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Jeremiah Crane, one of 176 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 29 May 1830
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life span was 61 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 376
||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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Beth Kebblewhite on 29th August, 2019 wrote:
Jeremiah Crane (widower), wed Jane Scadding nee Beach (widow) on 27/05/1817 at St Margaret Westminster, London. The couple had 2 children born in London, Sarah (1817) & Mary Hannah (1820).
(Source: Ancestry, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, Bishops Transcripts, London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DL/T/092/014 ;
London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DL/T/036/030 & London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: p76/js1/024)
1830, 18 Feb -
THOMAS SAGGERS, JEREMIAH CRANE.
Theft: theft from a specified place.
18th February 1830
First London Jury. - Before Mr. Recorder.
498. THOMAS SAGGERS and JEREMIAH CRANE were indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of January , at St. Alban, Wood-street , 7 pieces of flannel, value 23l., the goods of John Leach and others, the masters and employers of the said Thomas Saggers , in their dwelling-house .
SECOND COUNT, like the first, only stating it to be the dwelling-house of Jacob Tweedale .
JACOB TWEEDALE . I live at No. 3, Love-lane, Aldermanbury , in the parish of St. Alban, Wood-street - I rent the house, and live there; I am a manufacturer of flannels and baizes , in partnership with John Leach and another. Saggers was in our service - Crane was a stranger to us, but I believe Saggers has employed him as an occasional porter ; I have seen him in our house, employed as an occasional porter. On the 22nd of January, a little after nine o’clock in the morning, I received information from an officer, and missed this flannel; I went to Guildhall directly, and saw the two prisoners in custody - I saw seven pieces of flannel there, which I am certain are ours; they are worth about 23l. - they were kept in different parts of the warehouse - I had put part of them by myself the night before.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do not you know that at the time Crane was in your warehouse, that Saggers was not there, being ill? A. I do not know that; Saggers has been occasionally ill - I will not swear Crane was not employed part of the time of his being ill; I did not employ him - I believe Saggers has been ill for a fortnight or three weeks at a time. Crane could not be in our employ as extra porter while Saggers was ill, because he could not be there without Saggers employing him - our warehouseman is here; we have a clerk, who is not here.
Q. Might he not be employed part of the time that Saggers was ill? A. He might, but it would be extraordinary - I should think it impossible; I will not swear it- he could not be in our employ unless Saggers employed him, because he always employed the extra porters; he generally does - if he is on the premises he does it: Crane never was employed by any body else, I am certain - I will swear that; nobody but myself, Saggers, and the warehouseman employ extra porters, as far as regards Crane I think I am right - Crane was never employed by any body except by Saggers; if Saggers was away we must, of course, employ an extra porter - nobody but myself and the warehouseman employed them; I will not swear Crane was never employed there when Saggers was ill, I do not think he was - the warehouseman is here to tell you; we have not two warehouses in London - we have an upper and lower room in the same house, but not two establishments; we serve customers in Cheapside, both wholesale and retail, but never send goods there to be sold retail on our account, I swear that - they could not be sent without my knowledge, unless they went the same way as these.
Q. Did you not ask Saggers to go to Guildhall, without taking him into custody? A. I did, and he went - I do not know whether it was willingly; he did not manifest any unwillingness, but I cannot tell what passes in a man’s mind - I told him to go for the purpose of identifying Crane, who was in custody; he went without making any objection - the Magistrate was not sitting, and he was at liberty; he had not been taken into custody: he went again willingly, at my request, in about half an hour - he knew I had charged somebody with stealing the goods; he was examined and detained - he denied all knowledge of Crane: he has been in our employ three years - he lived in Philip-lane; I went to his lodgings, but found nothing there of ours.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Do you or the warehouseman attend to the business? A. We both attend; I do not know which of us is most employed - I cannot state any time at which Crane was employed; it must be within two years or two years and a half - I will not be confined to two years and a half; I have seen him on the premises, but cannot say when; I will swear I have seen him on the premises, my present warehouseman was then in my employ - we have been in business in London nearly three years; I will not swear to any time; I will swear it is within the last three years, but I recollect seeing Crane there, coming with a knot, and putting it aside - I know him well, and Saggers must have paid him - he always paid the extra porters; if he was ill we must have paid them; I never paid Crane.
COURT. Q. Can you say about how long it is since you employed him? A. I cannot tell - I have seen him on the premises.
JOHN SALTER . I am a constable. On Friday, the 22nd of January, about half-past eight o’clock in the morning, I met Crane in Whitecross-street, nearly opposite the prison wall - he had a load on his back, tied up in a sheet; I asked him where he was going with that load - he had it very loose on his head; he said he was going to Islington with it - I asked if he had got an invoice of the goods; he said No: I told him to bring them over the way to Harris’ public-house, where I deposited the goods, and took him to the Compter; he did not say how he came by them, or whose they were, nor ask why I took him, but went with me directly - the sheet contained seven pieces of flannel; I inquired at different houses - I saw the prosecutors the same morning, about half-past ten o’clock; they saw the goods at Guildhall, and claimed them - I saw nothing of Saggers till I went to the warehouse.
