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John Wells

John Wells, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Wells
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1752
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 4th March, 1820
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 42 Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830'
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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iain Frazier on 21st September, 2019 wrote:

John was born about 1752.
He was transported apparantly on NEPTUNE in 1790.
In 1812 he was an emancipist & married Elizabeth (Ruse) age18 at St Matthews Windsor.
He died in 1820 age68.

The parents of Elizabeth (Ruse) [(James (Ruse) & Elizabeth (Perry)] have entries on this Website.

D Wong on 21st September, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN WELLS.
Theft: other.
10th September 1788
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

JOHN WELLS was indicted for stealing, on the third of September, two remnants of muslin, containing four yards, the property of John Richard Ripley and Philip Rivers.

The prisoner was servant to the prosecutors, and the muslin was found in his drawers.

Prisoner. I leave myself to the mercy of my masters.

GUILTY.
Transported for seven years.

John Wells was born C1752.

1812: Married Elizabeth Ruse at St Matthews, Windsor.
John was a much older man than Elizabeth, and family legend has it that Elizabeth’s father James had arranged the marriage to stave off a debt owed. It was said the marriage was never consummated, and Elizabeth began a relationship with Edward Armfield (Earl Cornwallis 1800) outside of her and John’s marriage.

4/3/1820: John died at Windsor, NSW.

Elizabeth married Edward Armfield in 1822 at St Matthews, Windsor, and she died at Berrima, NSW on 22/3/1875.

Convict Changes History

iain Frazier on 21st September, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 42 Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' (prev. Australian Joint Copying

D Wong on 21st September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1752 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th March, 1820 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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