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Sophia LEWIS

She was tried at Old Bailey, London on 25 October 1786 for stealing handkerchiefs, coat and cash with a value of 39 shillings. She was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Lady Penrhyn aged about 29 at that time (May 1787). Her occupation was listed as servant. She died in 1816.

Notes: Actual value of stolen goods was 99 shillings.Her victim had gone to bed with her before being robbed.Death was by suicide, which she had also attempted some months earlier.Married James Walbourne on 24 March 1788 and they had 2 sons. In 1800 he was charged with assault on his wife and they were ordered to divide the property and, taking one child each, to live apart.

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