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Convict uniform as punishment

James GRIFFITHSAge: 42 years18161858

Name
James GRIFFITHS
Given names
James
Surname
GRIFFITHS
Birth calculated 1816
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Citation details: 4962/1858 GRIFFITHS JAMES AGE 36 YEARS DIED PATERSON PATERSON
Citation details: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.0, 23 February 2013), April 1836, trial of JAMES GRIFFITHS JOHN CALLAGHAN (t18360404-1122).
Griffiths - James - Stealing - CCC
Griffiths - James - Stealing - CCC

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Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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Note: The calculation of James' birth of 1816 has come from documents relating to him being a convict - stating he was 20 years old in 1836. However, this date does not agree with the age at death of 36 in 1858 given in the newspaper account of his death, nor in the registration record of his death. This would mean that he was born in 1822.
Convicted
Of stealing and setenced to transportation for 7 years
April 4, 1836 (Age 20 years)
Address: Central Criminal Court
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Citation details: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.0, 23 February 2013), April 1836, trial of JAMES GRIFFITHS JOHN CALLAGHAN (t18360404-1122).
Griffiths - James - Stealing - CCC
Griffiths - James - Stealing - CCC

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Griffiths - James - Prisoner
Griffiths - James - Prisoner

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Ticket of Leave - Griffiths - James
Ticket of Leave - Griffiths - James

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Residence between April 5, 1836 and May 1836 (Age 20 years)
Address: Held on the hulk "Leviathan".
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Griffiths - James - Held on board the "Leviathan".
Griffiths - James - Held on board the "Leviathan".

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Convict
Arrived on board the "Moffatt" (2) having been sentenced to transportation for 7 years for stealing
August 31, 1836 (Age 20 years)
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: Convict Names, page 1093
Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: The Transports, Page 13.
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Moffatt (2)
Moffatt (2)

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Moffatt (2) - Griffiths - James
Moffatt (2) - Griffiths - James

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Moffatt (2) - Griffiths - James - Sick
Moffatt (2) - Griffiths - James - Sick

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Note: The "Moffatt" (2) departed Portsmouth on 7 May 1836 with 400 male convicts four of whom died on the voyage.
Assignment
Assigned to P G Ogilvie Surveyor
between January 1837 and 1841 (Age 21 years)

Griffis - James - Assingment
Griffis - James - Assingment

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Hospitalised 1841 (Age 25 years)
Address: Bathurst Hospital
Griffis - James - Assingment
Griffis - James - Assingment

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Ticket of Leave
Ticket No. 41/2148 Granted but to remain at the Clarence River in the service of Mr. George Ritchie.
October 8, 1841 (Age 25 years)
Ticket of Leave - Griffiths - James
Ticket of Leave - Griffiths - James

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Note: Granted by the Commissioner of Crown Lands at Clarence River.
Birth of a son
#1
John GRIFFITHS
calculated 1843 (Age 27 years)
Address: "Facy"
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Griffis - Annie Siley and John
Griffis - Annie Siley and John

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Death Certificate - Griffis - John
Death Certificate - Griffis - John

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Birth Certificate - Griffis - Dugal
Birth Certificate - Griffis - Dugal

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Note: John was 32 years of age at the time of the birth of his son, Dugal, in 1875. The headstone for John is inscribed that he was 78 years of age at the time of his death in 1921. This age at death is also included in his Death Certificate.
Religious marriageSarah “Sally” McGILVRAYView this family
December 12, 1844 (Age 28 years)
Address: By William Ross - Minister Saint Ann's Presbyterian Church
Citation details: 19 January 2011.
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah

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Note: Michael Bruin advises that the year of their marriage was 1844. The birth certificate of their daughter, Margaret, includes the information, that James and Sarah were married on 12 December 1843. I am unable to find any relevant marriage registration.
Saint Ann's Prebyterian Church, Paterson
Saint Ann's Prebyterian Church, Paterson

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Birth of a daughter
#2
Elizabeth GRIFFITHS
calculated 1845 (Age 29 years)

Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Coote - John and Elizabeth
Coote - John and Elizabeth

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Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Note: The headstone for Elizabeth is inscribed that she was 77 years of age at the time of her death in 1922.
Birth of a daughter
#3
Sarah GRIFFITHS
March 27, 1847 (Age 31 years)
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Citation details: V1847278 49/1847 GRIFFITHS SARAH JAMES SARAH
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Birth of a son
#4
James GRIFFITHS
June 15, 1848 (Age 32 years)
Citation details: V18481180 49/1848 GRIFFITHS JAMES JAMES SARAH
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
ResidenceSarah “Sally” McGILVRAYView this family
1848 (Age 32 years)
Address: Toroura
Baptism of a sonJames GRIFFITHS
September 30, 1848 (Age 32 years)
Religion: Presbyterian
Death of a sonJames GRIFFITHS
June 8, 1851 (Age 35 years)
Address: Broughton's Flats
Cause: Accidental following burns
Publication: Newspaper; Sydney NSW; 1850 - 1932
Citation details: Thursday 19 June 1851, page 10
Griffiths - James - 1851 Inquest
Griffiths - James - 1851 Inquest

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Birth of a son
#5
Alexander GRIFFITHS
June 24, 1851 (Age 35 years)

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 601
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858."

