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Samuel Curtis from Huntingdon gaol

Submitted by Malcolm Coeshaw
I had such a surprise to find details on your site of my wife's great grandfather, Samuel Curtis, punished for stealing 26 hen's eggs in July 1870. Could I possibly ask you if you have any other details concerning Samuel Curtis and explain what type of sentence is "3" as stated on the offence details. In about 1886 Samuel met a lady, Alice Clover or Glover*, who was around 25 years younger than himself. They had three or perhaps four children together, one of which, Herbert Curtis, was my wife's grandfather. Unfortunately, in 1904 Alice left Samuel for a younger man. A year later Samuel murdered Alice in Wrotham, Kent, and was hung for her murder at Maidstone Prison in December 1905.
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James Childs from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Linda Swain
I believe James Childs to be my 3x great grandfather. He was baptised on 29.5.1803 at Milton Eernest. He married Martha Lord from Felmersham on 13.1.1824. He died in 1877. His daughter Catherine Burton Childs baptised 6.11.1825 was my 2x great grandmother. Other children were John Lord, George, Mary, Isaac, Ezra
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William Brandon from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Matthew J Butcher
William was my 4xgreat grandfather. He was born on the 15th October 1822 in Chalton and died on the 20th May 1861. There are 5 known mentions of him in the Bedford gaol records. In 1861 William was not been recorded with his family. His wife Sarah was still marked as married and above her name it states; “Husband in lunatics asylum”. The 1861 census shows detail of an inmate patient in Three Counties Lunatic Asylum in Stotfold with the initials W.B. of the right age. The Admissions Register shows that he entered the Asylum on the 25th February 1861. His age was not listed but the register shows he was married and worked as a Farm Labourer in Chalton. The costs of his admittance were being born by the Toddington Woburn Union and he had been admitted on the authority of the Clerk Samuel Francis and a John Dexter. William was suffering from ‘Mania with General Paralysis’ that had begun 12 months previously. It was supposed that the condition was as a result of a kick from a horse (gaol records note this happened when he was young). He was feeble and suffering from general paralysis. Less than 3 months later William was dead. The registrar Alfred Self was informed of his death which had been caused by General Paralysis by a William Denne on the 23rd May. William was one of the 47 patients who died in the Three Counties Lunatic Asylum during 1861.
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James Hailey from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Glen Hickson
James was convicted at the Herts Epiphany Quarter Sessions 1851 of stealing 8 bushels of potatoes & was sentenced to 7 years transportation. For some reason he was not sent & the census of that year shows him in Armley Gaol, Leeds. In 1863 he was convicted of larceny again & sent to Western Australia for 7 years although he did not sail until 1866.
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Ashby Bunker from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Kevin Brown
Mark Ashby Bunker was my great-great-great-great-granfather's(James Bunker) younger brother. He died in Tasmania in 1868.
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Robert Toll from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Ken Toll
I have researched Robert's ancestry and his descendants, both in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

He was born as Robert TOLE in Pavenham, Bdf.
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Richard Dillingham from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Erica Kalaitzis
I am a direct descendant and have quite a lot of information re my gggg-grandfather

see "The Dillingham Convict Letters" by H.W Forster
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Paul Freshwater from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Dierdre Freshwater
This gentlemen was, I believe, my 4 x Great grandfather who was eventually transported to Australia for life in July 1814 for sheep stealing having been sentenced to death at Bedford Assizes. The original sentence was rescinded in favour of transportation..
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He left behind a wife, Susannah nee Lane and at least three children.

My research is still continuing.
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Elizabeth Craddock from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Larraine Williams
She was Elizabeth FALCONER until she married John CRADDOCK 26 Mar 1824 Oakley Bedfordshire.
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William Juffs from Bedford gaol

Submitted by Caroline Juffs
William Juffs was the older brother of my great, great, great grandfather James juffs. William and his father (also William) were both sentenced to transportation to Australia for poaching/burglary. I don't know whether the father made it or if he died in the hulk awaiting transportation, his family had to seek refuge in the local workhouse in Houghton Conquest.
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