I've been trying to trace the steps of a Richard Talent from London, who is rumored to be the progenitor of the Tallants of Anson County, North Carolina.
With the limited resources I can access in Texas, I have a confusing outline:
20 Feb 1695: Richard Talent acquitted of pick-pocketing. [ Lists of prisoners in Newgate, Public Record Office, C 110/71-72), referencing trial (t16950220-1) at the London Metropolitan Archives, LSP/1695/2, http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t16950220-1 ]
29 Jan 1696: Richard Tarrant convicted of pick-pocketing (different case). [ Ordinary's Account, http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/images.jsp?doc=OA169601290002 . Cannot find Old Bailey records corresponding to this, but many are missing in this timeframe. ]
28 May 1697: Richard Talent reprieved for transportation to Barbados or Jamaica. [ Complete Book of Emigrants 1661-1699, p.673, referencing PRO C 66/3390/13). I've asked the UK National Archives to scan this for me. ]
03 Nov 1697: Richard Tallent executed for pick-pocketing (the 1696 case above) [ Ordinary's Account, http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=OA16971103n26-1&div=OA16971103#highlight ]
All of these records relate to Newgate Prison. I haven't been able to find any evidence of another Richard Talant (or any similar last names) in the Old Bailey records or Ordinary's Accounts, so while these accounts are far from complete, the weight of the evidence is that all of these point to the same individual.
The problem is, if this man was reprieved for transportation in May 1697, why would he have then been executed in November 1697? Was it common for someone to be reprieved and then literally "miss their boat" and be executed?