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Charles Miles, one of 184 convicts transported on the Phoenix, November 1821
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
20th May, 1822
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 183 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 113 (58)
||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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Maureen Withey on 20th February, 2021 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 20 February 2021), January 1820, trial of CHARLES MILES (t18200112-64).
CHARLES MILES, Theft > burglary, 12th January 1820.
272. CHARLES MILES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Alexander , about seven o’clock in the night of the 10th of January , at St. Luke, with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, one tea-caddy, value 10 s.; one looking-glass, value 20 s., and one thimble, value 2 s., his property .
MARY ALEXANDER . I am the wife of James Alexander ;we live at No. 2, West-place, Bath-street, City-road, St. Luke’s ; he keeps the whole house. Last Monday evening these things were in the parlour, the glass hung in the room, the tea-caddy was on a table under the glass, and the thimble on the mantle-piece. Between six and seven o’clock in the evening, after dark, a knock came at the door, my sister-in-law went to the door, I heard a cry of thieves, went into the parlour in a minutes, and missed these things - the looking-glass was only taken from its place, and put on a chair by the window, which was up, and the blinds open. I had seen them in the parlour an an hour or two before. The tea-caddy was worth 10 s. The parlour-window was shut, and the shutters shut outside, but not fastened. I did not see the shutters shut, but about half-past five o’clock I saw the window close down - I do not think that it was fastened, it was then dark; the things were then safe, and the looking-glass hanging up. The officer produced my thimble.
THOMAS BRADFORD . I am a constable. I was on duty in John’s-row, and as we came to the prosecutrix’s window, about a quarter before seven o’clock, a woman cried out
“There is somebody jumped out of the window.” I went immediately to the window, a man stood there, whom I thought belonged to the woman; he pulled the prisoner out of the window, and said,
“You rascal, here is one of them;” he was in the parlour. The man then ran away. The prisoner ran to the paling, and five or six people secured him, while we pursued the man. On my return I searched him, and found this thimble at his feet, it dropped from him.
JOHN TWEEDY . I am a constable. I was with Bradford; his account his perfectly correct. I found the glass on the chair.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. I was walking along, kicked the thimble, picked it up, and put it into my pocket, it fell out of my pocket as it had a hole in it. I was not in the house.
GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 15.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.
National Archives. Criminal Petitions.
HO 17/2/411821 Apr
Prisoner name: Charles Miles.
Prisoner age: About 15.
Court and date of trial: [Not stated].
Crime: [Not stated].
Initial sentence: [Transportation].
Petitioner(s): Joseph Miles, the convict’s father, undersigned by Mary Alexander, prosecutrix.
Grounds for clemency: Led astray; first offence; has a weak constitution; good behaviour on hulk; asks for him to remain there.
Additional Information: On board the York. The convict is from White Cross Street, St Luke, Middlesex.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 20th February, 2021 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime