Hi Guest!

Community Contributions

ConvictRecords.com.au is based on the British Convict transportation register, compiled by the State Library of Queensland. We have given a searchable interface to this database, and show the information for each convict in full.

You can help grow this resource by contributing your own findings on any convict page by pressing the Contribute to this record button.

Goal: 100 500 1,500 3,310 5,000 New Convicts

A big thanks to everyone who contributed a convict - we reached our original target of 100 new convicts in less than a month, and have had an amazing 5,232 new convicts added in total!

If you have found a convict record that is not listed on this website (there is approximately 30,880 of them after all!), you can add a new convict here.

105%

Goal: 1,000 5,000 10,000 20,000 Contributions

By contributing you will bring the community a step closer to a goal of 20,000 contributions. We currently have 19,781 contributions.

99%

Recent Submissions

Mann Dominic on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Nathan Nathan:

Is there any substantial proof, other than hearsay, that the convict Nathaniel Newton was Nathan Lyon Nathan, my great great great grandfather?

D Wong on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of William Cripps:

William was 5’9 1/4” tall, fresh complexion, Brown hair, hazel eyes, brown mole on left arm, face freckled.

William was married - wife Eliza and 1 child, a son, Adam Cripps, born 1831, at native place, Waddesdon, Bucks.

1835: Public Works
3/2/1843: TOL
22/7/1845: Recommended for a CP
12/6/1846: CP approved.

10/5/1859: Married Elizabeth Pace at Kingston, Tasmania - they had 12 children.

14/7/1879: William died of general Debilites.  He was listed as a Farmer, also listed as 60 years of age. Informant was his son William Cripps of Peppermint Bay.

D Wong on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of John Keys:

16/4/1844: TOL Passport, Maitland Bench
16/10/1845: TOL Passport, Maitland Bench
18/10/1847: TOL Passport, Maitland Bench
15/11/1848: CP
15/9/1849: Royal Pardon Warrant.

Gail on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of John Keys:

his was given a pardon

Anne Doran on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Henry Doran:

Family Notices (1850, December 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), , p. 3. Retrieved May 3, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12923401

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Maria Hopkins:

Unknown newspaper report:  “Maria Hopkins, one of 99 convicts transported on the Speke, March 1808”    Convicted at Worcester Assizes for a term of 7 years.
http://oldbritishnews.com/convicts/index.php/transported_convicts-299/

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of John Hopkins:

Unknown newspaper report: “John Hopkins, one of 178 convicts transported on the Portland, 19 November 1831”    Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years on 17 February 1831.
http://oldbritishnews.com/convicts/index.php/transported_convicts-304/

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of William Hopkins:

Unknown newspaper report:  “William Hopkins, one of 170 convicts transported on the Glory, May 1818”    Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years on 29 October 1817. (1st).
http://oldbritishnews.com/convicts/index.php/transported_convicts-306/

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Richard Hopkins:

Unknown Newspaper Report:  “Richard Hopkins, one of 140 convicts transported on the Globe, September 1818”    Convicted at Southampton Assizes for a term of 7 years on 03 March 1817” http://oldbritishnews.com/convicts/index.php/transported_convicts-196/

Pat Saltmarsh on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of John Dickrow:

mrd Ellen Haley
One son Thomas Richard DUCROW

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Richard Hopkins:

Unknown Newspaper Report:  “Richard Hopkins, one of 184 convicts transported on the Phoenix, November 1821”    Convicted at Norfolk Assizes for a term of life on 13 August 1821.  http://oldbritishnews.com/convicts/index.php/transported_convicts-249/

Robin Sharkey on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Jane Pick:

JANE’s LIFE IN ENGLAND

In the Calendar for the York Assizes, Jane PICK, tried 2 August 1794, is recorded as residing at Warthill. 
As well, Charles PICK, tried 15 March 1794, is also recorded as residing at Warthill.
There is no-one else named Pick in the Calendar.
[See searchable index from 1785-1851 created by City of York and District Family History Society of the ‘Calendar of Felons and General Gaol Delivery for the Yorkshire Assizes’ at http://www.yorkfamilyhistory.org.uk/resources/york-assizes/ (accessed 2 May 2016)].

