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William Freeman

William Freeman, one of 236 convicts transported on the Mangles, 08 December 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Freeman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Cow stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 8th December, 1832
Arrival date: 17th April, 1833
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 235 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 493 (247)
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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Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 July 2020), January 1832, trial of HENRY WELLS WILLIAM FREEMAN (t18320105-20).
HENRY WELLS, WILLIAM FREEMAN, Theft > animal theft, 5th January 1832.
Fifth Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

313. HENRY WELLS and WILLIAM FREEMAN were indicted for stealing, on the 21st of December, at Edgware, 2 heifers, price 12l. , the property of Benjamin Buckoke .

2nd COUNT, stating them to be the property of Henry Child , the younger.

3rd COUNT, Stating them to be the property of Henry Child , the elder.

MR. COBBETT conducted the prosecution.

HENRY CHILD, JUN. I am the son of Henry Child, a farmer , who lives at Edgwarebury, in the parish of Edgware , about nine miles and a half from town. We had some cattle running in my father’s grounds; I saw them on Tuesday, the 20th of December - they were then all safe; I went round the field on the Wednesday, but I did not count the cattle - they were then laying down; on Thursday, the 22nd, I missed two heifers - I saw them again on the morning of Christmas-day; I am sure they were what I lost - I knew them by a mark on the hip and on the back, which Mr. Buckoke, the butcher , put on them, and H.C. my own brand-mark, was on their near horns; Mr. Smith’s premises are near ours - his bedge joins the ground these heifers were in; he keeps a beer-shop - on the Wednesday I saw that they had been out of our field into Smith’s, and the feuce put up again between Smith’s boundary and ours.

COURT. Q. You saw them again on the morning of the 25th? A. Yes, in Lord Manners’ park, at Tring.

WILLIAM KIRBY . I live with Mr. Smith, at Woodcock-hill - I have been with him about half a year. I have seen Wells at his house, but I did not know his name; I saw him there on the 16th of December - he came about half-past six o’clock in the morning with a black mare; he was there three or four days - he wasthere on the Wednesday before Christmas-day, but I cannot say whether he remained there from the 16th till that Wednesday, but I think he did; I remember he was there that Wednesday night, and Freeman was there- I went up to bed between nine and ten o’clock, and a short time afterwards, apparently, they came up stairs after me; Freeman and Wells had been at Smith’s house before then; I have seen them came together - I did not see Wells on the Thursday morning, but I saw Freeman about nine o’clock, as near as I can recollect.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Your master is a large farmer? A. He has about fifty acres of land. I believe - he has taken in harses and cattle to keep; I cannot tell whether he has taken a licence to sell beer, since the new beer act - Freeman was there at the time Wells came with the black mare; they did not came together that morning - Freeman was in the habit of coming there; I do not know where he lives - I have been about that neighbourhood all my life; I do not know that Freeman is a man of that neighbourhood - I lived at Mr. Child’s before I lived with Mr. Smith, which is about a mile from Mr. Smith’s: there may be four or five or six fields between them - Mr. Smith’s and Mr. Child’s fields are together; the field the heifers were in is three fields from Mr. Smith’s house - other persons drink at my master’s.

Re-examined. Q. Did Wells ever come with cattle? A. Not with droves of cattle - I did not know him by the name of Wells; we used to call him Shepherd.

COURT. Q. You had seen before that Wells and Freeman together, drinking as friends who knew each other? A. Yes - Wells brought the mare, and Freeman was there at the time; I think he had been there a day or two - when there they lived at this beer-shop; I believe they slept together - they both slept in the house, and up stairs, I believe; I slept up stairs - I cannot tell how many bed-rooms there are in the house; I have slept half a year in a room at the top of the house - I cannot say how many rooms these are at the top of the house; I have never been all over it.

