| Thomas SEDDON m1. c1820 Alice SELLERS
Thomas SEDDON m1. Alice SELLERS. Alice d/o Richard SELLERS in Native Place Ratcliffe Bridge.
Alice SEDDON d Mar Qtr 1851, 3 entries in Lancashire - 1 for Prescott Vol/Pg 10/686, 2 for Leigh, Vol/Pg 21/424 and Vol/Pg 21/444 (no ages).
At his marriage in 1866 Thomas SEDDON said he became a widower in January 1851.
Time of Trial: August 1827
Place of Trial: Lancaster Assize
Sentence: Death [Lancaster Castle Convict Database online]
The Liverpool Mercury, Monday, 3 September, 1827 (p_ col 1, provided by Terry Clark)
NORTHERN CIRCUIT Lancaster, Friday (31st Aug 1827)
Two men, named SEDDON and DAVENPORT, were placed at the bar, under a charge of burglariously breaking and entering the house of Thomas Newton, at Pilkington, on the morning of the 4th March, and stealing therein forty pairs of stockings, a hundred yards of check cloth, and other property.
The house had been left perfectly safe on the night of the 3rd March. On the morning of the 4th, between five and six o'clock, it was discovered that the shop had been broken open, and the property in question removed. Suspicion falling on the prisoners, their residence was searched, and about twenty shillings' worth of the property found there. The property which had been lost was worth, altogether, above 40 shillings.
Mr Justice Bayley summed up, and told the Jury, that as the robbery had not been discovered till day-light had broken, that part of the charge which alluded to burglary on the part of the prisoners, was at an end. However, if the property stolen, even though the offence were committed in the day time, amounted in value to forty shillings, the prisoners were still guilty of a capital offence, if it should appear that the evidence authorised the conclusion that they were the parties who had committed this robbery. It was true the evidence of the witnesses did not identify more than twenty shillings' worth of the property lost, but there was abundance of proof to shew, that far more than that amount had been lost. They were to judge whether the same persons who had taken the one had not also taken the other.
The Jury found the prisoners Guilty of Stealing to the amount of Forty Shillings. - Death.
The Liverpool Mercury Friday 7 September, 1827 (p 286 col 2, provided by Terry Clark)
Lancaster Summer Assizes. - CROWN COURT Before Mr Justice Bailey at Lancaster Castle.
The calendar contained the names of no less than 89 prisoners, including 27 for burglary. These Assizes commenced on Wednesday se'nnight (seven nights) before. On Thursday 6th September at twelve o'clock, Mr Justice Bailey (also Bayley in this article) entered the Crown Court, and 23 gentlemen were sworn of the Grand Jury.
Friday, 31st August, 1827
Thomas SEDDON and William DAVENPORT were charged with a burglary in the house of Thomas Newton, at Prestwich, in March last, and stealing therein 50 pairs of stockings, 30 pairs of shoes, and divers pieces of check, calico, &c. The charge of burglary was not made out, but the jury found the prisoner guilty of stealing in a dwelling-house to the value of 40s. - Death recorded.
Thomas SEDDON convicted at Lancaster Assizes 29 Aug 1827 and sentenced to Life. Transported on the vessel Woodford on her second voyage departed 29 Apr 1828 from Portsmouth, England, arrived 25 Aug 1828 Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land [Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 380]
Description of Thos SEDDON No 935, Ratcliffe Bridge, Lancashire, Trade: Brickmaker, Height without shoes: 5.8, Age 26, Complexion: fresh, Head: Large round, Hair: Brown, Whiskers: Bushey, Visage: Broad Oval, Eybrows: Bushy, wide apart - Dark brown, Eyes: Dk Grey, Nose: Small straight, Mouth: Small, Chin: broad, Remarks: hair mole centre of right cheek, slightly pockmarked, brown mole outside left arm.
Convict Record / Conduct Record [Archives Office of Tasmania CON31-1-38,370,318,C,68]
935 Thomas SEDDON, Arrived: Woodford 1828, Tried: Lancaster 29 Aug 1827, Sentence: Life.
Transported for stealing in a dwelling house. Gaol report unknown behaved well. Hulk report Good. Stated this offence: Burglary, tried with DAVENPORT 485/Life. Wife Alice SEDDON, with her Father Richard SELLERS at Native Place Ratcliffe Bridge Lancashire. I worked last for INGELOW Native Place, a Weaver - Linen Cotton. Wife & 3 children.
1830 Aug 25 - PB/Being found in the "Help me through the world" Public House after hours last night and falsely representing himself to be a Free Man. T(read) Wheel 7 days and returned to his duty (PS)
1832 May 7 - Constable Disobedience of orders and neglect of duty 10 days solitary confinement on Bread & Water / J Welsh /
1833 Feby 12 - Constable Absent from his post at night fined 5/s. / W L /
1834 June 4 - Constable / Absent when for duty, Fined 5/s. / W L /
1834 July 16 - Constable / Neglect of duty, Recommended to be suspended from his Situation for One Month / W L /
1834 Decr 5 - Constable / Gross neglect of duty and allowing a prisoner under a capital charge to escape from his Custody, Recommended to be dismissed from his Situation of Constable & to be worked in the Bridgewater Chain Gang for 12 Mos. / G.K. & R.C.G. / Grass tree Hill Chain Gang. Vide Lieut. Governor's decision / 18 Decr 1834.
1836 July 9th - Overseer / Disorderly conduct, Dismissed from his Situation as Overseer & sent to Restdown / BB / Public Works Hobart Vide Lieut. Governor's decision 21 July 1836
1838 April 24 - Ticket of Leave / Out after hours. Discharged / Ap p / TL (Ticket of Leave) Sep 1837 -
1840 Feby 12 T/L / Misconduct in being absent from his authorised place of residence. Admonished / Spml?
Conditional Pardon No. 3065 11th June 1841. Extended 9 Decr 1845.
Some dates along the bottom of the record:
27 Sep 1833 P.M. L. (Launceston?)
19 July 1834 C.P.- (Conditional Pardon?)
29 July 1834 L(aunceston?)
4 Nov 1834 Westbury
7 Nov 1834 B?
3 Dec 1834 C(onditional P(ardo)n
9 Dec 1834 G.T.H. offen(ce?)
13 Nov 1835 G.T.H. off(ence?)
2 Sep 1836? J.P.S. off
15 Aug 1837 Ross
Convict Musters for Van Diemens Land
1830 Thos SEDDON, Vessel: Woodford, Province: Tasmania, Title: List of Convicts (incomplete) [HO 10, Piece 47]
No. 935, SEDDON Thos, Ship Woodford 1828, Assigned to Lieut GUNN [HO 10/47 pg 99]
Lieutenant William GUNN (1800-1868) arrived in Hobart Town on Christmas Eve 1822. The next day at church he was recognised by Lieutenant-Governor William Sorell who persuaded him to remain in Van Diemen's Land with a land grant of 400 acres in the Sorell district. Lt Gunn led soldiers in campaigns against bushrangers. In Nov 1824 he was shot by one of Matthew Brady's gang and his right arm was amputated. As compensation for his brave efforts he received a pension and a purse raised by public subscription. In January 1826 Lt Gunn was appointed superintendent of the Prisoners' Barracks, Hobart, known locally as "the Tench" for Penitentiary. Apparently he was "honoured and respected by all classes" in this role and later as a magistrate.
1832 Thomas SEDDEN, Vessel: Woodford, Province: Tasmania, Title: List of Convicts (incomplete) [HO 10, Piece 48]
No. 935, SEDDEN Thomas, Ship Woodford (2), Field Police [HO 10, Piece 49 pg 170]
1833 Thos SEDDON, Vessel: Woodford, Province: Tasmania, Title: List of Convicts (incomplete) [HO 10, Piece 49]
No. 935, SEDDON Thos, Ship Woodford (2), Constable [HO 10, Piece 49 pg 164]
1835 Thomas SEDDON, Vessel: Woodford, Province: Tasmania, Title: List of Convicts (incomplete) [HO 10, Piece 50]
No. 935, SEDDON Thomas, Ship Woodford, In what service or how Employed: Public Works [HO 10/50 pg 166]
1841 Thomas SEDDON, Vessel: Woodford, Province: Tasmania, Title: List of Convicts (incomplete) [HO 10, Piece 51]
No. 935, SEDDON Thomas, Ship Woodford, Conditional Pardon [HO 10, Piece 51 pg?] (At this time he has served 14 yrs.)
1846 Thomas SEDDON, Vessel: Woodford, Province: Tasmania, Place of Conviction: Lancaster, Title: Ledger Returns S-Z [HO 10, Piece 39]
SEDDON Thomas, Where Tried and Date of Trial: Lancaster 1827, Sentence: Life, Ship and Date of Arrival: Woodford (2) 1828, Conditional Pardon [HO 10, Piece 39 pg 30?]
Archives Office of Tasmania Index to Departures 1817-1867 (no SEDDON or spelling variants) According to his death certificate Thomas SEDDON arrived in Victoria in 1859-1860. He worked as a brickmaker in the Creswick area, north of Ballarat. With him was his teenage daughter Harriet SEDDON who was born abt 1842 in Hobart Town. On Harriet's 1866 marriage certificate her mother is named as Mary HURST. We do not know if this Mary also came to Victoria. A possible death for her in Victoria is in 1862 for Mary SEDDON aged 35 yrs, parents unknown (no place) [Vic 4503]. No SEDDON-HURST marriage has been found in Tasmania but informal relationships, not officially sanctioned by the church, were not uncommon in Van Diemens Land at that time. In the convict records there is no application for Thomas SEDDON to bring his wife and family to the Colony. Nor is there an application to marry although after seven years separation from his wife in England, he would have been legally able to remarry.
Thomas SEDDON and Mary Ann COWLEY HALL JENKINS SEDDON
Thomas SEDDON (b abt 1800) d 1874 aged 74 yrs bp Lancashire, parents unknown [Vic 4503]
Thomas SEDDON age 74, Residence Creswick, Brickmaker bur 23 Jun 1874 Creswick Cemetery, C of E, Location 6 1077, COM [R/N 2290]
Thomas SEDDON age 66 m2. 1866 Creswick, Mary Ann JENKINS age 52 (formerly HALL, ms COWLEY) [Vic 1991]
Mary Ann SEDDON (b abt 1813] d 1875 aged 62 yrs bp Berkshire d/o William HOWLEY/Eliza unk [Vic 6358]
Mary Ann SEDDON (no age) Residence Creswick, Father: Bricklayer, bur 3 Apr 1875 Creswick Cemetery Section C of E, Location 6 1077, COM [R/N 2399]
Creswick Shire & Borough Rate Books begin 1864 held at PROV, Ballarat:
1864 SEDDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Tenement & Brickyard, Black Lead Flat [Book 1, 25 Oct-17 Jan 1865]
1865 SEDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Tenement & Land, North Parade [Book 1, to 23 Jan 1866]
1865 SEDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Tenement & Land, Black Lead Flat [Book 2 to 23 Jan 1866]
1866 SEDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Cambridge Street [Bk 1 to 22 Jan 1867]
1869 SEDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Duke Street [to 22 Jan 1870]
1871 SEDDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Tenement & Land, North Parade [to 6 Dec 1871]
1872 SEDDON Thomas, Brickmaker, Tenement & Land, North Parade (nothing for 1874, 1876)
Marriage 1866 in the District of Creswick in the Colony of Victoria
Thomas Seddon, Widower, Date of decease of former wife: Jan 1851, Four living children, Birthplace: Ratcliffe Bridge, Lancashire, Rank or Profession: Brickmaker, Age: 66 yrs, Present and Usual Address: Creswick, Father: Henry Seddon, Brickmaker, Mother: Ellen Davison, married Wednesday 17 Octr 1866, Wesleyan Methodist Church Creswick, Mary Ann Jenkins, Widow, Date of decease of former husband: 13 Aug 1866, Three living children, Four dead, Birthplace: Farrendon (Faringdon), Berkshire, Rank or Profession: Domestic Duties, Age: 52 yrs, Present and Usual Address: Creswick, Father: John Cowley, Brickmaker, Mother: Martha Giles. Officiating Minister: Thomas Williams, according to the rites of the Wesleyan Methodist church, Thomas Seddon signed, Mary Ann (X her mark) Jenkins,Witnesses: Henry Hall, Emily Nilles, both signed. [R/N 50, Vic Index 3464]
Interestingly the next marriage in the register is on the same day in the same church by the same minister and therefore a double wedding. This was the marriage of the daughter of Thomas, Harriet SEDDON to Henry LEWIS and the signature of Thomas SEDDON is identical on both certificates, firstly as the groom and secondly as a witness. [R/N 51, Vic Index 3465]
Death 1874 in the District of Creswick
Thomas Seddon, Died: 21st June, Clunes Road, Creswick, Brick-Maker, Age: 74, Names of father and mother not known, Informant: Mary Ann (her Xmark) Seddon, Wife, Creswick, registered 22nd June 1874 Creswick, buried 23rd June 1874 Creswick Cemetery, Undertaker: Thos Rowell, Minister: Rev Jas Glover C of E, Witness: N B White, Sexton. Where born: Lancashire England, 20 yrs in Tasmania, 15 yrs in Victoria. Married Lancashire England, no particulars known. Deceased's first wife dead. Married Creswick Victoria at 66 yrs to Mary Ann Jenkins. Issue from first marriage: 3 sons and 1 daughter in England, names unknown. Amendment initialed and dated 20 Aug 1874: No issue by 2nd marriage. [R/N 2417, Vic Index 4503]
Death 1875 in the District of Creswick
Mary Ann Seddon died 5 p.m., 1st Apr 1875, Albert Street, Borough of Creswick, County of Talbot, aged 62 yrs, Father: William Howley Brickmaker, Mother: Eliza Howley ms not known. Informant: William Henry Hall, Son, Creswick, registered 3 Apr 1875 Creswick, buried 3 Apr 1875 Creswick Cemetery, Undertaker: Thos Rowell, Minister: Rev Wm J Crisp, Wesleyan, Witness: N B White. Where born: Berkshire England, 36 yrs in Victoria. Married London England at 36 yrs to William Hall, deceased; then to Wm Jenkins, deceased; then to Thos Seddon, deceased. Issue in order of birth, their names and ages: First marriage: William 34 yrs, Ann dead, Jane 25 yrs, Thomas 22, James dead. Second and third marriages: No issue. Amendments initialed and dated 28 Aug 1875: For William (eldest son) in last column read William Henry. Thirty six in 12th column (age at marriage) should read twenty six years. Deceased in 12th column should not appear. 2nd marriage in Buninyong Victoria. 3rd marriage in Creswick Victoria (How long in the Australian Colonies?) [R/N 2504, Vic Index 6358] On her 1866 marr cert Mary Ann's father was John COWLEY and her mother was Martha GILES.