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Jacob Porter, one of 190 convicts transported on the Asia, 03 September 1820
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 374
||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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Margaret H Richard on 15th April, 2016 wrote:
After getting his Tick of Leave he was Re convicted in Australia and sent to Norfolk Island
Dennis Nightingale on 16th April, 2016 wrote:
Jacob Porter was aged 23 when he was sentenced at the Gloucester Assizes in
1820 to transportation for seven years for stealing two pounds from the
breeches pocket of John Rose of Welford on the night of 11th October in the
public house called ?The George? at Fairford. He sailed from Plymouth aboard
the Asia (1)in Sep 1820 and arrived in Australia in Dec 1820. The Musters of
1823, 1824 and 1825 indicate that he was assigned to Nicholas Bayly at
In 1825 he was granted a ticket of leave to Cabramatta but in 1826 fell foul
of the law by receiving stolen property [a blanket] from the Cumberland
bushrangers. As a result he was confined to the prison hulk Phoenix for
three months and then sent to Norfolk Island for 7 years. Here he appears to
have kept his nose clean as he received a certificate of freedom in 1832. He
appears to have staid on at Norfolk Island as in 1834 he is shown in the
wages despatch as “Overseer of Convict Works; 2/3 per day - these salaries
and allowances are granted in conformity with the regulations for paying
free convict overseers.”
Jacob appears to have returned to Sydney not long after this as on 30 June
1835 he was married by Banns to Grace Thomson (later known as Grace
McLeish)who had also arrived in the colony as a convict. At the time his
occupation was recorded as Journeyman Carpenter. Their first child, Ellen
was born in Sydney Dec 1836 but died there aged nine weeks in Feb 1837.
Between March, 1837, and November, 1839, Jacob and Grace moved to the
Singleton area, where seven other children were born to them.
Children of Jacob and Grace are:
Ellen b1836 Sydney. Died 1837.
Joseph b1839 Yellow Rock (now Broke) married Mary Ann Hanlon (my gg
Rosanna b1841 Wollombi married George Horniblow aka Walters
Thomas b1843 Patricks Plains
William b1845 Fordwich, married Mary Jane Smith
James b1847 Fordwich
Mary Ann b1848 Fordwich
John, b1852, Cockfighter’s Creek, Fordwich
Jacob seems to have changed residences periodically as indicated by the
Singleton Electoral Rolls and the Singleton Council’s Rates? Ledger. In
1867, Jacob (his occupation recorded as ?Carpenter?), was living in John
Street, Singleton. In 1869-72, he lived in the dwelling next door to the
Wesleyan (Methodist) Parsonage in Elizabeth Street, Singleton. In 1874-5,
Jacob was again living in John Street, Singleton and in 1875-1877, he was
renting a different house in John Street.
Jacob died in 1881 at the Benevolent Asylum in Singleton at the age of
almost 84 years. His occupation was recorded as a carpenter. He was buried
the following day at the Church of England Cemetery at Singleton
(Whittingham), by the Rev. B.E. Shaw. Buried with him are three of his five
sons, Thomas, John and William, and William?s wife, Mary.
Convict Changes History
Margaret H Richard on 15th April, 2016 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime
Dennis Nightingale on 16th April, 2016 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 374. NSW Gov Convict Records. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 374), date of birt