Ellen Woodman

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    At the young age of 11, Ellen was ordered to do 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron when caught with Mary Catherine Docherty, Rosanna Watson and Mary Hinnigan.

    Age (on discharge): 11
    Height: 4.3
    Hair: Red
    Eyes: Dark Blue
    Place of Birth: Durham
    Status: Single

    These photographs are of convicted criminals in Newcastle between 1871 - 1873.

    Reference:TWAS: PR.NC/6/1/1209

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    1. baracudatony 40 months ago | reply

      Ah, found her. Just a child !!

    2. foldingtype 36 months ago | reply

      I'll warrant the man who sentenced her never wanted for anything.

    3. flickcide 36 months ago | reply

      Blind and stupid justice.

    4. mukinfuddle [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      Was there a Fagin character in the background ?

    5. frannie60 30 months ago | reply

      She should have been sent to bed without supper, not hard labor!

    6. toots hodgdon 22 months ago | reply

      She probably wouldn't have had supper anyway.

    7. howlcram@verizon.net 22 months ago | reply

      Thank goodness, a light sentence. She was probably already working six days a week. She missed only one day of rest.

    8. kmeccat 22 months ago | reply

      How dare she steal iron with her friends, trying to survive! Shame on her!
      Seriously, soooo SAD!

    9. w.waddle 11 months ago | reply

      Ellen may have used her younger looks to lessen her sentence, as she appears to have actually been born near Houghton le spring around 1857. I suspect she was baptised in June 1862 and she subsequently took this for her birth date.
      In 1881 she is residing with the BOLD family in Westoe near South Shields She is registered as being a housekeeper and married but I cannot locate a marriage for her at that time. She in fact appears to marry David Whale in 1886 and continues to reside in the South Shields area until her death in 1916.
      Any children should be shown in the 1891 and 1901 census.

    10. patsyd80 10 months ago | reply

      Ah sweet little thing. Should have hepled the kid out not punished her

    11. darcylarson1011 6 months ago | reply

      I would have sent her to a warm bed after a huge dinner and desert!

    12. darcylarson1011 6 months ago | reply

      I suspect she worked 24/7, just to survive.

    13. jonboy24/7 3 months ago | reply

      Poor little thing must have been terrified.

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