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John Buffington

John Buffington, one of 156 convicts transported on the Arab, 03 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Buffington
Aliases: Babington, John (alias), Ramsey, John (alias), Baffington
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 1837
Age: 43 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Smuggling
Convicted at: Kent Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Arab
Departure date: 3rd July, 1822
Arrival date: 6th November, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 179 (90)
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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Maureen Withey on 26th April, 2021 wrote:

Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/25/991823
Prisoner name(s): James Taylor, James Ramsay (alias James Baffington or James Babington), Thomas Woollett, Thomas Mount, Charles White, Joseph Gilbert, Henry Smith, Thomas Stokes, James Rolfe, Stephen Gumer, John Gill, Francis Carden, John Hagell (alias John Fagg), Joseph Clements and Daniel Baker.
Court and date of trial: Kent Assizes, Maidstone, March 1822.
Crime: Smuggling in Marsh Bay.
Initial sentence: Transportation.
Annotated: Taylor, Ramsay (alias Baffington or Babington), Woollet and Mount in New South Wales.
Petitioner(s): The prisoners.
Grounds for clemency: [None stated].
Other papers: Note referring to papers numbered AK37.
Additional Information: Prisoners from Canterbury and neighbourhood. Held on board hulks at Gosport, Portsmouth, or Plymouth.

Maureen Withey on 26th April, 2021 wrote:

Daniel Baker, John Buffington, Francis Carden, Joseph Clements, Daniel Fagg, Joseph Gilbert, John Gill, Stephen Gummer, John John Meredith, Thomas Mount, Edward Holfe, James Rolfe, Henry Smith, Thomas Stokes, James Taylor, Charles White, John Wilsden, and Thomas Woollett, in custody, were indicted, together with Stephen Lawrence, Henry Lemar, John Mills, and John Pollard, not in custody under the statute 52d Geo. 111. for having on the of September last, with other persons unknown, feloniously assembled together, armed with fire arms and other offensive weapons, in the parish of St John the Baptist,  Isle of Thanet, in order to be aiding and assisting in the illegal landing and carrying away uncustomed goods, and also for having maliciously shot at, and dangerously wounded Washington Carr, and one Thomas Cook, in the execution of their duty the coast blockade service.
Kentish Weekly Post, 26 Mar 1822.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th July, 2021 wrote:

Alphabetical Registers of Male Convicts. (CON23)
No; 569
Name; John Buffington
Height; 5 Ft 6 in
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Hazel
Age; 28 [1794]
Trade; Bricklayers Lab
Trial; Kent - 18 March 1822 - Life
Native Place; Ipswich
C. P. 820. 29 Feb 1835.
DIED; at Port Phillips - 3 Feb 1837

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 26th April, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Babington, John (alias) (prev. Babington, John (Alias)), alias2: Ramsey, John (alias) (prev. Ramsey, John (Alias)), alias3: Baffington, gender: m, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th July, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1837 (prev. 0000), occupation

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