Have you tried the National UK Archives site.
On the Archives to Archives ( A2A ) section you might find a reference to
the family's emigration from Parish records.
I found the letters written by the Parish Wardens detailing their expenses
for the voyage of one of my families to South Australia. Poor family, lots
of children, one-way ticket to Auz!
From: devon-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Pat MacFarlane
Sent: Saturday, 27 July 2013 3:18 PM
Subject: [DEV] Thomas William Shute and Exeter Prison records
On 22 Nov 1839 my great-great grandfather, Thomas William SHUTE was
released from the "Exeter Bridewell" as he called it, ie Exeter Prison. A
year later he wrote to the Home Secretary from the Totnes Workhouse
complaining that conditions in the prison had ruined his health. The
following year, in June 1841 he sailed on a free passage to New Zealand. I
suspect the Poor Law authorities were glad to see the back of him, and
possibly paid for his passage, he seems to have been a very contentious
I am naturally keen to know what offence he was convicted of and also where
I might find newspaper reports of the trial. I have read Brian Brassett's
useful indexes to the Quarter Sessions from the beginning of 1835 but sadly
they stop about one year too soon for my purposes.
I would be very grateful for any help, I have a vast database of his
activities after arriving in New Zealand but a blank between birth and
emigration, apart from the letter mentioned above.
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