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James Smith - Convict
James Smith of Bishopstortford, Lincoln, parish of St Mary le Wigford, age 22yrs, was tried at Lincolnshire City Session Court on 22 October 1814 for stealing a silver pint measure - value 10pence - the property of a Mr Lancelot Marsland, at the Black Swan Inn in the Lincoln parish of St Mary le Wigford. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to the colony of New South Wales. The convict ship 'Baring' sailed from England on 20th April 1815 and landed in New South Wales on 7th Sept 1815, a voyage of 140 days.
Later on board the 'Kangaroo' James sailed to Van Diemans Land (Tasmania), landing in Hobart Town on the 6th Dec 1816. It is on convict papers that the name King first appears & he was known variously by Smith or King.
I am descended from James Smith/King & would very much like to know who his parents/siblings might have been. If anyone has this James Smith in their family line I'd love to hear from you - I have much to share.

Posted: 2008, Member logged in: 2009
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire


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