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Isaac Wolfe, one of 156 convicts transported on the Medway, 13 November 1820
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
||Labourer and baker
|Date of Death:
life span was 59 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 412
||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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D Wong on 19th April, 2016 wrote:
ISAAC WOLFE, SAMUEL WHERRY, DANIEL EDWARDS, Theft > pocketpicking, 18th September 1820.
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
ISAAC WOLFE, SAMUEL WHERRY, and DANIEL EDWARDS were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of July, three seals, value 1 l.; part of a chain, value 6 d., and one key, value 2 d., the goods of John Teasdale, from his person .
JOHN TEASDALE . I am clerk to Messrs Crosby and Co. St. John-street. On the 15th of July, between twelve and one o’clock in the day, I was walking along Devonshire-street, Portland-road; I saw the glass-blowers’ procession, and stopped to look at them. A person who is not apprehended, came up and hit me a blow in my neck; I should know him again - I felt it for some moments. At the same time he snatched at my watch; the chain broke, and he got the seals and key; he then handed it either to Edwards or Wherry, which I cannot say - they were immediately behind him in his company. I seized the man who struck me, and called for assistance. I was beset by several of them, and had stones and other things thrown at me - I still held the man until I was knocked down by several - I saw Wolfe among them. When they had partly dispersed, I got up and found several more hustling me to get my pocket-book. I got away as quick as I could - I was obliged to escape through a gateway into a marble-yard for safety. In an hour or two, I saw Edwards and Wherry among a crowd near White Conduit-house - I pointed them out to Smith; they were then secured. I seized Edwards myself, and gave him to Smith - they both ran away as they saw me with Smith and other officers - they were secured near thirty yards off. When I was in Portland-road, I had a second scuffle with the man I at first seized, and who had been rescued from me. I was struck at several times, and saw Wherry about the crowd. While I was being hustled, I felt a hand in my coat-pocket; as soon as I could turn round, I saw Wolfe was nearest behind me, and several loose papers about his feet, which were taken from my pocket. I was very much beaten. He was apprehended the next day. The second attack was twenty or thirty yards from where the first was.
Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Whether Wherry or Edwards took the seals from the man, you cannot say - A. No, he extended his hand towards them. They were among the crowd while I was being beat - they threw stones at me; one of the stones hit me in the neck. They were along with the man at the time he robbed me.
JAMES SMITH . I am keeper of St. Pancras watch-house. I was at White Conduit-house, and saw Mr. Teasdale at the top of the hill; he pointed out Edwards and Wherry among a gang of nine or ten. Edwards turned round and looked, and the whole gang ran off different ways. I followed and secured Edwards - he made great resistance. I told him he was a pickpocket - he then fought very hard, and one of those behind me struck me. As soon as I got hold of him, he whipped his hand into his pocket. I took two seals and a broken ring out of his hand; they have not been owned; he was trying to throw them away. I took him to the watch-house, and the other two were delivered to me.
WILLIAM COLTON . I am a broker. A gentleman was robbed on the hill near White Conduit-house. While another of the gang was being taken to the watch-house, some persons came up and said they had been robbed. I went to White Conduit-house, and we took fifteen pickpockets.
ANDREW SIRKE. I am a vellum-binder, and live in Field-lane. I came up the Portland-road directly after Mr. Teasdale was robbed, and followed him down the road to White Conduit-house. I first caught sight of Wherry and Edwards about a quarter of a mile off, in company together with several others. I saw Smith searching Edwards, and assisted in taking some of the gang.
GEORGE TAYLOR . I am a constable. Wherry and Edwards passed me at the corner of Cumming-street, when I was going to Clerkenwell with a prisoner. As I returned I assisted in securing a gang of fifteen, among whom were the prisoners.
JOSEPH CADBY. I assisted in securing the gang. The prisoners were among them.
JOHN MILLS . I am a constable. I received the whole gang in custody, and found a small necklace on Wherry.
WILLIAM JORDON . I assisted in securing the gang; they were being taken into a public-house, a mob of about 150 came round, and threatened to pull the house down.
EDWARDS’S Defence. The seals are mine.
ISAAC WOLFE - GUILTY . Aged 15.
SAMUEL WHERRY - GUILTY . Aged 16.
DANIEL EDWARDS - GUILTY . Aged 16.
Transported for Life.
Samuel Wherry and Daniel Edwards were also on board Medway.
Isaac was 4’11” tall, Brown hair, grey eyes, small scar over right eye.
1830 Muster: Assigned to Mr. Thomson
3/1/1831 Launceston Advertiser:
Isaac Wolfe, assigned to Mr. E. H. Robson, disobedience of orders and insolence—30 lashes.
1832-33 Muster: Assigned to H. W. Robson
Feb. 1840: CP
4/11/1845: CP Extended to all Australian Colonies and New Zealand.
31/1/1854: Unclaimed letter at Geelong, Victoria.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 19th April, 2016 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime