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.
- Alternate: JAMES HOGDEN
- Alias: WILLIAM OGDEN (c.f. burial record)
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
24 October 1795: Off government stores
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
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
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
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’
- Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- 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
Abstract: This joint biography traces the lives of William Gloster and James Ogden; two convicts who arrived at Port Jackson with the First Fleet on board the Alexander. Yet the stories of William’s and James’s lives—their arrests, transportation to New South Wales and eventual deaths—are not simply about the actions of these men themselves. They are equally stories of the families they left behind. more >>
- 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.
- John Cobley, The Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts, (North Ryde, N.S.W.: Halstead Press, 1970), p. 201.
- “OGDEN, James (c1768–1820?),” in Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), pp. 267–68.
- John Ramsland, “Children’s institutions in nineteenth-century Sydney,” Dictionary of Sydney, (2011), http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/childrens_institutions_in_nineteenth_century_sydney, accessed 10 January 2019.
- John Ramsland, Children of the Back Lanes: Destitute and Neglected Children in Colonial New South Wales, (Kensington: University of New South Wales Press, 1986).
- John Ramsland, “The Sydney Ragged Schools. A 19th Century Voluntary Approach to Child Welfare and Education,” Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 68, pt 3, (December 1982): 222–37.
- Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p. 441.
# Trial Place: Manchester Quarter Sessions
# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation
# Hulk: Ceres
# Burial year: 1820
# Grave: unmarked