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Ralph Johnson

Ralph Johnson, one of 238 convicts transported on the Lord Petre, 03 July 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ralph Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 1878
Age: 68 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 10 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Lord Petre
Departure date: 3rd July, 1843
Arrival date: 15th October, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 237 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 356
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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David Johnson on 2nd January, 2012 wrote:

Stafford 1842
Stafford Assizes Court 11 December 1841
Ralph Johnson (32)

'Breaking into the dwelling house of John Sharratt [Silversmith] in the night of the 30th Nov 1841 at Wednesfield, and stealing therein a quantity of bacon, and two hams, his property, after a previous conviction for felony of the said Ralph Johnson'.
11 Dec J Barker Esq

J Wellington [co-accused] to be imprisoned 12 calendar months and kept to hard labour. Ralph Johnson to be transported for the term of ten years..

Staffordshire Advertiser March 19 1842 (page4 column 4)

Joseph Wellington, Ralph Johnson and Sarah Johnson were indicted for breaking into the dwelling house of John Sharratt in the night of the 30th of November at Wednesfield, and stealing a quantity of bacon and two hams, The prisoner Wellington pleaded guilty to the charge. Mr Grey appeared for the prosecution. Mr Allen defended the prisoners.
The wife of prosecutor proved that her husband’s house was properly secured on the night of the 29th of November and on the following morning the casement of the window was found taken away and placed by the door. More than 100 lbs of bacon, two hams and a bird (a canary) were stolen from the premises. Sarah Reynolds said she keeps a beershop at Bumblehole in the parish of Dudley. Several days after the robbery the two Johnsons brought a quantity of bacon and two hams to her house which they offered for sale. Witness gave them 2 [pounds] 1s for the bacon and ham.
The court believed that the female, who was the wife of the prisoner Ralph Johnson, acted under his control, she was acquitted.
Johnson was found guilty and a previous conviction for felony having been proved against him in October, 1833, for which offence he was imprisoned months, he was sentenced to transportation for ten years.
Wellington, who had borne a good character previous to the commission of this offence was ordered to be imprisoned for twelve months to hard labour.
Staffordshire Advertiser March 19 1842 (page4 column 4)

Hair – dark brown
Whiskers – dark brown
Visage – long
Forehead – medium
Eyebrows – dark brown
Eyes – light brown
Nose – medium
Mouth – medium
Chin – medium
Native place – Staffordshire near Newcastle under Lyme
Tried at Stafford 9th March 1842
Religion – Protestant

Can read and write

Remarks – [tattoos] woman holding flower - H†E – RJ a heart and three dots on right arm. Ring on 3rd finger left hand – twice bled [?] right arm. Large wrist bones – several blue marks on hands – weak eyes.

Transported for burglary – Gaol report & Court rpt 5 times of felony – bad character- contemptuous [?] sullen disposition – very orderly – Health[?] report very good – stated his offences as ‘housebreaking stealing £120 – convicted stealing velveteen[cotton cloth, imitation velvet] – twice for poaching 2 months & 3months and for fishing 2months’

Surgeons report [Lord petre]
Number of offences [on ship] none
How employed – not
General conduct – good.
Conduct report [offences and sentences] 1843-1849
23 may 1844 absent from his station without leave –one month hard labour
17th July 1844 - felony - committed for trial 1st Aug – prison ??
30th December 1844 – absconding – eighteen months hard labour –workhouse – not appealing

Emerged[?] from[Probation] gang 16th July 1846
28th August 1846 – Misconduct ?? – ‘put to hard labour’
29th August 1846 – Leaving his work without leave – two days solitary
23rd June 1849 – Misconduct – seven days solitary

Hobart 1851

Hobart 1851
Ralph Johnson (39)

Ralph JOHNSTON, age 39, married Hannah HIGGINS, age 30, 01 Dec 1851, District of Hobart, RGD 37 1851/345.

Charlotte JOHNSON, born 01 Dec 1852, District of Hobart, parents Ralph & Hannah (nee Farrell), RGD 33 1852/1877.

Possible deaths:

A Ralf Johnson died 02 May 1882, District of Launceston, age 71, RGD 35 1882/690.

A Hannah Johnson, died 01 Apr 1866, District of Deloraine, age 43, RGD 35 1866/101.

Some interesting entries that could well be the daughter Charlotte:

Thomas JOHNS, age 23, married Charlotte HIGGINS, age 17, 25 Aug 1868, District of Deloraine, RGD 37 1868/51.

Ada Sophia JONES, born 15 Oct 1872, District of Deloraine, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnson) RGD 33 1872/281.

Albert Thomas Ralph JOHNS, born 16 Jul 1874, District of Deloraine, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnson), RGD 33 1874/275.

Herbert Cecil JOHNS, born 02 Feb 1877, District of Fingal, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnson), RGD 33 1877/414.

Thomas Leonard JOHNS, born 06 Dec 1878, District of Fingal, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnson), RGD 33 1878/597.

Leith Thomas JOHNS, born 07 Nov 1880, District of Fingal, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnston), RGD 33 1880/1056.

Leslie Claud JOHNS, born 24 Aug 1885, District of Fingal, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnstone), RGD 33 1885/1531.

Allan JOHNS, born 28 Sep 1890, District of Fingal, parents Thomas & Charlotte (nee Johnson), RGD 33 1890/1603.

Ralph Johnson’s Tasmanian Convict record references are:
Conduct Records CON 33/45
Description List CON 18/34
Indent CON 14/24

The AOT online Names indexes > Convicts Applications for Permissions to Marry has an entry for him applying to marry Hanna Higgins, convict per Earl Grey.

Hanna Higgins aka Farrell, per Earl Grey (2)
Conduct Records CON 41/26
Description List CON 19/8
Indent CON 15/6
Misc. Records MM 71/1

Convict Permissions to Marry CON 52/3 p243 & CON 52/4

Convict Changes History

David Johnson on 2nd January, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1810-00-00, date of death 1878-00-00, gender m

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