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Samuel Hurst

Samuel Hurst, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Hurst
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1886
Age: 92 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 380
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 9th April, 2017 wrote:

Trial at Warwick Assizes. 
Northampton Mercury Sat 16 Aug 1817 p.3
At Warwick Assizes, the following prisoners received sentence of death.
Samuel Webb, for having, in company with Samuel Hurst (who was convicted at the last assizes) in the parish of Milverton, assaulted and robbed Thomas Hawtin…

The following report from the Warwick Advertiser 12 April 1817 gives an account of the Highway Robbery incident, for which Samuel was sent to Australia:
HIGHWAY ROBBERY On Wednesday, Samuel Hurst, alias Hust, was capitally indicted for assaulting Thomas Hawtin, on the King’s Highway, and putting him in bodily fear, and taking from his person three five pound notes, a purse containing 30 shillings in silver, and a variety of articles, his property. (Samuel Webb, an accomplice, by his own desire, had his trial put off till the next Assizes.
Thomas Hawtin stated that he was a farmer and a seedsman, living at Honington. He was at Warwick Market on the 15th March last. He left Warwick about half past five in the evening and set off on foot to Lillington to visit some relations. About two miles from Warwick he saw two men at a little distance before him; and thinking they were people going from the market, he hurried on to catch them; when he came near them they turned round upon him, and one of them presented a pistol at him and demanded his money or his life. He told them he would give them his money if they would not use him ill. The tallest man held the pistol, while the other rifled his pockets of three five pound notes, one of Whitehead & Co’s of Warwick, two of Beck & Adam’s of Coventry and a one pound Stourbridge Bank Note and between 30 s and 40s in silver. They also took from him a pocket-book, a knife with an ivory ruler on the handle, a small jappaned box, containing a sample of white clover seed, a pair of spectacles, a silver pencil case and a pocket-handkerchief. The Prisoner (Hurst) was the man who presented the pistol at him, he was dressed in a great coat. Witness lost a Nankeen Purse with the initials T.H. on it, and two keys. He saw the two men in the gaol at Northampton, and was quite confident that the Prisoner at the bar was one of them.
Thomas Court, farmer, of Lillington, went to Warwick Market, on Saturday, the 15th of March. On his road there he saw the Prisoner and another man, of the name of Webb, going towards Lillington. It was then about half past eleven o’clock in the morning. They were both of them dressed in smock-frocks.
Michael Bromich said he lived at Milverton; he remembered the evening Mr Hawtin was robbed; he was in a hovel that stands in a close by the side of the road. He saw two men get over the gate; one of them came into the hovel with a bundle in his hand, and drew out a coat which was concealed under some stubble that lay in one corner of the hovel; he was the biggest man of the two who remained at the gate. Witness then saw them go towards Lillington; it was at the time about halfpast six o’clock.
Hannah Clarke stated that her husband kept the Roebuck public house, at Prior’s Marsten, about 15 miles from Warwick. The Prisoner and Webb came to their house about 9 o’clock in the morning of Sunday the 16th of March. They eat and drank together, and their reconning came to 5s. The Prisoner gave a bill into Witness’s hand and asked her for change. Witness, on coming out of the room, finding it to be a five pound bill, returned and asked the Prisoner if he had no other. Prisoner said he had not. Her husband then went out for change, and when he returned, she laid it upon the table before the Prisoner. It consisted of four one pound notes and one pound in silver. Prisoner paid his reconning with a 5s piece. Geo. Clarke, husband to the last witness, deposed that he got the five pound bill he had received from his wife at Mr Coling’s (changed).
Wm. Coling stated that he was a shopkeeper at Priors Marston. He changed the five pound bill for the last witness on the 16th March last, he afterwards delivered it to Mr Griffin the constable. He remembered noticing “I or T Handley” and the figures 88 written in red ink on the back of the bill. William Griffin stated that he had received the five pound bill from Coling, and had had it in his possession ever since the 16th of March.
