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John Greenwood

John Greenwood, one of 160 convicts transported on the Eliza, 13 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Greenwood
Aliases: James Greenwood
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 23rd September, 1830
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 14 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 13th July, 1822
Arrival date: 22nd November, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 193 (97)
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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Maureen Withey on 3rd September, 2019 wrote:

NSW census 1828 at Bathurst.
In the household of Thomas Evernden, 38, Supt. of Police and his wife:

James Greenwood, age 39, G.S. (Eliza (2), 1822, 14 years) Brewer and Maltster, resident at Bartletts.
There are 13 other persons resident at Bartletts and Bathurst, in the same household.

Sydney Gazette, 11 Nov 1830, reports:
Supreme Court.
BATHURST-30th Oct.
(Before His Honor the CHIEF JUSTICE, and a Jury of Military Officers.)
Ralph Entwistle, Willum Gahan, Michael Kearney, Patrick Gleeson, Thomas Dunn, and John Shepherd, were indicted for the wilful murder of John alias James Greenwood, at Bartletts, on the 23rd of September last, by shooting him with a loaded gun
or pistol. The information contained four counts
varying the offence to have been committed by some
of the prisoners, the others being present, aiding
and assisting therein.
It appeared from the evidence of an assigned
servant of Mr. Evernden (the police Magistrate at
Bathurst), that about the latter end of September a party of armed men, some having muskets, and others pistols, came to the farm of his master at
Bartletts, a distance of about 10 miles from Bathurst, where the deceased was engaged as overseer; and after desiring all the men upon the farm to turn out and follow them, applied to the deceased and told him that he must accompany them ; upon his refusing to do so, the prisoners, most of whom had arms, said, it would be much better for him to go, as they would shoot him if he did not. He still refused, and told them they were not game enough to shoot, at the same time opening his breast to them. Upon this the prisoners, Entwistle and Gahan, fired at the deceased immediately after each other. The deceased put his hands to his breast and called out ” Oh Lord ! ” and then staggered into the house. While he was going in at the door, a third shot was fired at him by Michael Kearney, which penetrated his back. The deceased then laid himself down before the fire, and never spoke. The whole of the prisoners were identified as being present, by two of the assigned servants of Mr. Evernden, whom they pressed and took with them. Part of the deceased’s cloaths was found on the persons of some of the prisoners ; two shots were received by the deceased about the region of the heart and one in the back.
The evidence of the two assigned servants was
confirmed in several circumstances by the testimony of Mr. Evernden and a ticket-of-leave man in his service.
The Jury found all the prisoners guilty, and sentence of death was immediately passed upon them
and execution awarded on Tuesday, the 2d of November.

D Wong on 3rd September, 2019 wrote:

John Greenwood was listed as 32 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Rochdale.

John was 5’7ΒΌ” tall, pale complexion, red hair, grey eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
GREENWOOD, John. Per “Eliza”, 1822

1822 Nov 6:  On list of men who by their good conduct whilst on board the “Eliza” deserve to have religious books given them (Reel 6055; 4/1762 p.54)

1823 Mar 18:  Convict servant of George Innes. To be victualled from the Stores at Bathurst for six months (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.474)

1824 Apr 10:  On list of prisoners on establishment at Bathurst with sentences not transmitted (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.101)

Maureen Withey on 3rd September, 2019 wrote:

Since our last, were committed to York Castle, John Greenwood, late of Manchester, charged upon oath with having, on the 18th or 19th June last, stolen and conveyed away, from a field in High Hoyland, in the West Riding, a brown horse, the property of John Long; ...
Leeds Intelligencer, 9 July 1821

Crown Court.
John Greenwood, a very respectable looking man, for stealing a horse, the property of John Long, from a field at High Hoyland. Guilty
Yorkshire Gazette, 18 Aug 1821

The following convicts left York Castle, (having received sentence of death at the last Assizes), in order to be delivered on board the Hulks lying on the river Medway, below Chatham, viz ...Benjamin Honsley, Alexander Jones, Samuel Ashforth, Jas. Taylor, Cornelius Sanderson, J. Sanderson, Alfred Windle, Benjamin Harrison, for various burglaries, and William Andrews, for highway robbery, to be severally transported for life; John Greenwood for horse stealing, and Wm. Smith for picking pockets, for 14 years; and James Darley for 7 years.
Hull Advertiser, 2 Nov 1821.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 3rd September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 23rd September, 1830 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 3rd September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1789 (prev. 0000), crime

Maureen Withey on 3rd September, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: James Greenwood, date of birth: 0000 (prev. 1789), crime

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