There seems to be a lot of confusion about this person! He appears on 13 family trees on Ancestry, but several of them have him born in Carno, Montgomeryshire!
There have also been many queries on various message boards and genealogy lists about him.
Apart from the criminal and transportation records, none of these trees contain any reliable sources!!! In reality they all seemed to be copied from two original trees?
The only glimmer of hope is that some do contain this note:
"convict numb 2260 voyage numb 327 height 5ft 8 inches hair black eye brows black eyes brown nose med chin broard head large transpoted for stealing mare native place newport"
but again all copied (with spelling errors!) from one person!!! However, it does look as if these might be details from his prison record? If you can get access to the original it would at least confirm the Newport connection.
I suspect that the answer lies in Tasmania. Have you tried the Tasmanian Archive? His record is at:http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&typ...
but neither of the two links on the page work for me. I'm guessing that one of them might lead to that prison record?
A brief report from a local newspaper:
Caernarfon and Denbighshire Herald - 30 October 1847
"Thomas Evans of Llandrillo yn Rhos was convicted of stealing a mare, the property of Cadwaladr Evans on the 21
of March last. Mr Beavan conducted the prosecution. Transported for ten years."
Llandrillo yn Rhos is a town on the coast of Denbighshire (it is also known in English as "Rhos on Sea").
It appears that the theft took place near the town of Bala in Merionethshire.
The Denbighshire Quarter Sessions Roll notes:
"Thomas Evans late of the parish of Llandrillo in Rhos with force and arms in the year of our lord 1847 in the county above said one mare the price of 10 pounds of goods and chattels of one Cadwaladr Evans then and there being found feloniously did steal, take and lead away against the peace of our said lady the queen and her crown and dignity pleaded not guilty, jury said guilty."
"Brought before us charged with having on the 20th day of March last at the parish of Llafawr in the county of Merioneth feloniously stolen, taken and led away a certain mare the property of Cadwaladr Evans." ("Llanfawr" is known known as "Llanfor")
"The prisoner was in custody to the county, the prisoner had been in my custody on the 31st day of March. But then he escaped from my custody between Llandulas and Abergele and carried away a pair of hand-cuffs which he brought from Llan Rhos." (Llandulas and Abergele are also coastal towns near Llandrillo yn Rhos)
"He told that his father in law John Hughes was as guilty as he was."
So Thomas was originally married to a Hughes?