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John Ford

John Ford, one of 170 convicts transported on the Neptune, December 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Ford
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Dealer
Date of Death: 1860
Age: 65 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 7 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune
Departure date: December, 1817
Arrival date: 5th May, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 168 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 417 (210)
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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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 8th September, 2012 wrote:

Died at Kelso N.S.W. at age 73 years.

Denis Pember on 5th January, 2017 wrote:

In 1822, we can find John in the Census..
Ford, John, conditional pardon, Neptune (2), life, overseer, Major Druitt, Parramatta.

Then in 1825 at Castlereagh he married Jane Cowell or Quayle (Convict, 1823, “Mary”).

Denis Pember on 5th January, 2017 wrote:

In the 1828 Census records:
Page 152…
[Ref F1025] Ford, John, 40, conditional pardon, Fortune, 1818, life, Protestant, dealer, Parramatta.  (error with ship name)
Ford, Jane, 26, Mary, 1823, 7 years, Protestant.
Ford, Mary, 4 born in the colony.
Ford, Jane Jr., 9 months born in the colony.

John and Jane had a large family, 11 children between 1825 and 1854.

Steve Ford on 28th January, 2020 wrote:

Buried at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Kelso NSW.

Convict Changes History

Gen Ford on 19th December, 2013 made the following changes:

term 7 years, date of birth 1795, date of death 1860, gender, crime

Iris Dunne on 29th January, 2020 made the following changes:


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