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George Cranfield

George Cranfield, one of 250 convicts transported on the London, 15 March 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Cranfield
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1824
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 30th July, 1895
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: London
Departure date: 15th March, 1844
Arrival date: 9th July, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 36
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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Zelda Cranfield on 2nd June, 2019 wrote:

Convict no : 17243
Convict record : con 33/56
Indent Con : 14/28
Appropriation List con : 27/10

D Wong on 2nd June, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: simple larceny.
27th November 1843
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

GEORGE CRANFIELD was indicted for stealing 1 coat, value 1l., the goods of Joseph Thorn; and that he bad been before convicted of felony.

JOSEPH THOM. I live at New Brentford. On the 15th of Nov. I had my cart on the road—I stopped at the Crown public-house, and went into the house on business—the horse and cart were taken into the yard, and the gate shut—I had a Macintosh coat in the cart, and, while I was in the house, I saw the prisoner and two others leave the house, and go towards London—I went to my cart, and missed my coat—I drove after them—I overtook the other two first, and they whistled—the prisoner was about 150 yards before them—he turned, and dropped a part of my coat from under his jacket—I called, “Stop thief,” and got out of my cart—he ran down a bye lane—I followed, crying, “Stop thief”—I returned to my cart, and drove along the road—the prisoner came out again, and ran along the road—I overtook him, by his running into a coal-shed, and hiding himself—I said, “You have got something of mine”—he said, “D—your eyes, I have not”—I collared him—he said he would throw me into the mud, and if he could not get rid of me that way be would do something worse—I kept him till a constable came, and gave him in charge—I then went in the way he had run, and a gardener gave me my coat—this is it—it is the one that had been in my cart.

JOHN HEAVER. I live with my father, in Angel-lane, Hammersmith. On the morning of the 15th of Nov. I was standing, buying some apples, opposite Beaver-lane—I saw the prisoner run down Beaver-lane, with the Macintosh under his arm—I afterwards saw him again—he is the person.

JAMES PITT. I was at work in Mr. Clark’s garden, in Hampshire Hog-lane, which comes up to Beaver-lane, on the 15th of Nov., between eleven and twelve o’clock in the morning, and found a Macintosh coat just over the pales in my master’s garden, within a few yards of Beaver-lane—Mr. Thom inquired if I had found anything, and I delivered it up—this is it.

CHARLES DUPOUR (policeman.) I received the prisoner from Mr. Thom—I went to Beaver-lane, and received this coat.

Prisoner’s Defence. I know nothing about the coat; there were several others in the public-house; I came out, and was crossing the road, when I was taken; I had not seen the coat.

HENRY MOUNT (policeman.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark’s office—(read)—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY. Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

George Cranfield was listed as 20 years old on arrival.
Place of Birth: Kensington, Middlesex.

George was 5’8½” tall, fresh complexion, black hair, no whiskers, brown eyes, mole on right side of chin, scar on right thumb, small scar on right arm above elbow, scar on thumb, 3 scars on forefinger left hand, single, protestant, reads a little.

Father: James
Brothers: William, 56 regiment, James.
Sisters: Sarah, Jane - at native place.

21/11/1848: TOL
9/1/1849: TOL revoked.

28/2/1852: Free Certificate.

19/10/1863: Married Esther Walters nee Coleman at New Norfolk, Tas. (Esther married Thomas Walter 1858, New Norfolk, Thomas died 23/6/1861, aged 37, a labourer, of Disease of Heart and Bronchitis.)
Children of Esther and George:
19/7/1864: James
9/9/1869: George Francis
5/7/1873L Hannah Eliza
28/10/1876: Eliza Frances
5/11/1879: Martha Harriett
6/7/1882: William John
All children born New Norfolk, Tas.

30/7/1895: George Cranfield died at New Norfolk, aged 74, listed as a farmer, died of paralysis.

Convict Changes History

Zelda Cranfield on 2nd June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1824 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th July, 1895 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 2nd June, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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