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James Pearce, one of 136 convicts transported on the Prince of Orange, 22 July 1822
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life span was 56 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 140
||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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Tony Beale on 3rd December, 2020 wrote:
Old Baily Online
27. JAMES PEARCE was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of October , one watch, value 3 l.; one chain, value 6 d., and two keys, value 1 s., the goods of Samuel Dove , from his person .
SAMUEL DOVE . I live in Nassau-street, Middlesex Hospital. On the 30th of October, about seven o’clock in the morning, I was in Lombard-street , my silver hunting watch, was in my fob, and a bundle in my hand - three men stood, two with their backs against the post, and one against the wall at the corner of Clement’s-lane, leaving just room for one person to pass between them; I attempted to pass, but they rushed upon me, and took my watch; I am sure the prisoner was one of them - I pursued them, crying Stop thief! they all three ran as far as Birchin-lane, where they separated, the prisoner went up there, and the other two along Lombard-street - I did not lose sight of the the prisoner till a post stopped him, my watch has not been found - I charged him with the robbery, he denied it, and said he was only walking along the street. I am quite sure he was one of the three.
Prisoner. Q. Was I running when I was stopped - A. I think he was, I came up immediately as he was stopped.
CATHARINE WELSH . I am a market-woman, and live in Gilbert-street, Bloomsbury. I was going up Lombard-street, about seven o’clock in the morning, and heard the prosecutor crying Stop thief,! and saw three men coming along with pipes in their mouths, one ran and the other two walked to the end of the street - the one ran up Birchin-lane, I went up the lane, and called out Stop thief! the prisoner walked with another person to the end of the street, and then ran, he was stopped.
Prisoner. Q. You told the Lord Mayor that another man passed me in Birchin-lane - A. The first man ran up there, then the prisoner ran up also, he was one of the three I am certain.
THOMAS THOROUGHGOOD . I am a constable. The prisoner was given to me in Birchin-lane - I found nothing on him, Welsh was by, and said he was one of the men who ran away, he said nothing till after I took him away, he then said he knew nothing about it.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was going to Snow-hill, and turned down Birchin-lane, I heard the alarm, saw nothing, and went on, the prosecutor and woman turned the corner, and said “Stop that man, he is one of them”, I said I knew nothing of it, he said he would hang me if it laid in his power.
GUILTY . Aged 24.
Transported for Life .
London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
Convict Changes History
Tony Beale on 3rd December, 2020 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), gender: m