2 September 2006
John NEWPORT m 1802 Fanny SHAILER
John NEWPORT was born abt 1758 (age at death), 1768 (age at arrest) or 1772 (age at trial) England.
Could be John NEWPORT b 28 Jan 1772, chr 9 Feb 1772 Highworth, Wiltshire, England s/o William NEWPORT/Sarah, Abode: Sevenhampton, Occupation: Labourer [IGI Batch number C152682 extracted from parish records, also Wiltshire Record Office]
John NEWPORT, Laborer, d 6 Mar 1849 aged 91 yrs of 'old age and infirmity' in the District of Prossers Plains and Sorell, Tasmania. Registered 8 Mar 1849 by son-in-law Thomas WIGGINS, Farmer of Pittwater. [R/N 7] His true age at death was probably 77 yrs.
An interesting coincidence is that R/N 6, immediately above that of John NEWPORT, is the death of Bartholomew REARDON Farmer, aged 57 yrs, who died 1 Jan 1849 also of 'old age and infirmity'. The informant was William REARDON, Farmer, Clapsons Point who registered the death (of his brother) on 26 Jan 1849. It was to Bartholomew REARDON (son of Bartholomew REARDON a First Fleet convict) to whom John NEWPORT was assigned probably on arrival in Jan 1820 and listed on the convict record of John NEWPORT on 11 Jan 1825. Bartholomew Reardon Jnr was convicted of stealing a steer (probably in July 1825) and was sent to Port Arthur and later Macquarie Harbour. (Margaret Geeves, Reardon descendant)
John NEWPORT m Fanny SHAILER on 22 Nov 1802 at Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, England [IGI Batch number M018381 extracted from parish records]
John NEWPORT, Farm Laborer, aged 50 yrs, 'feloniously did steal take and drive away one sheep of the price of 40 shillings, of the goods and chattels of William SMITH', in the Parish of Highworth, warrant for arrest dated 28 Sep 1818. Witnesses: William SMITH, John LING and John POOLE.
John NEWPORT was transported aboard the Dromedary which sailed from Plymouth on 11 Sep 1819 and arrived Van Diemen's Land on 20 Jan 1820. [Archives Office of Tasmania letter dated 4 Feb 1986] Convicts landed to Hobart 347, to Sydney 22. Also on this voyage was Thomas HOWELL m 1826 Elizabeth NEWPORT d/o of John NEWPORT.
The wife and daughters of John NEWPORT arrived 'Free' in Van Diemen's Land before 12 Jan 1824 when the eldest daughter Susannah was married in Hobart. It is quite likely that they actually sailed with their husband and father on the Dromedary on the voyage to VDL. The practice of wives accompanying their convict husbands began with the voyage of the Royal Admiral which sailed from England on 30 May 1792 and arrived at Port Jackson on 7 Oct 1792. It was recorded that convict wives were victualled with food and clothing as for the convict women on board.
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