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James Cotton

James Cotton, one of 310 convicts transported on the Mangles, 18 March 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Cotton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 13th April, 1801
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 18th March, 1837
Arrival date: 10th July, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 21 (12)
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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Bronwyn H on 31st August, 2018 wrote:

I think the crime was recorded as above. James and his brother Ezra were convicted of breaking into a house in Reydon, SFK.
They were convicted at Bury St Edmunds.They were held on hulks from 3 May 1836 to Mar 1837 at Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.
They were held on prison hulk “Leviathan”. Brother Ezra died 24/01/1837 on the “Leviathan”.

D Wong on 31st August, 2018 wrote:

26/3/1836 The Ipswich Journal Suffolk, England:
James Cotton (34), Sarah Cotton (34), Ezraz Cotton (31). The first and third prisoners are brothers, and the second is wife of James Cotton. They were indicted for breaking and entering into the dwelling-house of Mrs. Elizabeth Strickland, of Reydon Hall, in the night time, and with having stolen therefrom a quantity of silver articles, and other property.  The two male prisoners being arraigned pleaded Not Guilty to the charge ; the woman pleaded Guilty, and was advised by his lordship to retract her plea, and to take her chance of her trial.  The prisoner retracted her plea.

Mr. Justice Parke then summed up the evidence, and the Jury returned against James Cotton and Ezra Cotton, Guilty.  Sentence of Death was recorded against both.  Sarah Cotton, the wife, was acquitted being with her husband during the robbery, and supposed by law to be acting under his authority, and not responsible for anything which she did in her husband’s presence, and with his presumed consent.

From the Indent of the Mangles:
James Cotton was 37 years old, illiterate, protestant, married with 1 child, no previous convictions, he was 6’0” tall, dark sallow and a little pockpitted complexion, brown hair, grey and speckled eyes, small raised mole inner corner of right eyebrow, scar back of top of right thumb, scar back of forefinger of left hand.

James Cotton was considered a very bad character and was ordered to be kept at labor on the public works immediately on arrival.

1845: TOL Port Macquarie
20/9/1849: CP

Convict Changes History

Bronwyn H on 31st August, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 13th April, 1801 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 31st August, 2018 made the following changes:


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