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James Lord

James Lord, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Lord
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1833
Age: 45 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 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Hereford Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 328
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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Phil Hands on 4th April, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Hereford Assizes on 25th March 1816 burglary in the market town of Ledbury in which eight gold guineas had been stolen, he was sentenced to death, but this was commuted to transportation for 7 years.
left England on 9th April 1817.
Ship:- the ‘Lord Eldon’ sailed with 221 male convicts on board of which 6 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 30th September 1817.
The ships indent records James as being 5ft 7inch tall with black hair, hazel eyes and a dark sallow complexion.

Married convict Maria Coverley (‘Wanstead’ 1814) on 13th March 1820 at Parramatta, they had 3 children.
Citation details: No 707
James Lord (Lord Eldon) of the parish of Parramatta and Maria Cobley (Wansted) of ditto were married in this church by banns this 13th day of March 1820 by me Richard Hill
James and Maria both made their X marks in the register in the presence of John Onions who signed the register and Maria Smith who made her X mark.

James and Maria appear to have always remained poor. In 1830 Maria was before the courts for lewd behaviour. Maria Lord and a military labourer Thomas Moore indecently exposed their person in the daytime of the 4th of March 1830, and for lewdness (prostitution probably instigated by her husband James Lord) on the banks of the river at Windsor NSW. They were described as:- 
“being persons of wicked, filthy, lewd, depraved and abandoned of minds and dispositions and wholly lost to act with a sense of decency and good manners heretofore to wit on the 4th day of March 1830 near the dwelling houses of the King’s subjects and also near the Common Highway there unlawfully, wickedly and indecently did expose to the view of said subjects their bodies and persons of them the said Thomas Moore and Maria Lord naked and uncovered for long spaces of time to wit for the space of an hour. To the great scandal and disgrace of Maria Lord, to the evil example of all others…of our manifest violation of decency and good manners and against the said Lord the King his Crown and Majesty.”

Maria was further described as:-
“being a scandalous, and evil disposed person and devising contriving and intending the morals of divers liege subjects of our Lord the King to debouch and corrupt.”

The outcome of the case was that Maria was sentenced to 3 months work at the Parramatta Female Factory but her husband stood bail for her. No penalty was recorded against Thomas Moore.

Denis Pember on 15th April, 2017 wrote:

Maria Coverley had two children form previous short liaisons with other convicts.
A daughter Elizabeth Coverley was born May 2nd 1815, registered father William Badgood (Convict, 1803, “Glatton”).
Another child, a son, William Coverley was born February 13 1817, registered father William McLoughlan (Convict, 1813, “Archduke Charles”).
It also seems that James and Maria mat have had more than the three children stated in the 1828 Census. One or possible two died in infancy prior to the Census and two, Maria and Richard were born after the Census.

Denis Pember on 15th April, 2017 wrote:

Sainty and Johnson; 1828 Cenus of New South Wales:
Page 239….
[Ref L1124] Lord, James, 40, FS, Lordd Eldon, 1816, 7 years, Protestant, a labourer at Richmond.
[Ref L1125] Lord, Maria, 37, FS, Wanstead, 1812, 7 years Protestant.
[Ref L1126] Lord, Sarah, 6, born in the colony.
[Ref L1127] Lord, Lord, 5, born in the colony. ???
[Ref L1128] Lord, John, 2, born in the colony.
## The incorrect first name entry would be Henrietta.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 4th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1833 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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