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George Patfield

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Patfield
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1764
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th October, 1809
Age: 45 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Taunton
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: convict ships to NSW. Sydney Gazette
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Phil Hands on 20th May, 2017 wrote:

On 17th March 1788 in Taunton, Somerset,  George Patfield was tried for the theft of 3 donkeys and sentenced to 7 years transportation.
Left England 19th January 1790.
Ship:- the ‘Neptune’ was one of the three ships that made up the second fleet. She embarked her convicts in December 1789 and sailed from England on 19 January 1790. Charles Bateson claims that the Neptune carried 436 male convicts & 78 female convicts (a total of 514). She relanded three convicts prior to leaving English waters. One Hundred and Fifty-Eight convicts died on the Neptune during the voyage to Port Jackson (147 male & 11 female). The three ships of the Second Fleet arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, in company, on 13th April 1790 following a passage of just 84 days from Portsmouth. The Neptune embarked an additional twelve convicts at the Cape of Good Hope (survivors of the Guardian ship wreck). On June 28th 1790 the Neptune made landfall at Port Jackson, 158 days after leaving England.

George married convict Mary O’Brien (‘Neptune’ 1790) on 19th May 1793 at Parramatta, the couple had 8 children between 1793 and 1807.

The solemnization of matrimony by banns between George Patfield and Mary Brien and married this 19th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three by me Richard Johnson.
Mary Brien made her X mark In the presence of Thomas Winston and Luke Jones.

George Patfield received a Grant of Land at Eastern Farms on 10th April 1798 and consequenttly the Patfields and the Smalls were living in the same area and it is not surprising that two of the Patfields, George and Elizabeth, and two of the Smalls, Sarah and John were married at St.Philip’s Sydney in a double ceremony on 31st October 1820.

George Patfield hung himself on 11th October 1809 at Kissing Point, after “brooding over a temporary financial embarrassment”.
This devastating act, left Mary in a terrible situation, with quite a large, very young family.
Sydney Gazette Sunday 15th October 1809

On the evening of Thursday last George Patfield, a settler at Kissing Point, put an end to his own existence by strangling himself with a handkerchief, one end of which was tied fast about his neck, and the other to a branch of a tree not of sufficient height to prevent his knees from almost touching the ground. - A Coroner’s inquest summoned from Parramatta, sat on the body on Friday, who returned a Verdict - Suicide! - The deceased was an old man, supposed to be in tolerable circumstances’ but is conjectured to have been tempted to commit the rash act by a temporary embarrassment of a pecuniary nature.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 20th May, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: convict ships to NSW. Sydney Gazette (prev. ), firstname: George, surname: Patfield, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1764, date of death: 11th October, 1809, gender: m, occupation, crime

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