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John Hancock

John Hancock, one of 500 convicts transported on the Anson, 23 September 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hancock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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 15 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Yorkshire, Bradford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Anson
Departure date: 23rd September, 1843
Arrival date: 4th February, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 498 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 470
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 26th August, 2021 wrote:

Amanda Fenn on 25th August, 2021 wrote:
He was part of a gang that robbed 2 toll gates on one night,  with violence against toll keepers. the toll gates were Broomhill (Sheffield Yorkshire) and Aldwarke nr Rotherham. One gang member William Pressley turned Queens evidence, other gang members Robert Ridge also guilty transported for 20 years, John Hancock 30, guilty and transported 15 years, William Hall aged 24, guilty and transported 15 years.  George Storey was 21 years old.


At the Court House, Rotherham, on Monday last, Robert Ridge, aged 30, of Shire Green, near Sheffield ; John Hancock, aged 30, Sheffield ; George Storey, aged 21, of Sheffield; William Pressley, aged 44, of Dunnington ; William Hall, aged aged 24, of Sheffield, were brought up for examination before Henry Walker, Esq., of Clifton House ;
Yorkshire Gazette, 25 Feb 1843.


Reward. — lt will be remembered, that a reward of £100 was offered by Government, in addition to £25 from Mr. Joshua Bower the younger, and the sum of £25 from the Trustees of the Tinsley and Doncaster Turnpike Road, to any person or persons who should give such information and evidence as should lead to the conviction of the several parties concerned in the robberies of the Aldwarke and Broomhill toll-bars, on the 7th February last, for which three of the depredators were convicted and transported at the last Assizes. One of them, William Pressley was admitted Queen’s evidence, and though deeply implicated, was a most important witness in the case.  Another party implicated, named Chas. Fullalove escaped. The Magistrates, since the Assizes, have had communications with the Government, and been engaged in investigating the claims of the numerous applicants for the reward. The Government has at length transmitted £80, reserving one-fifth for the apprehension of Fullalove and the Trustees of the Road, and Mr. Bower, the lessee’ of the tolls, have followed its example.  There was some misapprehension in reference to the amount offered by the lessee, who alleges that he only guaranteed £20, whereas the offer in the advertisement was the same as that of the trustees.
Sheffield Independent, 17 June 1843.


The late Toll-Bar Robberies. — Charles Fullalove, the fugitive accomplice in the robberies at Broomhill and Aldwark toll-bars, (for which Ridge, Hall, Hancock, and Storey were transported, the former for twenty years, and the three latter for fifteen years each, at the last Assizes.) was apprehended, at about six o’clock on Sunday evening, at the house of a relative at Thorpe He was found in bed, secreted under the clothes, and conveyed to Rotherham gaol. On Tuesday morning, he was taken before H. Walker, Esq., at Rotherham, and on the production of a document certifying that a true bill had been found against him by the Grand Jury at the last Assizes, be was duly committed to York for trial.
Sheffield Independent, 15 July 1843.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 26th August, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

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