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Thomas Kingsbury

Thomas Kingsbury, one of 200 convicts transported on the Marquis of Wellington, August 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Kingsbury
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1758
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1826
Age: 68 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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis of Wellington
Departure date: August, 1814
Arrival date: 27th January, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 166
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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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 9th February, 2016 wrote:

James and his father, Thomas were taken in under a charge of Burglary and Horse Theft. However they escaped.
Ipswich Journal Sat 9 Jan 1813 p.3
ABSCONDED from St. Osyth, on Friday last, THOMAS KINGSBURY the elder, and JAMES KINGSBURY the younger, father and son, under a suspicion of felony.
Thomas Kingsbury the elder is about 55 years of age, nearly 6 feet high, strong made, has a long visage, dark complexion, and is marked with the small-pox; he usually wears a drab coloured great coat, which is shrunk and too short for him, corderoy breeches, and leather buskins. He has lately been hurt by a fall, by which he received a bruise to his side, and it is believed one or more of his ribs were broken, on which account he rather leans to one side, and stoops in his walk.
James Kingsbury the younger is about 25 years of age, a fair complexion, round face, about five feet 7 or 8 inches high, straight well made young man; had on when he went away, round hat, blue jacket, white corded breeches and low shoes.
Any person who may apprehend, or give such information as may be the means of apprehending either of the said Kingsburys, will receive a reward of TWENTY POUNDS for each, over and above all reasonable expences [sic] to be paid by the Association for prosecuting felons in the parish of St Osyth.
President of the Association 5th Jan 1813.

They were clearly caught because a little over twelve months later they were tried and found guilty.
Norfolk Chronicle Sat 26 Mar 1814 p.4
At the Essex Assizes, two notorious characters, T. Kingsbury and J. Kingsbury, father and son, were capitally convicted of burglary and horse-stealing.

They were both reprieved and transported on the “Marquis of Wellington”, which left August 1814 and arrived at Sydney Cove, 27 January 1815.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 9th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1758 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1826 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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