Female Abt 1760 -

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  • Name Mary CHISMAS 
    Born Abt 1760 
    Gender Female 
    • MARY COUCHER, Theft > grand larceny, 24th October 1787.

      Reference Number: t17871024-4
      Offence: Theft > grand larceny
      Verdict: Guilty
      Punishment: Transportation

      815. MARY COUCHER , alias MARY CHRISTMAS was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of September last, one silver table spoon, value 12 s. the property of John Hooper .

      JOHN HOOPER sworn.

      I live in Fetter-lane ; I am a house-keeper; I lost a silver table spoon, on the 26th of September last; the prisoner came a servant to our house; the day before he left our service, about six in the evening, under pretence of a better place procured by her mother; about eight when we went to supper, Mr. Parker, a pawnbroker in Princes-street, brought me one of my spoons; I knew it immediately; I produced three or four of the same sort; it was marked I. H. after Mr. Parker brought it, we examined, and found one deficient.

      Mr. Knowlys, Prisoner's Counsel. I take it for granted, your wife has the chief case of your plate and china? - Yes, she has.

      THOMAS PARKER sworn.

      On the 26th of September, the prisoner came to me with a table spoon; I never saw her before, she laid it on the compter; I asked her what she wanted; she said to pawn it for four shillings; I thought it was very little to ask on a table spoon, and it gave me some reason to suspect it was not her own; I asked whose it was; she said is was her father's; I asked her where he lived; she said in Shoe-lane, a plaisterer; I told the boy to go and see if it was so; she said she would go with him; she continued fighting, I would not let her go; she continued crying out murder for a quarter of an hour, and raised above an hundred people, and I sent for an officer, and took her into the parlour, and asked her where she got the table-spoon, and told her she should not go off; she said she had taken it from Mr. Hooper's, with whom she lived servant; I asked her where Mr. Hooper lived; she said in Fetter-lane; accordingly I sent to him, I did not know where he lived but from her; the spoon is here.

      (Produced and deposed to.)

      Mr. Knowlys. Have you kept it all the time yourself? - It has been in the house ever since; I kept it in my hand till I parted with it; then I put a mark upon it, the letter T.

      The prisoner called one witness to her character.

      GUILTY .

      Transported for seven years .

      Tried by the London Jury before Mr. ROSE. [1, 2]
    Person ID I830  Cowcher
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2011 

    Family George COWCHER,   b. 09 Feb 1737, Marylebone, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Jun 1785  St Mildred Bread Street, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Both George & Mary are widowed
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F252  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Convict Registers (Ancestry).

    2. [S26] Old Bailey Online.

    3. [S21] London Marriage Index, (