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John Mepsted

John Mepsted, one of 169 convicts transported on the Mellish, 10 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Mepsted
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1894
Age: 89 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: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mellish
Departure date: 10th November, 1828
Arrival date: 18th April, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 508
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

Anonymous on 29th May, 2012 wrote:

John Mepsted/Mepstead was transported along with his brother Richard (Mellish)
for housebreaking.  John could read and write, had blue eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion, perpendicular scar on upper lip right side, small scar at one corner, great number of letters on right arm, woman, anchor and other marks on left arm.  Sun moon and star on breast, small scar over right eye.

4/8/1829: Absconded from John Eales, Hunter’s River.
29/7/1836: Absconded from Richard Jones.
22/3/1837: Assigned to William Jones, Patterson.
30/4/1842: TOL Paterson
25/3/1844: Married Elizabeth Mary Ann Lowe in NSW
31/9/1847: CP

1856: John emigrated to USA on the Jenny Ford from Sydney to San Pedro, California.

11/7/1860 Census San Bernadino: John age 54, with wife and 6 children.  They had 14 children altogether.

1893-95: San Bernadino Directory: Farmer res. Mt. Vernon.

6/9/1894: John died and is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery, San Bernadino, California.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 29th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1805-00-00, date of death 1894-00-00, gender m

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