HENRY WESTON. I am warehouseman to the prosecutors. About half-past nine o’clock on Friday morning, the 22nd of January, Salter came to the door, and produced a wrapper, which I could not swear to; I afterwards saw the goods at Guildhall, and can swear to their being the prosecutors’ property - I cannot say when I had seen them last.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Can you swear these goods have not been sold? A. I can swear I never sold them; Mr. Tweedale sells goods, and occasionally Saggers and the clerk; the clerk is not here - I cannot swear he had not sold them; he is in our service now - his name is John Brenan; we have had another clerk within the last three years - our manufactured goods are never sold with a private-mark on them; other goods have been sold with the private-marks - I know of no place in Cheapside, or any where else, where goods are sold on my masters’ account; we have a manufactory at Rochdale; four persons were engaged in the warehouse at this time, Saggers, Mr. Tweedale, the clerk, and myself; no other porter was employed at the time - I did not miss the goods till the officer showed me them; I could see the goods were taken from the holes - we missed them after the officer came; unless the officer had brought them we might never have missed them, our stock is so extensive; I might have supposed them sold.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long have you been warehouseman to the prosecutors? A. About three years, since they have been in London; I have some slight recollection of Crane, but cannot swear I have seen him on our premises.
Q. If he was employed as extra porter must you not have known it? A. No, I am out of town a good deal.
BETTY SHORE . I am servant to Mr. Tweedale, at No. 3, Love-lane. I do not know that I ever saw Crane - I know Saggers, but know nothing about these flannels being taken.
WILLIAM HILL . I live at a wine-vaults, No. 110, Fore-street, Cripplegate. On the morning of the 22nd of January, Crane came into the shop with a load on his back - he put it down on the stool, and called for a glass of gin and spruce; he asked me to help the load on his back - I did so, and asked him if it was cloth; he said it was, and he was going to Shoreditch with it; I lifted it on his back, and he went out - I have known both the prisoners for the last two years, coming for spirits; Crane was quite alone in our shop; an officer came and made inquiry - I saw Crane in custody at Guildhall on the following Monday.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How far is Fore-street from the White Swan, Bunhill-row? A. About half a mile - it was about half-past eight o’clock.
MR. TWEEDALE. I am certain this is our flannel; I put this piece by myself the night before, in the upper warehouse, which is part of the dwelling-house where I live - that piece is worth 8l. 15s.; the whole is worth 23l. - I believe the wrapper to be ours; Saggers said himself that it was.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you not say before the Magistrate that you thought it was not your’s? A. Never - it has Leach on it.
Crane’s Defence. I met a man who employed me; he looked like a porter, and wore a long frock coat - I met him in Cripplegate-buildings; he asked me to carry the load to the top of Goswell-road - he gave me 6d., and said he would overtake me at the top of Goswell-road, and give me the other 6d.
WILLIAM TAYLOR . I live at No. 99, Britannia-street, City-road, and am a commercial traveller; I am acquainted with Crane’s person - I have been in the habit of meeting him at the White Swan, Bunhill-row. On the 22nd of January I had occasion to meet a person at the Bird-cage, Wood-street; I breakfasted at McLellan’s, at the end of Wood-street, and saw Crane in Cripplegate-buildings - it was just after eight o’clock, for while I was at breakfast some hot rolls were brought in; Crane was at that time selling goods in the silk trade, and haberdashery, and I believe travelled with them - he was talking to a person in Cripplegate-buildings, and standing leaning on a post by Deacon’s warehouse; only one person was with him - a short man in a fustian jacket had the parcel; Crane had not got it - the other person had it leaning on the post; I could not hear what passed because I was not near enough - they appeared in conversation, and had I not seen him in company with another person I should have spoken to him - after they had conversed together for some time, Crane took up the parcel, which had been carried by the other person, and went towards Whitecross-street, towards Fore-street - had he been going the other way it would most likely have been the same way as myself, which was up Wood-street; the person talking to him had the parcel before.
COURT. Q. You did not see where that person got the parcel? A. Certainly not - it was a large bundle, packed in a coarse cloth; I was the length of this Court off - I was coming out of the coffee-shop, and saw him standing by Deacon’s warehouse.
Q. Who first had possession of the parcel you do not know? A. No - I cannot say whether any name was on the wrapper.
JOHN SALTER . The seven pieces were all in the wrapper; the mark on the wrapper was inside, and could not be seen.
