From Newgate to the New World
A Study of London's Transported Female Convicts, 1718-1775
September 9, 1772 Alice Walker, 19 years old and a London citizen, was tried at
the Old Bailey, the major criminal court serving London and Middlesex. Walker
was charged with stealing a canvas bag, worth one penny, and approximately £12
in cash, from a waggoner named Thomas Atkins. Atkins claimed that Walker stole
the bag from him while the two shared a drink at a local pub. Walker, at her
trial, contested that Atkins had given her the money to "buy me some
wearing apparel," and that he had asked her to go with him into the
country the next day. The morning following the shared drink, the constable of
Newgate Prison found Walker in bed with a different man named Michael Johnson,
a tailor. The constable found the money in Johnson's possession and the canvas
bag in his tailor shop. Despite her protestations of innocence, the court found
Alice Walker guilty. Her sentence was transportation to Rappahannock, Virginia,
where she would be sold as a convict servant for a period of seven years.
Alice Walker was only one of about 5,000 women transported to the American colonies
the eighteenth century. Although American historians have only begun to examine
this phenomenon, current Australian historians study the lives of convicts
transported to the Australian penal colonies in great depth. Recent scholarship
focused on female convicts, in particular, is a growing field. 
However, few American historians have examined the individuals, both men and
women, the English government transported to the American colonies during the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The transportation of convicts to America
by the English government is of vital importance to understanding the
connection between the early history of the United States and the history of
crime in England.
Convict transportation to the New World began in England during the late 16th
century. However, it was not until 1718, that parliament passed the
Transportation Act, decreeing that both defendants convicted of clergyable
and those found guilty of petty larceny—theft
of items under one shilling—could be transported for seven years to work
in the American colonies. The courts sentenced individuals convicted of petty
larceny to transportation, while they pardoned on the condition of non-return
those criminals convicted of more serious capital crimes. Pardoned felons were
transported for fourteen years or life. These measures stipulated that
returning felons faced the death penalty if caught on English soil before their
sentence was complete. In 1720, a further statue allowed the state to contract
with merchants for the transportation of these criminals, allowing individuals
from the private sector to dispose of the convicts for their own profit.
Between the years of 1718 and 1775—when the American Revolution caused
the cessation of Atlantic convict transportation—around 50,000 men and
women were sent to the American colonies as convict servants and auctioned off
The majority of these convicts came from the London and Middlesex area and
approximately 15,000 individuals tried at the Old Bailey alone were sentenced
to transportation during the years 1718 to 1775. Of these 15,000 individuals
sentenced to transportation at the Old Bailey, over 4,000 were women, ranging
in age from 10 to 72 years.
The provincial totals made up a mere fraction of these.
While few historians have focused on the issue of convict transportation to the
American colonies, fewer still have concentrated on the females who journeyed
to the New World. As a result, very little is known about these women. Women
constituted roughly a third of the convicts sent to America, and nearly half of
the women tried at the Old Bailey during the years 1718 to 1775 were sentenced
to transportation. Their history has yet to be written. Although materials for
studying individual female convicts are meager at best, a variety of questions
can be answered by analyzing an assortment of primary documents, including
court records, newspaper ads for runaways and popular literature from the
eighteenth century. First, what crimes did these women commit? How old were
these women and what were their occupations? What were the experiences of the
women on board the transport ships? What kind of lives could they expect to
face in the New World? By answering these questions, I hope to present the
reader with a greater understanding of the female convicts transported to
American during the years 1718 to 1775.
recently, historians of the colonial period of American history tended to view
convict transportation as a system the British government used to supply cheap
labor to the American colonies. Historians frequently assumed that the female
convict themselves were primarily prostitutes, and that all convicts eventually "merged in [to] the general population of indentured servants, and each had the opportunity which was vouchsafed to any servant to make his place in the New World."
