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John Capewell, one of 280 convicts transported on the Edwin Fox, 24 August 1858
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||19th May, 1890
life span was 59 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 8 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 285 (144)
||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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Tanya Marie Metcalf on 17th June, 2019 wrote:
He was baptised in Milwich, Staffordshire on the 28th of December 1823, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Capewell nee Merryjohn. After marrying Lydia Massey in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire on the 11th of July 1842 the couple had six children between 1842 and 1855, 4 appear in the 1851 Census. At the time of conviction, he is recognised as a widow. It is believed his wife passed in 1856 along with his infant daughter. This is quite possibly the cause of his behaviour. He started drinking heavily and found himself with unsavoury characters. On 1st June 1864, John Capewell marries Lydia Jones nee Pritchard, together the couple have 6 children. Capewell after receiving his conditional pardon, continues his trade as a shoemaker and appears in the WA Almanack from 1863 to 1875. He is known to have employed up as many as 45 Ticket of Leave Men during this period. John never again finds himself in trouble with the law. He takes on the role of a bailiff in his later years. A position that sees him beaten for doing his job. He received his Certificate of Freedom on 12th December 1864.
John Capewell died at the Colonial Hospital on the 19th May 1890 at the age of 65 years from jaundice. He is buried in the historic East Perth Cemetery in an unmarked grave.
Convict Changes History
Tanya Marie Metcalf on 4th March, 2019 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1823 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th May, 1890 (prev. 0000), gender: f
D Wong on 4th March, 2019 made the following changes:
gender: m (prev. f)
Tanya Marie Metcalf on 17th June, 2019 made the following changes: