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Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Bailey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th August, 1792
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 8th March, 1879
Age: 86 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 328
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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Anonymous on 23rd September, 2011 wrote:

Samuel Bailey was my Great Great Great Grandfather and was married to a convict Sarah Morris and was also publican of the "House of Content" at East Maitland in the mid 1800’s.

Anonymous on 16th October, 2011 wrote:

Samuel Bailey died in Sydney in 1879 at the age of 88 years.He was survived by 6 daughters with a son predeceasing him.

Anonymous on 16th October, 2011 wrote:

I would like to amend information just given. Samuel was survived by 5 daughters and one son,with another son predeceasing him.

John Jones on 27th October, 2013 wrote:


Ron Garbutt on 22nd March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 March 2020), October 1816, trial of SAMUEL BAILEY (t18161030-143).
SAMUEL BAILEY, Theft > housebreaking, 30th October 1816.
1241. SAMUEL BAILEY was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Hales , about the hour of seven in the afternoon of the 23rd of April, 1816 , and stealing therein, a silk handkerchief, value 3s. two necklaces, value 1l. one brooch, value 18s. two pair of ear-rings, value 17s. two tablecloths, 3l. three sheets, value 1l. 10s. five pillow cases, value 10s. one pelisse, value 7s. two gowns, value 10s. three frocks, value 3s. two shirts, value 5s. four aprons, value 4s. two petticoats, value 2s. six towels, value 6s. and a pair of stockings, value 12s. his property .

RICHARD HALES . I keep the Bridgwater Arms, Bridgwater Gardens . On the 23rd of April last, between seven and eight in the evening, several people were in the house drinking; my wife was in the house; the prisoner Bailey was in the parlour drinking with several others. I was in the skittle ground at the back part of the house. I had occasion to come through the house, through the room where they were sitting. Bailey was not there then. I heard one of them, whose name is Morgan, say, we are in a bloody mess now; three or four of the others immediately rose up, and said, let us stall him off as he comes down stairs. Then there was something the matter on my stairs. I opened the stair foot door, and three or four steps up, was the prisoner Bailey coming down; I immediately seized him, and called to my wife to bring a light; I then perceived that he had a silk handkerchief of mine in his hand, which he threw over his shoulder behind him. I then brought him down stairs, and wanted to see if he had any other property about him; but his companions that were in the parlour came about me, and I was afraid they wanted to rescue him. I then took him into the bar; his companions went round to the front of the bar, and one named Thatcher said to me Hales, let the man go, for he is drunk. I said I would not let him go, for I found him with my property about him. He then turned round to the others, and said damn my eyes, if you are all of one mind be shall not be taken. Then they came round to the other door, and Thatcher dragged my wife away from me. She was at that time asking me to let the prisoner go. for fear of our lives. I immediately bolted the door upon them. It is a double door; the top part bolts, and the bottom part has a lock to it. They then took the shutters which they found outside, and battered the door all to pieces, and beat me away from the doortill they got hold of the prisoner by the collar, and they dragged him over the door which runs into a passage that goes down by the side of the house. I never saw him again until about a month ago. I am sure he is the man. We found part of the goods named in the indictment missing, and other things proved.

VIRTUE HALES . On the 23d of April, two strange men came into the house. They went into the perlour, and called for some liquor; I took them in some ale and some gin which they had ordered. When I went into the room, the prisoner Bailey was sitting on the child’s small chair. I requested him to get up, and he abused me very much. They paid me for the liquor, and I went into the bar. There were in company with the prisoner, five men, whom we have had tried here. I went into the bar again and shut the door. Bailey came into the tap room and was very abusive there. Some wished me to go and speak to him, as he wanted to fight several in the tap room. I tried to persuade him to leave the place, and spoke to one of his companions to take him away. They did not regard what I said, and immediately left me and went to the parlour. I went into the bar, and served some gin to a woman at the bar, and the prisoner came into the bar and asked me if he should draw the liquor for me, and pretended to be in liquor himself. He came up very close to me, and I told him I was capable of drawing my own liquor. He grasped up some halfpence at the time he was talking to me. I gave him a push away, and he let drop some of the halfpence, but kept some in his hand, and said, thank God he had some halfpence to pay for some pipes of tobacco, I told him he was for no good. Several of them then came bustling round, all calling for liquor at the same time, and whether the prisoner went up stairs then or not, I can’t say, but soon after I saw him on the stairs with my husband. He held a silk handkerchief in his hand, which I said, I could swear to was mine. He threw it over his shoulder, upon the second stair above him. I said, how he got it I could not tell, for I had the keys of my bed room where it had been in my pocket. The padlock key, and an inside key; my husband desired me to go up stairs to see if all was safe. I went and found the bed room door open. The child’s silver coral laid at the door, and had been broken to pieces. The bed clothes were tied up, and the window was open, and I ran down stairs and exclaimed I was ruined. When I got down stairs, my husband had got the prisoner at the bar. I desired him to let him go, for I thought we should be murdered, for they beset us. Thatcher immediately dragged me away from him, and said I could swear to my property, and they would do for me. I resisted very much, and they beat me until my senses left me, and when I came too, I found myself in the parlour. I am sure the prisoner is the man.

JAMES JOHN SMITH . I am an officer. On the 24th of September last, I was going through the Strand and saw the prisoner. I had seen the advertisement for his apprehension, and I asked him what the piece of work was about in Bridgewater Gardens. He said, he hoped that I would not trouble him for it. I told him I should do my duty, and take him into custody, I did so, and going to the office, he begged very much for me to let him go, saying he would go on board of ship directly, and leave the country. I proceeded with him to Bow-street office.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 25.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


Convict Changes History

John Jones on 27th October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 26th August, 1792, date of death 8th March, 1979, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 28th October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 8th March, 1879

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