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Maureen Withey on 20th May, 2022 wrote of Mary Newby:

Colonial Secretary Index.

NEWBY, Mary. Per “Canada”, 1817.

1817 Aug 11
On list of prisoners embarked per “Elizabeth Henrietta” for Hobart (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.297)

Maureen Withey on 20th May, 2022 wrote of Richard Elliott:

At Bury Sessions, held the Guildhall, on Thursday and Friday last, before William Frere, Esq. Recorder, and the Town Magistrates, Richard Elliott, otherwise Fletcher, (aged 15), and James Smith (aged 14), were capitally convicted of a burglary in the workhouse that town, and received sentence of Death; but the learned Recorder, passing sentence, intimated that he should report the cases to the Secretary of State, and that he hoped pardon would be granted them on account of their youth.
Norfolk Chronicle, 11 Jan 1817.

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Thursday se’nnight, when ... and Richard Elliott, alias Fletcher, for stealing a great coat, a pair of pantaloons, and a waistcoat, the property of Robert Gudgeon, of Bury, were each sentenced to be transported for 7 years.
Norfolk Chronicle, 4 April 1818.

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The following seven male convicts were removed from our Gaol, to be put on board the hulks at Portsmouth: — John Smith, alias Suttle, John Downing, Mingay Rampling, and James Ely, to be transported for life; and Captain Thomas Brown, alias Bowen, Orbell Scarrow, and Richard Elliott, for 7 years.
Bury and Norwich Post, 20 May 1818.

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Murgay Rampling:

Thursday se’nnight, when (in addition to those who were capitally convicted mentioned our last,) the following five prisoners received sentence of death; like the other five, were all reprieved before the Judge left Bury, viz. ... Mingay Rampling, for breaking aud entering the house of Robert Horn, of Brandon, and stealing one 5£. and three £ notes, guinea, 5/. in silver, a silver watch, and other articles; ... 
Norfolk Chronicle, 4 April 1818.
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The following seven male convicts were removed from our Gaol, to be put on board the hulks at Portsmouth: — John Smith, alias Suttle, John Downing, Mingay Rampling, and James Ely, to be transported for life; and Captain Thomas Brown, alias Bowen, Orbell Scarrow, and Richard Elliott, for 7 years.
Bury and Norwich Post, 20 May 1818.
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Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of James Ely:

...Thursday sennight, when (in addition to those who were capitally convicted mentioned our last,) the following five prisoners received sentence of death; like the other five were all reprieved before the Judge left Bury, viz.  James Ely, for stealing out of the dwelling-house of Thomas Archer, Esq. of Barton Mills, a box, containing silver coin to the value of 300/; ...
Norfolk Chronicle, 4 April 1818.

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The following seven male convicts were removed from our Gaol, to be put on board the hulks at Portsmouth: — John Smith, alias Suttle, John Downing, Mingay Rampling, and James Ely, to be transported for life; and Captain Thomas Brown, alias Bowen, Orbell Scarrow, and Richard Elliott, for 7 years.
Bury and Norwich Post, 20 May 1818.

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of John Downing:

... the following five prisoners received sentence of death; like the other five, were all reprieved before the Judge left Bury, viz. .. John Downing for a burglary in the house of John Brown, of Bradfield St. George, and stealing divers goods; ...
Norfolk Chronicle, 4 April 1818.

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The following seven male convicts were removed from our Gaol, to be put on board the hulks at Portsmouth: — John Smith, alias Suttle, John Downing, Mingay Rampling, and James Ely, to be transported for life; and Captain Thomas Brown, alias Bowen, Orbell Scarrow, and Richard Elliott, for 7 years.
Bury and Norwich Post, 20 May 1818.

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of John Hancock:

Marriage Permissions.

Sydney, Revd. William Cowper, 9 Aug 1822.
Permission to marry requested for John Hancock, per General Stuart and Sarah Fitten, Free.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Ann Beck:

OTHER DETAILS:

“Surgeon’s report on Sea Queen: ‘Insane. Great pilferer and very destructive’.

Assessed as unfit for service on arrival and no indent taken.

