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John Jenkins

John Jenkins, one of 156 convicts transported on the Speke, 13 December 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Jenkins
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 22nd May, 1791
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 25th August, 1886
Age: 95 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Speke
Departure date: 13th December, 1820
Arrival date: 18th May, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 422
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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Richard Watkins on 3rd October, 2012 wrote:

John gained his Ticket of Leave from his life conviction on Wednesday 5 Aug 1829 and his Conditional Pardon on Thursday 8 Sep 1836 under number 709.  John, in 1833 purchased Buckingbong station located near Naranderra with his brother Francis, from Mr Bell.  At this stage they had 1000 head of cattle and soon prospered.  John established a home at Gillenbah Station about 7 miles south of Buckingbong Station of Gillenbah and Buckingbong stations covered a total 83,200 acres.

Graham Wade on 18th January, 2013 wrote:

I’m not sure but I think Richard Watkins may be confusing John Jenkins (Snr) with his son, John Jenkins (Jnr) who was the one that bought Buckingbong Stn with his brother Francis (Frank), also one of John (Snr)‘s sons. You can double check at http://www.carolmcneill.com/html/john_jenkins_and_maria_ray_-_n.html  AND/OR http://www.carolmcneill.com/html/the_jenkins_family_-_buckingbo.html .

Phil Hands on 7th March, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted along with 3 others at the Kent Assizes on 20th May 1820 for breaking into the dwelling of the widow Elizabeth King and stealing four beds, seventeen blankets, six counterpanes, eight pillows, four bolsters, one pair of snuffers and a pin cushion, all valued at Forty Three pounds two shillings and sixpence. They were all found guilty and sentenced to be ‘hanged by the neck until they be dead’. All four appeared before the court again in July 1820, where the sentences were commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 22nd December 1820.
Ship:- the ‘Speke I’ sailed with 156 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th May 1821.

He was assigned as a servant to James Aitkinson of Oldbury, Sutton Forrest.
Here, with the help of Atkinson, he successfully petitioned the Government to bring his wife and children to Australia. They arrived on the `Granada` on 23rd January 1825.
John again successfully petitioned the Government, this time to be re-assigned, as a servant to his wife and the family were re-united.
Being a convict, he could not own land so Charlotte was granted 60 acres of Sutton Forrest.
He was pardoned on 8 September 1836.

Kent Assizes
Indictments Summer 1820
20th May 1820
The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their oath present the THOMAS WOOD late of the parish of East Malling in the County of Kent, Labourer, JOHN JENKINS late of the same, Labourer, JOHN HOLLANDS late of the same, Labourer, and THOMAS WEBSTER late of the same, Labourer
On the second day of May in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the fourth by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the Faith, about the hour of eleven in the night of the same day with force and arms at the parish aforesaid in the county aforesaid the dwelling house of Elizabeth King widow there situate, feloniously and burglariously did break and enter with intent the goods and chattels in the same dwelling house then being, then and there feloniously and burglariously to steal take and carry away four beds of the value of twenty pounds, seventeen blankets of the value of eight pounds, six counterpanes of the value of six pounds, eight pillows of the value of four pounds, four bolsters of the value of five pounds, one pair of snuffers of the value of two shillings, and one pin cushion of the value of siz pence, of the goods and chattels of the said Elizabeth King in the same dwelling house then and there being found, then and there feloniously and burglariously did steal take and carry away against the peace of our said Lord the King his crown and dignity.

Convict Changes History

Richard Watkins on 3rd October, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 22nd May, 1791, date of death 25th August, 1886, gender, occupation

Phil Hands on 7th March, 2017 made the following changes:


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