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John Porter

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Porter
Aliases: John Murrell
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hayeston
Departure date: 1816
Arrival date: 13th March, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 10 other convicts


Primary source: State Records NSW Reel 2422 2/8262
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Maureen Withey on 27th July, 2020 wrote:

John Porter, age 22, ???, native of Middlesex, 5 ft 6 ¼,  Sallow comp., Hazel eyes, light brown hair, tried at Madras 10 Oct 1814, 7 years.
Muster of eleven convicts and two returned runaways who arrived on the ship Hayeston of Calcutta 13 March 1816, and mustered 15 March 1816.
State Records NSW Reel 2422 2/8262


Colonial Secretary Index.

PORTER, John (Per “Hayeston”, 1816) see MURRELL, John (Per “General Hewitt”, 1814)

MURRELL, John. Per “General Hewitt”, 1814; retransported from India as John Porter per “Hayeston”, 1816

1816 May 10 - Convict runaway arrived safe from India per “Hayeston”; had assumed the name John Porter (Reel 6018; 4/3521 pp.67, 68)
1817 Sep 16 - On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Mary”; listed as John Porter (Reel 6005; 4/3497 p.57)
1820 Aug 1 - On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson”; listed as John Porter (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.171)
1822 May 2 - Memorandum of the judgment of the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction against Murrell in a matter of perjury (Reel 6054, 4/1758 pp.91-91b; Reel 6017, 4/5783 pp.74-5)
1822 May 10 - Request for an explanation why the wishes of the Criminal Court in the sentence pronounced against Murrell were not carried fully into effect (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.262). Reply, 11 May (Fiche 3052; 4/1831 No.317)
1822 May 15 - To be conveyed to Windsor and delivered over to the Bench of Magistrates; the Bench requested to take proper measures to carry the sentence passed by the Criminal Court into effect (Reel 6009; 4/3505 pp.283, 287)
1822 Jul 30 - On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.2, 364-5)

1828 census at Port Macquarie.
John Murrell, per General Hewitt, respited.

Maureen Withey on 27th July, 2020 wrote:

There appears to be some confusion as there is listed on the indent for Hayeston, a prisoner from India named John Porter, aged 22, and a returned escaped convict John Murrell, a 65 year old sawyer from Essex, who was transported on the General Hewitt, who also used the alias John Porter.
For more information see:
From page 63 onwards.

Maureen Withey on 27th July, 2020 wrote:

Tried Madras 10th October 1814.  Sentence 7 years.  Native Place Middlesex.  Trade Hatter and Clerk.  Age 22, Height 5ft 6 ½ in, Complexion Sallow, Hair Brown, Eyes Hazel.
State Records NSW Reel 2422 2/8262

Letter Re; John Porter per Hayeston 1816
Extraction from the Calendar of Prisoners Tried at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol delivery held at the Town of Madras, the Tenth day of October One Thousand Eight hundred and fourteen, before the Supreme Court. No 1.
Name - John Porter.  Verdict, Guilty of Grand Larceny.  Sentence: let him be forthwith transported to the East Coast of New South Wales for the term of Seven Years.
Signed F. Macnaghton.  Signed A. Ormy, Clerk of the Crown Supreme Court Jurisdiction, Madras, Fort St. George, 16th October 1814.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 27th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: State Records NSW Reel 2422 2/8262 (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Porter, alias1: John Murrell, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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