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Judith Wood on 25th April, 2014 wrote of Samuel Boltz:

Married Elizabeth Purdy 6 May 1836, Richmond, Tasmania. (7 children)
Common-law marriage 1860/1861 Collingwood, Melbourne to Martha Morgan. (1 child).

Tracy Williams on 25th April, 2014 wrote of William Cox:

Partners in Crime
Paul MIlkins his brother William, Frances Hares and William Cox were arrested for housebreaking and stealing They were tried at the Lent Assizes held at Taunton on 3rd April 1824. The case against William Milkins and Frances Hares were discharged.
Paul Milkins & William Cox were sentenced to death on the 3rd May 1824 but later reprieved and both transported to Van Dieman’s Land for life on the Princess Charlotte.

D Wong on 25th April, 2014 wrote of Rose Ann Collins:

Rose was 42 years old on arrival in NSW. 

Rose was held in Grange Gorman Gaol , Dublin 10 Jan 1839 ; her son Edward Cosgrove (aged 6) accompanied her on the voyage.

1843: TOL Windsor

8/1/1847: COF

Elaine Blackwell on 25th April, 2014 wrote of John Frederick Mortlock:

Author of “A Convict’s Experiences in New South Wales, Transported for 21 Years”.
His father and grandfather had both been Mayors of Cambridge, his grandfather for a short time Member of Parliment.

Amanda Morgan on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Rose Ann Collins:

Arrived NSW 23 June 1839 on Whitby from Ireland. Conviction for theft of a horse collar on 22 October 1838.

June Morley on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Peter Hulse:

Peter Hulse / William Gamble was my great grandfather

D Wong on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Joseph Cantrell:

Joseph was 26 years old on arrival in VDL.

Joseph was 5’6” tall, could read and write, was single, dark brown hair, light brown eyes, scars on hands and knees.

Joseph last worked for Mr Carr of Manchester.
His mother was Harriet, she was married to Mr Wright, an attorney, oxford Road.
Sister: Amelia
Brother: Samuel.

4/2/1846: Emerged from Gang - he was at Cascades.
30/7/1849: TOL
7/8/1849: TOL revoked - being out after hours
20/5/1851: TOL

1853: CP

1851: married Amy Aitkens and they had 13 children.

1897: Died Hobart.

Kay Radford on 24th April, 2014 wrote of William Robinson:

William somehow returned to England according to his death certificate for which the information came from his brother Hardy Robinson. Found FreeBMD entry December Qrt. 1853 marriage to Eleanor Blackwell at Hazelby, Lincolnshire, England. Only child of this couple Mary Elizabeth born in NSW 1857/#10745 - William drowned in the Williams River and is buried in Raymond Terrace Cemetery, NSW

D Wong on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Daniel Tyndall:

Daniel and Amelia (known as Jane) were married in 28/11/1792, they had 4 children in England and 2 more after Jane’s arrival in NSW.

1814: TOL
1817: CP

28/1/1827: Daniel died in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

Jane then married Charles Palmer and she died in 1854.

D Wong on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Stephen Burcher:

Stephen was born at Little Hampton, London.

1833: TOL
10/7/1834: CP

11/12/1816: Married Mary Tindell/Tyndall 4/5/1797-10/4/1781.  They had 9 children.

Mary Tyndall was the daughter of convict Daniel Tyndall (Duke of Portland 1807) and Amelia Jane Doyle.

28/7/1838: Stephen died at Liverpool aged 44.

D Wong on 24th April, 2014 wrote of James Crinnion:

James Crinnion was 23 years old on arrival in NSW.

5/11/1839: Tried at Campbelltown for House Robbing and Stealing - 10 years. 
4/12/1839: Sent to Norfolk Island for 4 years.

27/9/1844: Arrived VDL from Norfolk Island.

James was then: 38, could read and write, fresh complexion, dark brown to black hair, black whiskers, light blue eyes, native place: Meath.

8/3/1845: TOL
5/10/1847: TOL revoked for misconduct

23/11/1847: CP

27/4/1846: Married Ann Stevens (free) at Hobart - Listed as Crinnin.

No children or anything else found.

D Wong on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Richard Mills:

Old Bailey: JOHN BEVAN and RICHARD MILLS were indicted for feloniously making an assault on the King’s highway upon Henry Kemp , on the 2d of April , putting him in fear, and taking from his person eight pieces of money, called penny pieces, and twenty halfpence, the property of the said Henry.  John Bevan was also onboard the Royal Admiral.

