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Margaret Johnson, one of 60 convicts transported on the Persian, 10 April 1827
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
10th April, 1827
5th August, 1827
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 59 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 145 (74)
||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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Maureen Withey on 2nd March, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 March 2020), September 1826, trial of MARGARET JOHNSON MARY SMITH (t18260914-125).
MARGARET JOHNSON, MARY SMITH, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th September 1826.
SECOND DAY. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.
Fourth Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1436. MARGARET JOHNSON and MARY SMITH were indicted for stealing, on the 1st of September , 1 watch,value 3l. 10s.; 1 seal, value 1l. 15s.; 1 watch-key, value 14s., and 1 chain, value 1s., the goods of William Winter , from his person .
WILLIAM WINTER. I live at Pentonville, and am a plumber . On the evening of the 1st of September I was in Gray’s-inn-lane , and met the two prisoners, who asked for something to refresh them, saying they had had nothing all day; I went to a house and paid for a pint of porter for them; I then walked out; they then came and attempted to pass me - Smith took me by the left arm - Johnson struck me, and took my watch, and handed it to Smith; I took hold of Johnson, and said “You are mistaken in the person to-night, and I shall fix you;” Smith then came up and struck me; I caught hold of her, and held them both till the watchman came; I saw Smith stoop to put the watch behind a hoard, and then return to help Johnson.
WILLIAM SCRIVENS . I sell shell-fish, and live in Baldwin’s-gardens. I saw the prosecutor struggling with the two prisoners - he had hold of them, and asked them for his watch; he held them till the watchman came up - I got a light and found the watch opposite to where he was, by the side of a board fence, where the buildings had been taken down; I had heard the chain rattle when he called for the watchman; the prisoners were near enough to the boards to place the watch there.
GEORGE PARRY . I am the watchman. I took them in charge about eleven o’clock at night; I heard the cry and ran down - I saw them trying to get from Mr. Winter.
JOSEPH DURWAND . I am a constable. I received the two prisoners at the watch-house, and received this watch from Scriven.
JOHNSON’S Defence. We met this gentleman, who was very much intoxicated; we went into the house, and had something to drink - when we came out he said “Good God, I have lost my watch;” he then seized us both - I said “Don’t pull us so, you had better call the watchman,” which he did.
COURT to JOSEPH DURWAND. Q. When the prisoner came to the watch-house did he appear to be drunk? A. No - he swore so hard and fast to them that we were forced to lock them up, though it was not till after they were locked up that the man came in, and said he had found the watch - we had searched them before, and found nothing on them.
JOHNSON - GUILTY . Aged 22.
SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 16.
Transported for Fourteen Years .
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 2nd March, 2020 made the following changes: