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John Ford, one of 133 convicts transported on the Eleanor, 15 February 1831
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 21 (13). Convict Annotated Printed Indentures 1831.
||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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Wendy Smith on 6th November, 2019 wrote:
All convict transported from England on the Eleanor were convicted of Machine breaking except for the three convicts convicted at the Cape of Good Hope - Thomas Davis (Stealing from a drug house); George Smits (or Smets) of receiving stolen iron and Pierre Tuite (or Pierce Tait) of embezzlement). Later documentation (i.e. Ticket of Leave) may state the offence as robbery.
Maureen Withey on 7th November, 2019 wrote:
John Ford was convicted at the Wiltshire Special Commission, which was set up during January 1831, to deal swiftly with those agricultural workers who were arrested after the “Swing Riots”. During November and early December 1830, large crowds of impoverished agricultural workers gathered at night to break threshing-machines, which they saw as taking away their already, very low paid work, reduced further because the land owners were reducing the wages of the men due to decreases in the value of the corn they were producing. They demanded token sums of one or two sovereigns of the landowners if they left the farms.
Wiltshire Special Commission.
John Ford and Wm. Mullins, were indicted for robbing Joseph Read of a sovereign. John Ford- Guilty; Wm. Mullins, Not Guilty; Judgement of Death recorded against Ford.
Salisbury Journal, 10 Jan 1830.
Convict Changes History
Wendy Smith on 6th November, 2019 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 21 (13). Convict Annotated Printed Indentures 1831. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Nu