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John Russell, one of 250 convicts transported on the Argyle, 05 March 1831
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 Life
5th March, 1831
3rd August, 1831
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 250 other convicts
||Yumpu - website. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 50. Tasmanian Archives - convict records.
||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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Nell Murphy on 26th March, 2017 wrote:
John RUSSELL was convicted at Somerset, England on 30 March 1830 for murder of a young woman who worked at the Lace Factory. Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Argyle’ arriving 5 Aug 1831.
Married - wife in service, at Crookhorn (?),nr. Taunton.
Mother - Mary
Brothers - Richard, George & Samuel (ref. Indent record)
Native place of Birth: Crookhorn, Somerset, England.
Aged 24 yrs.
Several notes of misconduct and punishments but obtained his Ticket of Leave and Conditional Pardon.
1835: Assigned to Rev. R. Davis, Hobart.
Sha on 18th May, 2018 wrote:
John was born in 1806
Father - Samuel russell 1770-1817 of Crewkerne
Mother - Mary bowdon 1772 of QUeen Camel, Somerset
He was the youngest of 4
Elizabeth 1800 died aged 9 weeks
He left home in crewkerne aged 12 after his father had died and became errand boy for bakers in chard
He married Jane LArcombe on 12 July 1829 in chard
Their daughter Mary was baptised 30 sept 1929
Employed in the lace miill of mr Rick
He was convicted for a murder committed on 30th Nov 1829
Pleaded innocence throughout
Sentenced to be executed and dissected
Sentenced was reprieved and commuted to transportation
Kept in ilchester gaol
Departed 5th march 1931 on ARGYLE to Tasmania
Arrived 3rd Aug 1831
Tickets of leave for 12 years and 3 months then given 12 months probation
Iris Dunne on 3rd June, 2020 wrote:
Originally shared by L. Daniels, though could not access their link through Facebook. Here is another link to Somerset Inquests & Murders 1825-1830, need to turn to page 132, The Chard Murder
Convict Changes History
Nell Murphy on 26th March, 2017 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 50. Tasmanian Archives - convict records. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 50), d
Sha on 18th May, 2018 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1806 (prev. 1807)
Iris Dunne on 3rd June, 2020 made the following changes:
source: Yumpu - website. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 50. Tasmanian Archives - convict records. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, P