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Samuel Howell (1769–1835)

Samuel Howell (c.1769-1835) and Mary Jones were found guilty on 5 March 1789 at Winchester Assizes, Hampshire, of the burglary of a house and the theft of a large quantity of clothing. His death sentence was commuted to life transportation. Sent to the Lion hulk on 7 August 1789, he arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Scarborough as part of the Second Fleet.

Howell was conditionally pardoned in 1800. He worked as a constable in 1801 and was listed a blacksmith in 1814. In 1794 he had a son Henry with an unknown woman, a son James with Ann Martin in 1809 and by 1814 was living with Ann Germaine; they separated shortly after. He was employed by Simeon Lord as a blacksmith in 1825 and as a blacksmith by William Bruce (Britannia, 1798) in 1828.

Samuel Howell was buried on 12 May 1835 in Sydney; his age was given as 70.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 343

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Kent, England


11 May, 1835 (aged ~ 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life