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John Wilson

John Wilson, one of 300 convicts transported on the Baring, April 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Wilson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1787
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Baring
Departure date: April, 1815
Arrival date: 7th September, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 203 (103)
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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Maureen Withey on 21st November, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 November 2019), October 1814, trial of JOHN WILSON (t18141026-24).

JOHN WILSON, Theft - grand larceny, 26th October 1814.

892. JOHN WILSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of October , one yard of canvass, value 1 s. and thirty yards of cloth, value 25 l. the property of James Hall , John Bacon Hall , John Edward Holmes , and William Hall .

JAMES HALL . I am a wharfinger ; my partners are John Bacon Hall, John Edward Holmes , and William Hall; our wharf is in the parish of St. Botolph, Billingsgate, adjoining the River Thames .

JOHN RIVERS . I am a watchman at Mr. Hall’s wharf. On the evening of this present month I saw two men on the wharf at half past ten. I could not hear distinctly what they talked of. When they came nearer to me, one of them said, Damn him, he will not split. I suspected there were no good intentions by these words. They went down the steps to the vessel. While these two men were talking together, the prisoner made his appearance, walking too and fro upon the wharf, and about five minutes after the men had gone down to the vessel, the prisoner went into a shed, where the packages were stowed. I was placed in a situation where I could see him come out; he could not see me. In about three minutes after he come out with a package under his left arm, and in going round to the landing-waiter’s box, going to the water-side, I came out, and went after him; I seized him by the right collar. I said friend, what have you got here? He said nothing, and instantly dopped the package. I said, what is it that lies here dopped down? He said he did not know; he was near stumbling over something. I then said, what was your business down here at all then. Do you know any thing of those men that went down the steps. He said, they came with him to go with the Gravesend boat. The Gravesend boat does not go from that place. They haul off there sometimes. I do not believe the tide served then. I sent for an officer.

EDWARD STOCK . I took the prisoner into custody. I had the custody of the property. I produce it.

Prosecutor. The packages were given into a charge to forward to Ramsgate. The package contained six yards of Merino cloth, and twenty-four yards of pelisse cloth. It is worth twenty-five pound ten shillings. The prisoner I have seen with two puted thieves.

Prisoner’s Defence. He said, if I told him who these two men were, he would let me go. I never had hold of the package at all. I was going in the boat to Gravesend.

GUILTY DEATH , aged 27.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

John Wilson was on a List of 40 male convicts embarked on the Brig Kangaroo for the Derwent. 13th April 1816.
No.3,  John Wilson, Baring, London G.D., 20 Oct 1814, Life. Carpenter.

Maureen Withey on 21st November, 2019 wrote:

Colonial Secretary’s Index
WILSON, John. Per “Baring”, 1815

1816 Apr 10 - On list of convicts embarked on the “Kangaroo” for the Derwent (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.461)

1822 May 21 - Carpenter sent to Hobart per “Kangaroo”, 1816; prisoner at penitentiary, Hobart. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3229; 4/1868 p.58)

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 21st November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1787 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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