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Charles Tenant

Charles Tenant, one of 176 convicts transported on the Manlius, 16 July 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Tenant
Aliases: Tennant
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Manlius
Departure date: 16th July, 1828
Arrival date: 9th November, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 448
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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Dianne Jones on 30th April, 2021 wrote:

1828, 15 April: Charles Tenant, 20, was tried at the Old Bailey:


Second Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Recorder.

850. CHARLES TENANT was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Houison, on the 8th of April at St. Mary Abbot, Kensington, and stealing therein three watches, value 5l. 15s., his property.

JOHN HOUISON. I am a watch and clock-maker, and live in Brompton-crescent, in the parish of St. Mary Abbot, Kensington; I rent the whole house - my shop is part of the dwelling-house. On the 8th of April my watches hung on a small wire close to the window - I had seen them safe five minutes before they were stolen; I had seen the prisoner all the afternoon walking up and down, and at times looking in at my window - I had seen him once or twice before, and about a quarter before six I went upstairs, leaving nobody in the shop - the door of which was closed; I had scarcely time to get upstairs, when I heard my window smash - I went down instantly; found the window smashed and three watches gone off the books close against the broken window; I went out immediately, but did not see the prisoner - my next door neighbour gave me information; I went directly to Kensington workhouse, but did not find him there - I then went to St. George’s workhouse, Little Chelsea; the men were all gone to bed - I was desired to come in the morning, which I did, and picked the prisoner out from among two hundred and fifty people; this was on Wednesday morning - two of my watches were given to me by the master of the workhouse; they are worth about 1l. 15s.; the one missing was worth 4l.; the prisoner was searched, but nothing found on him; he denied the charge.

JOHN DREW. I am a gardener, and live at the workhouse of St. George, Little Chelsea. The prisoner was also in the workhouse. About eight o’clock on Easter Tuesday evening, after I got home, the prisoner seemed as if he had had a drop of drink, and he seemed to have some money; Mr. Houison came in on Wednesday morning to see the men; master examined us all, and I saw the prisoner in the water-closet playing bo-peep - he was looking about him, and before Mr. Houison got to him I saw him stoop down and make a hole in the earth; he came out of the privy - nobody else went in there before Mr. Houison went up to the prisoner, close to the privy; after he left the privy he stood among the rest of the people - there were about two hundred and forty paupers; Mr. Houison said he was the person, and he would swear to him; I went to the place about ten minutes after, and saw the earth was fresh stirred up - I just pulled it away, and there were two watches under the mould; I gave them to Carter, the master of the workhouse - Mr. Houison claimed them.

BENJAMIN HOLLOWAY. I am beadle of St. George’s, Hanover-square. I have two watches, which I received from Houison, who charged the prisoner with breaking his window, and stealing them - I have had them ever since; the prisoner said nothing to the charge - I secured him.

JOHN HOUISON. These are my watches; I had them to repair - they are two of the three which were stolen on Easter Tuesday; I received them from Carter, the master of the workhouse.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was in great distress; I worked in the garden for seven or eight years, and had no encouragement for it, and that tempted me to commit the crime.

JOHN DREW re-examined. He worked in the garden sometimes, but was very lazy, and would do nothing hardly.

GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 20.” (see oldbaileyonline.org)

Dianne Jones on 30th April, 2021 wrote:

1828, April: Charles Tennant [sic] petitioned for clemency; his summary record from the National Archives follows:

“HO 17/26/39 … Prisoner name(s): Charles Tennant.
Prisoner occupation: Employed in Saint George’s workhouse in Little Chelsea, [London].
Court and date of trial: Old Bailey April Sessions in 1828.
Crime: Housebreaking. The prisoner burgled John Houisin (prosecutor) of Brompton, Middlesex.
Initial sentence: Death.
Annotated (Outcome): Considered at Report in Council 7 May 1828.
Petitioner(s): Charles Tennant (prisoner) and undersigned by John Rawlins of 23 Noel Street, [London]; Sarah Tennant (prisoner’s mother).
Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): The petitioner is a poor widow and the prisoner is her only child; the petitioner would have brought evidence to the trial to prove that the prisoner is deficient in his intellects; the prisoner is sincerely penitent and truly sensible of the enormity of his offence; he promises to reform his character if released.
Additional Information: In Newgate Gaol.”

1828, 7 May: His sentence of death was respited. Charles Tenant/Tennant was sentenced to transportation for 21 years [life] (see https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14456098).

Dianne Jones on 30th April, 2021 wrote:

1828: On arrival in VDL, Charles Tenant was listed as a labourer, aged 21 and single from Mayfair, Middlesex.

1846: Muster – Charles Tenant per Manlius was listed as having a Conditional Pardon issued in 1842 (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849; Tasmania Ledger Returns S-Z, 1846).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 30th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 30th April, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 30th April, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Tennant

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