Martha Virco – breakouts

This story has been created by Wendy Westgate as part of the University of Tasmania’s HAA007 Convict Ancestors unit

THE HINDOSTAN

Martha was transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the Hindostan; the ship was carrying 179 female convicts. The ship’s Master was George LAMBE, and the Ship surgeon was Thomas W. MCDONALD.[1]

This journey was the second the Hindostan had made as a Convict ship; in July 1821, the ship sailed to New South Wales with 152 male convicts, arriving in Port Macquarie on 24th November of that year.

The Hindostan subsequently made one more trip as a Convict ship; it left London on 7th October 1840 with 209 male convicts on board, arriving in Hobart on 19th January 1841.[2]

[1] http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/hindostan

[2] http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~austashs/convicts/conships_h.htm

John Boyd

When Martha married John BOYD, he is described as a Free Man[1]. I have tried to find out more information about John, but there are at least three men of that name who arrive in Van Diemen’s Land in the 1830s; with more research, I’m sure the correct one could be identified.

John was a carpenter, a valuable trade to have in those times. The children of Martha and John were born in a number of places, which suggests John moved his family around in stay in employment; many of the places are in the north of Tasmania, south of Launceston.

John died on 9th October 1862:[2]

 

JB, death

Entry for death of John BOYD; TAHO, RGD35/1/31, Morven, 1862/309

[1] Ancestry.com. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources; John BOYD and Martha VICO

[2] TAHO, RGD35/1/31, Morven, 1862/309, John BOYD

 

Martha Virco – main story

This story has been created by Wendy Westgate as part of the University of Tasmania’s HAA007 Convict Ancestors unit

Martha VICO was a housemaid; she was 5 feet 1 inch tall, and had a broad head and oval ‘visage’ with a high forehead and long chin. Her hair was brown, her eyes hazel and she had a ruddy complexion. [1]

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Description, Martha VICO; TAHO, CON19-1-13, pg. 318

 

On 8th December 1833, Martha, nee HEARNE, married William VERCOE at the Parish church of Little Stanmore, Harrow[2];  she would have been 16 or 17 years of age.

MV, marriage cert_0

Entry of marriage of William VERCOE and Martha HEARNE; Ancestry.com. London, England,

Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921  

According to her Indent record, she had two brothers, Thomas and Henry, and a sister, Elizabeth, who lived in St Albans, Hertfordshire; the record also states that William was a blacksmith.[3] In addition, it notes that William is in Newgate Prison, and that Martha had spent ‘12 months on the Town’. This would suggest that, due to William’s imprisonment, Martha had nowhere to live and was finding it difficult to survive without his income… which was perhaps what led to her offence.

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Entry for Martha VICO; TAHO, CON15-1-9, pg. 10, Hindostan 12 Sep 1839

Martha was found guilty of her crime at the Old Bailey on 31st December 1838; her sentence was transportation for ten years.[4]

MV, verdict

Entry for Martha VICO; findmypast.co.uk; England & Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment, 1770-1935, Institutions & organisations, Prison registers

After sentencing, due to overcrowding in Newgate Prison, Martha was moved to Millbank[5], and then to the Hindostan; this ship left London on 6th May 1839.

MV, newspaper

Morning Advertiser, London, England, 05 February 1839

On 12th September 1839, the ship arrived at Van Diemen’s Land; the Surgeon reported that during the voyage Martha had been ‘extremely insolent’. On arrival, Martha was sent into the employ of Mr W Learmouth of Ross[6].

However, the first years that Martha was in Van Diemen’s Land did not run smoothly for her; just two weeks after her arrival, Martha was found guilty of Gross Misconduct after going into the men’s’ berths on the Government brig Tamar whilst on her way to Launceston, for which she received the sentence of 14 days Solitary Confinement on bread and water at Launceston Female Factory. [7]

In 26 December 1839, now in the employment of Mr Atkinson, Martha sentenced to two months’ hard labour in the Launceston Female Factory (having been found guilty of being ‘drunk and disorderly and in the company of a man in the back of a house in York Street’), and was back in the Female Factory again in April 1840 after being Absent without leave from her master – this time for 14 days, on bread and water.

December 1840 saw Martha with another ‘Master’ – Mr Rodgers. On the 31st, she was found guilty of Gross insolence to the Chief District Constable, and sentenced to a year’s Hard labour, again in Launceston Female Factory.

Perhaps this term of Hard labour was her ‘turning point’ which finally made Martha settle down and ‘toe the line’, as there are no further records of misdemeanours. In fact, the 1842, she applied for permission to marry John BOYD[8], with the clergyman being satisfied with the evidence:

 

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Entry for John BOYD and Martha VICO; TAHO, CON52/1/2 Page 016; NAME_INDEXES:1267689; June 1842, RGD37/2: 1842/1739

They were married on 8th September of that year, in Ross, Avoca[9]. Obviously the fact that Martha had been married in England was ‘overlooked’, as to Martha it would have been obvious that she was never going to see William, or return to England, ever again, and she would have had to have made the best she could of her new life.

John and Martha went on to have at least seven children, born between 1842 and 1858:

Anne, born on 19th October 1842 in Evandale[10]

Susan, born on 29th May 1844 in Launceston[11]

Catherine, born on 13th September 1846 in Rogan Falls[12]

Robert, born 1st July 1848 in Mary Vale, Morven[13]

Martha, born on 18th November 1850 in Mary Vale, Morven [14]

Frederick, born on 16th December 1855 in Evandale[15]

Harriet, born on 21st June 1858 in Evandale[16]

During this time, Martha’s Ticket of Leave was granted in November 1845, and her Certificate of Freedom was issued in February 1849.[17]

John died on 9th October 1862 in the Morven district[18]; Martha died on 25th January 1880[19], again, in the Morven district.

Martha Virco references

[1] TAHO, CON19-1-13, pg. 318, Martha VICO. Retrieved on 4 June 2016

[2]Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives, London. Retrieved on 11 June 2016

[3] TAHO, CON15-1-9, pg. 10, Hindostan 12 Sep 1839, Martha VICO

[4] findmypast.co.uk; England & Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment, 1770-1935, Institutions & organisations, Prison registers. Retrieved on 4 June 2016

[5] findmypast.co.uk; British Newspapers; Morning Advertiser, London, England, 05 February 1839. Retrieved on 4 June 2016

[6] Ancestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

Original data: Home Office: Settlers and Convicts, New South Wales and Tasmania; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication HO10, Pieces 5, 19-20, 32-51); The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England. Retrieved on 4 June 2016

[7] TAHO, CON40-1-10, pg. 149, Martha VICO

[8] TAHO, CON52/1/2 Page 016; NAME_INDEXES:1267689; June 1842, RGD37/2: 1842/1739, John BOYD and Martha VICO

[9] Ancestry.com. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources; John BOYD and Martha VICO

[10]  TAHO, RGD32/1/3/ Evandale 1852/1954 Anne BOYD

[11] TAHO, RGD 33/1/23 Launceston 1844/242 Susan BOYD

[12] TAHO, RGD32/1/3/ Evandale 1846/2986 Catherine BOYD

[13] TAHO, RGD33/1/27/ Morven 1848/1203 Robert Boyd

[14] TAHO, RGD33/1/27/ Morven 1850/1330 Martha BOYD

[15] TAHO, RGD33/1/33 Morven 1855/1152 Frederick BOYD

[16] TAHO, RGD33/1/36 Morven 1858/1505 Harriet BOYD

[17] TAHO, CON40-1-10, pg. 149, Martha VICO

[18] Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line] Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources; John BOYD

[19] Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line] Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources; Martha BOYD

John Boyd – breakout 2

This story has been created by Peter Gray as part of the University of Tasmania’s HAA007 Convict Ancestors unit

REGISTER_0
DEATH REGISTER

 

EMAIL
EMAIL REPLY

While researching john I found out that when he died he was living and working in the Evandale area which he seems to have settled in once he became free. So i went looking for his grave, but because of the distance problem manly me in Sydney, NSW him in Tasmania I contacted the Evandale history society who are very help ful people, they have given me some great information .The area cemetery  have plenty of boyds to research and I am sure that a lot of them would be some of john’s and matha decendants. Please see above

John Boyd – breakout 1

This story has been created by Peter Gray as part of the University of Tasmania’s HAA007 Convict Ancestors unit

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This is the scene John would have faced when he was sent to the hulks.

