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Dylan on 25th August, 2016 wrote of Arthur Sen:

Sen was extremely clever and devious

Dylan on 25th August, 2016 wrote of James Davis:

James escaped captivity at Moreton Bay

Dylan on 25th August, 2016 wrote of Sarah Omar:

Sarah made many marines and workers disloyal to britain

D Wong on 24th August, 2016 wrote of Benjamin Catling:

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM BERRY, JOHN BERRY, WILLIAM TAYLOR, BENJAMIN CATLING, Theft > simple larceny, 16th February 1832.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

WILLIAM BERRY , JOHN BERRY , WILLIAM TAYLOR , and BENJAMIN CATLING were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of February , 16 bushels of wheat, value 5l. , the goods of William Boards.

William Berry ‘s Defence. When the constable came to me, he asked where my hat was, and I showed him the one I have now in my hand; it is the one I have always worn when I have carried a fish basket; but I have, for the last three weeks, been working on the road; Lambert is my brother-in-law - he rushed into my house three months before and cut my neck with a knife; he has used my sister very ill - he has said he would do me an injury, and hang me if he could.

John Berry ‘s Defence. I never saw that hat in my life - I know nothing about it.
Taylor’s Defence. The wheat found in my house was only a bushel and a half.
Catling’s Defence. The wheat found at my house ‘I had from my sister Hannah Fuller, and I thought it would be more good to me when my wife was confined than before.
HANNAH FULLER . I am Catling’s sister. His wife, my brother, and I, gleaned some wheat, and Catling had it about a week before from my house in Silver-street.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. When did you glean it? A. In August last, about Edmonton - we gleaned sometimes in three or four fields in a day; this was mixed wheat - we gleaned some of Mr. Boards’ and some of Mr. Knight’s.
COURT. Q. Did you permit the small wheat to remain with it? A. We cleaned it ourselves in a little sieve on a sheet - I put the chaff on a little piece of ground before my garden; I know my sister had two chaff pillows given to her.
JURY to MR. BOARDS. Q. Did the chaff you found buried appear to be fresh buried? A. It was not matted as chaff usually is, which has been in a pillow or a bed.

W. BERRY - GUILTY . Aged 33.
J. BERRY - GUILTY . Aged 32.
TAYLOR - GUILTY . Aged 32.
CATLING - GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years .
(William Berry and John Berry were on board the ‘York’  1832 to VDL)
(No ship locate for William Taylor as yet).

Sick List of the Planter 1832:
Benjamin Catling, aged 25, convict; disease or hurt, catarrhus. Put on sick list, 19 September 1832. Discharged 24 September 1832 cured.

13/11/1840: COF

Joanne Townsend on 24th August, 2016 wrote of Daniel Ellis:

Additionally Carol, my father’s sister was Eadie Axton..  I’m hoping that is our connection.  Jo Townsend (nee Ellis)

Joanne Townsend on 24th August, 2016 wrote of Daniel Ellis:

This was my great grandfather.  His son John, was my grandfather.  John had 22 children, my father Gordon Trevor Ellis was the youngest child.  Born in 1916 died 1999.  I have all the names of his children.  My siblings and I have returned to Silkston in Yorkshire and found Daniel’s fathers grave.  I have documents showing Catherine crime, prositution and stealing from the old Bailey.  Quite interesting reading!

D Wong on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Berry:

Old Bailey:
JOHN BERRY, Theft > simple larceny, 5th July 1832.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

JOHN BERRY was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of May, 1 jar, value 8d., and 1 loaf of bread, value 5d., the goods of Richard Kennedy .
LOUISA KENNEDY . I am the wife of Richard Kennedy - we live at Poplar . On the evening of the 21st of May I was in my room, adjoining my shop; I saw the prisoner come in, and take a jar and a loaf of bread - he ran off with them; I pursued, and called the Policeman, who took him with the articles.
ALEXANDER DOUGLAS (Police-constable K 240.) I took the prisoner with this jar, and a loaf of bread.
Prisoner. I was in liquor; I did not know where I was till the next morning - I asked the officer if he had my money, and he said he had not - I had 7s. or 8s. about me. Witness. He was not in liquor; I had a great deal of trouble with him - it took four of us to get him to the station; I asked what money he meant; he said 7 1/2d., but he had nothing when he was searched - he might have lost it.
GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Seven Years.

Two John Berry’s on this voyage - this is Identifier: 2

John Berry was 22 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Stealing a loaf and a jar’.
He had once before been transported for felony 7 years served 6 years and 4 months at Bermuda liberated July 1830.

Surgeons Report: Worthless Character.

