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John Thorn

John Thorn, one of 200 convicts transported on the Earl Spencer, May 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Thorn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: 1874
Age: 90 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Earl Spencer
Departure date: May, 1813
Arrival date: 9th October, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 94
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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Diane Powell on 11th August, 2012 wrote:

See Thorn-Powell Family Tree on Ancestry.com.au for list of descendents of John Thorn in Australia.
John Thorn Married Hannah McIntyre (Harriet Hannah Mansfield McIntyre) in 1816. They farmed around Liverpool NSW, John Thorn is believed to have died in 1824 in an accident while working as a stonemason in Berrima NSW.

Diane Powell on 4th December, 2012 wrote:

Death Certificate states death 5 August 1874 aged 90 years.

Denis Pember on 16th April, 2016 wrote:

Exeter Flying Post Thu 23 Jul 1812 p.4…
Text: The Assizes for the country of Devon commenced at the castle of this city, on Monday last, before the Hon. Sir Alan Chambre and Sir Robert Graham, knights. The following prisoners have already been tried and found guilty, viz. ... John Thorne, for stealing a silver cup, a silver watch and some wearing apparel…

Denis Pember on 16th April, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, John married Harriet Mansfield (nèe McIntyre), 1816 at Sydney.
Harriet (Hannah) was the widow of William Mansfield a retired Soldier.

John worked as a stonemason, in governement employ, for quite a long period and made several claims for mitigation of his sentence.
In 1819….
To His Excellency Lachlan Macquarie Esquire, Captain General and Governor in Chief
&c &c &c
The Humble Petition of John Thorn who arrived in this Colony per ship Earl Spencer in the Year 1813 a prisoner for fourteen years.
Most respectfully sheweth. -
That petitioner during his residence in the Colony has been in the actual employ of Government as a stone mason and has a wife and five children.
That petitioner was two years ago recommended to Your Excellency by Captn. Gill, then acting Engineer from his general industrious habits, and large family, as a fit object for Your Excellency’s humane consideration, which recommendation Your Excellency was pleased to promise should be attended to at a future period, when his services to Government could be more conveniently dispensed with.
That petitioner has been extremely unwilling again to approach Your Excellency with any solicitations for indulgence, until compeled [sic] by the distress in which his family are involved through his inability to support them in his present unfortunate situation.
Petitioner therefore humbly begs to submit his case to Your Excellency’s benevolent and humane consideration, humbly praying Your Excellency will be graciously pleased to grant him a conditional pardon, by which means he will be enabled to provide for his wife and children in comfort.
And petitioner as in duty bound will every pray
John Thorn.
Recommended for a ticket of leave in consequence of having married a widow with 5 children.
Geo Druitt

Denis Pember on 16th April, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 368…
[Ref T0673] Thorn, John, 40, convict, Earl Spencer, 1814, life, Protestant, labouring tenant, Mains Farm, Lower Minto. 70 acres, 44 cleared, 31 cultivated, 13 cattle.
[Ref T0674] Thorn, Ann, 40, came free, Guildford, 1811.
[Ref T0675] Thorn, Thomas, 12, born in the colony.
[Ref T0676] Thorn, Richard, 10, born in the colony.
[Ref T0677] Thorn, Eleanor, 3, born in the colony.
[Ref T0678] Thorn, Charles 5, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Diane Powell on 11th August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1769-00-00, date of death 1824-00-00, gender m

Diane Powell on 4th December, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1784, date of death 1874

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