Name James WRIGHT
Country Of Origin England
Born 1787
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1787, Congleton, Cheshire, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Marriage/Spouse Widower, four children in England
Trial 16 April 1827, Chester Spring Assizes, Cheshire
Sentence Death sentence commuted to transportation for life for house burglary and stealing soap and sugar
Arrival 30 November 1827 on the convict ship, Asia (2)
Police Number 785
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave 22 August 1836
Conditional Pardon 3 February 1841
Other Chester Chronicle, Friday 20 April 1827:
‘James Wright, 39, charged with burglariously
entering the house of William Heath, of Congleton, and stealing a quantity of sugar and soap. – Transported for Life.’

James: “When I went to gaol my hair was dark brown, in nine months it became white.”

Other skills: Silver weaver, ploughman, farm labourer.

March 1831: Knowingly received a stolen silver watch; charge dismissed.
Other indictments on his conduct record included absence from muster and church, drunkenness and misconduct, and punishments, stints on the treadwheel and in the stocks.

Death unknown
TAHO: CON31/1/45, CON23/1/3, CON14/1/50.
Web: Ancestry: England & Wales Criminal Registers 1827; Founders & Survivors convict database.
Chester Chronicle 20 April 1827 [British Newspaper Archive); Hobart Town Courier 2 September 1836.