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Joseph Delaforce

Joseph Delaforce, one of 189 convicts transported on the Duke of Portland, January 1807

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Delaforce
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Duke of Portland
Departure date: January, 1807
Arrival date: 27th July, 1807
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 194 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 391 (195)
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 1st October, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOSEPH DELAFORCE, Theft > grand larceny, 10th July 1805.

Reference Number: t18050710-3
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty > with recommendation
Punishment: Death

**This is a very long trial and can be seen in full at: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18050710-3-defend74&div=t18050710-3#highlight

JOSEPH DELAFORCE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 9th of June , five guineas , the property of William Stadden Blake .
(The case stated by Mr. Gurney.)
Prisoner’s defence. On the constable coming into the shop, I immediately bid my fellow-apprentice good morning, on account, as I thought, that the constable was come on business; he immediately said, you cannot go; he turned round to me, and said, I shall want you, let me see what you have got in your pocket; I said, you are very welcome to see what I have got in my pocket; he took from my side pocket a pocket-book, which contained the copy of my freedom; he went to the shop-board to look over the pocket-book; I then followed him to the shop-board, and said, be so good as to take care of the things that are in there; O yes, said he, they shall be taken care of. By that time Mr. Blake came down stairs, and after he came to the place where I stood, Mr. Tagg said that he saw me go to the drawer; the constable turned round to my master, and said, I have searched him, and he has got nothing in his pockets; then he said I must strip myself; immediately I pulled off my clothes, one by one, and stripped myself properly; he searched my clothes, and found nothing upon me; he said to Mr. Blake, there is nothing upon him; Mr. Tagg said, I do not care what there is upon him, he has got it; then they searched about the shop, and in the course of a little time they found the money on the shop-board, near the place where Mr. Blake was.
The prisoner called six witnesses, who gave him a good character.
GUILTY, Death , aged 22.
Recommended to mercy by the Jury and prosecutor, on account of his youth and former good character.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
1811: Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3169; 4/1848 p.12)

12/9/1809: Conditional Pardon
31/1/1811: Absolute Pardon

In looking for Joseph, found the following which seems, by the birthdate, to be him:
At: http://www.art-science.com/Ken/Genealogy/PD/images2/Patrick book 2.1.pdf
The Delaforce Family History Research.

Joseph Delaforce, son of Thomas, weaver, St. Dunstans, Mile End New Town. 2 fee paid by Langbourne Ward Charity School. app. 1 Nov 1797, Free Feb 1805 (i.e. born 1783) Clothworkers Guild. (D)
**Joseph stated in his trial that he showed his Free Certificate**

Found no further records of him in Australia – since he received an Absolute Pardon and was then allowed to leave Australia, perhaps to went to America where it seem a lot of his relatives were.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1783 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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