CHARLES’ CRIME AT WARTHILL
Charles Pick was a labourer of Warthill in the North Riding who had been, according to reporting from Leeds of 17th January “ … charged upon the oath of William Linton, of Donnington, farmer, with having feloniously taken and stolen from his barn, eighteen barrels of rye and maslin, on the 12th day of December last.”  He had been committed to York Castle between 13th and 17th January (i.e. since that newspaper’s last reporting from Leeds, on 13th January)  [ from ‘ Leeds Intelligencer’ Monday 27 January 1794 p.3 col 3; accessed through ‘The British Newspaper Archive’  http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk on 2 May 20160.

Rye is one type of grain, and “maslin” is a mixture of grains, most commonly wheat and rye together.  18 barrels is a lot to steal, and it’s hard to imagine that Charles didn’t have some help doing it, as he would need to load the barrels on to a cart or some such, or have people help him carry the barrels away - unless he did it stealthily himself over a period of time.

Charles had a good two months’ imprisonment awaiting his trial, as he was to appear at the assizes at the Castle of York when they opened on Saturday 15th March 1794 before Lord Kenyon, and Mr Justice Heath. [ per Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 10 March 1794 p.3]

Warthill,  where Charles lived, was then only 6 miles North -East of York city.  In 1794 it was very rural, with the Georgian ‘Brookfield House’ and St Mary’s Church not built until the 1800’s, although there was some church there, and no railway yet.  ‘Donnington’, where he committed the offence is misspelling of a village named “Dunnington”, which is only about 2 miles south of Warthill. It had a windmill, and so grain was ground there at a mill.

More detail of Charles’ crime could probably be found from reading the depositions of Assizes for his trial, held in the British National Archives (not digitised):
Depositions against Charles Pick: 
British National Archives: Reference:  ASSI 45/38/2/76-77

Charles’ Sentence:
On 22 March 1794, at the end of the assizes,  Charles received sentence of transportation for seven years “for stealing corn out of a barn”. [ per ‘Stamford Mercury’ March 28 1794 page 3]
However, Charles Pick never arrived in NSW.

The options are that he died, got drafted into the army instead, or escaped from a hulk where he would have been sent.
The fact that Jane married so quickly on her arrival in NSW on her 14 year sentence, indicates that she knew it would be impossible to get back with Charles.

Charles may have been drafted into the Army instead, a common practice instead of serving out the transportation period, and could be this person in the British Military records of 1802:
“1802   CHARLES PICK alias CHARLES PIKE
Born [Not Known]
Served in Sheerness Invalids; 4th Foot Regiment
Discharged aged [Not Known] after 1 year 6 months of service
Residence or place where pension paid stated in document.
See film image 607”
[ per British National Archives Office (online)  Reference: WO 121/153/274]

JANE’s MARRIAGE to CHARLES PICK

Jane and Charles must be the couple married at GATE HEMSLEY in November 1787 recorded as Jane Day and Charles “Piche”.  Gate Hemsly is only 1 mile (1.7km) almost directly east of Warthill where Jane and Charles chose to live.

No other Charles Pick married a Jane during this time period.

There were many Pick families living all around York, with many marriages and baptisms in various towns around Yorkshire and churches in York city.  However there were not entrenched families of Days.

Babies named Charles Pick were born from the 1750’s to the 1770’s at Gloucester, Leicester, Lincoln, Carlile and one at Bardsley in Yorkshire.
Only only one mile further east of Gate Hemsley, the family of a John Pick was living at Stockton-on-the Forest, with children born during the 1860’s (though no listing for birth of a Charles). This family may have been closely related to Charles Pick since his home of Warthill in the 1780’s-90’s was close to that family at Stockton-on-the Forest.

The on-line indexed marriage record has two entries, who are clearly the same couple:
* Jane DAY to Charles “PICHE”  on 9 November 1787 at Gate Holmsbey
* Jane DAY to Charles “PIKE” on 10 November 1787 at Gate Helmsley

Original data: England, Marriages, 1538–1973. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
is FHL Film Number: 1655614 Ref ID Item 1.
is FHL Film Number 991078

JANE & CHARLES’ DAUGHTER
There is one baptismal record for a child born to Jane and Charles Pick:

* HANNAH PICK, Christened at Warthill on 29 November 1789.
“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRSZ-3XX : accessed 3 May 2016), Charles Pick in entry for Hannah Pick, 29 Nov 1789; citing WARTHILL,YORK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 98,541.

