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Thomas Wall, one of 300 convicts transported on the Baring, April 1815
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 202
||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 18th November, 2017 wrote:
Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 6th July 1814, for breaking and entering a house and stealing 2 silver salt spoons, 3 silver table spoons, and a time piece, sentenced to death, this was later commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 20th April 1815.
Ship:- the ‘Baring’ sailed with 300 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 7th September 1815.
Married Ann Huxley (daughter of convicts Thomas Huxley [aka Jones], ‘Salamander’ 1791 & Ann Forbes, ‘Prince of Wales’ 1788) on 24th November 1822 at Windsor, they had 15 children between 1823-1852.
Old Bailey Trial Transcript.
Reference Number: t18140706-6
566. THOMAS WALL was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Edward Maystone , John Maystone and other of his family being therein, about the hour of five in the forenoon of the 19th of June , and stealing therein, two silver salt-spoons, value 2 s. three silver table-spoons, value 30 s. and a time-piece, value 30 s. his property.
EDWARD MAYSTONE . I am a linen-draper , 26, Frederick-place ; I am a house-keeper there; it is in the parish of St. James’s, Clerkenwell .
MOSES COCKFIELD . I live at 15, Frederick-place. On Sunday, the 19th of June, I was up in my bed-room; I observed three men lurking about the road. I saw one man ring at the door, he tried to open the door at the key-hole; he could not get it open; he went away along with the prisoner. They went to Lady Owen’s public-house. In the course of a little while after, the prisoner returned, and the other man; the prisoner got over the area rails, on to the cisternin the house of Mr. Maystone. I then awoke my brother. I saw Wall go down into the area, and open the shutter. I cannot say whether the window shutter was fastened or not. In the course of a minute or two, he opened the door, and let in the other; one was inside and one outside; the one inside opened the door, and let in the other man that was outside. I just at that time, I observed four men coming down the road, they appeared like working men; I came down, and addressed the men; I said, there were two men broke into the house opposite; if you will have the goodness to assist me, I have no doubt we shall take them. I knocked at the door, and turned round; I observed a third man standing with a sack under his arm. I said, to the men with me, pointing to the man with the sack, that is one of them; he immediately turned round, and went into Sidney-street, that leads into the New-road; he carried that sack away. I knocked violently at the door; the prisoner opened the door to me; he asked me what I wanted. I said, you have broke into the house; his reply was, I have done nothing; I came to see what you knocked at the door for. By that time, the prisoner and the other man stood in the door-way; the prisoner stood on the right, the other man on the left. The man on the left, took the opportunity to escape, as I was going to knock at the door again. I immediately seized the prisoner by the collar; he said, oh, do not, sir; you will tear my shirt. I replied, oh, d - n your shirt; you shall not go. I secured him; we sent for an officer. He searched him; a silver spoon was found upon him. I gave charge of him to the constable. This was about a quarter before six when I took him; it was about a quarter before five when I discovered him get into the house. There were three young men in the house; two of them came down.
Q. Was Mr. Maystone there himself - A. No. The two young men that came down, are both in court now; I do not know their names.
JOHN SPILLING . I am a constable. I was sent for; I took the prisoner into custody. In his right hand breeches pocket, I found this silver salt-spoon; I am certain of this spoon, and I found upon the prisoner these five silver tea-spoons; these spoons were taken out of the cupboard in the kitchen, and carried up into the parlour; I found them on the floor of the parlour; these silver table-spoons were taken off the sideboard in the parlour; I found them on the floor of the parlour; they were laid there ready to take away; the time-piece was taken off the chimney-piece, and laid on a chair, ready to take away, by the side of the spoons.
SARAH MARTIN . I am servant to Mr. Maystone. I left my master’s house about half past five in the morning, I went out to fetch a little boy that I have with me all day. I am sure the window was close down, but I did not put the screw in. I shut the door when I went out, and locked it, and took the key with me. The five silver tea-spoons I had put in the cupboard in the kitchen the night before; the time-piece was hanging in the front parlour, over the mantle-piece; the table-spoons were on the sideboard in the parlour; the spoons are not marked. I am sure they are my master’s. I have lived with my master four months. They have been used daily in the house; I have had the handling of them every day. I know them from their general appearance. The salt spoons round on the prisoner, is my master’s property; the one the prisoner had in his pocket, has a flaw in it; I can swear it is my master’s property.
Prisoner’s Defence. I know no more about it than a new born baby.
GUILTY - DEATH , aged 20.
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Dallas.
Convict Changes History
Denis Pember on 28th May, 2015 made the following changes:
date of death: 1880 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime
Phil Hands on 18th November, 2017 made the following changes:
convicted at, date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000)