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Joseph Abrahams, one of 134 convicts transported on the Hercules, 24 December 1824
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 56 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
24th December, 1824
7th May, 1825
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 134 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 240
||This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.
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Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 wrote:
Before Mr. Recorder.
1408. JOHN WHEELER and JOSEPH ABRAHAMS were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of October , a piece of woollen cloth, containing seventeen yards, value 5 l. 10 s.; twenty-four shawls, value 9 l.; and a wrapper, value 6 d. , the goods of Zachary Langton , and others, his partners.
SECOND COUNT, stating them to belong to William Shaw .
ROBERT LAMBERT . I am a clerk in the employ of Messrs. Pickford and Co. ; Zachary Langton is one of the partners . I received a weigh-bill of some property which left Manchester for London, on the 28th of September; there was among other articles, the parcel in question, directed for Mr. Jardine, Nottingham-place, Whitechapel; it contained woollen goods; it arrived safe in London on the 4th of October.
JOSEPH HERBERT . I am porter to the prosecutors. On Monday, the 4th of October, I placed a parcel or truss in the cart, which had come by a boat from Manchester to the City basin; it was safe and entire when I put it in - it was for Mr. Jardine.
GEORGE TREADAWAY . I am book-carrier to the prosecutors - I go to see the delivery of the goods - I went with this cart on the 4th of October; we went through Aldgate, and when I got to the Minories, where I had a parcel to deliver, the truss was safe in the cart - we stopped at Morland’s, an umbrella shop, in the Minories; and while
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Shaw, the carter was getting out the parcel to deliver there. I saw the prisoner in the white jacket (Wheeler,) just behind me, and I put out my hand to keep the bale from falling upon him; I have since seen it at Lambeth-street office.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. The remark you made of the man was, that he had a white jacket on - A. Yes, and five hundred people may have a white jacket on. I believe Wheeler is the same man - I have a strong belief that be is the same man - we missed the bale five minutes afterwards, it was near seven o’clock in the evening.
WILLIAM FOSTER . I am an officer of Lambeth-street - I know a man by the name of Benjamin Wolfe , he lives at No. 2, Little Prescot-street, Goodman’s-fields; I and Lee had occasion to watch his house, from about half-past six o’clock in the evening of the 4th of October, until half-past seven; we stood in an alley nearly opposite his house - I saw three men coming along, one with a package on his back - we drew back into the alley and he passed us, it was Abrahams; I am certain of his person. I had seen him before - when they got opposite to the alley, Wheeler ran and passed Abrahams, to Wolfe’s door; Wolfe was standing with his door open; Abrahams followed Wheeler up to the door, and both went in; we went over and the third man (who was with them) ran away; when we got to the door it was being closed; I put my shoulder against it and pushed very hard - Wolfe said,
“Who is there, what is the matter?” I said,
“It is me;” he said,
“Who is me;” I said
“Foster,” he then said
“Come in” - I went into a back-kitchen, and saw Abrahams taking the package from his shoulder; as I went to the back room I passed Wolfe and Wheeler in the passage, I took hold of Abrahams, and asked him what he had got; he said he did not know - he said a man gave it to him to carry, and he was to have 1 s. for carrying it - Lee then brought in Wheeler; I tied them together, and took them to the office. Wheeler said he came in to buy a hat, and said to Wolfe,
“I have been here this hour, have not I maser;” Wolfe said
“No, I know nothing at all about you;” I took the parcel which contained woollen cloth, and shawls, and found this invoice in the bale with the goods; they exactly corresponded with it.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Abrahams was the person with the package - A. Yes. Wolfe and Wheeler were not in the same room as he was. Wheeler had a white jacket on.
JAMES LEE . I was with Foster; when I went in Wheeler was coming out of the passage.
JOHN JARDINE . I had ordered these goods and expected them by that conveyance: they are the articles I expected.
WHEELER - GUILTY . Aged 19.
ABRAHAMS - GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Seven Years .
Convict Changes History
Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m