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Dorothy Clayton

Dorothy Clayton, one of 89 convicts transported on the Earl of Liverpool, December 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Dorothy Clayton
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: America
Departure date: 30th December, 1830
Arrival date: 9th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 537 (271)
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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Maureen Withey on 19th April, 2020 wrote:

This convict was originally mistakenly ascribed to the Earl of Liverpool ship.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 19 April 2020), October 1830, trial of DOROTHY CLAYTON (t18301028-40).

DOROTHY CLAYTON, Theft > pocketpicking, 28th October 1830.
1880. DOROTHY CLAYTON was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of October , 1 purse, value 6d.; 7 shillings and 4 sixpences, the property of Edward Gordon , from his person .
EDWARD GORDON. I am in no profession. On the 19th of October I met the prisoner, and was foolish enough to go down a dark passage with her - I was a little elevated in liquor; I did not change the state of my dress in any way - I only talked with her - when I put my hand into my pocket to give her a trifle, to get rid of her, I missed my purse; I took her hand, and said I should give her to a Policeman - she threw herself down, but finding I was resolute she gave herself up; the purse was afterwards found on the spot where she had been, and I then recollected I had seen her throw something behind her; this was near two o’clock in the morning - the purse had been in my trousers’ pocket.
JOSEPH WEBSTER JONES . I am a Policeman. The prosecutor applied to me, and I took the prisoner in Knightsbridge, at a quarter-past two o’clock in the morning: I found six shillings and six sixpences in her hand - she said to another woman, “Go and find the purse;” I took the other woman that she should not go - the prisoner did not say any thing to me about the purse; I went and found it in the place the prosecutor had described - he said he had 9s. or 10s.; I had the money then, but did not know what there was of it - this is the purse - the prosecutor might have been drinking, but did not appear any way in liquor.
The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that the prosecutor had given the contents of his purse to her, saying that it was not much, and afterwards wanted it back, as she would not allow him to take indecent liberties with her.
EDWARD GORDON. I am quite sure I did not give her the money; I did put my hand to my pocket to give her a trifle, as I had been foolish enough to talk to her.
GUILTY . Aged 26. - Transported for Fourteen Years .
Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON40-1-1$init=CON40-1-1p316
133. Dorothy Clayton, America, Tried at Middlesex 28 Oct 1830, 14 years. Transported for stealing from the person. Gaol Report. At Newgate before. A prostitute. Single.  Stated this offence, For stealing 10/- from the person, tried & acquitted. Single 10 years on the Town.
Feb 10 1834. Ux Foster/ Improper conduct, to be returned to the factory one month and to be assigned in Buckinghamshire. Recommended to be pardoned at the intercession of her husband.
June 16 1834. Ux Foster/ Disorderly conduct and threatening to be revenged upon her husband who cannot attend to his business while she is in the house, Gaol waiting to be Assigned.
T.L. 9/10/37.

Appropriation Record. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON27-1-1$init=CON27-1-1p4
163. Dorothy Clayton, 26, Servt. Of all work, assigned to J. G. Sampson, Campbell Town.

Marriage Permissions. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON45-1-1 pages 55, 56.
Robert Foster, free, and 163. Dorothy Clayton, America, Sent to Secretary, 16 Jan 1832.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 17th April, 2020 made the following changes:

voyage, gender: f

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