Lived in Kent circa 1760- Died in the
“James alias Johnson”, late of the parish of St. Paul,
Deptford, Kent, broke into a house and stole two green
shag waistcoats, black satin breeches and a silver watch
from two different owners. Sentenced at Maidstone on 19th
March 1784 to seven years transportation to “parts
beyond the seas America or elsewhere”, this was at a
time when no destination had been determined. Within
days he was one of eight convicts from Maidstone hustled
to the Mercury transport for America. His name was
variously spelt Jaminson, Jammison, Jameson.
After the convicts had mutinied in the Channel and
brought the ship into Torbay, Jemmison was one of the 66
captured by Helena before they reached shore in small
boats, and held on the night of 13 April in a boat
moored under the stern of Helena. He was taken to
Topsham by boat next day and committed on the 16th
to Exeter gaol. He was remanded to former orders without
trail by the special Commission called to preside at
Exeter on 24 May.
Sent to the Dunkirk hulk at the end of June at the age
of 23, Jemmison was “in general tolerably well behaved,
but troublesome at times”. On 11 March 1787 he was
discharged to Friendship, where Lieutenant Ralph Clark
recorded him as aged 20 and with no occupation.
James Jemmison was buried at Sydney Cove on 10th
The Memory of
my new land I peacefully lay,
Sickness and hunger have sent me to find peace.
The earth is healthy and calling me to rest for
Founders of Australia.
Verse: J. Mortimer # 6409