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The Greenwich Stolen Child Case

The following are extracts from two newspaper articles relating to the abduction of a child from Greenwich in March 1876 .

Western Daily Press, 6 March 1876

"A few days ago Mrs Jeffries, living in East Greenwich, waited upon Mr Patterson, sitting at Greenwich police court, stating that her child, a boy age 13 months, had been stolen whilst in charge of its sister, age 11, whilst listening to a band playing in Trafalgar Road, Greenwich.

The offender was a woman (who was accompanied by a soldier) who sent the girl for some apples and on her return the woman and child were gone.

Mr Patterson was on Friday informed that the stolen child had been traced to the possession of Thomas Cookson, a gunner in the 23rd Brigade, Royal Artillery, and Amelia Brady living with him as his wife in Sandy Hill, Woolwich, the latter representing the child as her own. The real mother was sent for and with evident joy at once identified the little boy. Cookson and Brady were both apprehended."

As yet unidentified Press Report

"The infant son of John Jeffery of Greenwich stolen from a little girl in the street, has been through an anxious and diligent search by the parents and police for nearly a week, but who were rewarded on Friday afternoon by the recovery of the lost child and apprehension of an artillery man and a woman who had the child in possession at their lodgings in Woolwich. The prisoner was brought on Saturday before the magistrates at Greenwich and after the evidence had gone into both were committed for trial."

Although not fully named in the articles, the parents were John Thomas Jeffery (I357) and wife Emily Jane ,nee Humphries (I3128), the stolen child was William Henry Jeffery (I3179) and the sister in charge of him at the time of the abduction was Emily Maria Jeffery (I2199).