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Joseph Jefferson

Joseph Jefferson, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Jefferson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1825
Age: 32 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 120
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 5th August, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: shoplifting.
13th January 1813
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Death
JOSEPH JEFFERSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of December, seventeen pounds weight of cheese, value 14 s. the property of John Roper privately in his shop.

JOHN ROPER. I am a chandler, at Marybone.

Q. Did you lose any cheese on the 18th of December - A. Yes. I was not in the shop at the time it was taken.

CORNELIA ROPER. On the 18th of December, about a quarter after six in the evening a man came in my shop and asked for a pennyworth of tobacco, and I not liking the looks of him, I cast my
eyes round the shop, I missed a double Gloster cheese. I called my husband, and I told him I had missed a cheese. He considered a minute or two, and went out, saying, he would see if he could find the cheese.
Q. Where was your husband - A. In the back yard. I sent my little girl to him. He came and went out immediately, and in about two minutes my husband brought the prisoner in with the cheese under his arm, tied up in a dirty apron.

Q. Is the prisoner the same person that came for the tobacco in your shop - A. No. My husband charged the watch with the prisoner.

Q. What part of the shop was the cheese laying in - A. It was laying near the door.

Q. You did not see any body take it, did you - A. No.

Q. Your attention was taken with the person you were serving - A. Yes.

Q. Was the shop door open - A. No, it was latched.

John Roper. My wife called me in, told me that she had lost a cheese. I went out, and went to the corner of the street, where I saw three men standing together, a little distance from the corner. I waited the space of a minute. The prisoner and two others came by me. The prisoner was walking in the middle of the other two. Having got past me I jumped at him, and catched hold of him by the collar. The cheese was in a dirty apron, under his arm. The moment I seized him by the collar he said, he had never seen my shop in his life. I told him, I would soon shew it him. I took him back to my shop with the cheese. This is the cheese. It had my name on it when it was lost. It is there now; R for Roper. I had seen the cheese in my shop about ten minutes before my wife called me into the shop. I am certain that is my property. The cheese cost me ten-pence halfpenny a pound.

WILLIAM HUSON. I am a constable. The prisoner was brought in first to the watchhouse. I searched him; there was nothing about him. I locked him up. I enquired for the cheese; the cheese was brought in by the watchman.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was coming down High-street, Marybone, about six in the evening, at a pawnbroker’s window, in the corner. I saw the cheese wrapt up in an apron. I instantly picked it up. Two young men saw me pick it up; they said, I picked up a prize. I put it under my arm. Coming by Marybone-lane, Mr. Roper took me in custody. That is all I have to say. I never saw the two young men before in my life.

Q. to Mrs. Roper. Was any body in the shop when the man came in for the tobacco, but yourself - A. No.

GUILTY - DEATH, aged 21.

1824: TOL Wilberforce.

1825: NSW BDM: Joseph Jefferson died 1825, aged 32.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 5th August, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1825 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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