EDWARD WHITLEY . I am game-keeper at the Rev. Mr. Thellerson’s, at Elstree. On the Thursday before Christmas-day I was out early, and heard a gun fired - I came into the road, and met Freeman, coming along before some beasts; I wished him good morning, and he crossed out of the road - I was by the side of a wood; I believe the road is in Bushy parish - there were two heifers behind Freeman, and Wells was behind them; Freeman had a stick down by his side - he put it down as if to conceal it, and he let it drop; the man who was out with me picked it up - I wished Wells a good morning, and asked if he had heard a gun fired; he said, “I think I did;” I think Ereeman was fifteen or twenty yards before the beasts - it was a very light morning; the clock had just gone one.

Cross-examined. Q. All you saw of Freeman was that he was walking fifteen or twenty yards before the beasts? A. Yes - I said, “Good morning,” he said, “Good morning,” and he crossed out of the road; he had a stick down by the side of him, and it slipped out of his hand -I do not know that neighbourhood.

RICHARD DICKENSON . I am assistant-gamekeeper with Whitley. On the morning in question I was with him; what he has stated is correct - I have nothing to add: I wished Wells a good morning, and he said the same to me- I said, “Where are you going with those two beasts?” he said, “I am going to Aylesbury.”

Cross-examined. Q. Freeman was not within hearing? A. No.

HUMPHREY BULL . I am assistant to the constable of Tring, in Hertfordshire. On the 22nd of December I went to Wells’ house, to apprehend him, as I had information that he had come home - I found he was in a beer-shop, at Wilsden, near Tring; I went into the shop, and told him I was come to apprehend him - he asked what for, and I told him on suspicion of stealing Mr. Southernwood’s mare; there were two Leifers against the door, and when he came out I said, “Whose beasts are these?” he said,“They are mine;” I asked where he got them - he said be bought them of a Welchman at Barham-wood; I took him to Tring, and put the beasts in Lord Manners’ park- Mr. Child saw the same beasts in my presence.

Cross-examined. Q. Where had you put them? A. In Tring-park; I am certain they are the same I showed to Mr. Child on the Sunday, Christmas-day - I put them there on the Thursday morning, the 22nd; I saw them several times, and am quite sure they were the same.

MARK WALSH . I am a constable of Chipping, Barnet. I remember Mr. Bull coming me to inquire after Freeman on the 27th of December - I found him, and took him; I said it was for stealing a horse and some beasts - he said, “I have no money in my pocket, but I will go with you.”

Cross-examined. Q. He came without any trouble? A. I had a little trouble in finding him, but he went without resistance.

HENRY CHILD re-examined. Q. Are your premises in Middlesex? A. Yes, and the beasts were in that County.

WILLIAM SMITH TUTHILL . I am clerk to the Magistrate at Edgware. I saw the prisoners examined before the Magistrate there; no promise or threat was made to them - this is the deposition of Wells - (read).

Henry Wells, the prisoner, having heard the charge made against him, says, “Mr. Smith told me where these cows were; we walked round part of the field by the side of the wood, then we came back again, and went home to his house- this was a fortnight before, as near as I can say; then he said there was no way of getting these heifers out but by pulling up the hedge, where they had been through before, and letting them come up his field into the road; on the Wednesday night, on winch Mr. Kirby says we were there, Freeman and I went and caught the cows out - Smith had nothing to do with that; he did not go with us - we took the cows up his field into the road to Elstree, to where that gentleman(Whitley) says he saw us by the wood; Freeman went along with me as far as Hinton-bridge, then I could drive the heifers home, and Freeman returned I do not know to where, but Kirby says he was at Master Smith’s in the morning - he had plenty. of time to get there; I had the heifers home, where Mr. Bull had them from; he took the beifers away and me.”

The + mark of Henry Wells .

William Freeman says, “I have nothing more to say than that a great deal of it is false.

The + mark of William Freeman .


FREEMAN - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 40.[Jan. 11.]


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Ron Garbutt on 8th July, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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