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William Baker, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||1st September, 1829
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 50
||This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.
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Robyn Blackwood on 30th October, 2015 wrote:
Convicted at “The Old Bailey”, Middlesex, England on 7 May 1788 for stealing 2 silver spoons.
D Wong on 31st October, 2015 wrote:
William Baker was a 13 year old ‘Pot Boy’ when convicted of stealing 2 silver tablespoons, value 20s., the property of Thomas Ingram.
18/11/1798: Married Sarah Draper (Brittania 1798) 1 child. Sarah died in 1827.
C1806/7: Married Mary Raycroft (William Pitt 1806) 6 children.
Mary was born 1788-1827.
Baker, William (died September 1829) 56, free by servitude Neptune 1790 7 years Protestant, landholder Windsor, 120 acres, 120 cleared and cultivated, 10 horses, 4 horned cattle
Baker, Jno. Thos 16 born in the colony
Baker, Mary 13 born in the colony
Baker, Daniel 7 born in the colony
Baker, James 6 born in the colony
3/9/1829: William was buried at St Matthews Church of England
David Goble on 24th April, 2018 wrote:
Theft: grand larceny.
Old Bailey 7th May 1788
350. WILLIAM BAKER was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , two silver table-spoons, value 20 s. the property of Thomas Ingram .
THOMAS INGRAM sworn.
I keep the Castle, in Portugal-street, Lincoln’s-inn-fields , the prisoner was my pot-boy ; on the 27th of April we missed two table-spoons, we searched every part of the house, but they could not be found; we charged the cook with them; the prisoner burst out a crying, and said, he had taken the spoons and sold them; one for seven shillings, and the other for nine shillings, to a Mr. Turton and partner, in Fore-street, Cripplegate.
WILLIAM TURTON sworn.
I am a working silversmith.
Have you any spoons? - No, they are melted.
To Ingram. Has Mr. Turton ever been examined before? - Yes, before Sir Sampson Wright, at Bow-street.
Turton. The prisoner came to me on the 21st of April, with one spoon; he said, his father was a master taylor, that he was in distress and sent him to sell it; my partner bought the first spoon, but I was present; he came afterwards with another about a month ago, almost with the same story; I asked him, if his father had got any work, he said no; my partner came in just as I gave the boy the money; says
he, I cannot tell what to make of it; I sent our boy to watch him.
You had some suspicion then? - Yes.
Then how came you to melt the property when you had a suspicion it was stolen? - I did not know how to find out the owners; I kept them a week before I inelred them down; we take silver in exchange for our work, and we have as many spoons as any thing.
And do you buy of any stranger that comes to the shop? - No; but this boy came with so plausible a story, that, I did not doubt the truth of it.
When you suspected him then you melted it down? - I kept it a week first; I did not mean any harm.
Buying plate of strangers in this way, and destroying the evidence, is very improper conduct? - I promise you I shall never do the like again, and I am very sorry my name should be brought in question now; we work for some of the most capital houses in town.
You must be very careful for the future? - Indeed, I will.
Court. If you had not been examined before, I certainly should not have examined you now.
I did take the spoons, and sell them at Mr. Turton’s.
(Aged 13 years.)
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.
Convict Changes History
Robyn Blackwood on 30th October, 2015 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st September, 1829 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime
D Wong on 31st October, 2015 made the following changes:
David Goble on 24th April, 2018 made the following changes:
convicted at, crime