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Barbara Williams on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Margaret Hanton:

Transported for Stealing Monies.

Found on 1841 census living in Vickers Street, Preston, LAN with above father John and 4 siblings, no mother.  Transcribed as HANDLIN, Margaret shown as Margert.

All children born in this county except father John, Ag Lab, born in Ireland.

Hannah died on 14th April 1850 after delivering a still born child :(  (Cascade returns)

No further records found.

Barbara Williams on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Mary Hart:

Small newspaper clipping from the Liverpool Mercury.  27 July 1847
Mary Hart, 14, for stealing a pair of trousers belonging to H.L. Medder - seven years

Barbara Williams on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Mary Hart:

Mary was 14 when first charged for stealing a pair of trousers.  She had been tried before and also been imprisoned 3 times for vagrancy.

D Wong on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Stephen Ship:

Stephen Ship was 18 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘breaking a threshing machine at Withersfield, the property of Mr. Edward Lawrence.’

Stephen was transported with his uncle Cromwell Potter who was 26 years old, also on board the ‘Proteous’

Stephen was 5’5” tall, blue eyes, dark brown hair, brown thin whiskers, fair complexion, single, illiterate, SS inside right arm.

Father: John Ship, labourer, at Withersfield.

1832-35 Musters: Assigned to Mr. Griffiths.

3/2/1836: Free Pardon.

1/2/1837: Uncle Cromwell Potter departed Launceston per ‘Rhoda’ bound for London.  After 1836 no records of Stephen Ship found, he may have also returned to England.

David L. Jackson on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of William Thompson:

Ticket of leave received on Jan 1852.
Married Elizabeth Millar on 5th April 1852.

D Wong on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Cromwell Potter:

Cromwell Potter was 26 years old when transported for machine breaking.  He was married to Rebecca Brigmore in 1826 and they had 2 or 4 children.
He was the son of Richard Potter and Mary Purkis and had 9 siblings.

Nephew Stephen Ship was also transported with Cromwell on the Proteus.

Cromwell was 5’4 ½” tall, pockpitted, dark brown eyes, black hair, can read.

Assigned to Mr Bayles, Macquarie River.

3/2/1836: Free Pardon.

1/2/1837: Departed Launceston as a steerage passenger per ‘Rhoda’ bound for London.

1854: His 27 year old son James sailed to New South Wales as an assisted immigrant on the ‘Anglo Saxon’.

D Wong on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of David Tilbury:

David Tilbury was 48 years old on arrival, his native place was Haversham.

David was 5’4” tall, could read and write, (there is a comment on his record that says he was blind), fresh complexion, brown to grey hair and whiskers, hazel eyes, tattoos, protestant, widowed with 5 children.

Father: Joseph
Brothers: William, Joseph
Sisters: Sarah, Mary.

12/4/1847: David died at the New Norfolk Hospital.

D Wong on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Robert Lancaster:

Robert was about 42 years old when transported for “stealing 23 pairs of cotton stockings and 4 cotton nightcaps”.

Robert was sent to Norfolk Island, as many convicts were because of the lack of food in Sydney in the early stages of settlement.

2/10/1808: Robert arrived in VDL per ‘City of Edinburgh’

Colonial Secretary papers:
LANCASTER, Robert
1802 Jun 24: Sold 48 acres of land at Norfolk Island by Richard Cornelius Burrowes (Fiche 3267; 9/2731 p.67)

c.1810: Re his claim for belongings left on Norfolk Island (Reel 6020; 4/6977A p.89)

c.1810: On list of former inhabitants of Norfolk Island who have complained at not having received remuneration for buildings on that Island (Reel 6020; 4/6977A pp.91-2)
n.d. In index to land grants in Van Diemen’s Land (Fiche 3262; 4/438 p.53)

1819-22: On list of persons owing quit rents in Van Diemen’s Land; for land in the District of Glenarchy (Fiche 3270; X19 p.15)

1821 May 25: On list of debtors of H.M. Government at Hobart (Reel 6054; 4/1757 p.64a)

24/11/1821 Hobart Town Gazette:
CORONER’S INQUEST. - On Tuesday last, an Inquest was held before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, at the farm-house of Wm. Mansfield, a settler at the Black Snake, on view of the body of Robert Lancaster, an old man 79 years of age, who was found dead in the woods. It appeared, that the deceased was a stock-keeper to Mansfield, and that he had sheep of his own in his master’s flock, which he was sometimes in the habit of keeping out for three days together without bringing home. On the Tuesday previously, the old man left his master’s house, with his sheep and dog, and was expected to return on the Thursday evening following; early in the morning of which day, the dog returned without his master, which occasioned Mansfield to conjecture that something must have happened to his shepherd.  Mansfield in consequence went to the place where Lancaster usually kept the sheep, which he found about 4 miles from the house; but could not see any thing of the shepherd. The sheep he brought home; and, upon examining them, he discovered 60 short of the number which Lancaster took out.  Next morning, Mansfield and a person named John Burrows, who had also some sheep in the flock,went out in search of Lancaster.