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 14757/1923 GRIFFITHS ALEXANDER 72 YEARS WINGHAM WINGHAM
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Note: The year of Alexander's birth has been calculated on the statement from his death Index entry where …
Birth of a son
#6
James GRIFFITHS
July 1, 1853 (Age 37 years)

Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Citation details: V1853506 52/1853 GRIFFITHS JAMES JAMES SARAH
Text:

There is also this reference:

V18531346 70/1853 GRIPPIS JAMES JAMES SARAH

ResidenceSarah “Sally” McGILVRAYView this family
1853 (Age 37 years)
Address: Boughton's Flats
Baptism of a sonJames GRIFFITHS
August 7, 1853 (Age 37 years)
Religion: Presbyterian
Birth of a daughter
#7
Mary GRIFFITHS
June 14, 1855 (Age 39 years)
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary

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Baptism of a daughterMary GRIFFITHS
August 19, 1855 (Age 39 years)
Address: Residence of parents
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary

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Birth of a daughter
#8
Margaret GRIFFITHS
May 6, 1857 (Age 41 years)
Address: Tilimby
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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Death of a wifeSarah “Sally” McGILVRAY
December 25, 1858 (on the date of death)
Address: Paterson River
Cause: Drowned
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c."

Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3.
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Death of a daughterMargaret GRIFFITHS
December 25, 1858 (on the date of death)
Address: Paterson River
Cause: Drowned
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c. *Note on H Tatt, He and his wife Rhoda took John and James in and raised them,I have photos of these two in later years These two boys later changed their surname to GRIFFIS."

Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3.
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Death December 25, 1858 (Age 42 years) Age: 34 years
Address: Paterson River
Cause of death: Drowned
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c."

Citation details: 4962/1858 GRIFFITHS JAMES AGE 36 YEARS DIED PATERSON PATERSON
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Note: There is a disparity between the age at death of this James and the age at the time James was convicted and transported to Australia. There is some doubt whether this is the same James.

Tillimby - Griffiths - James and family
Tillimby - Griffiths - James and family

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Burial before January 15, 1859 (21 days after death)
Citation details: 2 March 2013
Saint Paul's Church of England, Paterson.
Saint Paul's Church of England, Paterson.

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Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Property
Auction of Property
January 15, 1859 (21 days after death)
Address: "Tillimby"
Citation details: 2 March 2013
Griffiths - James - Auction of Property
Griffiths - James - Auction of Property

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Family with Sarah “Sally” McGILVRAY - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: December 12, 1844Paterson, New South Wales, Australia
-11 months
son
3 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
Sarah GRIFFITHS
Birth: March 27, 1847 31 25New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1866Manning River District (Taree), New South Wales, Australia
15 months
son
James GRIFFITHS
Birth: June 15, 1848 32 26New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 8, 1851Upper Paterson, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
2 years
son
23 months
daughter
23 months
daughter
Margaret GRIFFITHS
Birth: May 6, 1857 41 35Paterson River, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 25, 1858Paterson, New South Wales, Australia
William MISSINGHAM + Sarah “Sally” McGILVRAY - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
step-son

BirthGriffis Family History
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
BirthG - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 4962/1858 GRIFFITHS JAMES AGE 36 YEARS DIED PATERSON PATERSON
BirthWeb Site - Old Bailey - London's Central Criminal Court 1674 to 1913
Citation details: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.0, 23 February 2013), April 1836, trial of JAMES GRIFFITHS JOHN CALLAGHAN (t18360404-1122).
Griffiths - James - Stealing - CCC
Griffiths - James - Stealing - CCC

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BirthBirth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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ConvictedGriffis Family History
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ResidenceGriffis Family History
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Griffiths - James - Held on board the "Leviathan".
Griffiths - James - Held on board the "Leviathan".

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ConvictEmails - Michael Bruin
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

AssignmentConvicts & Employers (NSW) Index: 1828,1832-1833, Jan 1838-Jan1844
Griffis - James - Assingment
Griffis - James - Assingment

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HospitalisedConvicts & Employers (NSW) Index: 1828,1832-1833, Jan 1838-Jan1844
Griffis - James - Assingment
Griffis - James - Assingment

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Ticket of LeaveTicket of Leave - Griffiths - James
Ticket of Leave - Griffiths - James
Ticket of Leave - Griffiths - James

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MarriageEmails - Michael Bruin
Citation details: 19 January 2011.
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

MarriageBirth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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MarriageMarriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah

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ResidenceBaptism Certificate - Griffiths - James
ResidenceBaptism Certificate - Griffiths - James - 1853
DeathEmails - Michael Bruin
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c."

DeathG - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 4962/1858 GRIFFITHS JAMES AGE 36 YEARS DIED PATERSON PATERSON
DeathNewspaper - The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3
DeathMemorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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BurialEmails - Lyn Jobson
Citation details: 2 March 2013
PropertyEmails - Lyn Jobson
Citation details: 2 March 2013
Griffiths - James - Auction of Property
Griffiths - James - Auction of Property

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