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Francis Bassett

Francis Bassett, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Francis Bassett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Cornwall Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 233 (118)
Source description: 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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Community Contributions

Dianna Linton on 28th December, 2013 wrote:

most of family listed as paupers, including Francis.

D Wong on 28th December, 2013 wrote:

Francis Bassett was transported along with William Carbis Sen., and William Carbis Jnr., a father, son and son-in-law, for stealing 2 ewe sheep belonging to Miss Borlasse, of Madron, Wales in December 1812.

When they were to be arrested, it was found all 3 had absconded from the area so police could not make the arrests.

7/11/1806: Francis married Ann Carbis, daughter of William Snr.  No children found.  Ann did not migrate to Australia.

Francis’s father was William Bassett, born 1762 and his mother was Jane Matthews, they were married 13/9/1784.  They had 9 children, who were all listed as paupers, many having died early in life.

Francis’s brother John, who married Martha Carbis in 1812 in Madron, migrated to Australia in 1852 along with his wife and most of his married children.

5/12/1816: Forwarded to Windsor for distribution.
1819-1821: On lists of convicts maintained by William Cox, free of expense to the crown.

17/10/1821: Recommended for a TOL

11/10/1826: Sydney Gazette:
Francis Bassett appeared in Court very much bruised; indeed he had been severely beaten, so that it was found necessary that he should lose a little blood, and a vein had been opened while in the watch-house, It was proved he was the assailant. Drunkenness was the cause; but he had paid very dear for his festivity to Bacchus.
” As the body weakens, the mind decays;” so it was with Francis Bassett, his body was weakened and his mind depressed with the horrors arising from a series of drunken miseries. Complaint dismissed.

1/6/1827: Age 45, TOL: Permission to marry Elizabeth Jones, Neptune 1, aged 45, free, at Richmond NSW.  (Did not find the marriage listed in the NSW BDM).

Sydney 1835: NSW Gaol Admissions, 1818-1930 - Francis Bassett, Ocean, Protestant, Labourer.

No date of death found.

D Wong on 28th December, 2013 wrote:

1838: TOL Windsor
1841: TOL Mudgee

Convict Changes History

Dianna Linton on 28th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1785, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 28th December, 2013 made the following changes:


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