Not the hulk John was on but shows the new life ahead of him.

The Prison hulks were mostly old war ships or ships that were no longer sea worthy, but could still float so were a very good way of housing the prisoners. They were often towed or moved up and down the harbour to where there was work.  A convict would get paid a small sum for doing work while waiting to be transported.

John Boyd – Main story

This story has been created by Peter Gray as part of the University of Tasmania’s HAA007 Convict Ancestors unit

When John left his place of residence on the 5th September 1835, looking for work as he later stated in court I am sure he was not expecting to be arrested by police-constable Thomas Middleton for the theft of 1 plane, value 8s, the goods of William Heiron and 1 saw, value 3s, the goods of James Virtue. From 22 Woburn Pl, London. [1]

So on the 21st September 1835 he found himself in the central criminal court or the Old Bailey as it is more commonly known as, where he was found guilty of simple larceny (theft) and was sentenced to transportation for 7 years. [1] According to the records of prison hulk registers he arrived on the prison hulk the Hardy on the 12 Oct 1835 some 23 days after he was found guilty, where he was for that 23 days is unclear so far.  For the next 11 months John was on held on the hulk moored in Portsmouth waiting for his transportation. [2]

The Ship the Henry Porcher set sail for Van Diemens Land on the 1st August 1836 leaving from Plymouth with John Boyd and 260 other convicts on board. The ship master was John Hart with the ship surgeon John Smith looking after the crew and the convicts. They arrived at the port of Hobart Town on the 15th November 1836. The journey took a total of 108 days.[3]  According to the surgeon, whose duty it was to monitor the behaviour and welfare of the convicts on board, reported that John was of very good behaviour. [4]

It is once the convicts arrived in Van Diemens Land (VDL) that we really learn a great deal about their lives as convicts from the wonderful records keep by the government agents. I found John’s records to be very interesting and insightful and I have transcribed them and I will now will tell you the rest of his story.

According to his description record, he was born in Plymouth, Devon. His description says he had a swarthy complexion with a long head and visage, his hair was brown, eyebrows light brown and dark hazel eyes. His forehead was high and he had a long nose, medium width mouth and narrow chin. He was only 5 feet 5 inches tall. His trade was a carpenter and joiner, including doors and windows. [5]

He was aged around 22/25 when sentenced. Whilst serving his sentence he committed two offences, the first on the 15 December 1838. While under his master Dumaresque, he was charged with being drunk and making use of obscene language with wine and rum in his possession. For this his punishment was 24 lashes, not a light sentence by any means. The second offence took place on the 4th of June 1839 under control of a new master, Russell. He was convicted of misconduct. Luckily he received only a warning for this. [4] He managed to keep out of trouble and turn his life around. On the 1st February 1841 having served 5 years and 5 months of his sentence he received the first step to being free, his ticket of leave. Then just a year later on the 12th February 1842 he received his conditional pardon No.192. His final step to being free, his free certificate No. 700, came on 26th September 1842 having served the full length of his sentence.[4] C In June 1842 John and Martha Vico (who was also a convict, Police No. 18) applied for permission to marry, which was a requirement if convicts were not free. Permission was granted sometime in August 1842.

John and Martha married on the 6th September 1842 at St John’s Church in Ross (district of Avoca) Tasmania by the rites of the united Church of England. The minister was William Bedford Junior. John was aged 28 and Martha stated that she was 24.  The witnesses to the marriage were William Stolley and Mary-Ann Brown. [7]

After his marriage John worked as a carpenter in the Launceston area for 3-4years.  He then worked in Evandale, Tasmania until his death in October, 1862 from pneumonia.

