I wrote 5 blog posts about my 3 x great grandfather Thomas Green, also known as John Green, convict. He was granted his Conditional Pardon on the 7th March 1853 as John Green, only a few weeks before his wife Ann nee Wright died on the 3rd June 1853. (A conditional pardon was granted on the condition that convicts did not return to England or Ireland. They had the freedom to move about the Colony. 
Thomas took Caroline Horsnick as his 2nd wife on the 1st May 1854. As it was Caroline who led me to find out about Thomas Green, I thought it only fitting to tell her story too. Hold on to your seats as you’ll be in for a bumpy ride!!
If it wasn’t for the repositories that have digitised their records, the story of Thomas Green, Convict would not have been possible without many more years of research. The sources I used for this story came from many online resources, some free and some paid.
A huge thanks to the following:
National Library of Australia (Trove)
The Old Bailey Court Proceedings
Founders and Survivors Tasmania
National Library of Ireland
Find My Past (paid) Continue reading
It’s about now that this story takes on a very different turn of events than what I was expecting. For the moment though, let’s jump back in time for a bit, 15 years ago when I received from the Tasmanian Archives via snail mail, a marriage transcript and a Permission to Marry document between Thomas Green, (free) and Caroline Horsnick, per the Duchess of Northumberland, 29 March 1854. Continue reading
I have titled this blog post “A New Life in the Colonies” but after pulling all the information together from the various convict sources, I wonder, was it really “A New Life”? I’ll let you read on and you decide. Continue reading
Thomas Green was tried in the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) under the name of John Green, on the 6th January 1845 for Silvering Counterfeit coins for which he received a sentence of transportation of 15 years. Many newspapers carried the story, some of which can be read in my previous blog posts. Continue reading
It has been an interesting journey of discovery so far, of the family of my 3 x great grandfather Thomas Green and Ann. By writing this blog, it is in no way glorifying the criminal activity of our ancestors. I write these stories to help put everything into perspective, build the story and understand as best we can, how their lives could take such a drastic turn. We need to be careful not to put our 21st-century thinking and upbringing onto those living in the centuries before us. It is totally different! The spelling in the following transcripts is also those from the newspapers of the time. Continue reading