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Jonathan Griffiths

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jonathan Griffiths
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th March, 1773
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st November, 1839
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Scarborough
Departure date: 19th January, 1790
Arrival date: 28th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 8 other convicts

References

Primary source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britains Grim Convict Armada of 1790. Griffiths, John. Jonathan Griffiths Australian Heritage.
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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

Jonathan was the youngest of 4 children, born at Stone Gloucestershire.  He was orphaned by the age of 10.  At age 15 he was committed to Gloucester Gaol with another boy.  They had stolen a box of clothing from a wagon.  He was sentenced to 7 years transportation and held in Gloucester Castle for a period of ten months, until 15 July 1789.  He was sent to the ‘Fortune’ hulk at Portsmouth.  He worked on the fortification works at Portsmouth for a period ans was then included in a list of useful workers that the superintendent wished to hold back from transportation. However, in spite of this he was embarked on Scarborough on 30 November 1789.

Denis Pember on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

Jonathan married Eleanor McDonald (Convict, Queen, 1791) in February 1796.  He was then involved in shipbuilding in the Hawkesbury area.  He and Eleanor had 9 children in the next 16 years. His shipbuilding and other enterprises really went well.  by 1820 he had moved much of his business to Launceston in Van Diemens Land.  He had expanded to farming, grazing, boat building, ship chandling, building, steam flour mill and a warehouse.  By 1830 he had a 7000 acre property around Freshwater Bay and a stone house which still survives.  When he died in 1839, he was reputed to be the richest man in Tasmania.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 16th August, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britains Grim Convict Armada of 1790. Griffiths, John. Jonathan Griffiths Australian Heritage. (prev. ), firstname: Jonathan, surname: Griffiths, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: ,

Denis Pember on 16th August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st November, 1839 (prev. November, 1839), crime

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