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John Potter

John Potter, one of 210 convicts transported on the Blenheim, 11 March 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Potter
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Ropemaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing lead
Convicted at: Lancaster. Liverpool Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Blenheim
Departure date: 11th March, 1837
Arrival date: 16th July, 1837
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 210 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 5 (4)
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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Thomas Potter on 28th April, 2020 wrote:

John Potter was Baptised on 30th April 1821 at St Peters Church Liverpool, His Parents where John Potter was A Rope-maker & Elizabeth Gregory. Elizabeth died in 1841 and John Remarried to A Mary Ann Woodward they had 1 son and called him John Potter also. b 1842 In Liverpool

D Wong on 29th April, 2020 wrote:

Liverpool Standard and General Commercial Advertiser Lancashire, England
8 Jul 1836:
To be transported for 14 years,
John Potter, aged 17, and James Bains, aged 19, for having stolen a quantity of plate the property of Mr. H. James Ames.

No ship found for James Bains.

Conduct Record for John Potter:

Tried at Lancaster/Liverpool Q.S. 4/7/1836.

Gaol Report:
Orderly twice Imprisoned once for Vagrancy connexions Bad.

Thomas Potter on 3rd May, 2020 wrote:

Notes I have Transcribed For Johns Potters Petition from His Parents Trying to get his sentence lowered and to try and keep him in UK.

Page 02

John Potter - Liverpool 4 July 1836 - Larceny before - 14 Years

To The Right Honourable Lord John Russell
The Petition of John Potter Most Humbly
Showeth That Your Petitioner Is The Heart Broken Father Of The Convict Now Under Sentence
Of Transportation for Fourteen Years ; For A Felony Committed In Liverpool.

That The Said Convict Has Been Seduced By
The Bad Example Of Others: As He Never saw
Any Thing but what was correct at home
And Had The Advantage Of As Good An
Education As Was In Your Petitioners
power To Bestow.

Your Petitioner Humbly supplicate
Your Lordships interference to procure
His Majesty Clemency That The Sentenced
Son of the said convict may be committed
To Seven Years As It Is His First Offence
hushing The Situation He Is Now In
May ?f?????e as an intensive to he??e?
conduct and your petitions Will
??? in duty bound ???? pray

Dawson Place John Potter
Lawton Street Dawson Place
4th 1836 Lawton St

Page 03

My Lord

I Had No Objection If In Concern
Sense With Your Lordship Will That The
Petition ??ayes For He Complied With,
If It He Only For The Sake Of The Parents
Of The Convict

I Am
Your Lordship Most Obedient
And Obliged Servant
Henry Jas Amey

Page 05

I have received a communication from my Son dated 13th instant, wherein he states that he
is in all probability likely to sail for his destination toward the last end of this month and would your Lordship pardon the anxiety of a parent in placing that communication before ?
your Lordship and Your Lordships Petitioner as in duty bound will ever Pray and Remain Your
Lordships Humble Servant
John Potter
Right Honourable
Lord Viscount Landon M.P.
Liverpool July 15th 1837

Page 06

The bearer John Potter is the Father of an unfortunate Son of the same name who was
transported for the time of fourteen years and is now lying in his Majesty’s Docks yards
waiting to go abroad. The humble Petitioner hopeth your Lordship will assist him in getting
his Son’s time mediated to a more moderate term in so doing you will have the prayers of
himself and his brokenhearted wife to the end of their days
John & Elizabeth Potter

Page 07

The Undersigned Recommended John
Potter To Your Lordship As An Honest
Christian Man And A Loyal Subject
Hoping Your Lordship Will Take His Case
Into Your Generous Consideration And Your
Humble Servants Will Be For Ever Obliged
George Seddon
Joseph Myres -
James Wilding
James Bromfield
Edward Lewis
John Parkinson
William Parkinson
Sam L Hesketh
X Mark Jacub Frances
George Leathweite -
John Brown
William Williams.

Page 14

To The Right Honourable The Lord John Russell
The Humble Petition
of John Potter
Dawson Place Lawton Street, Liverpool
Humbly showeth
That your Lordship’s said Petitioner is the Father of John Potter who was Sentenced at the
Liverpool Midsummer Sessions, for Fourteen Years Transportation for Felony.
Your Lordships said Petitioner is a Ropemaker by trade with a wife and Seven helpless
Children dependent on him for Support out of his own Industry.
Your Lordships said Petitioner most humbly craves Your Lordships kind intercession with the proper Department in causing the Sentence of his said Son to be Mitigated, and allowing
him to remain in England and not sent across the Seas.
And Your Lordships said Petitioner as in duty bound will ever Pray
Your Lordships
most Obedient and Very humble Servant
John Potter

Page 15

Liverpool July 14 1836

My Lord

We The Undersigned ? eg ???t
Respectfully To Recon???iend To Your Lordships Notice
To The Amended Petition John Potter And Believe
Him Worthy Of Your Lordships Kind Interference
With The ????er Department on Behalf Of His Said Son
We Are Your Lordships
Most Humble Servants
George Seddon Rope Maker Bitteon St
Thos Bolderson Do Back Berry Street
William Kirk Do Windsor
James Hilding Shipwrite Joneses Street
William Parkinson Ropemaker Lawton Street
Piliph Ganer Ropemaker Lorton Street
Francis Harrison Ropemaker Gascoine Street
John Wilding Do West Derby
James Winter Potter Do St Andrew Street
Daniel McStay Do Shannon Street
Thomas Rushton Do Christian St
George Evans Do Old Swan
Thomas Evans Do St Andrew Street
Thomas Bickerstaff Do Dove Cott Scholl Lane
James Wilson Do Peach Street
James Biven Ropemaker Sandan Road
Robert Gornall Ropemaker Hadson St
David Renshaw Ropemaker Lawton St
Thomas Ashton Ropemaker Edge Hill
Robert Rofs Ropemaker Shannon St
Robert Walker Ropemaker Old Swan
Davis Renshaw Ropemaker Pembroke Garden
Henry Dixon Ropemaker Old Swan
John Ellis Do Cavidish St
Thomas Smith Do Waterman St
John Collister Do Leander Street
William Healane Ropemaker Bolton Street
Peter Tomly Do Brounlow Hill
Samuel B?????? Do Back Berry St
Peter Formby Do Landers Street
John Burne Do Grange St
James Ev??? Do Green Lane
James Harrison Cabinet Maker Lawton St
John Sargant Ropemaker Peach Street
William SarGant Ropemaker Peach Street
John Gorton Ropemaker Cliffard St
Thomas Renshaw Ropemaker St Andrews St
Henry Renshaw Ropemaker St Andrews St
Thomas Kendrick ?????? St Andrews St
James B??????? Ropemaker Lawton St
John Parkinson Ropemaker Lawton St
William Mofs Do Shaws Brow
Thomas Parkinson Do Cropper St

Thomas Potter on 3rd May, 2020 wrote:

I found this description of a John Potter on Ancestry Reports Of Crime

MORVEN - On the 12th instant for the arrest of John Potter charged with deserting the service of Mr. J McKenzie, of Evandale on the 12th instant.

45 years old 5 feet 3 or 4 inches high complexion, no whiskers, pockmarked; dressed in old black cloth coat, light moleskin trousers (old), new Blucher boots and black billy cock hat.

D Wong on 4th May, 2020 wrote:

From the Appropriation List of the Blenheim.

John Potter, labourer, 5’6” tall, 19 years old.

Assigned to Mr Henry Clayton at Norfolk Plains on arrival.

Convict Changes History

Thomas Potter on 28th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 29th April, 2020 made the following changes:


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