John was 5’3 1/4” tall, grey eyes, dark brown hair, 2 Woman heart on rt. arm large scar on left wrist Scar left corner of Mouth. woman merd. Heart & Darts above E. rt. arm, single.

1833-35 Muster: Public works.

Colleen Baines on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Trott:

Married Ellen Doyle 1876 Campbelltown NSW.Son born 1877 John William Trott. Daughter Olivia Mary Trott B 1879

D Wong on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Berry:

Two John Berry’s on this voyage - this is Identifier: 1

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM BERRY, JOHN BERRY, WILLIAM TAYLOR, BENJAMIN CATLING, Theft > simple larceny, 16th February 1832.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

WILLIAM BERRY , JOHN BERRY , WILLIAM TAYLOR , and BENJAMIN CATLING were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of February , 16 bushels of wheat, value 5l. , the goods of William Boards .

William Berry ‘s Defence. When the constable came to me, he asked where my hat was, and I showed him the one I have now in my hand; it is the one I have always worn when I have carried a fish basket; but I have, for the last three weeks, been working on the road; Lambert is my brother-in-law - he rushed into my house three months before and cut my neck with a knife; he has used my sister very ill - he has said he would do me an injury, and hang me if he could.

John Berry ‘s Defence. I never saw that hat in my life - I know nothing about it.
Taylor’s Defence. The wheat found in my house was only a bushel and a half.
Catling’s Defence. The wheat found at my house ‘I had from my sister Hannah Fuller, and I thought it would be more good to me when my wife was confined than before.
HANNAH FULLER . I am Catling’s sister. His wife, my brother, and I, gleaned some wheat, and Catling had it about a week before from my house in Silver-street.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. When did you glean it? A. In August last, about Edmonton - we gleaned sometimes in three or four fields in a day; this was mixed wheat - we gleaned some of Mr. Boards’ and some of Mr. Knight’s.
COURT. Q. Did you permit the small wheat to remain with it? A. We cleaned it ourselves in a little sieve on a sheet - I put the chaff on a little piece of ground before my garden; I know my sister had two chaff pillows given to her.
JURY to MR. BOARDS. Q. Did the chaff you found buried appear to be fresh buried? A. It was not matted as chaff usually is, which has been in a pillow or a bed.

W. BERRY - GUILTY . Aged 33.
J. BERRY - GUILTY . Aged 32.
TAYLOR - GUILTY . Aged 32.
CATLING - GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years .
(William Berry was also on board the ‘York’)
(Benjamin Catling was on the ‘Planter 1832 NSW)
(No ship located for William Taylor as yet).

John Berry was 32 years old on arrival - he was 5’2” tall, blue eyes, light brown hair, 2 flesh moles on left cheek.  Listed as married and also single.

Surgeons Report: A good quiet man.

1833 Muster: Public Works
1835 Muster: Assigned to Mr. J. A. Brown.

19/6/1841: TOL

D Wong on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Bery:

4/8/18142: Conduct Death Register - John hanged himself - District of Haywood, NSW.

David Holmes on 23rd August, 2016 made the following changes:

voyage, surname: Berry (prev. Bery), date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1842 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime.

Monitor: There were many John Berry’s transported.  John’s profile page was already listed under the ‘Parkfield’ so have changed the other John Berry back to the ‘York’.

Margaret Foster on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Smith:

John Smith’s and Elizabeth Biggs’ first child was a son JOHN THOMAS SMITH who became Mayor of Melbourne, Victoria, for 7 terms of office.  He was apparently known as the “Dick Whittington of the South” (giving reference to the long serving Lord Mayor of London.

Andrew Alston on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Dunbabbin:

Born at Norton, Runcorn, Cheshire.
After serving his sentence, John appears to have made his way back to England by 1861, dying in Runcorn the following year.
- dunbabin@one-name.org

Andrew Alston on 24th August, 2016 wrote of John Dunbabbin:

Born at Marchwiel, Denbighshire.
John worked hard and became a pillar of the community. He named his property “Marchwiel”.

Andrew Alston on 24th August, 2016 wrote of William Dunbobbin:

Born at Marchwiel, Denbighshire. His brother John (1806-1897) was sent to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830 for horse stealing. The rest of the family appear to have been law-abiding.
- dunbabin@one-name.org

Kevin Williams on 23rd August, 2016 wrote of Thomas Coxhead:

arrived in Australia 15 sept 1834
married Mary field Frazer 1846

Paul on 23rd August, 2016 wrote of Samuel Howarth:

A Convict Token for this convict is in the possession of Paul Ware!

