Catherine Lahey, 17801868 (aged 88 years)

Name
Catherine /Lahey/
Given names
Catherine
Surname
Lahey
Name
Catherine /Mitton/
Type of name
married name
Name
Catherine /Mitten/
Type of name
married name
Name
Catherine /Lee/
Given names
Catherine
Surname
Lee
Name
Catherine /Mitten/
Type of name
married name
Name
Catherine /Mitton/
Type of name
married name
Birth
about 1780
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age given as 18 in 1798

Immigration
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Old Bailey transcript 12 Sep 1798:
Catherine LAHEY and ANN WARNER were indicted for that they, on the 14th of August , a piece of base coin resembling a shilling, falsely, deceitfully and traiterously, did colour, with materials producing the colour of silver.
Second Count. For that they a round blank of base metal, of a fit size and figure to be coined to the resemblance of a shilling, did colour, with materials producing the colour of silver.
And in two other Counts, for colouring with materials producing the colour of silver, a piece of base metal resembling a sixpence.(The indictment was stated by Mr. Knowlys, and the case opened by Mr. Fielding).
WILLIAM PERRY sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I keep a house No. 5, King-street, Drury-lane ; the two prisoners were lodgers of mine, they had the back garret: On the 14th of August, about two o'clock, I went up to their apartments to ask them for the rent that was due to me; they told me they would pay me at night.
Q. What sum was due to you? - A.One shilling and sixpence; as I was coming down stairs I met with one Mary Comber , who lodged in the room next to theirs, and in consequence of what she said I went into her apartment, and looked through a small hole into the prisoner's apartments; I saw the prisoner Lahey sitting with her face to me, and the other with her back towards me, I could see both their hands; I observed them rubbing something between their thumbs and fingers with a rag, and putting it into a piece of paper, it appeared to be something like sixpences and shillings; I gave information at Bow-street, and the officers came in ten minutes; the prisoners had lodged in the house five weeks.
THOMAS DYER sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Bow-street: I was the first that went up stairs, I pushed the door open hastily, Dowset and Perry were with me; Lahey was sitting with a little deal table before her, and Warner was standing in the middle of the room; I told Lahey not to be alarmed, and I picked up a sixpence that dropped from her; there were two other sixpences which I picked up in nearly the same place within a minute after, I did not see them drop from her, (produces them); these sixpences I found lying upon the table in paper, exactly as they are now; this tea-cup was nearly three parts full of liquid, I tasted it, and it appeared to me to be aqua-fortis; while I was there somebody emptied it into a wooden bowl with water, that was upon the table, but I did not see it done; this blacking-cake Warner told me was for blacking shoes, I found it in this cannister under the table, and this pot of lamp-black; their hands were very dirty.
THOMAS DOWSET sworn. - I went with Perry and Dyer: I entered the room immediately after Dyer, I saw Lahey in the act of rubbing something between her fingers and thumb; she screamed out, and dropped a sixpence from her fingers; I searched Warner, but found nothing upon her, she was standing in the middle of the room; I searched the room found, but found nothing but what Dyer has produced; I saw the cup upon the table, but how it came emptied I cannot tell, it must have been done by one of the prisoners; there was but a single drop of liquid left in the cup, which Dyer tasted, I did not.
JOHN ARMSTRONG sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. Q. You have been at the apprehension of a vast number of these people, and know the use of these sort of articles? - A. Yes.
Q. What is the use of blacking? - A. To put among the money to take off the appearance of the newness; the aqua-fortis brings the silver to the surface, and then they rub them, and finish them with cream of tartar.
MARY COMBER sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I lodged in Mr. Perry's house: On the 14th of August I met Mr. Perry on the stairs, I asked him if they had paid him; he said, no; I told him if they paid him in silver to be aware of it; I had been looking through a hole and saw the old lady, Warner, take a little pipkin off the fire, and the young woman said, it was not boiled enough; she brought it to the table and stirred it with something, whether it was a stick or what I cannot tell, then she poured it into a tea-cup, or a bowl, I do not know which; I then went and told Mr. Perry he might come and satisfy his curiosity, and he came up and looked through the hole.
Q. How long was this before the officers came from Bow-street? - A. About a quarter of an hour.
HENRY-WILLIAM ATKINSON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am one of the moniers of the Mint.
Q. Look at these sixpences? - A. They are all counterfeit.
Lahey's defence. I was coming past the New Church in the Strand, and I found a paper parcel; when I came home I opened it, and saw it was money, and when these gentlemen came into the room I was wiping the dirt off; whether it was good or bad I know not.
Warner's defence. We found the blacking and cannister in the room when we came there, the room door was open always; I did not know whether the money was good or bad.
Court. (To Perry.) Q. Had you examined the room before they came? - A. Yes; nobody had slept in the room before they came except my apprentice, and I am sure there were no such things there then.
Lahey, GUILTY Death. (Aged 18.)
Warner, GUILTY Death. (Aged 56.)
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before The LORD CHIEF BARON.

Citation details: p. 157
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The ship Speedy arrived in the colony 15 Apr 1800

Note: Catherine Lahey arrived in Australia in 1800 aboard the ship 'Speedy' after being tried at the Old Bailey in 1798. Her crime was counterfeiting silver coins and she was sentenced to death, commuted to life. She and her accomplice were caught in their house in King Street, near Drury Lane, London (near present day Covent Garden.)
Marriage
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They don't appear to have formally married. They were still using their separate surnames in the St John's baptism register when christening their estimated 4th child Keziah in 1810. No likely birth registrations either before or after that year can be found.

Census
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Mitten, John, 56, absolute pardon, Albermarle, 1791, life, Protestant, settler, Airds
Mitten, Catherine, 48, free by servitude, Speedy, 1799, 7 years, Protestant
Mitten, Sarah, 22, born in the colony
Mitten, Kesiah, 18, born in the colony
Mitten, John (Jun), 15, born in the colony
Mitten, Joseph, 11, born in the colony
Mitten, William, 8, born in the colony
Mitten, Elizabeth, 4, born in the colony

Death
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Name: Catherine Mitten
Death Date: 1868
Death Place: New South Wales
Registration Year: 1868
Registration Place: Campbelltown, New South Wales
Registration Number: 3615

Burial
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Catherine Lahey Mitton
BIRTH 17 May 1780
Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
DEATH 29 May 1868 (aged 88)
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City, New South Wales, Australia
BURIAL
St Peters Anglican Church Cemetery
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City, New South Wales, Australia
MEMORIAL ID 182474547

Family with John Mitton
husband
17721853
Birth: August 12, 1772London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Death: 1853Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
herself
17801868
Birth: about 1780
Death: 1868Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage Marriageabout 1801New South Wales, Australia
5 months
daughter
18011892
Birth: May 24, 1801 28 21 Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 17, 1892Lake Albert, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18041872
Birth: April 14, 1804 31 24 Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1872Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18061891
Birth: August 3, 1806 33 26
Death: 1891Camden, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
18101872
Birth: September 21, 1810 38 30
Death: 1872Camden, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18131888
Birth: January 3, 1813 40 33 Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1888Walgett, North West Slopes and Plains, New South Wales, Australia
8 years
son
1820
Birth: 1820 47 40 Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
son
1821
Birth: 1821 48 41 Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
5 years
daughter
1825
Birth: 1825 52 45 Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
Birth
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age given as 18 in 1798

Immigration
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Old Bailey transcript 12 Sep 1798:
Catherine LAHEY and ANN WARNER were indicted for that they, on the 14th of August , a piece of base coin resembling a shilling, falsely, deceitfully and traiterously, did colour, with materials producing the colour of silver.
Second Count. For that they a round blank of base metal, of a fit size and figure to be coined to the resemblance of a shilling, did colour, with materials producing the colour of silver.
And in two other Counts, for colouring with materials producing the colour of silver, a piece of base metal resembling a sixpence.(The indictment was stated by Mr. Knowlys, and the case opened by Mr. Fielding).
WILLIAM PERRY sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I keep a house No. 5, King-street, Drury-lane ; the two prisoners were lodgers of mine, they had the back garret: On the 14th of August, about two o'clock, I went up to their apartments to ask them for the rent that was due to me; they told me they would pay me at night.
Q. What sum was due to you? - A.One shilling and sixpence; as I was coming down stairs I met with one Mary Comber , who lodged in the room next to theirs, and in consequence of what she said I went into her apartment, and looked through a small hole into the prisoner's apartments; I saw the prisoner Lahey sitting with her face to me, and the other with her back towards me, I could see both their hands; I observed them rubbing something between their thumbs and fingers with a rag, and putting it into a piece of paper, it appeared to be something like sixpences and shillings; I gave information at Bow-street, and the officers came in ten minutes; the prisoners had lodged in the house five weeks.
THOMAS DYER sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Bow-street: I was the first that went up stairs, I pushed the door open hastily, Dowset and Perry were with me; Lahey was sitting with a little deal table before her, and Warner was standing in the middle of the room; I told Lahey not to be alarmed, and I picked up a sixpence that dropped from her; there were two other sixpences which I picked up in nearly the same place within a minute after, I did not see them drop from her, (produces them); these sixpences I found lying upon the table in paper, exactly as they are now; this tea-cup was nearly three parts full of liquid, I tasted it, and it appeared to me to be aqua-fortis; while I was there somebody emptied it into a wooden bowl with water, that was upon the table, but I did not see it done; this blacking-cake Warner told me was for blacking shoes, I found it in this cannister under the table, and this pot of lamp-black; their hands were very dirty.
THOMAS DOWSET sworn. - I went with Perry and Dyer: I entered the room immediately after Dyer, I saw Lahey in the act of rubbing something between her fingers and thumb; she screamed out, and dropped a sixpence from her fingers; I searched Warner, but found nothing upon her, she was standing in the middle of the room; I searched the room found, but found nothing but what Dyer has produced; I saw the cup upon the table, but how it came emptied I cannot tell, it must have been done by one of the prisoners; there was but a single drop of liquid left in the cup, which Dyer tasted, I did not.
JOHN ARMSTRONG sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. Q. You have been at the apprehension of a vast number of these people, and know the use of these sort of articles? - A. Yes.
Q. What is the use of blacking? - A. To put among the money to take off the appearance of the newness; the aqua-fortis brings the silver to the surface, and then they rub them, and finish them with cream of tartar.
MARY COMBER sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I lodged in Mr. Perry's house: On the 14th of August I met Mr. Perry on the stairs, I asked him if they had paid him; he said, no; I told him if they paid him in silver to be aware of it; I had been looking through a hole and saw the old lady, Warner, take a little pipkin off the fire, and the young woman said, it was not boiled enough; she brought it to the table and stirred it with something, whether it was a stick or what I cannot tell, then she poured it into a tea-cup, or a bowl, I do not know which; I then went and told Mr. Perry he might come and satisfy his curiosity, and he came up and looked through the hole.
Q. How long was this before the officers came from Bow-street? - A. About a quarter of an hour.
HENRY-WILLIAM ATKINSON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am one of the moniers of the Mint.
Q. Look at these sixpences? - A. They are all counterfeit.
Lahey's defence. I was coming past the New Church in the Strand, and I found a paper parcel; when I came home I opened it, and saw it was money, and when these gentlemen came into the room I was wiping the dirt off; whether it was good or bad I know not.
Warner's defence. We found the blacking and cannister in the room when we came there, the room door was open always; I did not know whether the money was good or bad.
Court. (To Perry.) Q. Had you examined the room before they came? - A. Yes; nobody had slept in the room before they came except my apprentice, and I am sure there were no such things there then.
Lahey, GUILTY Death. (Aged 18.)
Warner, GUILTY Death. (Aged 56.)
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before The LORD CHIEF BARON.

Citation details: p. 157
Text:

The ship Speedy arrived in the colony 15 Apr 1800

Marriage
Text:

They don't appear to have formally married. They were still using their separate surnames in the St John's baptism register when christening their estimated 4th child Keziah in 1810. No likely birth registrations either before or after that year can be found.

Census
Text:

Mitten, John, 56, absolute pardon, Albermarle, 1791, life, Protestant, settler, Airds
Mitten, Catherine, 48, free by servitude, Speedy, 1799, 7 years, Protestant
Mitten, Sarah, 22, born in the colony
Mitten, Kesiah, 18, born in the colony
Mitten, John (Jun), 15, born in the colony
Mitten, Joseph, 11, born in the colony
Mitten, William, 8, born in the colony
Mitten, Elizabeth, 4, born in the colony

Death
Text:

Name: Catherine Mitten
Death Date: 1868
Death Place: New South Wales
Registration Year: 1868
Registration Place: Campbelltown, New South Wales
Registration Number: 3615

Burial
Text:

Catherine Lahey Mitton
BIRTH 17 May 1780
Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
DEATH 29 May 1868 (aged 88)
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City, New South Wales, Australia
BURIAL
St Peters Anglican Church Cemetery
Campbelltown, Campbelltown City, New South Wales, Australia
MEMORIAL ID 182474547

Immigration

Catherine Lahey arrived in Australia in 1800 aboard the ship 'Speedy' after being tried at the Old Bailey in 1798. Her crime was counterfeiting silver coins and she was sentenced to death, commuted to life. She and her accomplice were caught in their house in King Street, near Drury Lane, London (near present day Covent Garden.)