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Michael Cotton, one of 128 convicts transported on the Champion, 24 May 1827
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||13th March, 1862
life span was 51 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 186
||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 20th February, 2016 wrote:
MICHAEL COTTON, THEOPHILUS COTTON, Theft > stealing from master, 15th February 1827.
Reference Number: t18270215-23
Offence: Theft > stealing from master
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Transportation; Transportation
MICHAEL COTTON and THEOPHILUS COTTON were indicted for stealing, on the 12th of January, 1 wicker-basket, value 1s., and 72 glass bottles, value 19s., the goods of James Penny Hillman, their master.
This trial is quite lengthy and may be read in full on the Old Bailey website.
THEOPHILUS COTTON - GUILTY . Aged 28.
But not being a servant. - Transported for Seven Years.
MICHAEL COTTON - GUILTY . Aged 48.
Transported for Fourteen Years.
Theophilus Cotton was the husband of Hannah Cotton (Earl of Liverpool 1830) who was convicted on a different charge and transported – Theophilus did not arrive as a convict but spent time in goal in England. He was the cousin of Micheal Cotton.
1834: TOL Windsor
9/8/1834 Sydney Gazette:
Michael Cotton, holding a ticket-of-Leave, to be
Constable, in the room of John Jaggers, resigned.
By His Excellency’s Command,
26/4/1836 The Australian, Sydney:
Windsor. — Michael Cotton, holding a ticket-of-leave, to be Constable from the 13th instant, in the room of Thomas Sheedy, resigned.
1841 Census: Macquarie Street, Windsor, Parish of St. Matthew.
27/3/1862 The Sydney Morning Herald:
In the Estate of the late Michael Cotton, of Mulgoa, near Penrith, Dealer.
CHARLES COTTRELL has received instructions from the executors to the estate of the late Michael Cotton to sell by auction, on THURSDAY, the 3rd day of April, at 1 o’clock p.m., at Mulgoa,
The whole of the effects in the above estate, consisting of household furniture, drapery, slops, and other clothing, groceries, empty casks and cases; horses, carts, and harness; with a variety of other useful properties.
19/11/1862 The Sydney Morning Herald – page 5:
Before the Primary Judge.
IN THE MATTER OF THE WILL OF MICHAEL COTTON, DECEASED-GIBLIN, V. PETER O’CONNOR AND WILLIAM GALLAGHER.
His Honor gave judgment in this case as follows:
** A large legal precedent followed about wills made in 1856, 1859 and 1861 - with the conclusion as follows:
It appears to me, therefore, that the will of 1859 has been revoked; but I am also of opinion that the will of 1856 has also been revoked. There was a clause to that effect in the will of 1859; and it has not been revived. The 22nd section of the Wills Act provides that this is only to be done by re-execution -See Wms. on Exors. 118.
I therefore refuse probate to either of the parties, and declare that Michael Cotton died intestate.
Convict Changes History
David Turner on 19th February, 2016 made the following changes:
convicted at, date of birth: 1779 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th March, 1862 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime
D Wong on 20th February, 2016 made the following changes: