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My great grandmother Harriet Beatson nee Bray was sent to Wakefield prison in 1903 for 4 days for "non payment of costs". Does anyone know where I can find further information? I have looked in the newspapers at the time but found no mention of her.

many thanks

Jenny

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Try emailing Wakefield archives, they helped me when I tried to find info of my grandfather's inprisonment although I don't think they have much.

wakefield@wyjs.org.uk

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Will give it a go, thanks. Just wondered if there were any court papers I could look and where I would find them.

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The Wakefield Prison Register (at Ancestry) doesn't shed light on the circumstances.

I think her husband Albert BEATSON had recently completed 8 months hard labour (his 8th conviction. he was convicted at least twice more after 1903.

Hugh

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Thank you for your reply Hugh. Albert was in and out of prison many times as you found out. I have been trying to piece this family together for many years and I "think" I might have cracked it. It appears Harriet had at least 3 illegitimate children, some being registered as MCCALL even though she wasn't married. In 1904 the children were put into the Children's Homes and Sarah Elizabeth was sent to America.

I was wondering if the Petty Sessions might hold a clue as to her non payment of costs?

Jenny

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