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John Sewell

John Sewell, one of 264 convicts transported on the Maria Somes, 22 April 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Sewell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Farmer & ploughman
Date of Death: 24th June, 1864
Age: 44 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lincoln. Spalding Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Maria Somes
Departure date: 22nd April, 1844
Arrival date: 30th July, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 263 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 60. Tasmanian Archives https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au
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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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 29th October, 2017 wrote:

John SEWELL was convicted at Spalding, Lincoln, England on 4 Jan 1844 for stealing - fowls and a drill spade. Gaol report: “first conviction”.  14 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Maria Somes’ arriving 30 July 1844.

Aged 24yrs; farmer’s labourer, can plough; Protestant; not literate; 5’2 1/2” height; ruddy complexion; brown hair; grey eyes.
Native place of birth: Eaton, Bedfordshire, England.
No relatives listed on his Indent, but stated he last worked for Mr. Sharman at Spalding.

VDL:
1 yr 9 months Probation Period.
1st Station Gang: Maria Island (off the east coast of Tasmania)
28 March 1851: Ticket of Leave granted.
21 June 1853: Conditional Pardon approved.

Further conviction whilst in the Colony.

Nell Murphy on 2nd November, 2017 wrote:

Supreme Court, Hobart - 2 June 1857: John SEWELL (on Conditional Pardon no. 13582, “Maria Somes”) convicted of sodomy with Nathan STANTON. 4 yrs imprisonment (Nathan Stanton - 12 months imprisonment).  (ref. https://stors.tas.gov.au/SC32-1-7$init=SC32-1-7_0188  & Newspapers online Trove 3 June 1857 http://trove.nla.gov.au  )

Nell Murphy on 2nd November, 2017 wrote:

Death: 24 June 1864 at Franklin, southern Tasmania. (Although the death registration does not state the link to this John Sewell’s ship to Colony, he was known to live in this district in 1857, his age fits and is most likely the same person.  Another John Sewell did live in Hobart but not the same age, who died in 1881.)
John SEWELL, male, aged 45 yrs, labourer, cause - exposure to cold causing paralysis. Notified by Patrick Hill, Farmer.  (ref. 35/1/33 no. 159)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 29th October, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 60. Tasmanian Archives https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/

Nell Murphy on 2nd November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 24th June, 1864 (prev. 0000)

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