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Jane Camm

Jane Camm, one of 297 convicts transported on the Nile, Canada and Minorca, June 1801

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jane Camm
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1845
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Nile, Canada and Minorca
Departure date: June, 1801
Arrival date: 14th December, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 296 James Smee 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830'
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 February, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Transcript Online: t18001203-80
JANE CAMM was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of December, a five-guinea piece, a two-guinea piece, two five-and-threepenny pieces, and ten guineas, the monies of Thomas Greenwood, in his dwelling-house .
Mrs. GREENWOOD sworn. - My husband and I live at Kentish Town, the prisoner was our servant of all work; I missed the property on Tuesday, the 2d of December, I saw the guineas on the Saturday before; the prisoner wished to be discharged from my service abruptly, on Tuesday, the 2d; I paid her, and she took an old leather purse from her pocket, and dropped half-a-guinea into it, and by dropping it, it seemed to drop among other gold; I had no reason to suppose that she was possessed of a great deal, and as she seemed to be in a very great hurry to get out of the house, I went up stairs into my bed-room, and opened a drawer, to see whether my money was safe; I found a number of guineas gone from the bag; the drawer was always kept locked, and I had the key in my pocket, with which I opened the drawer, and which opened as easy as ever; on taking the drawer down, I missed a number of guineas and the five-guinea-piece; I did not wait to examine any other property, but immediately set off to town after the prisoner; in James-street2, Covent-garden, I found the coachman who drove her, and he told me she took a coach and went to the Golden-cross; I went there and heard of her, that she had taken a place to go off by the Birmingham coach at seven o’clock the next morning; I went the next morning, and was sitting in a coach in the street, when she was taken up at the Golden-cross, Charing-cross; she was taken to a public-house and searched; I saw her trunk and her person searched the same day, there was nothing in the trunk belonging to me; I was desired by the officer to take her into a back room, to search her myself; I caused her to take her clothes off, and I found a bag, containing the five-guinea piece, two-guinea piece, the two five-and-threepences, two guineas and a half in gold, a half-crown piece, and a silver threepence; I cannot swear to the guineas, the five-guinea piece I can, and I think I can to the two-guinea piece and the five-and-threepences; I cannot swear to the guineas or silver.
HENRY CROCKER sworn. - I am an officer, and took the prisoner into custody.
Court. (To Mrs. Greenwood.) Q.How did she carry this bag; was it sewn to her stays, or how? - A. It was not sewed at all; it dropped from her person or clothes. (The money produced).
Prisoner’s defence. I know nothing at all about it.
GUILTY Death . aged 21.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2016 wrote:

Jane was transported for life, on The ship ‘Nile’ which arrived in the colony 14 Dec 1801.

On March 7th 1805 she married John Alford (Convict, Royal Admiral, 1800) at St Philips, Sydney.
She and John had 6 or 7 children between 1802 and 1819.

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 31…
## [Ref A0204] Alford, Jane, 45, conditional pardon, Nile, 1802, life, farmer, Holdsworthy, 50 acres, 8 acres cleared, 6 acres cultivated, no livestock.
[Ref A0205] Alford, Ellen, 16, born in the colony.
[Ref A0206] Alford, John, 14, born in the colony.
[Ref A0207] Alford, Jane, 10, born in the colony.
#### No mention located regarding whereabouts of John!

iain Frazier on 16th February, 2021 wrote:

Jane was born about 1783 in United Kingdom.  She arrived in NSW as a convict on NILE in 1801.  On 7 3 1805 she married John (Alford her partner) a convict from REAR ADMIRAL in 1800 at St Philips Sydney They produced 7children.

John (Elford) has an entry on this Website.

Cathie Doyle on 19th April, 2021 wrote:

Jane Camm was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 2nd December,a five-guinea piece, a two-guinea piece, two fiveand threepenny piexes and ten guineas being the monies of Thomas Greenwood, in his dwelling-house.
Mrs Greenwood sworn,- My husband and I live at Kentish Town, the prisoner was our servant of all work; I missed the property on Tuesday 2nd December, I saw the guineas on the Saturday before;the prisoner wished to be discharged from my service abruptly, on Tuesday, the 2d; I paid her, and she took an old leather purse from her pocket, and dropped half a guinea into it, and by dropping it, it seemed to drop among other gold;I had no reasib to suppose that she was posessed of a great deal, and as she seemed to be in a very great hurry to get out of the house , I went upstairs into my bed-room and opened a drawer, to see whether my money was safe;I found a number of guineas gone from the bag; the drawer was always kept locked, and which opened as easy as ever;on taking the drawer down, I missed a number of guineas and the five guinea-piece; I did not wait to examine any other property, but immediately set off to town after the prisioner;in James-Street, Covent -garden, I found the coachman who drove her and he told me she took a coach and went to the Golden-cross;I went there and heard of her, that she had taken a place to go off by the Birmingham coach at seven o’clock the next morning; I went the next morning, and was sitting in a coach in the street, when she was she was taken up at the Golden-cross ;she was taken to a public-house and searched; I saw her trunk and her person searched the same da, there was nothing in the trunk belonging to me;I was desired by the officer to take her into a back room,to search her myself;I asked her to take her clothes off, and I found a bag, containing the five guinea piece, two-guinea piece, the two five-and threepences, two guineas and a half in gold,a half crown piece and a silver threepence;I cannot swear to the guineas, the five guinea piece I can,and I think I can to the two-guinea piece and the five-and threepences;I cannot swear to the guineas or silver.Jane was sentenced to transportation and during the trip formed a relationship with Captain Scott who she had at least one child to.Jane was sent to Seven Hills somehow ended up with a baby boy called William, father unknown nor was it confirmed it was her child.Captain Scott on arrival had her reassigned to Garden Island where he could look after her Having more than one child without a husband could me both her and the children would end up in the female factory. Scott and Blacland (the brother of the explorer) searched for a husband to marry Jane to save her from this fate.This is where John Alford came into her life as her husband. Her children were Harriette Scott, Mary, Sarah, Eleanor, John, Anne and Jane Alford.

Convict Changes History

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

date of birth: 1783 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1845 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

iain Frazier on 16th February, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 296 James Smee 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project

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