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James Freeman

James Freeman, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Freeman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Ropemaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 331 (167)
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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Anonymous on 30th May, 2012 wrote:

James was indicted for feloniously assulting James Judd a two-penny post letter carrier and stealigh eight 1 pound notes, 100 shillings, 20 half crowns, 20 silver 3 shilling tokens.

11/5/1819: Re sending of to Newcastle per ‘Elizabeth Henrietta’ under sentence for insolence to his overseer and for refusing to perform his duties.
Aug. 1819: On monthly return of prisoners punished at Newcastle.
23/5/1822: On list of prisoners Assigned.

1827: TOL
20/7/1837: Recommended CP

20/10/1831: Permission to marry Mary Smith (Kains) age 20.  He was 36. at Syd.

14/11/1831: Married Mary Anne Smith, Servant Born 1805 Manchester (per Kains.  Mary died in Swansea age 86, and is buried at Belmont Cemetary, Lake Macquarie.  She died of senile decay and breast cancer.  She had a child born on the Kains 3/1/1830 called John.

Mary had been assigned to work for Robert Henderson, which is how she met James Freeman.

James had been put in charge of Henderson’s dairy at Cabbage Tree.  After receiving his CP James bought about 30 acres of land at Cabbage Tree.  He moved to a place near where Wyee Creek enters Lake Macquarie in the 1850’s-60’s.

James was injured when a tree fell on him, he received head injuries and was never the same again.  He then developed dementia and died on 18/12/1871 at the age of 76 and is buried in Gladesville Hospital cemetery.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 30th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1871-00-00

Anonymous on 28th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1796-00-00, gender m

Donald Reid on 28th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 1796), date of death: 0000 (prev. 1871)

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