Trial records are not all in one location, although the National
Archives in England probably has the most trial records, then
followed by the individual county record offices. Some are online,
such as the Old Bailey (Middlesex). Try using your search engine by
putting in something like Essex trial records.
Have a look at the following site
He was tried in Essex in 1819. You should find him listed in AJCP
microfilm reel 2762 - Home Office Criminal Registers. You should be
able to see this film at your State Library. It should give you
summary details of the trial, eg, date, deed, sentence.
For information on the AJCP go to
You will find him listed on the following site. Note it refers to
AJCP Reel 88 which you should be able to check at your State Library.
And finally but not least you will find him listed on Lesley's claim
a convict site at
On 28/11/2008, at 5:49 AM, Maree(a)iseekin.com.au wrote:
Grahame, I was just wondering .. how do you go about getting the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Grahame & Rosslyn Thom" <grthom(a)bigpond.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: [PJ] John WALDEN convict on the Coromandel 1820
> Hi Maree
> John Walden died at Bathurst on 21 Oct 1875. He and Elizabeth had at
> least 13 children, all with details, and their children where known
> by the contributor. This I got from a book titled "The Pioneer
> Register, Second Edition, Volume 2 compiled by C J Smee and J Selkirk
> Provis. I am sure Lesley will agree when I say you need to treat the
> information in these books with suspicion and you must confirm the
> details by getting BDM certificates etc. This approach should be
> used whenever you see information thats been extracted by someone
> from another source. For example even the online BDM indexes have
> errors. That is, for all direct ancestors try to get every DBM
> certificate and church records as appropriate.
> Copies of this series are probably available at the Tasmanian Family
> History Society or the State Library. If you are not a member I
> would recommend you join the Tasmanian Society.
> Probably your only chance of finding his parents' names is from his
> death certificate, but I note the above book does not state their
> names and the NSW BDM index does not either. Therefore I suspect you
> may have very little hope/chance of finding out their names, but
> still search as the internet is revealing more and more information.
> Convict records usually dont reveal parents' names. In some small
> number of cases the trial records may do so.
> On 27/11/2008, at 2:19 PM, Maree(a)iseekin.com.au wrote:
>> Hi List ..
>> I am new here and am helping a friend research his family ..
>> The ancestor we are researching is .. John Walden .. convict ..
>> born in Chelmsford, Essex, England in 1795...
>> first wife Susan Fuller in England and then when he was in
>> Australia his second wife was Elizabeth Mellon.,
>> they were married in St Johns, Parramatta, NSW .. 1823.
>> I would really like to find out more about where he was in
>> Australia and his parents details .. etc ..
>> All we know is that he arrived in Sydney on the Coromandel in 1820.
>> Is there anyone researching the same family ?
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