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John Parton

John Parton, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Parton
Aliases: John Berringer
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 31st December, 1826
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 86
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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Rhoda on 17th November, 2012 wrote:

His full name was John Parton Thomas Berringer.  At conviction his name was recorded as John Berringer. (England & Wales criminal register)

He married Sarah Elizabeth Bradley in 1816. Sarah’s father, James Bradley, was a convict transported on the Scarborough in 1788. 

John Berringer was also the winner of Australia’s first known prizefight.  He and Charles Sefton went 56 rounds and Berringer was declared the winner.

Denis Pember on 26th March, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey Transcript (t18120219-1)
(http://www.oldbaieleyonline.org)
19 February 1812.
Burglary, Breaking, Entering with Intent to Steal.
Guilty, Death Reprieved to transportation for Life.

ROBERT GREEN and JOHN PARTON were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Rogers, about the hour of seven on the night of the 31st of January, with intent the goods and chattels in the same dwelling-house therein being, burglariously to steal.
JAMES ROGERS . I am a linen-draper, 205, Piccadilly in the parish of St. James, Westminster.
Q. Was your house broken open open - A. Yes, on the 31st of January at seven o’clock in the evening.
Q. Was it quite dark then - A. Yes, it was quite dark; we had lit the lamps about an hour. A square of glass was broken in the shop window. The Bow-street officers brought the two men into my shop. The window was broken so that I could get my three fingers in; the handkerchiefs that laid near the place were moved a little of oneside; I had seen them there about an hour before that.
- NICHOLS. I am a conductor of the patrol of Bow-street.  I saw Parton go to the middle of Mr. Rogers’s window; he put his hand against the glass; he went to the other side of the window, and then Green, he came; I passed the window and perceived the glass was starred.  I saw the two prisoners go back again to the window, it appeared to me that Green had got hold of some of the goods; I found two knives upon him. Partons fingers were cut.
- JONES. I am a patrol of Bow-street.  I have no further to say than what Nichols has said, I was with him at the time.
Parton’s Defence.  I have subpoened the glazier that mended the prosecutor’s windows the next day.
ROBERT HALL . I am the glazier that mended the prosecutor’s windows.
Parton. How large was the hole - A. I could not introduce three of my fingers without danger, but I did not try.
PARTON - GUILTY - DEATH, aged 24.
GREEN - GUILTY - DEATH, aged 19.
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

Denis Pember on 26th March, 2017 wrote:

1825 muster…
Parton, John, convict, Fortune, 1813, life, government sercant to his wife at Sydney.
Parton, Sarah, 27, born in the colony, wife of ditto.
Parton, Sarah, 2, born in the colony, daughter of ditto.
Parton, Ann, 5, born in the colony, daughter of J. Parton, Sydney.
Parton, Louisa, 9, born in the colony, daughter of J. Parton, Sydney.

Phil Hands on 2nd June, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convcited at the Old Bailey on 19th February 1812 for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Rogers, sentenced to death, this was later commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 3rd December 1812.
Ship:- the ‘Fortune’ sailed with 201 male convicts on board of which 5 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 11th June 1813.

Morning Chronicle Wednesday 26th February 1812 p. 3
OLD BAILEY
Yesterday…Same day Sessions ended, when sentence of death was passed on Robert Green and John Parton, for burglary…

Bury and Norwich Post Wednesday 26th February 1812 p. 2
Robert Green, and John Parton were capitally convicted of burglariously breaking open the house of John Rogers, shopkeeper, in Picadilly. - The two prisoners were apprehended in the very act of attempting to take away the goods.

One of England’s most popular sports at the time was bare-knuckled prize fighting, which was brought to the colony by the working class.
Organised bareknuckle fights were common in the early colony and officers of the NSW Corps were known to have arranged fights between convicts.
Later the fights were sponsored by the gentry and offered significant prizes for the winners. It is thought that the first boxing match in Australia took place on 7th January 1814 between two convicts, Charles Sefton and 22-year-old John Berringer. It was fought under the English prize-fighting contest rules and involved them running a kilometre before the fight took place. After 56 rounds, Berringer was declared the victor.

John married Sarah Elizabeth Bradley (daughter of convicts James Bradley, ‘Scarborough’ 1788 & Sarah Barnes, ‘Mary Ann’ 1791) in 1816 at Sydney, they had 3 children between 1817-1823.

