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Stephen Foster, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
30th January, 1816
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 220 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 241 (122)
||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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Maureen Withey on 24th April, 2019 wrote:
Sheep Stealing. Whereas on Saturday night, or Sunday morning last, was stolen from a field, near Kemble in the county of Wilts. A fat Sheep, my property. And whereas Stephen Foster and Edward Green, both of Keynes, in the said county, labourers, are suspected of having stolen the said sheep, and have, under the charge thereof, absconded: Now I hereby reward any person which will apprehend either of the said persons. Twenty guineas for the apprehension of both of them, such sums respectively paid on his or their conviction. The said Stephen Foster is a Derbyshire man, of dark complexion, stout made, about 5 feet 8 inches high, has lost a thumb from the first joint of the right hand, is marked under one of his eyes, and has been used to work at jobs and sometimes on canals. - the said Edward Green is about 28 years of age, about 5 feet 9 inches high, of fair complexion, rather thin, and has lost the middle finger from the second joint of his left hand, - Charles Stevens, Siddington, near Cirencester, Jan 24, 1815.
Salisbury Journal, 30 Jan & 6 Feb 1815
Stephen was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to Life:
Salisbury. The business at our Assizes commenced last Monday, and terminated on Thursday. Mr Justice Graham presided in the Crown Court; and the following prisoners were tried and received sentences as under: Sarah White, for wilfully and maliciously setting fire to a dwelling-house at Broad Hinton; Levi Chivers, for stealing 145 sheep and lambs, the property of various persons; Jacob Martin for stealing divers goods from the dwelling-house of Richard Pile; and John Hinton, for stealing wearing apparel belonging to Wm. Want, Sutton Veney; Peter Michell, for breaking open the boxes of Mary Alderwich and stealing money therefrom; Thomas Candal for burglariously entering the dwelling-house of Stephen King, and stealing money therein; Thos. Best, for stealing a gold watch from the house of Thos. Cole, his property; Edw. Green, for stealing a wether sheep belonging to Charles Stephens: Stephen Foster, for stealing a ewe sheep, belonging to Charles Stephens; and Robert Hull, for stealing a fat wether sheep belonging to R. Champernowne, of Colerne; received sentence of death. All but the first two named prisoners, Sarah White and Levi Chivers, have been reprieved. - Wm Shearman, for stealing wool from the workshops of Thos. Tugwell, and James Ledyard, for a felony, to be transported for seven years.
Salisbury Journal, 20 Mar 1815
Prison Hulks records state that Stephen Foster was one of ten prisoners received from Fisherton Gaol on 24 May 1815 and record that his age was 35, and that the date of his trial at New Sarum was 11 March 1815.
National Archives,Ref HO-9-8-2 page 22/51
Convict Changes History
Iris Dunne on 9th August, 2020 made the following changes: