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William Beeson, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
1st January, 1818
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 180 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 376
||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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Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 March 2021), February 1817, trial of WILLIAM BEESON (t18170219-15).
WILLIAM BEESON, Theft > theft from a specified place, 19th February 1817.
377. WILLIAM BEESON , was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of January , in the dwelling-house of Samuel Shepherd , two handkerchiefs, value 7s.; one hat, value 8s.; one pair of shoes, value 2s.; one coat, value 15s.; one purse, value 2s.; 18s. in monies numbered, and four 1l. bank notes, the monies and property of James Tarbuck .
SARAH SHEPHERD . I am the wife of Samuel Shepherd , who lives in the parish of Edmonton , and keeps the Cherry Tree public-house . On the 26th of January last, the prisoner came to our house soon after nine o’clock in the evening, and asked for a night’s lodging, we told him he might have a bed; he went out for a short time, and returned again, and staid in the house; at eleven o’clock my servant shewed him up to bed. Sometime after he had been up stairs my daughter gave the alarm, and called for a light, the maid took up the candle, and I saw the prisoner come down stairs directly. I was in the bar, it was about a quarter of an hour after he had gone up. I took up my candle and followed him, he made towards the door, Pugh, the hostler, came up to him, and told him he had got a great coat on that belonged to a gentleman’s servant, Pugh pulled it off. The prisoner was secured. I had no knowledge of him before.
EDWARD PUGH . I am hostler to Mr. Shepherd; the prisoner came to my master’s house on the 26th of January, a little after eleven o’clock, I saw him go out of the kitchen, I remained in the kitchen; I heard the alarm, and my mistress called to me to stop him, for he had got the coachman’s coat on; it was John Grapes ‘s coat, which had been left under my care; I stopped the prisoner in the passage, and asked him where he was going, he said he was unwell, and was going out; I told him he had got the coachman’s coat on, and I pulled it off, I think it is worth 5l.; I had put it with my master’s coats-it was in my master’s care. When I pulled the coat off, I saw he had got another coat on, that belonged to Mr. Tarbuck, who was gone to bed in our house. Mr. Mand came down and assisted me. On taking the prisoner into the kitchen, we took Tarbuck’s coat off; we also took off a hat and a pair of shoes, which were Tarbuck’s. I then fetched Dean, the constable, who found a purse, containing four 1l. bank notes, and a quantity of silver on him; there were two handkerchiefs and other things, found upon him, that belonged to Tarbuck.
SAMUEL MAUD . I assisted Pugh in taking the things off the prisoner; he has spoken correctly.
JAMES TARBUCK . I lodge at Mr. Shepherd’s; I went to bed at ten o’clock that night. I had a purse, containing four 1l. notes, one shilling, which was French, and, I believe, four sixpences, in my breeches pocket. I am not certain whether there were three or four sixpences. I had fourteen or fifteen shillings in my other pocket. I put my breeches close to my bed side; I always burn a light in my room; I did not hear any body come in or go out. - I awoke and found my candle was out; a few minutes after, I heard somebody go by my door, and called that my candle was out, the maid came in and lit it, and went out directly; the landlady came up soon after, and told me there was a thief in the house, and that he had got my purse and money.
JOHN DEAN . I am a constable. On the 26th January, I was called in and took charge of the prisoner; the clothes were taken off before I came.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. I did not take the money out of his pocket. They have not left me much room to plead innocence.
GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 45.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .
List of 28 male convicts embarked on board the ship Duke of Wellington for the Derwent in Van Diemen’s Land. 30th January 1818.
The men sent to VDL on this ship all had skilled trades.
Wm. Beeson, per Ocean 3rd. Tried at Middlesex G.D. 19 Feb 1817, Life, Shoemaker.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 made the following changes:
gender: m, occupation, crime