James Ogden (c.1768–1820)

JAMES OGDEN is one of St. John’s First Fleeters. He was a convict who was tried and convicted at the Manchester Quarter Sessions, Manchester, England, and sentenced to seven years transportation. After spending time on the hulk Ceres he was transported with the First Fleet per Alexander (1788). OGDEN died at Parramatta, at the age of 52, and was buried on 19 September 1820. His grave is unmarked, therefore its exact location in the cemetery is unknown. His daughter, SARAH, and wife ELIZABETH predeceased him and were also buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery. On JAMES’s death, six boys aged between five and seventeen were left orphaned. The eldest two had to admit their younger brothers to the Male Orphan School, where DAVID OGDEN died of dysentery, aged twelve.

Names

  • Alternate: JAMES HOGDEN
  • Alias: WILLIAM OGDEN (c.f. burial record)

Timeline

  • c. 1769: Born, Lancashire, England

  • 26 February 1769: Baptised, Saint Michael, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, England

  • < 20 January 1785: steals purse with six pieces of gold, six pieces of silver and a crystal stone with accomplice PETER WILSON

  • 20 January 1785: Tried and convicted, Manchester Quarter Sessions, Manchester, England

  • 1785: Sentenced to seven years transportation, Manchester, England

  • 26 January 1785: OGDEN and accomplice PETER WILSON removed to hulks on order of the magistrate THOMAS BUTTERWORTH BAYLEY

  • early 1786: Transferred with accomplice PETER WILSON to Ceres

  • 6 January 1787: Embarks on Alexander

  • 13 May 1787: Sailed with the First Fleet per Alexander

  • 19 January 1788: Arrives at Kamay (Botany Bay) per Alexander

  • 26 January 1788: Arrives at Warrane (Sydney Cove) per Alexander

  • 24 October 1795: Off government stores

  • 6 January 1800: Marries ELIZABETH KELSAL per Britannia III (1798), St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 20 March 1801: Daughter SARAH OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 24 May 1801: Daughter SARAH OGDEN baptised, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 1802: Leases six acres, all cleared and five sown in grain, owns two hogs, and one member of the household is off stores.

  • 27 May 1803: Son JOHN OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 21 August 1803: Son JOHN OGDEN baptised, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • c. 19 September 1804: Daughter SARAH OGDEN dies, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 19 September 1804: Daughter SARAH OGDEN buried, parish of St. John’s, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 1805: Son JAMES OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 1806: Landholder, 50 acres by purchase, six and a half in grain, four in vegetables and garden, nearly 20 as pasture, the rest fallow. One hog, holds 16 bushels of maize, and with his family and the one free man he employs all off stores, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 5 April 1807: Son JAMES OGDEN baptised, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 22 February 1808: Son THOMAS OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 15 February 1810: Son SAMUEL OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 15 September 1811: Sons THOMAS OGDEN and SAMUEL OGDEN baptised, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 20 September 1812: Son DAVID OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 27 February 1814: Son DAVID OGDEN baptised, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 22 May 1815: Son JEREMIAH OGDEN born, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 22 May 1815: Wife ELIZABETH dies, evidently due to complications related to the birth of JEREMIAH, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country

  • 23 May 1815: Wife ELIZABETH buried in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 23 May 1815: Son JEREMIAH OGDEN baptised at St. John’s Church, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • c. 19 September 1820: JAMES OGDEN dies leaving his children orphans, ‘The Ponds,’ Wallumettagal Country

  • 19 September 1820: JAMES OGDEN is buried in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta, Burramattagal Country

  • 6 November 1820: Son THOMAS OGDEN, by now a settler of Northern Boundary Farms, admits third and second youngest boys, SAMUEL and DAVID, to orphanage, Male Orphan School, George Street, Cadi (Sydney), Cadigal Country

  • 28 December 1821: Son THOMAS OGDEN admits youngest boy, JEREMIAH, to the orphanage, Male Orphan School, George Street, Cadi (Sydney), Cadigal Country

  • by 1822: Seventeen-year-old son JAMES OGDEN takes his deceased father’s place as landholder, ‘The Ponds’, Wallumettagal Country (c.f. 1822 muster)

  • 1823: Male orphans relocated to a new Male Orphan School building on a farm owned by the Female Orphan School in Cabramatta, Cabrogal Country

  • 10 June 1825: Son DAVID OGDEN ‘dies of the dysentery’ aged twelve, Male Orphan School, Cabramatta, Cabrogal Country

  • 2 April 1827: Son SAMUEL OGDEN leaves the orphanage, Male Orphan School, Cabramatta, Cabrogal Country, to commence assignment to a ‘W. WHITE’

  • 30 August 1827: Son JEREMIAH OGDEN leaves the orphanage, Male Orphan School, Cabramatta, Cabrogal Country, to commence assignment to DAVID SMITH tailor, Cadi (Sydney), Cadigal Country

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Relationships

  • Son of JAMES OGDEN (c.f. baptism record. Gillen records the name as JOHN)
  • Son of SARAH OGDEN
  • Partner in crime: PETER WILSON
  • Husband of ELIZABETH KELSAL, convict per Britannia III (1798)
  • Father of SARAH OGDEN
  • Father of JOHN OGDEN
  • Father of JAMES OGDEN
  • Father of THOMAS OGDEN
  • Father of SAMUEL OGDEN
  • Father of DAVID OGDEN
  • Father of JEREMIAH OGDEN

Positions

  • Convict, Ceres, > 20 January 1785–6 January 1787
  • Convict, Alexander, 6 January 1787–26 January 1788

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Sources

Primary Sources

  • New South Wales Government, Applications for admission into the Orphan Schools, NRS 796, Item: [4/353], Roll: 2777, Page: 5 (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales).
  • Parish Baptism Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Parish Marriage Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Secondary Sources

Lists

# First Fleet

# Convict

# Trial Place: Manchester Quarter Sessions

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Hulk: Ceres

# Ship: Alexander (1788)

# Burial year: 1820

# Grave: unmarked