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Abraham Pilgrim

Abraham Pilgrim, one of 210 convicts transported on the Augusta Jessie, 27 September 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Abraham Pilgrim
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: 'ploman' & farm labourer
Date of Death: 21st August, 1891
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Essex Quarter Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Augusta Jessie
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 209 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 446
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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Community Contributions

Robert Mayo on 30th September, 2016 wrote:

Buried CofE Cemetary Campbells Hill Maitland NSW

D Wong on 30th September, 2016 wrote:

11/4/1834 Chelmsford Chronicle Essex, England:
Guilty.—To he transported for life. George Vincent, 19, labourer, and Abraham Pilgrim, were convicted of stealing, at Earls Colne fair, a cap, the property of Edward Owers.—Pilgrim was also convicted of stealing, at the same fair, handkerchief, belonging to Caroline Cowlin.

Abraham was born in Staffordshire, England in 1810 to Abraham Pilgrim and Elizabeth.  (Also found birth dates of 1812 and 1815.

Abraham was listed as 19? years old and born in 1815 on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Stealing wearing apparel from the person’.  He was born in Colchester.

Gaol Report: Bad character several times Imprisoned before and convicted.

Abraham was 5’6” tall, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, single, a labourer.

1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr. R. Murray.

1838-1842: Was a Constable, dismissed for refusing to obey orders.

27/10/1843: TOL

11/10/1843: A Constable again.

25/12/1847: CP

29/1/1849: Pardoned

1850: Married Margaret Gailbraith at Houghton, Church of England, NSW - 16 children listed. - Margaret died in 1920.

29/6/1865 Maitland Mercury, NSW:
STOLEN, from the Big Creek, on or about the 13th June, a BAY PONY, branded AP near shoulder.
Any person giving such information that will convict the thief shall receive the above reward from the Paterson Prosecuting Society.
Paterson, 19th June.

27/4/1878 Maitland Mercury:
SERIOUS ACCIDENT-We learn that Mr. Abraham Pilgrim, a farmer on the Mowbray Estate was thrown from is horse whilst returning from Paterson to his residence, on Tuesday the 16th instant, and within a short distance of his home, by which he received such injuries to his head, that fears are entertained for his recovery. He laid in an insensible state up to the following Saturday, when he slightly regained conciousness, but is still in a critical state.

22/8/1891 Maitland Mercury:
THE FRIENDS of the late ABRAHAM PILGRIM are respectfully invited to ATTEND HIS FUNERAL : To move from his late residence, Victoria-street, Horseshoe Bend, at Three o’clock, TO-MORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

Convict Changes History

Robert Mayo on 30th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 21st August, 1891 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 30th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), crime

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