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My great great grandfather, Jacob Elson, was convicted in 1847 of stealing lead off a building, the property of William Davenport, at Burslem. He was 14 with occupation listed as labourer, but I don't know in what industry. In October the following year, he was convicted of stealing a jacket at Tunstall and in 1851 was transported to Tasmania for 10 years. He was 16 years old.
His convict records give his native place as Tunstall in the parish of Wolstanton.
Jacob settled in Tasmania, married and had children. He became a land owner in Tasmania (and a farmer I think), something he never could have achieved in his homeland.
email: Karen Groeneveld
January Sessions 1847
Source: Staffordshire Archives: QSBl Epiphany 1847
Information on Davenport....
From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851):
W. Davenport & Co
In the suburbs and the town are many extensive china and earthenware manufactories. Messrs W Davenport & Co have glass works and three large potteries at Longport, and employ about 1200 hands. They were appointed porcelain manufacturers to William IV and Queen Adelaide, and are the largest earthenware and china manufacturers and exporters in the kingdom.
Burslem and Sneyd are in the manor of Tunstall-Court, of which Ralph Sneyd, Esq, is lord of the manor, and he is also lord of Hulton Abbey manor, but a large portion of the parish belongs to other landowners, the largest of whom are the Earl of Macclesfield, Lady Chetwynd, Lord Camoys, Miss Sparrow, the representatives of the late John Wood, Esq, William Davenport, Esq, and HH Williamson, Esq.
STAFFORDSHIRE MICHAELMAS SESSIONS,
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 1848
CALENDAR OF THE PRISONERS
FRANCIS TWEMLOW, Esquire, Chairman, and HENRY HILL, Esquire, Assistant Chairman.
THE HONOURABLE FREDERICK GOUGH, HIGH SHERIFF.
Source: Staffordshire Archives: Q/SBl Michaelmas 1848 – QSB/M/1848/1-9
Source: Staffordshire Archives: Q/SPc/1 Calendar of Prisoners 1840-1860
The Jurors for our Lady the Queen upon their Oath present that Jacob Elson late of the parish of Wolstanton in the County of Stafford, Labourer
on the eighteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight with force and arms at the Parish aforesaid, in the County aforesaid, one jacket of the value of five shillings of the ---------------------- Goods and Chattels of one Lewis Willshaw -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------then and there being found, feloniously did steal, take, and carry --------------- away against the Peace of our said Lady the Queen, her Crown and Dignity, and against the form of the Statute in such case made and provided.
And the Jurors aforesaid, against their Oath aforesaid, do further present that the said Jacob Elson at the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace of our Lady the Queen holden at Stafford in and for the said County of Stafford upon Monday the fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven and before committing the Felony hereinbefore mentioned was convicted of Felony: and the Jurors aforesaid, upon their Oath aforesaid, do further present that the said Jacob Elson on the fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven and before committing the Felony hereinbefore mentioned at Stafford in the County of Stafford was convicted of Felony.
Source: Staffordshire Archives: Q/ SR 1848 – Quarter Sessions Rolls
Jacob Elson – (Born, c. 1832, Tunstall, Staffordshire, England)
Transcript of conduct record:
Tried at Stafford QS [quarter sessions] 16th Oct 1848 – 10 years (can read and write a little).
Arrived 4 July 1852. C of E.
Native Place Remarks
Stealing a jacket after pre-con [previous conviction]. Single. Stated this offence stealing a coat at Tunstall. for lead 3 months and whipped. Vagrancy 14 days. Single. [The archivist at the Tasmanian Archives interpreted this as: received 14 days for vagrancy, followed by 3 months imprisonment and a whipping for stealing lead. Followed by a conviction for stealing a coat with a sentence of transportation for 10 years.]
Mary Elizabeth Devlin (age 19) at Deloraine, Tasmania, on 30 September 1864
Reg no 78
Tas Archives: record 37/23, 3rd bracket in reel, no 78 marked in left margin
Married on the 30th of September 1864 in the Wesleyan Chapel
Dunorlan Jacob Elson 33
yrs (occupation: sawyer)
Witnesses: Charles Catchpole, Mary Ann Catchpole [nee Macintosh] and W. Flint
Mary died 25 May 1884, age 41
registration no. 731, registered no. 35
Hooper (Adult) at Ulverstone on
Reg no. 485
Tas Archives record 37/48; No 128 marked in l margin
April 15 1889
Ulverstone Jacob Elson married Hannah Hooper both full age
J Elson: widower
Witnesses: Robert Stones and Mary Parkins
Hannah died on 16 July 1929 at her residence, Queen Street, West Ulverstone, aged 67 yrs (“beloved wife of the late Jacob Elson”). She was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Ulverstone (grave not found)
16 Feb 2005