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William Frazer

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Frazer
Aliases: Fraser, Frazier
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1760
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 1791
Age: 31 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Manchester Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
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Departure date:
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Place of arrival -
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* Arrival date is estimated

References

Primary source: Jonathan King=books about convict fleets musters 'Hawkesbury Pioneer Register Vol2' James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories'
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Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 wrote:

William Frazer (sometimes misspelt Fraser - he was able to write and sign his name and he signed with Frazer) arrived in NSW on the first fleet.

He had married Eleanor Register/Redchester (aka Ellen or Nell) in 1783 in Yorkshire. She was convicted for the same crime and also arrived with the First Fleet, but set sail on the "Prince of Wales". They had a son in England, but there is no mention of the son coming to Australia. After arriving in Australia the couple had two more sons before William’s premature death in 1791.

He was a conjurer and blacksmith.

His life was cut short "...by hard drinking, as he seldom chose to accept any article but spirits in payment for work done in his extra hours" Captain Collins.

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Denis Pember on 30th September, 2015 wrote:

William and his ‘wife’ Ellen Redchester (Convict, Charlotte, 1788) were sentenced to transportation at Manchester in January 1787, for the theft of several pieces of cloth.  There is no record of him coming on the First Fleet, except that the gaoler at Lancaster had signed the contract for Frazer’s removal and sent him for embarkation.
However, his evident presence in the colony by way of the 17 November 1788 victualing list and several other records does show he did come! Probably aboard “Charlotte”.
He was a blacksmith, noted for his surly temper and very heavy drinking.
On 5th January 1789 he received 25 lashes for insolence, when ordered to move away from teh marine lines. He had replied to sergeant Martin, who made the order “You may kiss my arse!” Again on 23 June he was sentenced to work in irons for a month for drunken insolence.
When he died on 13 JUne 1791, Collins wrote “Frazer was an excellent workman, was supposed to have brought on an untimely end by hard drinking. He seldom chose to accept any article but spirits in payment for work done in his extra hours.”
William and Ellen had left children in England (at least 1 son) and had two more sons in the colony.

iain Frazier on 14th August, 2019 wrote:

William & Eleanor’s son John was born 1788 St Phillips Sydney. He married Elizabeth (Eggleton born Sydney 1796) in 1811 at St Phillips Sydney.  John d.1823 heatstroke at St Peters Campbelltown.  Elizabeth remarried Robert (LacK) in 1826 who died in 1832 & James (Richardson) in 1834 before dying herself in 1849 St Peters Campbelltown.
There is a suggestion that he remarried after 1812 Elizabeth (Somerville/McGrath born Sydney 1796) who may be the same Elizabeth.  She had married Michael (McGrath age 40 convict from BOYD) 1812 at St Phillips Sydney & appear to have had 5children up to 1819 (some of these children went to orphan school). Michael (McGrath) also appears to have had another child with Ann (???). Between 1826-30 Elizabeth had 5children with a James (Ward)
John & Elizabeth had 2children John & Daniel b.1820 & 1822 & maybe 2others.

William & Eleanor’s son Daniel was born 1791 and died 1806 St Phillips Sydney

iain Frazier on 15th November, 2019 wrote:

Eleanor (Redchester) has an entry on this Website.
Michael (McGrath) has an entry on this Website.
James (Ward) probably has an entry on this Website
James is one of many of his name convicted for transportation to Australia, & in particular may have been on ACTIVE etc 1791, SHIPLEY 1818, TOTTEMHAM 1818, PRINCE REGENT 1819 or ROYAL CHARLOTTE 1824-most likely the latter in my view.

James (convict) & Elizabeth (Somerville)‘s children are:-
1.Jane (Ward) was born in 1826 & baptised St Peters Richmond in 1827 age11m.
2,Sarah (Ward) was born in 1827 & baptised that year with sister Jane at St Peters Richmond.
3.Eliza (Ward) was born in 1828 & baptised at St Peters Richmond in 1831 age5m.
4.Priscilla (Ward) was born in 1830.

iain Frazier on 26th January, 2020 wrote:

Interestingly, an Elizabeth (McCrath sic) is recorded as being employed by J (Frasier?) in 1822 in the 1822muster.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 27th June, 2012 made the following changes:

new convict, term 7, convicted at 3441, occupation 20, crime 2, firstname William, surname Frazer, alias1 Fraser, alias2 Frazier, date of birth 1760-00-00, date of death 1791-00-00, gender m

Denis Pember on 30th September, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Gillen, Mollie; The Founders of Australia, A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. (prev. )

iain Frazier on 14th August, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' Jonathan King=books about convict fleets musters (prev. Gillen, Mollie; The Founders of Australia, A Biographical Dictionary of th

iain Frazier on 15th November, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Jonathan King=books about convict fleets musters 'Hawkesbury Pioneer Register Vol2' James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stori

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