John Scadding[1]

Male Est 1759 - 1795  (~ 36 years)


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  • Name John Scadding 
    Born Est Mar 1759 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 25 Mar 1759  Symondsbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Physical Description 9 Mar 1795  [4
    "Height 5'6', hair dark brown, eyes grey, short smooth face, broad at the eyes, taper towards the chin. Nose sharp at the top. Lusty" in the prison records. 
    Ancestor Count
    Conviction 9 Mar 1795  Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Burglary 
    • From the Reading Mercury, "At Dorchester Assizes, four prisoners were capitally convicted, viz, John Pain and Samuel Pain, for a burglary in the mill of Mr Thos. Talbet, the elder at Wimborne Minster; John Scadding and Samuel Foster, of breaking open and robbing the shop of Grace Kellaway, at Evershot, of a considerable Quantity of Goods."

      The Dorchester Prison records show he was charged on the March 9th 1795 and sent for trial by Sir W. Oglander. Brought to prison March 9th. Tried for burglary before Sir F. Buller Bart. Lent 1795 Assizes and was found Guilty and sentenced to death. His accomplices were Thomas Foster, Broadwindsor, tailor, single, 23 Admitted evidence (Kings evidence), and Samuel Foster, Broadwindsor, tailor, single, 22, Thomas's brother, was found Guilty and also sentenced to death.
    Descendant Count 564 
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    • John SCADDEN [901], son of John SCADDING [1220] and Hannah Catherine BARNES [1221], was born on 25 March 1759 in Symondsbury. He married Mary WARREN [902] on 20 May 1777 in Symondsbury. In 1795 he was a Cordwainer. He died in 1795 in Dorchester Gaol, Dorchester, Dorset, UK. Hanged in Dorchester Gaol for stealing a bolt of cloth.

      "Western
      Flying Post, or Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury", for Monday,
      March 16, 1795.
      "At Dorchester assizes, which began on Wednesday last, four
      prisoners were capitally convicted, and received sentence of
      death...." [including] "...John Scadding and Samuel Foster, for burglary in the house of Mrs. Kellaway of Evershot [ of which an account was given in our last paper]:-
      Thomas Foster, the other person concerned, was admitted King's
      evidence- John Mitten for stealing a silver watch, value 40s., the
      property of Jacob Durnford, is to be transported for seven years. ". 9

      The Grace Kellaway that John Scadding robbed was a Grace Wallis
      of Evershot Parish. She married Thomas Kellaway in Evershot in
      1784. He died about three years later aged about 40 years. 10

      'John, son of John and Catherine Skadding Hannah'
      Charged: March 9th 1795. Sent for trial by Sir W. Oglander.
      Brought to prison March 9th. Jno Scadding, Chideock, shoemaker,
      married, age 34, size 5'6', hair dark brown, eyes grey, short
      smooth face, broad at the eyes, taper towards the chin. Nose
      sharp at the top. Lusty. Tried for burglary before Sir F.
      Buller Bart. Lent 1795 Assizes. Guilty. Executed March 28th
      1795. Accomplices Thomas Foster, Broadwindsor, tailor, single,
      23 Admitted evidence. Samuel Foster, Broadwindsor, tailor,
      single, 22, Guilty, death. Reprieved: to be transported for
      life. Put on board hulk in Langston, 30th August. (See separate
      note for details).

      185 Death sentences led to 44 executions plus another 2 possible ones. Assizes were held at Dorchester and executions were carried out in the Amphitheatre there.
      Bearing in mind that many of these executions were for stealing....and that John's execution was the final one in Dorset [during the 1700s]....perhaps John Scadding may be considered to have been harshly treated....especially compared with those convicts who were transported to Australia [although that must have been far from pleasant at the time !]....and nowadays Australians are happy to find transportees amongst their ancestors !


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    Name John Scadden 
    Occupation 9 Mar 1795  [4
    Shoe Maker 
    Age: 34y 
    Died 28 Mar 1795  Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 8
    Cause: hanged 
    • The hanging was reported in the "Bath Chronicle" as follows "Saturday Fe'nnight was executed at Dorchester, John Scadding, for a burglary at Mrs Kellaway's, at Evershot, from whence he and his two accomplices stole a large quantity of goods. Scadding was a native of Chideock, near Bridport, 34 years old. He had been guilty of several acts of dishonesty previous to his committing the offence for which he suffered, such as stealing ducks and fowls, etc.

      Thomas Foster, one of his accomplices, turned Kings evidence, and proved his guilt, beyond the least doubt; his other accomplice Samuel Foster, was reprieved for transportation before the judge left town."

      Samuel Foster's sentence was commuted to Transportation for life. Samuel was put on board hulk in Langston, on the 30th August and then sent to Australia on the Ship "Ganges" and arriving 31st March, 1797.

    Probate 27 Apr 1795  Chideock, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    • The administration was signed by Thomas Warren, Mary Scadding (who made her mark), Henry Roper and Henry Bartlett. The penal bond was £150, it was common practice for the bond to be twice the expected worth of the deceased's estate, which suggests a value for John's estate of £75 which would have been a considerable sum of money in 1795 (over a years wages for a craftsman).
    Person ID I3733  Taubman Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2018 

    Father John Scadding 
    Mother Catherine (Scadding) 
    Family ID F1418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Warren,   b. Est Mar 1759, Symondsbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married 20 May 1777  Symondsbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 12, 13
    Address:
    St John the Baptist 
    • Witness: Thomas Warren
      Witness: ? England
      Witness Role: Witness Name: ? England
    Children 
     1. John Scadden,   b. 19 Mar 1780
     2. Robert Scadden,   b. 8 Jul 1782,   d. 15 May 1853  (Age 70 years)
     3. William Scadden,   b. 12 Jun 1785,   d. 7 Mar 1857  (Age 71 years)
     4. Mary Scadden,   b. 25 Dec 1787, Chideock, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Ann Scadden,   b. 10 Oct 1790
     6. Moses Scadden,   b. 24 Dec 1792
     7. Esther Scadden,   b. 13 Sep 1795
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F875  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 25 Mar 1759 - Symondsbury, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Address:
    St John the Baptist - 20 May 1777 - Symondsbury, Dorset, England
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    Link to Google MapsConviction - Burglary - 9 Mar 1795 - Dorchester, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: hanged - 28 Mar 1795 - Dorchester, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 27 Apr 1795 - Chideock, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Dr John Wright, 9.

    2. [S851] .

    3. [S430] Baptism Symondsbury, Dorset, England 3 APR 1759 Mary Warren, (Symondsbury Baptism Register 1759).

    4. [S427] Dorchester Prison. NG/PR 1. Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom John Scadding 1795.

    5. [S835] .

    6. [S433] Monday 23 March 1795 Reading Mercury Berkshire, England Page 4, (Reading Mercury).

    7. [S434] Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 210, (http://www.convictrecords.com.au/convicts/foster/samuel/66137).

    8. [S435] Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 09 April 1795.

    9. [S875] .

    10. [S428] Letter of Adminstration for John Scadding.

    11. [S593] Wills and Administration Bonds.

    12. [S429] Marriage Symondsbury, Dorset, England (St John the Baptist) 20 MAY 1777 John Scadding & Mary Warren, (Page 26 104).

    13. [S431] Marriage Banns Symondsbury, 1777.