I was contacted from Australia by Pam Lofthouse, who is searching for information on her great grandfather Samuel, who is pictured above. She also sent the following information:
Samuel Warburton (1821? – 1904)
Does anyone know of a Samuel Warburton who left Manchester in dubious circumstances in 1857? After several convictions for larceny in Manchester (1853, 1854, 1855) he was convicted at the Manchester Quarter Sessions in 1857 of a felony, and was sentenced to 6 years of penal servitude. He was shipped off to Bermuda to work building the British docks, and while he was there he tried to kill a warder (10 years sentence) and later a foreman (8 years sentence). By the time he was transported to Western Australia in 1863 he had served the original 6 years, and on a technicality was told he did not have to serve the 18 extra years. He married in 1881 and died in 1904, in Western Australia.
Samuel was my Great Grandfather (my mother was May Warburton). My cousin and I are attempting to piece together his life before 1857. We have convict records, court records, and his marriage and death certificates. Unfortunately, Samuel was very economical with the truth on official documents and this makes it difficult to pin down his date of birth, and his family. However, if we assume that his death certificate might be relatively accurate, he was born c1821. This is consistent with his stated age (60) when he married (the age of his bride on the marriage certificate is “over 21” – her actual age was 13!). The ages on other documents suggest birth years of 1824 and even 1830.
Other fragments of information include his occupation – a labourer on his court records and a weaver on one convict document. His father – Paul, a ship’s carpenter (source, marriage certificate). The only Paul Warburton we can find was a clogger from Cheshire, but the records do not show a Samuel as one of his children. One convict record states that he had a wife and one child in England, although on another document they are not mentioned. Without any family names, the census records of 1841 and 1851 are of little help in identifying which Samuel he might be.
Any suggestions would be very welcome!