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John Hayward

John Hayward, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Hayward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 1834
Age: -

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: Burglary
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 124
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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Brian Hayward on 3rd December, 2015 wrote:

The Criminal Register for the Suffolk Lent Assizes held on 24/03/1813 record that John Spink, John Garrod, Charles Nunn and John Hayward were found guilty of burglary and sentenced to death, whilst George Hayward who was also accused of the same crime was admitted evidence and acquitted.

A report of the Suffolk Lent Assizes held at Bury St Edmunds published in the Suffolk Chronicle on 03/04/1813 provides more detail.  The burglary took place in the house of Philip Steggle of Wickham Skeith and the George Hayward, who was admitted Kings Evidence, was first cousin to one of the prisoners.  It also recorded that the sentences of death were reprieved before the judge left town.

A report in the Suffolk Chronicle published on 15/05/1813 recorded that Charles Nunn, John Spink, Robert Garrord, John Hayward and other convicts under sentence of transportation were removed from the County Gaol and put on board the Portland hulk in Langston Harbour.

John Hayward was transported on the General Hewitt which sailed on 26/08/1813 and arrived in New South Wales on 07/02/1814.

The Population Book for Liverpool, New South Wales, dated 1824, records that John Hayward, who arrived in the General Hewitt in 1814 with a sentence of life was in the employment of someone with the surname Chandler.

A Conditional pardon was granted to John Hayward on 23/09/1834 provided he remained in Australia.  It stated that he was a native of Suffolk and his year of birth was 1784. His trade was recorded as a blacksmith. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall, had a ruddy complexion, brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

The Convict Death Register records that John Hayward died in the Patrick’s Plain area on 10/12/1834.  Patrick’s Plain, is now known as Singleton, New South Wales.  The New South Wales Registry of births, deaths and marriages index only includes one record for the death or burial of a John Hayward in 1834.  The burial certificate records that he was working at Campbelltown and he was buried in the Parish of St Peter in the County of Cumberland on 10/11/1834 when his age was stated to be about 55 years.

John Hayward was a fairly common name in Suffolk and it will probably never be possible to establish his ancestry with absolute certainty.  However, one candidate stands out.  A John Hayward was baptised at Wickham Skeith in Suffolk on 26/09/1779.  He was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Hayward and his father was a blacksmith.  John Hayward married Ann Mills at Wickham Skeith on 24/01/1812 and a George Howard was one of the witnesses. The Parish Register at Wickham Skeith contains no further mention of this John Hayward, or any children.  In the 1841 Census for Wickham Skeith Ann Hayward was recorded as a pauper widow.  When Ann Hayward, died at Wickham Skeith on 16/11/1847 aged 67 years, she was described as being the widow of John Hayward, blacksmith.

Convict Changes History

Brian Hayward on 3rd December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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