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James Jackson

James Jackson, one of 160 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 17 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Jackson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 17th September, 1819
Arrival date: 27th January, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 234
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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D Wong on 14th January, 2018 wrote:

NOTE: 2 James Jackson’s on this voyage - the other one was tried at Salop Assizes.

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM IVES, THOMAS IVES, WILLIAM BAILEY, JAMES JACKSON, Theft > housebreaking, 17th June 1818.

Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty > with recommendation
Punishment: Death; Death; Death; Death

WILLIAM IVES, THOMAS IVES, WILLIAM BAILEY, and JAMES JACKSON were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Bracey Ken , about four o’clock in the afternoon of the 6th of May, at Fulham (Mary, his wife, and others being therein), and stealing therein seventeen silver spoons, value 6l.; one silver funnel, value 2l.; one pair of silver sugar-tongs, value 5s., and one silver milk-pot, value 2l., his property.

MARTHA LAWRENCE. I am servant to Mr. William Bracey Kent, who lives in the parish of Fulham. On Wednesday the 6th of May, between three and four o’clock in the afternoon, I found the parlour window open, and the plate taken off the sideboard. I had been there half an hour before, the window was then shut and the plate safe-it is on the ground-floor; Mrs. Kent had been in the room after I left-the windows were not fast. I heard Mrs. Kent in the parlour, she might have opened the window without my knowing it. There is another house joins ours. I saw some dirt on the carpet, and in the room. I looked out of the window, and saw the gate open, and dirt on the window ledge, as if some person had got in at the window-it is not quite to the ground; there is a fore court to the house, I did not observe any footsteps there. I cannot say whether more than one person had been in. I missed the articles stated in the indictment; there were six table-spoons and a teapot left. I alarmed Mrs. Kent and the servants, and they gave the alarm-Blyth and Lambe went in pursuit. The prisoners were brought to the house about six o’clock. Cook brought the things back.

SARAH PRING. I live with Mr. Singer, next door to Mr. Kent. I saw the prisoner, William Ives, in the road in front of the house, about a quarter after three o’clock in the afternoon, no person was with him - He asked me to buy a ball of cotton of him. I said I did not want any. I was at the window, he asked for a drink of water. I made him no answer. I went from the window for about five minutes, and when I returned he was in Mr. Kent’s court, looking at the front window - He was in the forecourt. I left the window, leaving him there. About an hour and a half after I heard of the robbery, and saw William Ives ; I knew him again, and am sure he is the person.

WILLIAM BLYTH. Mrs. Kent asked me to go in pursuit of the persons who committed the robbery. Lambe went with me. I received information, and went towards Kensington, I found four persons in a lane leading to Lord Holland’s, one of them had his hat off, they were looking at what was in his hat-one of them saw us, and they all four ran off; we crossed a field, and called out Stop thief! I saw Lord Holland’s groom stop Jackson as they ran - He was one of them-the other three ran off. Lord Holland’s servants went in pursuit. I kept them in sight all the way, they at last surrendered themselves after they had crossed the canal. I am positive the prisoners are the four men that I saw standing together in the lane. It was either Thomas Ives, or Bailey, that had his hat off.

CHARLES LAMB I went in pursuit with Blyth, and saw the prisoners together in the lane, looking into the hat - I followed them. Lord Holland’s servant took Jackson, the others were stopped and brought back. I am sure they are the boys that I saw in the lane-the property was not found on them; I said they must have dropped it. I went to look in the direction they had ran, and found a large silk shawl in a ditch, which had a silver wine strainer in it, broken in two, I gave it to the constable. I found nothing else. I had seen the prisoners run by the side of that ditch.

EDWARD KNOTT. I was driving a dray, and stopped opposite Mr. Kent’s gate. I saw a boy come out of the gate with his hat in his hand-one stood in the road opposite the gate, I believe it was Bailey, and another was sitting under the wall, about fifty yards further on-it was one of the prisoners, I do not know which; I believe Bailey came out with the hat. Jackson was in the road, and went up to the one that came out, and said, “give me a bit.” I heard no answer made. After they passed me, the one under the wall got up, they all walked off together. About five or ten minutes after Mrs. Kent gave the alarm that some person had robbed the house. The people went in pursuit.