On Saturday they were led to go up to the top of a very high hill, from the unusual noise of a number of crows upon it: they there found the unfortunate man lying died on his back, with his left arm stretched out, and his right across his body, with his right leg placed over the left. There was a large quantity of blood laying under him, upon his coat, and down his left side. They covered the body with boughs, and there left it. On the Sunday the Jury went to view the body, which had been much torn by some animal. Upon turning it over and taking the cloathes off, a lump, the size of the top of the finger, was felt on the right shoulder, which was at first thought to be a kernal, but an incision being made through the skin, it was ascertained by one of the Jury, who put his finger in the hole, to be a musket ball, which had passed through the plate-bone of the shoulder. There was no hole inthe waistcoat, which was unbuttoned, and his shirt torn away; his right hand appeared as if it had received a blow. Lancaster was never known to carry fire-arms in the bush, though he suspected persons of coming to steal sheep from the flock, which had at different times been plundered. The sheep missing on the present occasion have not been found.
Verdict - Wilful Murder against some person or persons at present unknown.

No mention of marriages or further children.

Chel Indikt on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of James Weavers:

Assigned to Thomas Walker, Deputy Assistant Commissioner General of Sydney, Esq. Permission granted 16 February 1822 for Walker to take Weavers and two other convicts to Van Dieman’s Land. (Colonial Secretary Records)

AlisonBaker on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of David Tilbury:

David Tilbury was sentenced to seven years for stealing wood. He married Charlotte Dennis on the 22nd Oct 1814,they had 9 children the last one born 1838.On the 1841 census David was widowed and in the union workhouse with son John age 10.He died in Van Diemen’s Land.

Lin on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of William Bettis:

england and wales criminal registers 1791-1892, county of essex, page 254. England and Wales Crimes, Prisons & Punishments, 1770-1935, Series: HO13, Source: Correspondence and Warrants, Piece Number:85, Pages 26-27

Lin on 2nd August, 2015 wrote of Sarah Coleman:

Tried on 10th July 1850 at Devizes Wiltshire.
Trial reported in Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette on 18th July 1850

D Wong on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Winifred Kelly:

Winifred was 16 years old on arrival, she was 5’0” tall, red hair, hazel eyes, fair and freckled complexion, could read, unmarried, Catholic.

3/8/1849: Winifred died.

D Wong on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Dennis Collins:

Reports from the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette
Thursday, March 28th, 1833

Denis Collins, the old pensioner who threw a stone at his Majesty, is ordered to be transported for life - so that the poor old man will have the satisfaction of being once more on the element on which he passed so many years of his life. During his confinement at Reading gaol, his personal appearance had undergone considerable alteration. He had become considerably stouter, and his rough, hard looking, weather beaten countenance had assumed a florid complexion and a plumpness which destroyed much of the marked character of his features. His dress, since his conviction, was most grotesque, all the right side of it being bright yellow, and all the left side of a purple brown. His wooden leg (a new one, worn for the first time on his trial) was painted sky-blue, and to complete the tout ensemble he wore a blue cloth cap with a red border and a white tassel on the top.

Denis was 58 years old and was transported for ‘High Treason’ for throwing a stone at the King.  “I was sentenced to be drawn on a hurdle then to be beheaded and quartered.  The reason I threw the stone at the King as that I petitioned the King to restore my pension and he refused”.

Surgeon’s Report: Conduct for the first 6 weeks most disorderly insubordinate, refractory and that of a madman subsequently quiet, tractable and submissive. Surgeons Special Rept. Though this man has been troublesome, insubordinate and even refractory for a time his conduct at other times and particularly subsequently has been better.

Denis was 5’3 ½” tall, light grey eyes, brown to grey hair, single, lost left leg.

1833 Muster: Transported to Port Arthur.

30/11/1833: Denis died at Port Arthur.

D Wong on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Henrietta Gregory:

Old Bailey:
HENRIETTA GREGORY, Royal Offences > coining offences, 15th September 1813.

Reference Number: t18130915-49
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Not Guilty > no evidence

HENRIETTA GREGORY was indicted for feloniously forging, on the 27th of August , a bank note for the payment of 1 l. with intention to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.
Mr. Knapp, counsel for the prosecution, declining to offer any evidence, the prisoner, of this charge, was
ACQUITTED.

HENRIETTA GREGORY, Royal Offences > coining offences, 15th September 1813.

Reference Number: t18130915-48
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty
Punishment: Transportation

HENRIETTA GREGORY was indicted for that she, on the 28th of August , had in her custody and possession, divers forged bank notes for the payment of 1 l.
To this indictment the prisoner pleaded
GUILTY .
Transported for Fourteen Years.

C1800: Married Edward William Gregory a fairground entertainer who performed acrobatic tricks,and had 4 children.  The children accompanied her on the Broxbournebury.

In 1814 her husband Edward, who had been acquitted of pocketpicking on 15/9/1813 arrived in NSW per “Surrey” as a free settler – he returned to England also per “Surrey” about 1816.

26/8/1819: Henrietta died aged 44 at Parramatta.