During the 1960s, Walter Hart Blumenthal wrote Brides from Bridewell,
which focused on a diverse number of women and children transported to New
England, French Louisiana, Australia, beginning with female felons who traveled
with Columbus. While the book has merit as an early attempt at looking at the
female convicts transported to the New World, Blumenthal tended to romanticize
convict women and shed little light on the women's lives either before or after
Recent historians, however, conceive of crime and the convict trade differently, while
further work has also been done on the place of women felons in the criminal
justice system and in transportation. First, historians have considered the
history of crime in the 17th and eighteenth century as a larger
context for the Transportation Act. As the population of England grew during
these centuries, population shifted to the cities, chiefly London. Crime rates
in London increased correspondingly. As more and more people were caught and
convicted of crimes—many of them petty—the problem of what was to
be done with these offenders became imperative. Capital punishment was not a
viable option for many petty criminals, but when fewer convicts were executed
and crimes of a less serious nature came increasingly to trial, Newgate Prison
became appallingly overcrowded—a near-death sentence in itself. The British government's decision to transport these
felons to the American colonies, therefore, reflected not just the desire for
cheap labor in the colonies, but also the reform of the criminal justice
system. The transportation laws of 1718 and1720 aided the city of London by
relieving it of the cost of supporting large numbers of petty criminals in the
two main prisons of Newgate and Bridewell.
These laws, it was hoped, would also function as an effective deterrent to
crime. One author noted that "transportation provided a means of excluding
a felon from civil society almost as effectively as did death." 
In fact, many people sentenced to transportation petitioned the government for
an alternate sentence. Elizabeth Howard, a twelve-year-old girl convicted of
stealing three yards of ribbon worth three shillings and two pence, begged that
the Mayor of London would "let her receive corporal punishment here for
the heinousness of her crime and not to transport her out of her native
isle." Unfortunately, Howard became ill while still in prison and she died
historians have questioned the notion that convict servants simply were
amalgamated into colonial society. Rather than merging into polite society,
these convicts remained outcasts, often treated very similarly to slaves.
The runaway ads prevalent in New England newspapers during the eighteenth
century reveal this bias, which was based on class structure of colonial
America and prejudices against British convict servants.
historians have also commented on the place of women within both the criminal
justice system of Britain in the eighteenth century and as transported
convicts. Not only did crime rates among the male population rise in this time
period, but also both the perception of women as the cause of criminal activity
and the percentage of women tried for a variety of crimes expanded. So-called
"lewd women" were increasingly blamed for turning young men to lives
of crime. Women, therefore, were implicated in male crimes. The predominance of
this view also meant that more women were considered capable of committing
rate among women was also unusually high during the seventeenth and eighteenth
century in comparison to crime rates in other centuries.
Historians have attempted to understand why this is so. In a recent study of
crime during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, J.M. Beattie suggested
that the rise of female crime could be attributed to a variety of factors. Many
young women in this era moved to London seeking work. However, they faced a
variety of problems in the large city. Their pay was considerably less than
that received by men. Many women worked in the textile industries or went into
domestic service, but few stayed in one job for a long time. Work for women
also tended to be more seasonal, especially for women who worked in market
gardens or peddling goods on the streets. Wives of unskilled male laborers also
tried to supplement their family's earnings by performing a variety of odd
jobs. However, with low wages and irregular work, many women were forced to
consider other options to support themselves and their families. Some women turned
to prostitution, others to begging. Still other women chose to steal, and of
the thousands tried for theft at the Old Bailey, nearly half between the years
1718 and1775, received a sentence of transportation.
This last information comes from records of the Old Bailey, which are now available
online. Still relatively underused, they contain a wealth of information on
female crime and transportation in the eighteenth century. The records of the
Old Bailey provide the researcher with at least basic information on the trials
of all women sentenced, including those women sentenced to transportation. The
majority of the transported women were found guilty of theft, primarily simple
grand larceny, defined as stealing goods worth more than a shilling, but some of
these women committed theft crimes as diverse as pick pocketing, receiving
stolen goods, shoplifting, housebreaking, and highway robbery, all of which
were distinguished from simple grand larceny. The items that these transported
women stole were usually clothing, or household goods, including linen sheets,
watches, silver spoons, candlesticks, gowns, holland shirts, stays, aprons,
cloaks, jewelry, snuffboxes, and soap.
