Thomas Jeynes was born in 1789 and worked as a traveling razor grinder and brazier. He married Penelope Rose in December 1818 in Minchinhampton and had at least three children. In November 1839, he was arrested in Coleford for the theft of two asses, a saddle and a bridle. On 31 December at the age of 50, he was convicted and sentenced to be transported for 7 years. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the David Clarke which set sail for Van Diemen’s Land on 7 June 1841 arriving on 4 October 1841. He obtained his ticket of leave on 18 April 1845 and a certificate of freedom on 10 January 1848.