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George Iden of Woodchurch: convict and coachman to the Colonial Secretary

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Early years George Iden was baptised in Woodchurch, Kent on 16 August 1801, the son of William Iden and his wife Sally Gregory Holyer. (George’s brother Walter was the step father of Robert Caleb Jarvis who was transported for 10 years in 1845, the subject of another blog).   Arrest and trial On 2 September 1824 George was taken into custody at Newgate Prison, charged with …

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Robert Caleb Jarvis: criminal or victim of circumstance?

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Robert Caleb Jarvis (1816-1845) Early years Robert was baptised Robert Clary Jarvis in Woodchurch, Kent on 19 May 1816 the baseborn son of Frances Jarvis. [1] I have been unable to find anyone with either the first or surname Clary who could be the potential father and therefore presume this was a misspelling of Caleb, the name which was used in the future.   In December …

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