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Leach, John Wood alias

Male Abt 1789 - Aft 1848


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  • Born  Abt 1789  Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Aft 1847  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I00922  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  27 May 2015 

    Family  Toms, Elizabeth,   c. 12 Feb 1791, St Martin in the Field, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1857, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1806  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Leach, John,   b. Abt 1820, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef. 1833, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Leach, Eliza Jane,   b. Abt 1822, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1864, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Leach, Esther Emma,   b. 10 Jun 1824, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1914, "Dalkeith", Alma Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00399  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • John Wood alias Leach
      Born about 1788 in London, England?
      Possibly married about 1806 to Elizabeth Toms

      Old Bailey Session Papers, 2nd December, 1812.(Mitchell Library. Ref. FM4 5846 pg 64)


      On Reel 6002, Colonial Secretary Papers there is a list of 45 convicts sent to Windsor to William Cor Esq., Magistrate from the Earl Spencer, 14.10.1813. Convict number 22 is one James Wood, alias Leach, shopman.( Also in the same group , convict number 13 is James Graham, sailor. Possibly second partner of Elizabeth Leach, wife of John Wood)

      "The Convict Ships 1787-1868"
      "Earl Spencer" arrived on 09.10.1813, was a 672 ton ship, built at Thames in 1803. Her master was Wm. Mitchell, Surgeon D.Mackenzie. She sailed from England on 02.06.1813 via Maderia and took 129 days to reach Sydney. There were 200 male convicts on board and 4 died en route to Sydney.

      According to a petition Elizabeth wrote to Govenore Bourke John Wood received a ticket of Leave in 1813?(Actual date 19.12.1814.) Then employed for 11 years by Mr McQueen a merchant in Sydney.

      Elizabeth Leach is listed on the 1822 census. Came free to the colony on the Kangaroo. Two children also listed. John Leach born colony aged 11/2 and Jane Leach born colony aged 2 months.

      At some stage(1820's) a child, perhaps his son John is drowned. From this point on he is frequently intoxicated eg: on 14.04.1831 spent three days on the treadmill for drunkeness and at some stage is sentenced to time at a penal colony. Moreton Bay? His ticket-of leave is suspended. Probably the offence that occured and was sentenced on 28th July, 1831.
      He remained away 19 months and then returned about March 1833 to a Richard Page, settler at Portland Head, on the Hawkesbury River. He was there in October 1834. Elizabeth writes her petition on 20.09.1834 but it is rejected on 29.12.1834.

      What date was No. 177/809 issued? The one in 1814 as stated by Elizabeth in her letter to the Govenor?

      Information re Ticket-of-Leave
      No.475/1949 in lieu of No.177/809 returned mutilated and cancelled
      Name John Wood
      Vessel Earl Spencer
      Year arrived 1813
      Where convicted Middlesex (Gd)
      When convicted 02.12.1812
      Term Life
      Native place London
      Calling Jeweller Tinker
      Year of Birth 1798
      Height 5 feet 1 inch
      Complexion Dark Sallow
      Hair Dark brown
      Eyes Black
      Date of Ticket 06.10.1825
      District Sydney

      No.30/83 In lieu of No. 475/1949 dated 06.10.1825 now returned mutilated and cancelled.
      01.05.1830
      Name John Wood
      ShipEarl Spencer
      Master Mitchell
      Year1813
      Native PlaceLondon
      Trade or Calling Jeweller and Tinker
      Offence-
      Place of TrialMiddlesex G.D.
      Date of Trial 02.12.1812
      Sentence Life
      Year of Birth 1798
      Height5 feet 1 inch
      ComplexionDark Sallow
      HairDark Brown
      EyesBlack

      Allowed to remain in the District of Sydney.

      Ticket of Leave No.37/675, 26.04.1837
      NameJohn Wood
      ShipEarl Spencer
      Master Mitchell
      Year 1813
      Place of TrialMiddlesex
      Date of Trial 02.12.1812
      SentenceLife

      Allowed to remain in the district of Windsor on the recommendation of the Windsor Bench, Dated January, 1837
      Written across above ... to Bathurst per ....dated ...October, 1837.
      Cancelled per Col Secrys. Letter No.40/348 dated 18th J...1840 for drunkeness and Wood directed to be placed in the probationary gang.
      Restored Vide.../224.

      Ticket of Leave No. 41/234 22nd Jany, 1841
      Name John Wood
      Ship Earl Spencer
      Master Mitchell
      Year 1813
      Place of Trial Middlesex G.D.
      Date of Trial 02.12.1812
      Sentence Life
      Allowed to remain in the district of Windsor.
      In lieu of 37/175 26th April 1837 Cancelled.
      Written across document "Per the govenors Minute or a return by the officer in charge of the Parramatta Stockade R...

      Ticket-of-Leave No.887, 6th March 1843
      Name John Wood
      Ship Earl Spencer
      Master Mitchell
      Year1813
      Place of trial Middlesex G.D.
      Date of Trial 02.12.1812
      Sentence Life
      Allowed to remain in the District of Patrick Plains on recommendation of the Windsor Bench, dated 11 February, 1843....
      In lieu of No. 41/234 returned mutilated and cancelled
      Written across document...... ........ Pardon No.47/368 Dated 10 April, 1847.

      Conditional pardon granted 1847.

      "arriving in Sydney on the "Earl Spencer" a ship of 672 tons, 56 crew and 16 guns on Oct 9, 1813. The Earl Spencer carried 200 male prisoners leaving England on 2 June 1813, 4 dying on the voyage and the rest disembarking in the new Colony of New South Wales. The ship was under the command of Master William Mitchell and Surgeon D. Mackenzi sailed under the escort of HMS Kangaroo and brought the first steam engine to Australia. The journey via Madeira took 129 days. The "Earl Spencer" was built on the Thames in 1803, registered in London.

      The Sydney Gazette of 9 Oct 1813 announced her arrival:

      "This day arrived from England, which she left the 2d of June last, the ship Earl Spencer, Captain MITCHELL, with 197 [sic] male prisoners, having taken on board 200, three of whom died on the passage; during which she made a stay of ten days at Madeira, but touched no where else...

      Captain Mitchell reports having seen an account of the loss of the ship Isabella, Captain HIGTON, at the Falkland Islands, on the 2d of February last; at the same time subjoining the very gratifying information of all the persons on board being saved. By the 21st of the same month a small bark of about 17 feet keel was built and perfected from different parts of the wreck and in about 30 days afterwards they were all landed safely at Buenos Ayres."

      Also from the Sydney Gazette on 16 Oct 1813:

      "By the Earl Spencer His Majesty's 73d Regiment has received an addition of an Ensign (BICKNELL), 2 sergeants, 2 corporals, and 32 privates.

      By the above ship also have arrived the following passengers; viz. - Mr. and Mrs. Young, Mr John Dixon, Mr. I. N. Nicholas, Mr. D Miller, and four servants; Mr. and Mrs. Pear and family, Mr. and Mrs Kendall, and family; Mr and Mrs. Belvin and son and Mr. and Mrs. Hovel and family.

      The persons who died on the passage were, John Robson, a youth, belonging to the ship; and John Hogg, William McLeod, Edward Whitford, and Jarvis Copely, prisoners.

      The prisoners brought by the Earl Spencer were landed on Thursday, and mustered in presence of HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR and COMMANDER in CHIEF, previous to their distribution. They are a healthy set of men; and appear thoroughly sensible of the kind treatment they experienced from Captain Mitchell and his Officers during the passage.

      Mr. Dixon, we are informed, has introduced a steam engine into the Colony; which, it is to be hoped, will be found of very essential utility in various branches of laborious employment."

      Among the passenger list mentioned in the Sydney Gazette article above were the family of Captain William Hilton Hovell, later to become a noted Australian explorer in the company of Hamilton Hume, and a Mr John Dickson [Dixon] bringing the first steam engine to the colony of NSW.

      Some other families associations with the Earl Spencer: She was accompanied by HMS Kangaroo on her departure from England.

      Too many possibilities on the IGI:
      eg John Leach born St Giles Cripplegate 1785
      John Wood born St Martins in the Field 1784
      John Wood born Whitechapel 1788

      The Sydney Gazette and... Tuesday 9 August 1831, page 1
      THE Tickets-of-Leave granted to the
      following Persons have been cancelled, for the reasons set against their respective names,
      Atlas (3), Joseph Hunt, for an assault.
      Earl Spencer, John. Wood, for stealing.

      CONVICT INDEX-ARCHIVES OF NSW
      Surname Firstname Alias Vessel Year No Date RecordType Citation Remarks Order WOOD John - Earl Spencer 1813 45/0937 14 Oct 1845 Ticket of Leave Passport [4/4259; Reel 974] Ticket of Leave 43/0887; On the recommendation of Singleton Bench WOOD John - Earl Spencer 1813 47/0513 9 Aug 1847 Ticket of Leave Passport [4/4266; Reel 976] Ticket of Leave 43/0887; On the recommendation of the Singleton Bench WOOD John - Earl Spencer 1813 47/368 10 Apr 1847 Pardon: CP [4/4451; Reel 783 page 235-236] - WOOD John Earl Spencer 1813 25/475 Ticket of Leave [4/4060; Reel 890] District: Sydney; Born: London 1798; Trade: Jeweller/tinker; Tried: MGD 1802 WOOD John Earl Spencer 1813 37/675 Ticket of Leave [4/4111; Reel 927] District: Windsor; Tried: M'sex WOOD John Earl Spencer 1813 41/234 Ticket of Leave [4/4147; Reel 939] District: Windsor; Tried: MGD WOOD John Earl Spencer 1813 43/887 Ticket of Leave [4/4175; Reel 948] District: Patricks Plains; Tried: MGD WOOD John Earl Spencer 1813 30/83 Ticket of Leave [4/4074; Reel 913] District: Sydney; Born: London; Trade: Jeweller/Tinker; Tried: MGD Spent 6 months in goal, hulks between December 1812 and June 1813 when departed for NSW.


      Name: John Wood Birth Place: London, England Immigration Date: 1813 Vessel Arrived In: Earl Spencer Date of Admission/Photo: 24 Jun 1840 Gaol: Sydney Gaol Location: Sydney, New South Wales Record Type: Entrance Book

      Posible deaths: Sydney
      Name: John Wood Death Date: 1847 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1847 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Volume Number: V1847145 32B
      Name: John Wood Death Date: 1860 Death Place: New South Wales Father's Name: James Mother's Name: Sarah Registration Year: 1860 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration number: 1506
      Name: John Wood Death Date: 1867 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1867 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration number:1638
      Name: John Wood Death Date: 1869 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1869 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration number:1193