John SIMS (1806-1866)

John SIMS was from a labouring family in the village of St Mary Bourne in Hampshire.  On the 22nd November 1830 he took part in the local swing riots with his brother Daniel and father William amongst others.  For his part he was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), a place from which he would … Read moreJohn SIMS (1806-1866)

Daniel SIMS (1810-1885)

Daniel SIMS was from a labouring family in the village of St Mary Bourne in Hampshire.  On the 22nd November 1830 he took part in the local swing riots with his brother John and father William amongst others.  For his part he was transported to New South Wales, Australia, a place from which he would … Read moreDaniel SIMS (1810-1885)

William SIMS (1778-1862)

William SIMS was until 1830 a labourer in the parish of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire, England.  He was a husband with a large family to support.  On the 22nd November 1830 he was by all accounts the ring leader in the local swing riots this was to change his life forever.  For his part he … Read moreWilliam SIMS (1778-1862)

The St Mary Bourne rioter’s journey on the Convict Ship Eleanor, 1831


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Before the convicts set off on their journey to New South Wales they were transferred from the Gaol they were held at  to a Prison Hulk, there is a little confusion here as on Ancestry the hulk is named Hardy, a hospital ship and in other secondary sources the hulk is stated as being the … Read moreThe St Mary Bourne rioter’s journey on the Convict Ship Eleanor, 1831

My Easter Research

Easter research for me is going to be the continuation of some research I first looked into back in 2008.  I discovered then that a few people on my tree were transported for their part in the Swing Riots in Hampshire.  At the time I did some digging in the Hampshire Archives and came across a fantastic book “Hampshire Machine Breakers by Jill Chambers”.  I purchased my own copy direct from the author which she kindly signed, and along with this and other research material have gathered quite a bit of information on the rioters on my tree.

Easter for me is going to be putting all of this information together, and making sense of it all.  Since 2008 when I gathered the first documents more have become available to me and now I have  a collection of documents including Musters, Wills, Obituaries, Logs etc that need to be put into context to work out exactly when and where the people where, whether they stayed after they were pardoned, whether they returned to the UK (I know at least one did!!!).  What happened to the family they left behind, loads of unanswered questions that hopefully putting together the whole of the information into one place the webtrees Family Tree will answer.  New information becomes available to us Family Historians all of the time, whether it be in the form of more paperwork in an archives or more made available to us online.

Maybe once these Swing Rioters have been updated I might be able to put together some mini-biographies that I can then publish on the website for all to see. Watch this space, it is certainly something I am considering.

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