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James Barton, one of 170 convicts transported on the Neptune, December 1817
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life span was 58 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 415 (209)
||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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Maureen Withey on 21st December, 2019 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 December 2019), October 1817, trial of JAMES BARTON WILLIAM CHAPMAN JOHN SMITH (t18171029-46).
JAMES BARTON, WILLIAM CHAPMAN, JOHN SMITH, Theft > pocketpicking, 29th October 1817.
1478. JAMES BARTON , WILLIAM CHAPMAN and JOHN SMITH were indicted for stealing, on the 11th of October , one handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of a certain person unknown, from his person .
WILLIAM MARCHANT. I am an officer. On the 11th of October, between one and two o’clock in the afternoon, I saw the three prisoners coming down Newgate-street ; they noticed several gentlemens’ pockets as they passed; I followed them into Cheapside, they crossed and went down the right hand of St. Paul’s Church-yard; they came back again and crossed to the same spot where I first saw them in Cheapside; they followed very close after a gentleman - I saw Chapman take the handkerchief out of the gentleman’s pocket - I laid hold of him and Barton, I pushed them down an entry and fell on them; I took them to a house, searched them, and found the handkerchief upon Chapman; I handcuffed them and brought them out. I had not got many yards before I heard a voice say, “who are you looking at? have you never seen two men before;” I turned round and saw Smith, and took him. I could not find the gentleman-the handkerchief was marked, C.P.
CHAPMAN’S Defence. It is my handkerchief.
WILLIAM MARCHANT, re-examined. The magistrate asked him if there was any mark on it-he said none.
BARTON - GUILTY . Aged 21.
CHAPMAN - GUILTY . Aged 21.
SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 21.
London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
The original document shows all three were transported for life.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 21st December, 2019 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime