Joseph Nathan was the son of Simon Nathan a clothes dealer and his wife Sarah Elias born in London, Middlesex. He married Esther Levy daughter of Joshua Levy 1835 Great Synagogue, they had 2 children, Louisa Nathan born around 1836, Middlesex and Frances born around 1837, Middlesex.
Joseph was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of January 1838. He was found guilty at the Old Bailey and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He was transported on the ship Coromandel to Van Dieman’s Land. He was granted a ticket of leave 3 November 1842 and settled in Launceston.
He ‘married’ Susan Allgate 1846 Launceston and had 3 children, Simon Nathan (1846), Rachel Nathan (1848) and Sarah Nathan (1850). Rachel died in 1849. On 17 August 1751 Joseph Nathan of Launceston wrote to the Hobart Synagogue asking for his son to be circumcised as his ‘wife’ was not Jewish, that must have been Simon Nathan aged 5.
On 23rd July 1852 Joseph Nathan married Eliza McDermott age 21, in Launceston and had two more children by her, Fanny Nathan (1853) and Michael Nathan (1855). I do not know if his 2nd wife Susan Allgate died or he married his 3rd wife whilst still married to Esther in London and Susan in Tasmania, there are no records of a Joseph Nathan divorcing. Joseph had a shop selling Flannel and Cloth in Launceston, on 28th November 1864 Nathan was sentenced at Launceston to four years gaol for removing goods with intent to defraud his creditors. Joseph died at the Port Arthur prison on 15th February 1866 aged about 52.
Simon Nathan his son of Launceston married Elizabeth Day in 1877 in Launceston and one daughter; Sarah Nathan can be seen on Tasmania Archives.
I can not trace any of the other children on Joseph Nathan in Tasmania, the entries I obtained was the Tasmania online family archives. I do not know what happened to Simon Nathan either after his marriage.
Does any of this ring a bell with anyone or can anyone advise me where I can get marriage or death index from Tasmania, I live on a small island off the coast of Scotland so its quite difficult for me. Would love to know more about this family.