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James Maids

James Maids, one of 180 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 15 April 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Maids
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Shoe & bootmaker
Date of Death: 28th November, 1880
Age: 74 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Northampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 15th April, 1825
Arrival date: 18th August, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Rothwell Northamptonshire record office. Nothamptonshire Assises. Bathurst/Kelso Church records.
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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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

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