ANN JONES.
20th February 1793
Reference Numbert17930220-7
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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201. ANN JONES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th of January , a canvas bag, value 1 d. an half guinea and 4 l. 19 s. in monies numbered, the goods, chattels and monies of James Schooler , in his dwelling house .

SUSANNAH SCHOOLER sworn.

I live in the Savoy; my husband keeps a public house in the Savoy, the Blue Anchor ; his name is Samuel, No, I make a mistake, James Schooler ; this woman robbed me; she lived servant with me, she had lived so a month or better. On the 24th of January I went to bed about ten or eleven o'clock, and I put my pockets under my head, which I always do of a night, my four pockets I put them underneath the bolster; when I came to get up in the morning I dressed myself all but my pockets; I could not find them; I believe it was two o'clock the next day that I got up, so I pulled the clothes off the bed, the bolster and pillow, and I could not find them. My husband does not lay with me, he has two very bad legs; but we both sleep in one room; I called the maid up stairs and told her about it, that I could not find my pockets, I told her to look for them, and I supposed they must have slipped between the sacking and the bed; she said, she knew nothing of it at all.

Q. Did you examine the bed and sacking? - I did, it was not there. I heard that the maid, the prisoner at the bar, had got a good deal of money, and I went after her; she went away out; she did not give any notice or say any thing when she went away; I went after her; I found her and brought her home, and found the money on her; I found her at a neighbour's house; a soldier was with me that is here; when she was brought back I asked her for the money; she said, she had not got it; then we sent for a constable and searched her, and she had the money in her bosom, in a yellow bag; the constable has got the money now and the bag; it fell out on the floor as they were taking it out and they picked it up, and counted it, there

was 5 l. and more, there was sixpences and shillings, and half a guinea; all the rest in silver.

Q. What was your money in when you put it into your pocket? - It was in a yellow canvas bag.

Q. Do you know how much you had in it? - I can swear to more than was found on her, I had more than that; I look upon it there was as much as 7 l. but I did not find any more.

Q. Are you sure you put this 7 l. in a canvas bag in your pocket? - Yes.

Q. Was the bed room door locked? - No, it was not; the prisoner was in the room in the morning, as soon as she was up; she came up about seven o'clock she did not take it then from me; it was later than that, she came in and took the money from me; I had been poorly, and had not slept much in the night; and I fell asleep after that.

Q Had you a character with this young woman? - No otherwise than that I knew she lived in the neighbourhood, she had done so for a twelve month.

Mr. Knowlys. How came you first of all to tell us your husband's name was Samuel? - I beg you pardon, I was thinking of my other husband; I have had two husbands, my first husband's name was Samuel.

Q. I should have thought you would have forgot your other husband long ago; how long was it your husband got up before you that day? - A good while.

Q. What time do you think? - Eight or nine o'clock, he is afflicted he cannot dress or undress himself; it might be eight or nine or more.

Q. Have you any lodgers in your house? - No, only an old woman.

Q. Have you not got soldiers? - Only one and he was upon guard.

Q. What part of the day did he go on guard? - About seven o'clock in the morning.

Q. Do you mean to say he was on guard from seven o'clock in the morning till two, Do you mean to say that he is never relieved for nine hours? - They are there all the day long, they do not come off till the next day; he is down at St. James's at the King and Queen's guard.

Q. You missed some money about a month before? - No.

Q. I believe you found there was some money mislaid, and you found it again? - No, it was my husband had taken the money.

Q. You charged the soldier with it? - No, I did not.

Q. What did you say about it? - I spoke about it, and said I had lost my money; but I did not charge him with it.

Q. Do you mean to say now that you did not charge either the soldier or that woman the time before? - I did not charge the soldier; but missed my money.

Q. I believe afterwards it turned out that the money was mislaid? - No, my husband had taken it.

Q Is your husband here to day? - He is not, he is very bad in bed.

Court. Where had you missed the money from before? - My husband took it out of my pocket when I was in bed.

Q. Did you observe him take it? - I did not mind it.

Q. Did he take it when you was asleep? - He did; but he told me as soon as ever I said I had lost it; he said don't make yourself unhappy, I have got the money.

HENRY SELWAY sworn.

I am a soldier in the second or Coldstream regiment; between two and three this day I went into this public house to

have a pint of potter, the landlord was telling of his loss; and a young man was saying that he saw the maid with a canvas bag; says I, if you are a mind I will go seek after her; I went to the girl and found her, and brought her to Mrs. Schooler, and she denied it; and said if I was a mind to go into a private room, I might search her; which I did, and between her stays and shift, I pulled out the canvas bag; and we found one half guinea in gold, and four pounds nineteen in silver.

Mr. Knowlys. Did you see the old gentleman Mr. Schooler? - I did, but he is not here now; he is very bad in bed; the constable has the bag.

EVAN EVANS sworn.

I am a constable of Covent Garden parish, I took this woman into custody on the 24th of January; I was sent for, and Mr. Schooler gave me the bag of money, and I have had it ever since.

Mr. Knowlys. Did the old gentleman go up to the justice's with you? - He did, but he was not bound to come here, only his wife, the corporal and me. (The purse produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. I did not know it was necessary to have any witnesses, or else I could have had witnesses, but I did not know it, I picked the purse and money up in the tap room, and if I had thought it had been Mrs. Schooler's I would not have put it in my pocket; if Mrs. Schooler will get so drunk as not to know what she does; what is to be said to it.

Court to Mrs. Schooler. Was you sober that night? - I was.

GUILTY . Death . (Aged 27.)

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.


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