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Joseph Huff

Joseph Huff, one of 401 convicts transported on the Glatton, September 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Huff
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1782
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 20th February, 1841
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Glatton
Departure date: September, 1802
Arrival date: 11th March, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 401 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 324
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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Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 wrote:

Part of the transcript from the Old Bailey Records t18010916-43:
JOSEPH HUFF and JOSEPH RODD were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of July, one lamb, value 20s. the goods of Edward Kirby, the younger.
EDWARD KIRBY sworn. - I live in Aldgate High-street, and am a carcase butcher ; I was one lamb deficient on the 29th of July; they were in my drover’s possession.
ROBERT MERRINGTON sworn. - I am drover to Mr. Kirby. I lost a lamb on the 29th of July in Whitechapel; I had been to Romford market, and had forty for Mr. Kirby; they were marked between the shoulders and down the face; when I got to the Infirmary, I met Joseph Huff and Mr. Glasseye, the butcher, running after some sheep and lambs; he asked me to let them drive among my drove, to prevent their running away. I said yes, and welcome; we drove them as far as Whitechapel-church, and there we saw Joseph Rodd with five more sheep and lambs belonging to Mr. Glasseye, which joined us, and we drove them to Glasseye’s door; they drove them out from mine, and I drove my drove to my master’s shed; I told them over, and missed one. I went to Glasseye’s house directly, and asked him if he had a young lamb there; he said he had had one, but the drovers, Huff and Rodd, had taken it away, with its legs tied, towards Red Lion-street; and a little girl said she heard Rodd say he would meet Huff at Mrs. Wright’s. I went to a public-house, where I saw Rodd the corner of Greenfield-street, in Fieldgate-street; I told him what I came for; he denied it, and said he knew nothing of it. While we was talking, in came Huff to fetch him out, upon which two officers took Huff into custody. He then said, if they would not use him ill, he would tell the whole of it; and that he had left the lamb in Charlotte-street, with the legs tied, and Joseph Rodd was the man who gave
him the string out of his pocket to tie the legs, Rodd heard what Huff was saying; Huff went with the officers to fetch the lamb, and I stopped with Rodd till it was brought back. I am sure it was my lamb.
Huff’s defence. That is false; I have been unfortunate, and been an evidence here before; but I left it off, and worked for my living; I was employed when those lambs run away to run after them; I asked Robert Merrington to let them go among his, and he said, yes; but I knew nothing of this lamb, except Mr. Rodd chucking me the string, and desiring me to tie the legs, which I did.
Huff, GUILTY, Death, aged 19.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Hotham.
Transported for Life aboard the “Glatton”.

Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Joseph married Mary Amelia Harlow (Convict, Wanstead, 1814).
Joseph Huff, prisoner per ship Glatton age 34 of the parish of St John Parramatta and Mary Harlow, free of ditto, age 29 were married in this church by banns this 2nd day of April 1816
by me John Youl.
Both Joseph and Mary made their X marks in the register in the presence of William Cordell and Sarah May who both also made their marks.
Joseph and Mary had 5 children between 1816 and 1825.

Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref H2694] Huff, Joseph, 48, ticket of leave, Glatton, 1803, life, Protestant, labourer, Parramatta.
[Ref H2695] Huff, Mary, 34, free by servitude, Wanstead, 1814, 7 years, Protestant.
[Ref H2696] Huff, Amelia, 12, born in the colony.
[Ref H2697] Huff, George, 10, born in the colony.
[Ref H2698] Huff, Rebecca, 8, born in the colony.
[Ref H2699] Huff, Elizabeth, 6, born in the colony.
[Ref H2700] Huff, Joseph, 4, born in the colony.

Phil Hands on 30th March, 2018 wrote:

Joseph married Mary Webb on 23rd December 1810 at Parramatta.

Citation details: No 332
Joseph Huff of the parish of Parramatta and Mary Webb ditto were married in this church by banns this twenty third day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and ten by me Samuel Marsden
Joseph and Mary both made their X marks in the register in the presence of Thomas Meller and Mary Bird who also both made their X marks

Mary Webb died in 1814, joiseph the married convict Mary Amelia Harlow (‘Wantsead’ 1814) on 2nd April 1816 at Parramatta, they had 5 children between 1816-1825.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1782 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th February, 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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