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William Houghton

William Houghton, one of 200 convicts transported on the Earl Spencer, May 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Houghton
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 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Earl Spencer
Departure date: May, 1813
Arrival date: 9th October, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 95 (49)
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

Maureen Withey on 26th August, 2020 wrote:

LANCASTER ASSIZES, AUG. 27. The Assizes at Lancaster closed this week,  when the following prisoners: … William Houghton, for forgery ;  ... all received sentence of death.
Leeds Mercury, 5 Sept 1812.

Lancaster Assizes concluded on Monday, when fifteen received sentence of death, and five were left for execution.
Chester Chronicle, 11 Sept 1812.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 20th August, 2021 wrote:

1822 - District Constable’s Notebook. Parramatta (Baulkham Hill), 1822.
Daniel Cooper. Absolute Pardon. Ship; Fanny. Sentence; Life
Hannah Dodds. Conditional Pardon. Ship; Ld Melville. 14 years. Wife
Ann Tollis. Age; 8. Born Colony. Daughter of Corp. Tollis
Thomas Slater. Age; 18. Born Colony.
WILLIAM HOUGHTON; Ticket of Leave. Ship; Earl Spencer; 14 years. Servant to Mr Cooper

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 26th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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