Mansfield Woodhouse Labourer
An advertisment in the Nottingham Journal dated 20th May 1801, shows how a case of wife desertion was dealt with.
“ABSCONDED and left his wife and family chargable to the Parish of Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire.
WILLIAM COAPE, Labourer, about 5 feet 10 inches high, stout made, leans forward in his walk and goes rather wide with his leg; talks loud and has a strong voice; he has frequently been employed as a Navigator.
Whosoever will apprehend the said WILLIAM COAPE and bring him to the overseers of Mansfield Woodhouse or lodge him in any of his Majesty’s Gaols shall recieve a reward of TWO GUINEAS and all reasonable charges.
Was he ever caught?