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SARAH GOTTS, Theft > grand larceny, 9th September 1818.

1128. SARAH GOTTS was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of August , one gown, value 10s., and one pair of breeches, value 6s. , the goods of John Harris .

JOHN HARRIS . I live in Angel-square, Bishopsgate . On 19th of August, my wife went to market about half-past four o'clock in the morning, leaving me in bed, and the door on the latch. I heard the yard-door shut; afterwards I found my room-door open, and the gown and breeches gone.

HOWARD LEWIS . I am a salesman. On the 19th of August, about eight o'clock in the morning, the prisoner offered the breeches to me for sale; she said they were her husband's. As she was going out, I observed the tail of the gown hanging out of her apron. She said she would sell them for 10s. I thought she had not got them honestly; I took her to the office.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. A man got me to sell them.


Old Bailey record


Theft > animal theft from Mark Gotts, 14th August 1837

JOHN NEWCOMB was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of June, at St. Botolph Without, Aldgate, 1 cow, price 6., the property of Mark Gotts.

WILLIAM WALLIS . I am servant to Mr. Mark Gotts, a farmer, at Bulpham, in Essex. On Saturday, the 10th of June, I saw a brindled cow of his safe, between eight and nine o'clock at night, in the Kitchen Mead, at Bulpham-natch—I hasped the gate of the field myself when I left it on the Sunday morning, between four and five o'clock, I went to the mead again, and it was gone—I had known the cow ten or eleven years—she had two very large teats before, and two white spots on her back, one against the shoulder, and the other on the loin.

MARK GOTTS. I am a farmer, and live at Bulpham, about twenty-four miles from London. I missed my cow on the Saturday—on the following Wednesday I came to London, and went with Shelswell, the officer, to different places in search of it—Patience's tan-yard, where we found the skin produced—it was taken up out of a pit, and the lime washed off—I examined it, and it was the skin of my brindled cow—I found the horns in the yard, by themselves.

GUILTY . Aged 32.—Recommended to mercy, being respectably connected.

— Transported for Life.

Old Bailey record


This Sarah may be the same one in the incitement to kill case in 1811

It seems strange that a defence of ‘a man got me to sell them’ worked!)

This is Mark 2641 in tree 079 - the  Bulphan family. Mark was born in 1785 so he would have been 52

Crime involving Gottses - 2

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