* This little girl was only five years old when her mother was imprisoned and sentenced.  Small children often accompanied their mothers to NSW, but there is no record found of Hannah Pick being in NSW. If she stayed behind, who looked after her?

In England, a Hannah Pick married in 1809 on 19th August at Kirkby Wharfe, York, to William Gray.  This could be Jane’s daughter, aged 20 years. However there were also several other Hannah Picks born at York between 1757 and 1784.

JANE’s CRIME

Jane’s crime was not reported on in detail. However it was referred to in sentencing reporting in newspapers (See first paragraph).
Further detail of her crime could be obtained by reading the depositions made against her, held at the British National Archive Office. These are not digistised.
* British National Archives: Depositions against Jane Pick: Reference ASSI 45/38/2/76-77

Jane left England in November 1795 on the “Indispensable” from Portsmouth. 
She arrived in NSW on 30 April 1796.  Her sentence would expire in 1808.

Before the year was out she had married an emancipated Convict named Robert Haywood, who had arrived on “Neptune” in 1790.
______________________________________

Robin Sharkey on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Jane Pick:

OVERVIEW:
Jane PICK had been married in England in 1787 to Charles PICK (see details below). They both lived at Warthill, a village a few miles north of York City, in 1794 at the time they were each separately imprisoned, for separate offences.  In 1794 their English daughter, Hannah, was only five years old.

In NSW in 1796, although supposedly aged over 45, she married in her arrival year (Robert Haywood) and had a baby daughter, (Anne Haywood).  When that husband died in 1801 she set up with James Wild who she knew, at least, from York Castle, where they had been tried at the same August 1794 assizes. She stayed with James Wild all her life, raising her NSW daughter, Anne Haywood, with him. Wild was a successful innkeeper and landholder in Phillip Street.  They ultimately married in 1821 the month before returning triumphantly to visit England as free, and successful, ex-convicts.  They were back in NSW after two years and Jane lived out her days with her husband, and daughter, son-in-law (John Morris) and four grandchildren nearby (if not perhaps in her own house) until her daughter sadly died in 1828 and Jane herself died in 1831.
____________________________________

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of William Hopkins:

1818 Sep 22: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Glory” & “Isabella” & forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.58)

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of William Hopkins:

1825 Feb 14: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Applied for a pass to obtain his certificate (Reel 6062; 4/1783 p.83)

Jilloz7 on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Sarah Hopkins:

1825 Mar 7: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6014; 4/3513 p.568)

Larysa Jaworski on 3rd May, 2016 wrote of Jane Rickards:

In 1841 Census as living at Newtown and Leanidloes(sp?) Union Workhouse with her three siblings.

In May 1953, she married another convict, John READ (or REID, he spells it both ways). She had six children between 1953 and 1866.

She is listed as living in Melbourne in 1872, after her husband’s death in 1868.

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Sarah Hopkins:

1800 Oct 13: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: On list of convicts on board the “Earl Cornwallis” (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.28)

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Richard Hopkins:

20 May 1822: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Arrived in van Dieman’s Land.

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Samuel Hopkins:

1823: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Servant of Luke Brennan of Airds; attestation as to his character for a ticket of leave (Reel 6026; 4/1715 p.661)

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Mary Hopkins:

1820 Jun 1: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Re permission to marry at Liverpool (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.62)
1820 Oct 2,4: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Re permission to marry at Parramatta (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.302)
1822 Jun 4: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.380)

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Maria Hopkins:

1810. Colonial Secretary Papers. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3165; 4/1846 p.111)

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Llewelin Hopkins:

1830 Nov 1: Died in Sydney Hospital age 70 Denomination:  C of E.  Profession unknown.
V18309285 2C and V1830158 14

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Llewelin Hopkins:

1828 Census:  Age: 70. T/L Sentence: Life. Protestant. Milkman. Employed by Thomas Jones, Pitt St, Sydney.

Jilloz7 on 2nd May, 2016 wrote of Joseph Hopkins:

1823 Sep 24: Colonial Secretary’s Papers: On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.57)

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 >  Last ›