My family history

Black Sheep Sunday… Larceny

  In my previous post I had found my 3x Great Grandmother Elizabeth Wood (nee Cope) languishing in prison, with her young daughter, in 1851. I was pretty keen to find out how she’d ended up in prison. I turned to the British Library newspaper collection at Find My Past to see if I could find any court appearances for Elizabeth. I found not one, but two, both … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday… Larceny

Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…

  I’ve been trying to find some of the resources I’ve been missing for my 3x Great Grandparents, Mark Wood and Elizabeth Cope – one of these is the 1851 census return. After trying some different search techniques and filtering I finally found Mark Wood living on his own, but still noted as married, in Two Gates, Warwickshire. So where were his wife and children? … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) (For Part III click here) The last time we met John & William Richardson, they had admitted their guilt to the York Assizes and were on their way to Millbank prison in London to await transportation for ten years. Following their stay in Millbank they were moved to the prison hulk York moored off the … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) So John and William found themselves in York Castle prison, charged with two counts of sheep theft.  On 23rd of December 1843, the York Herald reported that they had pleaded guilty to both counts and William also admitted to having stolen a bay gelding from Robert Williamson the previous September. Since 1742 theft of sheep … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III