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David Beck

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Beck
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing linen
Convicted at: Ireland, Antrim
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 22nd December, 1817
Arrival date: 6th July, 1818
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 52 other convicts


Primary source: Belfast Newsletter 1738-1938, Tuesday, August 05, 1817, p.1
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Robin Sharkey on 4th April, 2019 wrote:

David Beck was tried in August 1817 at the summer Assizes for the county of Antrim held in Carickfergus, and sentenced to transportation for Life. he arrived on “Minerva"that sailed in December 1817 and arrived in Sydney on 17 April 1818. Then went to Hobart, arriving 7 June 1818.

David Beck had stolen linen from a bleach green in Carrickfergus.

Report of Belfast Newsletter 1738-1938, Tuesday, August 05, 1817, p.1:
“County of Antrim Assizes
“Friday [i.e. 1st August] the Assizes for the county of Antrim commenced at Carrickfergus, the Hon. Justice Osborne in the Crown Court …”
” DAVID BECK, for stealing on the 9th May last, from the bleach-green of Sinclaire and Orr, 20 yards of linen cloth.
“[Evidence of] JAMES GRAHAM, foreman bleacher; missed linen and went in search of it, it was a wet dark night; heard a noise on the road, when two persons came forward, one made his escape and witness apprehended and searched the other; found two webs of linen wrapped round his body; one was marked with “C” and the other with “J.S and W.O.”; took him to witness’s [i.e. Graham’s] lodgings; prisoner said “Thank God it is not a hanging matter”.
“[Evidence of] THOMAS AGNEW, Watchman in the green; marked the position of the linen, missed three or four webs, and heard a noise at part of the green about 11; went to mr Graham’s and told him the green was broke; followed in a few minutes; the place the man was taken was not a quarter of a mile from the place the webs were stolen; they wer about half bleached.
“[Evidence of] THOMAS SINCLAIR – Marked the linens when brown before going to the bleach; saw the prisoner in custody; no threats or promises were held out; prisoner would not say anything for some time, but afterwards mentioned the part of the green by which he had entered, Guilty – to be transported for life. “

He was born about 1793 since he was aged 25 on arrival.
From the ship’s indent:
Born: Donegore, Antrim. Labourer.
5ft 10 inches tall, Complexion: fair ruddy
Eyes: blue; hair: brown.
Tried at Antrim and sentenced for Life.

In 1819 Tasmanian convict muster, was a convict residentin Hobart.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 4th April, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Belfast Newsletter 1738-1938, Tuesday, August 05, 1817, p.1 (prev. ), firstname: David, surname: Beck, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, c

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