‘Mania’

Detailed case report from surgeon:

Folios 4-5: case no 1, Ann Beck, aged 35, convict, taken ill at sea; sick or hurt, mania, disposed to pilfer any and every thing that came in her way, the peculiar manner in which she pursued it - nothing escaped her notice however trifling, and her feet were employed as well as her hands to effect her purpose - then concealing such things in her bosum [sic], up her sleeves, beneath her clothes, and the variety of articles as rags, yarns, shaving, pieces of cloth, that she managed to accumulate; put on sick list 15 May 1846, sent 1 September 1846 to hospital.” (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai04043)

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Ann Beck:

CRIME: 2 February 1845—convicted for stealing a shirt; 5 times imprisoned for vagrancy (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON41-1-10$init=CON41-1-10p11).

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Ann Beck:

DEATH:

7 November, 1846: Ann Beck died in hospital at New Norfolk. There are no details in this document, but her Conduct Record calls her “insane, a great pilferer and very destructive”. It says she was “a thief and a prostitute” (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON41-1-10$init=CON41-1-10p11). Another document lists her as “unfit, sick” (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/ai04043).

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Samuel Baxendale:

CRIME: He was transported for stealing a game fowl. Samuel Baxendale had two previous convictions (with jail terms) for stealing fowls (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-32$init=CON33-1-32p47).

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Samuel Baxendale:

INQUEST:

6 November, 1846: An inquest found he “came to his death naturally”.

A fellow worker Joseph Johnson testified that he was threshing wheat with Samuel Baxendale, using a horse-drawn machine driven by Baxendale. The latter would either stand or sit on the machine when driving.

Around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, he (Johnson) looked through the machine and saw Samuel Baxendale lying on his belly partly under the machine. One of the man’s legs was torn to shreds and Joseph Johnson said he saw flesh in the machine’s cogs. He said he did not hear Samuel Baxendale call out because the “machine makes a great noise”, but the two men would see each other every 10 minutes or so while working.

Another worker Joseph Lewis testified about the danger of a driver getting caught in the cogs. He said Samuel Baxendale was inexperienced but had been given the (easier) job of driving because he had a bad leg (https://stors.tas.gov.au/SC195-1-19-1564).

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Jasper Wilmott:

Colonial Secretary Index.

WILMOT, Jasper. Per “General Stuart”, 1818.

1819 Jan 13
On list of convicts disembarked from the “General Stuart” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.261)

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NSW Convict index.
Jasper Wilmott, General Stewart, 1819, Ticket of Leave, 28/108. District, Sutton Forest; Bor Gloc 1798; Trade, Labourer; Tried, Som 1818.
Jasper Wilmott, General Stewart, 1819, Conditional Pardon, 28 Feb 1834, No 227.
Jasper Wilmott, General Stewart, 1819, Recommended Absolute Pardon, 1844. Recommended by C. Trosby, J.P.; John Nicholson, J.P.; S. North, J.P.; and W. Stone.

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Notice to Settlers IN THE INTERIOR.
THE Undersigned has for SALE at his Residence, Sutton Forest, from two to three hundred Bushels of Good Wheat.
JASPER WILMOTT.
Lansdowne Park, Sutton Forest,
Sept. 31, 1836.
Sydney Gazette, 1 Oct 1836.

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In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION.
In the Will of Jasper Wilmott, late of Sutton Forest, in the Colony of New South Wales, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given, that John Nicholson, of Newbury, near Berrima, in the Colony of New South Wales, Esquire, and James Henry Dovey, of Berrima aforesaid, Auctioneer, Trustees or Executors named in the Will of Jasper Wilmott, late of Sutton Forest, in the Colony of New South Wales, deceased, intend, after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, to apply to the Supreme Court of New South Wales aforesaid, for Probate of the said Will to be granted to them as such Trustees or Executors as aforesaid.—Dated this thirteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three.
GURNER & TOMPSON,
557, George-street, Sydney.
Proctors for the said John Nicholson and James Henry Dovey.
NSW Govt Gazette, 16 Aug 1853.

