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John Hancock

John Hancock, one of 167 convicts transported on the Adrian, 13 April 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hancock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Adrian
Departure date: 13th April, 1830
Arrival date: 20th August, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 168 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 330. New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870
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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Trish Sanson on 31st December, 2017 wrote:

John Hancock was given permission to marry Ellen Sullivan on 12 Dec 1837

D Wong on 31st December, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN HANCOCK, Theft > embezzlement, 10th September 1829.

Offence: Theft > embezzlement
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
JOHN HANCOCK was indicted for embezzlement; and that he, at the Delivery of the King’s Gaol of Newgate, holden on the 4th of December, in the 9th Year of his Majesty’s Reign, was convicted of felony.

WILLIAM HARDING.  I am a baker, and live at Bethnal-green . The prisoner was in my employ, and used to receive money for me, every morning he went out with his bread; he was to account for the money he received when he returned - he never accounted to me for 2s. 7 1/2d. received on the 27th of July, nor for 9 1/2d. received on the 28th - I found from the customers that they had paid him; and he afterwards acknowledged it.

CHRISTOPHER WREN. On the 27th of July I paid the prisoner 2s. 7 1/2d. for his master - he did not give me any receipt.

SARAH DERBY. I am servant to Mr. Bushell. I paid the prisoner, on the 28th of July, 9 1/2d. for his master - I gave him a shilling, and he gave me 2 1/2d. out.

THOMAS BRIDGES. I am a constable. I took the prisoner on the 29th of July, at his master’s shop - he said he had lost the money.

WILLIAM HARDING re-examined. The prisoner came home on the 27th - I booked his bread; I asked if any of his bills had been paid - he said No; I did the same on the 28th, and he gave me the same answer.

JOHN WILLIAM WINTLE. I produce the certificate of the conviction of the prisoner, last December Session, for stealing a basket of bread - I know he is the person.

GUILTY. Aged 20.

Transported for Life.

1837: Assigned to Emanuel Hungerford, Maitland.

1838: Married Ellen Sullivan - Presbyterian, Derbie; Hunter District; Maitland; Morpeth; Paterson; Singleton.  No children listed on NSW BDM.

5/8/1840: TOL Maitland
1846: Recommended for a CP
30/7/1847: CP

Maureen Withey on 15th February, 2021 wrote:

National Archives.

HO 17/54/131829 Aug; 1837 Aug

Prisoner name: John Hancock.

Prisoner age: 20.

Prisoner occupation: Journeyman Baker.

Court and date of trial: Old Bailey September Sessions 1829.

Crime: Embezzlement - from his master William Harding [master baker] two sums of money being 2s 7½d and separately 9½d.

Initial sentence: Transportation for life.

Gaoler’s report: Here before and convicted.

Annotated: Nil.

Petitioner(s): Mary Hancock, the prisoner’s mother, of Bethnal Green, with William Harding, the prosecutor, and six other inhabitants of Hackney and its environs; Mary Hancock (mother); Thomas Martin, the prisoner’s uncle, silversmith and pawnbroker of Snow Hill, London.

Grounds for clemency: He intended to return the money. He had been out of work and needed clothes. His father deserted the family. His uncle has offered to employ him.

Additional Information: Previously convicted of stealing bread and sentenced to 14 days imprisonment. The prisoner was sent to Maitland, New South Wales.

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 19th September, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 330. New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Ro

Trish Sanson on 31st December, 2017 made the following changes:


D Wong on 31st December, 2017 made the following changes:


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