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William Eggleton

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Eggleton
Aliases: William Eagleton, William Bones
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1756
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1828
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Surrey (Kingston upon Thames) Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 292 other convicts

References

Primary source: Gillen, Mollie; The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales: 1806.
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Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 wrote:

William Eagleton alias Bones was tried at Surrey Lent Assizes which commenced at Kingston upon Thames on Wed 22 Mar 1786 before Sir Henry Gould Knt. and Sir William Henry Ashhurst Knt. He was tried on Thursday morning 23 Mar 1786. He was described as late of the parish of St Saviour within the borough of Southwark, a labourer age 30 in 1786. He was charged along with James Spencer with breaking and entering on 12 Jan with force of arms, the house of Edward Warren and feloniously stealing:
one Deal box value 2s.
one iron padlock value 6d.
three woollen cloth coats value £3
one pair of Jean Breeches value 5s.
one pair of Corduroy Breeches value 4s.
one pair of Nankeen Breeches value 3s.
one Shag Waistcoat value 4s.
one silk Waistcoat value 4s.
one dimitty Waistcoat value 2s.
one black silk Gown value 15s.
one Muslin Gown value 20s.
one printed cotton Gown value 10s.
one black Silk Cloak value 20s.
They were found not guilty of breaking and entering but guilty of stealing goods valued at 39s. and sentenced to seven years transportation.
William was convicted 23 Mar 1786 at Kingston upon Thames and transported to the colony aboard the ship ‘Alexander; with a sentence of seven years transportation.

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 wrote:

On February 17th 1788, only 3 weeks after arrival in the colony, William married William Dickerson (First Fleet Convict, Lady Penryhn, 1788).
The couple had 4 children:
Sarah 1788, William 1791-1792, William 1793 and Elizabeth 1796.

Phil Hands on 20th February, 2018 wrote:

William, a labourer, was tried and convicted at the Surrey Lent Assizes on 23rd March 1786 of breaking and entering with force and arms the dwelling house of Edward Warren and steal one Deal Box of the value of 2s. one Iron Padlock of the value of 6 d. three woollen cloth Coats of the value of 3 pounds one pair of Jean Breaches of the value of 5s. one pair of Corduroy Breeches of the value of 4s. one pair of Nankeen Breeches of the value of 3s. one Shag waistcoast of the value of 4s. one silk Waistcoat of the value of 4s. one dimmity Waistcoat of the value of 2s. one black Silk gown of the value of 15s. one muslin Gown of the value of 20s. one printed cotton Gown of the value of 10s. and one black silk Cloak of the value of 20s, he was found not guilty of breaking and entering but guilty of stealing goods to the value of 39s. no chattels. Sentenced to Transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 13th May 1787.
Ship:- the ‘Alexander’, before she left Portsmouth, a fever broke out on board that killed 16 convicts. She left carrying 195 male convicts, 15 more convicts died on the journey, the most for any ship in the first fleet.
Arrived on 26th January 1788.

On 17th February 1788 he married convict Mary Dickenson (‘Lady Penrhyn’ 1788) at Sydney Cove, they had 4 children between 1788-1796, Sarah b1788, William b1791 d1792, William b1793 & Elizabeth b1796.
Mary died on 25th August 1799 age 33.

By 1790 the colony was desperately short of provisions so Governor Arthur Phillip decided to establish a new farming district at Prospect with a view to supplying the starving settlement with much needed food and grain. He selected 26 of the most reliable convicts, with proven good character, to begin the new endeavour, as a consequence William received a 60 acre land grant at Prospect on the 28th May, 1793, which he named “Eggleton’s Endeavour”, indicating, no doubt, his determination to do well on this strange land.

William had received his ticket of leave in 1793.

On the 19th November 1799, William was appointed by the Governor to check the quality and quantity of grain supplied to the Government stores in the Sydney and adjacent areas. The appointment was worded –

‘The Governor has thought proper to appoint the Person Hereunder named to take an accurate Survey of the grain which has been produced this season on the farms of Officers or others. It is his desire that each person of that description will without any let of hindrance give a true and faithful account to the persons herby authorized to receive the same according to the plan which they have received for that purpose, and it is expected and insisted that every person attend the examination on his own ground and give every information.’

It was recorded in 1802 that William held 80 acres, by purchase, in the Field of Mars area. Seventy acres were cleared with ten sown with wheat and eight ready for maize. He owned nine hogs and held 20 bushels of maize.

In 1806 he had 10 of his 80 acres in grain and one and a quarter in vegetables, orchard and garden, 38 and three quarters pasture for his eight sheep, two goats and 10 hogs. The remaining 30 acres were fallow. He was still without a wife, but three children are recorded.
Convict Sarah Brown (‘Lady Juliana’ 1790) was mustered as living in his household and caring for his three children.

In the 1811 Muster, William Eggleton and Family are listed as being landholders and living in the Windsor area.

By 1814 William was working on additional land he had received at Airds. This area of 60 acres was granted to him on the received at Airds. This area of 60 acres was granted to him on the 18th January in 1817, and was situated behind the present Macarthur Shopping Square at Campbelltown.

On the 18th January, 1817, he received a further land grant of 60 acres at Airds and then again on the 30th June, 1823 he secured another grant at Bargo.

In 1820 William Eggleton wrote a memorial to Governor Thomas Brisbane requesting a further land grant. He said in part -

‘I arrived in the Colony about 36 years ago and have been a free man for 20 years during which time my conduct has been uniformly good. The petitioner has not ever had his name brought into question’. 

The Governor responded to the request by granting William 50 acres at Bargo, now Wilton. The land grant was gazetted on the 30thJune 1823. The family farmed the ground well into the 1840s. This land was situated close to the present Wilton Parachuting School.

In the 1822 muster he was employed by his son in law, Robert Lack, in the Liverpool district.

In 1826, he became a qualified juror.

William Eggleton was not listed in the 1828 Census. Apparently he died between 1825 and 1828. His death was not recorded and his gravesite is unknown.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: Gillen, Mollie; The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales: 1806. (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Eggleton, alias1: , alias2: , alias

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, alias1: William Eagleton, alias2: William Bones, crime

Heidz Haydon on 1st July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1756 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1828 (prev. 0000)

Phil Hands on 20th February, 2018 made the following changes:

occupation

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