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James Maids, one of 180 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 15 April 1825
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
||Shoe & bootmaker
|Date of Death:
||28th November, 1880
life span was 55 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Rothwell Northamptonshire record office.
Bathurst/Kelso Church records.
||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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Ernene Smedley on 26th May, 2013 wrote:
James Maids aka Meads or Meades was baptised on 6 April 1806 at the Holy Trinity Church at Rothwell Northamptonshire, one of 10 children, 2 boys and eight girls born to James Maids and Elizabeth Chapman. Many of the girls died very young.
We do not know what happened to his father but believe that he probably stole the ham from his neighbour to feed his family. He was originally sentenced to death but this was commuted to life imprisonment and transportation to Australia. He was only 17 years old.
James Maids aka Mead was assigned to George Suttor who had several properties around Peel near Bathurst. James worked at “Brucedale”
and spent all his life there until his death in 1880.James Maids married Ann Ellcock aka Ann Clemon Ellcock, on 12 May 1834 by Banns at the Holy Trinity Church Kelso New South Wales. They had 12 children and they spent their lives in Peel, Bathurst and their names are on the Pioneer wall in Bathurst which was erected for the Bi-Centennial.
Ann died on 13th May 1880 and James died on 28th November 1880 and they are both buried on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church at Kelso although there are no markers or headstones on the graves. Their descendants live all over Australia.
Sadly James never saw his family in Northamptonshire again.
James and Ann Mead are my great great grandparents.
Convict Changes History
Ernene Smedley on 26th May, 2013 made the following changes:
source, date of birth 1806, date of death 28th November, 1880, occupation, crime