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Thomas Francis

Thomas Francis, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Francis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1770
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 3rd September, 1820
Age: 50 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 14 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1029 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 142
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

Wendy Silvester on 15th September, 2013 wrote:

Married Mary Ryan in Picton NSW 1862

D Wong on 15th September, 2013 wrote:

Thomas Collins was transported on the Admiral Barrington.

He was tried on 8/8/1789 but crime not listed.

3/7/1801: Married Honora Collins (C1770, County Kerry and transported on the “Marquis Cornwallis 1796, and died 5/9/1837 aged 67 at Castlereagh).

They had 6 children, 3 of whom were baptised on their parents wedding day, at St. John’s, Parramatta.

18/6/1814: Thomas advertised that Honora absented herself “without cause or provocation” and that he would not be responsible for her debts.

Thomas received land grants from the Government and grew crops etc., which he sold back to the Government.

6/9/1820: Thomas died aged 56 at Castlereagh.

D Wong on 15th September, 2013 wrote:

Sorry, that should read Thomas Francis.

Wendy Silvester on 18th September, 2013 wrote:

I don’t know how the information put forward under my name got on here. I’m trying to delete it but am having no luck what so ever.  I wasn’t even a member when this was published.???

Wendy Silvester on 18th September, 2013 wrote:

Thomas married Honora ( Norah) Collins 3 July 1801 in the Cathedral of St John Parramatta.  Samuel Marsden performed the ceremony the witnesses were : Michael Collins and Mary Ward. Taken from church records.

Sybil Burden on 21st June, 2014 wrote:

early stages of research for Thomas Francis

Denis Pember on 31st January, 2016 wrote:

Thomas Francis convicted at Warwick August 9 1789. Term 14 years. Details of offence come from the local newspaper of the time. The Birmingham Arts Gazette, dated 17 August 1789. “On Wednesday, the assizes for this county ended at Warwick. Elizabeth Weston (aged 17) Janet Toome (aged 15) for stealing Bills of Exchange from Cornelius Tongue. Thomas Francis and John Heathcote (both 19) for receiving said Bills knowing them to be stolen.. all transported. Francis and Heathcote 14 years and the rest for 7 years.”
Thomas Francis arrived in the colony on board the ship Admiral Barrington on 16 October 1791.

Bruce Land on 4th August, 2021 wrote:

The notice in the Hereford Journal that reported on Thomas’ conviction in August 1789 lists his age at 19. Therefore his birth year was either 1769 or 1770. The original birth year seems to be deduced from the headstone on a grave of Thomas Francis that says his age was 56.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 15th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1764, date of death 6th September, 1820, gender

Wendy Silvester on 18th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 3rd September, 1820, crime

Bruce Land on 4th August, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1770 (prev. 1764)

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