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James Dent

James Dent, one of 153 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, May 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Dent
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1780
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 17th January, 1837
Age: 57 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 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: May, 1816
Arrival date: 5th October, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 152 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 266
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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Bruce Dent on 12th April, 2013 wrote:

5’8” Tall Pale Face, Light Brown Hair
Butcher?? from Essex England
Tried at Middelsex Assizes 14th February 1816 for forgery, convicted described as old offender.
Arived inAustralia 5th November 1816 on Elizabeth,worked on board for Judge Advocate John Wylde continued in his employ in Australia T.O.L #2110 copy application in file Judge Advocate JW gave reference 1st buried Devonshire St family removed 1901 to Woronora By daughter Sarah Mrs.S. Parkes

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

James was probably born into the famous ‘Dent’ naval family. He is believed to be the son of Rear Admiral Sir Digby Dent.

In the colony, James married Elizabeth Hood (Came Free, Elizabeth, 1816) in 1820 at Liverpool.
The couple had 5 children between 1822 and 1829.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Muster 1822…
Hood, Elizabeth, came free, Elizabeth, wife of J. Dent, Sydney.
Dent, James, conditional pardon, Elizabeth, 7 years, house holder, Sydney.
Dent, George, 6 months, born in the colony, son to J. Dent, Sydney.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 122…
[Ref D0817] Dent, James, 48, ticket of leave, Elizabeth, 1815, 14 years, Protestant, landholder, Petersham, 30 acres, 12 acres cleared, 2 horses, 4 horned cattle.
[Ref D0818] Dent, Elizabeth, 34, came free, Elizabeth.
[Ref D0819] Dent, George, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref D0820] Dent, Sarah, 5, born in the colony.
[Ref D0821] Dent, John, 1 and a half, born in the colony.

Vicki on 3rd January, 2018 wrote:

Digby Dents son James died in Madras India and is not associated with James Dent the convict.
There is a facebook group called James Dents and his descendants

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477607545601871/is descendants

Vicki on 4th January, 2018 wrote:

hi can you edit the link I posted to the James Dent and his descendants. There is a bit extra on the end and stops the link form working it should be as follows.

Vicki on 25th January, 2020 wrote:

James Dent’s descendants DNA has matched descendants of the Dunt family of Essex.
James Dents father was Samuel Dunt and mother Mary Cooper from Halstead Essex.
A document was later found that had confirmed the surname DUNT. The baptismal record of Sarah Dunt who was born on 14 August 1806 in Marylebone, Middlesex, the daughter of Harriott and James

Convict Changes History

Bruce Dent on 12th April, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1780, date of death 17th January, 1837, occupation, crime

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m

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