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Allan Green on 17th September, 2014 wrote of James Wooton:

Born in Castle Donington UK - Wife was Sarah Bosworth b.1816 d.1851

James died in Fremantle W.A


John Carter on 16th September, 2014 wrote of Joseph Carter:

Somerset Assize Wednesday 5th. April 1815.
Joseph Carter late of the Parish of East Brent in the County of Somerset, labourer. On 26th. day of September in the 54th. year of George the Third at one in the night did break and enter with intent the dwelling of Richard Colson to take and carry away nine handkerchiefs of the value of four shillings each, twenty yards of cotton of the value of twenty shillings, sixteen yards of linen cloth of the value of forty shillings, sixty yards of ribbon of the value of thirty shillings and six yards of corderoy of the value of thirty shillings - the goods and chattels of the said Richard Colson.
Witnesses - Richard Colson, Fanny Bishop, Mary Voroles,Bery Millais, Hannah Banwell, Arthur Phillips, James Braddior, George Burnell, William Tucker, Diana Colson, Diana Tucker.
Jury - Richard Maynard, Joseph Hull, John Hooper, John Rich, Robert Blackman, John Burnett, John Stone, William Palmer, Joseph Palmer, Richard Staple, William Westcombe.
Joseph Carter pro se Guilty. No Goods. To be hanged.
Reprieved - Transportation for life pursuant to Secretary of State’s letter above.
Burglary of Richard Colson about 1 in the night of the 26th. September at East Brent with intent to steal and stealing goods to the value of £7.16s;
30 January 1816 - Ocean arrived at Port Jackson;
5 February 1816 - forwarded to Windsor for distribution;
Late in 1823, James Duff left the Hawkesbury, with his sister, Ann, and her husband, Samuel Clift, and their small son, to take up his father’s new land grant at Jerry’s Plains. With them went Ann Epton with James and Frances. Ann became James Duff’s housekeeper and the two children were employed as shepherds, according to the 1828 Census.
James Duff employed two convicts, assigned to him in the 1820s, Joseph Carter and James Edwards, born about 1807 in Derbyshire, who arrived on the “Florentia” in early 1828
6 May 1829 - permission for Joseph Carter to marry Frances Ham (14 year old born in colony)- married by Rev F Wilkinson from Newcastle Church of England;
Ticket of Leave was granted [4/4067; Reel 910];
27 April 1837 - Recommended Conditional Pardon;
ANN CARTER was the first child of Frances and Joseph carter and married twice. She married a convict, WILLIAM SMITH, on 27-11-1850. After having three children, he died on 30-7-1856 and is buried at Warkworth. His headstone still stands in the paddock just outside the cemetery there. Smith was born about 1816 supposedly a native of Eton but no birth details have come to light. Ann’s second marriage was to JAMES PITTMAN, born at Kurrajong in 1835, son of JOHN MATTHEW PITTMAN, a convict from Somerset, and MARY REBECCA SUNDERLAND, a native of Sydney. Ann and James had seven more children;
Joseph Carter died in the first half of the 1840s. No record survives to give us a date. Within a couple of years, Frances took off with her stepfather, James Edwards, and had five more children, after having five to her legal husband. She never married Edwards but it is believed he married another lady, at Broke, much later but it did not work out. We only assume it to be the same man at this stage. Edwards, apparently, was a real charmer where women were concerned, and we don’t know what happened to him in the finish. If he is the same James Edwards who married a widow, Sarah Butler, she was brought back to Broke when she died and is buried with her first husband.

D Wong on 16th September, 2014 wrote of Hugh Mcgriskin:

Hugh McGriskin was a Fenian Rebel and was deported to Australia.

Hugh was born in Leitrim Ireland, in 1836, 1837, 1840 or 1854, depending on which record you are looking at.

Parents: John McGriskin and Ann McPadden

Hugh’s occupation was a ‘plate roller’ and he was 5’8 ¾” tall, brown hair, blue eyes, sallow complexion, middling stout, lost 2 upper teeth.

4/10/1876 Police Gazette, WA.
Hugh McGriskin, TOL, reported lost in the bush at Warren, but from information supposed to have absconded and gone to Albany.  Notified per telegram from L. S. Back, Vasse.

1877: Married Mary McQuade at York, WA (born 1850) Portsea Isle, Hampshire, England, immigrated with family per ‘Robert Small to WA 19/8/1853.,  and died 22/10/1927. They had 7 children,
Edward, Elizabeth, John, William, Mary, Monica and Josephine.

