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John Rofe

John Rofe, one of 192 convicts transported on the William Miles, 15 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Rofe
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Blacksmith/footman
Date of Death: 1st August, 1876
Age: 70 years

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 Life

Crime: Theft of jewlery
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: William Miles
Departure date: 15th March, 1828
Arrival date: 29th July, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 345 (174) Death Certificate of John Rofe, died 01 August 1876, Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, New South Wales, 4314/1876
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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Anonymous on 31st July, 2012 wrote:

John Rofe was 22 years old on arrival in VDL.  He was born in Cranbrook, Kent.  Transported for stealing a gold watch from Lady Everton in an hotel at Tunsbridge.

Description: Hair mole on left cheek, several brown moles on right cheek.  J R A Willis inside right arm, 2 brown moles on back of right hand, grey eyes, brown hair, 5’6" tall.  Had his father and mother at Cranbrook.

1830: Assigned to Mr Jas King.
1832, 33, 35 assigned to Thomas Fletcher.

12/2/1831: Absconded from Commisary Boyes since Feb. 4th, 1831.

1837: Married Margaret Connell (Jame 1833).

20/9/1836: TOL
1838: 5 gallons of wine belonging to John Rofe condemned under the permit act.
5/12/1840: On the 10th inst. on the premises of John Rofe, at Longford - under a distrain for rent - 2 large blacksmith’s bellows, 2 large anvils, one vice, hammers, tongs, chisels etc.

12/10/1844: CP
9/3/1846: CP
Could not find date of death.
(There was also a John Rofe who arrived in Hobart a little later who was a Constable).

beverly oldfield on 18th February, 2014 wrote:

John Rofe was my g g grandfather. I was Beverly Rofe before my marriage to John Oldfield. John Rofe married three times.  1.Margaret Connell in 1837 in Longford Tasmania.  2.Mary Byrne in 1844 in Launceston 3. Ann Smith in Launceston in 1852. Margaret was my g g Grandmother.  She was a convict transported on the Jane in 1833. Margaret and John had 2 sons.  Charles and John. This John was my g grandfather and he settled in Echuca. Victoria. He and his wife Mary had 11 children.  Their 6th child John was my Grandfather. John Rofe my g g Grandfather was born in Cranbrook, Kent U.K. in 1806 and died in Launceston in 1883. His Father was John Rofe a blacksmith . His Mother was Sussanah, formarly Bridgland.

Pam Potter on 5th January, 2017 wrote:

John Rofe is my g.g.grandfather (DOB 1806).  I believe that the marriages to Byrne and Smith involved a John Rolfe (Rofe) and not my gg.grandfather as John Rolfe was born in 1816 and was a free man when he married Mary Byrne in 1844.
My gg.grandfather did not receive his pardon until 1845.

Pam Potter on 25th August, 2020 wrote:

Death Certificate lists Margaret Connell as his wife and Charles (his son) is informant.  He had been living in Victoria for approx 27 years and in NSW for only 1 month where his son Charles was employed.

Convict Changes History

beverly oldfield on 18th February, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1883 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Pam Potter on 29th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of death: 0000 (prev. 1883)

Pam Potter on 25th August, 2020 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 345 (174) Death Certificate of John Rofe, died 01 August 1876, Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, New South Wales, 4314/1876 (prev. Australian

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