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John Bush, one of 160 convicts transported on the Surrey, 02 October 1822
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 53 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 223 (112)
||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 4th September, 2019 wrote:
John Bush was tried at the Old Bailey.
JOHN BUSH, Theft - theft from a specified place, 22nd May 1822.
761. JOHN BUSH was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of May, at St. Luke, Chelsea, two yards of muslin, value 5 s.; three dresses. value 6 l.; one yard of lustre, value 3 s.; thirteen yards of stuff. value 19 s.; one frock, value 6 d.; one dress-body, value 3 s.; one dress-skirt, value 5 s.; one spencer, value 18 d.; ten yards of trimming, value 2 s.; one handkerchief, value 6 d., and one yard of cotton, value 6 d., the goods of Mary Sparks , widow , in the dwelling-house of Joseph Clark .
MARY SPARKS . I am a widow, and lodge in Charles-street, Sloane-square, in the parish of St. Luke, Chelsea ; at Joseph Clark ‘s house. I am a dress-maker. On the 3d of May, about ten minutes before eight o’clock, the articles stated in the indictment were on the table in the front parlour - they had been sent to me to make up, and were worth about 8 l. 5 s. I went into the back parlour and returned in about four minutes; (the front door had been accidently left ajar). I found the prisoner coming out of the front parlour into the passage, with all these things in his arms - I collared him and screamed out; he got out of the house after dropping them; I pursued calling Stop thief! and Elkins stopped him about a hundred yards off, without my losing sight of him.
NATHANIEL ELKINS . I am a plumber, and live in Sloane-street. On the 3d of May, about ten minutes before eight o’clock, I was near Mr. Clark’s house, and saw the prisoner come from behind a stable door; Mrs. Sparks said,
“Stop that man,” I collared him - he said he had done nothing, and I let him go; she called out again, and I stopped him - he struck me over the head immediately; a scuffle ensued, and a man came to my assistance - we took him to the watch-house. He was not a hundred yards from the house.
RICHARD MAYBANK . I am a constable. The prisoner was brought to me. I went to the house, and found the property in the passage, all loosely rumpled up.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. I go about buying old umbrellas. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and ran the same as others. The gentleman collared me and I struck him.
GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 25.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow.
Source : Old Bailey online.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 4th September, 2019 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime