A young-looking woman, named Frances Walker, was charged at the
Chesterfield Borough Police Court on Monday with stealing
a suit of clothes, a pair of boots and stockings, the property
of Joseph Daykin, on the 21st inst.
The Chief Constable stated that the prosecutor
was a collier, and lived at 15 Factory Street, Chesterfield.
The prisoner had been lodging at his house since January,
and assisting in the house work. On the 21st inst., when he
returned home from work at 5.30 in the evening, he missed
the earticles mentioned, and the prisoner had gone. He then
gave information to the police, which led to the prisoner's
apprehension. When charged with the theft, the prisoner replied,
"I have nothing to say, only that I took them."
Joseph Daykin gave evidence to the effect that
the articles produced were his property, and he valued them
Prisoner, who had several other convictions recorded
against her, was sent to Derby for two months with hard labour.
and Chesterfield Herald, 26th March 1902
Joseph's wife, Maria Roe, died at the age of 40
in 1899. The 1901 census shows Joseph (45) and their four
children living at 15 Factory Street, Chesterfield with Maria's
father, Edward Edwin Roe, a retired pothouse labourer, aged
71. Edward died in early 1902 and, presumably, Frances Walker
arrived to keep house.