Evandale History Society’s records indicate that John Henry Boyd, Occupation-Carpenter, was buried at Evandale Cemetery (Anglican) on 11th October, 1862.

Their records also indicate that Martha Boyd, Widow of Carpenter, was buried at Evandale Cemetery on 28th January. 1880.

Upon studying these records I discovered some discrepancy in John’s reported name and age at the time of his death. [8]

BOYD: References

[1] www.oldbailey online.org reference Number t18350921-2048

[2] Ancestry.com. UK, prison hulk registers and letter books, 1802-1849

Source citation, Home office: convict prison hulk registers and letter books, class: HO9; Piece: 9

[3] TAHO CON27-1-2, 197, Image 154, L, 80  APPROPRIATION LISTS OF CONVICTS.

[4] TAHO CON31-1-3,400, Image 122, F, 60 CONDUCT RECORD OF CONVICTS

[5] TAHO CON18-1-9, Image 8, 7, F, 60 DESCRIPTION LIST

[6] TAHO CON 52/1/2

[7] STORS.TAS.GOV.AU/RGD37-1-2, Image394 Marriage John Boyd and Martha Varco

[8] Evandale History Society Inc. <society@iinet.net.au>

John Boyd intro

This story has been created by Peter Gray as part of the University of Tasmania’s HAA007 Convict Ancestors unit

john boyd comfit
Comfit of John Boyd

The Picture of John Boyd  I created using his description in http://www.founders-storylines.com/mugsheets/convicts/profile/ai06351/john_boyd

John was a carpenter looking for work and ended up on the other side of the wold in a place called VAN DIEMANS LAND “VDL”. Although he is not a member of my family tree I have tried to do a fair research of him and his time as a convict, I feel there is still much to do on him and hope that one of his descendants will complete his story. I hope you enjoy reading about  his story so far.

Click on the blue name to read about him

CONVICT JOHN BOYD

My other convicts

During the convict ancestors course, I offered some of my other convicts for people to research. Two students took up the offer and they have agreed to have their research published on my blog.

Peter Gray researched John Boyd and Wendy Westgate researched his wife Martha Virco. Here are their stories.

John Boyd – intro, main story, breakout 1, breakout 2

Martha Virco – intro, main story, breakoutstrial record

Family of John and Martha Boyd

1. John BOYD (7 Dec 1814 – 9 Oct 1862) & Martha VICO nee HEARN (1812/1816 – 25 Jan 1880)

| 1. Ann BOYD (1842 – ) & Thomas GIBSON (1832 – )

| | 1. Mary Ann GIBSON (1860 – ) & William HOLMES (1855 – )

| | | 1. William Thomas HOLMES (1878 – 1879)

| | | 2. Julia Ann HOLMES (1880 – )

| | | 3. Charlotte Isabel HOLMES (1882 – )

| | | 4. William Thomas HOLMES (1884 – )

| | | 5. Ethel May HOLMES (1886 – )

| | | 6. Edith May HOLMES (1888 – )

| | | 7. George Henry HOLMES (1890 – )

| | | 8. Albert Ernest HOLMES (1892 – )

| | | 9. Ivey Helen HOLMES (1894 – )

| | | 10. Leslie Leonard HOLMES (1896 – )

| | | 11. Corrie Nergia Violet HOLMES (1898 – )

| | 2. Thomas Henry GIBSON

| | 3. Martha Eliza GIBSON

| | 4. William Robert GIBSON

| | 5. GIBSON

| | 6. Ada May GIBSON

| | 7. Thomas Henry GIBSON

| | 8. Albert John GIBSON

| 2. Susan BOYD (29 May 1844 – 27 Feb 1900) & Francis COLGRAVE (11 Nov 1843 – 26 Jun 1920)

| | 1. Francis John COLGRAVE (25 Feb 1866-31 Dec 1942) & Laura Maud WYNWOOD (21 Mar 1870-8 Apr 1969)

