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Reuben Buckner

Reuben Buckner, one of 404 convicts transported on the Pitt, June 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Reuben Buckner
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 17th May, 1767
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1792
Age: 24 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Deception
Convicted at: Sussex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Pitt
Departure date: June, 1791
Arrival date: 14th February, 1792
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 402 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 169 (86)
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

Jo Jennings on 24th April, 2013 wrote:

Reuben Buckner died in transit to Australia. His 16 year old wife was on board the Pitt. She had an affair with Richard Tuckwell. Sgt Quarter Master after Reuben died.

Denis Pember on 13th January, 2016 wrote:

Rueben Buckner appears under the name of Thomas Williams, on 17th March 1791 at the Quarter Sessions in Lewes, East Sussex, where he is found guilty of fraud, false pretences and theft.
The items he was found guilty of stealing, or obtaining by fraud, (he claimed to be a merchant,) included books, linen, china, glassware and pictures, suggest that he was trying to set up house! At the Easter Session of the Lewes Court, May 1791, he is convicted and sentenced to Transportation for Seven Years. He was subsequently transferred to the convict transport “Pitt”.

Reuben died probably during the voyage of the ship ‘Pitt’ from England to the colony or shortly after it arrived in the colony on 14 Feb 1792.
The journal of George Thompson, who sailed in the Royal Admiral, May 1792 records that of the 450 that came from England in the Pitt only twenty nine were alive six weeks since at a general muster.
Reuben Buckner does not appear in the return of those Convicts who have died or run from the ‘Pitt’, but this return lists only those who either escaped or died whilst attempting to escape. No mention of Reuben Buckner in New South Wales appears on musters or other documents and one can assume, because of the high death toll amongst convicts on the Pitt that Reuben Buckner died on the voyage or soon after landing in 1792.

Convict Changes History

Karon Shepherd on 5th May, 2014 made the following changes:


Karon Shepherd on 26th May, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th May, 1767 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1792 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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