Anonymous on 23rd January, 2012 wrote:
James Day was born 29th June 1811 and baptised 21st July 1811 at St Anne, Soho, London, in the county of Westminster. His father Francis Day, was a Leather Trunk maker and married Sophia Smith on 2nd March 1806, at the same church. James must have had an unsettled childhood, as his father, with an address at Crown Street in the parish of St Anne, was declared bankrupt early in 1812 when James was less than one year old.
On 9th May 1836, James Day appeared at the Old Bailey to answer charges of theft together with his cousin George Day, who was charged with feloniously receiving goods knowing them to have been stolen.
George Day was acquitted and discharged, but James Day was found guilty and sentenced to transportation for life.
James spent a few months at Portsmouth, on the prison hulk Leviathan, and was transported to Van Dieman’s Land on 1st August 1836 on the Henry Porcher.
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