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Esau Cheeseman

Esau Cheeseman, one of 200 convicts transported on the Sir William Bensley, 09 October 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Esau Cheeseman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 1835
Age: 45 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Unknown
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sir William Bensley
Departure date: 9th October, 1816
Arrival date: 10th March, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 300
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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D Wong on 25th May, 2016 wrote:

No crime found.

1823: COF
31/12/1827: COF renewed

1828 Census: Aged 38, a bricklayer, assigned to James Chisholm.

30/1/1830 Sydney Gazette:
Esau Cheeseman was next indicted for a detestable crime.
Mr. Sydney Stephen and Mr. Therry conducted the defence and took a preliminary objection to the examination of the witness who was called on behalf of the prosecution, as he was partceps criminis, and liable to be indicted himself for a capital felony.
Mr. Justice Stephen said that it was an invariable rule that a witness could not be
called upon to criminate himself; he therefore concurred with the Counsel in the propriety of not taking this witness’s testimony.
The Crown Solicitor entered a nolle prosequi on the record, and the prisoner was

Depositions for Esau Cheeseman 23 Jan 1830, Campbelltown Trial:1
Esau Cheeseman late of Liverpool in the Colony aforesaid, Labourer on the twenty second day of December in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine with force and arms at Liverpool aforesaid, in the Colony aforesaid, in and upon one Alexander Robinson then and there being feloniously did make an assault and then and there feloniously wickedly diabolically and against the order of nature had a venereal affair with the said Alexander Robinson.

18/7/1831: Permission to marry Emma Bassett (Princess Charlotte) aged 27.  Esau was 41 and free.

1831: Married at Christ Church, Newcastle.  No children listed on the NSW BDM.

1835: Death listed for Esau Cheeseman, aged 49.

1834: There is also a death listed for Emma Cheeseman, died aged 30.

Maureen Withey on 30th July, 2020 wrote:

List of 70 male convicts sent on H.M. Colonial Brig Elizabeth Henrietta for the settlements of the Derwent and Port Dalrymple.  Dated 22 March 1817.
To the Derwent:
Esau Cheeseman, bricklayer, per Sir William Bensley, Tried at Surry, 1816. 7 years.

Tasmanian Convict Conduct Record.  https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-6$init=CON31-1-6p15
No 29. Esau Cheeseman. Per Sir Wm Bensley & E. Henrietta. Tried Surrey 1816, 7 years.
Lots of entries and punishments, covering period from May 1817 to Dec 1825.  Last entry:
27 Dec 1825. F.S.- Drunk & Disorderly yesterday evening about 11 o’clock- Reprimanded.

Tasmanian Description Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON23-1-1$init=CON23-1-1-p059j2k
Esau Cheeseman, age 27, Native of Sussex. Tried at Surrey April 1816.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1835 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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