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James Howarth

James Howarth, one of 184 convicts transported on the Phoenix, November 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Howarth
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Boot maker
Date of Death: 5th June, 1884
Age: 89 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: York, West Riding Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: November, 1821
Arrival date: 20th May, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 120
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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Shirley Partridge on 15th July, 2016 wrote:

Wakefield Sessions 11 January 1821. - And that James Howarth late of Wakefield in the West Riding of the county of York. Labourer on the 28th day of October in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the faith with force and Arms at the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of the county of York Six Cotton Handkerchiefs of the value of six pence and three yards of handkerchief of the value of four pence of the Goods and Chattels of Joseph Priestley and John Graveson then and there xxx xxx xxxxx xxx - found did then and there feloniously steal and carry away - against the peace of our Lord the King his crown and Dignity.
After sentence James was taken to Portsmouth in the south of England and placed aboard the Leviathan to await the vessel that would transport him to Van Diemon’s Land - now known as Tasmania. The “Phoenix 1” sailed from Portsmouth on the 10th Nov 1821 with a total of 184 prisoners. Their voyage was to last a total of 196 days due to fierce storms and for much of the time the convicts were kept in leg irons.
James left behind a wife and 2 children that he never saw again and we have no record of what became of them. He was finally granted permission to re-marry in 1836 after having partitioned the authorities for 7 years. James was finally able to marry (Mary) Ann Cadd on the 18th Jan 1836 and they had 8 children between 1830 and 1847. I am a descendant of their first child Jane Howarth who married Samuel Duck 26 Mar 1844.

Convict Changes History

Shirley Partridge on 15th July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th June, 1884 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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