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John Beal

John Beal, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Beal
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1850
Age: 64 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 89 (46)
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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Community Contributions

Lee White on 31st May, 2012 wrote:

John Beal[e] married Rosetta[Rose] Johns[t]on in Parramatta 1818.Rose had a daughter Catherine who’d arrived with her,free. John’s wife was emancipated in 1821 so was able to hire him out as a paid worker.By 1824 he worked as an overseer on Robert Craword of Prospect’s farm,clearing. He later worked for Hannibal MacArthur. He was still a convict in 1841. He helped raise Rose’s grandchild Charles, son of Catherine, who named one of his sons after John. He died in 1850

Tony Beale on 15th April, 2020 wrote:

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 for John Beal
England Surrey 1812
John Beale Summer assizes crime - sacreligeously stealing. Sentence - death

Population Muster, 1814
John Beale “2 Fortune” Windsor Stockman on stores

Colonial Secretarys papers 1794 to 1825 special bundles.
Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827
4May1818 Permission to marry application
John Beal Convict of ship Fortune
Rosetta Johnson Convict of ship Northampton

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
30Nov1818 Permission to withdraw step daughter Catherine Johnson from Female orphan school rejected

17April1819 John Beale appointed gaoler of Parramatta

Colonial Secretarys papers 1794 to 1825 special bundles. 18 May 1819
Gaoler John Beales mentioned in a testomoney by Chief Constable of Parramatta Francis Oakes concerning the suicide of Thomas Gorman

Copies of Letters Sent Within The Colony, 1814-1827
17Oct1819. John Beal and Francis Oakes charged with illegal selling of goods at Parramatta

Population Muster, 1819
John Beale Fortune 2 Gaoler Parramatta on stores

John Beal
in the New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
1820 Petition to Govenor Lachlan Macquarie for conditional pardon for John Beale

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
Special Bundles, 1794-1825
27/3/1822 Appointed overseer of a road party to clear land at prospect. Mentioned in a letter to Major Goulburn, Colonial Secretary. Chief Engineers Office

Memorials To The Governor, 1810-1826
On List of convict servants in the employ of Hannibal Macarthur and had been there 2 years

New South Wales General muster A-L 1825
John Beale Fortune 1813 Life Convict 23 in 1819 Employer G S Rosetta Johnson Parramatta. Meaning he was indentured to Rosetta

(NRS 1273) 1828 Census: HouseholdersĀ“ Returns Parramatta
John Beale Had a son under 12 born in Colony and John was on a bond. One female FS Rosetta. All three protestants. He was a householder

New South Wales Pardons 1838-1841
4th February 1840 John Beale Fortune life Conditional Pardon convicted 27 July 1812 Surrey Assizes

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870 for John Beale
Absolute 1840
Granted: Absolute pardon. Was allowed to leave the Colony only with the permission of the Governor.
Description of John Beal
Ship: Fortune 2. Master: Walker. Native Place: Essex. Trade: Merchants Clerk. Trial: Surrey. Date of Trial 27/10/1812. Sentence: Life. D.O.B: 1786. Height 5’11”. Complexion: fair. Hair: Brown. Eyes: Grey.

Copies of Deeds to Land Grants and Leases Town Leases, Parramatta 1823
13June 1823 21 year lease of land granted

1841 New South Wales, Australia, Census for John Beal
Abstracts Parramatta
John Beale Males

Registers of Land Grants and Leases Parramatta Town Grants 1841-1859
Granted town lot in the Field of Mars Parramatta 1842

Convict Changes History

Lee White on 31st May, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Tony Beale on 15th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1786 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1850 (prev. 0000), crime

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