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Isaac Crane

Isaac Crane, one of 200 convicts transported on the Surrey, January 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isaac Crane
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1855
Age: 65 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 7 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: January, 1814
Arrival date: 28th July, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 133 (68)
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 6th December, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey:
(This is a shortened version of the trial, the full trial can be read at http://www.oldbaileyonline.org )

ISAAC CRANE, Theft > receiving, 16th September 1812.
Reference Number: t18120916-110
Offence: Theft > receiving
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

ISAAC CRANE was indicted for feloniously receiving, on the 25th of January , sixteen bushels of oats, value 3 l. the property of John Willan ; where of Thomas Dutton has been tried and convicted of feloniously stealing, he knowing them to have been stolen.

Prisoner’s Defence. I know nothing of the transaction.
GUILTY , aged 22.
Transported for Seven Years.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
CRANE, Isaac
1822 May 6,7: Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.250)

CRANE, Isaac. Of Pitt Street
1823 Sep 17: On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.31)

1822: Married Elizabeth Duncan (Morley 1820) – they had at least 2 children, William A born 1825, Ann born 1823.

1839: Elizabeth Crane married Michael Cohen (He was the licensee of the Glasgow Arms Hotel, Pitt St., Sydney and seems to have arrived as a convict per ‘John 1829’).

4/3/1843: Sydney Morning Herald:
(From our various Correspondents.)
BIGAMY. — A case that created considerable excitement here, came before the Bench a few days since, to which I have shortly to advert.  A rumour prevailed for many months in our hitherto peaceful and moral village, that the hostess of the Forbes Hotel and her loving spouse were not joined together in lawful wedlock, or if so, it must be surreptitiously.  This was trumpeted forth in all quarters, and was a gossipping subject on every tongue, until it reached the ears of our worthy pastor of St. Peter’s, who caused an enquiry to beget on foot, which eventually proved to be true.

Matters were not allowed to rest, however, but witnesses were summoned and letters addressed to various parties who were likely to throw a light on the matter, when the subject came before their worships for
hearing. — Elizabeth Crane, alias Cohen, was placed before the Court, charged with bigamy,  in having entered into the holy state of matrimony with one Michael Cohen, her former husband,Isaac Crane, being then alive and present in the Court room.

A certified copy of the original marriage of Elizabeth Duncan with Isaac Crane, was produced in Court from the Registry Office of the Bishop of Australia, that rite having been performed by the late Rev. Richard Hill,  at the church of St. Philip, in 1822. 
A Mr. Mason deposed, that he was well acquainted with Isaac Crane and Elizabeth Duncan, several years before they were married, and intimately so after the marriage took place ;  had always looked upon them as man and wife, and was aware they had several children; they lived in his neighbourhood, and saw them frequently ; did not hear anything of them for several years : supposed Crane to be dead, until about nine or twelve months ago. (Isaac Crane being in the next room, was shown to this witness.) Was positive he (Crane) was the former husband of the woman now before the Court.
George Jilks, formerly chief constable in Sydney, gave nearly similar testimony as to the parties living together as man and wife, being then tenants of his — many years ago.  This was conclusive testimony of the former marriage ; when Mr. Nichols rose and submitted that sufficient evidence was not aduced to warrant the Bench in sending the defendant to a higher tribunal, to which the Bench after a short consultation acquiesced, and dismissed the defendant, to the surprise and indignation of a crowded Court, who witnessed the two acknowledged husbands, one walking the verandah, the other walking the street, and sworn on oath as being the wife of the two men then within view of the Court-room! There lay the certified copy of the first marriage, sworn to by a clergyman then in Court, and the husband therein named, in Court. There also stood the clergyman of St. Luke’s, Liverpool, who performed the second marriage of the woman then before the Court, with Michael Cohen, then in the front of the Court ; and on what ground their Worships dismissed a case, as clear as the noon-day sun, I must confess my inability to report.  There were the husbands however — the former a middle aged man in his every-day habitments; the second, a well-dressed, well-fed, buckram-starched, and bang-up swell.

1/8/1855: Sydney Morning Herald:
INQUESTS.-On Saturday last an inquest was held before the coroner, on the body of an old man, named Isaac Crane, who was found dead the morning previous in the verandah of a house in George-street. It appeared that the deceased must have lain in the verandah all night, and that the cold had taken such an effect upon him, together with his age and infirmity, as to cause death. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased had died from exposure to the cold.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 6th December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1855 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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