Paul on 23rd August, 2016 wrote of Mary Jones:

A Convict Love Token for this convict is held by Paul Ware

D Wong on 22nd August, 2016 wrote of William Law:

National Records of Scotland:
Precognition against Daniel Wheler, Daniel MacLaren, William Law, Margaret Desley, Ann Westwater for the crime of theft by housebreaking at Howard Place, near Edinburgh.

Daniel Wheler, alias Lantwheler, Age: 15, tailor, Address: Castlehill [Castle Hill], Edinburgh (Guildford 1827)
Daniel MacLaren, Age: 17, mason, Address: Canongate, Edinburgh (Manilus 1827)
William Law, Age: 14, brass founder, Address: Campbell’s Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh (Eliza 1828)
Margaret Desley, alias Duggan, Age: 13, Address: Anderson’s Close, West Bow, Edinburgh and Halkerston’s Wynd, Edinburgh (on board Princess Charlotte)
Ann Westwater, Age: 12, Address: No fixed abode, formerly Halkerston’s Wynd, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Canongate, Edinburgh.(Princess Charlotte).

1835: TOL Melville.

8/7/1836: Application to marry:
Law, William, 24 years old; Ship Eliza; Sentence: 14 years; free; Clergyman and Place of Application: Parramatta; Date of submission, 18 July 1836; Stated Single; Allowed
Ann Westwater; 23 yar old; Ship Princess Charlotte; Sentence: 14 years; Bond; Stated Single; Allowed.

6/10/1836: Married Ann Westwater (Princess Charlotte 1827) who was convicted and transported along with William at St. Johns, Parramatta.
They had 9 other children, born in Mulgoa and Greendale, NSW. (Ann had a daughter in 1831, Isobel McAlister, Father: Caesar McAlister) and William Westwater in 1835 who was the child of William Law.

William worked as a blacksmith at Penrith.

15/4/1893: William Law died aged 82 and was buried with Ann at St. Stephens.  Ann died 2/6/1887.

D Wong on 22nd August, 2016 wrote of Ann Westwater:

National Records of Scotland:
Precognition against Daniel Wheler, Daniel MacLaren, William Law, Margaret Desley, Ann Westwater for the crime of theft by housebreaking at Howard Place, near Edinburgh.

Daniel Wheler, alias Lantwheler, Age: 15, tailor, Address: Castlehill [Castle Hill], Edinburgh (Guildford 1827)
Daniel MacLaren, Age: 17, mason, Address: Canongate, Edinburgh (Manilus 1827)
William Law, Age: 14, brass founder, Address: Campbell’s Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh (Eliza 1828)
Margaret Desley, alias Duggan, Age: 13, Address: Anderson’s Close, West Bow, Edinburgh and Halkerston’s Wynd, Edinburgh (on board Princess Charlotte)
Ann Westwater, Age: 12, Address: No fixed abode, formerly Halkerston’s Wynd, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Canongate, Edinburgh.

Ann Westwater was listed as 12 years old when convicted.  Family records have her as being born C1809-1811.

Ann was found with a white linen shift and cotton petticoat, the property of James Smith Mac, a solicitor in law.

Ann was listed as 16 years old, 5’ 2” tall, fair freckled complexion; red to sandy hair; hazel grey eyes; a protestant; single; a nurse and housemade who can read.
Assigned to the Parramatta Female Factory on arrival.

1831: Had a child, Isabella McAlister at Parramatta: Father: Ceasar McAlister

1835: William Westwater,  b. 1835, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia - seems to be the child of William Law, or was adopted by him.

8/7/1836: Application to marry:
Law, William, 24 years old; Ship Eliza; Sentence: 14 years; free; Clergyman and Place of Application: Parramatta; Date of submission, 18 July 1836; Stated Single; Allowed
Ann Westwater; 23 years old; Ship Princess Charlotte; Sentence: 14 years; Bond; Stated Single; Allowed

6/10/1836: Married William Law (Eliza 1828) who was convicted and transported along with Ann at St. Johns, Parramatta.
They had 9 other children, born in Mulgoa and Greendale, NSW.

2/6/1887: Ann died at Penrith, NSW aged 78 from a Compound Fracture of the Arm: Amputation of Same.
Ann was buried on the 3/6/1887 at St. Stephens. (William Law died 15/4/1893 and was buried with Ann).

D Wong on 22nd August, 2016 wrote of John Kenny:

12/2/1814 Sydney Gazette:
On Friday se’nnight, about noon, John Kenny, a settler at Wilberforce, was unhappily bit by a black snake above the instep, and at midnight expired. - A day or two previously the unfortunate of this melancholy report had had two favorite dogs killed in the same manner, as from every symptom attending the death of the animals was undoubted. The reptile by whom the fatal wound was inflicted upon the deceased Kenny was seen, and supposed to be eight feet in length at least; and a day or two after, one of that length was killed on or very near the spot, which it was not doubted was the same.

The ‘Australian Royalty’ website also lists this John Kenny as being executed for the murder of Mary Smith.

Cannot pinpoint which John Kenny was the murder so far.

Philip Coen on 22nd August, 2016 wrote of William Nest:

Died in East Melbourne, Victoria, on 12 Aug 1874
(Source: Death Notices
“NEST – On 12th August, at East Melbourne, Mr. Wm. Nest, late of Hobart Town, aged 61.” (Launceston Examiner (Tas.), Sat., 5 Sep 1874, page 4 - Family Notices)
“The friends of the late WILLIAM NEST are invited to follow his remains to the place on internment, The Melbourne Cemetery.
“The funeral will move from his rsidence, Albert–street, THIS DAY, at 1 o’clock.” (The Argus (Melbourne), Fri 14 Aug 1874, page 8, Family Notices)

David Edwards on 22nd August, 2016 wrote of Ann Pagget:

Ann PAGETT, a native of Birmingham UK arrived in Van Dieman’s Land on 24 Jul 1847. Aged 17 years, she was 5’ 0” tall. She had an illegitimate child Henry Thomas PAGETT on 4 Nov 1849, and married Daniel MOORE on 26 Aug 1850. Their daughter Emma Ann MOORE was born on 4 Nov 1851. Daniel MOORE died on 1 Mar 1852. Ann MOORE nee PAGETT married William GARBETT on 17 Dec 1866 in Fingal, Tasmania. Emma Ann MOORE was a witness to the marriage. Ann PAGETT nee MOORE is my great great grandmother, and Emma Ann MOORE is my great grandmother.

David Edwards on 22nd August, 2016 wrote of Daniel Moore:

On arrival in Van Dieman’s Land, Daniel MOORE was 22 years old and 5 ‘5” high. His native place was Horsham UK. He had a dark complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. He obtained permission to marry Ann PAGETT (another convict) on 19 Feb 1849 and again on 30 Jul 1850. He married Ann PAGETT on 26 Aug 1850 and their daughter Emma Ann MOORE was born on 4 Nov 1851. Daniel MOORE died 1 Mar 1852. Daniel MOORE was my great great grandfather.

D Wong on 21st August, 2016 wrote of James Pickett:

Old Bailey:
JAMES PICKETT, Theft > housebreaking, 3rd December 1829.

Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

JAMES PICKETT was indicted for breaking and entering a building, within the curtilage of the dwelling-house of Sophia Coles , on the 5th of November , and stealing therein 2 bags, value 3d., and 8 live tame fowls, price 9s. , her property.
SOPHIA COLES. I live at Ponder’s-end, in the parish of Enfield , and am a widow - it is my own house; there is a hen-roost in the stable, within the yard: I had eight fowls there, which I saw safe and alive on Wednesday night, the 4th of November, and missed them between eight and nine o’clock the next morning; I saw five of them again at Enfield, on the Friday - they were then dead, but I could swear to four of them.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do you mean to swear to them all? A. No, to four or five; no part of
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them are here - I could swear to four pullets, which I had often fed and had them in my hand; one was red.
JOHN WILSON . I am constable of Enfield. I searched the prisoner’s house at Enfield-highway, on Friday, the 6th of November - it is about half a mile from the prosecutrix’s; I found two bags, with some walnuts and nuts in them, and eight fowls, three cooked, and five not cooked - these are the bags.
Cross-examined. Q. Did she swear to the cooked ones? A. No, to those with feathers - they were common.
COURT. Q. Were they so common that a person who fed them would not know them? A. A person used to them might know them.
MRS. COLES. These two bags are mine - one was in the stable, and the other in the wash-house.
THOMAS HARE . I am a constable. I was with Wilson when these things were found: I took the prisoner about an hour afterwards - he said he found the fowls on the road going from Ponder’s-end.
Cross-examined. Q. He at once told you he found them? A. Yes.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was going home, and saw a man going before me - he went on first, threw down the bags, and ran off.
GUILTY . Aged 25. - Transported for Fourteen Years.

According to his trial, James was 25 when convicted.

1837: Assigned to James McDougall at Patrick Plains.

1838: TOL Patrick Plains.

15/8/1840: TOL holder. Sentenced to 2 years in an iron gang for killing a pig.

1843: TOL

11/2/1843: James died at the Newcastle Stockade - aged 40

D Wong on 21st August, 2016 wrote of William Jerram:

July 1833: COF
2/7/1835: COF in lieu of COF 1833.

There is a death listed on the NSW BDM for William Jerram/s in 1841 aged 34.

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