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Details for the convict John Potter (1837)

Convict Name:John Potter
Trial Place:Lancaster (Liverpool) Quarter Session
Trial Date:4 July 1836
Sentence:14 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Blenheim I (2)
Arrival Year:1837
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John Potter c.1819 Liverpool

Baptised 30 Apr 1821 at St. Peter's, Church Liverpool, Lancashire, England

John Potter c.1819 is the son of John Potter c.1796 Liverpool & Elizabeth Gregory b.08 Jan 1799 his parents where married 14 Oct 1816 St Peters Church Liverpool. Johns father was a rope maker by trade.

John had 12 other siblings
Sarah Potter c.1817 Liverpool d.1817 Liverpool
Sarah Potter c.1821 Liverpool d.1877 Liverpool
Joseph Potter b.02 Aug 1825 Liverpool d.1827 Liverpool
William Potter b.02 Aug 1825 Liverpool d.Unknown ( I also think this William was transported to Australia)
James Potter b.08 Jul 1827 Liverpool d.1887 Liverpool
Joseph Potter c.1828 Liverpool d.20 Jan 1867 Liverpool
Elizabeth Potter c.1831 Liverpool d.Unknown
Susannah Potter c.1833 Lawton Street Liverpool d.1903 Liverpool
George Henry Potter b.1835 Lawton Street Liverpool d.Unknown
Thomas Brayton Potter c1837 Lawton Street Liverpool d.Unknown
Edward Potter b.11 Mar 1839 Lawton Street Liverpool d.29 Jun 1839 Lawton Street Liverpool
John Potter b.14 Aug 1842 Liverpool d.Unknown ( Half Brother)

John was convicted on the 4th July 1836 and was transported on the ship Blenheim

Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899
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Name: John Potter
Date: 4 Jul 1836
Place: Tasmania, Australia
Record Type: Register
Ship: Blenheim
Reference Number: CON22-1-2

Date of departure and date of arrival 11th March, 1837 To 16th July, 1837

From port sailed Woolwich

Size (tons): 375

Master Surgeon George Birnie

Tried at Lancaster/Liverpool Q.S. 4/7/1836.

Sentence received 14 Years

Offence Larceny before, Gaol Report: Orderly twice Imprisoned once for Vagrancy connexions Bad.

Age 17

Native Place Lawton Street Liverpool UK England

Physical Description 5 feet 4 inches high, dark complexion, pockmarked face.

Ticket of Leave, Conditional Pardon : Absolute Pardon; Certificate of Freedom not found any yet

Assigned to, on arrival - Unknown

Other convicts on board 211

Were other convicts tried at the same court on the same day for the same crime James Bains, aged 19

Spent time on a Hulk before embarkation Yes - Ship Name Ganymede

I dont have any info for John Potter when or if he was freed also I dont have any info on his death. I also found a Criminal Petitions Record held by the Natioonal Archives Kew - Home Office Date 14 July 1836 - 02 Febuary 1837 Ref HO 17/90/90 Subjects Crime/Pardons/Transportation In this document there are 16 pages that I have tried to transcribe as they are very difficult to read. Notes I have Transcribed For Johns Potters Petition from His Parents Trying to get his sentence lowered and to try and keep him in UK. Page 02 John Potter - Liverpool 4 July 1836 - Larceny before - 14 Years To The Right Honourable Lord John Russell The Petition of John Potter Most Humbly Showeth That Your Petitioner Is The Heart Broken Father Of The Convict Now Under Sentence Of Transportation for Fourteen Years ; For A Felony Committed In Liverpool. That The Said Convict Has Been Seduced By The Bad Example Of Others: As He Never saw Any Thing but what was correct at home And Had The Advantage Of As Good An Education As Was In Your Petitioners power To Bestow. Your Petitioner Humbly supplicate Your Lordships interference to procure His Majesty Clemency That The Sentenced Son of the said convict may be committed To Seven Years As It Is His First Offence hushing The Situation He Is Now In May ?f?????e as an intensive to he??e? conduct and your petitions Will ??? in duty bound ???? pray Dawson Place John Potter Lawton Street Daws
Submitted by Researcher (Thomas Potter) on 12 May 2020

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This file looks like it could possibly be hid departure from VDL (Tasmania) Name: Potter, John Record Type: Departures Rank: Steerage Status: Free by servitude Departure date: 18 Mar 1852 Depa
Submitted by Researcher (Thomas Potter) on 8 November 2020

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/11, p.5

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