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Henry Fonseca

Henry Fonseca, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Fonseca
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: Stricking a superior officer in the army.
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 7th May 1788, page 30.
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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Suzanne Nagel on 15th January, 2017 wrote:

364. HENRY FONSECA was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April , a pattern book, containing twenty-four
base metal coat buttons, value 6 s. the property of Christian White .
I am a taylor ; I lost the metal buttons mentioned in the indictment, the value is 6 s. on the 16th of April, I came through Petticoat-lane , there were a number of men collected together, as I came up they divided, and as I came to the wall, one of them stood against the wall with a stick and a knife in his hand; I looked at him, and the prisoner stole the book out of my pocket; I had some other things under my arm; I went to a neighbour and left my things; I went to the prisoner for my book; he blasted my eyes, and said, he would not give it me; I went and fetched the watch, and then the prisoner drew a knife out of his right hand pocket, and put it to my breast, and said, blast me, he would run me through; I am sure it was the prisoner; after he took the book, he held it up, and damned my eyes, and said, I was nothing but a taylor, I had nothing but buttons in my pocket; I had seen the prisoner, living in Spital-fields, nine or ten years; I remember him for two years past, but never was molested by him before.
I took charge of the prisoner; when I took him, a number of them came up to me, and asked me in a blasphemous manner, what the man had done; I insisted on his going with me; I suppose there were fifty or more rescued him, and with the loss of half his coat; I am sure it was the prisoner that was shewn to me by the prosecutor; I knew him exceeding well above all men in London.
I was going along Petticoat-lane, I passed by that gentleman; he said young man. I believe you have picked my pocket; I said, no; in a quarter of an hour he came back with the patrol and took me; we both struggled together, and I got away; the patrol saw me several times since, and did not take me; I had plenty of witnesses yesterday, but they thought my trial would not come on to day.
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron PERRYN .

Convict Changes History

Suzanne Nagel on 15th January, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Old Bailey Proceedings - Old Bailey Online.org (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 50), gender: m, crime

Suzanne Nagel on 15th January, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 7th May 1788, page 30. (prev. Old Bailey Proceedings - Old Bailey Online.org)

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