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John Saunders

John Saunders, one of 144 convicts transported on the Adamant, 26 March 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Saunders
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Adamant
Departure date: 26th March, 1821
Arrival date: 8th September, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 143 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 12
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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Maureen Withey on 23rd December, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 December 2019), October 1820, trial of JOHN SAUNDERS (t18201028-134).
JOHN SAUNDERS, Theft > pocketpicking, 28th October 1820.

1361. JOHN SAUNDERS was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of October , one watch, value 2 l.; one ribbon, value 6 d., and one seal, value 6 d., the goods of a certain man whose name is unknown, from his person .

GEORGE DORRELL . I am a brush-maker. On the 25th of October I saw the prisoner, in company with another, at Brandenburgh House . I saw the other take a watch from a gentleman’s pocket and hand it to the prisoner, who ran off with it. I called Stop thief! and as he ran he threw the watch into the river. There was a number of thieves there. I was struck, and my life was in danger.

JOHN BUTCHER . I was with Dorrell, and saw the other man draw a watch from the gentleman’s pocket and give it to the prisoner - we followed him. The gang was so strong we did not like to take him. I went for assistance, and on returning found he was secured.

WILLIAM PEARCE . I saw the prisoner receive the watch, and throw it into the Thames - it had seals to it.

WILLIAM JONES . I am boat-keeper to her Majesty. I saw the prisoner throw the watch into the river.

GUILTY . Aged 23.

Transported for Life.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Adamant: Surgeon’s Log: National Archives ADM 101/1/2/2   1821
Folio 1: 19th March 1821; received eighty convicts from the Justitia, No sick.
Folio 18: 12th May 1821; scraped, fumigated the hospital and prison. In consequence of John Sounder (who was recommended to me from the Justitia as school master) conducting himself improperly, I was under the necessity of sending him into the prison with the men and putting him in double irons.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 23rd December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

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