15/2/1902: Josephine died aged 14 from burns she received when she was lighting a stove where kerosene was being used, it exploded setting her clothes on fire.

27/6/1885 Eastern Districts Chronicle, York:
Hugh McGriskin, for being drunk and disorderly, was fined 10s., or 7 days.

15/1/1898: Warrant of remission.

17/3/1925: Hugh died at York.

20/3/1925 Eastern Districts Chronicle, York:
The death of Mr. Hugh McGriskin, at the age of 88 years, occurred at his late residence in Steere street on Tuesday afternoon, the 17th instant, and the interment took place in the Roman Catholic portion of the York cemetery at 4 o’clock the following day, the Very Rev. Dean Walsh, V.F., officiating both at the service in the church and the graveside. The chief mourners were Messrs. William McGriskin (son), George Edwards and E.Tomney (sons-in-law), F. McQuade and Charles McQuade (brothers-in-law). The pall bearers were Messrs W. Gurney, F. Arthurs, J. Eldridge, H. Loughlin, W. Johnson and Geo. Pyke.
The funeral arrangements were conducted by Messrs. J. L. Wansbrough & Son.

Christine D Lewis on 15th September, 2014 wrote of Hugh Mcgriskin:

Hugh lived out his life in York, Western Australia raised a family (7 children) and that’s where his life ended.

D Wong on 15th September, 2014 wrote of Augustin Doreice:

Old Bailey:
AUGUSTIN DOREICE, Theft > housebreaking, 1st July 1812.

Reference Number: t18120701-59
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence
Punishment: Transportation

AUGUSTIN DOREICE was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Myers Lazarus , no person being therein, about the hour of three in the afternoon, on the 24th of June , and stealing therein two jackets, value 10 s. and two pair of trowsers, value 10 s. the property of Louis Elias .
LOUIS ELIAS . I am a Frenchman, and the prisoner is a Frenchman. I live with Mr. Lazarus.
Q. When did you lose these things - A. Thirteen days ago to-day. The prisoner lodged in the same house.
Q. You lost your two jackets and two trowsers - A. Yes.
Q. All you know is, you lost them - A. Yes.
Q. Can the prisoner speak English - A. Yes.
MYERS LAZARUS. I live at No. 2, Back-lane, Rose-street . The prisoner lodged in my house. About four o’clock I went out to Billingsgate-market. I hawk fish. When I went out the prosecutor’s bag was full of clothes, and when I returned I found it three parts empty, to what I saw it in the morning. I went to Mr. Brown, and had the prisoner apprehended. He confessed that he took the things. He was drunk and hungry. He sold them for twenty-six shillings, in the highway; and a pair of trowsers he put on himself, he said, before he went out.
THOMAS NEW. I am a slop-seller. I bought a pair of trowsers and two jackets of the prisoner. I gave him twenty-six shillings for them.
ROBERT BROWN. I was in company with Butler in apprehending the prisoner. He confessed that he got into the house, and sold the clothes to a gentleman in the highway; a pair of trowsers and two jackets, to Mr. New, for twenty-six shillings. He said, he put the window back, and got in. I went to the slop-seller. He produced the property.
Q. to Lazarus. How many lodgers have you got in the house - A. I had two, that is all. I was the last person that went out. At this time the key was fixed in the door. He was to get in at the next door, and I got in at the next door. I got over the next yard myself, that day, to go in at the kitchen window.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was drunk and hungry when I did it.
GUILTY , aged 28,
Of stealing, but not of breaking the dwelling-house.
Transported for Seven Years.

Native place: France.

Found nothing on this man. Not listed on NSW, TAS, or even Norfolk Island records or Trove.

D Wong on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Goliah Chadderton:

Goliah was 23 years old on arrival in VDL.  He was 5’8 3/4” tall, brown hair, grey eyes, pockpitted, scar on left cheek.

31/5/1827: Was a Javelin Man.
1830: Public Works, working in the Government garden.
1832: On load to Mr Dandson
1833: Public Works

1834: Married Mary Purdon

1835: TOL
1/9/1836: CP

19/9/1838: Allowed to proceed to Port Phillip per “Hetty”(looks like).

1847 Directory for the town and district of Port Phillip:
Chadderton: Goliah: farmer: Merri Creek

1856: In Richmond, Vic.

24/11/1858 The Bendigo Advertiser – taken from The Age, Melbourne:

In the New Court yesterday the case of Sheedy v. Chadderton occupied the greater portion of the day. The action in this case was brought by a publican to recover the sum of £50 from the defendant, a brickmaker, rejoicing in the historic name of Goliah.  The defendant’s hours of relaxation appear to have been spent in the plaintiff’s house, where he devoted himself to all fours and bagatelle with exemplary perseverance, refreshing himself at intervals with champagne, sherry, and half-and-half. It was alleged that during the period of his acquaintance with the plaintiff the brickmaker had disposed of no less than 1540 nobblers. On (he other hand there was an unpaid account for bricks, and sundry money payments were sworn to, which, in the opinion of the jury, justified a verdict for the defendant.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Anne Ruth Cleary:

Anne (proper name Ruth) Cleary was convicted at Dublin City on 11/07/1850 for stealing a watch.(Previous offences.) 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’ arriving 29/05/1851.

Aged 28yrs; 5’5”; Housemaid/needlewoman; Roman Catholic; can read & write; dark complexion; brown hair; Hazel eyes.
Native place - Dublin.

Assignments of service in Colony.
1851: G. Marshall at Pittwater.

02/08/1853: Ticket of Leave

Application for permission to marry.
Married to Patrick Glennon (transported per Hydrabad) 1854 at Richmond, Tasmania.

26/02/1856: Conditional Pardon

24/07/1857: Certificate of Freedom, at Sorell.

Anne Cleary Glennon died 30/11/1884, Sorell district. Aged 70yrs.
Patrick Glennon died 08/12/1888 at Hobart.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Elizabeth Cannon:

Elizabeth Cannon was convicted at Armagh on 04/04/1850 for Larceny (stealing money). No previous convictions. 7 yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’, arriving 29/05/1851.

Aged 18yrs; nurse girl; 4’11”; Roman Catholic; dark complexion, freckled; dk brown hair; dk blue eyes.
Native Place: Co. Tyrone, Ireland.

Various assignments of service in the Colony, including Hobart, Campbell Town and Female Factory Ross.

Some notes of misconduct on record.

Married John Arthyr Keeling (permission granted)26/05/1854 at Campbell Town (midlands, Tasmania). (Permission ref. is under spelling “Connon”.)

Ticket of Leave 07/11/1854

Conditional Pardon 18/12/1855

Certificate of Freedom, at Launceston 24/04/1857.

Further offences:
09/10/1868 Launceston - stealing a pr of trousers. 6mths hard labour.

20/10/1885 Launceston - idle and disorderly. 4mths hard labour. Under name Elizabeth Jones.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Mary Byrne:

Note: There are two Mary Byrne’s on this sailing of the ‘Blackfriar’ in 1851.

Mary Byrne was convicted at Wexford 01/03/1850 for Arson (setting fire to a haystack). 10 yr sentence. (Once convicted before for stealing clothes.) Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’ arriving 29/05/1851.

Single; laundress; 5’2”; aged 23yrs; Roman Catholic; can read; ruddy complexion; dk brown hair; Hazel eyes; front teeth project.
Native Place: Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Various assignments of service in Colony including Launceston, Westbury. Sent to Female Factory Cascades, Hobart when pregnant.

20/05/1855: Marriage to John Holbrook (transported per Pestongee Bomagee) approved. Married.

Ticket of Leave: 07/11/1854

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Mary Byrne:

A further check of the records reveals that it was NOT this Mary who married John Holbrook, but the second Mary Byrne.  This Mary may have married Lyons (?).

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Mary Byrne:

Note: There are two Mary Byrne’s on this sailing of the ‘Blackfrair’ 1851.

Mary Byrne was convicted at Co. Carlow for stealing clothes. 7 yr sentence. (Twice convicted before.)
Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’, arriving 29/05/1851. No.1 identifier.

Single (widow); 1 child on board with her; country servant; native place - Co. Carlow, Ireland; aged 28yrs; 5’2 1/2”; dark complexion, mole on left cheek, freckled; brown hair; Hazel eyes; Roman Catholic.

Various assignments of service in Hobart and Bothwell.

Application for permission to marry:
to John Holbrook (transported per Pestongee Bomangee) 13/02/1855. Approved. Married. ref. RGD37/14 : 1855/249.

