Details of the Criminal Record of Joseph Madge.

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>Details of the Criminal Record of Joseph Madge.


Information from the Criminal Registers Series 2 (annual Returns of Trials, listed county), held in the National Archive, Kew.

First Offence - Stealing Bark

TNA reference is: HO 27/107 Anglesey to Kent 1854 - Page 219 Line 9

20th November 1854 - General Sessions Exeter

Joseph Madge - Larceny 4 Months

Second Offence - Stealing Hay

TNA reference is: HO 27/119 Bedfordshire to Kent 1858 - Page 219 Line 9

23rd February 1858 - General Sessions Exeter

Joseph Madge - Larceny, Before convicted of felony - 4 Years


Information from the Portsmouth Prison Register for the period 10 Mar 1858 - 30 July 1860, held in the National Archive, Kew. TNA reference is: PCOM 2/108. Joseph Madge in the register at Prisoner No. 5549.

Register Number : - 5549
Name : - Joseph Madge
Age : - 39
Married or Single Number of Children : - M + 5 Child
Read or Write : - R
Trade or Occupation : - Labourer
Crime Date and Place of Conviction : - Larceny (stealing hay) & pre con Felony 23rd Feb 1858 Exeter G. Sessions
Sentence : - 4 Penal Servitude
Date and Place of Committal : - 20th Febr '58 Crediton
Places and Periods of Separate Confinement : - Exeter for 1 months & 11 days, Millbank for 7 months & 17 days
Total of Separate Confinement : -
Character and Conduct of Prisoner since Conviction :
- Exeter - Good, Millbank - Good
Residence of Convict's family or Next of Kin : - Wife Fanny Madge, Cheriton Fitzpaine **
Information Relative to Prisoner's Convictions and Character : - Devon Sessions - November 1854 Stealing Bark 3 Months ##
Religion : - Church of England
Dates of Reception in Different Prisons : - Millbank 1st April '58, Portsmouth 17th Nov 1858
State of Health : - Good
Period Passed on Public Works : - Portsmouth - 2 years, 6 months, 6 days; Sep'te - 8 months 25 days; Total - 3 years, 3 months, 0 days.
Final Disposal : - No 9220, Discharged with licence 22 May 1861

** This is incorrect - Joseph's wife was actually Ann Madge, his mother was Fanny Madge.
## I assume the bark had value as a tanning agent as it was used in tanning leather. It tended to produce stiff and waterproof leather which would fit as Crediton was a major shoemaking centre.


Joseph Madge's Captions (Orders of the Court) / Transfer Papers. These are held within license papers for the period April 1861 - May 1861, held in the National Archive, Kew. TNA reference is: PCOM 3/88. Nos. 9176 - 9275. 1861 Apr - May. Joseph Madge - Licence No. 9220 - release date 22 May 1861.

In October 1853 a system of licences was introduced by which convicts of good behaviour could be allowed out on parole and were expected to maintain a respectable way of life. Failure to do so would result in them being returned to prison......Licenses were usually endorsed on existing Captions (Orders of the Court) and/or Transfer Papers (documents which authorise the removal of a convict from one government prison to another.)"

Joseph Madge Parole Document - Copy and Transcription

Copy

Transcription

6769        5549

 

DESCRIPTION

Name

 

Joseph Madge  

Dates of Committal, Conviction, Reception,

and Removal

  Complexion     ..       ..       .. Fresh
  Hair                 ..       ..       .. Brown
Committal    ...... } 20 Febry 1858  
Conviction      ... 23 Febry 1858   Eyes                ..       ..       .. Grey
Removed from .. } Devon Coy Prison  

Date    ...      

1st April 1858   Height              ..       ..       .. 5  Feet 3 Inches
Received in     .. } Millbank Prison  

Date    ...      

1 April 1858   Description of Person..       .. Proportionate
Removed from .. } Millbank  

Date    ...      

17 Novr 58  

Scars, Cuts, Moles, &c, on Body and Limbs

Received from.. } Portsmouth  

None

Date    ...      

17th November 1858  
Removed from .. } Disch'd on License  

Date    ...      

22nd May 1861  
Received from .. } 9220  

Edw H. Rose

Governor

Date     Wife

Anne Madge  

of

Devon County Prison
Removed from .. } Cheriton Fitz Payne   Date 1st April 1858

Date    ...      

Devon