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Samuel James

Samuel James, one of 272 convicts transported on the Perseus and Coromandel, January 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel James
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th March, 1784
Occupation: Cordwainer
Date of Death: 6th March, 1855
Age: 70 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Perseus and Coromandel
Departure date: January, 1802
Arrival date: 14th August, 1802
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 251 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 304
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 7th May, 2014 wrote:

From the research of John James:

SAMUEL JAMES was baptised on 27 June 1784 at Chelmsford Essex. Like many others, at the tender age of thirteen years for whatever offence was tried in Essex GD, on 5 March 1798 and sentenced to serve seven years in the new colony. Aboard the” Perseus ” as prisoner number 215 he made the long hard voyage following the second fleet in the loose company of “coromandel ii”, and disembarked to commence his new life in NSW on 4 August 1802. Declared free by servitude he received his Certificate of Freedom in 1810.

Ann Bean was born on 12 November 1789 in London and accompanied her parents to arrive free in Sydney aboard the “Buffalo” (Governor Hunter was also on this ship), and on 28 November1808 became Samuel’s wife. They were married by banns at St Johns Church, Parramatta.

The Court of Magistracy, Parramatta on 6 August 1823 formally appointed Samuel constable for the district of Castle Hill. This appointment was approved by Fred Goulburn, Colonial Secretary. The following is an extract from the Memorial of Samuel James, witnessed by William Fishbur and Jack Bradley on 3 Sept 1823.
“That Memorialist, is a free man and has been a resident of this colony a number of years - and some years, constable for the district of Baulkham Hills, has a wife who came out free by whom he has seven children”
“That Memorialist received from his late Excellency Governor Macquarie, a Grant of Eighty Acres of land situate at Baulkham Hills. That he has forty acres fell, twenty cleared and in cultivation and a good substantial dwelling house thereon, where memorialist resides with his family “. \
“That Memorialist trusts Your Excellency will take the above into your favourable ears about and award to him the usual indulgences, namely of allowing himself wife - family and a government servant to be victualled on His Majesty’s stores for such length of time as to your excellency shall soon meet out for such. Not of humanity “.

Samuel and Ann had twelve children (4 sons and 8 daughters) all of whom married into the local community, notably Elizabeth who married John Kentwell and later became known as ” Granny Kentwell” .
Samuel James died 6 March 1855 and was buried 8 March 1855. His wife Ann died 11 March 1854 both were buried by the Rev James Carter at St John’s church cemetary, O’Connell St Parramatta .

Denis Pember on 16th January, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref J0141]  James, Samuel, 44, free by servitude, Perseus, 7 years, Protestant, constable, Baulkham Hills. 80 acres, 4 cattle.
[Ref J0142] James, Ann, 38, came free, Buffalo, 1801, Protestant.
[Ref J0143] James, John, 12, born in the colony.
[Ref J0144] James, Samuel (Jun), 10, born in the colony.
[Ref J0145] James, Lucy, 6, born in the colony.
[Ref J0146] James, Sarah, 4, born in the colony.
[Ref J0147] James, Jane, 2, born in the colony.

Debra Gully on 1st July, 2017 wrote:

SAMUEL JAMES was baptised on 27 June 1784 at Chelmsford Essex.

He appeared on the 29th of November 1797, at Lent Assizes, Essex, England, and was charged on the oath of Samuel Miller of having, on the 26th day of November 1797, “broken his Bereau (sic) and stolen thereout Six Shillings his property and a Note of the Bank of England of the Value of Ten Pounds.”

The Indictment read as follows:
“the Jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath present that Samuel James the Younger late of the Parish of Theydon Garnon in the County of Essex Labourer on the twenty sixth day of November in the thirty eighth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third King of Great Britain with force and arms at the parish aforesaid in the County aforesaid in the dwelling house of Samuel Miller feloniously did steal, take and carry away one piece of Silver Coin of this realm called an half Crown of the value of Two Shillings and sixpence three pieces of Silver Coin of this realm called Shillings of the value of three shillings and one piece of Silver Coin of this realm called a sixpence of the value of sixpence of the Monies of Samuel Miller and one Bank Note for the payment of Ten Pounds and of the value of Ten Pounds the said note at the time of committing the felony aforesaid being the property of the said Samuel Miller and the
sum of Ten Pounds payable and secured thereby being then due and unsatisfied against the form of Statute in such Case made and provided and against the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and dignity.”
Samuel was confined on Prison Hulk Stanislaus, from the 12th of October 1797 until he left for the fatal shore.
He was tried at Lent Assizes, Chelmsford, Essex, England, Monday the 5th of March 1798. He was 18 years old. He pleaded guilty to the charge and had no goods to return.
He was originally sentenced “to be hanged by the neck until he be dead” but this was later commuted to transportation for seven years.
Samuel James arrived in New South Wales as a convict aboard the Perseus on the 4th of August 1802. The ship sailed from Spithead, England, on Friday the 12th February 1802. The master of the ship was John Davidson.

In the 1806 General Muster Samuel was listed as a labourer at Parramatta.

On the 28th November 1808 Samuel married Ann Bean.