| | | 1. Angus Colin COLGRAVE* (28 Apr 1893 – 9 May 1977) & Doris UPTON (About 1901 – 27 Feb 1931)

| | | 1. Angus Colin COLGRAVE* (28 Apr 1893 – 9 May 1977) & Iris Mary EBERHARD (About 1910 – 23 Dec 1986)

| | | 2. Francis Robert Leonard COLGRAVE (17 May 1903 – 23 Jun 1987) & Irene Agnes YATES (About 1905 – 18 Mar 1978)

| | | 3. Grace Valerie Violet COLGRAVE (4 May 1913 – )

| | 2. Samuel COLGRAVE (13 Aug 1867 – 17 Feb 1955) & Jeanne (Jane) DUNCANSON (27 Feb 1875 – 31 Jul 1945)

| | | 1. Roy Graham COLGRAVE (12 Apr 1896 – 19 Jan 1918)

| | | 2. Doris Ellen COLGRAVE (15 Feb 1899 – 19 Apr 1960) & Tom COCKING

| | | 3. Susan Jane COLGRAVE (26 Jun 1901 – 8 Apr 1927) & John DENMAN

| | | 4. Colin Campbell COLGRAVE (18 Jul 1903-9 Jul 1981) & Marion Margaret DYSON (20 Apr 1908-10 Jun 1988)

| | | 5. Elvie COLGRAVE (16 Jan 1906 – ) & Horace JOHN

| | | 6. Mervyn Samuel COLGRAVE (24 Sep 1910 – 10 Mar 1984) & Etta EADE

| | | 7. Keith James COLGRAVE (6 Mar 1915 – 20 Aug 1992) & Ruth Mavis BULLOCK (Approx 1920 – 4 Oct 1997)

| | 3. Frances Isabella COLGRAVE* (10 Feb 1869 – 21 Mar 1928) & House Servant COLGRAVE??

| | | 1. Tasman Allan COLGRAVE (18 Mar 1893 – 2 Jul 1985) & Harriet Young COLES (12 Mar 1897 – 17 Feb 1980)

| | | 2. Thomas Leslie COLGRAVE (30 Sep 1895 – 2 Oct 1973) & Winifred Emily Jane HARRIS (About 1886 – 25 Aug 1961)

| | 3. Frances Isabella COLGRAVE* (10 Feb 1869 – 21 Mar 1928) & William Edward JONES (1844 – 28 Oct 1912)

| | | 1. Ralph JONES (11 Nov 1901 – 28 Jul 1950) & Vera Annie DAVEY (23 Oct 1901 – 3 Mar 1962)

| | | 2. Louisa Latoska JONES (13 Jun 1903 – 1997) & Gerald SMITH

| | | 3. Edward Stanley (Teddy) JONES (13 Oct 1905 – Sep 1985) & Olive PATTERSON

| | | 4. Emily JONES (5 Dec 1907 – 1 Oct 1991) & Harry WARN ( – 1988)

| | | 5. James Walter JONES (Nov 1911 – 14 Jan 1912)

| | | 6. Florence Isabella (Ena) JONES (1913 – 1965) & Leslie JONES

| | 3. Frances Isabella COLGRAVE* (10 Feb 1869 – 21 Mar 1928) & Cyril Edwin HEAZLEWOOD (8 Apr 1890 – 1954)

| | 4. William F COLGRAVE (23 Dec 1871 – 13 Nov 1905) & Lillian May BROWN (25 May 1881 – )

| | | 1. Olive (Maud) Jessie COLGRAVE (9 Oct 1896 – 1 Nov 1917)

| | | 2. Milly (Monia) Victoria COLGRAVE (21 Jun 1899 – ) & Solomon EADE

| | | 3. Walter William COLGRAVE(STEVENS)* (25 Jun 1901 – 21 Nov 1965) & Esther Maud CHRISTIAN (22 Jul 1902 – 4 Mar 1967)

| | | 3. Walter William COLGRAVE(STEVENS)* (25 Jun 1901 – 21 Nov 1965) & Helen SHEPHERD

