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John Stainton, one of 306 convicts transported on the Mary Ann, 06 July 1835
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||28th December, 1848
life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 108
||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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Doug McElroy on 13th October, 2012 wrote:
In Rich Pickings No.1 we told the tale of Revd. John Stainton, (1785-1848) one time Vicar of Rampside and described variously as bully, letcher, womaniser and much more, managing to reduce his congregation to single figures. It really is a sorry tale because we now know that he married Eleanor Haile in 1808, was ordained deacon in September of that year. Eleanor became pregnant and gave birth to a still born child on 22nd December 1809. Eleanor herself died in April 1810 and was buried at Ennerdale. Her father, John Haile, demanded the return of the marriage dowry which John Stainton couldn’t afford to repay and was taken to the Old Castle Jail at Carlisle as a debtor.
His own father secured his release after 8 weeks. Stainton then married Ann Huddleston in 1811 (she was aged 16). Their first child, John, was born in January 1812 but died in July. In all they had 12 children, 4 of whom died in childhood. After the death of his first wife and the loss of the baby John Stainton took to drink. He neglected his clerical duties, upset his parishioners, took one to court for withholding tithes, and was suspended by the Bishop of Chester in 1821 for ‘intemperance’, being re instated 2 years later.
Unfortunately things went from bad to worse because in 1830 John Stainton was required to answer several Articles and Interrogations in the Consistory Court at Richmond ‘touching and concerning the lawful correction and reformation of his manners and excesses and more especially for Profanity, Drunkenness, Incontinence, Immorality, Lewd and Indecent conduct, conversation, neglect and misbehaviour in his Clerical Duties’. He was suspended for a further 3 years (1832-35).
On 8th November 1834 Stainton was committed to gaol at Lancaster. Stainton was charged with forgery of the will of Richard Pemberton of Page Bank Farm. Being found guilty John Stainton was sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for the term of his natural life ‘with severe labour in chains, and in gangs, on the highroad’. He could not be freed for the term of at least 8 years.
There is much more to be told but the sad ending was that he was found dead in Maitland in 1848, having been seen as a beggar, drunk, found lying face up in the sun: death from ‘serious apoplexy’ was the verdict.
The whole sorry tale can be obtained from Michael Stanton: email@example.com
Doug McElroy on 24th February, 2013 wrote:
Rich Pickings may be an unfair portrayal of Rev John Stainton. There are farmore indepth articles.
Convict Changes History
Doug McElroy on 13th October, 2012 made the following changes:
date of birth 1785, date of death 28th December, 1848, gender, crime