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Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson, one of 300 convicts transported on the Baring, April 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1787
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 16th April, 1828
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Baring
Departure date: April, 1815
Arrival date: 7th September, 1815
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 199 (101)
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 24th November, 2020 wrote:

Manchester Mercury Lancashire, England
15 Mar 1814
Joseph Johnson, with having embezzled divers sums of money from his employers, at Liverpool— Guilty.

Joseph Johnson was listed as 27 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Liverpool.

Joseph was 5’9” tall, dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
JOHNSON, Joseph. Per “Baring”, 1815

1815 Sep 15:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Baring” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.176)

1822:  Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3220; 4/1866 p.8)

1822 Aug 23:  Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3220; 4/1866 p.7)

1823 Apr 14-May 8:  To be transported for 14 years. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.91)

1823 Apr 23:  Petition by Elizabeth Hanks for permission to marry him (Reel 6058; 4/1771 p.229g)

1823 May 23:  On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.357)

1823 Jun 10:  Prisoner at Newcastle. Application to marry Elizabeth Hanks (Reel 6067; 4/1809 p.77)

1823 Sep 15:  On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Mermaid”; listed as Johnston (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.422-3)

1824 Mar 9:  Prisoner at Port Macquarie; married Elizabeth Hanks in 1823, who was cohabiting with John S Strange. Requesting that she be sent to him at Port Macquarie (Reel 6069; 4/1817 p.36).

1823: Married Elizabeth Hanks (1808-1832).

Letter to the Colonial Secretary:
Port Macquarie, 9 Mar 1824
Sir, I humbly trust you will excuse the liberty I take win thus troubling you, which I am alone led to do from your well known goodness, in the cause of morality. -  In April last, I received sentence of transportation for fourteen years, and, as I was on the point of marriage with a young woman named Elizabeth Hanks, a native, you was pleased to allow me to be sent to Newcastle the latter end of May, in order to be married to her, accordingly we were there married. - On the 10th of September, my wife went from Newcastle to Sydney on some business, and returned on the 19th, but in the mean time I had been removed to this settlement. She wrote me several letters from newcastle stating she would return to Sydney, in order to get a conveyance to follow me as soon as possible. - I have been anxiously expecting her here ever since, and have written several times to her, but have never received any answers, and I have now heard a report, that she is living an improper course of life, with a man named John Shaw Strange (Prisoner of the Crown who went from Newcastle with the late Commandt)), at the house of Peter Jackson, in Philip Street Sydney, another Prisoner of the Crown, who went from newcastle last May. - I have apply’d to the Commandant here, who has given me permission to say he has no objection to my wife being forwarded to this settlement; and therefore most humbly beg, yo will cause her to be sent here, on order that she may be placed under my protection, as her husband.
I am sir,
your most obedient
very humble servant
Joseph Johnson

(John Shaw Strange arrived per ‘Guildford 1822’ - he later had a common law liaison with Elizabeth Hanks).

16/4/1828: Convict Death Register - Joseph Johnson died, aged 40, in the Parish of St. Phillips, Sydney.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 24th November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1787 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th April, 1828 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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