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John Wheeler

John Wheeler, one of 134 convicts transported on the Hercules, 24 December 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Wheeler
Aliases: John Hitchins, John Kitchen
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing linen
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hercules
Departure date: 24th December, 1824
Arrival date: 7th May, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 134 other convicts

References

Primary source: England & Wales Criminal Registers HO26/30, page 194. UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/8. State Records NSW (Butts of COF NRS 12210, Archive Roll 988). Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 240
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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Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 wrote:

Sophia Sheppard in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 8/11/1830
Name: Sophia Sheppard 1st class at the factory and given approval for the marriage
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1801
Age: 29
Arrival year: 1828
Arriving Vessel: Hercules (2)
Spouse Name: John Wheeler Employed by Mr Walker
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1805
Spouse Age: 25
Spouse Arrival Year: 1825
Spouse Vessel: Competitor 2
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 8 Nov 1830
Application Place: Saint Johns Church, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Rev Samuel Marsden

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 wrote:

Before Mr. Recorder.

1408. JOHN WHEELER and JOSEPH ABRAHAMS were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of October , a piece of woollen cloth, containing seventeen yards, value 5 l. 10 s.; twenty-four shawls, value 9 l.; and a wrapper, value 6 d. , the goods of Zachary Langton , and others, his partners.

SECOND COUNT, stating them to belong to William Shaw .

ROBERT LAMBERT . I am a clerk in the employ of Messrs. Pickford and Co. ; Zachary Langton is one of the partners . I received a weigh-bill of some property which left Manchester for London, on the 28th of September; there was among other articles, the parcel in question, directed for Mr. Jardine, Nottingham-place, Whitechapel; it contained woollen goods; it arrived safe in London on the 4th of October.

JOSEPH HERBERT . I am porter to the prosecutors. On Monday, the 4th of October, I placed a parcel or truss in the cart, which had come by a boat from Manchester to the City basin; it was safe and entire when I put it in - it was for Mr. Jardine.

GEORGE TREADAWAY . I am book-carrier to the prosecutors - I go to see the delivery of the goods - I went with this cart on the 4th of October; we went through Aldgate, and when I got to the Minories, where I had a parcel to deliver, the truss was safe in the cart - we stopped at Morland’s, an umbrella shop, in the Minories; and while

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Shaw, the carter was getting out the parcel to deliver there. I saw the prisoner in the white jacket (Wheeler,) just behind me, and I put out my hand to keep the bale from falling upon him; I have since seen it at Lambeth-street office.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. The remark you made of the man was, that he had a white jacket on - A. Yes, and five hundred people may have a white jacket on. I believe Wheeler is the same man - I have a strong belief that be is the same man - we missed the bale five minutes afterwards, it was near seven o’clock in the evening.

WILLIAM FOSTER . I am an officer of Lambeth-street - I know a man by the name of Benjamin Wolfe , he lives at No. 2, Little Prescot-street, Goodman’s-fields; I and Lee had occasion to watch his house, from about half-past six o’clock in the evening of the 4th of October, until half-past seven; we stood in an alley nearly opposite his house - I saw three men coming along, one with a package on his back - we drew back into the alley and he passed us, it was Abrahams; I am certain of his person. I had seen him before - when they got opposite to the alley, Wheeler ran and passed Abrahams, to Wolfe’s door; Wolfe was standing with his door open; Abrahams followed Wheeler up to the door, and both went in; we went over and the third man (who was with them) ran away; when we got to the door it was being closed; I put my shoulder against it and pushed very hard - Wolfe said,

“Who is there, what is the matter?” I said,

“It is me;” he said,

“Who is me;” I said

“Foster,” he then said

“Come in” - I went into a back-kitchen, and saw Abrahams taking the package from his shoulder; as I went to the back room I passed Wolfe and Wheeler in the passage, I took hold of Abrahams, and asked him what he had got; he said he did not know - he said a man gave it to him to carry, and he was to have 1 s. for carrying it - Lee then brought in Wheeler; I tied them together, and took them to the office. Wheeler said he came in to buy a hat, and said to Wolfe,

“I have been here this hour, have not I maser;” Wolfe said

“No, I know nothing at all about you;” I took the parcel which contained woollen cloth, and shawls, and found this invoice in the bale with the goods; they exactly corresponded with it.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Abrahams was the person with the package - A. Yes. Wolfe and Wheeler were not in the same room as he was. Wheeler had a white jacket on.

JAMES LEE . I was with Foster; when I went in Wheeler was coming out of the passage.

JOHN JARDINE . I had ordered these goods and expected them by that conveyance: they are the articles I expected.

WHEELER - GUILTY . Aged 19.

ABRAHAMS - GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

Margot Thomas on 13th December, 2020 wrote:

Sophia Shepherd died July 1831.John Wheeler (Hitchins/Hitchens/Hutchins) remarried - Mary Ruddle (Application to Marry 2/11/1831) - she was born Tralee, Ireland (about 1808). Tried in Kerry. Sentenced to 7 years for stealing. Came to Australia on the City of Edinburgh (1) in 1828.

Iris Dunne on 13th December, 2020 wrote:

Criminal Registers: John Wheeler alias John Hitchens, aged 19, Offence Larceny

Prison Hulk ship Leviathan moored at Portsmouth, Received 17 Nov. 1824 from Newgate, John Wheeler alias John Kitchen, Offence Stealing 24 Shawls value 17 pounds, transferred 7 Dec. 1824 NSW

Certificate of Freedom No.31/1081 dated 29 Oct. 1831, Year of Birth 1806, Native Place London, Trade Labourer, Offence Cart Robbery, Tried 28 Oct. 1824

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Hitchins (alias) (prev. Hitchins (Alias)), date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 made the following changes:

crime

Iris Dunne on 13th December, 2020 made the following changes:

source: England & Wales Criminal Registers HO26/30, page 194. UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/8. State Records NSW (Butts of COF NRS 12210, Archive Roll 988). Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 240

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