Bridget Shepherd, Ann Barret.
11th September 1751
Reference Numbert17510911-59
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty
SentencesDeath > respited for pregnancy

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534, 535. Bridget Shepherd widow , and Ann wife of George Barret , were indicted, the first for stealing three half guineas, and 14 s. and 6 d. in money numbered; the money of John Rogers , in the dwelling house of the said John , July eight , and the other for receiving the money, knowing it to be stolen . +

John Rogers . I live in White-chapple road , near the Barley Mow , the box in which was the money stood close by my beds seet; I went out to work, the day I don't justly know; my wife came and told me in the afternoon I was rob'd; I bid her secure Shepherd, we mistrusted her, she having laid in our house about three nights; we secured her; she confessed she took 14 s. and 6 d. then we carried her before the Justice, and she confess'd the whole, and that she gave the three half guineas to Ann Barret; and that they spent six shillings; she said, she broke up the box, with a heading chisel, which she hid afterwards. Her confession was taken before the Justice, and she sign'd it.

Joseph Waldock . I am Headborough; I stood by and saw Shepherd make her mark to the confession. It was read over to her before she sign'd it, several times; she did it freely before and at the Justice's house, and after that, she was fetch'd and confess'd before Barret's face.

Q. Was there any promises of pardon made her, before she confess'd; and was she sober at the time?

Waldock. No none at all; she was very sober.

Rogers. Ann Barret did rent a room of me and sent Shepherd to lie there about three nights.

The Confession read, to this Purpose.

That she being acquainted with Ann Barret , she lodg'd with her in this house, three nights; and that Barret told her, Rogers kept his money in a box, in his own room, which she show'd her, as she pass'd by the Chamber door; and ask'd her if she could not contrive to break it open: that as she was sweeping the room, she took an opportunity to break it open, and take out the money mention'd.

Elizabeth Rogers . On Monday morning July eight, between seven and eight o'clock, Shepherd came to my door; I look'd out, she said come down and open the door, saying Mrs. Barret desir'd I'd come for her bellows, she wanted them at the Marshalsea-prison; her husband was a prisoner there; I let her in, then she said she was to go up and make Barret's bed; she went up, and kept making a great rattle; I went out, when I came back, I went to lift the box; I was going to put my husband's cloaths where the money was, and the cover came up with my hands. I call'd Shepherd up, and told her the case; she said never be affrighted, may be your husband has done it to affright you. When she got out of the door, she run away. After she confess'd to 14 s. I ask'd her how she did it; she said she did it with one of my husband's chisels; that she shut both the doors, and carried the box into Barret's room, to do it. I ask'd her where the chisel was, she

told me upon the top of the Chimney-piece; when I came home, there I found it. Our room is on the same floor as Barret's; she went through our room to go to her's; I know nothing against Barret.

Shepherd's Defence.

I go out a Nurse-keeping; Mrs. Barret being at the Marshalsea prison, with her husband, I went to see her ; she told me I might lie along with her. I went and told Mrs. Rogers, she was willing I should be there a time. I lay there three nights, on Saturday morning I went to the prison, to Mr. Barret, his wife was drunk at the door, he had given her a black eye; when I came to Mr. Rogers he said, if she or I offer'd to come there, he'd break our necks. On the Sunday morning I went and told her; she said, she would move her goods, and take another lodging. She desired me to go to Mr. Rogers's, on the Monday morning, and bring her bellows; I went and knock'd at the door, she insisted upon it, she should not have them; I went and told Mrs. Barret, she would not let her have them; at night Mrs. Barret came and told me, Mrs. Rogers charg'd me with breaking the box; the next morning Mr. Rogers dragg'd me into an ale-house, and the constable insisted upon searching me; and pull'd out a great many things from my pocket. He took 8 s. and 6 d. out of my hussive, and carried me to Sir Samuel Gore, and then to Bridewell; I never was up the stairs, Mrs. Rogers would have for give me, if I would have sworn against this other prisoner; her husband is in the Marshalsea-prison for debt.

B. Shepherd guilty , Death .

Ann Barret , acquitted .

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