Thomas Dumpleton

#995, b. 2 August 1801

  • Reference: 151

Individual's Timeline

Christening2 August 1801Thomas Dumpleton1,2
Marriage3 November 1825Thomas Dumpleton1
DeathMarch 1846Sarah Dumbleton

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Name Variation: He was also known as Thomas Dumbleton.1

Census details

  • Thomas was named first in the census taken on the night of 6th June 1841. Others in the house included Sarah Smith, Eliza Dumbledine and John Dumbledine, but no relationships were recorded in this census. The address was Tower Hill, Luton, Bedfordshire, England. He was aged 39 years, 10 months and 4 days.. The page is unreadable, but the translater has given it a good go. All the children found so far are already dead by 1841 except Thomas who would have been 8 in this census and Eliza and John who both died in 1841. Mary Ann, who is alive as she later married twice, is not listed with the family. She would have been about 11, and the Dumbleton researcher on the web seems to have found her in the census, but I have not. Thomas was also not with the family in 1841 and so far I have not found any further record for him, so he may have been dead already?.1
Some aspects of Thomas Dumpleton's life. What a sad life this couple must have had. At least 10 children in 18 years, most of whom died by the time they were 3, with only one, Mary Ann, living beyond 7. She married and had children of her own.
Sarah died at 43, leaving only 2 of the 10 alive. It was only after Sarah Emma died at the age of 7 in 1849 that Thomas was nabbed for crop burning. Mary Ann, the daughter who married, was 23 at the time.
Brushes with the LAW

Offence: On 22nd May inst. at Luton setting fire to a stack of wheat the property of Elizabeth Crawley

Sentenced to 2 or 10 years transportation, there are conflicting records. Reading The Morning Post of Friday, July 18th 1851, it is clear the sentence was for 10 years transportation. Others tried for arson on the same day were John EMMERTON and Thomas GOWER - refer to The Morning Post (London, England), Friday, July 18, 1851; pg. 7

He was back in the community by 1855, as he was charged with stealing a dog 9th October of that year.

Then 23rd Auguat 1857 he was again convicted of Arson and sentenced to 18 years penal servitude. He was sent to Millbank. Unfortunately the 1861 census just has initials, and does not appear to be complete.

It is possible Thomas died in Guildford Surry Mar qtr 1869. 2a/34.3,4

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Others tried for arson on the same day in 1851 were John EMMERTON and Thomas GOWER.

    I found John EMMERTON as a convict to Western Australia on the Dudbrook, which arrived in Freemantle Feb 2nd 1853. He was 22 at the time and had been sentenced to 10 years for arson. Thomas GOWER was on the same ship, with the same sentence. Thomas was NOT on it, and there is NO person with the name of DUMPLETON in the lists of convicts to WA.

Children of Thomas Dumpleton and Sarah Smith

Citations

  1. Robin Dumpleton.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C016753 1719-1812 0952389 Film 6905878 Film.
  3. Victorian Crime and Punishment, online http://vcp.e2bn.org, Offence details
    Name: Thomas Dumpleton Age: 51 Date of Offence: 27th May 1851 Offence: On 22nd May inst. at Luton setting fire to a stack of wheat the property of Elizabeth Crawley Sentence: 10 Years Transportation Type of trial: Assizes
    Personal details
    Height: 5 ft 3 inches Hair colour: Brown Eye colour: Grey Visage: Oval Complexion: Sallow Identifying marks: Has lost his teeth in front of mouth
    Trade or occupation: Labourer Education: Neither Marriage status: Widower Number of children: 1
    Residence details
    Birth town: Leagrave Residence town: Luton Residence county: Bedfordshire.
  4. Victorian Crime and Punishment, online http://vcp.e2bn.org, Offence details
    Name: Thomas Dumpleton Age: 51 Date of Offence: 27th May 1851 Offence: On 22nd May inst. at Luton setting fire to a stack of wheat the property of Elizabeth Crawley Sentence: 10 Years Transportation Type of trial: Assizes
    Personal details
    Height: 5 ft 3 inches Hair colour: Brown Eye colour: Grey Visage: Oval Complexion: Sallow Identifying marks: Has lost his teeth in front of mouth
    Trade or occupation: Labourer Education: Neither Marriage status: Widower Number of children: 1
    Residence details
    Birth town: Leagrave Residence town: Luton Residence county: Bedfordshire

    Gaol Record Detail For: Thomas Dumpleton
         Record ID:     22385
         Commital Year:     1857
         Reference Doc:     BLARS QGV12/1
         ID in Reference Doc:     4736
         Age:     56
         Gender:     Male
         Offence:     Arson
         Committed By:     J.S.Crawley Esquire
         When Committed:     23/08/1857
         Trial Type:     Assizes
         Type of Gaol:     Bedford County Gaol
         Sentence:     18 Years Penal Servitude
         No. of Previous Convictions:     2
         Previous Conviction Details:     vide 1175.3687
         How Disposed:     To Millbank (Escort "Bail & King")
         Discharge Date:     15/04/1858.
  5. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C016752 1813-1847 0952390 Film 6905878 Film
    C016752 1847-1875 0952391 Film NONE.