Journal Article

August 2010

Cambridgeshire Convicts

Ken Griffin

From Royston, the Cambridgeshire side.

GEORGE FERGUSON alias RICHARD BRADSTOCK age 30, tried at Cambridgeshire Quarter Sessions, 8th Jan 1836 for bigamy and got a 7 year transportation sentence. He was sent to the Leviathan Hulk and received a free pardon on Jan 29th 1840.

THOMAS WOODS age 19, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 17th Jul 1847 for burglary and got a 15 years transportation sentence. He was sent to Western Australia on the Hashemy and arrived 25th Oct 1850. He was a groom and was single but granted permission to marry in late 1853.

JOSEPH MANN alias SYKES age 26, tried at Cambridgeshire Quarter Sessions 1st Jul 1858 for larceny (stealing a clasp knife) and got 7 years Penal Servitude sentence. He was sent to Western Australia. He was single and a sweep and had been given a 7 years sentence before. He went on the York and arrived 31st Dec 1862. He had a previous 7 years transportation sentence when he was 19 at York City quarter Sessions on 30th Jun 1851 as James Sykes for which he was sent to Portsmouth Prison and was let out on licence on 22nd Nov 1855.

From Melbourn

THOMAS NEWMAN, no age given, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 7th Aug 1775 for burglary. He received a sentence of death which was repealed to a 14 years transportation sentence. As this crime was committed at the start of the American War of Independence there is no record of what happened to him. He certainly would not have been sent to America.

WILLIAM COLLIS age 22, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 20th Jul 1822 for sheep stealing. He received a sentence of death repealed to Life transportation. He was sent on the Ocean II (2) to New South Wales and arrived 27th Aug 1823. He was born in Melbourn.

JOHN WHITBY, age 20, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 20th Jul 1822 for sheep stealing. He received a sentence of death repealed to Life transportation. He was sent on the Ocean II (2) to New South Wales and arrived 27th Aug 1823. He was born in Melbourn.

WILLIAM HANDSCOMB, age 21, tried at the Cambridgeshire Assizes 20th Jul 1822 for burglary. He received a sentence of death repealed to Life transportation. He was sent on the Ocean II (2) to New South Wales and arrived 27th Aug 1823. He was born in Melbourn.

JONATHON REEDER, age 27, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 20th Jul 1822 for Burglary. He received a sentence of death repealed to life transportation. He was sent on the Albion (1) to Van Dieman's Land and arrived 21st October 1823. He was born in Melbourn and was married.

EDWARD SMITH, age 26, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 20th Jul 1822 for burglary. He received a sentence of death repealed to life transportation. He was sent on the Ocean II (2) to New South Wales and arrived 27th Aug 1823. He was born in Melbourn.

From Cambridgeshire

JAMES FORDHAM, age 24, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 20th Jul 1822 for receiving stolen goods. He received a 14 years transportation sentence. He was sent on the Ocean II (2) to New South Wales and arrived 27th Aug 1823. He was born in Cambridgeshire.

THOMAS BARRON, age 30, tried at Cambridgeshire Quarter Sessions 15th Jan 1830 for larceny at Melbourn. He got a 7 years transportation sentence. He was pardoned on 25th April 1835 from the Leviathan Hulk No 109.

JAMES DISBERRY, age 21, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 24th Jul 1835 for cutting the tongue of a horse and received a 7 years transportation sentence. He was sent to New South Wales on the Recovery and arrived 25th Feb 1836. He was single and born in Cambridgeshire.

SAMUEL RAYNER, age 36, tried at Cambridgeshire Quarter Sessions 7th April 1837 for larceny (stealing books) and got a 7 years transportation sentence. He was sent to New South Wales on the Emma Eugenia and arrived on the 9th Feb 1838. He was single and he had no previous convictions. He was 5 ft 1 in, dark, ruddy and freckled complexion, black hair mixed with grey, hazel eyes, mole on right cheek, another on back of same cheek bone, breast hairy, three moles on same, top of third finger of right hand contracted. He was born in Cambridgeshire and from the records in Australia he was 32 years of age.

WILLIAM MILLER, age 23, tried at Cambridgeshire Quarter Sessions 4th Jul 1845 for sheep stealing and got a 10 years transportation sentence. He was sent to Van Dieman's Land on the Joseph Somes and arrived on 20th May 1846. He was married and was born in Melbourn.

SAMUEL CARTER, age 33, rat catcher, tried at Cambridgeshire Quarter Sessions 8th Mar 1853 for sheep stealing from James Bullen, farmer. He got a 7 years transportation sentence. He was sent to Dartmoor after initially going to Millbank Penitentiary where he was let out on licence on April 18th 1856.

EDWARD STAMFORD, age 19, tried at Cambridgeshire Assizes 16th Jul 1853 for sheep stealing from Mynott Titchmarsh, farmer. He received a 7 years transportation sentence. He initially went to Pentonville Prison and then to Portland Prison where he was let out on licence 23rd Jul 1856

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