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The case of John and Elizabeth Wood
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The authorities offered no evidence against Elizabeth and she was allowed to go free. Her husband admitted two charges of larceny, and the courts took a very serious attitude to servants who stole from their masters.
The following entry records his sentence.

Larceny - the theft of personal belongings.
 
 
  Quarter Sessions entry
 

This writing is also very hard to read, but it says:
"Ordered that the prisoner John Wood be transported beyond the seas to such parts as her Majesty with the Advice of her Privy Council shall direct for Seven Years."

This meant that John Wood was sent to the prison colonies in Australia, where he would be forced to work in captivity for seven years. It is very unikely that he would have been able to return home after his seven year sentence.
Elizabeth Wood probably never saw her husband again.

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