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John Jones

John Jones, one of 200 convicts transported on the England, 31 March 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Jones
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Plumber and glazier
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: England
Departure date: 31st March, 1832
Arrival date: 18th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 294
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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Dianne Jones on 24th May, 2021 wrote:

1831, 1 December: John Jones, 27, was tried at the Old Bailey:

“#4. JOHN JONES was again indicted for stealing, on the 17th of October, at St. Marylebone, 4 gowns, value 2l.; 3 shawls, value 2l.; 14 handkerchiefs, value 17s.; 1 veil, value 10s.; 1 pair of stays, value 10s.; 1 brooch, value 5s.; 4 caps, value 5s.; 4 pairs of stockings, value 3s. and 4 yards of ribbon, value 1s., the goods of Phoebe Mullings; and 1 basket, value 2s., the goods of John Wilson, in the dwelling-house of Caroline Susannah Browne.

[Note: John Jones had been acquitted, in an earlier trial on the same day, on a charge of stealing a clock and china ornaments from Lord Lyndhurst’s house in Hanover Square on the 28th of October.]

PHOEBE MULLINGS. I live with Mrs. Caroline Browne, of No. 2, Portland-place; the house was under repair on the 17th of October, and about two o’clock, I heard the area bell ring - I opened the area door, and let the prisoner in; he said nothing, but I supposed him to be one of the workmen, as he rang the bell - I went into the servants hall, and told the butler he was a stranger; I remained in the hall - the butler went to him; there is a back staircase to the house - I went up stairs to my bedroom about three o’clock; I found my drawers all open - they had not been locked; I missed the articles stated in the indictment, which cost me more than 11l.; they were very good, but they had been worn, and were worth 6l. or 7l.; there were several other articles taken, a silk gown of my fellow-servant’s, Mary Beecham, and a basket belonging to Wilson - the house is in the parish of St. Marylebone; I had seen my things in the drawer that morning- I do not know whether Mrs. Browne has any other Christian name; I am sure the prisoner is the man I let into the house.

JOHN WILSON. I was employed to work at Mrs. Browne’s, as a painter; I do not know her Christian name. On the 17th of October I had this basket in the house - I was painting the outside of the house, and left my basket at the bottom of the house, just by the passage door of the area; it was inside the house; I did not see the prisoner that day - the basket contained my tools, which I found under the table afterwards: I was leaving work at half-past five o’clock, and then missed the basket.

BENJAMIN SCHOFIELD. I am an officer. I have been in the habit of going backwards and forwards to Mrs. Browne’s - her name is Caroline Susannah; in consequence of information which I received, I went to No. 4, Gray-street, where Mary James lodges, and found the basket in the front attic; I afterwards showed the basket to the prisoner - he said it was his, and that he had left it at James’, and that he did not wish to get James into any trouble.

WILLIAM WHEADON. I was at work at Mrs. Browne’s house on the 17th of November, as a carpenter, and as near two o’clock as possible; I was outside, repairing the attic window, and could see into the attic - I saw a person come in, and come towards the drawers: I believe the prisoner to be that person - I have not a doubt of him; immediately that he saw me he walked back to the door, and went out; he did not take any thing with him - I remained there for nearly an hour, but saw no more of him; when I had finished outside the house I went inside, and met the servant, who said the house was robbed - I had not seen the prisoner come into the room, but saw him walking towards the drawers, which are between the two windows, one of which I was repairing; I was examining the sash - this was the front attic - the things were not taken from there; I could not see into the servants’ room.

PHOEBE MULLINGS. The window of my room looks into Dutchess-street, but the one Wheadon was repairing looks into Portland-place; they are on the same floor - I let the prisoner in about two o’clock, and missed the things about three; I had seen them all safe in the morning.

MARY JAMES. I know nothing of this basket, and was not at home when it was brought; the prisoner was not acquainted with me.

BENJAMIN SCHOFIELD. This witness stated that she took the basket in herself.

MARY JAMES. I was not at home when it was brought- I never said I took it in myself; I know nothing about the prisoner, and was not acquainted with him - I was taken up because the basket was left at my place; I found it there when I came home - I did not direct any body to go to Jones.

Prisoner’s Defence. I never saw the basket, to my knowledge, nor the property; I never entered the house - the basket I owned to is now underneath the table.

BENJAMIN SCHOFIELD. I am sure this is the basket I showed him: I have another in my possession, which was taken from Lord Lyndhurst’s.

MRS. WEBB. It was a basket like this that he brought the clock to our house in, and he took it from our place to James’: I believe this to be the same.

Prisoner. Q. How do you know I took it to James? A. My husband went with you, and you told me you were going to Gray-street.

(Dec. 1.) GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 27.” (see oldbaileyonline.org)

Dianne Jones on 24th May, 2021 wrote:


1832, 6 February: His death sentence was commuted to transportation for life (21 years).

Dianne Jones on 24th May, 2021 wrote:

1832, July: On arrival in VDL, he was 27, single and a house plumber, painter and glazier. He said he had a previous conviction for stealing £10 in a dwelling house for which he received a 7 years’ jail term. He said he had served 3 years and 4 months in the penitentiary (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-24$init=CON31-1-24p98).


Dianne Jones on 24th May, 2021 wrote:

1841, 2 September: He was granted a Ticket of Leave (ToL).

1842, 8 March: His ToL was revoked and he was sentenced to 12 months’ hard labour in chains after a conviction for being in a dwelling house and assaulting its owner.

1843, 1 December: He was granted a second ToL.

1849, 30 January: John Jones received a Conditional Pardon (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON34-1-3$init=CON34-1-3P560).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 24th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 24th May, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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