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Jasper Harris

Jasper Harris, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jasper Harris
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th July, 1800
Age: 32 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 62
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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Ann Marie Gould on 1st April, 2020 wrote:

appeared in court in March 1787 in Taunton. have been unable to find his crime.

granted a pardon on 13th September 1796 which states ’ Granted a conditional pardon by George Hunter on the recommendation of (?) George King for good behaviour and to allow him to become a settler’

Died in 1800 in Sydney.no apparent marriage or children

D Wong on 2nd April, 2020 wrote:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Somerset, England
5 Apr 1787:
Jasper Harris, for house-breaking.

Jasper Harris was listed as arriving on the ‘Surprize’.

From Ancestry:
Born C1768 - 22 years old on arrival.

Whereas His Majesty by a Commission under the Great Seal of Great Britain having date the eighth day of November in the thirty first year of His Majesty’s Reign has been graciously pleased to give & Grant full Power of Authority to the Governor for in case of his death or absence the Lieutenant Governor for the time being of His Majesty’s Territory of the Eastern Coast of New South Wales, & the Islands thereunto adjacent by an Instrument or Instruments in writing, under the Seal of the Government of the said Territory, or as he or they respectively shall think fit & Convenient for His Majesty’s Service to remit either Absolutely or Conditionally the whole or any part of the Term or Time, for which Felons or other Offenders shall have been, or shall hereafter be respectively conveyed & Transported to the Eastern Coast of New South Wales, or to the Islands thereunto adjacent.

By virtue of the Power & Authority vested as aforesaid, I John Hunter Esqr His Majesty’s Captain General & Governor in Chief in & over the said Territory & its dependencies taking into consideration the good Behaviour of Henry Wright, Thomas Lympus, Jasper Harris, James Cham, Esther Thornton & Grace Mattocks, at the recommendation of Lieutenant Governor King, do hereby in consequence of these circumstances, & so enable them to become Settlers, conditionally remit the remainder of the Term or Time, which is yet unexpired of the Original Sentence or order of Transportation passed on the said Henry Wright, Thomas Lympus, Jasper Harris, James Cham, Esther Thornton & Grace Mattocks.  ?? Provided & on condition that they do continue to reside within the limits of this Government, for owing the Terms of their respective Sentences. – on pain that if the said Henry Wright, Thomas Lympus, Jasper Harris, James Cham, Esther Thornton, & Grace mattocks, so return to & appear within any part of the Kingdom of Great Britain or Ireland during the Terms or Times of their respective sentences, the remission of such Sentences so to them hereby conditional granted shall in such case be wholly Null & Void.

Given under my Hand & the Seal of the Territory, at Sydney in New South Wales this thirteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety six.

Signed Jno Hunter

Registered in the Secretary’s Office.

11/7/1800: (burial date) - Convict. RM: Arr: Surprize 1790.
Buried at the Old Sydney Burial Ground.

Maureen Withey on 2nd April, 2020 wrote:

At the assizes for Somerset, 11 prisoners were capitally convicted, and received sentence of death, viz. ...  Wm. John Harding, and Jasper Harris, for breaking open the house of the Rev. S. P. Creech, and stealing a tea chest, &c ....Six the above convicts are be executed at Ivelchester on next; the others were reprieved before the Judge left the town.
Salisbury Journal, 9 April 1787.

Maureen Withey on 27th April, 2020 wrote:

National Archives.
HO 47/6/80 1787 Mar 31
Certificate/memorial of John Wilson and Francis Buller on prisoners capitally convicted on the Western Circuit but ‘some favourable Circumstances’ appeared on/after their trial recommended to mercy on the conditions set against their name:
Somerset Assizes at Taunton 29 March 1787
Jasper Harris, for burglary. Transportation for life.

Convict Changes History

Ann Marie Gould on 1st April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1800 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 2nd April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1768 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th July, 1800 (prev. 1800), crime

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