Joseph Farrel, John South, Susannah Barker.
4th December 1751
Reference Numbert17511204-30
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 40s; Not Guilty; Guilty > theft under 5s; Guilty > theft under 5s; Guilty

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34. 35. 36. Joseph Farrel , John South , and Susannah Barker , were indicted, the two first for stealing one cloth cloak, one velvet cloak, one pair of jumps, one muslin apron, one lawn apron, one blue sattin cap, one black velvet cap, one silk hood, four shirts, two tablecloths, two napkins, two towels, one sheet, three pillow-cases, two child's gowns, five child's bibs, a child's linen cap, a sattin cap, all laid to be above the value of 40 s. the goods of Edward Sparrow , in the dwelling-house of the said Edward . November 16 . *.

Edward Sparrow . I live in Middle-street, Cloth-fair, near Smithfield , I am an apothecary . On the 16th of November, about half an hour after six o'clock, I was in the shop. I went backwards and took the candle with me. I returned again in about ten minutes. I found three drawers open, and the things mentioned in the Indictment gone. [ mentioning them all.] A woman had been in the shop, and went out and left it open.

Q. Have you heard of any of the goods again?

Sparrow. I have met with some of them. South being taken up for another fact, I went to him in Newgate. He told me he and Farrel came into my shop at that time and took the things, and put them into Barker's apron, and went into a publick house in Long lane. That there he wrapt them up in the velvet cloak. From thence to their place of rendezvous in Black-boy alley, and Susannah Barker took the things to a house in Chick-lane, except one cap, and the child-bed linen. The cap was given to Mary Walker , and the child-bed linen to Sarah Cuttoe. Then he called his wife and desired her to shew me Farrel and Barker. I took them both up. They both confest it. I took them all three before the alderman, there they all three confess'd it. Susannah Barker said she had none of the money, but she did carry the things to a house in Chick-lane, and that they were sold for 32 s. South had told me it was a shop next to the gulley-hole. I went there and found part of my things. The velvet cloak, black silk cloak, blue sattin cap, black laced hood, and two napkins, [ produced in court.] They were hid in a feather-bed in a back-room. We cut the sacking to take them out. I think the woman's name is Boulton. Mary Walker delivered the cap to me, and Sarah Cuttoe delivered the child-bed linen. [Produced in court.]

Mary Walker . Farrel gave me that cap.

Sarah Cuttoe . Farrel and South both gave me the baby-things, as I was big.

The prisoners had neither of them any thing to say.

Farrel, and South, Guilty 39 s .

Susannah Barker , Acquitted .

(L.) John South , was a second time indicted for stealing a tin canister, value 2 s. one pound and six ounces of tea, value 6 s. the goods of Elizabeth Taylor , widow , privately in the shop of the said Elizabeth , November 21 . *.

Eliz. Taylor. I keep a grocer's shop in Barbican , on the 21st of November I had three Canisters of tea upon my counter, I was taken ill and obliged to go into my parlour. I had not been there above 3 minutes before a young lad called and told me I had been robbed. I went into the shop and missed a canister No. 8. I went to the door and saw Mr. Hill holding the prisoner by the coat. I begged he would secure him. South went to unbutton his coat, then Mr. Hill secured him by his coat and waistcoat. I saw at the time the canister fall from under the prisoner's waistcoat. There was a pound

and six ounces of tea in it. [The canister produced in court.]

Mr. Hill confirmed that of securing him, and seeing the canister fall from him.

Prisoner's Defence.

Coming along the street I kicked against something, I stooped and took it up, it was that canister. When I was got about 4 or 5 yards, they took hold on me and asked me where I was going to carry that? I said, What Business was that of theirs? I am going to carry it home.

Guilty 4 s. 10 d .

(L.) Joseph Farrel and Susannah Barker , were a second time indicted, the first for stealing one walnut-tree tea chest, value 5 s. five tea spoons, one pair of silver tea tongs, two glocestershire cheeses, one pair of Leather Breeches, one pair of stays, one wooden till, the goods of Christopher Pidgen , in his shop . And the other for receiving part of the said goods knowing them to have been stolen .

November 13. *.

Christopher Pidgen . I keep a chandler's shop on one side, and a haberdasher's on the other side . On Wednesday the 13th of November, I dined at home and served some customers in the shop, then the goods were there. I went out, when I came home, my wife told me I had been robbed of the goods mentioned, and that the wooden till was found in Jewin-street. On the Thursday se'nnight following, we heard Mrs. Taylor had been robbed, and the person taken in the fact. That his name was South, and that when he was examined before alderman Asgill, he owned he was concerned in robbing me, and mentioned the two prisoners, upon whose information they were taken. South and Farrel were brought to Guild-Hall on the Monday. Sir William Smith thought necessary to examine them separate. There Farrel gave information where some of my things were. After that he told me how he committed the robbery. That he came into my shop, being best acquainted with it, (as he was apprentice to a shoemaker near me, and has been in my shop often.) He said to Barker, you may as well tell where the things are. Then she told me that she and a woman whom she called Long Sue, sold the tea chest for 3 s. to one Costers, that keeps the Queen's Head in Chick-lane. That they went to one Ferguson's in Barbican, and pawned the stays for 4 s. and the Spoons and Tongs for 6 s. in the name of Cob. I went there, and upon examining their books, there were a pair of stays pawned in the name of Cob, but were fetched out the next day by the same person that brought them. I inquired after the tea chest, but could get no account of it. The people said they knew the prisoners, and that they had been at their house. Susannah Barker said she had pawned the breeches on Snow-hill. I inquired but could not hear of them.

Elizabeth Pidgen . I am wife to the prosecutor. She confirmed that of her husband.

Farrel, Guilty 4 s. 10 d .

Barker, Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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