Silas Cole
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Silas Cole (1820 - 1899)

Silas Cole
Born in Chilbolton, Hampshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1855 in Fingal, Tasmaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 79 in Queensborough, Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmaniamap
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Silas Cole was born in Hampshire, England.
Silas Cole was a convict after the Third Fleet transported to Van Diemen's Land

Silas COLE 1820-1899.[1]

Silas was baptised on 31 DEC 1820. at Chilbolton, Hampshire, England. Parents John and Tryphena COLE.[2] [3]

At the time of the 1841 census, Silas can be in the county gaol at Winchester, aged 20.[4]

An English convict transported to Van Diemen's Land. He was tried at the assizes at Southampton, Hampshire, England on 24 FEB 1842 and was sentenced to transportation for ten years.[5]

He travelled to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from Launceston, on the North Briton, Moffat or Clarence 24 MAR 1853, after becoming 'Free by Servitude'.[6]

Silas married Jane Martin in 1855, Fingal, Tasmania. The couple had at least 10 children.[7]

He died at age 78. on 3 JUN 1899 at Queensborough, Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania.[8][9]

Silas was a lime burner who collected the shells from the Aboriginal middens and burnt them for lime. He loved the area and often described its beauty to his friends when he took his lime across Great Oyster Bay to Swansea. Coles Bay in Tasmania is named after him.[10]


What is my connection to the convict Silas COLE? I have triangulated matches and an AncestryDNA Cluster with a number of descendants of Silas (via several of his children). The shared common ancestors being Silas and his wife Jane Martin. Please contact Veronica Williams if you can help me solve this! 29 March 2019 (UTC)

I now believe there is a connection to the Paice family of Kingsclere. Silas may be descended from Thomas PAICE. You can read more about my DNA research on my blog. Updated by Veronica Williams 1 March 2021.


  1. Chilbolton Stores, accessed 2018.
  2. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Christening: 31 December 1820. Chilbolton, Hampshire, England. Residence: Chilbolton, Hampshire, England. Father: John Cole. Mother: Triphena
  3. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014; NOTEEngland, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975</li>
  4. 1841 England Census Class: HO107; Piece: 409; Book: 11; Civil Parish: St Thomas; County: Hampshire; Enumeration District: County Gaol Winchester; Folio: 3; Page: 2; Line: 15; GSU roll: 288809 Record for Silas Cole Link:</li>
  5. Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868 Publication: Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007; NOTEHome Office: Convict Transportation Registers; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication HO11); The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.</li>
  6. Genealogical Society of Tasmania Inc Record for Silas Cole Link:</li>
  7. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010; NOTECompiled from publicly available sources.</li>
  8. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010; NOTECompiled from publicly available sources.</li>
  9. Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007 Publication: Name: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010.Original data - Cemetery transcriptions compiled from various local family history societies. Name of compiler is provided for each record.</li>
  10. Coles Bay - Culture and History</li></ol>

See also:

  • Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010; NOTECompiled from publicly available sources. Records for children.

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