John died on 31st December 1826 at Sydney.

Petition to Governor June 1825
To His Excellency Sir Thomas Brisbane…
The respectful memorial of John Parton
Sheweth
That memorialist came to this colony by the ship Fortune 2, Walker Master in the year 1813 under sentence of exile for life has married a free born subject by whom he has three children resides at Kissing Point. Supporting himself and family by industry that memorialist beg further to state to Your Excellency that he faithfully served Government these four years and the last eight years has been assigned off the stores to his wife Sarah Parton and never had his name called in question since he landed in this colony for any dishonourable action whatsoever should Your Excellency be graciously pleased to take his long servitude together with connection he has formed into your humane consideration and grant him a conditional pardon by which means Memorialist will be able to support themselves in a respectable manner and for such mark of favour memorialist will as in duty bound Pray. June 1825

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18120219-1

214. ROBERT GREEN and JOHN PARTON were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Rogers , about the hour of seven on the night of the 31st of January , with intent the goods and chattels in the same dwelling-house therein being, burglariously to steal .
JAMES ROGERS . I am a linen-draper , 205, Piccadilly in the parish of St. James, Westminster .
Q. Was your house broken open open - A. Yes, on the 31st of January at seven o’clock in the evening.
Q. Was it quite dark then - A. Yes, it was quite dark; we had lit the lamps about an hour. A square of glass was broken in the shop window. The Bow-street officers brought the two men into my shop. The window was broken so that I could get my three fingers in; the handkerchiefs that laid near the place were moved a little of oneside; I had seen them there about an hour before that.
- NICHOLS. I am a conductor of the patrol of Bow-street. I saw Parton go to the middle of Mr. Rogers’s window; he put his hand against the glass; he went to the other side of the window, and then Green, he came; I passed the window and perceived the glass was starred. I saw the two prisoners go back again to the window, it appeared to me that Green had got hold of some of the goods; I found two knives upon him. Partons fingers were cut.
- JONES. I am a patrol of Bow-street. I have no further to say than what Nichols has said, I was with him at the time.
Parton’s Defence. I have subpoened the glazier that mended the prosecutor’s windows the next day.
ROBERT HALL . I am the glazier that mended the prosecutor’s windows.
Parton. How large was the hole - A. I could not introduce three of my fingers without danger, but I did not try.
PARTON - GUILTY - DEATH , aged 24.
GREEN - GUILTY - DEATH , aged 19.
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Heath

Evelyn Mortimore-Oliver on 9th July, 2018 wrote:

INFORMATION ABOUT SARAH’S LIFE:  (mdbrowne originally shared this on 06 Aug 2012 on Ancestry)
“Sarah was born on the 2nd March 1799 in Sydney, New South Wales the daughter of James BRADLEY (Convict) and Sarah BARNES (Convict) - (NSW Birth, Regd No. V1799854 1A/1799).

She married John Parton BERRINGER on the 2nd September 1816 at Phillip St Church, Sydney, New South Wales. The details contained in the register of Births Deaths and Marriage the spelling of the surname of her husband as BERRINGER (NSW Marriage, Regd No. V18161961 3A/1816).
 
Sarah is the mother of Ann BERRINGER.

Sarah passed away in 1836 in the name of WATTS. The reason for the change of name is as follows:  -  On the 20th Oct 1826 John PARTON (BERRINGER) petitioned the Colonial Secretary, Alexander McLeay to be re-assigned to a Mr Porter due to his wife going to Sydney, with their three children and living with another man (no name given).

There is a copy of a handwritten letter from the Colonial Secretary of the day together with a transcript, in part, relating to John PARTON (BERRINGER)
 
In the 1828 census she is listed as “WATTS” along with William (30) who was another Convict but free by servitude at this time. The three BERRINGER children, Louisa(11), Anne(9) and Sarah(5) were also listed under the name of WATTS.
 
Sarah passed away in 1836 in the name of WATTS.”

Convict Changes History

Rhoda on 17th November, 2012 made the following changes:

gender

Carol Axton-Thompson on 18th November, 2012 made the following changes:

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Denis Pember on 26th March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000)

Denis Pember on 26th March, 2017 made the following changes:

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Phil Hands on 2nd June, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of death: 31st December, 1826 (prev. 1827)

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