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William Francis, one of 133 convicts transported on the Eleanor, 15 February 1831
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 20
||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 5th September, 2017 wrote:
Swing Riots - Wiltshire, 1830:
Wilts Special Commission, Salisbury - Monday
Henry Shergold, aged 30; George Shergold, 25; James Down, 17; James Cole, 18; William Lewis, 30; T. Whatley, 17; John Jennings, 18; Wiliam Jacobs, 31; and William Francis, 21; stood indicted for having feloniously destroyed a mill, engines, and machinery therein, the property of John Brasher, in the parish of Wilton, on the 25th November.
1837: Absolute Pardon
1/10/1838: Royal Pardon Warrant.
William was involved in the swing riots and was transported for ‘machine breaking’—After receiving his Absolute Pardon, which most of the machine breakers did, he was fully a free man.
It is reported that he sailed, or was due to sail, with his employed Major Thomas Livingstone, the Solicitor-General of NSW, to England in the Duchess of Northumberland, in February, 1837.
Of 102 men of the swing rioters to whom pardons had ben issued between 1826 and 1833, only eight had left for England.
Maureen Withey on 9th November, 2019 wrote:
Henry Shergold, aged 30; George Shergold, 25; James Down, 17; James Cole, 18; Wm. Lewis, 30; T. Whatley, 17; John Jennings, 18; Wm. Jacobs, 31; and Wm. Francis, 21; stood indicted for having feloniously destroyed a mill, engines, and machinery therein, the property of John Brasher, in the parish of Wilton, on the 25th November.
The Attorney-General stated the case as detailed by the witnesses.
Samuel Brasher proved that his father occupied Crow-lane mill, where woollen cloth was manufactured; on the 24th of November 500 men came to it, amongst whom were all the prisoners, armed with different weapons; the amount of the damage done by them to the mill was £500.
Henry Jones, Charles Vining, and George Brasher, having fully made out this evidence, the prisoners were called on for their defence.
Jennings, G. Shergold, and H. Shergold, said that the witnesses has sworn falsely.
The other prisoners said they were pressed by the mob.
The case was not pressed against Jacobs, as it was fully ascertained he had been forced to go, by threats of their throwing him in the river.
The prisoners, Down, Francis, Lewis, having received very excellent characters, Mr Justice Alderson summed up. The following verdicts were given in:
John Jennings, Guilty; Geo. Shergold, Guilty; Henry Shergold, Guilty; Thomas Whatley, Guilty; James Down, Guilty; Isaac Cole, Guilty; Wm. Francis, Guilty; Wm Lewis, Guilty; and Wm. Jacobs, Not Guilty.
The Jury recommended Wm. Lewis to mercy.
Morning Chronicle, 5 Jan 1831.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 5th September, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime