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Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith, one of 345 convicts transported on the Sir George Seymour, 04 November 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Coach painter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sir George Seymour
Departure date: 4th November, 1844
Arrival date: 27th February, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 344 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 212
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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D Wong on 11th September, 2018 wrote:

**Two Joseph Smith’s on this voyage**
(The other Joseph Smith was tried at Louth/Lincolnshire).

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
3rd April 1843
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

JOSEPH SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of March, 1 crown-piece, and 1 shilling, the monies of William Rohrs.

ELIZABETH ROHRS. I am the wife of William Rohrs, a sugar-baker, and live in Pell-street, Ratcliffe-highway. On the 13th of March I was in an omnibus with a child in my lap, going towards Notting-hill—the prisoner got in at Cornhill—I am sure he is the man—he sat on the right side of me—I was on the left side—he was nearer the door than I was—I had a bag on my right side, the same side as the prisoner sat—I had a purse in my bag containing a 5s. piece and a shilling—I saw the prisoner’s hand move—a lady sat opposite me—she looked at me, and I thought of my bag—I put my hand down to take my bag up, the purse was hanging out, and it dropped—I took it up, examined it, and the 5s. piece and the shilling were gone—I laid hold of the prisoner’s, arm as he was going to get up directly I felt my purse—I caught hold of his coat, he put his hand up to the side of the omnibus door, and I saw a 5s. piece in his hand—I gave an alarm, and the conductor ran after him—I am sure he is the man.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long had you an opportunity of seeing him? A. He got in at Cornhill, and got out at the Mansion-house—he was in about a quarter of an hour—the omnibus stopped at the Mansion-house, and he got out there, immediately after he took my money.

PRISCILLA WILSON. I was in this omnibus—I saw Mrs. Rohrs—I saw the prisoner—as soon as he got into the omnibus he looked at the bag, which laid on the seat—he put his coat out, and I saw him put his hand under his coat, where the bag laid—I nodded to the prosecutrix to take notice of it—she stopped him—he put his hand behind him to another man.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure of the person? A. Yes—he got in at Cornhill—the omnibus stopped at the Mansion-house for a passenger, and he jumped out immediately.

WILLIAM FRYER . I am conductor to this omnibus. The prisoner got in opposite the Exchange, and got out at the Mansion-house—it is a very uncommon thing for a person to do that—the lady laid hold of the prisoner’s coat—I ran after him—he had paid me 6d.

DAVID GORMAN. I saw the prisoner running up Cornhill—I stopped him after a good run—I succeeded in laying hold of his collar—he was stopped by a gentleman, but got away—I succeeded in taking him.

CHARLES TYE (City police-constable, No. 489.) I took the prisoner, and found on him four sixpences, a gold pencil-case and 4d. in halfpence.

GUILTY. Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.

Joseph Smith was listed as being 24 years old on arrival in VDL - he was born in Birmingham, County of Warwickshire.

Previous offences: For similar offence 8 months; rescuing a prisoner 18 months.

Occupation: Coach Painter.

Joseph was 5’5” tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, scar on forefinger left hand, wart over left eyebrow, read and writes, married - no children—or also listed as single.

Brothers: Matthew, Mark, Luke
Sisters: Mary, Jane, Caroline

1/12/1846: TOL
14/11/1848: CP

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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