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Michael Cotton

Michael Cotton, one of 128 convicts transported on the Champion, 24 May 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Cotton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1779
Occupation: Cooper
Date of Death: 13th March, 1862
Age: 83 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 14 years

Crime: Larceny from a person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivey
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Champion
Departure date: 24th May, 1827
Arrival date: 17th October, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 186
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 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.

But not being a servant. - Transported for Seven Years.
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.

13/9/1842: COF

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,
without reserve,
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.
Terms cash.

19/11/1862 The Sydney Morning Herald – page 5:

Before the Primary Judge.
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:

gender: m

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