person that robb'd us came into the Hall, from whence I lost a Great Coat, a Shift of my Wife's, a Shirt of mine, and a Piece of Calicoe Cloth, which I have not swore to. In a Day or two I saw these Things at Richard Smith 's at Ganford Green, and they prove to be mine. This is the great Coat which was taken out of the House that Night, and 'tis mine; the Shift belongs to my Wife.

Richard Smith. The Prisoner brought this great Coat to me, as I was binding Hay in the Barn.

Prisoner. I found it. Guilty , Death ,

He was a second Time indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Thomas Thompson , about Twelve at Night, and stealing a

Hat, val. 2 s. a Pair of Leather Boots, val. 9 s. the Goods of Thomas Thompson; and a Plush Coat, val. 9 s, and a Dimity Waistcoat, val. 3 s. 6d. the Goods of Henry Rudd , Jan. 31 .

Thomas Thompson. My House was broke open the 31st of January at Night, and I lost a Hat, a Pair of Boots, and some other Things; likewise a Plush Coat, and a strip'd Dimity Waistcoat, which belong'd to Henry Rudd, a Servant of mine. A Pane of Glass was broke, by which Means the Casement was open'd; and I guess the Robbery was committed between Eleven and Twelve at Night. Here are the three Men who took him at Ealing, two Miles from my House: I live in the Parish of Harrow on the Hill . These are the Boots, and they are mine; but the Plush Coat we can't find.

A Witness. I bought these Boots of the Prisoner.

Prisoner. I did sell the Man the Boots. Guilty , Death .

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