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Thomas Wootton

Thomas Wootton, one of 172 convicts transported on the Countess of Harcourt, 16 March 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Wootton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 12th May, 1799
Occupation: Iron founder
Date of Death: 1st August, 1867
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Stafford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 16th March, 1824
Arrival date: 12th July, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 173 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 120
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 31st July, 2016 wrote:

Thomas was 25 years old when convicted, he was 5’ 5” tall, brown complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.
He was the son of William Wootton and Mary Wright.

1828 Muster: Assigned to a Mary Shea in Lower Portland Head in the Hawkesbury area, NSW.

7/5/1830: TOL Hawkesbury.
8/1/1831: COF

2/4/1840: Married Mary O’Donnell (Sir Charles Forbes) at Port Macquarie - they had 7 children.

C1864: Thomas purchased a town allotment at a sale subsequent to the original Taree township sub- division by Henry Flett.  At this time he is listed as being a ‘small farmer’.

8/8/1867: Maitland Mercury:
“MAN DROWNED AT TINONEE - On Thursday evening last, about six o’clock, Thomas Wootton a very old resident of Tinonee, was drowned by falling off the punt, whilst endeavouring to pull it across the river. He had been drinking freely through the afternoon, and ought not to have been allowed to stand on a small platform unprotected by railings, but we have not heard that any effort was made to prevent him from doing so. There were two other persons on the punt at the time, one of whom was Reynolds, the ferry- man; and we are informed Wootton was seen by one or both of them when he rose to the surface once after sinking, but before the small boat was taken round to his assistance he had disappeared, to be seen no more alive. Active search was made for the body, but It was not found till Friday Morning.”

Thomas was buried at the Taree Estate Private Cemetery, aged 67.
Mary died on 5/9/1851 in Taree.

Christine Ann Fletcher on 4th July, 2019 wrote:

Conviction previously stated Murder. As per the UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 conviction was for Stealing Poultry, transported for 7 years. Thomas Wootton was my GGG Grandfather.

Convict Changes History

john on 30th July, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 31st July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 12th May, 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st August, 1867 (prev. 0000), occupation

Christine Ann Fletcher on 4th July, 2019 made the following changes:


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