MARRIAGE: Samuel James of the parish of St John Parramatta and Ann Bean were married in this church by banns this twenty eight day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and eight by me James Mileham J.P.
Samuel made his X mark and Ann signed the register in the presence of Benjamin Jacobs and Ann Brient who both made their X marks.
Ann Bean arrived in Sydney with her parents, free immigrants, and siblings on the HMS Buffalo, which sailed from England in 1798 and arrived in Port Jackson on the 3rd of May 1799.
FREEDOM: Samuel James received his Ticket of Leave No. 41/215 on Saturday, 9 June 1810 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

LAND GRANT: Samuel received a grant of land as follows:
“Unto Samuel James His Heirs and Assigns to Have and to Hold For Ever Eighty acres of land - lying and situate in the District of Castle Hill - Bounded on the East by Williams, Fishburn and Tiernan farms bearing North twenty five degrees East thirty seven Chains - on the North by a line West twenty five degrees North twenty four
chains - on the West by a line South twenty five degrees West to James farm - and on the South by that and Bradley’s farms to Bean’s North Corner - Conditioned not to sell or alienate the same for the space of Five years from the Date hereof and to Cultivate
Eighteen Acres within the said period - and reserving to Government the Right of Making a Public Road through the same - and also reserving for the use of the Crown such Timber as may be deemed fit for Naval purposes - Quit Rent One Shilling.

    In Testimony this 13th day of January 1818
    signed L. Macquarie
    Witnessed by John Watts H. Macquarie.

Note: In the 1822 General Muster, Samuel was listed as a Constable of Parramatta.
Note: In the General Muster, Land & Stock Muster - September to November 1818

Samuel was shown as having 80 acres of land and four head of cattle.
Note: A Memorandum to Sir Thomas Brisbane on the 3rd of September 1823 stated that Samuel had 20 acres cleared and cultivated, 40 acres of pasture, and that a substantial dwelling house had been erected. Samuel was asking for his family to be
victualled from Government Stores so he was apparently finding it difficult to support them from their own farming.

In a further Memorandum to the Governor dated the 7th of August 1824 it is stated that Samuel had been free for 19 years, had been a District Constable in the Baulkham Hills area for seven years, was in ill health and had nine children under 16 years living at home. He had, by diligent work, cleared and cultivated 20 acres of land however, a fire earlier in the year had damaged property and implements. He was seeking a further grant of land as pasture for his cattle. It is doubtful that this was granted.
Note: In the 1825 General Muster Samuel was listed as a constable of Pennant Hills.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Made on the 16th of July 1852(Age 68)

Know all men by these presents that I, Samuel James of Baulkham Hills, in the colony of New South Wales, farmer, and my wife, Ann James, have for and in considerations of the natural love and affection which we have and bear for our son John James of
Baulkham Hills, in the colony of New South Wales aforesaid, and by these presents do give and assign and set over unto the said John James our son, all that cottage and premises in which I now reside together with the land and tenements thereunto appertaining and belonging to the farm containing about 50 acres or thereabouts
bounded on the east by William Fishburns and Tiernans Farms, bearing north 20 degrees east, 37 chains on the north by a mile west 25 degrees north, 24 chains on the west by a line south 20 degrees west to Jones farm and on the south by Bradley’s farms, to have and to hold the same to and for the use of said John James our son, on
certain proviso and provisos forever. That is to say my son John James is bound unto us both that upon taking possession of the said land and premises, he the said John James is bound to provide a sufficient maintenance and support in a respectable manner as long as we both live. Reserving for our joint use the cottage we now reside
in and at our demise to be interred in a decent manner carried in an undertakers hearse to the grave. But it is expressly to be understood that the said farm is not to be mortgaged aliened or sold on any pretence without the consent of the present proprietor, in that case made and provided and then at the demise of the said John James to revert in his will and last testament to such person as the said John James may think proper to leave the aforesaid land by and with the consent of such members of the family as shall approve the same.
In witness whereof we have both hereunto set our hand and seal this 16th day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two.

Signed and sealed in the presence of
Louise Henry Campbell, James James, Samuel James, Ann James.

Cemetery: St. John’s Church of England Cemetery
Samuel’s headstone inscription reads:
Sacred to the Memory of
Samuel James Died March 5 1855 Aged 71 yrs
O think who is on this stone you look
Tis written in the Holy Book
That Christ in mercy shed his blood

Samuel James died on the 5th day of March 1855 and was buried on the 8th.
His wife Ann died on the 11th of March 1854. They were both buried by the Rev. James Carter at St John’s Church cemetery, O’Connell St. Parramatta .

Samuel and Ann had the following children:
1. William James 1808 - 1878
2. Elizabeth James 1810 - 1885
3. Ann James 1812 - 1850
4. Rosetta James 1814 - 1889
5. John Robert James1816 - 1897
6. Samuel James 1818 - 1839
7. James James 1820 - 1905
8. Lucy Jane James 1822 - 1901
9. Sarah James 1824 - 1909
10. Jane James 1826 - 1912
11. Mary Ann James 1829 - 1841
12. Esther James 1833 - 1923

Convict Changes History

Owen James on 7th May, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 26th March, 1784 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th March, 1855 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

John Prince on 22nd August, 2015 made the following changes:


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