Ticket of Leave: 21/02/1854

Conditional Pardon: 10/02/1857

(Child does not appear in records of Queens Orphan School under name “Byrne”.)

D Wong on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Benjamin Evans Turner:

BENJAMIN EVANS TURNER was born 23rd March, 1796 in Worcester, County of Worcestershire, England. Baptised on 4th April, 1796 at the Parish of St Clements, Worcester, the son of WILLIAM TURNER (Waterman) and PENELOPE EVANS.

A Waterman by trade, BENJAMIN married his 1st cousin ANNE PUGH, at the Parish of Hartlebury, Worcestershire by Banns with consent of Parents. Of this union there was a daughter CAROLINE. In 1821.

BENJAMIN and a JOSEPH DICKENS (both Watermen) were convicted at Worcester Summer Assizes, for stealing two cheeses and other articles; they were sentenced to 7 years transportation to New South Wales, Australia.

Upon obtaining his Certificate of Freedom in 1828, BENJAMIN removed himself to New Zealand, finally settling at Kororareka (Russell), Bay of Islands, where he engaged in trade.

They had 10? children.

Colonial Secretary:
TURNER, Benjamin Evans. Per “Shipley”, 1822
1822 Mar 22: On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3291; 4/4570D p.121)
1825 May 30: Servant of Berry and Wollstonecraft. Petition for free passage for his wife Anne Pew and daughter Caroline, aged 6 (Fiche 3288; 4/1112.1A pp.390-1)

16/8/1828: COF

After the sacking of Kororareka (Russell) In1844 BENJAMIN moved to Auckland where he bought property – he built a cottage at Newmarket which he named “Retreat Cottage” ; served on the Auckland Provincial Council; an avid reader; always remaining interested in the affairs of New Zealand, particularly the Bay of Islands and Auckland.

In 1876, prior to his death, BENJAMIN erected his own Tombstone in the churchyard at St Marks, Remuera which was inscribed omitting only his date of death which occurred on 4th October, 1876. His wife ZILDA followed him in 1891 and was buried in the same family plot. In the 1960’s – the tombstones at St Marks were removed – there is a list of those buried on a wall inside of the church.

Michael Purdon on 14th September, 2014 wrote of Goliah Chadderton:

married mary purdon in hobart in 1834 . came to victoria in approx. 1837 with mary’s son , joseph .lived in richmond . mary died there in 1867.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Thomas Fawn:

Old Bailey:
THOMAS FAWN, Breaking Peace > wounding, 14th December 1857.

THOMAS FAWN (33) , Feloniously cutting and wounding Hannah Fawn, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.
MR. RIBTON. conducted the Prosecution.

HANNAH FAWN . I was married to the prisoner on 16th June last; I was then residing at Reading, and was a widow. I lived at Reading about five weeks after the marriage, and then came to London, and lived at No. 1, Purton Street, Ledbury Road—my husband did not continue to reside with me—he was away from me five weeks, and the last time seven weeks—he was at home on 19th Nov.—he only came home the previous night—we were about to move into the country, and were packing up our things—on the 19th, after dinner, we were packing up the bed clothes, and as I was reaching the sheet I received a very severe blow on the right side of my head from behind—it quite stunned me; I did not know where I was for a time—there was no one else in the room but myself and my husband—he was standing behind me at the time I received the blow—when I recovered myself, I found myself lying on a pillow before the fire—the pillow was in my mouth, and my mouth was full of blood—I cannot tell at all how long I had been insensible—I got to the top of the stairs, and called the landlady, Mrs. Fisher—she came to my assistance—a policeman was called in, and a medical man attended me—I had had no quarrel with my husband that day—I never had any quarrel with him at all—I did not see him again till he was in custody.
Cross-examined by MR. METCALFF. Q. What part of the country were you going to move to? A. To Chichester—my husband is a dealer, I believe—he is a plumber by trade—he travels about with articles to sell—we have been married about five months—I knew him between three and four months before that—he told me he had a brother living at Horsham.

On the Sunday night previously he had come to the house in a very excited state, that he asked for a bed, and said, “Have you heard anything of my wife?”—on the road from the station I saw a woman whom I thought was his first wife, from what I had heard; and it was represented to me there were three children—I said to him, “Have you anything to tell me respecting the three children?”—he said, “I will tell you all about that directly; they are not the children of my wife, they are the children of the woman I have been living with.”
Cross-examined Q. Have you ever said anything about this until this-day? A. I have not-—I did not instruct the attorney for the prosecution—I do not know who did.
GUILTY .— Ten Years Penal Servitude.

