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John Cope

John Cope, one of 190 convicts transported on the Phoenix, 04 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Cope
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Mason's labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: 4th March, 1828
Arrival date: 14th July, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 324
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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D Wong on 18th January, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
HENRY DIGNUM, GEORGE COLLEAPY, JOHN COPE.
Theft: pocketpicking.
6th December 1827
Verdict Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation

HENRY DIGNUM, GEORGE COLLEAPY, and JOHN COPE were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of November, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Henry Philby , from his person.

HENRY PHILBY. I am an attorney On the 19th of November, between nine and ten o’clock in the evening, I was in Coventry-street, alone, by Great Windmill-street, and felt two or three tugs at my pocket - I thought it might happen from the people passing, and when I came to the end of Windmill-street, Whittingham and another person came and asked if I had lost anything - I said, “Yes, my handkerchief;” Whittingham took me down the Hay-market, and pointed out the three prisoners; we followed and took them at the end of the Haymarket, in the act of picking another gentleman’s pocket; my handkerchief was found in Dignum’s hat; this it it.

Prisoner DIGNUM. Q. Can you swear you did not drop it? A. That I cannot tell.

WILLIAM WHITTINGHAM. I am an officer. I saw the three prisoners following Mr. Philby - I followed and saw them several times try his pocket - I had followed them through Leicester-square, and when we got through the alley, I crossed rather to the left; they went to the right, and near the end of Coventry-street, I saw them close on the prosecutor, but could not perceive which of them took any thing; directly afterwards I saw Colleapy and Dignum hold a handkerchief up to the gas-light - I immediately crossed, and asked Mr. Philby if he had lost any thing; he said Yes; we went down the Haymarket, following the prisoners, who were dancing down the street; a gentleman and lady were going down; they went and attempted the gentleman’s pocket; I said “This is the time”- I drew my staff; we ran over and took them into a coffee-house. I found Mr. Philby’s handkerchief in Dignum’s hat.

COLLEAPY’s Defence. I was three streets behind the others.

DIGNUM’s Defence. If he saw me hold the handkerchief up, why not take me then?

DIGNUM - GUILTY. Aged 20.
COLLEAPY - GUILTY. Aged 20.
COPE - GUILTY. Aged 21.
Transported 14 years.

John Cope was 21 years old on arrival.
Native Place: London.

Occupation: Mason’s labourer.

John was literate, single, 5’2½” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair and eyes, small scars on left side of upper lip.

Assigned to ?? Lethbridge, Parramatta.

1844: TOL, Queanbeyan.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 18th January, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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