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John Barton

John Barton, one of 171 convicts transported on the Ocean, 22 April 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Barton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1826
Age: 21 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: 22nd April, 1823
Arrival date: 27th August, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 174 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 40
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th September, 2020 wrote:

Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011
Liverpool St Luke. 

Name; John Barton
Abode; Liverpool Hospital
When Buried; 1826, Nov 17
Age;  21   Est date of birth 1805
Ships Name; Ocean 3
Quality or Profession; Government Employee
By whom the Ceremony was preformed; Robert Cartwright
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Name: John Barton
Age: 20. Estimated Birth Year: abt 1802
Date of conviction: 4 Dec 1822 - London
Vessel: Ocean (3) Sydney 27 Aug 1823
1825 - Muster. Govt. Employee. Port Macquarie
Old Bailey Proceedings Online December 1822, trial of JOHN BARTON (t18221204-64).
JOHN BARTON, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th December 1822.
64. JOHN BARTON was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of November , a handkerchief, value 18 d., the goods of Robert Gelder , from his person .

ROBERT GELDER . I live in Northampton-place, Kent-road. On the 22d of November, about half-past four o’clock in the afternoon, I was on the South side of London Bridge, going home - my handkerchief was safe in my outside pocket on Fish-street-hill. I did not miss it till I saw it in the possession of Forrester, who held the prisoner by the collar. He said he did not take it.

DANIEL FORRESTER . I am a constable. I saw Mr. Gelder on London Bridge . The prisoner and another person were following him - I watched them for five or ten minutes. Mr. Gelder stopped once or twice on the bridge, and they stopped also at a little distance from him, and when he came near the Surry side, where it was being repaired - there was a railing up and the passage is narrow. I was on the opposite side, and saw the flap of Mr. Gelder’s coat drop - I could not observe whether it was the prisoner or the other who took the handkerchief, as a carriage passed. A small piece of the handkerchief was out before - seeing it was gone, I crossed and saw the prisoner tucking something into his trousers, (I have seen him about before) - I took hold of him; he was attempting to get it out of his trousers, but I seized him, and took him to Mr. Gelder, and took the handkerchief out of his trousers.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defense. I was going over the the bridge after a situation, and just where it is being repaired, I saw the handkerchief on the bridge, picked it up, and put it in my pocket. Two or three men were walking on before me.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Transported for Life .

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1826 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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