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John Brackfield

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Brackfield
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1773
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Death: 13th November, 1824
Age: 51 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 7 years

Crime: Unknown
Convicted at: Maidstone
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hilsborough
Departure date: October, 1798
Arrival date: 26th July, 1799
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849, New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Land Grants and Leases, 1792-1867, New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825, New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834, Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868, New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849, Australia
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Marilyn on 15th January, 2013 wrote:

1773 Born in Canterbury, Kent, England
19 May 1773 Baptised in Canterbury, Kent, England
16 Mar 1796 Convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England and Sentenced to 7 Years and Transportation.
23 Dec 1798 Departure from Gravesend, Kent England Aboard the Hilsborough.
29 Jul 1798 Arrived at Port Jackson, New South Wales.
30 Jul 1811 Request to Receive Lands.
1811 General Convict Muster Record.
1816 Marriage to Ann Parks at Parramatta who arrived in the colony 10 Sep 1810 aboard the Canada and later married Isaac Nelson who had arrived Oct 1791 Aboard the Albermarle in the Third Fleet.
1816 General Convict Muster Record.
1817 General Convict Muster Record.
13 Jan 1818 Granted 50 Acres by L. Macquarie in Cabramatta to take effect 13 Jan 1823 with Conditions.
1818 General Convict Muster Record.
1820 General Convict Muster Record. Now listed as a landholder.
1820 Request to Lachlan Macquarie for a Further Land Grant.
1821 General Convict Muster Record.
22 Aug 1822 Assigned Convict Samuel Waight Who Had Arrived Aboard the Asia.
1822 General Convict Muster Record.
13 Sep 1824 Cabramatta. His Convict Given 12 Lashes for Stealing a Shirt.
5 Oct 1824 Request to Governor Thomas Brisbane for Additional 60 Acres on the Hunter River.
13 Nov 1824 Murdered by a Gang Who Attacked His House at South Creek.
16 Nov 1824 A request by the Magistrate to Colonel Thornton to post a reward for the capture of his murderers and a full pardon be Given to John Brakefield.
19 Nov 1824 Lieutenant Colonel Thornton Grants an Absolute Pardon and Posts a Fifty Pound Reward for the Apprehension of his Murderers.
12 Jan 1824 Martin Benson, J. Cogan, J. Wright, A. Rodney, J. Spaule, N. Kayne, and Eliza Campbell charged with wilfully and ferociously murdering their master, Mr. J. Brackfield. Tried in the Supreme Court, Sydney.
18 Jan 1825 John Brackfield’s Farm, Household Goods and Chattels are Auctioned earning £269 3s 10d after debts are paid.
21 Jan 1825 In the Supreme Court Martin Benson, James Cogan, John Sprole, Anthony Rodney, and Eliza Campbell found Guilty and Sentenced to Death.
24 Jan 1824 Request from William John, Chief Constable of Liverpool, to Thomas Brisbane for Full Pardons for George Greenhill and Richard Hartop, Constables, for the Apprehension of the Murderers.
24 Jan 1825 Martin Benson, James Cogan, John Sprole, Anthony Rodney, and Eliza Campbell are Executed in Sydney.

Convict Changes History

Marilyn on 15th January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1773, date of death 13th November, 1824, gender, occupation, crime

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