| | 5. Martha Jane COLGRAVE (13 Mar 1874 – 18 Aug 1954) & George DAVEY (31 May 1865 – 2 Nov 1914)

| | | 1. Mary Ann DAVEY (13 Jan 1891 – 19 Jul 1946) & Gordon BURFORD (1886 – 18 Apr 1949)

| | | 2. Emily Jane DAVEY (12 Jan 1893 – 29 Apr 1956) & Trevor COX (1883 – 1 May 1962)

| | | 3. John (Jack) DAVEY (28 Sep 1894 – 20 Feb 1931) & Mary HARVEY

| | | 4. William George (James) DAVEY (9 Dec 1895 – 25 Apr 1953) & Nellie Olive POWELL (19 Mar 1896 – 29 Sep 1980)

| | | 5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) DAVEY (19 Apr 1897 – 9 Oct 1979) & James BOXHALL (23 Mar 1895 – 1 Dec 1982)

| | | 6. Hannah DAVEY (10 Nov 1899 – 7 Mar 1967) & Henry Lewis ENGLAND (12 Dec 1888 – 12 Mar 1963)

| | | 7. George DAVEY (18 Jan 1902 – 4 Sep 1972) & Lucy Ellen WICKHAM (27 Feb 1905 – 22 Oct 1981)

| | | 8. Elsie DAVEY (18 Dec 1904 – 16 Oct 1915)

| | | 9. Bertie Leonard DAVEY (25 Apr 1907 – 5 Aug 1940) & Renee Olive PAGE (29 Jun 1908 – 7 Dec 1978)

| | | 10. Leila Jessie DAVEY (28 Apr 1909 – 22 Jun 1917)

| | | 11. Doris Eileen DAVEY (3 Oct 1911 – ) & Dudley JONES

| | | 12. Frederick Trevor DAVEY (2 Oct 1914 – 2 Aug 1984) & Kathleen HUNTINGTON

| | 6. Lillian Ada (Moy) COLGRAVE (27 Jun 1876 – 7 Mar 1957) & Charles DAVEY (19 Feb 1872 – 18 Oct 1914)

| | | 1. Annie May DAVEY (31 Mar 1897 – ) & David James LINDSAY (1893 – 1966)

| | | 2. George Charles DAVEY (6 Jan 1898 – 28 Feb 1965) & Winifred McLEAN (25 Jan 1898 – 23 Oct 1978)

| | | 3. Susan Jane DAVEY (26 Mar 1900 – 29 Sep 1967) & Thornton Richard MURFETT (About 1890 – 5 Aug 1973)

| | | 4. Lilian Daisy DAVEY (6 Apr 1903 – 16 Jul 1989) & Eric Stanley BOYD (11 Aug 1901 – 13 Oct 1971)

| | | 5. Charles William DAVEY (4 Sep 1904 – 29 Mar 1929)

| | | 6. Olive Amy DAVEY (24 Sep 1905 – ) & Albert HILL ( – 1976)

| | | 7. Harry James DAVEY (26 Jan 1908 – ) & Violet E ATKINSON

| | | 8. Daphne Eileen DAVEY (16 Dec 1910 – ) & William Ernest BRETT

| | | 9. Ivy Mary DAVEY (24 Sep 1912 – ) & Arthur Charles SAUNDERS

| | | 10. Vernon Edward DAVEY (14 Dec 1913 – ) & Lorna Florence WALKER

| | 7. Alfred Arthur (John) COLGRAVE (7 Nov 1878-2 May 1959) & Ada Mary COWARD (10 Dec 1876 – 16 Aug 1953)

| | | 1. Elsie COLGRAVE & Arthur SHERWOOD

| | | 2. Hector Arthur COLGRAVE (17 Oct 1902 – ) & Eileen Mary RASMUSSEN

| | | 3. Pearl COLGRAVE & Jack SPICER

| | | 4. Alfred Charles COLGRAVE (Approx 1906 – Jun 1964) & Agnes Jane HILL (Approx 1907 – 1 Sep 1992)

