Charles JOBSON: Birth: 29 DEC 1847.
Jane JOBSON: Death: 1854
Note: N316 John Jobson was convicted at Warwickshire Assizes - England, for stealing two pistols. He was transported for seven years. John arrived in NSW on the 15th July, 1822 on the convict ship "The Guildford". In 1823 he tried to escape from Emu Plains, and was subsequently sent to Port Macquarie to complete his sentence. He received his Certificate of Freedom on 10/4/1827. In 1828 he was working as a bullock driver at Sutton Forest and in the early 1830's settled down with Eliza Weeks, an orphan who came free to Australia aboard the "Red Rover".
Prison Hulk Registers at findmypast 1811-1843 John Jobson Hulk Bellerophon Received from Warwick 26/4/1820 Age 15 Status Adult Stealing 2 Pistols Where and When Convicted Warwick 27 March 1820 Sentence 7 Years Discharged 29 March 1822 pr Guildford New South Wales
The couple had their first child in 1833, and married in 1836. Thye lived out their lives in Goulburn, Bungonia, and Towrange districts. Their large family of 15 children shared very mixed fortunes.
Notes for John JOBSON: On 27th March, 1820, at the Warwick Assizes in the English Midlands, John Jobson, aged 15, was charged with stealing two pistols at Birmingham, and sentenced to seven (7) years' transportation to Australia. He spent two years in prison in England awaiting implementation of his sentence, and it was not until 7th April, 1822, that he set sail with 140 other convicts aboard the "Guildford", which made the smartest passage for that period, recording only 99 days, anchoring at Port Jackson on 15th July, 1822. This 12-year-old Thames-built two-decker was making her fifth voyage with prisoners under the command of Magnus Johnson. The shipping list for the "Guildford" (5) describes John as a Shipwright, native place Worcestershire, age 18 (on arrival in Sydney), 5ft. 0-1/2ins. tall, complexion pale with freckles, and hazel eyes. Assignments of all the convicts on board were duly made, many to settlers of some repute, and perhaps it was fortunate that John was assigned to a farm at Penrith, N.S.W., and not to "J. Macarthur, Esq." Whilst J. Macarthur, Esq., himself is accredited with the beginning of our very lucrative "merino" wool industry, history reveals that he was not the most considerate employer of convict labour, and even though he was an "absent landlord" for long periods, he had returned to Australia at the time John was assigned. Whatever John did to bring him before John McHenry, Esq., at the Magistrate's Court at Penrith must remain a mystery, but on 30th March, 1823, he was sentenced to spend the remainder of his original sentence at Port Macquarie. This type of sentence was usually meted out for trivial and sometimes inconsequential misdemeanours by convicts. Research revealed that the records of the hearings at Penrith Court prior to 1825 were destroyed "in order to protect descendants". John was sent to Port Macquarie and the 1825 Convict Muster disclosed that he was in "Government Employ at Port Macquarie". His 7-year sentence ended on 27th March, 1827, and the 1828 Census records a new life for John. He was then 24 years old, freed by servitude, and employed as a bullock driver for Mr. John Edwards of "Ecclestone", Sutton Forest. One door closes and another opens --- an old but true adage, and from here John chose to share his life with Eliza Weeks (Marriage Certificate obtained). John died of "Old Age" at Goulburn Hospital on 9th February, 1880, aged 77 years (Death Certificate obtained), and is interred in the old Church of England Cemetery in Goulburn with Eliza who died on 21st June, 1891, aged 75 years, their daughter, Mary Ann Bailey, who died on 9th January, 1921, aged 83 years, and their grandson, Oliver, who died on Christmas Eve 1900, aged 14 years 10 months.
ABOUT THE "GUILDFORD" The "Guildford" left London on 7th April, touched briefly at Tenerife, and arrived at Port Jackson on 15th July, 1822 - just 99 days out. Her passage was the more meritorious because it was not a particularly good year for fast passages. The "Asia", a ship of 533 tons, launched at Aberdeen in 1819, left England three days before the "Guildford", but arrived at Port Jackson nine days after, recording a direct passage of 111 days. The only other convict ship to leave England in April was the "Prince of Orange", a two-decker of 363 tons, built at Sunderland in 1813. She made the best direct passage of the year from England to Hobart, but took 113 days. It was not until 1837 that the record of 99 days was bettered. The "Guildford" was one of the best-known convict ships. She was a slightly larger vessel than the old "Surrey", being of 521 register tons against the "Surrey's" 443 tons, but, being built within a year of one another, they were probably very similar in other respects. In eight voyages as a convict ship, the "Guildford" conveyed over 1,500 male prisoners to Australia for the loss of about a dozen men on the passage. Her master on the first seven voyages was Magnus Johnson, but, as the Sydney Monitor phrased it, after having the sea as his mistress for so many years, Johnson married at last, and on returning to England from his 1827 voyage he relinquished the command to Robert Harrison. On her last voyage as a convict ship she arrived at Port Jackson from Dublin on 4th November, 1829. Early the following year she sailed from Hobart with a detachment of troops for India, arriving at Bombay on 14th April, 1830. Harrison then took her out to Singapore, from which port she sailed for England. She was never heard of again and presumably foundered.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1.-1825 Sydney Gazette & New South Wales Advertiser POLICE REPORT John Jobson, a prisoner of the crown, was brought up in custody as a run- away from a clearing party, to which he had been sent under the sentence ol the Bench, for having stolen a bag of flour from the stores of Mr. Dixon, attheStetan Engine. Evidmce was brought for- ward which went to shew. that 'the prisoner had not only confessed 1 hat he had stolen the bag of flour, for which he had been lattlysent up the country to labour, but also several other bags of flour on for- mer occasions from the same premises. Sentenced to be removed to Port Macquarie for three years.
Note: Grandson Oliver buried with his grandparents - he was 14 at the time of his buriel.
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