Alan,I went to durham records office last week to try and further our knowledge of thomas thew b1832,1st son of edward and hannah.looking at copy of 3/3/1854 durham advertiser.The reports on court cases for previous week listed a thos thew convicted and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for rcvg stolen metal,the property of john clay ,sunderland, two men who stole the goods,william simpson and john callender were also convicted and given 6 months each. The report was dated 25 th feb 1954.
what concerns me is that,it was 'only'12 mths. also on the same page are cases that involved transportation sentences,also it occured in sunderland where i believe that there were other thos thew's. further no age or address was given to the prisoners. This may not be our man and perhaps our thomas made his way to Aust using the assisted package or other schemes.
Also on these pages were adverts from uk and american boats for passage to Aust. The more expensive big boat 'racer' usa, offered a 23 guineas ticket.
I am not currently a member of ancestry ,i plan to rejoin soon.