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James Gough

James Goff, one of 200 convicts transported on the Earl Spencer, May 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Gough
Aliases: James Goff
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Joiner
Date of Death: 27th November, 1876
Age: 86 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Midddlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Earl Spencer
Departure date: May, 1813
Arrival date: 9th October, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 97 (50)
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

Marion Starr on 15th January, 2014 wrote:

Details of the book James Gough - a very industrious man, that tells the story of his life and times, can be found here:http://amostindustriousman.blogspot.com.au/

Denis Pember on 14th September, 2015 wrote:

JAMES GOFF, Theft > burglary, 13th May 1812: Old Bailey (t18120513-32)
JAMES GOFF was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Hopkins, about the hour of twelve at night on the 24th of April, and burglariously stealing therein, a gun, value 3 l. and a tea caddy, value 1 l. 5 s. his property.
Tried by Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham. Found guilty and sentenced to Death, aged 22.

Denis Pember on 14th September, 2015 wrote:

James married Ann Cain, 11 February 1817, Samuel Marsden officiated in the ceremony. It appears that the couple had 8 children up to about 1822. At this point they seem to gave separated and both gone into new relationships.
James then was with Mary Allen (nèe Sherwin) and they also had several children.
Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref G0882] Gough, James, 38, CP, Earl Spencer, 1812, Life, Builder at Cambridge St, Sydney.
Also in the family group were 5 children all born in the colony, 3 were from the marriage to Ann Cain and 2 were from the liaison with Mary Allen.
Noted elsewhere in the census was Allen, Mary, 27, born in the colony, housekeeper to James Gough!

Convict Changes History

Marion Starr on 15th January, 2014 made the following changes:

surname: Goff/gough (prev. Goff), date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Denis Pember on 14th September, 2015 made the following changes:

surname: Gough (prev. Goff/gough), alias1: James Goff, date of death: 27th November, 1876 (prev. 1876), crime

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