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James Hawkins, one of 156 convicts transported on the Speke, 13 December 1820
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life span was 54 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 424
||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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Tony Beale on 12th February, 2021 wrote:
Old Bailey Online
919. ROBERT COLLIER , JAMES HAWKINS and WILLIAM DAWKERS were indicted for stealing, on
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the 11th of August , one handkerchief, value 1 s., the goods of a certain man unknown, from his person .
WILLIAM BUXTON . I am a constable. I was on duty in Lower Thames-street, on the 11th of August, between five and six o’clock, Buckmaster came up and said he saw three pickpockets take a handkerchief from a gentleman’s pocket, and pointed the prisoners out. I followed them a few yards up Fish-street-hill - Dawkers and Collier were walking together, and Hawkins close behind. I saw Dawkers take a gentleman’s coat tail in his right hand, and put his left hand in; finding nothing they passed by, and followed another gentleman who was just before them; Dawkers took hold of that gentleman’s coat in the same manner, and drew a blue silk handkerchief from his pocket. I called Meakins and Bailey to assist me, followed them up Crooked-lane, and at the top of the lane Bayley took Hawkins, I took Dawkers and Collier - Dawkers immediately struck me several times over the head, and made a great resistance. Meakins took Collier from me, and I was obliged to force Dawkers into a house till Bayley came to help me. I had been watching them for half an hour. I do not know who the gentleman was.
WILLIAM BUCKMASTER . I belong to the Gas Light Company, and was attending at the end of Thames-street to keep the carts away, as the pipes were being laid down. Between four and five o’clock I saw Hawkins and Dawkers going backwards and forwards two or three times - they then came and leant over the bar, and used very bad language. They went up Fish-street-hill, and returned with Collier; they turned round towards Thames-street, and Collier pulled a pocket-handkerchief out of the flap of his breeches, and gave it to Hawkins, which made me suspect them. I pointed them out to the officers.
THOMAS MEAKINS . I am an officer. On the 11th of August, between five and six o’clock in the afternoon, Buckmaster pointed the prisoners out to us - Buxton and Bayley agreed to follow them, and in a few minutes Buxton ran down to me, and said Bayley had taken one of them. I went with him to Great Eastcheap, nearly opposite Crooked-lane - Buxton said,
“There are the two men, I can swear to them.” He took Dawkers and I took Collier. Dawkers began to get resolute, and said if we did not let them go he would knock us down. I struck him, and said I would knock his head off if he resisted. He seemed more quiet, and I left him with Buxton. I took Collier to the watch-house, and found a tobacco-box and a cotton handkerchief on him.
JOHN BAYLEY . I am an officer. I went after the prisoners; when they got to the Monument they turned back, crossed, and went up Crooked-lane; I stopped Hawkins, and seeing him take something from under his arm, asked him what he had got, turned his coat aside, and found a handkerchief down each side of his waistcoat, two under each arm, and two in his hat, one of which was a blue one. I found an empty purse in his pocket.
COLLIER’S Defence. I was returning from Deptford with Dawkers.
HAWKINS’S Defence. I met a Jew on the bridge, who sold me the handkerchiefs for 17 s., and told me I had better put them under my waistcoat.
DAWKERS’S Defence. The officers struck us several times.
COLLIER - GUILTY . Aged 24.
HAWKINS - GUILTY . Aged 19.
DAWKERS - GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Life .
London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
Convict Changes History
Tony Beale on 12th February, 2021 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime