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James Peaulet

James Peaulet, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Peaulet
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1760
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1820
Age: 60 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 7 years

Crime: Theft of silver watch, gold chain and 2 seals
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Scarborough
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 26th January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 16 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 6
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 13th May, 2017 wrote:

JAMES PULET   (Peaulett)
Old Bailey Transcript (t17840707-30)  (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
Indicted for Felonious Theft. 
7th July 1784
Guilty of Stealing.
Transportation for 7 years

JAMES PULET, PETER WOODCOCK ,NICHOLAS ENGLISH and FRANCIS JOYCE , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of June last, one silver watch, value 50 s. one metal chain and seal, value 1 s. and one gold seal, value 40 s. the property of Letitia Bowman in her dwelling house .
The witnesses examined apart at the request of the prisoners.
What are you? - A widow .
Where do you live? - Near the two mile stone Kingsland road , the prisoners stole my watch on the 16th of June, I neither saw them nor heard them.
I am a Shipwright, I was nailing a board up at a wash-house in Kingsland road on the 16th of June, and I saw four men run down and look back which gave me suspicion they had done something wrong, then I run to the front part of the house, and heard Mrs. Bowman say she had lost her watch, I followed the four prisoners and I asked M’Gie to go with me and he did, this was about 150 yards from the prosecutrix.
Prisoner Joyce. Did you see me in company with these three lads? - Yes, I saw you all within the distance of me and you now.
I am a Bricklayer, I know the prosecutrix’s house, I pursued the prisoners with Barrow, and I assisted in taking the prisoner Joyce who had the watch, I called out stop thief; the other three were all before him, I saw the others apprehended; the prisoners were all in company.
Court. Was there any alarm given? - Yes.
Were they near enough to hear the cry? - Yes, I gave the cry within thirty yards, and the prisoner Joyce when he heard the cry, he threw away the watch out of a black silk handkerchief among some cabbage plants.
I assisted in apprehending the prisoners all but Joyce, I picked up the property after I saw him throw it over the pales, which is the watch which I have in my pocket, it has been in my possession ever since.
Prisoner Joyce. Was I in company with these three? - They all passed me before I knew they were thieves, and they were all in company together and were all in a sweat, Joyce in particular, the other three prisoners were three fields ahead, and were apprehended twenty minutes after the other young man was taken.
(The watch deposed to.)
Prosecutrix. I am positive it is mine, as the outside case has been in the family ninety years, I looked at my watch at half after one, and in three minutes after I found it was gone, it hung in the front room on the ground floor, they had thirty feet and a half to come into my premises before they took it, the gold seal cost three guineas and a half, it was an onyx; that is not here.
This young man and I were going to the New-river to bathe, and we met this young man, when we came there, they said if we went in we should go to the watch-house, then we went to Hackney Marsh, and just as we got a little way past the shoulder of mutton and cat, we heard the cry of stop thief, we were making all the haste we could, and we looked back and saw somebody stop this young man; then we stopped about two minutes and then we walked on, and then a parcel of gentlemen came running across the fields, and one of the gentlemen came up to me with a knife, and said he would cut my head off, and he took us back to the public house, the young man said that he did not know us, and that we were not along with him.
I am a very hard working lad, I met these two young fellows.
Prisoner English. I say the same he has said.
I was by myself when I was taken, I saw these three young lads before me, I did not know them, I was going to see my sister.
The Prisoner English called three witnesses to his character.
Court to Jury. This is an old watch and worth little more than the silver, and the gold seal has not been produced to you.
ALL FOUR GUILTY Of stealing to the value of 39 s.
Each to be transported for seven years.
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.

Denis Pember on 13th May, 2017 wrote:

In 1803, James was assigned a housekeeper, Sarah Robinson (Convict, 1801, “Earl Cornwallis”). Sarah had previously been assigned to William Spears (NSW Corps, 1801, “Earl Cornwallis) and had a daughter Mary, born in 1802. Spears had then been transferred to Norfolk Island.
James and Sarah had a de-facto relationship and had two children, Sarah 1804 and James (jnr) 1807. However, James (jnr) died aged only 3.
When James Peaulet died in 1820, Sarah married Joseph Craft (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Albermarle”) and they had a further 6 children.
James Peaulet’s daughter Sarah, did survive and She married twice. William Webb (Convict, 1818, “Ocean”) and William Dixon (Convict, 1818, “Tottenham”) and had at least 9 children in all.

Convict Changes History

Paul Curran on 27th October, 2014 made the following changes:


Paul Curran on 27th October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1760 (prev. 0000)

Paul Curran on 27th October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 1820 (prev. 0000)

Paul Curran on 27th October, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m

Michelle Champion on 22nd December, 2016 made the following changes:


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