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By order of the Trustees of the Estate of the late CHARLES THROSBY, Esq.
RICHARDSON and WRENCH have received instructions from the Trustees of the above Estate, to Bell by public auction, at the Rooms, Pitt-street, Sydney, on FRIDAY, 13th March, at 11 o’clock, all their right, title, and interest in and to the following:
1. A MORTGAGE dated 3rd October, 1846, made by Jasper Wilmott and Maria Wilmott (widow of the late Thomas Wilmott) in favour of Charles Throsby, for the sum of £260, on the premises known as the Kentish Arms Inn, together with 20 acres of land,  on the main Southern Road, near Berrima.
2. A PROMISSORY NOTE for the sum of £60, dated 21st September, 1846, drawn by Jasper Wilmott in favour of Charles Throsby, secured by tho deposit of title deeds of 240 acres of land at Sutton Forest.
Full particulars of the above can be obtained on application at the Rooms, or to W. W. Billyard, Esq., Solicitor of the Estate, Hunter-street.
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 Mar 1874.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Patrick Brady:

TRIED on 12 July 1845, at County Cavan, Patrick Brady was 18 when he “raped Jane Lowan in a house”, according to his own account on his Convict Record. He was single, able to read, a labourer, native place Co Cavan and listed as convict #17474. He was 19 on arrival in VDL (https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-75$init=CON33-1-75p4).

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Note: There were two men called Patrick Brady on the Samuel Boddington. This one is often listed as Patrick Brady 2. The other Patrick Brady, from Co Leitrim, was #17473 and transported for cow stealing (15 years). He was also a labourer.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Patrick Brady:

CAUSE OF DEATH: On 6 November, at Rocky Hills, Patrick Brady died within an hour from “serious” injuries received when a tree he was felling fell on him. An inquest found his death was the result of an accident (https://stors.tas.gov.au/SC195-1-19-1563).

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Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of William Webber:

Somerset Assizes, (holden at Taunton.) The prisoners from Ilchester gaol, in number, were brought to Taunton castle. The calendar included 146 prisoners, and the following are the sentences. Death. ... Wm. Webber for burglary, and stealing 43£. the property of the property of the Road-water Friendly Society ; ...
Bath Chronicle, 9 Apr 1818.

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of James Sword:

Somerset Assizes, (holden at Taunton.) The prisoners from Ilchester gaol, in number, were brought to Taunton castle. The calendar included 146 prisoners, and the following are the sentences. Death. ... James Sword, ... for burglaries.
Bath Chronicle, 9 Apr 1818.

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of George Rogers:

Somerset Assizes, (holden at Taunton.) The prisoners from Ilchester gaol, in number, were brought to Taunton castle. The calendar included 146 prisoners, and the following are the sentences. Death. ... Geo. Rogers, ... for burglaries.
Bath Chronicle, 9 Apr 1818.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of George Burridge:

George Burridge, a tailor aged 35, was transported for stealing silver spoons in a public house, the Knight Green at Highworth. He was married, Protestant, native place Bristol and could read and write(https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-74$init=CON33-1-74p41).

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Sampson Pow:

Somerset Assizes, (holden at Taunton.) The prisoners from Ilchester gaol, in number, were brought to Taunton castle. The calendar included 146 prisoners, and the following are the sentences. Death. ... Sampson Pow, alias Fry, ... for burglaries .
Bath Chronicle, 9 Apr 1818.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of George Burridge:

DEATH: George Burridge died by drowning at Rocky Hills (Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899; Register; Registers of convict deaths, 1845-1874).

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Samuel Burgess:

DEATH: Died in Launceston Hospital (Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899; Register; Registers of convict deaths, 1845-1874).

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of James King:

Somerset Assizes, (holden at Taunton.) The prisoners from Ilchester gaol, in number, were brought to Taunton castle. The calendar included 146 prisoners, and the following are the sentences. Death…. James King, alias John Jones, for stealing a dwelling-house ; ..
Bath Chronicle, 9 Apr 1818.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Samuel Burgess:

CRIMES: Housebreaking and horse stealing (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/c31a31030898).

Maureen Withey on 19th May, 2022 wrote of James Parsons:

1828 Census Index.
Mary Furlong, age 38, F.S. Canada 3, 1817, 7 years, protestant, ux Jas. Parsons, Princes Street, Sydney.
Also listed:
James Parsons, age 32, G.S. General Stewart, 1818, Life, protestant, Butcher,
Mary Parsons or Furlong, Princes Street, Sydney.

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Somerset Assizes, (holden at Taunton.) The prisoners from Ilchester gaol, in number, were brought to Taunton castle. The calendar included 146 prisoners, and the following are the sentences.  Transportation. For life: John Bumdge, Jas. Parsons, and Elizabeth Hummer, for assaulting and robbing Mr. G. Butcher, of Bath, of 30£.
Bath Chronicle, 9 Apr 1818.

Dianne Jones on 19th May, 2022 wrote of Henry Beach:

OCCUPATION: Farm labourer and hop grower (http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/dcm4954).

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