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James Sorrell

James Sorrell, one of 210 convicts transported on the Augusta Jessie, 27 September 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Sorrell
Aliases: Sorell
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 4th November, 1806
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 10th February, 1874
Age: 67 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: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Augusta Jessie
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 209 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 446. Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-40,262,100,L,80
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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Brett Weinberg on 5th December, 2012 wrote:

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 ?about James Sorrell
Name: James Sorrell
Age: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811
Date of Trial: Lent 1834
Trial Year: 1834
Location of Trial: Essex, England
Sentence: Transportation - [ Death - commuted ! ]
Crime: Robbery
Date of Execution or Release: No info.

UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 ?about Jas Sorrell
Name:
Jas Sorrell
Age: 23
Estimated birth year: abt 1811
Date Received: 7 May 1834
Ship: Hardy
Place Moored: Portsmouth
Date Convicted: 03 Mar 1834
Place Convicted: Chelmsford

Details of Register:
No.: 5573
Names: Jas. Sorrell
Age: 23 [ maybe 28 years of age although there are questions as to when he was born, maybe 1810 not 1806 ]
Offence: ... Robbery
Where & When Convicted: Chelmsford 3 March 1834
Sentence: Life
Disposed of: VDL 24 Sept. 1834?
UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 Record for Jas Sorrell

Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868 ?about James Sorrell
Name: James Sorrell
Vessel: Augusta Jessie
Convicted Date: 3 Mar 1834
Voyage Date: 27 Sep 1834
Colony: Van Dieman’s Land
Place of Conviction: Essex, England

Carol Axton-Thompson on 10th December, 2012 wrote:

Tasmanian Archives records:
Convict no. 66615.
Tried at Essex 03/03/1834 for Highway Robbery - acquitted, but guilty on lesser charge of Assault & Robbery. Tried with Thomas Moise & John Porter or Parker - both acquitted.  Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemens Land on the ‘Augusta Jessie’, arriving 22 Jan 1835.

Age 20yrs; born abt 1810 Liverpool.
Married, wife Mary, 1 child at Hampstead, Essex.
Ploughman; 5’9 1/4”; ring on right hand; tatoos; fresh complexion; lt red hair; grey eyes; brown eyebrows; oval visage; retreating high forehead; round head; large chin; med long nose.

Several notes of misconduct and punishments on Conduct Record. Assigned to Domain (Hobart) Quarry Gang. Noted as a bad character by Lt. Gov. In 1837 he was a Constable, but after misconduct recommended he be dismissed. Later assignments at Launceston and Westbury (north of colony).

Ticket of Leave 24/03/1843.
Recommended for Conditional Pardon 11/08/1846 - granted 05/10/1847.

Application for permission to marry Jean McDougall 11/1843. No decision recorded, so presume it did not proceed.

Application for permission to marry convict Mary King (per Emma Eugenia) 12/1845. Approved. Mary’s proper name was Charlotte Pamphillon. Married at St. George’s Church, Hobart 29/12/1845.

Children: (as registered on Tas Pioneer Index)
female child Sorell b. 08/10/1846 Bothwell (60/1846-33)
Sydney Sorell b/ 11/02/1851 Spring Bay (196/1851-33)
George James Sorell 03/01/1849 Hobart 1379/1849-33

Listed as a Colonial Family with child George, wife Charlotte.

Brett Weinberg on 10th June, 2014 wrote:

ORDER FOR REMOVAL OF JAMES SORRELL

County of Lancaster

Upon the complaint of the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Township
of Toxteth Park in the said County of Lancaster, this day, made unto us whose names are hereunto set and Seals affixed, being two of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said County of Lancaster, and one of us the quorum that
James son of William and Margaret Sorrell
aged eight years
is come to inhabit the said Township of Toxteth Park
aforesaid not having gained any legal settlement there;

and that the said James Sorrell is actually
chargeable to the said Township of Toxteth Park aforesaid.

