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Silvanus Skeen, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||8th September, 1879
life span was 56 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 197 (100)
||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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Kerrie Sheather on 3rd February, 2017 wrote:
7/03/1867: Labourer, Tried for stealing & receiving
a cheque, Grafton Quarter SessionsS
18/07/1867:6mnths imprisonment, Grafton Gaol
d.1879,Liverpool,age 79yrs? (BDM)
SKEEN SILVANUS 6301/1879 UNKNOWN UNKNOWN LIVERPOOL
m. 1850, Elizabeth Ford nee Carrington (free),widow, 1850,Richmond River,
Elizabeth Came free per “Briton” with husband James Ford,widow with 5 children. They lived at Richmond River and both had children. JAmes died murdered by aboriginals at Richmond River probably Gundrimbah, Cedar getters camp. (ancestry.co and memoirs of Lucy Crane nee Ford)
Phil Hands on 14th August, 2017 wrote:
Silvanus was tried and convicted on Saturday 6th March 1819 at Worcestershire Lent Assizes for breaking and entering the dwelling house of James Sawyer during the day-time (no person being therein) and stealing a flitch of Bacon and other property and received a sentence of transportation for life. His brother John and James Cooper and Joseph Carr were tried with him. On 27th May Silvanus and his Brother were received onto the Prison Hulk ‘Justitia’ moored on the Thames at Woolwich, he was noted as ‘an old offender’ with a bad character’, his brother, also noted as ‘an old offender’.
Left England on 30th July 1819.
Ship:- the ‘Recovery’ sailed with 188 male convicts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th December 1819.
On 8th November 1830 he was issued with a Ticket of Leave 30/743 for Kissing Point, New South Wales; altered to Bathurst on 11th June 1833.
Married widow Elizabeth Ford (nee Carrington) on 25th February 1850, Elizabeth arrived on the ‘Briton’ on 26th June 1844 with her husband James Ford, they lived at Richmond River and both had children with diferent partners. James died murdered by aboriginals at Richmond River probably Gundrimbah, Cedar getters camp.
On 7th March 1867 at Grafton Quarter Session he was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Grafton Gaol for stealing and receiving a cheque (Larceny) committed on J. P. W. Walker; Bush Carpenter, lately slight labouring work; strength declining from old age; prison conduct good.
Silvanus died on 8th September 1879 at the Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute aged 79.
Convict Changes History
Kerrie Sheather on 3rd February, 2017 made the following changes:
date of death: 1879 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime
Phil Hands on 14th August, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), date of death: 8th September, 1879 (prev. 1879)