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John Pike

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Pike
Aliases: Pyke
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1770
Occupation: Ostler
Date of Death: 23rd December, 1860
Age: 90 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Berks. Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
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 303 (151)
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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Phil Hands on 19th June, 2017 wrote:

John Pike’s place of residence at the time he was tried and convicted at Reading Berkshire on 31st July 1797, was St. Helen’s Parish, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, he was sentenced for 7 years for Stealing kitchen utensils including 2 copper stew pans, a gin cask and a Delft bowl - total value 11 shillings from Henry Richards, senior. 4 waistcoats and other items worth 1 pound 3 shillings 6 pence from Henry Richards, junior. 2 waistcoats worth 10 shillings from Frederick Richards, by October 30th, 1797, he was listed aboard the prison hulk ‘La Fortunee’ moored at Langstone Harbour near Portsmouth to await transportation.
Left England on 12th February 1802.
Ship:- the ‘Perseus’ sailed with 113 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 14th August 1802.

By 1806, he was recorded as being free of servitude and employed by J. O’Hara or J. O’Harn.
In he married convict Jane Ferriday (‘Sydney Cove’ 1807) at Sydney, they had 12 children between 1808-1829.
In 1814, he was recorded as free, off stores and a land holder. He had a grant and purchase of 270 acres of land, 5 acres under wheat, six acres of maize, seven acres of barley, and one acre each of oats, peas and beans by 1822. He also had six horses, fifty cattle, twenty sheep, eight hogs, ten bushells of wheat and eighty bushels of maize in hand.
June 10th, 1825, he was convicted of selling spirits by retail, without a licence, and fined $100 [from the Sydney Gazette 16th June 1825].
By 1828, he was doing well and had 840 acres of land, four horses, eighty cattle, and forty-six sheep.

John died on 23rd December 1860, cause of death was accidental injury sustained by upsetting of cart eight weeks earlier. He died of gangrene of the arm. He was buried two days later at St. Bartholomew’s, Prospect.

John was a landholder with a farm at Prospect which evidently was not carried on by any of his sons. According to the Australian Biographical and Genealogical record 182-1899 Vol 2, Peter Winter married a young widow, Ann Manning and raised her son, James, along with their nine children. The family lived for some years on Pike’s Farm which was eventually inherited by Peter’s step-son James Manning. This James was a great grandson of John Pike’s.

Sydney Morning Herald Friday 28th December 1860 p. 4
A Centenarian.-
A correspondent informs us that on Christmas Day the remains of John Pike, aged 107 years (?), were consigned to their last resting-place, in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew’s, Prospect, in which parish he had lived a great number of years.                                                                      It appears deceased was sent out to this colony in the year 1802 from Birmingham, and was at that time forty-nine years of age. It is understood that he left a wife and family behind him, but married again shortly after his arrival in the country. He became the assigned servant of one Collet, at Toongabbee, and
was wounded in the leg by the mutinous convicts at the time of the outbreak at Castle Hill. Principally through the industry and frugality of his wife, he
acquired a very extensive landed property in this parish, but after her death, through litigation and other causes, it dwindled away much faster than it had been obtained; and the old man outlived his property some years. Latterly, he has been a pensioner upon the bounty of his children. Up to the period of his death the old man was hearty and strong, and there is no knowing how much longer he would have lived had he not been upset in returning from
Parramatta in a cart driven by his daughter-in-law, by which his arm was broken, when mortification ensued, which killed him. He leaves a large family of sons and daughters, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren.

Ian Pike on 12th October, 2018 wrote:

On the 31st July 1797, John Pike was tried at the Summer Assizes at Abingdon, Berkshire, before the Justice of the Peace, Edward Childs Esq, charged with Grand Larceny. He stole Goods and Chattels from Henry Richards snr, including a pair of shoes, two copper stew pans, one copper saucepan, one Delph bowl, one pair of leather boots, one tin cullender, one wooden piggin, one pewter plate, one wooden porter cask, one wooden gin cask, and one wire sieve over a period of six weeks. Two waistcoats belonging to Frederick Richards were found at John’s house. He also had in his possession when arrested a pool whip belonging to Henry Richards jnr. Henry Richards was the owner of the Crown and Thistle Inn on Bridge St, Abingdon at the time and had at one time had employed John Pike as an ostler and hay maker, but had discharged John Pike three weeks earlier. At the time of his arrest, John Pike was living in St Helen’s Parish, in Turnagain Lane, Abingdon, which is across the road from the Crown and Thistle Inn.

Beth Kebblewhite on 18th August, 2019 wrote:

1838 -

After 31 years of marriage, Jane Pike nee Ferriday left the marital home at Prospect and her spouse John Pike advertised the fact in a Public Notice placed in the Sydney newspaper in 1838 and accused Jane of taking a large quantity of wearing apparel, most probably her own belongings! The public was warned against “harbouring or concealing” Jane, and were threatened with prosecution.

(Source: “Australian” newspaper 8 May 1828, p3)

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 27th May, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Pyke, date of birth: 1778 (prev. 0000), date of death: 23rd December, 1860 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Phil Hands on 19th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1770 (prev. 1778), crime

Iris Dunne on 12th October, 2018 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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