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James Stevens

James Stevens, one of 152 convicts transported on the Hindostan, July 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Stevens
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 24th November, 1802
Occupation: Fruiterer
Date of Death: 19th December, 1891
Age: 89 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Hindostan
Departure date: July, 1821
Arrival date: 24th November, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 151 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 69 (36)
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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Phil Hands on 27th September, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Surrey Assizes on 29th March 1821 for uttering forged Bank notes, he was sentenced to death, but on the recomendation of the prosecution this was commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 29th July 1821.
Ship:- the ‘Hindostan’ sailed with 152 male convicts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 24th November 1821.

Married widow Martha Cawell (nee Capon, daughter of free settler Israel Rayner and convict Martha Howlett, nee Capon, ‘Canada’ 1810) on 21st april 1834 at Parramatta, they had 5 children between 1835-1843.

Citation details: Vol 02, Baptisms, 1826-1834; Marriages, 1826-1834; Burials, 1826-1834; p. 118, 1834, no. 470
James Stevens, Hindostan, aged 31,free, of the parish of Parramatta and Martha Cowell, free, aged 24 years of the parish of ditto were married in this church by banns with consent of H.E. the Governor this 21st day of April in the year 1834 by me Samuel Marsden.
James Stevens signed the register and Martha Cowell made her X mark in the presence of Joseph Gray who signed the register and Ruth Gray who made her X mark

Phil Hands on 27th September, 2017 wrote:

Morning Post Friday 6th April 1821 p. 3
William Groves was indicted for uttering at Camberwell, on the 1st of January, a forged 1l. Bank of England note, knowing it to be forged, with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England…
James Stevens was indicted for a similar offence, on the 28th of Nov. in the parish of St Mary, Newington. Guilty - death.
The Prosecutor recommended him to mercy, and said, he should not have prosecuted him had he not taken seven forged notes in one day.

Convict Changes History

Bob Stevens on 25th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 19th December, 1891 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Phil Hands on 27th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000)

Bob Stevens on 16th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 24th November, 1802 (prev. 1803)

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