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John MEECHAM (1817- )

Name: John MEECHAM 1
Sex: Male
Father: Henry Thomas MEECHAM (1794-1867)
Mother: Rachel PHELPS (1797-1836)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1817 Tunley, Gloucestershire, England 1
Christening 19 Sep 1830 (age 12-13) All Saints, Bisley, Gloucestershire, England. 2

Individual Note (shared)

Aggravated and unprovoked assault.


John Meecham was charged with feloniously wounding, at Stroud, a labourer named Gardiner, with intent to disfigure him.


The prosecutor, who had his face bandaged, stated - I was in the Crown and Anchor Inn, Stroud, on Monday evening, the prisoner went away about twenty minutes before I did, we had no quarrel; when I went out I saw the prisoner standing on the pavement, and without either of us speaking a word he knocked me down, and when I attempted to get up he kicked me in the mouth and three times in the ribs; I was carried into the Inn insensible.


The wife of the keeper of the Crown and Anchor stated that on hearing a noise she went out, and saw the prisoner kicking the prosecutor.


The Jury returned a verdict of Guilty, and after some strong remarks by his Lordship as to the brutal and unprovoked attack which had been made by the prisoner upon the unoffending prosecutor, he sentenced him to Transportation for 15 years.


Source: Gloucester Journal Vol. CXXII No 6330 Saturday April 6th 1844


Transportation details by M Neild:-.Convicted on 27th March 1844 in Gloucester and then transported to Australia on 13 July 1844 on the Vessell Lord Aukland bound for the Van Diems Land.

SourceName: John Meacham

Vessel: Lord Auckland

Convicted Date: 27 Mar 1844

Voyage Date: 13 Jul 1844

Colony: Van Dieman's Land

Piece: HO 11/14

Place of Conviction: Gloucester



Lent Assizes

1841 Page 105 Entry 145

John Meacham Aged 16. Brown hair, brown eyes, long visage, fresh complexion

Height 5'4" Labourer. Sapperton


03/12/1840 Charged on the oath of Henry Haywood and others with feloniously stealing at Bisley on the 2nd of December cwt of coal, the property of John George.

Sentence 05/01/1841 3 weeks Northleach. Discharged 14/01/1841.

Behaviour Orderly.

Ref Q/Gc5/6


Placed here for now, research needed to see which John this is?


1"Maureen Neild".
2"Gloucester Baptism Index 1813 - 1837". Text From Source: MEACHAM, John (so)
Parents : Henry & Rachel
Occupation: labourer
Address : Tunley
Baptised : 19 Sep 1824, Bisley All Saints