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Gaffee Jones

Gaffee Jones, one of 290 convicts transported on the Lady Montagu, 31 July 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Gaffee Jones
Aliases: Benjamin
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1826
Occupation: Shopkeeper
Date of Death: 30th July, 1876
Age: 50 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Montagu
Departure date: 31st July, 1852
Arrival date: 9th December, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 461 (233)
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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Robin Sharkey on 25th May, 2020 wrote:

Gaffee Jones (Male) had been triedin 1848 at the age of 22, before he was actually transported to Tasmania in 1852..
In 1848, he stood trial at the Old Bailey for “feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert William Kinnaird and others, and stealing one 20l Bank-note, and 20 sovereigns, and other moneys, their property.”
He pleaded, presumably guilty, but his sentence was respited. He remained imprisoned for four years before his transportation, by then aged 26.

Tasmanian archives CON -14-1-43-IMage 307 “Gaffee Jones, tried [CC Court] 18 Sept 1848, 5ft 6”, sentence 7 years, Church of England, Single, aged 25 {note based on trial, getting close to 26}, could Both read & write. [also pencilled in name as “Johanne Benjamin Gaffee”]
Offence: Burgary [value] £88 fr Mr Kinnard”
Labourer. Native place: Bethnal Green.
Surgeon’s Report - at Thames (?) St.
Remarks: “B. Gd” [Behaviour good?]

Tas Archives, Description Lists, CON-18-1-58 Image 40:
Florid complexion, Light brown hair, blue eyes, dark brown eyebrows, medium head, oval visage, high forehead, medium nose, medium mouth, medium chin.
marks: “B left arm” [Birthmark?}

Tas Archives, CONDUCT RECORD CON 33-1-110 Image 40
“Transported for counting house breaking and larceny. Prison report not known. Stated this offence” [means Jones told the Tasmanian officials what he did]
Probation, 6 Mar P.B {prison barracks] hospital
B.H. 11 April 1853, 18 mo. CS
23 Nov 1853, Perth? Bg drunk & neglectful of duty. Two nights hard labour. No of Corrn Lawn /CA/ App’d 26/11/53
19 August 54/ Const/P.B., Launst/ Drunk & disorderly, three (nights?) hard labour/ w.G./App’d 24/8/54.
Cert, Launceston, 3/10/1855
11/12/52 [arrival[ P.B.
20/4/53 Constab’y Launc’tn
25 Dec’r 26th, Police L’n,
23/11/(54?) 66 days for [illegible]
11/10/53(illegoble) from April 53 for xxxx
9/1/54 Hosp L’n P.B> L’n 21st Cons’tby L’n
3/2/54 Hospl’n
17/2/54 D L’n,  17th Consta L’n
28th Hosp L’n
5.8.54 D L’n.  1/11/54 [to] Charles Headlam, L’n

Announcement of Certificate of Freedom to “Gaffer” Jones per “Lady Montague’, in Cornwall Chronicle, 13 October 1855.

In 1863 Gaffer Jones had committed an offence in Tasmania and had a new CONDUCT Book in the Tasmanian records:
CON37-1-10, at Image 4:
“JONES, Benjamin, as Gaffer Jones”
Tried Sup Crt Launceston, January 1863. Forging and uttering.
Three years imprisonment with hard labour.
29/1/63 [to] P.B. [Prisoners Barracks]
8/9/63 P.A.
5/8/65 Discharged to P.B.
18/7/65 67 days xxx?

MARRIAGE. On 30 April 1859 he married Ann nee Ingleson, Widow, of Joseph Thwaite, in the Anglican Parish Church at DELORAINE as “Benjamin Gaffer Jones”, a clerk. Both signed. Their witnesses were John & Catherine Charlesworth, who didn’t sign their names but both made their mark.

Ann had a child with farmer Joseph Thwaite - Mary Jane Born in April 1858, so aged 1 year. Thwaite died of consumption on 10 November 1858 aged 39. He and Ann have no formal marriage record, and he was probably the Joseph Thwaite, a spinner from York, England convicted of stealing four pieces of woollen cords in 1842 when he was aged 22, and arrived in Tasmania 1842 with a 10 year sentence

Benjamin Gaffee Jones was recorded as having a tanner’s licence for Westbury, see Launceston Examiner, 17 Feb 1870 p.3.

* 10 June 1860 - unnamed daughter. Father was registered as BENJAMIN JONES, a Writing? Clerk, and Ann Ingleson, at Westbury.
* 1866 Lucinia Frances (or Lucina) Born 18 Nov 1866. Her father was then recorded as a cordial manufacturer at Westbury.
* 1870 Mabel Elizabeth Jones born at Westbury 1870 when Jones was described as a FELMONGER
* 1872 Arthur Benjamin Jones Born at Westbury 1872, Hs father was a felmonger
* In 1874, Frank Henry was born, father Benjamin Gaffee Jones a storekeeper at Westbury.

BENJAMIN GAFFEE JONES died in 1876, on 30th July, at Westbury, a Shopkeeper. Death recorded from Cirrhosis and as being aged 46 years. Possibly more like 50 years.

His and Ann’s daughter LUCINIA Jones married in 1884 aged 18 to William Townsend, 22, a labourer. they named a son,  born 20 Oct 1890, Benjamin Gaffee Townsend, for his grandfather. The informant was his aunt Mabel Jones.

Lorraine Mason on 11th September, 2020 wrote:

Gaffee is my 2 times Great Grandfather, his daughter Amelia Alice Jones Married my Great grandfather William George Knight and they had 6 children and their 3rd child Edward k/a Ted Arthur Knight was my Grandfather.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 25th May, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Benjamin, date of birth: 1826 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th July, 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Lorraine Mason on 11th September, 2020 made the following changes:


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