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Details for the convict Adam Rhodes (1827)

Convict Name:Adam Rhodes
Trial Place:Stafford Assizes
Trial Date:9 March 1826
Arrival Details
Ship:Albion (2)
Arrival Year:1827
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Adam Rhodes
Adam Rhodes was my second great grandfather. He was born about 1804 in Staffordshire, England. In 1820 he was brought to trial in the Stafford Assizes, charged with larceny, but was found not guilty. Six years later, on 9th March 1826 he again appeared in the Stafford Assizes, charged with sheep stealing. On this occasion he was found guilty and sentenced to death. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment and transportation.
The ship Albion 2 brought Adam to NSW, arriving on 14th February 1827. He was recorded as being 23 years of age, able to read, a protestant and single with no family. His occupation was listed as “farmers man and dairyman”, height 5ft 5¾ ins, complexion ruddy / fair, hair brown and eyes dark hazel. He had a cut across the forefinger of his thumb and left hand.
In the 1828 Census Adam Rhodes is recorded on Norfolk Island. He received his Ticket of Leave on 30th July 1841 and was to stay in the district of Windsor.
It would have been at Windsor that Adam met Margaret Silk, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Silk, granddaughter of the transported Irish rebel William Silk and of the First Fleet convict William Roberts and Second Fleet convict Kezia Brown. Adam, then 40, and Margaret, then 19, applied for permission to marry. The application was granted on 27th May 1843 and they were married on 7th June 1843 at the Presbyterian Church at Richmond. Thomas Silk, Henrietta Carlisles and Richard Rhodes were the witnesses named.
Three girls were born of this union: Sarah Ann Rhodes (1843—1921) who married William Hardy Bellden in 1866, (my great grandparents); Mary Rhodes (1845—1854) and Elizabeth Rhodes (1851—1863).
Adam Rhodes applied for a conditional pardon in 1846. This was granted on 30th September 1847 by Charles Augustus Fitzroy, Captain General and Governor in Chief of NSW.
I have been unable to find any record of the death of Adam Rhodes. At the time of her death in 1884 Margaret Rhodes was living with her daughter Sarah Ann Bellden in Bathurst so it is likely that Adam predeceased her.

Submitted by Researcher (Pamela Heather) on 4 August 2014
Son of William and Sarah Rhodes of Wednesbury,Staffordshire.
Father William was sentenced to 7 years transportation in 1810
Brothers William Jnr, Richard and George Francis also transported in later years. Ticket to Leave granted in 1841. Married Margaret Silk in 1843
Granted a conditional pardon in 1847
Died 1885 New Zealand. Left a legacy of £8oo,ooo to nephew Edward Hampson of Wednesbury
Submitted by Researcher (6622) on 5 August 2016

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/6, p.82

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