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Joseph Fenton

Joseph Fenton, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Fenton
Aliases: John Fenton
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 30th December, 1828
Age: 38 years

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 Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 238
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 25th October, 2015 wrote:

Birth dates of 1790, 1799 and 1795 listed for this man.  Joseph’s occupation was a ‘Silk Weaver’.

Old Bailey:
JOHN GLOVER, JOSEPH FENTON, Theft > pocketpicking, 5th April 1815.
Reference Number: t18150405-113
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

JOHN GLOVER, and JOSEPH FENTON, were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of March a watch, value 3 l. 3 s. a chain, value 14 s. and a seal, value 1 l. the property of James White . from his person .
JAMES WAITE . On the 20th of March, I was coming along Chiswell street ; there was a crowd at the picture shop, and before I came to the crowd, I was going out into the highway, to get clear of the crowd, the two prisoners joined their hands, and come before me and would not let me pass; they each of them put their hands to my shoulder gave me a push and took my watch from me, it is a silver watch, gold chain, and gold seal, I did not perceive my watch go by reason of this pushing me. I clapped my hand down and missed it instantly; they both run away, the cry of stop thief proceeded, both the prisoners were taken by the crowd, and brought back, I saw my watch again, this is the watch, I am sure it is mine; I am quite certain the two prisoners are the men that would not let me pass, they gave me a thrust and took my watch from me; I am certain I had my watch about me, when they gave me a push, and a thrust that took my attention.
GLOVER GUILTY . aged 20.
FENTON GUILTY , aged 20.
Transported for Life.

John Glover was also on board the Ocean.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
FENTON, Joseph. Per “Ocean”, 1816
1816 Feb 5: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Ocean” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.337)

1825: TOL Bringelly

30/12/1828: Convict Death Register: Joseph died aged 38 – District/Parish of Castlereagh.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th October, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: John Fenton, date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th December, 1828 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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