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Henry Humphries, one of 230 convicts transported on the England, 06 June 1835
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 56 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 73 (39)
||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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Phil Hands on 5th June, 2018 wrote:
In early February of 1835 just days short of his twentieth birthday, Henry and another man, William Pierce were arrested for stealing eleven pigs. Henry was driving the pigs along a road when a local farmer asked him about them, when Henry offered to sell the pigs for well below their market price the farmer became suspicious and detained Henry. He was brought to Chelmsford, Essex where the pigs were identified as belonging to a Mrs Hammond. He was tried and convicted at the Essex Quarter Sessions on 17th February 1835, where Henry’s contradictory accounts of how he came to possess the pigs didn’t impress the court and after then pleading guilty he was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 8th June 1835.
Ship:- the ‘England’ sailed with 230 male convicts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 28th September 1835.
Ship’s indent record:- Age 20, could read, Protestant, single, native of Essex, a farm servant, convicted for pig stealing at Essex Quarter Sessions, sentence 7 years, 5 feet 5 inches tall, ruddy complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes, scar back of left thumb.
On arrival Henry was assigned to George Anthony Kemp, of Retrent Farm, Bringelly, Campbelltown.
After working for George Kemp for his 7 years, he was given his Certificate of Freedom on 18th February 1842.
Two years after Henry’s release, on 9th December, 1844, he married free settler Margaret Pratt at St.Annes’ Anglican Church, Ryde.
Henry and Margaret settled in Ryde, first living in Victoria Road, and then in Watts Lane where he had an orchard. Henry changed the spelling of his surname to ‘Humphreys’ around this time. Between 1845-1868 the couple had 10 children.
In his later life, Henry was a successful farmer and businessman.
He died in 1886 in Ryde at the age of 71 years.
Margaret died in 1896 also at Ryde aged 71.
Convict Changes History
Phil Hands on 5th June, 2018 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1886 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime