Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 June 2021), April 1818, trial of ELIZA FOOTMAN (t18180401-116).

ELIZA FOOTMAN, Deception > fraud, 1st April 1818.

646. ELIZA FOOTMAN was indicted for obtaining, by false pretences, 3l. in monies numbered , the monies of the inhabitants of St. Giles's Without, Cripplegate .

MR. HENRY CASE. In November, 1817, I and William Legge were churchwardens of the parish of St. Giles, Cripplegate. The prisoner applied to the Board for relief in November. Robert Warner and Richard Lambert Jones were the overseers - She represented herself as the widow of Thomas Footman , that she had two children by him, and was then in the family-way by him - She was dressed as a widow. In consequence of these representations we relieved her. The vestry gave her 3s. per week until April in the present year, when we found her statement was false.

JAMES SIMONS . I am clerk to Mr. Earnshaw. I remember the prisoner applying to the Board. Mr. Case has given a correct account.

WILLIAM SCAIF . I am vestry-clerk of St. Sepulchre. The prisoner has been a parishioner of St. Sepulchre ever since the year 1809; she then applied for relief to our parish as the widow of Thomas Footman, with three children. She was allowed 5s. per week-in the course of that year she went into the workhouse. In October, 1814, she was delivered of an illegitimate child. She received relief from our parish until the 18th of January this year; we then found she was receiving money from Cripplegate parish. She told me her husband died in the year 1809.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in distress. I have five children.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

Fined One Shilling and Discharged .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.