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date: 11 November 2019

Johnson, Josephlocked

(b. 1796/7)
  • Leila Kamali
  •  and Anders Ingram

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Johnson, Joseph (b. 1796/7), beggar and street performer, also known as ‘Black Joe’, is of unknown parentage and origin. He had served as a seaman until he was forced to retire because of ‘wounds rendering him incapable of doing further duty on the ocean’. Not being entitled to relief payments ‘having been employed in the merchants’ service only’ (...

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