BLAKES, Thomas Michael
- Born: 11 Jan 1808, Aspenden, Hertfordshire
- Christened: 10 Apr 1808, Aspenden, Hertfordshire
- Marriage (1): PHILLIPS, Sarah on 22 Nov 1840 in Clarence Plains School House, Australia
- Died: 30 Mar 1861, Muddy Plains, Tasmania, Australia aged 53
On 5/3/1828 was sentenced to life at Hertford for stealing sheep. He left Downs on 19/8/1828 in the "Roslyn (Roslin)Castle" which arrived in Tasmania on16/12/1828. Listed as Thomas Blakes. He had six charges laid against him during his early convict years, one being discharged for lack of proof, three attracting extra time, and two attracting lashes (80 and 25). He applied for permission to marry on 1/12/1839 and was given leave to do so on 22/11/1840. A conditional pardon was given on 2/9/1841, and was extended on 3/2/1851. He died of apoplexy in 1861. Thomas deserted or was driven out of his family in 1844 but he never divorced his wife. His father, William Blake(s), worked as farmer for a Thomas Hayes of Cherrish Green, Hertfordshire; and Thomas Blake had previously been convicted for stealing books, before stealing the sheep.
Thomas married Sarah PHILLIPS on 22 Nov 1840 in Clarence Plains School House, Australia. (Sarah PHILLIPS was born on 19 Sep 1802 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, christened on 19 Sep 1802 in St Philip and Jacob Church, Bristol, Gloucestershire and died on 30 Oct 1864 in Rosedale, Victoria, Australia.)