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John Appleby

John Appleby, one of 220 convicts transported on the Commodore Hayes, April 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Appleby
Aliases: Fields (alias), Fields, William (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Death: 4th February, 1850
Age: 58 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Commodore Hayes
Departure date: April, 1823
Arrival date: 16th August, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 218 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 32
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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Carla Jacobs on 7th August, 2015 wrote:

Yorkshire Gazette, March 23, 1822

D Wong on 8th August, 2015 wrote:

John Fields – but known as John Appleby in VDL, was 33 years old on arrival.  His native place was Wolverly/Worcester.
John was married – wife and 1 child at Stroud.

John had grey eyes, light brown to grey hair.

1830 Assigned to Captain Briggs
1832: Assigned to Mr H N Orr
1833: TOL

8/2/1834: Strong suspicion of uttering forged and altered Bank Notes, to be deprived of the TOL and recommended to be removed to Port Arthur during the pleasure of the Lt. Gov’r.

24/5/1843 Launceston Examiner:
Launceeston. John Gibbs and John Appleby, charged with stealing one hale, containing blankets, the property of Messrs. Williams, Campbell and Co., and Robert Bainbridge and John Sturzaker with receiving a portion oft he same, well knowing the same to have been stolen, remanded.

12/7/1843: Launceston Examiner – sentenced to 7 years transportation for Larceny.

4/2/1850: John died at the Hobart Hospital.

Carla Jacobs on 10th August, 2015 wrote:

Most likely the son of John and Elizabeth Appleby, Bridlington area, Yorkshire, England.

Carla Jacobs on 11th August, 2015 wrote:

John Appleby, alias Field, was baptized on 3 Jun 1792 in Bridlington, Yorkshire, the son of John Appleby.  John Sr. was the husband of Elizabeth Smith Appleby. Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

The Yorkshire Gazette reported that on March 9, 1822 John Appleby, age 27, otherwise called John Field and Thomas Edwards, age 21,  were charged with having stolen 4 horses total from C. Whitaker, & George Latham, & Rd. Martin and lawfully stabbing and maiming one William Greenwood. 
Thomas Gilks, formerly of Sheffield, and Wm Cutts were removed from the Derby Jail and Chesterfield House of Corrections and charged with knowingly having received two horses.
Yorkshire Gazette March 09, 1822
When the trial commenced, however, John Appleby and Thomas Edwards were convicted for   stealing a Bay horse from the stables of John Kinderdine Crutchley, esq. and a grey mare from the stables of John Croser, Esq.  Both John Crutchley and Croser lived Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.  Cutts, age 21, and Thomas Gilks, were charged with having received those horses knowing they were stolen were acquitted.
Crutcley became missing the night of Dec. 27 from his stable in Staffordshire, the same night Croser’s horse had gone missing. 
Robert Frost, an ostler for Prisoner Gilks who kept a public house, the Coachmaker’s Arms and Rising Sun, Sheffield Moor {West Yorkshire,  testified that Appleby and Edwards came to the Rising Sun on 28 Dec. where Cutts also was staying.  The next day Cutts bought the horses from from Appleby and Edwards and told Frost the horses must be cared for because of the “distance” they had come on Friday.  Cutts went to the horse fair in Preston (Lancashire} on Wednesday and left the horses with him as they were ill with a cold.
Christopeher Atkins testified he saw the horses at the Rising Sun on 12 Jan and asked if they were for sale. He then saw them the next day at King’s Head Inn in Sheffield in the custody of Thomas Grattan, Constable of Chesterfield.  Grattan testified he, Bower and Constable Flater of Sheffield took possession of the horses and took them to the Angel’s in Chesterfield.  He a man named Bower and Constable Flater of Sheffield took the horses from the Rising Sun to Angels Inn in Chesterfield.  Crutchley testified he recalled being present when prisoner Thomas Edwards signed a voluntary confession that he was the one the parties who took both the horse and the mare.  Several character witnesses were called for Gilks.  The jury found Appleby and Edwards guilty and acquitted Gilks and Cutts.  Yorkshire Gazette, Crown side, North Yorkshire, England March 16, 1822 and Sheffield Independent March 16, 1822
On March 23, 1822 the Yorkshire Gazette reported that on Wednesday morning, John Appleby, alias Field and Thomas Edwards, removed by habeas corpus from Lancaster, were sentenced to death.  The judge informed Appleby and Edwards they need not expect any remission of their sentence.
Yorkshire Gazette March 23, 1822
On May 22, 1822 the Sheffield Independent reported that Convicts John Appleby, alias Fields, Thomas Edwards, and others had left York Castle the last week to be transferred to the Bellerphon Prison Hulk awaiting up River Medway at Sheerness.  Sheffield Independent, May 22, 1822. 

On 16 August 1823, Convict John Appleby, originating in the Yorkshire Asszies, arrived in Van Dieman Land aboard the Commodore Hayes.  He was the only John Appleby on that ship.  Thomas Edwards was not aboard. 

In 1830, John Appleby was assigned to Capt. Briggs; in 1832 he was assigned to H. N. Orr and in 1833 he was assigned to Joshpeh Archer, Esq.

On Feb. 8, 1834 a John Appleby was charged with passing forged notes.  Colonial Times, Hobart Tasmania,  11 Feb. 1834.

By 28 Feb. 1834, John Appleby, Commodore Hayes, was deprived of his Ticket of Leave, Hobart Town Courier, 28 Feb. 1834 and transported to Port Arthur. (cite unavailable).

In Feb. 1837, John Appleby, Commodore Hayes, was again given a ticket of leave. 
Hobart Town Courier, 10, Feb. 1837. 

A John Appleby was charged with drunkenness 19 March 1840 Hobart Town Courier and Van Diemen’s Land Gazette, 20 March 1840

Sept. 1842 A john Appleby was fined 10 s for riding on his cart.  17 Sept. 1842 Launceston Examiner

May 1843, A John Appleby was charged with stealing one hale containing blankets.  Launcestor Examiner, 24 May 1843

July 1843 A John Appleby was sentenced for larceny, 7 years.  Launcestor Examiner 10 July 1843

8 Feb. 1849 a group of citizens at Hobart signed a petition that they knowingly and willingly would not hire any convicts except for those who received their tickets of leave under old government regulations. 

Feb. 1850 John Appleby, born 1792, off the Commodore Hayes,  died at Hobart Colonial Hospital.  JJ Palmer presided at his burial.  (cite not recorded)

Carla Jacobs on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

Charged with being an accessory to {??} a pint of rum from the veranda of the Comm{?} store. Confined for trial before a Gen. Sessions, Rem. to M. Harbor, 2 yrs. March 25, 1825 (Most likely M. Harbor was Macquarie Harbor).

Convict Changes History

Carla Jacobs on 7th August, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Fields (alias) (prev. Fields (Alias)), alias2: Fields, William (alias) (prev. Fields, William (Alias)), crime

D Wong on 8th August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th February, 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Carla Jacobs on 10th August, 2015 made the following changes:


Carla Jacobs on 11th August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1792 (prev. 1790)

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