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James Overton

James Overton, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Overton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 8th February, 1876
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a horse & saddle
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 30th July, 1819
Arrival date: 18th December, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 195 (99)
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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Angela Moore on 3rd January, 2015 wrote:

James Overton is recorded as being a native of Herefordshire.  After arriving in Australia he was “assigned to”, and worked for, William Fuller of North Richmond. James Overton married Mary Turner (nee Rogers), also of North Richmond.  James had been granted a Ticket Of Leave in 1829. James and Mary had eight children -  three boys and five girls - wqho were all born on land that they farmed at Kurrajong Heights somewhere on or near Comleroy Rd.  James was granted a Pardon by the then NSW Governor, Sir George Gipps Knight, on the 1st January 1841.  In the 1859-1860, 1869-1870, and the 1874-1875 Hawkesbury Electoral Rolls James is recorded as being eligable to vote and as residing either in North Richmond or Kurrajong (the later name being used more commonly for the area as the century progressed). James died at age 78 on the 8th February 1876, and he is buried in the grounds of St Peter’s Church of England at North Richmond where his headstone and grave are shared by his wife Mary who died some 25 years after James. 
James is the first Australian ancestor of Angela Marie Moore (nee Overton), who was born in Sydney in 1950 and is the daughter of Leo James Overton (1922-2012). Angela can be contacted at peteandangie@linknet.com.au .

Phil Hands on 24th May, 2017 wrote:

James, a native of Herefordshire, was tried at the Stafford Assizes on 11th March 1818 for stealing a horse & saddle valued at 5 pounds the property of a Mr Webb in Kingswinford, Staffordshire. He pleaded guilty and received a life sentence. He was registered on the prison hulk ‘Justita’ moored at Sheerness on 1st June 1819 and the goal report said he was of good character. On the ship’s indent, his native place was recorded as Herefordshire, his trade or calling was a labourer, born 1798, height 5’5”, complexion fair, hazel eyes.
Left England on 30th July 1819.
Ship:- the ‘Recovery’ sailed with 188 male convicts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th December 1819.
Not a lot is known about his early years in NSW, but by the 1828 census he was shown as being assigned to William Fuller of North Richmond.

James was granted a Ticket Of Leave in 1829.
On 1st February 1836 James married Mary Turner, daughter of convict George Turner (‘Earl Spencer’ 1813) & his wife Mary, at Saint Peter’s Church of England, Richmond, they had 8 children between 1838-1861.

James was granted a Pardon by the then NSW Governor, Sir George Gipps Knight, on the 1st January 1841.
The family lived at Kurrajong untill James’ death on 8th February 1876. Mary died on 21st December 1901 at Windsor, they are both burried in the grounds of St Peter’s Church of England at North Richmond.

Convict Changes History

Angela Moore on 3rd January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Lea Welter on 16th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 8th February, 1876 (prev. 1876)

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