Ancestors of Malcolm Samuel Moore

John Arnold Mawer was born in 1806 in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, England and died on 7 Feb 1865 in Moorlands, Wesley Vale, Port Sorell at age 59.

On 30 March 1818 John, at the age of 12, was tried and convicted in Lincolnshire, England along with Septimus Hill, of stealing, taking and carrying away 4 fish and 4 sandlings of the value of 10 pence the property of Bennet Swain. Both John and Septimus pleaded guilty.  John had prior convictions. He was sentenced to be transported for seven years and to be conveyed by William Vaux gaoler of the borough of Boston, "to the County Gaol at Lincoln there to be kept in safe custody until he is transported pursuant and according to his said sentence. And it is also further ordered that John Merryweather keeper of the said Gaol at Lincoln do receive the said John Mawer into his custody accordingly."

From 1819 until 1821 John was held on board prison hulks awaiting transportation. His hulk report indicated he was a well-behaved boy who worked well with his needle. Mawer was among 172 convicts aboard the Countess of Harcourt which arrived in the Derwent River on 30 July 1821.

He committed further offences in Van Diemen’s Land and spent time at Macquarie Harbour and Port Arthur. On 14 Dec 1832 his sentence expired and soon after, on 18 Feb 1833, John Arnold Moore married Maria Jessop in St John's Church, Launceston.  At about that time he changed the spelling of his name to Moore.  They had 13 children between 1835 and 1857.  John purchased land in Launceston and properties he called Moorfield and Moorlands at East Devonport. He farmed and also ran a hotel called The Plough Inn on Moorlands.

John married Maria Lee Jessop, daughter of James Jessop and Elizabeth Riley Lee, on 18 Feb 1833 in Launceston. Maria was born on 15 Nov 1818 in George Town, Tasmania and died on 16 Sep 1878 in Port Sorell at age 59. Elizabeth Riley Lee's grandmother, Elizabeth Riley, was a convict on the second fleet ship Lady Juliana.  Elizabeth was accompanied on the Lady Juliana by her daughter Catherine who later married third fleet convict John Lee. Maria Lee's sister Sophia married convict John Brain.

John and Maria had thirteen children:

James Jessop Mawer was born on 127 Oct 1843 in the Port Sorell district. James married Isabella Findlay, daughter of William Findlay and Christina Lethborg, on 25 Jul 1866 in Port Sorell. Isabella was born in 1842 in Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland and died on 18 Jan 1923 in Tasmania at age 81. They had eight children:

Malcolm Samuel Moore was born on 17 Dec 1877 in Northdown and died on 11 Aug 1956 at age 78. Malcolm married Annie Louisa Cocker, daughter of John Cocker and Rebecca Airey, on 28 Apr 1908 in Methodist Church Lower Barrington. Annie was born on 27 Jun 1886 in Lower Barrington, Tasmania, died on 7 Sep 1929 in home, Lower Barrington, Tasmania at age 43, and was buried in Barrington, Tasmania. They had five children: John Jessop, Annie Irene, Malcolm Clarence, Frank Reginald and Christina Maria.