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Essex Swing Rioters and Machine Breakers

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This page is under construction and designed to give information about those men convicted and transported to Van Diemens Land as convicts for their part in the Swing Rebellion. and page is under construction- can you help?

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Summary

The sentencing of the Essex men appears to read more erratically than at other commissions and courts. While there are less men that rebelled, there seems to be over all harsher penalties for the rioters and no consistency with the sentences. James Ewen (aged 34) was sentenced to death for the crime of Arson. Thomas Farrow (50) was imprisoned for three months apparently for merely attending the riot. Thomas Cass (67) was imprisoned for 18 months for 'sending a threatening letter". Others who have committed the same crimes have appeared to have avoided any punishments. NOTE: THE LIST OF MEN IS incomplete.


Sentencing Names Index

Name/ Age/ Crime/ Place of Hearing/ Sentence.

ABLETT Samuel - Riot & conspiring to raise wages at Gt Clacton/ QS January 1831/Imprisoned for 18m
ACRES William 22 Feloniously breaking a threshing machine at Walton/ Epiphany QS 1831/ Transported for 7y
BACON George - Assembly at Steeple Bumstead to demand wages etc /QS January 1831 / Imprisoned for 6m
BAKER Henry 36 Feloniously destroying a threshing machines at Gt Holland SA Winter 1830 Transported for 7y
BAREHAM Daniel 30 Feloniously breaking a threshing machine at Lt Clacton Epiphany QS 1831 Imprisoned for 12m
BARKER James Riot to raise wages at Henham Epiphany QS 1831 Imprisoned for 3m
BARRETT Edward 33 Arson SA Winter 1830 Nor Guilty
BLOMFIELD Mary 16 Arson at West Bergholt; SA Winter 1831 Not Guilty
BLOOMFIELD William 33 Feloniously breaking a threshing machine Epiphany QS 1831 Transported for 7y
BLOOMFIELD            William Riot & conspiring to raise wages QS January 1831 Imprisoned for 18m
BROWN Daniel 25 Riotous assembly at Mile End Heath SA Winter 1830 Imprisonment for 3m
BROWNING            John Riotous assembly at Gt Coggeshall QS January 1831 Entered into Recognizances
BUGG            William 18 Riotous assembly at Mile End Heath SA Winter 1830 Imprisoned for 6m
BURGESS Robert 23 Feloniously destroying a threshing machine Lt Clacton ASS Lent 1831 Not Guilty
BURLS            George 30 Riot at Sheering SA Winter 1830 Imprisoned for 8m
BUTTON Stephen Riot at Wenden Lofts Newport HofC 7 Dec 1830 Entered into Recognizances
CASS Thomas 67 Sending a Threatening Letter, Gt Hallingbury QS February 1831 Imprisoned for 18m
CAUSTEN John Breaking a threshing machine, Gt Clacton Epiphany QS 1831 Imprisoned for 12m
CHALLIS Job Assault, Elmdon      Epiphany QS 1831    Imprisoned for 2m
CLARKE Elijah Riotous assembly at Gt Coggeshall QS January 1831 Entered into Recognizances
CLARKE Thomas Assault on a Special Constable in execution of duty, Heybridge Imprisoned 1m
CLAYDON Henry                         27 Feloniously sending a Threatening Letter, Lexden Epiphany QS 1831, Colchester Not Guilty
COLE            Amos  18 Destroying a threshing machine, Walton     ASS Lent 1831 Not Guilty
COLE            William                                                                        46 Larceny & Machine breaking, Lt Clacton SA Winter 1830 Transported for 7y
COWEL John                        Riot at Wendon Lofts            Newport Hof C 7 Dec 1330 Entered into Recognizances
CROSS            James 24 Breaking a threshing machine, Gt Clacton Epiphany QS 1831 Transported for 7y
CULLENDER            Robert 17 Destroying a threshing machine, Clacton SA Winter 1830 Transported for 7y
CURTIS William 18 Larceny & Machine Breaking Lt Clacton SA Winter 1830 Transported for 7y
DAVEY            George 27 Destroying threshing machines, Kirby SA Winter 1830 Transported fro 14y
DAVEY Robert 32 Destroying threshing machines, Kirby Epiphany QS 1831 Transported for 7y
DAWSON William Riot at Finchingfield to demand increase in wages Epiphany QS 1831 Imprisoned for 6m
DRAPER Samuel 24 Destroying threshing machines, Kirby Epiphany QS 1831 Transported for 7y
DRAPER William 21 Destroying a threshing machine, Walton Lent Assizes 1831 Not Guilty
DUNNETT Charles 43 Destroying a threshing machine, Gt Holland SA Winter 1830 Transported for 7y
DURRANT William Breaking a threshing machine, Tendring QS January 1831 Imprisoned for 3m
EADE Stephen 42 Breaking a threshing machine, Gt Clacton Epiphany QS 1831 Transported for 7y
EDWARDS Edward 19 Riotous assembly, Mile End SA Winter 1830 Imprisoned for 6m
EWEN James 34 Arson Rayleigh SA Winter 1830 Death
FARROW Thomas 60 Riotous assembly Mile End SA Winter 1830 Imprisoned for 3m
FLETCHER Merrick Sending a Threatening Letter, Orsett Epiphany QS 1831 No Bill
FROST John Riot to raise wages at Henham Epiphany QS 1831 Imprisoned for 3m
FULLER John Riot to raise wages at Henham Epiphany QS 1831 Imprisoned for 3m
FULLER William Breaking a mole Plough at Gt Dunmow Epiphany QS 1831 Not Guilty
GAGE William Riotous assembly at Gt Coggeshall QS January 1831 Entered into Recognizances
GLADWELL Joseph 55 Riot & conspiring to raise wages    Gt Clacton QS January 1831 Imprisoned for 18m
GOODSON Thomas Riotous assembly at Gt Coggeshall QS January 1831 Entered into Recognizances
GOULD Isaac Riotous assembly at Gt Coggeshall QS January 1831 Entered into Recognizances
GRANT James 31 Destroying a threshing machine, Kirby SA Winter 1830 Transported for 14y
GRANT John 23 Destroying a threshing machine, Kirby SA Winter 1830 Transported for 7y
GRANT Thomas 28 Destroying a threshing machine, Kirby, 2 convictions SA Winter 1830 Transported for 14y
GRAVES Shadrach 26 Riot at Sheering SA Winter 1830 Imprisoned for 6m
GROSS Thomas 21 Destroying a threshing machine, Ramsey Lent Assizes 1831 Not Guilty



Research Notes

Jill Chambers is considered to be the foremost expert on the Swing Riots and the Rioters, their hearings and sentencing as she has spent many years researching and collating information which she now sells and is downloadable versions. it is the most comprehensive listing that this author is aware of. Unfortunately not a lot of detail around the Essex rebels is listed on her site, so descendants may wish to contact her directly or purchase one of her items. Alternatively refer to the the resource page on Swing Riots Australian Convicts and Van Diemens Land.

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