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Isaac Softly

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isaac Softly
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 23rd November, 1851
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Ireland, Armagh
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lonach
Departure date: 16th May, 1825
Arrival date: 4th September, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 14 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm
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Community Contributions

D Wong on 1st February, 2015 wrote:

Isaac was 40 years old and his native place was Armagh County, Ireland.

His crime was listed as “Robber bleach green”.

19/7/1834: TOL Maitland
1840: TOL Parramatta
1/1/1847: CP

13/9/1851: Married Rose Kerr

1/12/1851: Sydney Morning Herald:
A magisterial inquiry took place before David Forbes, Esq., P.M., (in the absence of the Coroner), on Sunday last, the 23rd instant, touching the death of Isaac Softly, late of George-street, at Mr. Garvie’s, in George-street.  John Kennedy being sworn, deposed: The deceased took his dinner with me yesterday about one o’clock, and went away immediately after.  I expected him again to tea, as he took his meals at my house; but he did not come, and I went to his lodgings and knocked at the front door, but got no answer; the door was fastened, and I went to the back, but met with the same success; about eight o’clock I went again; the woman brought a light, the door was fastened at the bottom; I forced it open, and found the deceased suspended to a beam by the neck, and quite dead.  A person present got a knife and cut the body down and laid it on a sofa; I then reported the circumstance to the chief constable; deceased was a middle aged man; a little time since he had married a young woman, when they quarrelled, it was decided that he should pay her a weekly allowance; and he has been heard to say that rather than pay anything to his wife he would hang himself; deceased purchased a rope from the shop of Mr. Pass on the previous Thursday.

Mrs. Drury, who lives on the same premises, deposed that deceased went into his house about four o’clock in the evening;  he told the witness that an order was made by the magistrates to allow his wife seven shillings a week, but he said that he would hang himself before he would let her have a shilling;  that it had cost him £50 since he had been married.

Dr. Parsons stated, I was called to visit the deceased about eight o’clock last evening; I went immediately, and on my arrival at the house, I found the body lying on the sofa quite dead; and cold his tongue protruded between his teeth, and his eyes protruded also; there was a mark on the upper part of his neck, as if a rope had been drawn tightly round; I am of the opinion, from the appearances before mentioned, that death was caused by hanging.  Mr. Forbes was of opinion, from .his observation of the character of the deceased, that he had destroyed himself whilst labouring under a fit of temporary insanity.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st February, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm (prev. ), firstname: Isaac, surname: Softly, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1785, date of death: 23rd November, 1851, gender: m, occupatio

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