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James Barton

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Barton
Aliases: Vandeville (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: Doctor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
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 449 (226)
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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Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1828, 10 April: James BARTON was tried at the Old Bailey. The transcript of his trial follows:

“Before Mr. Justice Park.
#797. JAMES BARTON, alias FREDERICK VANDERVILLE, was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Sir George Farrant, Knt., on the 9th of March, and stealing therein 3 fenders, value 6l.; 4 pieces of stained glass, value 2l., and 12 books, value 10s., the goods of the said Sir George Farrant.

GEORGE WADDINGTON. I am a constable of Hatton-garden. On Sunday morning, the 9th of March, about eight o’clock, I was going up Theobald’s-road, with Thompson, of Bow-street; we met the prisoner with three fenders on his shoulder - he was alone: there were two standards inside one fender. I went over to him, and asked where he got them - he rather hesitated, and said at last that he got them from Lincoln’s Inn-fields, at a sale - he did not say when he had bought them; I took him into custody, locked him up, and found next morning that the fenders belonged to Sir George Farrant; directly I took him he said a man had given them to him to carry - I searched him, and found a screw-driver in his pocket, a small door key, which would open a room door, and a watch, which I returned him.

THOMAS THOMPSON. I was in company with Waddington, and saw the prisoner with the fenders on his shoulder; Waddington stopped him - I have heard his evidence, and swear it is true.

JAMES MARTIN. I am in the service of Sir George Farrant, who lives at No. 53, Upper Brook-street, in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square; these fenders were next door, at No. 52 - he had left that house on the 3d of July last; none of his family remained in the house after July - nobody was left in care of the house. These fenders, and several articles of furniture, were left there: Sir George had quitted the house, and it was to be let: I had been in the house on Tuesday, the 4th of March, and am sure all the doors and windows were fastened; I often passed the house; it appeared in the same state whenever I passed it; and on Saturday, about four o’clock in the afternoon, I saw it perfectly safe. About half-past two o’clock on Sunday, the 9th, I observed the coal-cellar door, in the front area, open; the fan-light over the area door was broken; I am certain it was safe and whole on Saturday. I went into the house, and missed two fenders out of the drawing rooms, and the parlour fender; I missed some stained glass out of a window in the house: the drawing-room shutters had been opened, but closed too - I had left them fastened; I know these fenders to be my master’s - there is a knob off one of them, and I have it in my pocket; I am certain of them.

Prisoner’s Defence. On Sunday morning I got up about half-past seven o’clock, and went in a direction for Waterloo-bridge; on my way home I met a person I had seen twelve months ago; he had this property: I walked with him as far as Lincoln’s Inn-fields; in the course of conversation he said he had to call at a place, and asked if I would take the fenders for him, and carry them to the corner of the King’s-road, and he would see me there again - he did not think he should stop above three or four minutes; I took them, and as I was going in the direction he stated I was met by the officers - but as to the robbery I am entirely innocent.

GUILTY. Aged 18. Of stealing, but not in the dwelling-house. Transported for Seven Years (see https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/).

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1828, 19 May: James BARTON, 18, was sent from Middlesex to the prison hulk Justitia at Woolwich. He was sent for transportation on 7 July (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

1828: On arrival in VDL, James BARTON alias Vanderville, was listed as a 21 year old surgeon and dentist from Shoreditch, Middlesex. He was single. He said his mother’s name was Vanderville and she lived at Brighton Terrace, Brixton, “on her means”, and he was living last at Charles Street, Hatton Garden, “carrying on his business”. Note: His occupation is listed above as doctor because the options of surgeon and dentist are not available.

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1829, 13 February: He was assigned to the Colonial Hospital. He was punished with 12 lashes and sent to the treadwheel for 7 days for “unnailing a coffin and cutting off one of the fingers of a Black Native, who was enclosed therein for the purpose of being interred” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-1$init=CON31-1-1p382).

1834, 4 October: Granted a Ticket of Leave.

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1835, 2 April: Granted a Free Certificate (see Hobart Town Courier, Friday 3 Apr 1835, p2).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 19th April, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Vandeville (alias) (prev. Vandeville (Alias)), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 made the following changes:


Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), occupation

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