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John Briggs

John Briggs, one of 250 convicts transported on the Prince George, 20 December 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Briggs
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 1873
Age: 57 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Hertford Quarter Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince George
Departure date: 20th December, 1836
Arrival date: 8th May, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 423 (214) Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, Class: HO 27; Piece: 51; Page: 369 NSW Convict Indents, State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X640]; Microfiche: 727 Conditional pardon: State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia; Card Index to Letters Received, Colonial Secretary; Reel Number: 794; Roll Number: 1250 https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/co
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

Ellen Spiro on 21st May, 2021 wrote:

I am not a descendant of John so please feel free to ‘claim’ him from me.  have the surname Briggs registered with The Guild of One-Name Studies https://one-name.org/  hence I collect Briggs information (a never ending task).

John Briggs 20yr and his brother Joseph Briggs 18yrs were caught sheep-stealing.
Born about 1816, aged 20yrs at the time of trial
Religion: Protestant.    Occupation: Labourer.
Description:  Height 5 feet 3 inches;  complexion ruddy & freckled; hair light brown; eyes hazel;  Eyebrows meeting; chin declining; small scar back of right thumb; Brother of no: 37-845.

Crime: sheep stealing.
Trial: Hertford Quarter Session, County Session 27th June 1836.
Sentence: transportation for life.
Ship: Prince George, sailed 20th December 1836 & arrived 8th May 1837, NSW South Wales.

Conditional Pardon granted on 10 July 1850. Pardon no: 50/432.
Application to Marry: 1847 followed by marriage: John Briggs (31yrs bachelor) married Bridget Dowd (spinster aged 20yrs, came free) on 15th September 1847 at St John the Baptist, Mudgee, NSW.  Both signed with an ‘X’.  Witnesses: John Cummings & Honorah Hudson, both of Mudgee. 
Children: Edward Briggs born 1849. NSW Reg No: 258/1849 V1849258 66 & Lydia. A. Briggs born 1852 NSW Reg No: 637/1852 V1852637 144.

John died 20th January 1873, Inverell, NSW
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NOTE: you will find several family tree for John & Bridget Briggs on ancestry.com.

The above information has been added to Claim a Convict website https://www.hawkesbury.net.au/claimaconvict/search.php
 
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Convict Changes History

Ellen Spiro on 21st May, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 423 (214) Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, Class: HO 27; Piece: 51; Page: 369 NSW Convict Indents, State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X640]

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