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Theophilus Mitchell

Theophilus Mitchell, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Theophilus Mitchell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 5th May, 1788
Occupation: Chemist and druggist
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Fraud
Convicted at: Middlesex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 119 (61)
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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Maureen Withey on 11th September, 2019 wrote:

Mitchell’s bankruptcy.
Whereas a Commission of Bankrupt is awarded and issued forth against Theophilus Mitchell, of the town of Kingston-upon-Hull, Chymist and Druggist, Dealer and Chapman, and he being declared Bankrupt, is hereby required to surrender himself to the Commissioners in the said Commission named, or the major part of them, the 18th and 19th days of July instant, and on the 24th day of August next, at Eleven o’clock in the forenoon on each day, at thte Neptune Inn, in the said town of Kingston-upon-Hull, and make a full Discovery and Disclosure of his Estate and Effects; when and where the Creditors are to come prepared to prove their Debts, and at the second sitting to choose Assignees, and at the last sitting the said Bankrupt is required to finish his Examination, and the Creditors are to assent to, or dissent from the allowance of his Certificate. All Persons indebted to the said Bankrupt, or that have any of his Effects, are not to pay or deliver the same, but to whom the Commissioners shall appoint; but give notice to Mr Galen Halre, Solicitor, Hull, or to Mr Leonard Hicks, Solicitor, Grays Inn, London.
Hull Advertiser.13 July 1811.

Middlesex Sessions on Saturday last, Theophilus Mitchell, late druggist, was indicted for fraudulently obtaining money from John Bates, publican, in Great Russell street, Bloomsbury, upon a sham Bill of Exchange for £4 12s 6d. It appeared that when the Bill was presented, where it was made payable, the prisoner’s name was entered. He was found guilty and sentenced to seven years transportation. The prisoner was tried on another indictment for swindling Mr Deacon, Ayr-street, Piccadilly, of new furniture to the value of 120/, but was acquitted in consequence of a flaw in the indictment.
Hull Advertiser, 11 July 1812.

Colonial Secretary Index:
MITCHELL, Theophilus. Per “General Hewitt”, 1814
1818 Jun 8 - Convict runaway returning from India per “Greyhound” escaped at Batavia (Reel 6018; 4/3521 p.182)

Same evening arrived the brig Greyhound Captain RITCHIE, from Calcutta, which place she left the 7th of October, with an investment of English and India goods (see advertisement). On her passage she touched at Bencoolen, Batavia, Pundy, and Baly. -
...She has on board 15 prisoners; some of whom are part of the absentees who eloped from this Colony in the Windham transport, which conveyed the companies of the 73rd regiment from this port to Ceylon nearly four years ago. There are also several runaways from Sydney, one of whom of the name of Theophilus Mitchell, eloped from on board this vessel while lying at Batavia; the remainder are under sentence of transportation from India. They are accompanied by a detachment of the 56th Regt. as a guard.
Hobart Town Gazette, 28 Feb 1818.

Robyn Everist on 3rd May, 2020 wrote:

1815 - appointment: Hobart - Acting Second Assistant Surgeon
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/169035933?searchTerm=hopley&searchLimits=l-year=1922|||l-state=Tasmania|||l-decade=192|||sortby=dateAsc

1815 - hobart married Mary Crowder (free, aged 15)
https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD36-1-1$init=RGD36-1-1p40

D Wong on 3rd May, 2020 wrote:

Son of Theophilus and Ann Mitchell, Hull, York.

Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette Yorkshire, England
11 Jul 1812:

At the Middlesex Sessions on Saturday last, Theophilus Mitchell, late of this town, druggist, was indicted for fraudulently obtaining money from John Bates, a bublican, in Great Russel-street, Bloomsbury, upon a sham Bill of Exchange for 14l. 12s 6d.
It appeared that when the Bill was presented where it was made payable, the prisoner’s name was (looks like - newspaper hard to read) not known.
He was found Guilty and sentenced to seven years transportation.  The prisoner was tried on another indictment for swindling a Mrs. Deacon, of Ayr-street, Piccadilly, of new furniture to the value of 120l. but was acquitted in consequence of a flaw in the indictment.

Theophilus Mitchell was listed as 26 years old on arrival in NSW.

Native Place: Yorkshire.

Occupation: Surgeon.

Theophilus was 5’8” tall, dark ruddy complexion, black hair and eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
MITCHELL, Theophilus. Per “General Hewitt”, 1814

5/9/1815: Married Mary Crowder, Hobart.

31/1/1818 Sydney Gazette:
Advertisements for the apprehension of Theophilus Mitchell having absconded - No further mentions of Theophilus after.

21/8/1819: Mary (Crowder) Mitchell (20) married William Cook, 26, both free, at Hobart.

20/3/1827: Mary Mitchell - Cook (Crowder) died at Hobart Town, aged 27 - listed as a Dealer’s wife.

19/3/1832: William Cook died, aged 39 years, at Hobart - listed as an Auctioneer.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 11th September, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Robyn Everist on 3rd May, 2020 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 3rd May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 5th May, 1788 (prev. 0000)

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