Historians and some contemporary observers traditionally believed that the transported
female convicts were career criminals or prostitutes. While some of the women
sentenced to transportation may indeed have been prostitutes, many of the
charges brought against these women reveal that they were often household
servants accused by their employers.
Of women transported during the years 1718-1775, none were accused of prostitution.
While this would seem to give the lie to colonial stereotypes about the women
sent to America, the problem with comparing women identified as prostitutes,
though not indicted, is that the Old Bailey Records show no convictions for
prostitution at all. Other records may supply this missing data, but for the
moment, in looking at the busy year 1725 as an example, of the twelve women
referred to as prostitutes in trials for theft, only one was transported. If
these figures are borne out for other years, the colonists may have simply
assumed—mistakenly—that all female convicts were prostitutes. 
Comparisons of transported and non-transported convicts weakens, however, when
faced with the fact that, while crime, place of origin, and sentence are nearly
always present in the records, and while on occasion detailed accounts of the
women and their crimes are given, in only 16% of cases (in the sample year
1725) is occupation information available.
still using the cases from 1725, where occupation is known, the convicted women
not transported greatly resembled the 125 women transported. If the court
usually transported domestic servants convicted of theft—usually simple
grand larceny—it may be because that was the typical profile of all
convicted women of known occupation in that year. An interesting feature in the
1725 data however, is that fact that 69%, or 18 of 26 thieves known to be
servants were employees of their prosecutors, where as only 31%, or 8 of 26
non-transported thieves known to be servants were employed by prosecutors. This
may indicate that transportation was a more humane form of punishment, or safer
for the employer.
and very tentatively, in the 7% of cases in 1725, in which age is known, both
transportation and acquittal are far more frequent among the younger women.
This could suggest that women transported were both more saleable as servants,
and were seen as having a chance to remake their lives, or that the executions
of young women would arouse controversy. 
Perhaps this also reveals a demand for marketable female felons in the
colonies—women who had experience cooking, washing, and cleaning, and who
were young enough to survive the passage across the Atlantic.
Whether transportation as a punishment was "severe" or "mild," the speculative picture
is of servants more than prostitutes, and of women involved in simple household
thefts. In short, the women transported to the American colonies were generally
rather like the convicts not transported.
Historians also assumed that many of these convicted women were dependent criminals—i.e. they stole under
the guidance of men. However, recent studies of gender in criminal activities
revealed that although only a third of women acted alone, more women were prone
to steal in female groups of two or more than they were to steal with men.
Thus, these women were acting independently and their thefts reflect the
growing problems of poverty and crime in the city of London, rather than
females seducing—or being seduced by—men to a life of crime.
The women sentenced to transportation were a diverse group in terms of age and
marital status. Some of the women were young and single, like Alice Walker.
Others were older women, like Elizabeth Cowan, who was transported in her late
In 1742, Catherine Davis, a young married woman who stole six yards of lace
from a White-Chapel shop, was pregnant at the time of her transportation.
Mary Featherstone, convicted of larceny, gave birth in the Cambridge prison
while awaiting transportation. Despite her protestations, she was not allowed
to bring the child with her.
The British government also transported a number of female children and
teenagers, some as young as nine or ten years. In July of 1731, a little girl
named Elizabeth Armstrong was tried at the Old Bailey:
Elizabeth Armstrong, alias Little Bess,
of St. Michael's Cornhill, was indicted for feloniously stealing two Silver
Spoons, the Property of Rose Merriweather, the 3d of this Instant July. It
appeared by the Evidence, That the Prisoner (who was a little Girl of about 9
or 10 Years of Age) having gotten in at the Prosecutor's Kitchen Window, which
had been opened, and left so till about Six o'clock in the Morning, had handed
out two Spoons to her Accomplices, and was surprised by the Apprentice coming
out at the Window. The Fact being fully proved, the Jury found her Guilty to
the Value of 10 d [10 pennies].
Elizabeth was sentenced to be transported. Her fate in the American colonies is unknown.
Convict women also varied in their occupations in the new world. Accounts of runaway
convict servants from the Virginia Gazette reveal the diversity of
female convict jobs. Elizabeth Berry, an Englishwoman, had worked as a
dairymaid and a spinner. Sarah Knox, a widowed woman from Yorkshire, was a
skilled dancing mistresses. Winifred Thomas, a young Welsh woman, was known as
The journey over to the new world was often particularly dangerous for women. After
the passage of the Transportation Law of 1720, once contract merchants filled
the holds of their ships with transportees, the convicts were no longer under
the care of the British government. In 1773, Alice Walker journeyed on board the
Justitia, a ship notorious for its ill treatment of transported convicts
a generation before. In 1743, the ship's captain, Barnet Bond, set severe water
rations, allowing prisoners only one pint each day. At the end of the journey,
50 out of 170 convicts had died, and most had started to drink their own urine
to stay alive. Convicts
could expect to be at sea for six to eight weeks, kept in the lower part of the
ship. Some convicts became seriously ill on the journey, while others died.
Catherine Davis, the pregnant woman transported because she stole six yards of
lace, gave birth on the convict ship the Forward. The baby died two
weeks after its birth, and when Davis herself seemed on the verge of death, the
ship's captain stole the goods from her trunk.
Other women either by choice or through coercion turned to prostitution during
the journey. Susanna Ball and Anne Ellis were transported to Virginia on the Success'
Increase in 1774. While on board these female felons became
"kept-women." Anne Ellis was the mistress of the second-mate, while
Susanna Ball was sexually involved with a silversmith aboard the vessel.
Goronwy Owen, a schoolteacher bound for Virginia, traveled on a convict vessel
with his family in 1757. While a passenger on board the convict vessel Trial,
Owen made some interesting observations concerning the treatment of female
The seamen are a frightfully vile bunch of men. God be my keeper, every one of them has taken
to himself a strumpet from amongst the she-thieves and do no work except
whoring wanton in every corner of the ship. Five or six of them have already
contracted the pox from the women, and there is no doctor here save myself . .
. Do you remember how this tadpole of a captain promised that my wife could
have one other she-thieves to serve her whilst at sea? One of them is here in
the cabin, but it was to serve this husband's penis, and not to wait upon my
wife, that she was brought here.
Although this account is particularly vehement towards
women, it reveals that many female felons, willingly or not, had sexual
relations with the crewmembers and even passengers of convict ships. However,
the fact that a large number of sailors had sexually transmitted diseases
should not necessarily be attributed to the female felons. In 1774, an unknown
letter writer to Felix Farley's Bristol Journal mourned the sentencing
of his two sisters to transportation:
Banished from all her friends, an affectionate mother, and other ties more tender, to a
foreign country; perhaps to be rudily despoiled of her virginity and abused at
will by the brutish seamen.
Venereal disease rates among "brutish" seamen were well known.
Upon arrival in the colonies, most convicts were immediately put up for sale. Some convicts,
however, were forced to wait for a while until they were declared medically fit
to enter the colonies. Advertisements in local newspapers announced the arrival
of convicts, such as this one from the Virginia Gazette in 1768:
Just arrived, The Neptune, Captain Arbuckle, with one hundred and ten healthy
servants, men, women and boys; among them are many valuable tradesman, viz.
tailors, weavers, barbers, blacksmiths, carpenters, and joiners, shoemakers, a
slaymaker, a cooper, cabinet-maker, bakers, silversmiths, a gold and silver
refiner, and many others. The sale will commence at Loede Town on Rappahannock,
on Wednesday the 9th of March. A reasonable credit will be allowed,
giving approved security, to Thomas Hodge. Port Rappahannock. Permit Captain
Arbuckle, of the ship Neptune, from London, having on board one hundred and ten
convicts, to land them on this district, and to trade . . . 
While most male convicts were sold as artisans, plantation
workers, or semi-skilled laborers, female convicts primarily served as
household servants or cooks.
