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James Legg, one of 200 convicts transported on the Emma Eugenia, 02 November 1837
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 56 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Wilts. Quarter Session
2nd November, 1837
9th February, 1838
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 200 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 187 (95)
||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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Steph Richards on 29th November, 2013 wrote:
My great great great great grandfather, James Legg (alias Hewer) was baptised 2 June 1799 at Castle Eaton, Wiltshire, England. His baptism record states that he was the baseborn son of Ann Legg.
Ann was in fact a widow and the mother of three older sons. On 24 September 1799, a James Hewer was committed to Marlborough Bridewell for trial on the oath of Ann Legg with ‘having gotten her with child which is likely to become chargeable to the parish of Castle Eaton’. The case was discharged and the order made on 8 October 1799.
Until he was transported for the second time in 1845, James alternated the use of the surnames Legg and Hewer.
James married Rachel Carter at Hannington, Wiltshire on 18 March 1822. James and Rachel had five children: Ann (baptised in 1823), Emma (baptised in 1825), Francis (my great great great grandfather, baptised in 1829), Elizabeth (baptised in 1831) and John (baptised in 1834).
Prior to his conviction and transportation in 1837, James appeared in court on three occasions:
• In January 1827 he was sentenced to three months in Devizes House of Correction (Wiltshire) for breach of the Game Laws.
• In January 1828 he was acquitted of the theft of a watch at Gloucestershire Quarter Sessions.
• In July 1828 he was sentenced to two months for the theft of a pig trough (Wiltshire Quarter Sessions).
Finally, and in the light of his two previous convictions in Wiltshire, in January 1837 he was sentenced at Devizes Quarter Sessions (Wiltshire) to seven years transportation for the theft of two hurdles. He was sent to the prison hulk ‘York’ at Gosport, from where he left England on the Emma Eugenia on 2 November 1837, arriving in Sydney on 9 February 1838. (Prisoner no. 38-615)
In 1842 he received his Ticket of Leave (42/759) and was allowed to remain in the district of Scone.
In 1844 he received his Certificate of Freedom (44/29), on which it is recorded that he ‘Cleared out on the Ramlett for London 21 Feb 44’.
He returned to Wiltshire to find his family had dispersed to various locations in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
To continue James’ story, look at James Legg who arrived at Norfolk Island on the China on 16 May 1846.
Convict Changes History
Steph Richards on 29th November, 2013 made the following changes:
alias1 Hewer (alias) (prev. Hewer (Alias))