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James Diggins

Male 1815 - 1879  (64 years)


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  • Name James Diggins 
    Born 21 Jan 1815  Old Cock Lane, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 13 Feb 1815  St Leonard's, Shoreditch, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Criminal 23 Nov 1831  [1


    • On the afternoon of 23 November 1831, 18-year old James Diggins, spied a cart carrying goods from a warehouse in Houndsditch towards the Royal Exchange. The cart was drawn by two men with two others following behind. From across the street, a City-officer, Charles Thorogood saw James approach the cart, and when the men's attention was distracted, he lifted up the tarpaulin and draw out a parcel. Thorogood moved across the street and arrested James, and later charged him with stealing two sheets of paper (the parcel wrapping), valued at 1 penny, and 14 pairs of drawers, valued at ?2, being the goods of William Bousfield and others.

      On 1 December 1831, James Diggins appeared in the Old Bailey on the charge of Simple Grand Larceny, and City-officer Thorogood gave evidence that "? on the afternoon of the 23rd of November, I observed a truck near the Royal Exchange drawn by two men, and two men were following it behind - I walked on to the end of the Exchange, by the Mansion-house, when I saw the prisoner lift up the tarpauling which was over the truck, and draw out this parcel; I took him into custody.

      In cross-examination, by Mr. Heaton, Thorogood explained that he had been an officer for ten years and had never been suspended. He said that "? the prisoner had not got more than twenty yards from me - I had not lost sight of him; I asked him what he had got, and he said he did not choose to answer - when I asked him again, he said a gentleman gave it to him to carry from Wood Street, Cheapside, to his house - he did not say the Spread Eagle [a public house]; I asked where he lived - he said in Wood Street, Spitalfields; I asked where the gentleman lived - he said he did not know; he did not ask me to go to Gracechurch Street - I went according to the direction on the parcel, to Cheapside, to ask whether they expected such a parcel, and they said they did; the truck was going towards Cheapside and the prisoner towards Whitechapel: it was dark, but the lamps were lighted.

      A warehouseman, Edward Hitchcock, an employee of William and John Bousfield gave evidence that he had packed the parcel and that the parcel contained the items stated in the indictment. On cross-examination, Hitchcock said "? I know this parcel by my own writing on it, and the drawers have my figures on them."

      John Ludford, another employee of the Bousfield's, gave evidence that he "? had placed this parcel in the truck with other goods, which I received at the warehouse. On cross-examination Ludford said that the truck was covered with a tarpaulin and "? was tied down - no one could have got the parcel without lifting up the tarpauling."

      James Diggins told the court, "What the officer states is all false - he asked what I had; I said I did not know, but a gentleman gave it to me to carry to the Spread Eagle - I asked him [Thorogood] to go there, but he declined."

      Constable William Drane, who had been a witness in the earlier trial of Joseph Lawrence and James Diggins (alias Thompson), now appeared and produced and read from a certificate and told the court "? I was present in April last, and saw the prisoner tried here by the name of James Thompson; I apprehended him, and know he is the [same] man."

      The Jury found James Diggins guilty as charged, and as it was James' second conviction, the Judge sentenced him to fourteen years transportation to the colony of NSW.
    Criminal 08 Oct 1841  [1
    • received his Ticket of Leave (No: 41/2104)
    Died 05 Sep 1879  Kangiara, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Person ID I44079  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2012 

    Father Richard Diggins 
    Mother Rose 
    Married Bef 1815  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9790  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Keefe,   b. Abt 1835, County Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jan 1869, Kangiaroo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 1852  Maitland, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. George Diggins,   b. NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Condobolin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rosannah Diggins,   b. 29 Jun 1852, Scone, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1940, Broadmeadow, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. William Diggins,   b. Abt 1853, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1871, Binalong, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years)
     4. Henry Diggins,   b. Abt 1854, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1867, Binalong, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 13 years)
     5. Maryanne Jane Diggins,   b. 03 May 1856, Mudgee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1927, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Francis Diggins,   b. 1857, Mudgee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. James Diggins,   b. 1858, Mudgee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1858, Mudgee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Richard Diggins,   b. Abt 1859, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1942, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
     9. James Diggins,   b. 1860, Mudgee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 May 1936, Boorowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     10. Ernest Diggins,   b. 04 Oct 1863, Lambing Flats, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1940, Ryde, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     11. Anne Diggins,   b. 1867, Binalong, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F9637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S804] James Diggins, McJannett, Colin, (January 2009).

    2. [S855] The Family of Ernest Diggins, Negline, Fran, (November 2009).

    3. [S978] James Diggins, Burke, Donald, (January 2012).