Richard Pebody, lives at Charwelton, about two miles from Priors Marston; he saw the Prisoner and Webb there on Sunday 16th of March; he knew both of them very well. One of them lived with Clarke, at Charwelton, the last year, and the other a year or two before. He followed them into the Roebuck, at Priors Marston. He heard Mrs Clarke enquire of Hurst, if he had not a less bill. He saw Hurst bring in a basket with him into the house, he observed a coat in it. Hurst gave Thomas Checkley some white clover seed in his presence; he told him he had found it, but that he did not know what it was.
John Ward stated that he lived at Charwelton; he saw the Prisoner and Webb in custody at the Fox public house, there on Sunday the 16th March; Hurst sat next to him.. He found a powder flask in his pocket while he was there; he did not know it came there; he had no such thing in his pockets when he entered the house, he gave the flask afterwards to the constable. Richard Noon was at the Fox on the 16th of March and saw the Prisoner take the powder flask from his own pocket, and put it into that of the last witness.
Martha Gibbs who lives at Charwelton washed occasionally for the Prisoner. She knew him and Webb very well. They came to her house on Sunday the 16th March; they had both called on her the Tuesday before. They were taken into custody at her house. Hurst had a short smock-frock on, buttoned down before; Webb was dressed in an open frock. One of her sons brought her some money from the Prisoner, but she did not know the amount.
William Kench, son of the last witness, went down to the Fox when Hurst and Webb were in custody. They changed their dress there. He observed the Prisoner put a spoon into one of his shoes. They gave him two or three shirts a piece to take to his mother; Hurst put a little box into one of his shirt sleeves; and gave witness a ruler in his hand. Webb gave him a purse with notes in it, and told him to tell his mother to take care of all the things. Hurst sent word by Witness soon after to return him the money; she sent it by a younger brother of his. Martha Gibbs corroborated the statement made by the last witness.
John Upton, constable of Charwelton, took charge of the Prisoner and Webb at the Fox, he remembered seeing Martha Gibb’s son place something in Webb’s hand; he asked what it was. Webb said it was money. Witness examined it and found that it was a purse within a purse. “Witness said there is seven pounds in it, a two pound note. Webb said that’s right it’s mine. I don’t know what’s in the other.” Witness examined the other purse and said “Why Hurst, here’s seven pounds in this, a five pound note and a two pound note, is it right?” The Prisoner said it was. Witness received the powder horn from Ward, and required of the Prisoner how he came by it. He told him he had found it. There were the letters T.H. on one of the purses. Prisoner was questioned before the magistrate concerning this purse. He told the Magistrate he had exchanged it with another servant the year before, by giving him two pence in exchange.
The purse and the ruler were then produced by the last witness which Mr Hawtin stated were both taken from him on the night of the robbery. Here three five pound notes and a Stourbridge one pound note, answering the description of those the Prosecutor had lost, were next produced, which Mr Hawtin said, although he could not swear to, he had not the least doubt were the same he had been robbed of.The Prisoner in his defence said that he had received the money off Webb, at Southam, on Shrove Tuesday, for a debt he owed him.
His Lordship then summed up the evidence, and the Jury almost immediately returned a verdict of - GUILTY. Warwick, April 19,1817
Warwick Assizes Previous to Mr. Barron Richards leaving town, he was pleased to reprieve all the prisoners upon whom he had passed sentence of the law on Monday last; etc

Denis Pember on 12th April, 2017 wrote:

Unable to locate a Samuel Hurst in the 1828 Census.
I believe this is him…
[Ref 2996; page 204]  Hunt, Samuel, 31, TL, Ocean 1818, Labourer for Robt Hill at North Richmond.

Then Samuel married…
Samuel Hurst age 40 per Ocean 2, life, bond and Elizabeth Berwick 18, native free, were granted permission to marry at Windsor on Mar 6 1837.
Married 1 May 1837 at St Peters Church of England Richmond.
Elizabeth Berwick was the daughter of John Berwick (Convict, 1810, “Ann”) and Charlotte Rogers.  Charlotte was herself the daughter of John Rogers (Second Fleet Convict, 1790, “Neptune”) and Elizabeth Celly (Convict, 1798, “Britannia”).

Samuel and Elizabeth Hurst had a large family, 11 children, born between 1838 and 1861.

Convict Changes History

Pat Hodge on 8th February, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1886 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Lea Katrina Knight on 8th February, 2017 made the following changes:


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