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William Chapman

William Chapman, one of 170 convicts transported on the Neptune, December 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune
Departure date: December, 1817
Arrival date: 5th May, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 168 other convicts


Primary source: Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1820' Pamela Sheldon 'Uncollected Conditional Pardons 1850' & censuses
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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iain Frazier on 20th August, 2019 wrote:

William was born about 1797 He was a Protestant carter of Bedford when sentenced and was fair pale, hair brown, eyes hazel 5’2.5”.
He was recorded at musters 1822-1825 & 1828 and for this period was employed by R (Jenkins) of Argyle. In 1828 he was Free by Servtude and located in Bombarton Argyle.
In 1829 he was with partner Fanny (??? a native) when they produced a daughter Eliza who was baptised at St Peters Campbelltown in 1836.
His Conditional Pardon was uncollected in 1850.

Maureen Withey on 21st December, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 December 2019), October 1817, trial of JAMES BARTON WILLIAM CHAPMAN JOHN SMITH (t18171029-46).
JAMES BARTON, WILLIAM CHAPMAN, JOHN SMITH, Theft > pocketpicking, 29th October 1817.

1478. JAMES BARTON , WILLIAM CHAPMAN and JOHN SMITH were indicted for stealing, on the 11th of October , one handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of a certain person unknown, from his person .

WILLIAM MARCHANT. I am an officer. On the 11th of October, between one and two o’clock in the afternoon, I saw the three prisoners coming down Newgate-street ; they noticed several gentlemens’ pockets as they passed; I followed them into Cheapside, they crossed and went down the right hand of St. Paul’s Church-yard; they came back again and crossed to the same spot where I first saw them in Cheapside; they followed very close after a gentleman - I saw Chapman take the handkerchief out of the gentleman’s pocket - I laid hold of him and Barton, I pushed them down an entry and fell on them; I took them to a house, searched them, and found the handkerchief upon Chapman; I handcuffed them and brought them out. I had not got many yards before I heard a voice say, “who are you looking at? have you never seen two men before;” I turned round and saw Smith, and took him. I could not find the gentleman-the handkerchief was marked, C.P.

CHAPMAN’S Defence. It is my handkerchief.

WILLIAM MARCHANT, re-examined. The magistrate asked him if there was any mark on it-he said none.

BARTON - GUILTY . Aged 21.


SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 21.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

The original document shows all three were transported for life.  All were on the ship Neptune.

Convict Changes History

iain Frazier on 20th August, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1820' Pamela Sheldon 'Uncollected Conditional Pardons 1850' & censuses (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class

Maureen Withey on 21st December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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