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Missing Convict - John Allen Eaton

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Hi, I'm brand new here and hoping someone might be able to help with a little quandary.

I'm researching my great great grandfather John Allen Eaton who married in Australia in 1865. He's quite a mystery man and I'm trying to piece together his life prior to marriage. I am considering the possibility that he was a convict. Later in life he was constantly in trouble with the law in Adelaide - usually for stealing - and went to prison many times. Police records state he was from Staffordshire.

I have found a record of a petty thief in England that I want to know more about as he's a possible match for my John Eaton. The age is about right, the crime took place in Manchester, so not a million miles from Staffordshire.
This John Eaton was 21, tried at the Manchester Borough Sessions 23 Feb 1846 for larceny and sentenced to 10 years transportation.

The problem is that I can't find this John Eaton in any convict/shipping records. There are many John Eatons that were transported to Australia but I can't find one that fits with this date.

Is there any way I can find out more about the John Eaton of this particular crime? I have his criminal register record on Ancestry and two newspaper articles (he stole a silk handkerchief) but wonder if I can find out more, such as date of transportation and name of the ship? Are there records in the UK that would tell me this? Or more detailed records from the Manchester Borough Sessions?

Thanks in advance for any clues!
 
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