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John Startin

John Startin, one of 200 convicts transported on the Ann, August 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Startin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1755
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 30th October, 1819
Age: 64 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ann or Anne
Departure date: August, 1809
Arrival date: 27th February, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 431 (215); Chester Courant 8 April 1806 p 3; Northampton Mercury, June 7 1806, p.3; Manchester Mercury March 15 1808, p.2; St John's Parramatta Register of Burials,30 October 1819.
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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Robin Sharkey on 27th August, 2021 wrote:

John Startin’s original crime in 1806 was uttering forged notes, for which he was convicted at the Assizes in Warwick on 2 April 1806. He was aged about 50 or 51.
He was given a death sentence,  commuted to Transportation for Life.  He then escaped from gaol but about two years after his trial he was recaptured, in March 1808, and was incarcerated in York Castle pending the next York assizes.

He was transported for Life on “Anne” departing England in August 1809.
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After his guilty verdict, he personally petitioned for clemency after the March 1808 verdict. The Report on the petition, made by Judge Robert Graham, who was the trial judge, and dated 12 May 1806, gives some personal details about Startin:
• He was married and had eight children
• He was a publican
• The deception was done on market day in the town
• He had sufficient acquaintances/friends, probably because of his role as a publican, that he was well known in Birmingham to lobby on his behalf.

To aid his petition he wrote that ‘mercy’ is the ‘brightest Jewel’ the Crown possesses. It made no difference, Judge Graham refused to make a recommendation to reduce Startin’s Life transportation sentence.
[See British Archives, HO 47/38/37].
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In 1813, his wife Sarah Startin, was also tried for passing forged notes. She appeared to work in concert with a small gang and they were all found guilty, the three women involve arriving on “Wanstead” in 1814. See Sarah Startin entry there.
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Robin Sharkey on 27th August, 2021 wrote:

Chester Courant 8 April 1806 p 3:
“Assize Intelligence
“At Warwick, John Startin, for having feloniously uttered in payment a forged five guinea note, purporting to be a promissory note of Messrs. Rufford and Biggs, of Stourbridge, knowing it to be forged”.

Northampton Mercury, June 7 1806, p.3
“The sentence of John Startin, condemned at Warwick assizes for uttering a forged five guinea note, purporting to be a promissory note of Messrs Rufford and Biggs, of Stourbridge, has by a order receive from the secretary fo State, been commuted, and he is to be transported for life.”

Manchester Mercury March 15 1808, p.2:
“John Startin, was tried and convicted , of uttering forged five guinea note, purporting to be a promissory note of Messrs Ruffard and Biggs, of Stourbridge. For this offence he was condemned, but the sentence was commuted to transportation during the term of his natural life. He afterwards made his escape, and has for some time been at large in this kingdom; but ...
but within these few days he was apprehended on a charge of house-breaking, and is row a prisoner in York Castle, for trial at the Assizes.”
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* He departed on “Anne” in August 1809 and arrived in NSW” in February 1810.
* In the 1814 NSW Muster, he was a convict labourer on stores, living at Parramatta
* His wife Sarah Startin had arrived in 1814, and in the 1814 Muster she was recorded as a convict at Parramatta, off the stores, and wife to John.

John Startin died in October 1819 aged 64. He was buried at Parramatta on 30 October at St John’s Anglican Church.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 27th August, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Robin Sharkey on 27th August, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 431 (215); Chester Courant 8 April 1806 p 3; Northampton Mercury, June 7 1806, p.3; Manchester Mercury March 15 1808, p.2; St John's Parramatta Registe

Robin Sharkey on 27th August, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 30th October, 1819 (prev. 0000)

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