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Stephen Compton

Stephen Compton, one of 200 convicts transported on the Asia, 29 September 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Compton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 15th January, 1795
Occupation: Plaisterer
Date of Death: 3rd September, 1878
Age: 83 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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Sussex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 29th September, 1831
Arrival date: 13th February, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 177 (91). FindAGrave. NSW State Records, Pardon (Reel No: 785; Roll No: 1250)
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

Melissa Saxton on 11th January, 2019 wrote:

He Stole a Bed

D Wong on 11th January, 2019 wrote:

7/7/1831 Brighton Gazette Sussex, England:
LEWES SESSIONS
Stephen Compton, 34, convicted of stealing at the same place, (Brighton) a bed, bolster, three pillows, one counterpane, and a teakettle, the property of John Philcox.

Stephen Compton was 36 yers old on arrival.
Native Place: Dorsetshire. The son of Robert Compton and Martha Warr, he was born at Tarrant Monkton, Dorset, Eng.

15/1/1822 Married Elizabeth (Betty) Jones in Newport, Isle of Wight, Eng.
Children:
Robert Compton
George Compton
William Compton
Henry Compton - 23/4/1853 Henry committed suicide by cutting his throat at Maitland.

25/3/1853 The Sydney Morning Herald:
SUICIDE FROM INTEMPERANCE -On Wednesday morning, a great sensation was caused in West Maitland by the news that Henry Compton, aged 24 years, the son of Mr. Stephen Compton, plasterer, an old and respected inhabitant of Maitland, had cut his throat while suffering from delirium tremens. An inquest was held on the body the same day, when it appeared that for some days young Compton’s mind had been wandering from continued intemperance, and that his relatives were obliged to keep a watch over him. On Tuesday night he suffered greatly from the horrors, keeping his family up almost all night in dread of his doing something violent. On Wednesday morning he eat a hearty breakfast, but some short time after his father and one brother had left to go to work, he got some hot water, saying he wanted to shave himself, and got a razor by force from his mother ; he refused to shave in her presence, and ran up stairs towards his own room, and although his brother James followed immediately Henry cut his throat on the landing place with the razor, so deeply that he died instantly. The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased killed himself while labouring under temporary insanity from intemperance. The feeling this act treated in Maitland was increased by the statement that one of young Compton’s boon companions was in the same state of mind, having actually been pulled out of the river, after throwing himself in ; and that a third young man was very ill from similar causes.
Maitland Mercury.

John Compton
James Compton
Charles Compton, born 14/2/1849, West Maitland.

Stephen was Protestant, married with 5 children, 5’3½” tall, ruddy complexion, brown to grey hair, blue eyes, deep scar in left jaw.

Assigned to William Dangar, Scone.

1839: Petitioned Governor Gipps for his family to be brought to Australia…They arrived in 1840 and then lived at Maitland, NSW.

1840: TOL: Invermein.
12/5/1841: TOL Passport, by Captain Maclean’s Orders.

1842: TOL, Maitland.
31/12/1847: CP

3/9/1878: Stephen Compton died at West Maitland, NSW, aged 83.

Wife Elizabeth died 14/2/1880 at West Maitland.

Iris Dunne on 12th January, 2019 wrote:

Burial: Campbells Hill Cemetery, Maitland, NSW, Location: Sect B1, plot 43-44
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80640159

Convicted: 30 June 1831

Conditional Pardon No.48/106 dated 31 December 1847, aged 51, Trade: Plasterer, Offence: Stealing a bed

Convict Changes History

Melissa Saxton on 11th January, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 15th January, 1795 (prev. 0000), date of death: 3rd September, 1978 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 11th January, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 3rd September, 1878 (prev. 3rd September, 1978)

Iris Dunne on 12th January, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 177 (91). FindAGrave. NSW State Records, Pardon (Reel No: 785; Roll No: 1250) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Pie

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