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John Welch

John Welch, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Welch
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1762
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 326 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 4
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th November, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, New South Wales. Convicts embarked 1787
Name; John Welsh
Trial; Middlesex, London
Offence; Felony - Life
Ship; Scarborough

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th November, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey On-Line
Born; 1762
September 1783, trial of JOHN WELCH. Age; 21
JOHN WELCH, Miscellaneous > returning from transportation, 10th September 1783.
613. JOHN WELCH was indicted for returning from transportation, and being found at large, on the 1st of September last , without any lawful cause.
(The Record read as before.)
JOHN OWEN sworn.
Court. Look at the prisoner, do you recollect his being here before? - Yes, in September sessions, 1782.
What was he than indicted and convicted for? - Stealing pots and coppers.
I apprehended the prisoner, near Tunbridge, he behaved very quiet indeed.
Do you recollect the prisoner among those convicts? - Yes.
How did he behave? - Very well, as far as I saw.
He did not take an active part, in securing the arms? - Not that I saw.
I am guilty of what is laid to my charge, in returning from the ship, it is now fourteen months since I went on board, I dare say Mr. Akerman will give me a character. GUILTY , Death .
[Pardon on condition of Transportation. See summary.]

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th November, 2021 wrote:

Previous Conviction - 11 Sept 1782. Old Bailey On-Line
September 1782, trial of JOSEPH LEVY JOHN WELCH
JOSEPH LEVY, JOHN WELCH, Theft > burglary, 11th September 1782.
542. JOSEPH LEVY and JOHN WELCH were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the house of Elizabeth Jacobs at one in the night on the 8th of July last, and stealing one large copper, value 10 s. one copper saucepan, value 3 s. and one brass boiling pot, value 3 s. the property of the said Elizabeth .
(The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the jury.
I am a washer in Bath-row King’s-land-road . The 18th of July my wash-house was broke open, it is about five inches distance from the house and under the same roof; my copper, my pot, and saucepan were gone, I locked the door with a padlock, and if I had not locked it, a padlock will drop, so that I could not be mistaken.
I am a watchman; I took no things, I took the prisoner Welch the next morning, the corner of Cock-lane a good way from the house; I was in the watch house, a man came in and said, there is a copper going by with two young fellows, we went and stopped them, Levy said to Welch come along, Welch seemed to have been carrying it by his back being marked with white: The copper was in a cloth, and Welch cryed out thief, he had nothing on him; Levy down the copper.
(The copper produced, and saucepan, and pot, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)
- TOMKINS sworn.
I am a watchman, I saw Levy with the copper, and the other along side him, it was the 18th of July between three and four.
I met a man who offered me 9 d. for carrying it, the man was behind me.
One of the watchmen was fast asleep, and he swore against me at Justice Wilmot’s.
Jury. How does the watchman suppose that the mark on the man’s back was from the copper, as it was in a bag? - Yes it was in a bag, but I supposed it had been on his back before, and the other things with the other, as they were rather too heavy for one to carry.
WELCH GUILTY. Of stealing, but not of breaking and entering the dwelling house .
( Transported for seven years .)
Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th November, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th November, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1762 (prev. 0000), crime

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