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Isaac Wolfe

Isaac Wolfe, one of 156 convicts transported on the Medway, 13 November 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isaac Wolfe
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Labourer and baker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Medway
Departure date: 13th November, 1820
Arrival date: 13th March, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 156 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 412
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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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
Punishment: Transportation

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.
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
1835: TOL
3/2/1838: CP

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

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