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Thomas Plows

Thomas Plows, one of 200 convicts transported on the Sir William Bensley, 09 October 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Plows
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 23rd June, 1860
Age: 59 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sir William Bensley
Departure date: 9th October, 1816
Arrival date: 10th March, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 298
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 10th February, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Transcripts: t18160403-67 (online database):
THOMAS PLOWS was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of April , a coat, value 2l. and a hat, value 10s. the property of John Evans , in the dwelling-house of Benjamin Hall, esq .
JOHN EVANS. On Wednesday morning last, I went up stairs, between ten and eleven o clock, and on coming down again, I went to my own room, I pushed my door open, and it recoiled against me, as if somebody was behind it; immediately the prisoner was just coming out; and I asked him what business he had there? he seemed very much confused, and made a great many stammers, and said he wanted to find the kitchen; I shewed him along the passage towards the kitchen, and pointed it out to him; he had a ice-pail and a apron, like a confectioner’s man. I just put my head into my own room to see if all was right, and perceived that my coat, which had been hanging up on the other side of the room, and my hat, which had been in a box, had been removed as far as from your lordship to me, to the plate chest, close by which the prisoner was standing when I first pushed the door open; I waited until he returned, and laid hold of him, and then he denied taking the coat and hat. I asked him where he came from? and he said, from Mr. Gunter’s, the confectioner, in Berkley-square, for orders. I took him into custody, and took him to Bow-street.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was coming down Brook-street, about ten o’clock on Wednesday morning, and a young man, like a confectioner’s man, gave me that ice-pail, and asked me to go down, and ask if there were any orders from Mr. Gunter. I went down, and went into this room by mistake, and was just coming out when the gentleman stopped me.
GUILTY , aged 16.
Transported for Seven Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Wood.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Thomas married Jane Stanton at St Peters, Campbelltown, 13th January 1827.
Jane was the daughter of James Stanton (Convict, Active, 1791) and Frances Haggart (Convict, Earl Cornwallis, 1801).
Thomas and Jane had 10 children between 1827 and 1847.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 303….
[Ref P0974] Plows, Thomas, 27, free by servitude, 1818, 7 years, Protestant, settler, Appin, 5 acres, 5 acres cleared and cultivated.
[Ref P0975] Plows, Jane, 17 born in the colony.
[Ref P0976] Plows, John 1 born in the colony.

Roger Tildsley on 9th December, 2017 wrote:

His crime was ‘Stealing a hat and a coat’ - Old Bailey
Married Jane Stanton 13 Jan 1827, daughter of James Stanton (Coromandel) and Frances Hoggard (Earl Cornwallis).They had 10 children

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), crime

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 23rd June, 1860 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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