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John Jones

John Jones, one of 188 convicts transported on the John, 18 July 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Jones
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st October, 1853
Age: 55 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 Life

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Worcester City Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: John
Departure date: 18th July, 1827
Arrival date: 25th November, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 188 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 232
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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Phil Hands on 14th September, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Worcester City Assizes on 18th july 1827 for uttering a forged £10 Bank of England Note to Mr. Reeves, of the Unicorn Inn, sentenced to death, this was commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 22nd July 1827.
Ship:- the ‘John I’ sailed with 188 male convicts on board of which 3 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 25th November 1827.

Married convict Bridget McArdell (‘Brothers’1827) on 12th April 1833 at Parramatta, she is thought to have died before 1838.
On 24th December 1838 he married Lydia Field (daughter of Edward Field & his wife Maria ) at Castlereagh, Greater Sydney, they had 6 children between 1839-1852.

Worcester Journal Thursday 9th March 1826 p. 3
John Jones, age 28, indicted for uttering a forged £10 Bank of England Note to Mr. Reeves, of the Unicorn Inn, in this city. The facts of the case were briefly as follows: - The prisoner arrived at the above inn on the evening of Feb 2d, where he remained, and bespoke a chaise to take him to Sir T. E. Winnington’s the following morning; to pay for the chaise &c. he gave the waiter the £10 note in question; Mr Reeves gave in change seven country one-pound notes and 1 Bank of England. The prisoner then left the inn in the chaise, and when he arrived at the Hundred House said he should not go to Stanford until the following morning. Immediately after breakfast he ordered a chaise to take him to Kidderminster; soon after his departure Mr. Reeves, who had found that the note was forged, arrived, and pursued him to Kidderminster, and found he had taken a place in the coach from that town to Birmingham, in the name of Browne. At the latter place Mr. R. gave information to the police, and he was soon afterwards taken into custody. When the officer told him he was wanted, he attempted to give a companion a Pocket Book which contained seven one-pound Bank of England notes, and one 10l. the whole of which, with the note paid to Mr Reeves, were pronounced by an Inspector for the Bank (of 26 years standing) to be forgeries in every respect. - The prisoner wished to plead guilty, but being told that if he persisted in that plea he would be left for execution, he withdrew it. The Jury recommended him to mercy. Judgment of Death was recorded, and it is understood that he will not suffer.

John died 1st October 1853 age 55 at Castlereagh, Greater Sydney.
In 1854 Lydia married a James Brown at Castlereagh.
Lydia died on 30th May 1909 age 87 at Nyrang Creek, Central Tablelands.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 14th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st October, 1853 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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