Thomas was 40 years old on arrival, and was 5’8 ½” tall, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion, middling stout, literate, protestant.

Thomas was also married with 3 children, they were not the children of his 2nd wife Hannah.

14/3/1863: TOL
29/6/1865: CP
5/2/1868: Certified Freedom date.

Comments: Carpenter, worked for self in 1864, alive in 1885.

26/3/1885 The West Australian:
THE day before yesterday, a charge o fpetty larceny was reported at the centra lpolice station against one Thomas Fawn, and the police were sent to the Victoria hotel where he was said to be, to take him into custody. Upon arriving there, they found that Fawn and several others hadbeen quarrelling, and that during the scuffle he had fallen heavily upon the ground, and, being an old man, the fall broke his leg. He was conveyed to the ‘‘station and later on to the Colonial hospital, where he now lies under treatment.

1886: Thomas died aged 67.  No other marriages or children found in WA.

Thomas died intestate with his estate worth £4.16.03.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Charles Annois:

Old Bailey:

CHARLES ANNOIS (23), was indicted for the wilful murder of Philip Barker, on the high seas.  Philip Barker was the Captain of the ship.

Charles was a native of Rio Janeiro—
Found Guilty – Life

Also found the following details of Charles – date of death on Fremantle Prison database is December 1894.
NameCarlos (Charles) GUIMAREAS (ANNOIS) 
Birth1836, Rio de Janiero, Brazil386
Death5 Sep 1918, Freemantle Hospital, Freemantle, West Australia, Australia
1Briget MEANEY 386
Marriage22 May 1867, Congregational Church386
ChildrenMary (1873-)
Notes for Carlos (Charles) GUIMAREAS (ANNOIS)
The following history is provided by members of the Matheson family, and has apparently been confirmed by an article in the London Times:661

Carols, son of Pedro,386 Emperor of Brazil and Duke of Braganza, was training with his brother in the Portuguese Navy, when his brother was sentenced to be rolled around the deck in a barrel lined with nails. Carlos rescued his brother by throwing the Captain overboard, where he drowned. At the ensuing Court Martial, Carlos was sentenced to death in 1859.661

At this time Pedho d’Alcantra (grandson of Pedro I) was King of Portugal. His mother, Maria de Gloria had married Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Kohany, a cousin of Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Ferdinand was acting Regent for Pedro. At Ferdinand’s request, Carlos Guimareas was sent to Freemantle on the convict ship “Palmerstone” 11 Feb 1861, as Charles Annois on a “ticket of leave”.

Charles Annois was well educated, a clever linguist, speaking seven different languages, and he wrote beautiful copperplate script. He worked in Freemantle in the following employment:

20 Aug 1864 General Store - R. Hillswell
7 Sep 1864 Seaman - J & W Bateman
31 Dec 1864 Harbour Master
1 Feb 1865 Self-employed in his own store

He was conditionally pardonned on 8 Nov 1871.

At one point Charles had a pearling lugger which was wrecked off the coast of Broome. He also spent some time in the Coolgardie and Murrin districts during the Goldrush period.

On 22 May 1867, Charles married Briget Meaney at the Congregational church.

They had a property “Richmond” in Freemantle, overlooking the sea which Charles loved. When the tramlines were laid in East St, part of the property was reclaimed by the Government. Briget unsuccessfully appealed to the High Court against this reclamation.

Briget was an accomplished horse woman as her family had stables in Ireland. She introduced into West Australia the first pair of Shetland ponies - Prancer and Dandy, which she bought at the Adelaide Show. She was a well known figure, driving her pony cart around Freemantle. Charles Annois died in the Freemantle Hospital on 5 Sep 1918 aged 82 years.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 13th September, 2014 wrote of William Saltmarsh:

William was born in 1770 at Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.

William Saltmarsh, in company with George Freeland, were found guilty of stealing handkerchiefs, with force and arms, from a shop at Putney. 1785. Sent to hulks. Sentenced to 7yrs transportation. Sailed on the ‘Alexander’ (First Fleet ship.)

He was sent to Norfolk Island in 1790.
Whilst on Norfolk Island he cohabited with Mary Butler who arrived as a convict on the Lady Juliana. Their son William was born 18/08/1792. This child also known by name Butler (his mother’s name.)

Mary Butler co-habited with James Jordan on Norfolk Island & she had another 5 children.  She died on Norfolk Island before the family moved on to Norfolk Plains VDL in 1813.
(Son William married Elizabeth Stevens at Launceston, Tasmania.He was a farmer.11 children. Wm jnr died 21/11/1863 Norfolk Plains, Tas.)

On 6 June 1789 William was responsible for capturing Black Caesar who had absconded and was raiding the settlement for food.

After Mary,William Saltmarsh cohabited with Elizabeth Holligan, a convict on the Prince of Wales. Elizabeth bore William’s daughter, Ann, in 1799.

Barbara Johnstone on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Isaac Tyler:

Married Mary Burns (Byrne) convict and had 9 children.  Was a farmer until his death

Barbara Johnstone on 13th September, 2014 wrote of John Tyler:

Convicted with his brother Isaac Tyler
Death Reg. #790/1882
Lived in Westbury Tasmania after his pardon

Carol Axton-Thompson on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Ann Martin:

Contribution from Michelle Drysdale:
I have found out my first fleeter convict ancestor Ann Martin was sent to Norfolk Island in November 1789 & returned to Port Jackson by “Atlantic” supply ship in September 1792.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Robert Saunders:

Robert Saunders was born in Cheddington, Dorsetshire, England to Robert and Elizabeth Saunders, they had 16 children.

20/12/1818: Robert married Joan Haynes in St Peters church Long Bredy, Dorsetshire, they had 2 children, John 1819 and Robert Hann 1820.

Robert was transported for ‘stealing chickens’ in Yeovil. This was his third time to appear before the courts.

Robert was 5’7 ½” tall, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair, pockpitted.

Assigned to a Mr J Fletcher.

24/4/1828: CP

28/3/1836: Married Ann Clancy in Longford, Tasmania

Robert and Ann moved to Evandale, Tasmania around 1840 before spending a short period at Campbell Town. Robert and Ann went on to have thirteen children.

Robert was the sexton at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Evandale for over 50 years and was a well known identity in the town.

Robert died on the 15th of October 1888 in Evandale, Tasmania. He is buried at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Evandale.

Ann died on the 23rd of February 1897. She was 83 years old. Both are buried in an unmarked grave in the front of the church on the left.

18/10/1888 Launceston Examiner:
It is my painful duty to chronicle the demise, on Sunday night, of one of our oldest colonists, Mr. Robert Saunders, in his 107th year.
He arrived in this colony at Hobart in the year 1819, by the ship Countess of Harcourt. His wife, who survives him, has enjoyed 53 years of married life.

The deceased was one of a family of 16, and is said to have been born in Chsesterton, Dorsetshire, England in the year 1780.
He leaves seven out of a family of 13 children, and by a former marriage in England he left two sons, who would be about 70 years of age if alive. He was sensible up to the last, and only a few days prior to his death lie bought his usual
quantity of groceries from the shop and carried the parcel home with his own hand.

The remains of the deceased will be interred to-morrow in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

The old man will be greatly missed, as he was considered by all the residents to be an old identity. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for upwards of 50 years. In his early days
he walked from Launceston to Hobart when there was not more than two or three houses between these towns, and he told “Your Own” that there were only two houses in Evandale when he arrived here.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of William Miles:

Old Bailey: 2/7/1817

Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
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WILLIAM MILES and CHARLES DOUGLAS , were indicted for stealing, on the 23d of May , one handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of William Houseman , from his person .

WILLIAM HOUSEMAN. On the 23d of May, about two o’clock in the afternoon, during the fire at Mr. Mist’s house, I was passing up Fleet-street ; I pressed my handkerchief down in my pocket, and occasionally felt to see that it was safe, soon after I missed it; and saw it found on the prisoner, Miles.

THOMAS WHITE . I am an officer. I saw the prisoners in the crowd, and saw them attempt several pockets, they were watching Mr. Houseman; at last I saw the prisoner, Douglas, make a motion which induced me to suspect them. I seized them, and found the handkerchief upon Miles, and Houseman claimed it.
(Property produced and sworn to.)

MILES’S Defence. I picked it up.

MILES - GUILTY . Aged 18.
Transported for Seven Years .


9/6/1843: Married Elizabeth Dixon/Smith in Hobart.  They had 7 children, 5 born Hobart and one in Sydney and one in Tubutt, Victoria.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of William Gentle:

5/11/1890 Eastern Districts Chronicle:

GENTLE.  At Quellington, near York, on the 5th November WILLIAM GENTLE, aged 65 years.
After a long and painful illness. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and children.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of William Gentle:

William Gentle was transported for ‘Burglary and stealing money’.  His occupation was listed as a ‘Labourer’.

He married Ann Bolton (born 1824 in Harlton, Cambridgeshire) in 1846. Two children, Rebecca and Samuel were born in 1847 and 1850 in Harlton, Cambridgeshire.

On 19 Mar 1851, William Gentle and William Palmer were put on trial for breaking and entering the house of Sarah Rich, widow of Harlton, and stealing from her stays and pocket money to the value of upwards of twenty pounds.

Both William Gentle and William Palmer were placed aboard the “Ascendent” bound for Bermuda and upon arrival at Ireland Island they were placed aboard the convict hulk, “Coromendal”.

In April 1861, Gentle and Palmer were put aboard the “Medway” for transferance back to England arriving at Chatham on 30 September 1861.

In early 1863 as convict # 7113, William Gentle was placed aboard the “Clyde” at Chatham and arrived at Fremantle on 29 May 1863.

William was semi literate, Protestant,  5’6 ¾” tall, brown hair, blue eyes, dark complexion, middling stout, scar on left cheek.

23/6/1867: TOL
15/2/1864: CP, York

In June 1864, William Gentle was reunited with his wife and children when they arrived in Western Australia aboard the “Strathmore”. The family moved to the Quellington area, firstly leasing crown land and later purchasing the land. William Gentle died on 5 November 1890 and is buried at York. His wife, Ann (Bolton) Gentle died 17 July 1897 and is also buried at York.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Mark Compton:

Mark Compton was 21 years old and was transported, along with Christopher Nicholas, also on board, for “Setting fire to a Barn” the prosecutor was Mr Rose or Ross at Marston.

Mark was 5’5 ¼” tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes, scar inside right leg, scar inside knee right leg. Could read and write, was single, protestant.

2 years probation at Norfolk Island.

11/5/1852: TOL
29/3/1853: TOL revoked – being absent from muster.
24/5/1853: TOL restored.

28/6/1853: Recommended for a CP
16/5/1854: CP approved

20/9/1860: Certificate self.

1854: Married Alice McGill (free) in Hobart.

He owned a hut and land at Deep Bay on 50 acres in 1862.
He is listed as living at Randall’s Bay in 1867.
1884: Still at Port Cygnet.

8/10/1892: Melbourne:
The old man named Mark Compton, who severely injured his wife at Camberwell by striking her over the head with a poker, was charged at the local court to-day with unlawful assault.  As the woman will not be able to appear for some time the accused was remanded for a week.

9/8/1895 The Reporter, Box Hill, Vic:
£2 REWARD given for information leading to Conviction of Persons Breaking Lamps In WhiteHorse road.
Mark Compton.

1902: He died at Surrey Hills in Victoria.

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote of Christopher Nicholas:

Christopher Nicholas was born at Marston, Wiltshire and was transported for “Setting fire to a Barn” the prosecutor was Mr Rose at Marston.  He was tried with Mark Compton (also on board) for same offence.

Christopher was 5’8 ¾” tall, Anchor inside left arm below elbow, dimple on chin, single, can read, protestant, brown hair and eyes.

2 years probation at Norfolk Island.

30/10/1852: TOL
31/10/1854: CP

14/9/1861: Married Ann Louise Shank at Franklin, Tas., 7 children listed.

25/2/1910: Christopher died – death date is taken from his headstone – he was buried at St Johns, Franklin.

26/2/1910 Huon Times:

An old and respected resident o f Franklin, in the person of Mr Christopher Nicholas passed away, on Wednesday last at the ripe old age of 81.  Deceased had been ailing for a very long time past. Although of a very retiring disposition he had a large circle of friends, many of whom came from different parts of the district to attend the deceased’s funeral yesterday, and pay their last tribute of respect to him at the graveside. He had been a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows for just about half a century, and 48 brethren of the Order followed the cortege, robed in official regalia. The burial sermon was conducted by Rev. F. P. Bethune. Deceased leaves a widow and a family of grown up son. (perhaps sons?).

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