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James Stanton

James Stanton, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Stanton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Death: 1st February, 1822
Age: 50 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 351 (175)
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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Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

James Stanton is listed in the convict indents twice!  There are two records!
One for “Active” in 1791 and one for “Coromandel” in 1804.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

James arrived in the colony for a second time after being convicted at the Canterbury Sessions in Kent England on 14 Mar 1803, this time for life. He arrived in the colony aboard the ship Coromandel on 7 May 1804.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

Initially, James had been transported on Active after being found guilty at the Old Bailey in 1789.
Old Bailey 9 Dec 1789: (online database) transcript t17891209-81:
JAMES STANTON was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of December, a silk purse, value 1 s. one silk handkerchief, value 2 s. one linen ditto, value 6 d. and five shillings and six pence in monies numbered , the monies of William Chance.
I am a clothier ; last Thursday evening, between five and seven, I was going along the Strand to the play; I past, I thought, two suspicious men; presently, I missed something from my right hand coat pocket; I saw two men following me, which I belive to be the same two men I suspected before; one of them ran across the street, and the other ran down the footway, behind me; I pursued him that ran down the path, a considerable way; that was the prisoner; he turned up a little dark court, called Swan-yard; there I stopped him; I found nothing on him; I took him to a magistrate in a coach, and a gentleman with us; at Bow-street, he was searched; and I was desired to search the coach; I went immediately, and searched it; and under one of the cushions of the seats, in the same corner where the prisoner set, I found one of my linen handkerchiefs; this is the handkerchief; the gentleman that assisted me, went away.
Had you missed that linen handkerchief, before you got into the coach? - I missed every thing that was in that pocket; for it was turned inside out; there was this linen handkerchief, a silk handkerchief, and a purse containing five shillings and sixpence, all in that pocket; this handkerchief is the only thing that was found; there is no mark, but it is torn at the corner, which I very well recollect was done some time before by playing with a dog.
I had been to my uncle’s in Pall-mall; he is clerk to Mess. Christie and Ansell; I heard the cry of stop thief; and I saw a little chap run past me; the prosecutor seized me, and could find no property about me; he broke his stick about my head; then he took me two Bow-street; I am innocent.
Court to Chance. Did you ever lose sight of him? - Never.
Jury. Did you search him before you went to Bow-street? - I just looked in his bosom.
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.
To be transported for seven years.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, James married Frances Haggart (). They married 19th September 1808 at St Philips, Sydney. James and Frances had 3 or 4 children between 1806 and 1810.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales 1806:
[Ref A2156] Frances Haggart, Earl Cornwallis, FBS, with James Stanton.
(No mention of James in the list)

Baxter, Carol; General Muster of New South Wales 1811:
[Ref 5536 & 5537] James Stanton, Coromandel. Tried 1803, Maidstone, Kent, Life. (PRO n0587 & n0032)

Baxter, Carol; General Muster of New South Wales 1814:
[Ref 6599] Frances Haggart, Earl Cornwallis, Off Stores, 4 children off stores. Wife to James Stanton.
[Ref 5026] James Stanton, Coromandel, Seaman, on “Endeavour” brig.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

James was clearly a seaman and this makes it clear how he left the colony initially and returned to England.
He died at sea in February 1822:
According to a petition to the Colonial Secretary from his wife Frances, her husband served in several of His Majesty’s vessels. The last one from which he departed this life was the ship “Porpoise”.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st February, 1822 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000)

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