Genealogist’s often find criminal and lunatic ancestors an interesting area of research, so much so, that many records relating to this are constantly being released.
Below is a list of known convicts in my family tree, the list isn’t complete and more will be added.
William Reubon Plaskett (1844 – 1918)
Abandoned his children and attacked his daughter in-law, stabbing her in the stomach whilst pregnant with a Shoemakers tool. spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital.
Maria Elizabeth Carter (1854 – 1914)
Abandoned her children
William Janes (1805 – 1868)
Rape, Transported for 7 years.
Henry Mintern (1769 – 1850)
Vagrancy / Stealing Potatoes / Larceny / Sheep stealing / Beastiality / Indecent Exposure.
Michael Gilham (1691 – )
Transported to Maryland for an unknown crime
Margaret Buck (1825 – 1863)
John Hounsell (1800 – 1862)
Poaching / Robbing a Garden / Stealing Wheat / Suspected of Murdering his wife, poisoning her so he could marry his neighbour.
Elizabeth Minton (1803 – 1881)
Suspected of Murdering her husband, so she could marry her neighbour.
Samuel Bellamy (1689 – 1717)
Piracy and drowned at sea
James Brockett (1650 – )
Ordered to stand in the pillory at Charing Cross
William Davis (1621 – 1690)
Highwayman and Murder, Hung at Tyburn and his dead body hung in chains at Bagshot Heath, Surrey
John Bennet (1640 – 1689)
Highwayman, Hung at Tyburn
William Price Barker Leggett (1881 – 1973)
Burglary (4 years prison) and assisting to commit murder (10 years)
served his prison sentence in a San Francisco Prison.
John Beauchamp (1825 – 1911)
Manslaughter, for killing his wife