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Joseph Carter, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815
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
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 240
||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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John Carter on 16th September, 2014 wrote:
THE TRIAL OF JOSEPH CARTER.
Somerset Assize Wednesday 5th. April 1815.
Joseph Carter late of the Parish of East Brent in the County of Somerset, labourer. On 26th. day of September in the 54th. year of George the Third at one in the night did break and enter with intent the dwelling of Richard Colson to take and carry away nine handkerchiefs of the value of four shillings each, twenty yards of cotton of the value of twenty shillings, sixteen yards of linen cloth of the value of forty shillings, sixty yards of ribbon of the value of thirty shillings and six yards of corderoy of the value of thirty shillings - the goods and chattels of the said Richard Colson.
Witnesses - Richard Colson, Fanny Bishop, Mary Voroles,Bery Millais, Hannah Banwell, Arthur Phillips, James Braddior, George Burnell, William Tucker, Diana Colson, Diana Tucker.
Jury - Richard Maynard, Joseph Hull, John Hooper, John Rich, Robert Blackman, John Burnett, John Stone, William Palmer, Joseph Palmer, Richard Staple, William Westcombe.
Joseph Carter pro se Guilty. No Goods. To be hanged.
Reprieved - Transportation for life pursuant to Secretary of State’s letter above.
Burglary of Richard Colson about 1 in the night of the 26th. September at East Brent with intent to steal and stealing goods to the value of £7.16s;
30 January 1816 - Ocean arrived at Port Jackson;
5 February 1816 - forwarded to Windsor for distribution;
Late in 1823, James Duff left the Hawkesbury, with his sister, Ann, and her husband, Samuel Clift, and their small son, to take up his father’s new land grant at Jerry’s Plains. With them went Ann Epton with James and Frances. Ann became James Duff’s housekeeper and the two children were employed as shepherds, according to the 1828 Census.
James Duff employed two convicts, assigned to him in the 1820s, Joseph Carter and James Edwards, born about 1807 in Derbyshire, who arrived on the “Florentia” in early 1828
6 May 1829 - permission for Joseph Carter to marry Frances Ham (14 year old born in colony)- married by Rev F Wilkinson from Newcastle Church of England;
Ticket of Leave was granted [4/4067; Reel 910];
27 April 1837 - Recommended Conditional Pardon;
ANN CARTER was the first child of Frances and Joseph carter and married twice. She married a convict, WILLIAM SMITH, on 27-11-1850. After having three children, he died on 30-7-1856 and is buried at Warkworth. His headstone still stands in the paddock just outside the cemetery there. Smith was born about 1816 supposedly a native of Eton but no birth details have come to light. Ann’s second marriage was to JAMES PITTMAN, born at Kurrajong in 1835, son of JOHN MATTHEW PITTMAN, a convict from Somerset, and MARY REBECCA SUNDERLAND, a native of Sydney. Ann and James had seven more children;
Joseph Carter died in the first half of the 1840s. No record survives to give us a date. Within a couple of years, Frances took off with her stepfather, James Edwards, and had five more children, after having five to her legal husband. She never married Edwards but it is believed he married another lady, at Broke, much later but it did not work out. We only assume it to be the same man at this stage. Edwards, apparently, was a real charmer where women were concerned, and we don’t know what happened to him in the finish. If he is the same James Edwards who married a widow, Sarah Butler, she was brought back to Broke when she died and is buried with her first husband.
John Carter on 26th January, 2017 wrote:
Ticket of Leave granted whilst at Bathurst during the previous week as notified in the Government Gazette on 23 June 1824 by F Goulburn, Colonial Secretary.
Penny-Lyn Beale on 26th September, 2020 wrote:
New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869
Birth Year; 1799
Native Place; Somerset
Date of Trial: 1st April 1815
Height; 5 ft. 4 1/2 inch
Convict Changes History
John Carter on 16th September, 2014 made the following changes:
gender: m, occupation, crime
Ann Marie Gould on 7th July, 2020 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1841 (prev. 0000)