WILLIAM TAYLOR . (in continuation) It was much about the size of that wrapper - Crane went towards Whitecross-street; the other man turned up towards Monkwell-street - I did not go and speak to Crane, for my time was up to be at the Bird-cage.
WILLIAM HILL . Our wine-vaults are opposite Cripplegate-buildings, not fifty yards from Whitecross-street.
WILLIAM TAYLOR . I know Hill’s wine-vaults; I did not go there.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Have you known Crane long? A. Two or three years, and considered him an honest man from what I knew of him - I am intimately acquainted with the landlord, with whom he dealt, and visited him frequently.
COURT. Q. When did you hear Crane was taken up? A. Either on the Tuesday or Wednesday following - this happened on the Friday; I mentioned this to the landlord of the house I use, the week after he was taken; I did not attend the examination; I did not know he was committed till I saw it in the newspaper - his wife having heard what I stated, asked me to come forward on the trial.
JOHN SALTER re-examined. The parcel weighed about 1 cwt.; I stopped him at the gateway of the King’s Arms, Whitecross-street, nearly opposite the prison - there is no post about the spot Taylor describes, where a load could be rested on - they are all high gas-lamps; I am not quite certain of that.
Four witnesses gave the prisoner Crane a good character.
CRANE - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 41.
Recommended to Mercy by the Jury on account of his character.[Thursday, Feb. 18th.] SAGGERS - NOT GUILTY .
Second London Jury - Before Mr. Recorder.
(Source: Old Bailey Proceedings Online http://www.oldbaileyonline.org )
1830, 21 October -
Jeremiah Crane, aged 42, arr Sydney 21/10/1830 on Lord Melville 11 (2) a convict with a life term, tried London 18/02/1830. He could read & write, was a Catholic, native of Roscommon (Ireland), occupation “Pedlar & wine porter”, crime: “steal flannel”, life term, no former convictions. Described as 5’4” tall, dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair & brown eyes. He had a large scar on right eye, sight of right eye weak, left little finger crooked, scar top of nose.
CP # 44/462 in 1844.
(Source: SRNSW Convict Ship Indents, Series: NRS 12188; Item: [4/4015]; Microfiche: 676)
Prisoners per Lord Melville in account with the bank of New South Wales…Jeremiah Crane 6 pounds, paid out March 1839.
(Source: SRNSW Convict Savings Bank Books, 1824-1886, [4/7075; Reel 595])
Jeremiah Crane, aged 42, convict arr Lord Melville 1830, assigned to AA Company Port Stephens
(Source: Ancestry, New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834, HO10, Pieces 1-4, 6-18, 28-30 & CD-ROM Convicts of the Aust. Agricultural Company 1825-1850 (mainly Port Stephens), by Port Stephens FHS)
Mary Payne (AKA Sarah Crane), spinster, aged 19, arr as a convict per ship Elizabeth 5, could read & write, RC, native of London, occupation “all work in public house”, crime shoplifting, tried Criminal Court London Central on 14/12/1835, a convict with a 14 year term, former conviction of 3 months. Described as 5’ tall, fair & freckled complexion, brown hair & brown eyes, scar back of right wrist, M’N upper left arm. “Father Jeremiah Crane came out six years ago”.
(Source: SRNSW Convict Ship Indents, Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X639]; Microfiche: 725)
Jeremiah Crane, convict arr Lord Melville 1830 with a life term, received a TOL for Sydney dated 28/12/1838.
(Source: SRNSW Convict Tickets of Leave Butts, [4/4125; Reel 931], #38/2164)
Jeremiah Crane, convict arr Lord Melville 1830 with a life term, received a TOL for Windsor dated 07/10/1841. “In lieu of 38/2164 dated 28/12/1838 destroyed by mice”. “Allowed for Sydney for so long only as he remained in the service of Mr Thos. Browne R No 41/9625”. “CP June 1844”.
(Source: SRNSW Convict Tickets of Leave Butts, Series: NRS 12202; Item: [4/4155], #41/1993)
Robert Niel Hodge, late auctioneer, and Thomas Andrews, publican, indicted for assaulting Jeremiah Crane, a bailiff, in the execution of his duty. Andrews not guilty Discharged. Hodge guilty -To pay a fine of £20, or be confined in Sydney Gaol for one calendar month.
(Source: Sydney Herald, 09/02/1842, p2)
Jeremiah Crane, convict arr Lord Melville with a life term, was recommended for a CP. Recommended by J L Innes; J R Brennan; W A Miles JP.
(Source: SRNSW Convict Recommended Conditional Pardon, [4/4479; Reel 797 Page 077])
1845, 13 Aug -
(Source: SRNSW Convict Conditional Pardon, # 45/462, [4/4447; Reel 782 Page 419 -420])
Date of death for Jeremiah Crane unknown.
Convict Changes History
Beth Kebblewhite on 29th August, 2019 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime