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Francis Woodcock

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Francis Woodcock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1739
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 23rd June, 1788
Age: 49 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 14 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Salop Assizes at Shrewsbury
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Friendship
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 21st January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 103 other convicts

References

Primary source: http://www.firstlanding.com.au; Derby Mercury - Thursday 18 March 1784 p 4
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Community Contributions

Eric Harry Daly on 13th January, 2013 wrote:

Francis Woodcock was tried at Shrewsbury, Shropshire on 13 March 1784 for stealing livestock (a sheep) with a value of 25 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 14 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 48 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as labourer.
Report from Dunkirk hulk was “tolerably decent and orderly”, he died in 1788.

Robin Sharkey on 7th December, 2016 wrote:

ENGLISH CRIME:

Derby Mercury - Thursday 18 March 1784 p 4
“DERBY March 25
“At Shrewsbury Assizes which ended on Wednesday the 17th [March] near fifty Prisoners were tried, thirteen of whom were capitally convicted, and received sentence of death, viz -  … and Francis Woodcock & Samuel Grainger, for stealing a wether sheep. the property of the Rev John Chapel Woodhouse”.

The Rev John Chapel Woodhouse was then the minister at Donington, County of Salop. by 1801 Donington parish only had a population of 290 people.

Woodcock’s sentence of death was reprieved, on the basis that he agree to be transported for 14 years.

Samuel Grainger, Woodcock’s co-accused, was one of 144 appearing on orders in council authorising their transportation to NSW on the First Fleet, but who were not embarked, for reasons such as illness, lack of space, last minute petitions & pardons.

When Woodcock died in NSW, information as to it happening was eventually published in the press in England, in the following way:

Derby Mercury - Thursday 10 May 1792 page 4:
“DERBY, May 9th
“Letter has been received from Botany Bay, by the keeper of SALOP Gaol, informing him that the following convicts sent from that gaol, are no more, viz:
Margaret Fownes, William Fans [i.e. Evans] Francis Woodcock, Joseph Owen, who have died natural deaths; Richard Carter killed by the natives, and E. Wildblood and John Bennet, hanged for stealing.”

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 12th January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 0000, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Eric Harry Daly on 13th January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 7 years, source, date of birth 1739, date of death 23rd June, 1788, gender, occupation, crime

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 made the following changes:

term 14 years

Robin Sharkey on 7th December, 2016 made the following changes:

source: http://www.firstlanding.com.au; Derby Mercury - Thursday 18 March 1784 p 4 (prev. http://www.firstlanding.com.au)

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