  We the said Justices, upon due proof made thereof, as well upon the examination of
the said William Sorrell upon oath, as otherwise; and
likewise upon due consideration had of the Premises, do adjudge the same to be true:
  And we do likewise adjudge that the lawful Settlement of him the said
James Sorrell
Is in the Parish of Hempstead in the County of Essex       We do therefore
require you the said Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Township
of Toxteth Park or some or one of you, to remove and convey the said
James Sorrell
from and out of your said Township of Toxteth Park to the
said Parish of Hempstead and deliver to the Churchwardens
and Overseers of the Poor there, or some or one of them; together with this our order,
or a true copy thereof, at the same time shewing them the original.  AND we do
also hereby require you the said Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
Parish of Hempstead to receive and provide for him
As an inhabitant of your Parish.
Given under our hands and seals the Eighth day of October
  In the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
Township of Toxteth Park  
And to the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of  
Parish of Hempstead
and to each and every of them respectively.

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ORDER FOR REMOVAL OF SORRELL FAMILY

County of Lancaster

Upon the complaint of the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Township
of Toxteth Park in the said County of Lancaster, this day, made unto us whose names are hereunto set and Seals affixed, being two of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said County of Lancaster, and one of us the quorum that
William Sorrell and Margaret his wife Robert
Their son aged five years, Elizabeth their daughter
Aged three years, and Edward their son aged three months
are come to inhabit the said Township of Toxteth Park
aforesaid not having gained any legal settlement there;

and that the said William Sorrell and Margaret his wife and Robert
Elizabeth and Edward their children are ???? actually
chargeable to the said Township of Toxteth Park aforesaid.

  We the said Justices, upon due proof made thereof, as well upon the examination of
the said William Sorrell upon oath, as otherwise; and
likewise upon due consideration had of the Premises, do adjudge the same to be true:
  And we do likewise adjudge that the lawful Settlement of them the said
William Sorrell and Margaret his wife & Robert,Elizabeth and Edward their children
Is in the Parish of Hempstead in the County of Essex       We do therefore
require you the said Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Township
of Toxteth Park or some or one of you, to remove and convey the said
William Sorrell and Margaret his wife and Robert, Elizabeth and Edward their children
from and out of your said Township of Toxteth Park to the
said Parish of Hempstead and deliver to the Churchwardens
and Overseers of the Poor there, or some or one of them; together with this our order,
or a true copy thereof, at the same time shewing them the original.  AND we do
also hereby require you the said Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
Parish of Hempstead to receive and provide for them
as an inhabitant of your Parish.

Given under our hands and seals the Eighth day of October
In the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
Township of Toxteth Park  
And to the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of  
Parish of Hempstead and to each and every of them respectively.

County of Lancaster

Upon the complaint of the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Township
of Toxteth Park in the said County of Lancaster, this day, made unto us whose names are hereunto set and Seals affixed, being two of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said County of Lancaster, and one of us the quorum that
William Sorrell and Margaret his wife Robert
Their son aged five years, Elizabeth their daughter
Aged three years, and Edward their son aged three months
are come to inhabit the said Township of Toxteth Park
aforesaid not having gained any legal settlement there;

and that the said William Sorrell and Margaret his wife and Robert
Elizabeth and Edward their children are ???? actually
chargeable to the said Township of Toxteth Park aforesaid.

  We the said Justices, upon due proof made thereof, as well upon the examination of
the said William Sorrell upon oath, as otherwise; and
likewise upon due consideration had of the Premises, do adjudge the same to be true:
  And we do likewise adjudge that the lawful Settlement of them the said
William Sorrell and Margaret his wife & Robert,Elizabeth and Edward their children
Is in the Parish of Hempstead in the County of Essex       We do therefore
require you the said Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Township
of Toxteth Park or some or one of you, to remove and convey the said
William Sorrell and Margaret his wife and Robert, Elizabeth and Edward their children
from and out of your said Township of Toxteth Park to the
said Parish of Hempstead and deliver to the Churchwardens
and Overseers of the Poor there, or some or one of them; together with this our order,
or a true copy thereof, at the same time shewing them the original.  AND we do
also hereby require you the said Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
Parish of Hempstead to receive and provide for them
as an inhabitant of your Parish.

Given under our hands and seals the Eighth day of October
In the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
Township of Toxteth Park  
And to the Church Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of  
Parish of Hempstead and to each and every of them respectively.

During his early life and at the time, living in Saffron-Walden in Essex, he ran foul of the law and was convicted and imprisoned eight times for poaching.

Convict Changes History

Brett Weinberg on 5th December, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 4th November, 1806, date of death 10th February, 1874, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 10th December, 2012 made the following changes:

source, alias1

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