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Joseph Butler

Joseph Butler, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Butler
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1767
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 25th January, 1836
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 44
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 25th March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online:(http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
February 1786, Trial of JOSEPH BUTLER (t17860222-4). {#Note part of record only}
JOSEPH BUTLER, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 22nd February 1786.
195. JOSEPH BUTLER was indicted for feloniously assaulting Edward Poulton , on the King’s highway, on the 16th day of February , and putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, one linen handkerchief, value 6 d. sixteen yards of black bombazeen, value 40 s. a black silk gown, value 40 s. a black silk petticoat, value 20 s. the property of Martha Robinson , spinster.

Joseph was accused of robbing one Edward Poulton aged only 13. The transcript gives details of the crime and witnesses thereto.
Joseph was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was aged about 21 at the time and the sentence was reprieved to transportation for a period of 7 years.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Joseph commenced living with Mary Manderville (Convict, Queen, 1791), sometime around 1793. However, Mary died late in 1795.
In the 1814 Muster, Joseph is listed: [0550] Joseph Butler, Neptune, Off Stores 2 children Off Stores - No mention of a partner.
He was then in a relationship with Mary Holland (Convict, Indispensible, 1795).

Mary already had children from a previous relationship with Thomas Cooper (Convict, Barwell, 1798) and was listed with them in 1814. 2 of these children could have been fathered by Joseph. James 1802 and Sylvester 1804.
Joseph and Mary did marry in 1828, after the Census so are not recorded together.
Joseph appears by himself:
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[Ref B3521] Butler, Joseph, 66, FS, Neptune, 1790. Farmer at Lower Portland Head. 30 acres 15 cleared, 14 cultivated. (no stock listed, no family listed)

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1767 (prev. 0000), date of death: 25th January, 1836 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2016 made the following changes:


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