John Wooliscroft

John Wooliscroft

Male 1799 - 1869  (70 years)

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  • Name John Wooliscroft  [1
    Born 1799  Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • aged 26 on arrival in Tasmania born Dillon?
    Christened 23 Feb 1799  Cheadle, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Aug 1827  Green Man Public House, Croxden, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • publican at time of conviction
    Trial Report 4 Aug 1827  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • John appeared in court on a charge of highway robbery
    Departure 15 Mar 1828  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Set sail from England aboard the William Miles arriving in Tasmania on the 28 Aug 1828
    Note 4 Jul 1828  at Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • became unwell with rheumatism on the voyage to Tasmania and took a month to recover according to the daily sick book of convicts kept for the William Miles by Johnson the surgeon. Discharged as fit on the 2 Aug 1828.
    Arrival 28 Aug 1828  Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation
    • 1828-1869, Tasmania, Australia, farm labourer, peasant and also a trusted convict and employed as a constable
    Residence 30 Jul 1831  Holbart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • appointed to Field Police on the 12th July. Notice appeared in the Holdart Courier on Saturday 30th July
    Residence 29 Mar 1833  Holbart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • John was made a police constable
    Occupation 24 Apr 1847  Elderslie, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • at the time of Mary’s death John was descibed as a “peasant”.
    Died 3 Sep 1869  General Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • aged 60, from Stafford, cause of death paralysis
    Person ID I1194  Williscroft | The Alton Families
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2015 

    Father Joseph Woolliscroft,   b. 1764, Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1817, Peakstones, Alton, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Mills,   b. 1776, Cheadle, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1846, Alton, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 11 Oct 1795  Cheadle, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F94  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Wright,   b. 1799, Marchington, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1878, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1818  Swynerton, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • witnesses George and Rosehannah Mills
    Children 
     1. Mary Wooliscroft,   b. 1824, Checkley, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F583  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Downs,   b. 1797, Dundee, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1847, Elderslie, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 1 Dec 1845  Pontville, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 12, 13
    • registration district Brighton
    John Wooliscroft & Mary Downs
    John Wooliscroft & Mary Downs
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F584  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1799 - Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 23 Feb 1799 - Cheadle, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTrial Report - 4 Aug 1827 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeparture - 15 Mar 1828 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 28 Aug 1828 - Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 30 Jul 1831 - Holbart, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 29 Mar 1833 - Holbart, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 24 Apr 1847 - Elderslie, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Exiled for life
    Exiled for life
    The story of John Woolliscroft who was sent to Tasmania in 1828 after being found guilty of Highway Robbery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S138] Australian Vital Records Index 1788-1905.

    2. [S9] Staffordshire Parish Records, (Stafford Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2LZ, England).

    3. [S12] Newspaper Article, Staffordshire Advertiser, 4 Aug 1827, p4.

    4. [S12] Newspaper Article, 4 Aug 1827 , Staffordshire Advertiser , (Staffordshire, England) Page: 4 .

    5. [S252] Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, England & Wales, ([database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.), Class: HO 27; Piece: 34; Page: 178.

    6. [S114] Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868, ([database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.), HO 11; Piece: 6.

    7. [S549] Copy of the daily sick book of the male convict Ship William Miles, for 10 March to 10 August 1828, Johnston, E., Surgeon.

    8. [S114] Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868, ([database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.).

    9. [S12] Newspaper Article, The_Hobart_Town_Courier_(Tas.___1827-1839)_Saturday 30_July_1831.

    10. [S12] Newspaper Article, The Hobart Town Courier (Tas. : 1827 - 1839)- Friday 29 March 1833.

    11. [S9] Staffordshire Parish Records, (Stafford Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2LZ, England), Swinnerton, Staffordshire.

    12. [S366] Australia Marriages, 1810-1980, Pontville, Tasmania, Australia, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,368,287.

    13. [S162] Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938, (database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)), Marriage 01 Dec 1845, Brighton, Tasmania, Australia, line #16618, Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart; FHL microfilm 7,368,154.