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John Burgess

John Burgess, one of 152 convicts transported on the Grenada, May 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Burgess
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Coachman
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: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Grenada
Departure date: May, 1819
Arrival date: 21st October, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 151 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 156
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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Denis Pember on 16th January, 2016 wrote:

JAMES LAWRENCE, JOHN BURGESS, Theft > animal theft, 9th September 1818.
1148. JAMES LAWRENCE and JOHN BURGESS were indicted for stealing, on the 2d of August, at Enfield, one mare, price 10l. the property or William Field.
WILLIAM FIELD. I am a farmer, and live at Ponders End, in the parish of Enfield. I had had my mare seven or eight years. On Saturday the 1st of August I saw her in the field, between two and three o’clock in the afternoon. She could not get out of the field, it is not likely, the gate was fast. Next morning, between six and seven o’clock, I missed her. I saw her again on the Tuesday following, the 4th of August, at Hackeny, in the custody of Garva, and am certain she is mine. She is worth 10l. I know the prisoner Lawrence, he lived about a mile from me. Burgess lived about the same distance. I never saw them in company together.
JURY. Q. Are not these marshes common - A. No; they are inclosed.
THOMAS BOWLES. I am a patrol. On Sunday the 2d of August, about four o’clock in the morning, I took the prisoners into custody. I saw them come over Lcc Bridge, they took the towing-path; they were both riging on one mare, with a sack on its back. I asked where they were going, they said they were going home to Shadwell. I asked what was in the sack, they said it was corn for the horse; I found it was poultry. I took them immediately to the watch-house.Q. Did not they say anything about the horse - A.Lawrence said they found the horse grazing as they came along, and took it to carry the fowls on-both agreed in this story; at the watch-house they said they took the fowls from Mr. Walker’s.
JOHN SWANSBORNE. I was in company with Bowles; he has spoken correctly.
JOHN GARVA. I am constable of Hackney. The prisoners were brought to me at the watch-house, with the mare and the sack, which contained the poultry. I asked where they got the mare? they said they saw two bargemen riding her; that they drove her away, and then they took her to ride. I shewed the mare to Mr. Field, he recognized her immediately.
WILLIAM FIELD. Garva showed me the mare, it was the one I had lost. The field is three-quarters of a mile from the road-the gate was chained. Lee-bridge is seven miles from where the mare was taken from.
LAWRENCE’S Defence. I saw the bargemen hunting the mare, when we came to it by the side of the barge-river, we got on it, and rode a little way; we did not intend to steal it.
BURGESS’S Defence. Lawrence has spoken the truth.
Recommended to Mercy.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Denis Pember on 16th January, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, John had a de facto relationship with Ann McPeake, the daughter of the Irish Rebel John McPeake (Convict, Anne, 1801) and Margaret Murphy (Convict, Minstrel, 1812).

He then Married Elizabeth Long, the daughter of Sergeant Joshua Allott and Ann Long (Convict, Glatton, 1803). They married 6th May 1833.
They had three children: Colina 1830, William Henry 1832 and Joshua Allott 1837.

sue maxwell on 16th June, 2017 wrote:

John Burgess stole clothing at the awhite Swan Inn. Sentenced to death Old Bailley 1818. Communted to life transportation per Granada arrived in colony 1819. Various employers including Sir John Jamison. Married Elizabeth Ower (Allott / Long) in 1833. He was aged 40 at time of marriage so he is the older of the two John Burgess on board the Grenada. Had 3 children with Elizabeth. Separated some time thereafter. Died destitue in Sydney Benevoleny Asylum Aug 1857. Buried in Camperdown Cemetery pauper unmarked grave.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 16th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th December, 1855 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

sue maxwell on 16th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 1801), date of death: 0000 (prev. 30th December, 1855), occupation, crime

sue maxwell on 16th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 1801), date of death: 0000 (prev. 30th December, 1855), occupation, crime

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