| | | 5. Stanley George COLGRAVE (1908 – 20 Sep 1978) & Mary Florence BREEN (1917 – 16 Aug 1993)

| | | 6. Leonard Frederick COLGRAVE (19 Feb 1910 – 24 Aug 1981) & Doris SMITH

| | | 7. Cecil COLGRAVE ( – Before 1978) & Phyllis

| | | 8. Gladys COLGRAVE* & Ron BISHOP

| | | 8. Gladys COLGRAVE* & CLARK

| | | 9. Ida Ismay COLGRAVE & Frederick V EWART

| | | 10. Vernon Thomas COLGRAVE (6 Apr 1917 – 20 Jul 1999) & Patricia WATKINS

| | | 11. Evelyn Caroline COLGRAVE & William Ray HAY

| | | 12. Daisy Jean COLGRAVE* & George W BREEN

| | | 12. Daisy Jean COLGRAVE* & George HUXLEY

| | 8. Ernest Charles COLGRAVE (30 Dec 1881 – 16 May 1940) & Alice Maria REDBURN (17 Sep 1879 – )

| | 9. Ethel Mary Ann COLGRAVE* (9 Dec 1883 – ) & Mark REDBURN (15 Nov 1867 – 8 Jan 1936)

| | | 1. Ruby REDBURN & Fred GREEN

| | | 2. Donald Mark REDBURN (Approx 1907 – 6 Oct 1984) & Vera Anne Louise SAUNDERS (Approx 1915 – 21 Mar 1993)

| | 9. Ethel Mary Ann COLGRAVE* (9 Dec 1883 – ) & Arthur THOMPSON (19 Apr 1882 – 14 May 1961)

| | 10. Frederick George COLGRAVE (28 Aug 1886 – 3 Feb 1959) & Amy Louisa RIGBY (15 Apr 1893 – 4 Oct 1985)

| | | 1. Rita Jean COLGRAVE (3 Dec 1912 – 16 Feb 1986) & Charles E Marney GRANT

| | | 2. Muriel Phyllis COLGRAVE* (24 Aug 1914 – ) & Maurice Henry THOMAS

| | | 2. Muriel Phyllis COLGRAVE* (24 Aug 1914 – ) & Leonard George APPLEBY

| | | 3. Amy Iris COLGRAVE* (22 Mar 1917 – 23 Aug 1983) & Alfred BRYANT

| | | 3. Amy Iris COLGRAVE* (22 Mar 1917 – 23 Aug 1983) & Jack ARNOL

| | | 4. Eunice Frances COLGRAVE (18 Jan 1919 – 4 Nov 1957) & Percival CREELEY

| | | 5. Frederick George (Jun.) COLGRAVE (30 Mar 1920 – 10 Jul 1954) & Myra ADAMS

| | | 6. Nellie Mavis COLGRAVE (21 Sep 1922 – ) & George LOWE

| | | 7. Rex COLGRAVE (27 Jan 1925 – ) & Margaret HAYWOOD

| | | 8. William Roy COLGRAVE (27 Jan 1928 – 4 Oct 1951)

| | | 9. Henry Douglas COLGRAVE (16 Nov 1931 – )

| | | 10. Margaret Dawn COLGRAVE & Harold JUDKINS

| | | 11. Trevor Maxwell COLGRAVE (31 Oct 1931 – 28 Aug 1980) & Joan May WEBBER (Approx 1938 – 15 May 1990)

| | | 12. Ronald George COLGRAVE (12 Aug 1935 – 12 Nov 1999) & June HYDE (Killworth?)