Female convicts also sold for considerably less than male convicts. The men
sold by the convict firm Stevenson, Randolph, and Cheston usually brought 10-14
pounds, while most women sold for between 5 and 9 pounds.
Female labor value was cheaper for two possible reasons. First, women's labor
was not as valuable to the growing commercial sector in the New World. Second,
many women were suspected of having venereal diseases because of the stigma of
prostitution. James Cheston, of the firm Stevenson, Randolph, and Cheston,
offered buyers of convicts partial refunds if the felons they purchased were
found to have flaws unknown at the time of purchase. Four out of the 48 female
convicts sold by the firm during the years 1767 to 1775 were returned by their
buyers, who claimed the women had venereal disease. Farley Grubb, the
economist, speculated that the reason these women were returned, rather than
any men—who may also have been affected with venereal
disease—stemmed from the fact that convict women were employed within the
households predominately: cooking for the families, and caring for the
children. The risk of infection, therefore, was higher from female convicts who
lived relatively intimately with colonial families.
Another factor, which could have led to these women being returned, was the
possible sexual exploitation of female convicts by their masters. The sexual
exploitation of African slaves by their masters was a relatively common
occurrence, and for the unscrupulous men who may have considered a convict
servant woman his sexual property, the presence of venereal disease could have
been a valid reason for taking these women back to the transportation
We know Alice Walker's fate, for it appears in the digitalized Virginia Gazette.
She was purchased by a prominent Virginian, Sampson Matthews, and his brother
George on her arrival in March of 1772.
The two men owned a large number of both slaves and convict servants, according
to reports in the Virginia Gazette. Both men were renowned members of
Virginia society. Following the American Revolution, Sampson Matthews went on
to become a senator for the district of East Augusta.
His brother George was a sheriff during the colonial period.
However, their treatment of both slaves and convict servants is suspect, due
primarily to the large numbers of both convict servants and slaves who ran away
from the brothers. In 1769 three slaves fled from the Matthews brothers, and in
1773 ten convicts ran away, among them Alice Walker.
Newspaper advertisements for runaways provide some of the most detailed descriptions of
colonial convict life. The descriptions of women who ran away from their
masters reveal scars from beatings, tattoos, and attempts to create ties with
other convicts. Winifred Thomas, a convict runaway, sported a tattoo on the
inside of her right arm with the initials W.T. and "the date of the year
runaway, Isabella Pierce, had scars on her right ankle, causing her to limp.
While most of the female runaways advertised in the Virginia Gazette traveled
alone, some ran away with other convicts. Alice Walker ran away with two fellow
convicts, both men: John Steel, a cabinetmaker, and John Eaton, a
shipcarpenter. The runaway ads report that Walker was going by the name of
Alice Eaton at the time of her departure:
Run away last night, three English convict servants, viz. John Eaton, by trade a
shipcarpenter, about 23 years of age and about 5 feet 3 or 4 inches high . . .
Alice Eaton, alias Walker (who goes for the said John Eaton's wife) a low, well
set woman, about 20 years of age, and has sandy coloured hair; had on a brown
stuffed gown, a red stuff petticoat, and four red silk handkerchiefs. John
Steel, by trade a cabinetmaker, about 18 years of age, 5 feet 5 or 6 inches
high . . . 
Unlike Alice Walker, some female convicts servants obviously felt a certain amount of loyalty towards their owners, possibly due
to good working conditions or kind treatment. One unnamed female convict
servant came to the aid of her master and mistress when two male convicts
attempted their murder. As a result of the female servant's assistance, both
the man and his wife survived.
Although many colonists purchased convict labor, the prevailing opinion of convicts was
overwhelmingly negative. In an article submitted to the Virginia Gazette
in 1751, Benjamin Franklin suggested that in return for the felons transported
to the colonies, the colonists would ship rattlesnakes over to England, for
"the rattlesnakes seem the most suitable returns for the human serpents
sent us by our mother country." 
Thomas Jefferson himself tried to whitewash the issue of the convicts' place in
American history. When a fellow American submitted an article for an
Encyclopedia, describing three classes of people in early
America—servants, slaves, and convicts—he responded:
Malefactors sent to America were not in sufficient number to permit enumeration
as one class out of three which peopled America . . . I do not think the whole
number sent would amount to 2000, and being principally men, eaten up with
disease, they married seldom and propagated little. I do not suppose that
themselves and their descendants are at present 4000, which is little more than
one-thousandth part of the whole inhabitants. 
Therefore, it is clear that the
numbers of convicts sent to the colonies was something educated
Americans either denied or
scorned, despite their part in the convict trade.
What happened to convict women
during and following their period of servitude? Although books like Daniel
Defoe's Moll Flanders—published in 1722—painted a rosy
picture of life for transported felons, the author's depiction of a female
convict's life was in fact propaganda in support of the Transportation Acts of
1718 and 1720. Although Defoe's
personal experiences in both the transport trade and Newgate Prison made him a
reliable source for convict narratives, his political position was decidedly
supportive of governmental aims to combat crime. Defoe's work presents
transportation as an opportunity for convicts to start again. He represents the
colonies as a happy place: Moll and her husband serve a kind master, who
quickly sets them free. The couple is immediately able to set up a prosperous
business following their discharge, and Moll ends her days back in England,
"resolved to spend the remainder of [her] years in sincere penitence for
the wicked lives [she had] lived." 
This does not seem to be the case for most female convicts. Few of the convict women listed in either the Old
Bailey Proceedings or the Virginia Gazette can be traced. In a few
cases, family members were able to retain relationships. One woman from
Ireland, Mary M'Creary, worked with her son, John, at a Maryland Manor.
However, her situation seems to be an isolated case. Only one female convict's
death is registered in the Virginia Gazette—Elizabeth Canning.
However, Canning was a noted celebrity at the time of her trial and a book
published in 1754—which publicized her story of being kidnapped by a gang
desirous of gaining girls to serve as prostitutes—made headlines in
England, despite her conviction for perjury. 
Canning was convicted in 1754, and died in Connecticut 20 years after her
transportation. She apparently wed a man named Treat before her death and chose
to stay in her new country rather than return to her native soil. 
appears that Alice Walker returned to England following her escape from Sampson
Matthews in 1773. Whether or not she was with John Eaton, the man who posed as
her husband, is unknown. Walker was discovered in London in 1774, indicted for
returning from transportation, and again tried at the Old Bailey. This time the
punishment allotted was death.
Luckily for Walker, the jury recommended mercy, and Walker was given a
conditional pardon: her execution would be stayed if she would agree to be
transported for a further 14 years.
Walker returned to the colonies. Her remaining story remains unknown.
the experiences of British convict women transported to American colonies
during the eighteenth century were primarily negative compared with the
experiences of other American colonists. Most of the women transported to the
colonies were thieves. Their crimes ranged from thefts of under a shilling, to
major robberies. However, many of these women and girls may have had few
options in life, due to a rising poverty problem in England's largest cities.
The women were of many different ages, occupations, and marital statuses. Their
journeys to the colonies were often difficult, many sought to avoid them, and
some were sexually exploited. Female felons could expect to be purchased in
America and to work as servants to colonial families. Usually these women were
separated from all family members and many were mistreated. Some women chose to
run away, others to stay and complete their sentences. Some of the women must
have had children, raised families, and contributed to society. Yet,
unfortunately, most of the women disappeared from all official records, leaving
the scholar to assume that they died poor, unable to rise above the stigma of a
For theft, older women—two were
transported and two received a death
For receiving stolen goods, older
women—1 was branded, one acquitted and
For theft, younger women—four were
acquitted, six were transported, and one
For theft, prostitutes, or presumed
prostitutes—10 were acquitted, one was
transported, and one was given a death
For servants to the prosecutors accused
of theft—18 were transported, three
received a death sentence, one was
branded, and four were acquitted.
