- Convict per Sarah (2) -
Henry Pointon was christened on the 3rd September 1809 a Codicote, Hertfordshire, son of
Thomas Pointon and Eleanor Phelps and brother to my ancestor Frederick Pointon
According to his convict records, Henry was a gent's servant, who waited at table.
Henry had an illegitimate son, Alfred Crane Pointon, christened 14th March 1830 in
Codicote Hertfordshire. Mary Crane was the child's mother. Mary Crane was the sister of
Robert Crane who married Eleanor Pointon, sister of Henry.
Assault: The earliest arrest I have found for Henry is mentioned in Diary of a Village in the
form of a poem: 20th November 1832
Henry Pointon now took,
By Crane who was upon the look,
For he is Parish constable this year,
To Hitchin and this was his fault,
Joseph Winch he did assault
Who summon'd him but did not appear.
4th December 1832: "On Tuesday Dec 4 H Pointon went to Hitchin I suppose, the fortnight
being expired in which he was to have paid the money awarded by the magistrate for expenses
etc and on his refusal to pay was committed to prison for 2 months" [Diary of a Village] This
probably refers to the assault charges on 20th November.
Horse Stealing: On 27th January 1834 the constables from Luton searched Henry's fathers
house in search of him, but could not find him. Henry was eventually apprehended and sent
to trial on 29th January 1834 during the Lent Assizes in Bedfordshire for Horse Stealing. He
was acquitted of the charge. Henry is recorded as residing in Luton, Bedfordshire and is
described as being 5 foot 8 inches tall with dark brown hair and a fresh complexion. [a&b]
The Diary of a Village records: 8th March 1834 H Pointon returned to Bedford after his trial at
the assizes who with C Hill had been tried for taking a horse and cart from the premises of L
Ames Esq but were acquitted.
Bastardry: On 20th January 1835, Henry was committed to St Alban's gaol for 'bastardy'; that
is not supporting his illegitimate child. Sentenced for three months [Diary of a Village and
Northampton Mercury dated 24th January 1835]
Transportation: On 17th October 1836 Henry was convicted in the Hertford Quarter Sessions
of stealing twenty dozen pigeons valued at five pounds together with Charles Hill and
Frederick Everett, the pigeons being the property of William Irons Jnr, of Lilley, Yeoman.
Brother Frederick Pointon was convicted of receiving said pigeons. Henry and Frederick's
place of residence was shown as Offley. Frederick was convicted and sentenced to
transportation for life. Henry was transported for seven years. Frederick and Henry spent
about 6 weeks aboard the prison hulk Leviathan before being transported.
On 22nd of December 1836 Henry and brother Frederick Pointon were transported from
England aboard the Sarah 2 to Van Damiens Land [Tasmania] They arrived on 29th March,
1837 along with 245 other males. Ten convicts had died enroute.
Description: Trade, groom & labourer. Height, 5ft 7 1/4 inches tall, without shoes. Age 24.
Complexion, fresh. Head, Large. Hair Black. Whiskers Brown. Visage Brown. Forehead High.
Eyebrows Brown. Eyes Blue. Nose medium large. Mouth Medium width. Chin medium large.
Remarks pockpitted, Scar on leg.
Marriage: Henry Pointon aged 46, farmer, married Mary Anderson [aka Elizabeth Mary
Anderson] aged 23 on 13th February 1862 at St John the Baptist, Hobart, Tasmania. [Ref
149/1862] Mary was the daughter of Daniel Anderson and Elizabeth Maria Vince.
Illegitimate son William Pointon born in Tasmania married the widowed Elizabeth Maria
Anderson nee Vince who was Mary's mother - see below.
Their Children were: - seven daughters
Ellen Amelia Pointon born 15th October 1862 Kingston. Died 29th June 1863, Kingston
Selina Pointon born 31st July 1864, Kingston. May have died 9th April 1941, Sandy Bay -
never married [Ancestry]
Elizabeth Mary Pointon born 7th November 1866 Kingston. Married William Kershaw 1885.
Witness E.M Pointon and H York.
Lilla Eva Pointon born 13th June 1868, Kingston [mother Elizabeth Mary Anderson]. Married
Halgate Stead 25th November 1891
Ann Pointon born 8th November 1870, Kingston. Never married. Died 7th May 1936 [as per
Hobart Mercury - Trove]
Henrietta Pointon born 15th April 1875 Kingston [mother Elizabeth Anderson] Married
Thomas Males 1895. NOTE: Witness was Mary Hall
Emily Matilda Pointon born 20th July 1879. Married Elias Barker 20th August 1900
William Pointon: It is probable that Henry is the father of William Pointon born 1840 in
Tasmania - no birth registration found to date. William, aged 19 married Elizabeth Maria
Vince aged 32 [mother of Henry's future wife Elizabeth Anderson] on 30th March 1859 at
Crayfish Point Tasmania. They divorced in 1870. Possible death for William could be aged 67
died in Mooroompa Victoria in 1908 [as Ponton] Elizabeth Maria Pointon nee Vince died 27th
December 1914 and was buried Hobart aged 90.
Edmund Henry Pointon 14th January 1860
Alice Julia Pointon born 14th June 1861. Married Robert Lopes Taylor, a mariner aged 35
on 1st September 1880 in Hobart.
Nathaniel Charles Pointon 25th July 1863. Married Mary Jane Jeffries 1888 Victoria. Died
Unnamed Male Pointon 1st January 1865 Hobart [Albert Oretto Pointon] Father a farmer.
Hannah Clara Pointon 2nd December 1866 Hobart
William Henry Pointon [ as Pointer]10th April 1868 Hobart
Susannah Adeline Pointon [ as Pointer] 5th September 1870 Hobart
Pardon Granted: Henry Pointon was granted a pardon after serving 4 years of his sentence for
special service in the police department.
Henry Pointon aged 72 of Upper Davey Street died at Hobart Tasmania on 4th August 1882.
Second Marriage: Elizabeth Mary Pointon, widow married Frederick Hall, widower bootmaker
on 5th September 1889 at All Saints Church, Hobart. Witnesses include S Pointon.
Elizabeth Mary Poynton-Hall died 19th August 1926. Death notice lists children Selina,
Elizabeth, Eva, Ann, Henrietta [deceased] and Emilie
[a] Bedford Gaol Register [online database]
[b] Victorian Crime and Punishment [online database]
[c] Diary of a Village compiled by Eric L Lawrence
Left: The Mercury Hobart dated 8th November
1867. William Pointon/Poynton and wife Elizabeth