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William (the Younger) Francis

William Francis (The younger), one of 250 convicts transported on the General Stewart, 19 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William (the Younger) Francis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Sawyer
Date of Death: 6th February, 1835
Age: 45 years

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: Burglary
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Stewart
Departure date: 19th July, 1818
Arrival date: 31st December, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts

References

Primary source: England & Wales Criminal Registers HO27/15, page 122. Ancestry. State Archives NSW (Indents NRS 12188; Item 4/4006; Microfiche: 640). East Maitland Burial Register, 1829-1854 https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/
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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Community Contributions

Maureen Withey on 29th March, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

FRANCIS, William. Per “General Stuart”, 1818

1821 Sep 8 - Employed at Pennant Hills. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.88)
1822 Feb - On return of work performed by sawyers at Pennant Hills from 3 Dec 1821 to 1 Feb 1822 (Reel 6054; 4/1759 p.120)

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William Francis spent time as Moreton Bay, but seems to have gone there as prisoner with specialised skills, not due to a Colonial sentence.

Moreton Bay Prisoner Register.
No 2. William Francis, per Gen. Stuart, tried at Dorset 12 Mar1818, Life. Trade- Sawyer. No details of any Colonial Conviction. To Sydney 9 Oct 1826.
Description: Wm. Francis, native of Dorsetshire, age 30, 5 ft 7 ¼. fair comp, fair hair, grey eyes.
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Colonial Secretary Correspondence.

SRNSW Ref No.  4/1917.1
Under heading: Nominal Return ofCrown Prisoners at Moreton Bay.
William Francis, - General Stewart, - sawyer.

And
General Return of public labour at Moreton Bay from 25 Dec 1825 to 24 March 1826 inclusive.

Sawing Pine and Hard Wood for Public Use.
15. William Francis – sawyer. ( He is one of 4 sawyers listed).

Maureen Withey on 29th March, 2020 wrote:

Dorchester Lent Assizes were not terminated till late on Saturday night of the 14th instant. The following prisoners received sentences as under :—  ... William Francis, for burglary; ... received sentence of death.
Salisbury Journal, 23 Mar 1818.

Ann Campbell on 8th November, 2020 wrote:

Buried 08 February 1835, Glebe Cemetery, East Maitland, NSW.  Drowned under suspicious circumstances.

Iris Dunne on 9th November, 2020 wrote:

Criminal Registers: Lent Assizes, Offence Burglary, Sentence Death remitted

Bound Indentures: aged 30, Trade: Sawyer, Tried 12 March 1818, Ticket of Leave 27/941

Find A Grave Memorial ID: 86580349
Birth 1790, Death 6 Feb. 1835, Glebe Cemetery, Church of England
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86580349/william-francis

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 29th March, 2020 made the following changes:

firstname: William (the Younger) (prev. William (The younger)), gender: m, occupation

Ann Campbell on 8th November, 2020 made the following changes:

source: East Maitland Burial Register, 1829-1854 https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/ (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 67 (35)), date of death: 6th February, 1835 (prev. 0000)

Iris Dunne on 9th November, 2020 made the following changes:

source: England & Wales Criminal Registers HO27/15, page 122. Ancestry. State Archives NSW (Indents NRS 12188; Item 4/4006; Microfiche: 640). East Maitland Burial Register, 1829-1854 https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/ (prev. East Maitland Burial Re

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