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Martha Jones

Martha Jones, one of 190 convicts transported on the America, 30 December 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Jones
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 1837
Age: 27 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: America
Departure date: 30th December, 1830
Arrival date: 9th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 549 (277)
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 10th April, 2021 wrote:

1830, 12 August: Convicted at Surrey for stealing £1 from a person (see England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892; England; Surrey 1830).

Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2021 wrote:

1831: On arrival in VDL, she was 21, single and a housemaid. Her native place was Swansea, Glamorgan (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON19-1-12$init=CON19-1-12p44).

1833, 20 September: “Absent without leave and returned to the Factory for assignment in the interior” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON40-1-5$init=CON40-1-5p199).

1835, 12 October: George Cupit, per Katherine Stewart Forbes (1832), and Martha Jones, per America (1831), received permission to marry (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON52-1-1p015j2k).

However, there is no record of their marriage in VDL.

1837, 11 September: Her name is on a list of prisoners who have been granted a Ticket of Leave (see The Hobart Town Courier, 15 September 1837, p2).

After 11 September 1837?: An undated entry on her Conduct Record says “Dead”. It’s also possible that she died before the notification of her ToL was published.

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 10th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1837 (prev. 0000), gender: f

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