| 3. Catherine (Kate) BOYD (1846 – ) & Frederick Henry WEEKES (1836 – )

| | 1. Ada Jane WEEKES (1871 – )

| 4. Robert John BOYD (1 Jul 1848 – 26 Jan 1918) & Mary Ann BATES (About 1842 – 29 Nov 1908)

| | 1. Robert BOYD (1870 – )

| | 2. Sarah Ann BOYD (1874 – )

| | 3. Harriet BOYD (1877 – )

| | 4. Robert BOYD (1879 – 31 Jul 1879)

| | 5. Frederick John BOYD (1880 – )

| | 6. William Charles BOYD (1883 – )

| | 7. Emma Louisa Marion BOYD (23 Apr 1886 – ) & Adam WHITCOMBE (23 Dec 1876 – )

| | | 1. Constance Mary Ann WHITCOMBE & William John FEIL (10 Mar 1915 – )

| | 8. Arthur Henry Harold BOYD (26 Oct 1888 – )

| | 9. Reginald James BOYD (25 Feb 1890 – )

| | 10. Leslie George BOYD (1893 – )

| 5. Martha BOYD (1850 – 1851)

| 6. Sarah Jane BOYD (30 Sep 1852 – ) & Jonathan STEVENS (1837 – )

| | 1. Edith Martha STEVENS (1871 – )

| | 2. Eva Maude STEVENS (1872 – )

| | 3. Edward Henry STEVENS (1875 – )

| 7. Frederick BOYD (16 Dec 1855 – 27 Dec 1859)

| 8. Harriet BOYD (21 Jun 1858 – ) & John CUNNINGHAM (1858 – )

| | 1. Albert Frederick CUNNINGHAM (1879 – )

| | 2. Percy CUNNINGHAM (1881 – )

| | 3. Edgar John CUNNINGHAM (1883 – )

| | 4. Mabel Alice CUNNINGHAM (1885 – )

| | 5. Alfred Hedley CUNNINGHAM (1887 – )

| | 6. Ruby Nereda CUNNINGHAM (1891 – )

| | 7. Reginald James CUNNINGHAM (1895 – )

| | 8. Arthur Leonard CUNNINGHAM (1897 – )

| | 9. Dorth Evelene Annie CUNNINGHAM (1899 – )

| 9. Martha (Caroline) BOYD (1861 – ) & John GRIFFITHS (9 Aug 1859 – )

| 10. Unknown BOYD (1861 – )

| 11. Frederick BOYD (7 May 1861 – ) & Cherry GUTTRIDGE (1862 – )

| | 1. John Henry BOYD (1898 – )

John Boyd

John Boyd is another of my convict ancestors. He was tried in the Central Criminal Court in London on 21st September 1835. He was given seven years transportation for larceny. John stated it was stealing fowls.

John had a swarthy complexion with a long head and visage. His hair was dark brown, his eyebrows light brown and he had dark hazel eyes. His forehead was high and he had a long nose, medium width mouth and narrow chin. He was 5 feet 5 inches in height. He was aged 22/25 when sentenced. CON 18/9

According to his appropriation papers he was born in Plymouth, Devon. His trade was as a carpenter and joiner, including doors and windows. He was well behaved whilst on the hulk according to his report. MM 33/6

He was sent to Van Diemens Land (VDL) on the ship Henry Porcher arriving Hobart Town via Norfolk Island on 15 November 1836. According to the surgeon on board, he was of very good behaviour.

Whilst in VDL he only committed two offences: December 15,1838 while under control of his master Dumaresque, he was drunk and making use of obscene language while having wine and rum in his possession. For this he was given 24 lashes. On June 4, 1839 while under control of his master Russell, he was convicted of misconduct but was only admonished for this.

He was given his ticket of leave on February 1, 1841: conditional pardon no 192 on February 12, 1842 and finally his free certificate no 700 on September 26, 1842.

On 6 September, 1842 at St Johns, Ross, Tasmania he married Martha Vico (Virco) nee Hearn, another person convicted of larceny at the central criminal court also.

He worked as a carpenter in Launceston for 3/4 years and worked at ‘Logan’ Evandale until his death from pneumonia.

HO 26/41 According to the Home Office, he could read and write at age 22, was tried at central criminal court and given 7 years transportation for larceny.

I have tried to find a John Boyd being born in the Plymouth area of Devon around 1815 but so far have not been lucky. There is a possibility of one being born in Maker, Cornwall which is across the river from Plymouth.