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John Chapman

John Chapman, one of 270 convicts transported on the James Pattison, 10 July 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: 1st November, 1897
Age: 78 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: Stealing lead
Convicted at: Hertford. St Alban Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: James Pattison
Departure date: 10th July, 1837
Arrival date: 25th October, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts

References

Primary source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' Ken Griffin 'Transported Beyond the Seas-Hertfordshire to Australia 'Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Ken Griffin 'Transported Beyond the Seas-Hertfordshire to Australia' author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories'
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 2nd March, 2019 wrote:

John Chapman was 19 years old on arrival’
Native Place: Middlesex.

John was illiterate, protestant, single, 5’3¾” tall, dark ruddy complexion, light brown hair, dark grey eyes, eyebrows meeting, mark of a burn below left side of mouth, similar mark inside right elbow, seven stars, half-moon, 1837, man, FJH, woman, P, and girl lower right arm, scar back of right hand, near knuckle of third finger, scar forefinger of same, M.I.J.H.M. H-A H F.H and heart inside lower left arm, scar knuckle of forefinger of left hand.

Assigned to Miss Kelly at the Manning River.

Then worked at ‘Ravenswood’ for William Chapman, later became a stockman and groom at ‘Yanabandinni’.  John and Sarah then bought their own small farm at Euroka, NSW.

15/11/1843: COF

1847: Married Sarah Emma Gallagher, 1821-26/10/1894.
Children:
Frances 4/11/1848
John 17/12/1851
Frederick 1852
George 1857
James 29/6/1860
Mary Jane 19/7/1862
And 1 boy deceased.

1/11/1897: John died at Euroka N.S.W. and was buried on their property at Euroka beside Sarah.

6/11/1897 Macleay Argus, NSW:
One of the oldest settlers in this district in the person of Mr. John Chapman, of Euroka, died on Monday last. It is said the deceased came to the Macleay about the year 1836 or 1837, and was, perhaps one of the first white men who settled in these parts. Mr Chapman was 78 years of age and died of senile decay. Little is known except rumor of his early history, and his own children do not know where he was born. He leaves a family of two daughters and four sons. The funeral took place on Wednesday last.

iain Frazier on 27th August, 2019 wrote:

John was born at Elstree Hertfordshire about 1819.  He was the son of John a marine of Middlesex.
In 1837 he was recorded as employed by J M (Kelly) at Sydney.
The William (Chapman) mentioned above was a convict from PITT & is described on this website.

iain Frazier on 15th December, 2019 wrote:

John & Sarah’s children are also listed as:
Frances Ann born in 1848 Macleay area.  She married Phillip (Borger) in 1866.  She died in 1919 age71.
John William born in 1851 Macleay area.  He married Mary Ann (Durrington) in 1871.  he died in 1930 age79.
Frederick Patrick born in 1854 Macleay area.  He married firstly Elizabeth Ann (Woods) about 1874 & secondly Beatrice (Story) about 1884.  he died in 1934 age80.
George born in 1859 Macleay area.  He married Ella Fredreka (Griffiths) about 1879.
James born in 1860 Macleay area.  He married Linda (???) about 1880.
Mary Jane born in 1862 Macleay area.  She married John (Turnbull) about 1882.

Convict Changes History

Leanne Tanner on 28th February, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 82 Certificate of Freedom Prisoner's No. 37/2414 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Numb

D Wong on 2nd March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st November, 1897 (prev. 0000), occupation

iain Frazier on 27th August, 2019 made the following changes:

source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' Ken Griffin 'Transported Beyond the Seas-Hertfordshire to Australia' author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece

iain Frazier on 22nd November, 2019 made the following changes:

source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Ken Griffin 'Transported Beyond the Seas-Hertfordshire to Australia' author? 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' (prev. 'General ret

iain Frazier on 15th December, 2019 made the following changes:

source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' Ken Griffin 'Transported Beyond the Seas-Hertfordshire to Australia 'Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories' Ken Griffin

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