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William Reynolds

Stephen Reynolds, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Reynolds
Aliases: Stephen Reynolds
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1769
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 30th October, 1850
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1043 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 123 (63)
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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Denis Pember on 27th March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
JAMES MATTHEWS, WILLIAM WRIGHT, WILLIAM REYNOLDS, Theft > grand larceny, 25th June 1788.
434. JAMES MATTHEWS, WILLIAM WRIGHT, and WILLIAM REYNOLDS were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of June , six frocks, value 2 s. two pair of stays, value 2 s. two shawls, value 2 s. two aprons, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Hurst.
The prisoner Wright was found with the things, and the other two prisoners were in company.
Transported for seven years.
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

Denis Pember on 27th March, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, William had a de-facto relationship with Mary Madden (Convict, Anne, 1801). This relationship must have commenced about 1813.
Prior to this time, Mary had a relationship with Thomas Ambrose (Convict, Scarborough, 1790) and had several children by him.
Mary and William had 1 child, George Reynolds, born 1814.

Denis Pember on 27th March, 2016 wrote:

The Muster records do give some further information..
[A3669] William Reynolds, Admiral Barrington, rents 10 acres from G Carr.
[B0143] William Reynolds… Farm Details.
[C0852] Mary Madden, Anne, with Thomas Ambrose!!!

[0632] William Reynolds, Admiral Barrington, Off Stores, Landholder.
[1712] Mary Madden, Anne, Off Stores. 5 children, with William Reynolds.

In the 1828 Census…
Page 315…
[Ref R0532] Reynolds, William, 59, FS, Admiral Barrington, 1791, Framer at Lower Portland Head. 9 acres all cleared and cultivated.
[Ref R0533] Reynolds, George, 15, born in colony.

Denis Pember on 8th January, 2021 wrote:

WARNING!! There were two convicts with the name ‘William Reynolds’ transported on ships of the third Fleet. This one was transported on ‘Admiral Barrington’ and the other one on the ‘Matilda’.
Please ensure which one you are researching—I have them both in my family tree!!!

Terrence BRENNAN on 15th July, 2021 wrote:

William Reynolds fell and drowned at Wisemans ferry in c1852. He and Mary Madden had a farm at Wright’s Creek McDonald River near St Albans. They are both buried at Our Lady of Loreto Church cemetery (now ruins) on private land, along with their daughter Catherine & husband John Sullivan who built the Inn at St Albans.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 27th March, 2016 made the following changes:

firstname: William (prev. Stephen), date of birth: 1769 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th October, 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Denis Pember on 27th March, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Stephen Reynolds, crime

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