Davis, James - Convict
Entry 431 Sex M Also known as
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Conviction Details
Status on arrival Convict Ship Scarborough 1788
Crime Steal a quantity of clothing, thread lace and linen cloth Tried at London Old Bailey
Trial Date 8 Dec. 1784 Sentence 7 years

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Known number of marriages/partners 1 Known number of children 0

Entry # Partners Name Marriage Date Place of Marriage FGS
350 Burkitt, Martha 13 February 1788 Sydney Cove, NSW


JAMES DAVIS, theft: simple grand larceny, 08 Dec 1784.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17841208-46

Trial Summary:
Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
Punishment Type: transportation,
(Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
Verdict: Guilty,

Original Text:

51. JAMES DAVIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th day of October last; one man's cloth great coat, value 5 s. one petticoat, value 10 s. one gown, value 4 s. one handkerchief, value 3 s. one silk handkerchief, value 2 s. two other handkerchief s, value 2 s. one pair of sheets, value 7 s. two shirts, value 4 s. two shifts, value 4 s. one apron, value 2 s. two aprons, value 1 s. 6 d. two yards of white thread lace, value 4 s. one yard and a half of linen cloth, value 12 d. the property of William Farrington.

The prisoner was seen coming out of the house with the things, and taken immediately.


Transported for seven years.

Tried by the first London Jury before Mr. ROSE.

5 April 1785 - Sent to the 'Ceres' hulk
24 February 1787 - Despatched to Portsmouth where he embarked on the 'Scarborough' transport on the 27th
Mary (Martha) gave her name as Patience (signing the register Pacence) Burkett when she married. James was illiterate, signing theregister with his mark
2 October 1788 - Sent to Norfolk Island on the 'Golden Grove'
25 March 1789 - Sentenced to 24 lashes for 'contemptuously throwing away' some fish that had been issued to him
July 1791 - Listed as subsisting three people (himself, his wife and Mary FOWLER) on a one acre Sydney Town, NI lot
8 December 1791 - James was settled on land at Cascade Road, Phillipsburg and was selling meat to the stores
September 1792 - Left Norfolk Island on the 'Atlantic', bound for Sydney

No further records of James have been identified although the 1802 Norfolk Island victualling list shows Martha BURKETT as having been victualled for 22 days and was off-stores on 22 January 1802. This would seem to indicate that they had returned to Norfolk Island as a James DAVIS appears on Governor King's 1801 list of Conditional Emancipists as having been pardoned by GROSE and being a settler on Norfolk Island (Entry BG064 King's List - 1801 in 'Musters and Lists New South Wales and Norfolk Island 1800-1802). Neither James nor Martha are to be found in the 1805-1806 Musters or any later records

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