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James Hoskin

James Hoskin, one of 400 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 04 January 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Hoskin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 17th January, 1814
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 23rd October, 1863
Age: 49 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Cornwall Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 4th January, 1834
Arrival date: 9th May, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 259 (131)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 2nd May, 2018 wrote:

Mary Hoskin, 50, and James Hoskin, 20, for stealing a quantity of gold and silver coin in the parish of Landrake, the property of John
Congdon. Mary Hoskin acquitted. James Hoskin to be transported for Life.

James Hoskin was listed as being 20 years old on arrival in VDL.

Occupation: Blacksmith and farrier.

James was 5’2” tall, light brown hair, no whiskers, grey eyes, scar on left elbow, single.

1835 Muster: Assigned to Captain Glover.

15/7/1842: TOL
28/2/1844: Recommended for a CP
March 1845: CP approved.
22/7/1845: CP extended to all Australian Colonies.

31/12/1843: Permission to marry Hannah White (free).

12/2/1844: Married Hannah White, aged 16, James was listed as a blacksmith and 27 years old.

1844 – Charles William Hoskin
1846 – James Turner Phillip Hoskin
1850 – Alice Jane Hoskin
1852 – William Joseph Hoskin
1854 – Ellen Hoskin
1856 – Sarah Jane Hoskin
1858 – Elizabeth Emily Hoskin
1860 – John Walter Hoskin
1862 – Sophia Louise Hoskin

23/10/1863: South Australian Register, Adelade:
An inquest was held on the body of James Hoskins, a blacksmith and farrier who had poisoned himself by drinking Laudanum. 
James Hoskin was a drinker and had threatened to kill himself many times before whilst drunk.

Wife Hannah died in Yankalilla, S.A. on 14/9/1892.

Convict Changes History

Raymond Cowley on 2nd May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1863 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 2nd May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th January, 1814 (prev. 1814), date of death: 23rd October, 1863 (prev. 1863), crime

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