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Details for the convict Richard Anstey (1849)

Convict Name:Richard Anstey
Trial Place:Goucester - (Gloucester) Quarter Sessions
Trial Date:4 January 1848
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Mount Stewart Elphinstone (3)
Arrival Year:1849
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Gloucester County Gaol Register 1844-1849
Easter 1846, aged 45, parish of Stonehouse, labourer.
Declared himself to be a native of Castle Cary, Somersetshire and to have been working on the canal for 2 months, before that for Mr Rob't Davis? for 1 year. He claims to attend church and to have never been in gaol before.
(The birthplace is confirmed by an entry on IGI)
Index No 2098
height 5' 8 1/2"
scanty brown hair
grey eyes
long visage
dark complexion
Scar on the back of the head.
Charged on the oath of Edwin Francis Gyde with feloniously stealing at Kings Stanley on 15th day of January 1846 one hen fowl, the property of the said Edwin Francis Gyde. The Gydes appear to be a major family from Painswick (Edwin Francis Gyde was born in 1813 in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, UK. He died on 16 May 1894. He was buried in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, UK.)
Convicted by NS Marling Esq
Sentenced to two calendar months hard labour in the house of correction at Horsley.
Removed by order of parish, March 28th 1846

Gloucester County Gaol Register 1844-1849
10/11/1847, aged 52, parish of Stonehouse, labourer.
Native of Stonehouse, married.
Previously been convicted of stealing a hen fowl at Kings Stanley.
Index No 2098
height 5' 7 1/4"
brown hair
grey eyes
long visage
???? complexion
Mole on each shoulder and left buttock, hooked nose, top of head nearly bald, scar on left knee.
Charged with feloniously stealing at Stonehouse on the 24th of May 1847. twenty one pounds four shillings, a seal, a watch, key, pencil case and slide, the property of the Bristol and Birmingham Railway Company.
Found guilty at quarter sessions
Committed by RS Davies Esq and John Stanton Esq.
Sentenced to be transported for seven years.
Removed by Secretary of States Order 2/2/1848.

There is a contemporary Gloucester newspaper report of a ROBBERY AT A RAILWAY STATION - Richard Anstey, aged 52 was indicted for stealing, at Stonehouse, on the 24th May last, £21.4s, the monies of the Bristol and Birmingham Railway Company. - Mr Edward Waterfall, the clerk of the Stonehouse station, stated that he left the booking office about ten o'clock on the evening of the 24'th May quite safe, with a quantity of tickets and the money mentioned, locked up. A great part of the money consisted of half-crowns. He received information during the night, when he returned to the booking office and found the place broken open and the articles gone. He had previously known the prisoner as a labourer, in the employ of the Company, on the line. The prisoner absconded, and was not taken into custody until 7th November, when witness took him at Stonehouse where he resided. - John Williams stated that he is a policeman in the employ of the company, and was on dutyon the night of the 24th May; he left the station soon after ten o'clock, and returned after eleven, when he found the office window open and the till broken and quite empty. - Ann Anstey, a daughter of the prisoner, was called and stated that her father left his house about four o'clock on the 24th May, and did not return until the next Tuesday week after, when he only stayed a quarter of an hour; he did not again return until November. - Elizabeth Simmons, who keeps a public-house at Norton, 12 miles from Stonehouse, stated that the prisoner came to her house and showed witness several pounds in gold and silver. On Whit Tuesday he treated all the persons who were in the house. - Thomas Day, a turnkey at Horsley House of Correction, stated that when the prisoner was there under remand, he had some conversation with the prisoner, when he stated that for what he was then apprehended he hoped he should be transported, as he was quite tired of being driven to extremities as he was last winter. - The prisoner denied making these observations. Guilty. A previous conviction was proved against him. Transportation for 7 years.

Submitted by Researcher (Peter Anstey) on 4 March 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/16, p.68

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