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James Jolly

James Jolly, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Jolly
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1832
Age: 54 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Felony
Convicted at: Norfolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 239 (121)
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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Andrew Potts on 12th January, 2016 wrote:

James Jolly was born in Suffolk in 1787.
He was convicted March 25, 1815.
He received a conditional pardon on May 27, 1828 (Pardon No. 11).
He is described in his Conditional Pardon as being 5’ 3 3/4”, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.
His Conditional Pardon was published in the July 18, 1829 issue of the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (No. 1685)

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 wrote:

At Thetford Assizes, James Jolly, who tried two several indictments, the first having on the 20th February last, wilfully maliciously stabbed Rebecca, wife wife of W Crack, of Rickinghall, in Suffolk, with’ intent to murder her, or her some mischief; the second for a similar attack upon the same day, on the person of Sarah, a servant in the family of T. Thornhill, Esq., present High Sheriff of Norfolk.  On the first indictment the prisoner was acquitted, in consequence of Mr. Webber the surgeon who dressed Rebecca Crack’s wound, having said in his evidence, the possibility of its having been committed by accident, and the prosecutrix being unwilling swear that the intent was the fact. Upon the second indictment the intent of the prisoner was more clearly proved. and he was accordingly found guilty, received sentence of death, under Lord Ellenborough’s Act, which cutting or maiming rendered capital, although the wounds be not mortel. 
Kentish Weekly Post, 14 April 1815.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 wrote:

NSW 1828 Census Index.
James Jolly, age 39, T.L. Ocean1, 1816, Life, Chapel keeper, Macquarie, Sydney. Holds 1 Town Allotment in Philip. Street.

David Hunt on 17th October, 2020 wrote:

Buried Sydney 14 May 1832 - age listed as 55

Patricia Wearne on 19th January, 2021 wrote:

Was tried at Bury St Edmonds in 1808 for stealing a male ass, sentenced to 7 years and transportation. He served his 7 years in the hulk Captivity in Portsmouth and was not transported. He returned to Hopton near Diss and arranged the Banns to be read for his link to his love before his incarnation at Portsmouth which met with disapproval from her sister.  An argument broke out at is love’s workplace resulting in use of a knife and transportation for life to Sydney.  There is no record of further court cases while he lived in Sydney.  In 1825 he became verger of Wesleyan Macquarie Street Chapel He married Ann Brown, convict Harmony, in 1828 and they had three children Only the oldest child born in Sydney in 1828, a boy James lived while two daughters died when only a couple of months old.

Convict Changes History

Andrew Potts on 12th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1787 (prev. 0000), occupation

Iris Dunne on 9th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

David Hunt on 17th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1777 (prev. 1787), date of death: 1832 (prev. 0000)

Patricia Wearne on 19th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1778 (prev. 1777), crime

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