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James Franklin

James Franklin, one of 134 convicts transported on the Hercules, 24 December 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Franklin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1825
Age: 53 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hercules
Departure date: 24th December, 1824
Arrival date: 7th May, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 134 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 240
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th April, 2021 wrote:

Australian Convict Transportation Registers - Other Fleets & Ships.
Name; James Franklin
Ship; Hercules - 24 Dec 1824
Trial; Middlesex Goal Delivery
Date; 28 Oct 1824
Sentence; 7 years
Noted against name; DIED; on voyage. 3 Feb 1825

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals,
Surgeon; Michael Goodwin
Age; 53 [1772]
Disease; Asthma
Date; 31 Jan 1825
Surgeon’s Notes; Complains this evening of having had a great difficulty of breathing last night.
Discharged; DIED; 8 O’clock 3 Feb 1825.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th April, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online
October 1824, trial of JAMES FRANKLIN (t18241028-47).
JAMES FRANKLIN, Theft > grand larceny, 28th October 1824.
1301. JAMES FRANKLIN was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of October , a jacket, value 10 s. , the goods of John Smith .

JOHN SMITH . I am a bricklayer . I lost a jacket about three weeks ago; I had it in the morning about twenty minutes before twelve o’clock; I pulled it off to load some scaffolding, and put it on some stones in Mr. Stratwood’s yard, and left it while I went a short distance, to put some more poles in the cart - I was absent about ten minutes when I heard it was stolen; some persons were running, who cried

“Smith, here is the man:” they had got the prisoner, who they charged as the thief.

JOHN DAVIS . I saw Smith put his jacket on the stones in the yard - I saw the prisoner go in and take it, and come out with it; I went to him, and he threw it down on the stones - my master took hold of him by the collar.

GUILTY . Aged 53.

Transported for Seven Years .

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1825 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th April, 2021 made the following changes:


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