Working on my 1773 Newgate Prison story; I’ve been up until 7am writing it.

Upside – I’m really enjoying writing it. I love this time period.

Downside – turns out there are records documenting the horse thief I’m writing about, but they’re trapped in the Connecticut State Library.

So that says that William Johnson Crawford of Newgate prison was received February 26 1774 and escaped April 9 1774. Technically they don’t know if he escaped or was crushed by rocks, but they never found the body.

He was convicted of stealing of mares in Pomfret and arrested in New Hampshire; convicted and sent to Newgate Prison in February 1774. The records are in the Crimes and Misdemeanors volume VI, pages 35-37 and page 369a. That’s all well and good, but those records aren’t scanned.

How do I get in to them??

Otherwise I’m stalled AGAIN while I wait for them to open, so I can write this story accurately. Arrrggghhh :).

I still can’t find any birth records for him. I looked through the microfiche for Pomfret CT, for Union CT (a Crawford family lived there) … any other ideas?

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