Richard was 19 years old when convicted.

1811: Married Ann Bella Langley - they had 11 children.

311/1/1813: CP

Colonial Secretary:
MILLS, Richard. Settler at Bathurst

1818 May 9: On list of new settlers recently sent to Bathurst who are to receive land on the north bank of the Macquarie River (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.42)
1818 Oct: One cow issued to from the Government Herds at Bathurst as donation to encourage agricultural pursuits (Reel 6031; 4/7028A p.145)
1818 Oct 24: On return of horned cattle issued from the Government Herds between 8 May 1814 & 9 Jan 1819; donation to encourage agricultural pursuits at Bathurst (Reel 6048; 4/1742 p.54)
1820 Feb 25: Received payment at Sydney for meat and grain delivered into the Commissariat Stores at Bathurst (Reel 6049; 4/1744 p.383 & 4/1745 p.33)
1821: Signatory to petition from settlers at Bathurst re having their grain received into the Stores (Fiche 3041; 4/1828 No.16); statement of grain they wished to deliver (Reel 6065; 4/1798 p.109)

1821 May 24: Store receipts of for wheat (Reel 6051; 4/1748 p.166)
1822: Signatory to memorials of settlers at Bathurst praying that their grants be confirmed without alteration and that some forest ground be located as a common (Reel 6065; 4/1798 pp.123, 127)
1822 Mar 30: Juror at inquest on William Maybrow held at Bathurst (Reel 6021; 4/1819 p.449)

1824 Oct 11: On return of grain in the possession of settlers and other private individuals in the District of Bathurst (Reel 6065; 4/1800 p.187)

1825 Census: Aged 44 a settler at Bathurst.
Wife Ann - came free per ‘rolla’ with her family.
8 children.

1828 Census: Landholder, Bathurst, 95 acres, 95 acres cleared, 30 acres cultivated, 4 horses, 47 horned cattle, 9 children.

D Wong on 24th April, 2014 wrote of Alexander Steenson:

Alexander Steenson was 36 years old when tried at Carrickfergus, Antrim County for ‘Stealing wet linen from a bleach green’.

Alexander was married to Sarah and had 2 children.

Colonial Secretary:
STEENSON, Alexander. Per “Castle Forbes”, 1824

1824 Jan 20: On list of convicts landed from the “Castle Forbes” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.194)

1824 Nov: Petition for free passage for his wife Sarah and two children; as Stinson (Fiche 3288; 4/1112.1A pp.368-70)

1825 Apr 7: Runaway. Order payable by Colonial Treasurer to Joseph Welch for apprehension of Stinton (Reel 6070; 4/6037 p.7)

1825 Jun 7: On list of convicts transported to Port Macquarie per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.520-1)

3/9/1832: Sent to Moreton Bay for 2 years for having a stolen COF in his possession.

1/11/8/1835: Tried at Parramatta for Larceny - 7 years transportation.  Was sent to Norfolk Island and returned to Sydney 14/3/1840 to serve a commuted sentence of 1 year and 2 months but absconded on 13/6/1840 and apprehended 7/1/1842.
Listed as: 52 years old, Labourer, 5’8 1/2” tall, ruddy freckled complexion, sandy hair, hazel and grey eyes, many small scars - absconded from the Stockade, Wooloomooloo.

10/2/1843: Tried Sydney Supreme Court for having an altered COF in his possession - 7 years - again sent to Norfolk Island 24/2/1844 for 2 years, then sent to VDL and arrived 4/3/1846.

On arrival in VDL described as: Farm Labourer, aged 54, fresh complexion, brown to grey hair and whiskers, blue eyes, weak eyes, stout made.

Spent 1 year at Port Arthur.
3/4/1849: Had a TOL and was absent from his district of Launceston - 6 months hard labour.

8/6/1852: Recommended for CP
14/6/1853: CP approved.

No death date found.
Also no evidence of his wife and children arriving.

D Wong on 23rd April, 2014 wrote of Thomas Fellows:

Thomas Fellows’ trade was listed as ‘Coach Springs’.

Thomas was born in Warwick, England. He was was a convict, possibly transferred from the Raffles Bay settlement. He accompanied Dr T.B. Wilson on his expedition north-west of King George Sound in December 1829. He escaped in January 1830, was recaptured and sent back in September 1830. He escaped again February 1831 and was not recaptured.

1834: TOL Patrick Plains.
1841: TOL Dungog
1843: TOL Goulburn

1849: CP - also listed as Joseph Fellows.

Christina Johnston on 23rd April, 2014 wrote of Joseph Cantrell:

Married Amy Aitkens. Settled on hobart.

D Wong on 22nd April, 2014 wrote of Daniel Wilson:

Daniel Wilson was 19 years old when convicted along with Arthur Hobbs (Parmelia 1832). 

Daniel was was a shoemaker/packman of no fixed abode and his native place was Edinburgh.

1836: TOL Goulburn.

D Wong on 22nd April, 2014 wrote of Arthur Hobbs:

Arthur Hobbs was 19 years old when convicted along with Daniel Wilson (Clyde 1832).

Arthur was a native of Belfast Ireland, but was living in Stranraer, Scotland and when convicted his occupation was listed as a ‘Packman’.

1841: Sydney Gazette:
Absconded from custody of a constable on the road from Appin to Wollongong, since November 17, 1840.
Arthur was described as: 31, Belfast, farm servant, 5’7 1/2” tall, brown complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, small mole left side of upper lip, another under tip of chin, scar left side of neck, scar back of right thumb.

17/12/1843: COF

Nothing found after 1843.

David Clements on 21st April, 2014 wrote of Andrew Goodwin:

Married 1st Fleet passenger Lydia (Letitia) Munro in 1790.
Refer notes to Lydia Munro

David Clements on 21st April, 2014 wrote of John Clements:

July 1837 Record from Central Criminal Court
- John Clements aged 13, Imperfect instruction, Guilty of Larceny by servant.  Whipped

April 1838 on 6th, Central Criminal Court
- John Clements, Aged 14. Well instructed. Offence of larceny by servant, before convicted of felony. Jury Verdict guilty. 7 years transportation.

D Wong on 21st April, 2014 wrote of Henry Anscombe:

Old Bailey 5/2/1844:
HENRY ANSCOMB was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of Feb., 46 yards of mousseline-de-laine, value 50s.; the goods of Silvanus Partridge and another: and WILLIAM ANSCOMB and FRANCES ANSCOMB for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen. – found not guilty.

HENRY ANSCOMB, WILLIAM ANSCOMB , and FRANCES ANSCOMB were again indicted for feloniously receiving, of a certain evil disposed person, on the 4th April, 23 yards of mouslin-de-laine, value 25s., the property of Silvanus Partridge and another, knowing it to have been stolen.

HENRY ANSCOMB*— GUILTY . Aged 16.— Transported for Seven Years.
FRANCES ANSCOMB— GUILTY.—Recommended to mercy.
Confined Four Months.

Henry was listed as 16 when convicted and arrived as an exile (although he is not listed on the NSW Convict Government records).

Henry’s parents were William and Frances Giles.
1868: Married Elizabeth Pert.

25/6/1870: Licencee of the Maryborough Hotel – fined for selling liquor on Sunday, and again on 7/2/1871.

4/10/1873: The Australasian, Melbourne:
The body of a man, found In the Gardiner’s Creek, Toorak, on the 21st ult., has since the inquest been identified by his wife Mrs.  Anscombe, living at No. 20 Dover-street, Richmond, as that of her husband, Henry Anscombe.  At the inquest an open verdict of found drowned was returned.

Harley Parker on 21st April, 2014 wrote of Henry Anscombe:

Arrived in Williamstown on 6 May 1847

Janet Baber- Alekna on 21st April, 2014 wrote of James Rodway:

During 1841 James was working for a W.E. Lawrence Esq of Launceston. By 1846 he had absconded from prison and was still missing in 1849

Carol Axton-Thompson on 20th April, 2014 wrote of Mary Dunne:

Mary Dunne was convicted at Queens County on 18/07/1850 for Arson. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’ arriving 29/05/1851.

Housemaid; aged 38; 4’11 3/4”; Roman Catholic; can read & write.
Native Place: Co. Wexford.

Assignments in Colony.

18/04/1853: Married James Young at Fingal (ref. 125/1853-37)

31/01/1854: Ticket of Leave

Carol Axton-Thompson on 20th April, 2014 wrote of Bridget Dunne:

Aged 19yrs; country servant; single; Roman Catholic; can read; 5’4 1/2”.

Assignments at New Town.

09/08/1853: Ticket of Leave

21/03/1854: Application for permission to marry - to David Cuddihy. Approved. Married 25/04/1854 Hobart. (ref. 693/1854-37)

29/08/1854: Condtional Pardon approved.

Nicky Atkinson on 20th April, 2014 wrote of John Alsop:

John Alsop is my great grandfather

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