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John Simpson

John Simpson, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Simpson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 23rd July, 1777
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 16th August, 1854
Age: 77 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Derby Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 373 (188)
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

Anonymous on 11th October, 2011 wrote:

John Simpson married Sarah Marshall (7 years, Friendship, 1817, arr Jan 1818). Their daughter Lucy was born in November 1818.

(I’ve just sent you some info on Sarah)

Leonie Fretwell on 30th October, 2019 wrote:

Alternative baptism record for John Simpson - baptised 20 Apr 1777 at Yarm, Yorkshire. Note Yarm was recorded as his native place on his Certificate of Freedom.

D Wong on 30th October, 2019 wrote:

John Simpson was listed as 38 years old on Ancestry Convict Indents.

John was 5’4ΒΌ” tall, dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, dark eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
SIMPSON, John. Per “Ocean”, 1818

1822 Jun 26:  Overseer of Tailors at Lumber Yard; removed from his post (Reel 6055; 4/1760 p.141)

1824 Mar 15:  On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains; free (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.187)

1824 Aug 31:  On list of Government servants in the employ of Sir John Jamison; from Jul 1818 to Jul 1823 (Reel 6061; 4/1780 p.257b)

25/3/1824: COF

Maureen Withey on 31st July, 2020 wrote:

NSW 1828 Census Index.
John Simpson, age 48, F.S. per Ocean 1818, 7 years, protestant. Tailor in Evan district. Holds 5 acres, which are all cleared and cultivated.
Sarah Simpson, age 31, F.S., per Friendship, 1818, 7 years.
Lucy Simpson, age 10, born in Colony.
John Simpson, age 9, B.C.
George Simpson, age 7, B.C.
Elizabeth, age 6,B.C.
Mary, age 4, B.C.
William, age 2, B.C.

Convict Changes History

Judith Simpson on 22nd November, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 23rd July, 1777 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th August, 1854 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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