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James Ashton

James Ashton, one of 176 convicts transported on the Manlius, 16 July 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Ashton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1787
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 16th January, 1850
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Manlius
Departure date: 16th July, 1828
Arrival date: 9th November, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 446
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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D Wong on 5th April, 2020 wrote:

Gore’s Liverpool General Advertiser Lancashire, England
20 Mar 1828:
POACHING AT TARROCK__MALICIOUS SHOOTING.__James Ashton, 40, was indicted for having with other persons unknown, wilfully and maliciously shot at Peter Lucas, at Eccleston, with intent to murder, disable, or do him some grievous bodily harm.
Sentence of Death recorded.

James Ashton was listed as 41 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Lancashire.

Occupation: Bricklayer’s laborer.

James was 5’5½” tall, dark brown hair, blue eyes, scar left arm just above wrist joint, 2 brown moles on chest.
Married, Wife & 8 children {at St} Helens near Liverpool B.20 B.18 B.14 B.12 B.10 B9. G5. G3. I worked for Mr Wm Forbes at St Helens.

1830-35 Musters: Assigned to Mr. J. Crittenden.

2/7/1840: Free Pardon.

16/1/1850: James Ashton died of a Bowel complaint, - informant was Catherine Ashton, his wife, of 41 Collins Street, Hobart.

Have not found a marriage for them.

They had a daughter, Charlotte, born 3/12/1845.

10/9/1850: Catherine Cuddington, a widow, married Charles Jacobs (Mount Stewart Elphinstone) at St. George’s, Hobart.

Maureen Withey on 22nd January, 2021 wrote:

ADM 101/48/2
Medical journal of the Manlius, convict ship from 6 June to 17 November 1828 by P M Ternan, surgeon and superintendent, during which time the ship was employed in a voyage to Van Diemen’s Land.

Folio 6: James Ashton, aged 41, prisoner, taken ill off Devon; sick or hurt, fractured ribs, fell down the fore hatchway and broke the two inferior true ribs of right side; put on sick list 23 July 1828, discharged 3 August 1828 cured.

Convict Changes History

kenneth david meadows on 19th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1787 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th January, 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 5th April, 2020 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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