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John Sherwood

John Sherwood, one of 401 convicts transported on the Glatton, September 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Sherwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1776
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 30th May, 1850
Age: 74 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 Life

Crime: Stealing a sheep
Convicted at: Bedford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Glatton
Departure date: September, 1802
Arrival date: 11th March, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 401 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 315 (157)
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

Denis Pember on 10th December, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, John ‘married’ Ann Lane (Convict, 1808, “Speke”) - no record of marriage registration.
The couple were together for a long period and had at least 7 children, born between 1812 and 1826.

In the 1806 Muster John is mentioned:
[Ref A4011 page 96] John Sherwood, Glatton, Prisoner, Thomas Dight.

In 1814 both of the couple are mentioned:
[Ref 5853 page 132] John Shearwood, Glatton, On Stores, Driver.
[Ref 6468 page 145] Ann Lane, Speke, Off Stores, 3 children Off Stores, Wife to John Sherwood.

Denis Pember on 10th December, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 336….
[Ref S0740] Sherwood, John, 54, conditional pardon, Glatton, 1803, life, Protestant, farmer at Richmond, N. Richmond, 28 acres, 24 acres cleared, 24 acres cultivated, 4 horses, 4 horned cattle.
[Ref S0741] Sherwood, Anne, 40, free by servitude, Speke, 1808, 7 years.
[Ref S0742] Sherwood, John 19, born in the colony.
[Ref S0743] Sherwood, Joseph, 18, born in the colony.
[Ref S0744] Sherwood, Sarah, 12, born in the colony.
[Ref S0745] Sherwood, Hannah, 10, born in the colony.
[Ref S0746] Sherwood, Ann, 9, born in the colony.
[Ref S0747] Sherwood, Thomas, 5, born in the colony.
[Ref S0748] Sherwood, James 2, born in the colony.

Denis Pember on 10th December, 2016 wrote:

# Note another child, number 8 also located in Census…This would be, Mary-Ann, born 8th January 1818.
[Ref S0738] Sherwood, Mary, 14, born in the colony, Protestant, servant to James McGrath, at Windsor.

Phil Hands on 11th August, 2017 wrote:

John, along with John Crawley and William Pepper were tried and convicted in Bedford on 6th August 1801 of sheep stealing, they were all sentenced to death by hanging. The sentences on Sherwood and Crawley were commuted to transportation for life, but Pepper was hanged on 1st August 1801. Crawley and Sherwood were put aboard the hulks at Woolwich on the Thames on 7th January 1802. After eight months in the hulks they were transfered to their transportation vessel.
Left England on 23rd September 1802.
Ship:- the ‘Glatton’ sailed with 271 male and 130 female convicts on board of which 9 males and 5 females died during the voyage.
Arrived on 11th March 1803.

On arrival he was assigned to Thomas Dight at Richmond.
The 1811 Census shows John Sherwood living with convict Anne Lane (‘Speke I’ 1808), they had 7 children between 1812-1826.

After receiving his Conditional Pardon on 31st January 1815, John commenced farming on rented land as the tenant of Mrs Wood of Sydney farming 20 acres in the Windsor district, and then in 1824 at North Richmond, renting 28 acres from Archibald Bell of Belmont. before purchasing a 60 acre property at Kurrajong Heights which he called Gardenwood Hill.

John Sherwood died May 30th, 1850 in Kurrajong NSW at the age of 74 and was buried at St Peters Anglican Church Richmond.
Anne died November 13th 1858 at Kurrajong Heights at the age of 70 and was also buried at St Peters . Her grave can still be located there.

Bronwyn Grannall on 19th October, 2018 wrote:

John Sherwood was convicted with John Crawley at Bedford Assizes on 16 July 1801.

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index:
SHERWOOD, John. Per “Glatton”, 1803

1810 Feb 6 - Petition for mitigation of sentence; as Sheerwood (Fiche 3167; 4/1847 p.195)

1818 Jul 25 - His stepson John Lane recommended for admission to the Male Orphan School (Reel 6047; 4/1740 p.254)

SHERWOOD, Ann. Wife of John Sherwood, per “Glatton”, 1803; former Ann Lane (which see also)

1818 Jul 25 - Her son John Lane recommended for admission to the Male Orphan School (Reel 6047; 4/1740 p.254)

Angela Johnson on 20th February, 2020 wrote:

Thankyou, this man is my ancestor. His descendant Reta Shearwood married my grandfather Norman C Johnson and they became renowned Merino sheep breeders in Central West NSW…so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Angela Johnson on 20th February, 2020 wrote:

My grandmother was called Shearwood, but Sherwood seems to be the original spelling. Her father was Henry, whose father was Thomas, whose father was John the sheep stealing convict.
Henry was crushed by an accident with his wagon and took several days to die. He carted wool.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 9th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1774 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Phil Hands on 11th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1776 (prev. 1774), date of death: 0000 (prev. 1850), crime

Phil Hands on 11th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 30th May, 1850 (prev. 0000)

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