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John Lewis

John Lewis, one of 311 convicts transported on the Barwell, September 1797

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Lewis
Aliases: John Sinderbury
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: -
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: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Hereford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Barwell
Departure date: September, 1797
Arrival date: 18th May, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 306 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 226
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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Denis Pember on 15th November, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, John married Mary Bull (Convict, Wanstead, 1814).
John Lewis, free, 50, of the parish of St John Parramatta and Mary Bull of ditto, per Wanstead, age 40 were married in this church by banns this 28th day of June 1814 by me Samuel Marsden
John made his X mark and Mary signed the register.
in the presence of Thomas Clorver(?) who signed the register and Mary Blacket who made her X mark.

John and Mary were married for less than 5 years before she died. No children traced.

Denis Pember on 15th November, 2015 wrote:

John then married Mary Effering, April 22nd 1821 at St John’s Parramatta. Mary was the daughter of John Hefferman (Came Free, Barwell, 1798) and Sarah Priestly (Convict, Nile, 1801).
John and Mary had 2 children.
No census record of John has been located.

Phil Hands on 2nd April, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted for sheep stealing at the Hereford Assizes on 23rd March 1793, sentenced to death by hanging for stealing a ewe but the sentence was later commuted to transportation transportation for life. From the time of his trial to his eventual transportation John was first held in the Brecon Gaol and then on the Prison Hulk ‘Dunkirk’ moored at Plymouth.
Left England on 7th November 1797.
Ship:- the ‘Barwell’ sailed with 296 male convicts on board of which 9 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th May 1798.

In 1814 convict Mary Bull was assigned to John at the convict barracks after being transported for life. She arrived in 1814 on the ship ‘Wanstead’ from Spithead carrying 120 females.
They married on 28th June 1814 at Parramatta.

Citation details: No 417
John Lewis, free, 50, of the parish of St John Parramatta and Mary Bull of ditto, per Wanstead, age 40 were married in this church by bannsthis 28th day of June 1814 by me Samuel Marsden.
John made his X mark and Mary signed the register in the presence of Thomas Clorver(?) who signed the register and Mary Blacket who made her X mark.

Mary died in 1819 at Parramatta.
John then married mary Hefferon (daughter of soldier John Hefferon & convict Sarah Priestley, ‘Nile 1’ 1801) on 22nd April 1821 at Parramatta, They had 2 children, Charles 1827, Elizabeth 1824, another child, Charlotte 1831, was born while Mary was
in a relationship with Henry James Greentree, son of convict Henry Greentree, ‘Marquis of Wellington’1815 & his wife Jane) even given the name, Lewis, it is not clear who the father was.

John Lewis Trial.

THE STATEMENT OF JAMES POWELL

The information of James Powell the younger of the parish of Llanafan fawr in the said County taken 19th day of December 1787, who upon oath saith that as an assistant to the Constable of the parish of Llanafan fawr in this County to search suspected places for sheep supposed to have been stolen, a warrant for that purpose having been obtained from a magistrate - he entered the house of John Lewis of Llanafan vawr aforesaid where he saw a great quantity of mutton, some of which dept. thought had but a few days before been killed, from thence he went to the said John Lewis’ barn and there concealed. he found a flayed sheep skin. Deponent saith further that William Jones aforesaid was present when this sheep skin was founcl and inft. saith that the said skin was his (William Jones) property.
James Powell. Taken and signed before me Jn. Lloyd.

The second is by the Petty Constable of The Parish of Lllanafan Fawr Thomas Jones:-

THE STATEMENT OF THOMAS JONES
The information of Thomas Jones, Petty Constable of the parish of llanafan Fawr in the said county taken 18th day of March 1788 who saith upon oath that having received a warrant from a magistrate to search some places there in mentioned for sheep suspected to have been stolen he went to the house of John Lewis in the parish of Llanafan vawr aforesaid who whilst in the house submitted readily to the searching of it; but when informant and his assistantswent to the said John L ewis barn he showed much unwillingnesss to their entering therein and during the search the informant observed an alteration in his countenance.
Thos. Jones Taken and signed by me. Jn Lloyd.

The third is a depostion by the owner of the sheep William Jones:-

THE STATEMENT OF WILLIAM JONES
Information of William Jones of the Parish of Llanafan Fawr in the said County taken the l9th day of December 1787 Who saith upon oath that he happened to be present when John Lewis of Llanafan Fawr barn was this day searched by the Constable. of that parish and his assistant for sheep suspected to have been stolen and that the sheep skin there found in it by James Powell the younger of Llanafan vawr aforesaid is the property of him the said William Jones and believes it was feloniously taken by the said John Lewis.  Jones.Taken and signed by me Jn. Lloyd

In the face of this evidence the Jury in April 1788 brought the following verdict:-

GUILTY BY THE JURY. BRECONSHIRE.
The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath present that John Lewis otherwise called John Simon late of the parish of Llanafan Fawr in the County of Brecon,, yeoman,, on the 7th. day of November, in the twenty seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign lord George the Third now King of Great Britain and so forth with Force and Arms in the. parish aforesaid in the County aforesaid one ewe sheep of the price of two shillings and six pence of the Goods and Chattels of one William Jones then and there being found feloniously did steal take and drive away against the Peace of our said Lord- King, his Crown and Dignity. Wiliam Jones.

John was sentenced to death by hanging for stealing the ewe but the sentence was later commuted to transportation for 14 years.

PARDON Whereas Phillip Bevan and John Lewis were at the last Great Sessions holden for our County of Brecon tried. and convicted of sheepstealing and received sentence of Death for the same And whereas, some favourable. circumstances have been humbly repre sented unto Us in their behalf inducing Us to extend Our grace and Mercy unto them, and. to grant, them Our pardon for their said Crimes, on condition that he the said Phillip Bevan be transported for the term of seven years and the said John Lewis for th e term of fourteen years to the Eastern Coast of New South Iiiales or some one or other adjacent islands. Our will and pleasure therefore is that you give the. necessary directions accordingly and that they be inserted for their said crimes on the said co nditions in Our first and next general Pardon that shall come out for the Brecon Circuit And for so doing this shall be your warrant. Given at Our Court of St. James the thirtieth day of April 1788, in the twenty eighth year of Our Reign.
By His Majesty’s Command. Lydney
To Our trusty and well beloved Our Justices of Assize for the Brecon Circuit, the High Sheriff of our County of Brecon and all others whom it may concern.

From the time of his trial to his eventual transportation John was first held in the Brecon Gaol and then on a Prison Hulk moored at Plymouth called the ‘Dunkirk’.

A letter from W.W.Grenville in Whitehall dated 14th December 1789 instructs the High Sheriff of Brecknock to:-

His Majesty having been pleased to give directions that all the male Convicts under sentence of Transportation in the Gaol for the County of Breck nock, should be removed,. from thence on board the Dunkirk Hulk.at Plymouth and committed to the Charge of the overseer of theConvicts on board the said hulk. I am commanded to signify to you the King’s Pleasure that you do forthwith cause the said convicts (if upon being examined by an experienced surgeon they be foud free from any putrid or infectious distemper) to be removed on board the said Hulk,where they are to remain until their sentence can be carried into execution or be otherwise disposed of according to law. I am Sir, Your most obedient humble servant: W.W.Grenville. P.s. You will send with the prisoners an account of their ages and Term of their Sentence.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 15th November, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: John Sinderbury, date of birth: 1771 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Phil Hands on 2nd April, 2017 made the following changes:

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