OWEN DERMOTT. I was working in Mr. Hall’s field, and saw the prisoners, William and Thomas Ives , and Bailey, running gently in the field towards the canal; in a few minutes after I heard Lord Holland’s servants call Stop thief! I joined in the pursuit, got out of breath, and was obliged to stop; as I returned I found the plate in a ditch, close to the path, which they had passed while I was pursuing them; I found all the silver there, which was delivered to Cooke. I am sure the prisoners are the men I saw.

WILLIAM COOK. I am servant to Lord Holland. I joined in pursuit-Jackson was stopped. I saw the other three running in the Uxbridge road; they surrendered themselves, as they could not get away. I received the plate from Dermott, and gave it to Morland.

JOHN MORLAND Lamb gave me the wine-strainer, and Cook gave me the rest of the plate-it weighs twentynine ounces, and is worth 7l. 16s. 8d., as old silver. The prisoners were given into my charge.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

WILLIAM IVES’S Defence. I was selling cotton laces. I had a bit of victuals given to me, we were going to eat it in the lane; the gentlemen came to us, and we ran away, thinking they were going to take us up for begging.
THOMAS IVES’S Defence. I cannot say more.

BAILEY’S Defence. I cannot say more.

JACKSON’S Defence. I cannot say more.

W. IVES - GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 16.

T. IVES - GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 15.



Of stealing in a dwelling-house, but not of breaking and entering.

Recommended to Mercy.

William and Thomas Ives and William Bailey were all on board the ‘Lord Sidmouth’ 1819.

James Jackson was 15 years old when convicted.

4/2/1823: On list of assigned convicts who are not mechanics. Assigned to Alexander Shand - Newcastle
8/2/1823: Assigned servant of Mr. Shand.

7/10/1824: Newcastle: William Edwards per Asia and James Jackson per Prince Regent, in the service of government. Edward charged with theft and Jackson charged with receiving the goods stolen. Samuel Dell states…. I was absent from my house and left in charge of Edwards. On my return I found that my box had been forced and several articles of wearing apparel stolen. James Croft, keeper of His Majestys gaol at Newcastle states…William Edwards was committed to my custody on suspicion of having committed the robbery at Dells. I questioned Edwards about it - he told me two men had come into the house with blankets round them and had robbed the place. I told him his story was improbable. After some hesitation he told me he could find the articles stolen if the commandant would not flog him. I took him to the Commandant who promised not to flog him if he would produce all he has stolen from the box and I was directed to accompany Edward to the place where the stolen property was. He took me into the bush about six miles and on the way told me that James Jackson had the property. I demanded them of Jackson who was with the government cattle and returned with me towards Newcastle and when we were in the vicinity of the wind mills the stolen goods were produced. William Edwards was sentenced to Port Macquarie for the remainder of his sentence. James Jackson was sentenced to 23 lashes

Oct. 1824: Assigned to government service.  Sentenced by Magistrates Henry Gillman and John Brabyn to 25 lashes for receiving stolen goods - Newcastle.

1825: Assigned to government service at Newcastle.

4/6/1827: Newcastle - Labourer aged 23 from London; 5’ 1”, hazel eyes, dark flaxen hair, florid complexion; Absconded from the gaol gang.

1828 Census: Newcastle - Barracks.

19/7/1834: TOL

9/4/1834: TOL cancelled for being absent from the district and obtaining money under false pretences.

3/7/1835: Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books - James Jackson, ticket of leave holder charged with drunkenness….Constable Rouse testified…..Yesterday about one oclock in the day Mr. Hayes desired me to take the prisoner to the watch house for being on his premises. Mr. Hayes does not wish to prosecute the prisoner as he does not think he was on his premises with any bad intent. He was drunk but not riotous. He allowed me to take him quietly to the watchhouse. Fined 5 shillings or to be placed three hours in the stocks for drunkenness.

23/10/1835: Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books - James Jackson per Prince Regent, ticket of leave holder and Thomas Jones per John Barry, ticket of leave holder appeared before the Bench to answer to the complaint of Rev. Wilton for eating and living with his assigned men at the Glebe, contrary to orders. Admonished and discharged on their promises of never again molesting Rev. Wilton.

1838: TOL Newcastle.

April 1839: Newcastle - Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle:
James Jackson aged 36 and Ann Nowlan (Pyramus 1836) aged 21 were married.

1840: TOL Newcastle.
1842: TOL Newcastle.
1/7/1843: CP

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 14th January, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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