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The Chatham jailor nicknamed 'Grampus' is described as a brutish biped, a cruel bestial Englishman. Brown has numerous sketches in his 'autobiography' including the jail turn-key assaulting an old insane woman (examination of the register records shows this is likely 60 year old Sarah Corbit). His straw bed was ' a pillow of ease for the heads of dirty, drunken, spewing vagrants.' He described the peppery appearance of the blankets...covered with crawling and nimble-footed fleas.
An interesting list is provided of the furnishings in: (1) The Debtor "Apartment" Two tables, six bedsteads, six bedticks, two blankets, one rug, one cooking stove and pipes.
(2) The Criminal's "Apartment" One long table, two cooking stoves and pipes, nine rugs, sixteen blankets, seven bedticks, six bedsteads.
It would appear that while there were numerous prisoners of a 'local' nature, ie.
in a jail close to home, there were also those individuals who were in jails a long way from their family homes; persons who could not adapt to the harsh life, constant labor and ill treatment they may have experienced on the pioneer family farm, and made their way to towns where they start over, often ending up on the wrong side of the law.
Larceny (theft) was a major problem, as it is in many neighborhoods today.
Many of the prisoners were repeat drunks, prostitutes and vagrants.
In other parts of the building there was found: Five common stoves, three tables, fifteen chairs and Judge's chair, chest belonging to Clerk of the Peace, five good padlocks, eighteen bad!
padlocks, two damaged knoblocks, three water pails, two washing tubs, four chamber pots, bread scales and five weights, one pair of leg irons, two pairs of hand cuffs, one iron collar, one pair of hand irons, two chains and staples, twelve candlesticks, two chairs, six hooks, six pair of snuffers, six ink stands, three copies of Statutes, Burns' Justice (4 Vol.), one Bible and Prayerbook, two testaments, two Companions for Pardoned.
The Home District Jail register records name, when committed, crimes, when discharged, by whom discharged, sentence and remarks.
Their are a number of Military prisoners also listed in the Home District indexes, these are noted with an asterisk *.
Among these prisoners are recorded the insane, whose first stop on the way to the asylum was often the County jail.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating