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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams, one of 189 convicts transported on the Duke of Portland, January 1807

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Adams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1762
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: 25th March, 1817
Age: 55 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Desertion from army
Convicted at: Halifax Court Martial
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Duke of Portland
Departure date: January, 1807
Arrival date: 27th July, 1807
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 396
Source description: 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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Alan Radecki on 5th September, 2017 wrote:

Samuel deserted from Paterson’s Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Royal Artillery in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 6, 1805, along with Robert Anderson.

The unit offered a reward of five guineas was offered, with a notice of such being published in the Halifax Weekly Chronicle.

Samuel and Robert were subsequently found, and on July 22nd, they were returned to Halifax onboard the brig Vixen (this means that they must have covered quite a bit of distance before being captured). Robert and Samuel were charged and tried by court-martial in Halifax for desertion on August 8, 1805, and were sentenced to transportation for life. On September 7, 1806, Robert embarked on the Eagle for the Isle of Wight, where he was confined until being transported, and it is presumed that Samuel was also sent to England on board the Eagle.

D Wong on 5th September, 2017 wrote:

Samuel was born C 1762 - his death is recorded on Linctas - as having died in Tasmania aged 55.
Listed as a convict on the Duke of Portland.

There is no conduct record for him, he is not listed on the NSW Gov. convict records, or in the Colonial Secretary Papers, and nothing in ‘Trove’ - do not know how he got to Tasmania.

Also could not find him on Norfolk Island.

Maureen Withey on 12th February, 2021 wrote:

Captivity Hulk Records. HO-9-8-3.  see page 16/51
– 30 prisoners received from ?? (writing very faint) Dec and sent on Duke of Portland. Jan 1807
Only details recorded are ages and sentences.
Age 48.

Convict Changes History

Alan Radecki on 5th September, 2017 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 5th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1762 (prev. 0000), date of death: 25th March, 1817 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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