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William Jones

William Jones, one of 270 convicts transported on the Strathfieldsaye, 11 February 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Jones
Aliases: William Barrett
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Stable boy
Date of Death: 1881
Age: 64 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 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Strathfieldsaye
Departure date: 11th February, 1836
Arrival date: 15th June, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 235 (120). Ancestry. Old Bailey - Online. State Archives NSW, Convict Index, COF (4/4385; Reel 1015)
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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Iris Dunne on 10th November, 2018 wrote:

WILLIAM JONES, Theft > simple larceny, 26th October 1835.
2292. WILLIAM JONES, alias Barrett, was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of August, 1 cash-box, value 7s.; 2 bags, value 6d.; 300 sovereigns; 1 £100, 1 £40, 4 £10, and 3 £5 Bank-notes; the goods and monies of Isaac Maurice.

ISAAC MAURICE . I belong to the medical profession, and live at No.8, Grosvenor-street, Camberwell. On Saturday, the 15th of August, I came up from Dudley, beyond Birmingham, by the “Tally Ho” Birmingham coach—I arrived soon after seven o’clock in the evening—we stopped at the Bull and Mouth; but I lost my property in Manor-place, Walworth, at No. 10—I called a cab at the Bull and Mouth, to go there—I was lodging there—at the time I got into the cab, I had a carpet bag, a travelling cloak, and a large paper parcel, and my cash-box—my cash was in my box, locked, and covered with paper, with my own name on it—they were put into the cab—I did not take particular notice of the driver, it was getting rather dusk—I believe the prisoner was the man—I drove to No. 10, Manor-place—I there got out—I believe the prisoner handed me some of my parcels out, and I partly took them out myself—when every thing was out, I paid him, and he drove away immediately—he flogged his horse and went off very quickly—there was no space of time, scarcely, between the time I paid him and the time he drove off—I missed the box immediately—it contained the property stated—I mentioned to the landlady that I had left the box, and must go after it, and see about it—I went, but he was too far gone, I went to the Elephant and Castle, and took a cab, and pursued to the stand which I took him from—I knew the number of the cab before I went after it—I found the same cab, but not the same driver; he was gone—the box contained the property, besides some loose papers of no value—I cannot tell when the prisoner was taken, but he was taken in Westminster, by the police—I have never seen a shilling of the property.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. did you know the number of the cab? A. Yes; I have the number down on paper—I put it down, and two or three days after, I believe, I went to the office in Guildhall, and they took it down—I cannot swear the prisoner was the driver, but to the best of my belief he was—I got the number by means of the superintendent at the police-office—I gave him a description of the driver and the cab, as a yellow-bottomed cab, and they gave me the number; it corresponds with the number I got at Somerset House, and it was the true number—I know there are numbers of yellow-bottom cab.

COURT. Q. You say you believe the prisoner to be the person who drove the cab? A. Yes; though he was differently dressed from what he is now—I followed the cab, and found it on the same stand I took it from—I could recognise it again—I did not take the number; I could scarcely see; it was between eight and nine o’clock.

WILLIAM MERRICK . I am porter at the Bull and Mouth. On the evening of the 15th of August I remember calling a cab for this gentleman—the prisoner was the driver—I saw the property put into the cab, and the gentleman drive away—I never saw the prisoner again till he was taken.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure the prisoner was the driver? A. Yes; I had known him before—I am sure I am not mistaken.

HENRY INSKIPP . I am a cab—driver. I know the cab, and the prisoner who drove it—I saw him that evening drive a gentleman, with some luggage in his cab—it might be seven o’clock, or later—he came round St. Paul’s Church-yard with the cab, and I passed him with another cab.

JOSEPH BONSOR . I am a fishmonger, and live in Rose-court, Fore-street. I have known the prisoner about three months—on that Saturday night he drove a green-bottom cab and horse—he brought it in about half-past eight o’clock, and changed the horse—I did not see any thing of him for a good while after—for about six weeks—he them bought a cab and horse of me—he paid me 10l., and was to pay 8l. more—he should not drive any more—he went away on the Saturday night, and I never saw any more of him for a month or six weeks.

Cross-examined. Q. The cab he drove for you was a green-bottom one? A. Yes; I had a yellow-bottom cab, but he was not out with that

COURT. Q. Did he leave any more money with you? A. No, not a farthing.

JOSEPH EDWARDS (police-constable L 182.) I apprehended the prisoner on the 16th of September for a misdemeanor, for which he paid 5l. and during that time I questioned him respecting a horse that he had—he gave a sorry account of it—Mr. Bonsor came forwards and identified the horse, and during that time I received information of this.

(Benjamin James Fowler, builder, No. 13, Beech-street; George Wilmot furniture broker, Hoxton Old Town; Samuel Striffin, No.3, Edward-street, Kingsland-road; William Henry Barrett, Clock-master, No.17, Oxford-street; and John Jones, painter and glazier, Ragan-street, Chiswell-street gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

Fifth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

Convict Index 1788-1868: Aged 19, Single, Trade: Stableboy

Certificate of Freedom No.43/1425 dated 1 September 1843

Possible Death Record: 1881

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 4th October, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Barrett (prev. Barrett (Alias)), gender: m

Iris Dunne on 10th November, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 235 (120). Ancestry. Old Bailey - Online. State Archives NSW, Convict Index, COF (4/4385; Reel 1015) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfil

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