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James Squires, one of 145 convicts transported on the Mariner, May 1816
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
||Pocket book maker (at time of transportation
|Date of Death:
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 255 (129)
||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 28th May, 2015 wrote:
JAMES SQUIRES, Theft > grand larceny, 15th February 1815.
Reference Number: t18150215-135
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
JAMES SQUIRES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 6th of February, one piece of leather, value 1 s. a work-box, value 10 s. and three steel spring purses, value 3 s. the property of Mary Ann Morgan , widow .
MARY ANN MORGAN . I live at 17, St. John-square, Clerkenwell : I am a pocket-book maker. The prisoner was my apprentice. I had an order for some boxes. I called the prisoner down for the keys, and asked him if he had any more work-boxes than what I saw in the cutting room; he denied any more boxes in the house. I asked him whose box that was; Squires said, it was his box, it contained nothing but his clothes; I pulled out an old coat, and under that coat was a lady’s work-box, half a skin of morrocco leather, and three steel spring purses. Squires said they were his master’s property; he allowed it was a wrong place for it to be in. We went a little further, and between the sacking and the bed of an old bedstead I found five skins of leather, as we have them from the leather dresser at Bermondsey, and some pocket-books of a large size.
THOMAS THISSELTON. I am an officer. On Monday I went to Mrs. Morgan’s; in the top shop I found a work-box, and three steel spring purses. I found five skins in a room where there were some property concealed, and on looking a little further, I found as many materials as would make twenty large gentlemen’s pocket-books, ready cut up, secreted under some clean paper; in the top shop was this box, those purses; the leather I have kept locked up ever since. The next morning I went to the watchhouse, I said Squires, I have got a box out of your box; he said, I know you have. This is the box.
Prosecutrix. This is the same box I found in Squires box, it is my property, and all the property now produced is mine.
Prisoner’s Defence. My master in his life time gave me that box to finish one month before he died; my master told me to put a top pocket to it, and to keep it till he called for it; that box had been in my box a month before my master died; I did not place it in my box with any intention to defraud my mistress of it.
GUILTY , aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years.
Colonial Secretary Papers:
SQUIRES, James. Per “Mariner”, 1816
1816 Oct 18: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Mariner” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.205)
1818-21: On lists of convicts maintained by William Cox free of expense to the Crown; in 1818-21 (Fiche 3062, 4/1834B No.73 p.443; Reel 6058, 4/1769 p.86b; Reel 6050, 4/1746 p.141; Reel 6052, 4/1751 p.258)
So James actually arrived, however, cannot find any other records on him. There was another James Squires on the Lord Eldon 1817.
Convict Changes History
felix on 27th May, 2015 made the following changes:
gender: m, occupation, crime
D Wong on 28th May, 2015 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime