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John Mitton

John Mitton, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Mitton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 12th August, 1772
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1853
Age: 80 years

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 Life

Crime: Assault and theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1015 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 122
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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Denis Pember on 3rd December, 2015 wrote:

John Mitton aged 18 and two other men accosted 13 year old Henry Meason, robbing him of a canvas bag full of watch parts. John was sentenced to death which was commuted to life.
Old Bailey transcript 13 Jan 1790: t17900113-3
WILLIAM DAMANT (11) , ROBERT READ (19), and JOHN MITTON (18) were indicted for feloniously assaulting Henry Meason on the king’s highway, on the 19th of December last, and putting him in fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, a canvas bag, value 6 d. a base metal watch case, value 12 s. a watch spring, value 5 s. a black string, value 1 d. and divers other watch cases, springs, and movements, the property of John Wentner.
They were found guilty and sentenced to DEATH.
The younger individual was immediately given reprieve, but Robert and John had to wait almost 12 months before having their sentences commuted and being transported.

Denis Pember on 4th December, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, John commenced a liaison with Catherine Lahey (Convict, Speedy, 1791).
Catherine Lahey arrived in Australia in 1800 aboard the ship ‘Speedy’ after being tried at the Old Bailey in 1798. Her crime was counterfeiting silver coins and she was sentenced to death, commuted to life. She and her accomplice were caught in their house in King Street, near Drury Lane, London (near present day Covent Garden.)
They don’t appear to have married. They were still using their separate surnames in the St John’s baptism register when christening their estimated 4th child Keziah in 1810. No likely birth registrations either before or after that year can be found. However, the couple had 8 children, 5 daughters and 3 sons, between 1801 and 1825.

Denis Pember on 4th December, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref M2531] Mitten, John, 56, absolute pardon, Albermarle, 1791, life, Protestant, settler, Airds.
[Ref M2532] Mitten, Catherine, 48, free by servitude, Speedy, 1799, 7 years, Protestant.
[Ref M2533] Mitten, Sarah, 22, born in the colony.
[Ref M2534] Mitten, Kesiah, 18, born in the colony.
[Ref M2535] Mitten, John (Jun), 15, born in the colony.
[Ref M2536] Mitten, Joseph, 11, born in the colony.
[Ref M2537] Mitten, William, 8, born in the colony.
[Ref M2538] Mitten, Elizabeth, 4, born in the colony.
(The other two, elder, daughters, Sophia Mary 1801 and Mary Matilda 1804 are already married and elsewhere.)

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 3rd December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 12th August, 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1853 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 3rd December, 2015 made the following changes:


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