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James Jordan (c. 1766–1840)

James Jordan was sentenced to 7 years transportation at Dublin, Ireland, on 24 March 1789 for robbing a house and feloniously taking a number of bank notes, some candlesticks and other articles of value. He arrived in Sydney aboard the Queen in September 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

Jordan was sent to Norfolk Island on the Atlantic in August 1792. He became a successful farmer on the island and had five children with Mary Butler. It is believed Butler died shortly before the family left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in January 1813.

James took up land at Norfolk Plains (Longford) along the banks of the Esk River. Three of his sons Richard, James and Thomas, as well as his stepson William, were also granted land in the same area. Jordan died at White Hills, Launceston, on 4 February 1840 and was buried with his daughter Catherine, at Christ Church Longford. His age was listed as 84 and his cause of death was given as 'decline'.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Sheridan, James

c. 1766


4 February, 1840 (aged ~ 74)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years