Samuel Dobbs was born in 1798 and lived in Coleford and worked as a collier. He married Ann Gough in 1820 with two children. On 14 August 1822, he was found guilty of the theft of 2s 5d from Margaret Yemm the wife of a collier in Ruardean. He had already served three months on remand and therefore was fined one pound and discharged. At the age of 31, on 30 March 1831, he was convicted of stealing one lamb valued at 20s the property of John Bethell and sentenced to death which was then commuted to transportation for life. After spending a few weeks on a hulk he was transferred to the Lord Lyndoch which set sail on 25 July 1831 and arrived in Van Diemen’s Land on 18 November 1831.