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John Peasley

John Peasley, one of 272 convicts transported on the Perseus and Coromandel, January 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Peasley
Aliases: Peisley
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th April, 1775
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 12th February, 1828
Age: 52 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Perseus and Coromandel
Departure date: January, 1802
Arrival date: 14th August, 1802
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 251 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 311 (155)
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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Anonymous on 11th June, 2011 wrote:

Surname is spelt Peisley.

His wife and child were on the same ship. Elizabeth (nee Boswell) and Ann

Denis Pember on 3rd March, 2016 wrote:

John Peasley aged 28 was convicted and sentenced to be hung at the Surrey Summer Assizes at Croydon on 3 Aug 1801. This was commuted to life imprisonment. He was transported aboard the ship ‘Perseus’ which departed Spithead, England on 12 Feb 1802 and arrived in the colony on 4 Aug 1802. John’s wife Elizabeth (nèe Boswell)and daughter Ann came with him.
In the colony, the couple had a large family with 9 more children born between 1803 and 1819.

Denis Pember on 3rd March, 2016 wrote:

The family can be located on the 1825 Muster:
1825 Muster (1823-1825)
John Peasley conditional pardon Publican Parramatta per Perseus 1802.
Eliza wife, came free per Perseus 1802.
Francis son born in the colony.
Sarah daughter born in the colony.
Elizabeth aged 16 born in the colony.
Mary aged 14 born in the colony.
Martha aged 12 born in the colony.
William aged 10 born in the colony.
Robert aged 6 born in the colony.
John son aged 18 born in the colony.
Ann daughter, came free, per Perseus 1802.

Denis Pember on 3rd March, 2016 wrote:

In his later years, John had a ‘fling’ with Shepherdess Agland (nèe Wright) and they had a daughter born Shepherdess Agland 1826.
Shepherdess had been married to John Agland (Convict, Guildford, 1812) and was herself the daughter of James Wright (First Fleet Convict, Scarborough, 1788) and Ann Guest (Convict, Mary Ann, 1791).

John died prior to the Census in 1828.

Beth Kebblewhite on 17th August, 2019 wrote:

SRNSW Col Sec Papers for: PEISLEY, John or PEASLEY. Per “Perseus”, 1802
1806 Jul
Received issues of beer at Parramatta; appears as Peasly (Reel 6041; 4/1719 pp.211, 212)
1807 Aug 29, Nov 15
On statement of capital advanced by John Blaxland in his concerns from 3 Apr 1807 to 14 Sep 1808 (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.201, 204)
1807 Sep 30, Oct 10
On statement of capital advanced by Gregory Blaxland in his concerns from 27 Dec 1806 to 24 Nov 1807 (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.194, 195)
Camp overseer at Parramatta. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3167; 4/1847 p.178)
1810 Jan 26
Brought wife with him; camp overseer at Parramatta. Memorial for confirmation of grant (Fiche 3008; 4/1822 No.256)
1811 Mar 6
Received beer licence in Feb 1811 (Reel 6038; SZ758 p.184)
1813 Aug 7
On list of persons holding licences for sale of wine and spirituous liquors (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.405-7)
1814 Nov 26-1819 Oct 29
Juror at inquests on Mary Brown, Bartholomew Cooney, Owen Dalton, John Holland & John Williams held at Parramatta (Reel 6021; 4/1819 pp.57, 95, 145, 273, 717)
1815 Apr 1-1817 Apr 19
On lists of persons licensed as publicans for 1815, 1816 and 1817; at Parramatta (Reel 6038; SZ759 pp.54, 193, 341)
1818 Feb 16; 1819 Feb 15
On lists of applicants for renewal of spirit licenses at Parramatta (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.63 & 4/3499 p.319)
1818 Mar 2
On return of horned cattle issued from the Government Herds between 8 May 1814 and 9 Jan 1819; payment for horse (Reel 6048; 4/1742 p.58)
1818 Mar 7
Mare purchased from by Major Druitt for Government stock (Reel 6031; 4/7028A p.87)
1819 Jun 10
Toll duties received in the Police Fund (Reel 6038; SZ1044 p.60)
1820 Nov 24-1821 May 24
Store receipts of for fresh meat, fresh pork, salt pork, wheat & maize (Reel 6051, 4/1748 pp.137, 143, 144, 145, 153, 178; Reel 6049, 4/1745 p.355)
1821 Feb 17
Convicts disembarked from “Prince of Orange” assigned to at Parramatta; appears as Paisley (Reel 6007; 4/3503 p.105)
1821 Sep 21
On account of claims against the estate of Annisley Magraw and David Bell; appears as Peaseley (Reel 6053; 4/1756 p.86)
Of Parramatta. Re dispute over land with Fergus Golaher (Fiche 3046; 4/1829 No.130A)
1822 Mar 14
Convict landed from “Isabella” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.11)
1822 Jul 18
Signatory to memorial from inhabitants and stockholders of Parramatta re common land on the Sydney road known as the Dog Traps (Reel 6055; 4/1761 p.22b)
1822 Dec 18-1823 Jan 1
Peter Campbell convicted by the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction of defrauding him (Reel 6023; X820 p.75)
1823 Apr 5
On return of allotments in the town of Parramatta; listed as Paisley (Fiche 3265; 4/7576 pp.5, 9-11, 15)
1823 Jul 19
Of Parramatta. Witness in trial of Isaac Sampson, assigned servant of James Simmons (Reel 6057; 4/1768 p.171b)
1823 Aug 4
Convicts landed from “Recovery” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.4)
1823 Sep 15
Convicts landed from “Earl St Vincent” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.241)
1823 Dec 23
Convict landed from “Isabella” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.31)
1824 Jan 20
Convicts landed from “Castle Forbes” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.194)
1824 Jun 28, Aug 28
Former principal overseer to public gangs at Parramatta. Memorials (Fiche 3105; 4/1839A Nos.757-757A pp.23-30)
1824 Sep 13
Proposed as a surety by Joseph Grose for the payment of any duties required for an auctioneer’s license (Reel 6061; 4/1780 p.277b)
1824 Sep 18
Of Parramatta. Victim of an attempted assault; appears as Piesley (Reel 6023; 4/6671 p.50)
1824 Nov 29
Convicts landed from “Mangles” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.237b)
Testifying to character of Charles Nightingale for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3250; 4/1874 p.165a)
1825 Jan 5
Convict landed from “Ann and Amelia” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6014; 4/3513 p.198)
1825 Apr 7
On list of persons who have received orders for grants of land (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.98)
1825 Apr 7
Of Parramatta. To be allowed a grant of 500 acres of land (Reel 6014; 4/3514 p.69)
1825 May 11
Convict landed from “Hercules” assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6014; 4/3514 p.278)
1825 Aug 26
Convict assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.216)

Convict Changes History

Sharon Bakewell on 18th October, 2012 made the following changes:

surname Peisley (prev. Peasley), date of death 12th February, 1828, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 20th October, 2012 made the following changes:

surname Peasley (prev. Peisley), alias1

Denis Pember on 3rd March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 14th April, 1775 (prev. 0000)

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