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John Seymour

John Seymour, one of 175 convicts transported on the Morley, November 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Seymour
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
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: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: November, 1816
Arrival date: 10th April, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 176 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 307 (155)
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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Tony Beale on 17th January, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

175. JOHN SEYMOUR was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of December , two pieces of toilenet, value 5l. the property of George Hunter Hodgson , in the dwelling of John Buckley .

GEORGE HUNTER HODGSON . I am a manchester warehouse-man ; I live at 23, Lawrance-lane ; it is in the dwelling-house of John Buckley . On the 28th, between five and half past, I caught the prisoner at the bar, with two pieces of toilenet, my property, in his hands; he was just putting them into a sack, with another person. On the morning of the 26th, I missed some particular goods, and I suspected that they must have been taken out of the warehouse while they were shutting it up, for one part of our warehouse goes into the Blossom-innyard, and on this evening, I said, I would wait, and the prisoner came in at the street door, into the warehouse door, which was a little open, and there was another person holding a sack for him to put these pieces of toilenet into. I could not see him in the warehouse, because it was so dark; but I saw him in the passage leading to the warehouse.

JOHN HUGHES. I am warehouse-man; I live next door to Mr. Hodgson. On the evening of the 28th, at about a quarter or half past five, I was sitting in my counting-house, when I heard an alarm of stop thief! I rushed out as quickley as I could; I found Mr. Hedgson with the prisoner at the bar by the collar, and he was coming out after some other man, then out of sight, and the two pieces of toilenet were laying on the threshold of the door, in the passage of Mr. Berkley, leading to Mr. Hodgson’s warehouse.

THOMAS-. I am an officer. I know nothing more than producing the property.

George Hunter Hodgson . That is my toilenet, it is my property. There is but one common entrance into Mr. Buckley’s house, and my warehouse. The lowest value is five pounds.

Prisoner’s Defence. I fell in with a shipmate that night; he was going into Cheapside, and he said, he had got to go into a gentleman’s house, and he went up and brought these things out, and asked me

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to put them into the bag for him, while he held it open, and then that gentleman seized me.
Prosecutor, I could not see him come out of the ware-house, because it was so dark, but I saw him in the passage with the goods, and I saw the other person who is not here, come from the other side of the way, and open the bag for him to put them in; and I took him in the altitude of putting them in.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 20.

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 17th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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