“Jack Williams”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916
Keywords: crime prison trial transportation courting
Found in: US(MW) Britain(England) Canada(Mar)


Jack Williams, a boatman, meets a fine young girl. He turns to robbery to support her. He is captured and sent to prison; she scorns him, saying "I hate thievish company." He is sentenced (to transportation/execution) (but escapes and vows to avoid women)



  1. Laws L17, "Jack Williams"
  2. Mackenzie 114, "Jack Williams" (1 text)
  3. Eddy 62, "Jack Williams" (1 text)
  4. Gardner/Chickering 136, "Jack Williams" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. LPound-ABS, 67, pp. 152-153, "Jack Williams" (1 text)
  6. DT 572, JCKWLLM
  7. Roud #1906
  8. BI, LL17