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Samuel Townsend

Samuel Townsend, one of 199 convicts transported on the Mayda, 27 August 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Townsend
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 1906
Age: 84 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 10 years

Crime: Larceny, before convicted of felony
Convicted at: Bucks. Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Mayda
Departure date: 27th August, 1845
Arrival date: 8th January, 1846
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 198 other convicts

References

Primary source: Old Bailey Proceedings(CCC)Ref #t18420919-2627; LINC Tasmanian Archives CON33/1/79; CON17/1/2 p186; RDG37/1/14-1091; findmypast.com England Births&Baptisms 1538-1975; National Archives ADM101/52/5/2 (Mayda Sick List); Tasmanian Police Gazette Weeek ending Jan 1 1870; LINC Tas Archives CB739/1/1 (Orleana arrivals/native place)
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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Community Contributions

Glenda Humes on 29th July, 2017 wrote:

Born 9 March 1822, baptized 7 April in West Drayton in the parish of Hillingdon, son of Samuel Townsend of Uxbridge and Eliza nee Perryman of Hillingdon. He was convicted in the Old Bailey CCC 19 Sep 1842 of simple larceny then in 1844, tried for larceny together with Robert Ball of Uxbridge and acquitted. However, on 10 March 1845, together, Samuel and Robert Ball were convicted of larceny at the Aylesbury Assizes at Buckinghamshire and sentenced to 10 years transportation. Samuel and Robert Ball both ended up on Norfolk Island on 8 Jan and were sent to Van Dieman’s Land in May 1847 when the Island colony was decamping. Samuel became a constable during his probation, receiving his Certificate of Freedom 15 Aug 1855.  On 3 December 1855, he married Mary Ann Wilton who had arrived from Cornwall aboard the Orleana with her parents. They had 13 children, 2 born in South Australia (Saddleworth) and 11 in Tasmania (one died at birth and one died within a year). Samuel Townsend, the convict is often mistaken as the Samuel Townsend who also arrived aboard the Orleana in 1842 however that Samuel Townsend was born in 1820 in North Bradley, Wiltshire and ended up living in Sydney, NSW as early as 1846 and he died in the Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute in Oct 1889. In 1869, Samuel Townsend and his brother-in-law, Richard Cordwell were convicted of unlawful possession of a bullock and sentenced to 9 months in gaol.

Convict Changes History

Glenda Humes on 29th July, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Old Bailey Proceedings(CCC)Ref #t18420919-2627; LINC Tasmanian Archives CON33/1/79; CON17/1/2 p186; RDG37/1/14-1091; findmypast.com England Births&Baptisms 1538-1975; National Archives ADM101/52/5/2 (Mayda Sick List); Tasmanian Police Gazette Wee

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