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James Cotton, one of 310 convicts transported on the Mangles, 18 March 1837
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
||13th April, 1801
|Date of Death:
life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 21 (12)
||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:
SUFFOLK LENT ASSIZES
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
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: