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Details for the convict Thomas Snell (1829)

Convict Name:Thomas Snell
Trial Place:Lincoln (Parts of Holland) Quarter Session
Trial Date:15 July 1828
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:John I (2)
Arrival Year:1829
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Born about 1803 to parents Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Clarke) SNELL and christened on 28 Sep 1803 at Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. Thomas Snell baptised 28-9-1803 at Spalding, with parents Joseph and Elizabeth Snell. Thomas Snell arrived, as a convict, in New South Wales on the "John"(2) on 13-9-1829, having sailed from Sheerness on 27-5-1829. He was tried on 15-7-1828 at Holland Quarter Sessions in the County of Lincoln, England for stealing fowls, for which he was sentenced for 7years, having had two previous convictions. He was aged 26 years, native place was Spalding, Lincoln, height 4ft 10.5ins, ruddy complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, and a small scar on the left side of his forehead. He was described as a ploughman, and could shear and milk. He was assigned to John Hooke of Bailey Park, near Parramatta, but then moved with John Hooke to his property near Dungog. From the 1828 census, John Hooke was a free farmer at Bonango, Hunter River. In the 1832 NSW Directory, John Hooke was at Williams River, Maitland. When Thomas arrived in Australia he had one pound in the Savings account with the bank of New South Wales and on finishing his sentence, he had one pound, four shillings and sixpence. He gained his certificate of freedom 25-8-1835, at the end of his 7-year sentence. Thomas Snell married Ann Silk on 9-6-1843 in district of the Paterson River. Ann Silk arrived, free, in Australia on the "Layton" on 15-8- 1833, aged 15 years with her mother and sister both named Harriet, her father John being deceased. Ann apparently pre-deceased Thomas by about 2 years. Thomas Snell died 7-July-1856 at Dungog by "visitation of God" - the inquest registers add that the cause was "probably intemperence". He was buried 2 days later at Hanleys Flat (near Dungog). As he left 5 daughters and a lot of debts the deceased estate papers make interesting reading. They can be found at the NSW Archives at Kingswood, and I have a full copy. The 5 daughters were taken to the ophanage at Parramatta. Abodes for Thomas Snell, from his marriage, death, and the baptisms of his children:- Jun 1843-'Tillimbi' Patterson River; Dec1844-'Camyr Allyn'(an estate on the Allyn River); Jun1846-'Tillimbi' Patterson River; Dec1846-living on Mrs. Bolton's ground, The Little Flats; Aug1847-Paterson; Aug1850-Williams River; Oct1853-Dungog; July1856-Bendolba (near Dungog).
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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/7, p.76

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