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William Jessop

William Jessop, one of 230 convicts transported on the England, 06 June 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Jessop
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: England
Departure date: 6th June, 1835
Arrival date: 28th September, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 230 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 75 (40)
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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Giles Colchester on 22nd October, 2020 wrote:

The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. 06 July 1833 page 3 col B
James Wright, William Jessop, James Watson, Lionel Nichols, and George Moor, were indicted for stealing from the dwelling house of John Oakely of Framlingham, innkeeper, a quantity of rum, rum shrub, Burton ale, wine, and other articles, his property.  This case occupied the attention of the Court upwards of three hours, and ultimately failed, from the inability of the prosecutor to shew that any of the articles in question had been in the actual possession of any of the prisoners and they were subsequently acquitted.

Bury and Norwich Post 30 July 1834 page 1 Col D
George Moor aged 22, Daniel Watson 20, and William Jessop 20 were charged with a rape upon Elizabeth Chapman in the parish of Framlingham, The prosecutrix , a plain looking woman, 25 years old, with a defect in her speech such as frequently accompanies imbecility of mind, deposed that she had lived 10 years in Dennington workhouse, that on the afternoon in question, she went with Mrs Muddock, the matron of the workhouse, and four young children of the house, Catlin Fairweather, James Beaumont, Susan Emmerson, and Sarah Crowfoot, from Dennington to Framlingham;  Mrs Muddock was detained by business and told them to go on without her; on their crossing the Castle Path, at the upper gate, she saw the three prisoners, and another man named Dickerson, (who has since absconded); on witness going through, Dickerson assaulted and committed a gross insult upon her; she was thrown down, and after she got up again, dragged by Dickerson, the prisoners at the bar shoving behind her, to the lower gate, across two meadows into a barn yard; she sunk down five times on the way, and was so much frightened that she could not tell what was done to her; the offence was committed in the barn yard, by all four men.  On being questioned whether she made any resistance, she said, “I made none;” and in reply to other questions, said, “I did nothing,” “I did nothing.” “I held my tongue.” The men afterwards left her, and witness went into the meadow, where she met Mrs Muddock and Crowfoot; did not tell them what had happened then; complained to Crowfoot of the way she had been treated that night; and also to Mrs Muddock.  In the cross examination of the witness, which occupied two hours she said the prisoners hid themselves whilst Dickerson committed the offence; when Dickerson left her, Moor came; and when Moor left her, Jessop came, she remaining against the haulm wall during the intervals.  Dickerson and witness were “old friends;” he had once before behaved rudely to her near the castle, and ten or eleven years ago she charged two men with behaving rudely to her, but they were not committed. Watson offered her a shilling, but she refused it.  To the Judge she said she objected to the prisoners going with her. She had never seen the prisoners before.  Mr Prendergast submitted that there was no case to go to the Jury. The learned judge said he was willing to received further evidence, but it would be unsafe to find a verdict of guilty for a common assault on the present testimony.  Catlin Fairweather, aged 14 deposed that he say the prosecutrix dragged into the barn yard and heard her cry “murder” once; she tied to get away, but the prisoners would not let her and told witness they would hide (beat) him if he did not get away.  The prosecutrix fainted in the meadow.  He did not stay long after the men threatened him.  Susan Emmerson aged 13 confirmed the previous evidence as to the force used in dragging the prosecutrix away, and her crying murder; she ran with James Beaumont for Mrs Muddock, who came directly.  Mrs Muddock, who keeps Dennington workhouse, deposed that she never saw anything improper in Chapman’s conduct;  there was a little peculiarity in her understanding, she did not possess a proper knowledge altogether. When Emmerson and Beaumont fetched witness she saw Chapman coming through the gate; she was very much exhausted and looked very bad. Chapman, witness, Emmerson, and the two boys walked home together; almost immediately after they got home, she saw Chapman alone, when he told witness all of her own accord.  Never found Chapman doing anything which indicated that she did not know what she was about.  Mr Carley surgeon judged from appearances that violence had been done to the prosecutrix. 
The learned judge, in summing up, remarked upon the extraordinary evidence of the prosecutrix and also upon the evidence of Mrs Muddock, and left it for the Jury to say, whether they believed from the statement of Chapman, that she had consented to the acts of the prisoners; or whether they thought the prisoners had taken advantage of her mental imbecility. The Jury asked leave to retire, and after remaining about an hour they returned a verdict of Guilty against all the prisoners.  Mr Robt. Aldrich foreman said “We sincerely recommend the prisoners to mercy.” Mr Prendergast “Oh! There can be no occasion for that the evidence is quite sufficient for that purpose.” The learned Judge, to the Jury “Upon what grounds do you make your recommendation.” Foreman “because we think the prisoners were instigated by one who has escaped; and perhaps if he had not been present they would not have committed the offence. ”  The judge “I will consider how far I can attend to the recommendation of the Jury”.

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