 Old Bailey Proceedings Online
[OBPO] (www.oldbaileyonline.org, accessed 7
October 2009) September 1772, Alice Walker, (t17720909-46); Virginia Gazette (Rind) 27 May 1773; Virginia Gazette, 12 August 1773.
 For more on
this subject, see Deborah Oxley, Convict Maids: The Forced Migration of
Women to Australia (Cambridge, New York and Melbourne: Cambridge University
defendants could claim benefit of clergy if they were able to recite the
"neck verse,"—Psalm 51—but during the eighteenth century,
due to higher rates of literary, defendants convicted on less serious charges
could claim this right and would be branded on the thumb in the instance of the
first offense to insure that stiffer penalties would ensue should they be
Transportation Act of 1718 gave courts the authority to punish defendants convicted
of both grand larceny and petty larceny by transportation for seven years.
Therefore, during the eighteenth century, the definition of a felon (a person
whose crime originally was punishable by death) came to include all thieves,
regardless of the monetary value of their theft. In practice both petty
larcenists and grand larcenists were transported as felons. For further information on the
definition of larceny during the eighteenth century, see J.M. Beattie, Policing
and Punishment in London, 1660-1750: Urban Crime and the Limits of Terror (Oxford: Oxford University Press,
numbers are found in the work of numerous historians, although there is some
disagreement as to the actual figure. A. Roger Ekirch placed the number of convicts
sentenced to transportation in the eighteenth century at 50,000, while Aaron S.
Fogelman believed that from 1700 to 1775,
52,200 convicts were transported to America. Morgan and Rushton agreed
with Fogelman, stating "The current conventional wisdom is still embodied
in Fogelman's estimates of free and convict immigrants to the colonies,
apparently with little prospect of greater precision." See Farley Grubb,
"The Market Evaluation of Criminality: Evidence from the Auction o British
Convict Labor in America, 1767-1775," The American Economic Review 91,
no. 1 (March 2001): 295; Aaron S. Fogelman, "From Slaves, Convicts, ad
Servants to Free Passengers: The Transformation of Immigration in the Era of
the American Revolution," The Journal of American History 85, no. 1
(June 1998): 44; A. Roger Ekirch, Bound for America: The Transportation of
British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775, (Oxford: Clarendon Press,
while the numbers of women sentenced to transportation were high, some women
(and men) sentenced to transportation were never transported, due to deaths
while in prison or to "leakages" in the system itself.
 James Davie
Butler, "British Convicts Shipped to the American Colonies," The
American Historical Review 2 no. 1 (1896): 18.
Emerson Smith, "The Transportation of Convicts to the American Colonies in
the Seventeenth Century," The American Historical Review 39, no. 2
(January 1934): 249.
Notes," Journal of Southern History 29, no. 3 (August 1963): 428.
Beattie, Policing and Punishment in London, 427-429.
 Philip Jenkins, "From
Gallows to Prison? The Execution Rate in Early Modern England." Criminal
Justice History 7 (1986): 67.
Morgan, "Petitions against Convict Transportation, 1725-1735," The
English Historical Review 104, no. 410 (January 1989): 111, 112.
 Aaron S.
Fogelman, "From Slaves, Convicts, and Servants to Free Passengers: The
Transformation of Immigration in the Era of the American Revolution",
The Journal of American History 85 no. 1 (June 1998): 57.
Prude, "To Look upon the 'Lower Sort': Runaway Ads and the Appearance of
Unfree Laborers in America, 1750-1800," The Journal of American History
78, no. 1 (June 1991): 158,159.
 Beattie, Policing and Punishment in London, 65.
 It should also be noted that crimes against a superior person (i.e. master or mistress) were considered more egregious than crimes against individuals of the same socio-economic status.
 In determining age, where specific ages were not mentioned, the convicted women who were described as young women or referred to as girls were designated "young women," while the women who whose ages were not given, but had grown children or were described as elderly were designated "older women."
 Garthine Walker, Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003): 170-171.
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 A few of the women were convicted of multiple offenses
 Both robbery and highway robbery were considered theft with violence.
 Attempt to free a prisoner from gaol.