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Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner, one of 172 convicts transported on the Minerva, 08 July 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Skinner
Aliases: Francis Skinner
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 9th September, 1831
Age: 30 years

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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 8th July, 1824
Arrival date: 19th November, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 175 (89)
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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Denis Pember on 10th April, 2017 wrote:

Francis Skinner was tried at the Old Bailey in London of Larceny and sentenced to 7 years and arrived in Sydney as a convict on board the ship ‘Minerva’ which left London 14 July, 1824 and arrived Sydney 19 November, 1824.
Old Bailey proceedings 3 December, 1823;  (Transcript t18231203-126) (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
WILLIAM OVEREND and FRANCIS SKINNER were indicted for stealing, on the 10th of November, four handkerchiefs, value 2 s.; two frocks, value 3 s.; two caps, value 6 d.; a frill, value 1 d.; a ruff, value 6 d., the goods of George Lyall; and a gown, value 2 s., the goods of Caroline Lyall, from the person of the said George Lyall.
GEORGE LYALL. I am a gardener, and live at Kensington. On the 10th of November I came to town, and was returning, a little before twelve o’clock at night, and passing the Palace gate; I had a bundle containing these things on my left arm, and my wife on my right; a snatch was made at the bundle, and a second snatch got it away and turned me round, and I saw two soldiers in the road - they were the prisoners; I ran after them, and the one who had the bundle fell in the middle of the road; my bundle fell, and his cap fell off; I grasped at him, and the other struck me a blow which stunned me for a short time, but I got up, grasped at him, and then the other recovered himself, and struck me again; and the one I had hold of called out, “Kill the b - r, - kill him!” I hallooed out Watch! And they both set off; snatched up the bundle, and ran down Love-lane into the fields; I followed them, but returned to my wife - picked up my own hat and the soldier’s cap. I am positive that Overend is the man who struck me.
Q. Were you not asked by the Magistrate if you could identify them, and said you could not - A. I told the Magistrate it was dark; but I am sensible of one, and do not see why I should favour him. I said I would not swear to them - not that I could not. I have kept the cap ever since, and produce it.
MARY LYALL. I am the wife of the prosecutor. I came home with him. I know very little about this, for the moment I missed my husband I fainted. I only know that the bundle was snatched from him by two soldiers - I saw them struggling with him on the ground, and the soldier dropped his hat. The bundle contained the articles stated in the indictment.
JOHN BARKER. I am a coach-painter, and live at Kensington. About twelve o’clock on the night in question, I was coming home towards Love-lane, and in the fields by Cromwell House (I and four more were together), just on this side of the house we met Overend, and five yards further up came Skinner, very fast; Overend had a bundle in his arms; they passed us; I followed them; Overend got into a ditch, and Skinner ran against a bar. I followed Overend and caught him - he was throwing the things away as he went along; I picked up part of them, and saw Skinner secured before I followed Overend.
ROBERT DUNN. I picked up some of the things in the lane - I live close by, and was called out of my bed.
Transported for Seven Years.

Denis Pember on 10th April, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, Francis married Ann Reason (Convict, 1824, “Brothers”).
They married in 1830…
Name: Francis Skinner
Spouse Name: Ann Reason
Marriage Date: 1830
Marriage Place: New South Wales
Registration Place: Windsor, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1830
Volume Number: V B
The couple had a son Francis Charles Skinner, born December 24th 1830.
Francis (snr) died September 9th 1831, leaving Ann a widow with a very young child.
Two years later, Ann married again, to Samuel Senior (Convict, 1819, “John Barry”) and they had a large family.

Denis Pember on 10th April, 2017 wrote:

Samuel, Francis and Ann were all working together in 1828, assigned to William Cox in various jobs:
Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 333.. [Ref S0412] Senior, Samuel, 26, FS, John Barry, 1818, 7 years, Overseer for Wm Cox at Windsor.
Page 340… [Ref S1098] Skinner, Francis, 25, GS, Minerva, 1824, 7 years, Bricklayer to Wm Cox at Windsor.
Page 313… [Ref R0295] Reason, Ann, 25, GS, Brothers, 1824, Life, Nursemaid to Wm Cox at Clarendon, Windsor.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 10th April, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Francis Skinner, date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 9th September, 1831 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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