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Charles Ellis

Charles Ellis, one of 180 convicts transported on the Chapman, 06 April 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Ellis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Somerset Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 6th April, 1824
Arrival date: 27th July, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 143 (73)
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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Linda Marks on 6th June, 2021 wrote:

This also applies to convicts Susannah Smith, also transported on the Brothers and Charles Ellis transported on Chapman
From Maria Long, Peter Ribbons on 11th March, 2014 wrote:
Maria Long,17, stood trial at Bridgwater Midsummer Sessions, July 1823. She appeared with her co-accused Charles Ellis,16, and Susanna Smith,21,charged with stealing a silver watch valued at fifty shillings from William Hartnell.
According to the Quarter Sessions Roll of witness statements:-
William Hartnell of Ashbrittle had gone to Bath   9 April 1823 and had met the prisoners 10 April in Westgate Street. They asked him to buy them some beer, which he did at Falstaff’s public house. They parted at 2 to 3 0’clock and William engaged to meet Susanna Smith at 6 o’clock. She came along with Maria Long and they drank in 3 public houses until 11pm. They left in the company of two boys (one later identified as Charles Ellis). They said they would take him to their lodgings but instead took him to Kingsmead Field where they surrounded him. One of them took his purse out of his pocket and threw it forward. Maria and the two boys ran to pick it up but he was able to retrieve it. Susanna Smith had taken his watch from his pocket and escaped. She tried to sell the watch to Lyon Joseph, a pawn broker, for 20 shillings but he already knew of the theft and detained her. She claimed that it was her father’s watch. Maria claimed that she was at home at the time of the theft. Benedictus Lyon, son of Lyon Joseph, said that he had seen Maria Long conversing with Susanna Smith and that she waited in the passage of his father’s office while the watch was offered for sale.
The defendants were found guilty of grand larceny and sentenced to seven years transportation.

D Wong on 6th June, 2021 wrote:

Father and Mother: Evans Street, Bath, Jas Ellis a shoemaker.
Mother kept a fish stall.

Charles Ellis was single - no other information found on his age etc., according to the trial he was 16 in 1823.

1830 Muster: Free by servitude.

10/5/1836 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Before His Honor the Chief Justice, and a Military Jury.
Tuesday, May 3, 1836.
Charles Ellis stood charged with stealing one crayfish, value 6d, the property of William Jones.
Nicholas Clark examined.-About three weeks ago I heard Mr. Jones, who lives at the Crayfish Point, say to a man who was running away from Jones’s towards Walford’s, “you have got my fish.” I followed the man
(the prisoner at the bar) and put him in the watch-house.
By the prisoner.-You was about half drunk; I did not make a charge at the watch-house that you was drunk and disorderly.
William Jones examined.-I reside in Liverpool-street, where I sell crayfish ; I was, on the night in question, watching my shop in a little room ; I saw a hand take a crayfish off the counter.
His Honor asked if the fish was alive.
Witness replied in the negative, and His Honor directed the Jury to acquit the prisoner, as the information should have so staled.
He was accordingly discharged.

Convict Changes History

Ann Marie Gould on 25th March, 2020 made the following changes:


Linda Marks on 6th June, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 6th June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000)

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