D Wong on 1st August, 2015 wrote of James Moran:

2 James Moran’s on this voyage.

D Wong on 1st August, 2015 wrote of James Moran:

James was about 24 years old on arrival, (also found a birth date of 1799). He was transported for ‘stealing a bullock’ and his occupation was a ‘Herdsman’.

Assigned to Elizabeth Cullen, Windsor.
Assigned to John McDonald, Pitt Town.

Catherine Howe arrived per “City of Edinburgh 1828”.  In 1829 she married James Harrison who died in 1831 at Windsor.

D Wong on 1st August, 2015 wrote of James Moran:

There were 2 James Moran’s on this voyage.

James Moran was tried at Castlebar, Mayo County – crime was not listed.  He was about 20 years old on arrival.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
MORAN, James. Per “Isabella”, 1823; two convicts of this name by this ship.

1823 Dec 23: On list of convicts landed from the “Isabella” and forwarded to Bathurst for distribution (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.32)

1824 Jan 16, Aug 16: On list of prisoners assigned; also listed as Maron (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D pp.85, 87)

1824 Jul, Aug: Servant of Mr G Innes. On return of settlers men punished in the County of Westmoreland (Reel 6023; 4/6671 pp.121, 123)

1824 Jul 2: On list of persons employed by George Innes, Bathurst (Fiche 3094; 4/1837B No.498 p.903)
1824 Sep 11: To take charge of the grazing run of George Innes, twenty four miles from Bathurst (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.361)

James, Patrick Sullivan (Brampton 1823), Matthew Craven (Guildford 1824)and Thomas Cavenagh (ship not found commenced bush ranging around the Bathurst area.

2/9/1826: All four were convicted of bush ranging and were sentenced to death.

20/10/1826 The Moniter, Sydney:
James and Patrick Sullivan were hanged at Irish Town (Yagoona) NSW, on the 18th October 1826.

Tim Flynn on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Ann Reynolds:

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18301028-121-defend1070&div=t18301028-121#highlight

Tim Flynn on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Louisa Wood:

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18110918-157-defend1151&div=t18110918-157#highlight

Tim Flynn on 1st August, 2015 wrote of John Hindley:

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17870711-16-person176&div=t17870711-16#highlight

Ruth Symons on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Robson Botterill:

1142. ROBSON BOTTERILL was indicted for stealing 85 yards of lawn, value 6l.; and 12 handkerchiefs, 16s.: also 12 handkerchiefs, 16s., the goods of John Boyd and another, his master; to both which he pleaded GUILTY. Aged 22. Transported for Seven Years.

Samantha Jaimee Gray on 1st August, 2015 wrote of William Snow:

Native place: Somersetshire
Trade: Stone Cutter
Gaol report: Transpd before
Transported for: Felony
Stated this offence: House breaking Sentenced 7 Years in 1832 Stealing money served it at Bermuda & Plymouth
Statement (other): Single
Sentence: Life
Hulk report: Good Single
Trial court: Somerset Assizes (England)
Departed from Plymouth, England on the ship Lord Lyndoch
Voyage: Lord Lyndoch, 1840-1841
Shipmaster: Jn. Humble
Ship surgeon: Thomas W. McDonald
Travelled via: Cape
Surgeon’s journal: Good

Gender: Male
Age on Arrival: 23 years
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Grey
Remarks: Battery and flagstaff sailor and Lass on left arm blue mark on left arm Scar on forehead

http://www.founders-storylines.com/mugsheets/convicts/profile/ai66541/william_snow

http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/82327646/person/42458087284/photo/18?pgnum=1&pg=32916&pgpl=pid|pgNum

Samantha Jaimee Gray on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Sophia Frazier:

Native place: Hull (England)
Trade: Housemaid and nursemaid (House maid, Nurse maid)
Marital status: Single
Relations: Father and Mother William in Hull; 3 brothers William, Charles and Jeremiah
Prior convictions: Again for gold rings 3 months; again for same 6 months
Gaol report: Twice convicted; character bad

http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/82327646/person/42458087283/media/1ab314cb-31d4-4dad-b506-349d160a734a?pg=32768&pgpl=pid

http://www.founders-storylines.com/mugsheets/convicts/profile/4774/sophia_frazier

Samantha Jaimee Gray on 1st August, 2015 wrote of Sophia Frazier:

Native place: Hull (England)
Trade: Housemaid and nursemaid (House maid, Nurse maid)
Marital status: Single
Relations: Father and Mother William in Hull; 3 brothers William, Charles and Jeremiah
Prior convictions: Again for gold rings 3 months; again for same 6 months
Gaol report: Twice convicted; character bad
Transported for: Felony
Stated this offence: Stealing silk handkerchieves; prosecutor Isaac Jones
Sentence: 7 years
Trial place: York Kingston upon Hull Quarter Sessions (York (Kingston Upon Hull) Quarter Sessions, England)
Departed from London, England on the ship Emma Eugenia
Voyage: Emma Eugenia, 1843-1844
Shipmaster: Geo. Kettlewell
Ship surgeon: Jn. Wilson
Sentence: 3 months hard labour
Place of sentencing: Cascades FF

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