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William Sawyer

William Sawyer, one of 190 convicts transported on the Asia, 01 April 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Sawyer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
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: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 1st April, 1822
Arrival date: 24th July, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 149 (76)
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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Maureen Withey on 14th April, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 14 April 2021), October 1821, trial of WILLIAM SAWYER (t18211024-66).

WILLIAM SAWYER, Theft > pocketpicking, 24th October 1821.
1339. WILLIAM SAWYER was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of September , one watch, value 30 s.; two seals, value 1 s., and one key, value 6 d., the goods of Benjamin Ackers , from his person .
BENJAMIN ACKERS . I am a pensioner in the Haberdashers alms-houses . On the 22d of September, about half-past eight o’clock at night. I was walking along Shoreditch , with my hands in my pockets, and crossing Bateman’s-row, just as I came on the pavement, the prisoner stepped before me and dodged backwards and forwards - I could not get by, the gas shone right in his face; I observed him particularly, and should know him any where. I felt something touch my thumb in my pocket, and felt my watch go, he immediately started from me - nobody but him was near me. I ran after him immediately - he ran a considerable way before I called Stop thief - I pursued him into the Curtain-road till he was taken, and kept him in sight all the way, except about a minute, as he turned the corner of Bateman’s-row, he he was stopped at the corner, I came up, and said
“That man has robbed me of my watch.” It was produced to me without the case, and the glass broken.
RICHARD EVERETT . I am a butcher, and live in the Curtain-road. I was at my shop door, opposite Bateman’s-row,I heard the cry of Stop thief! I crossed to the sound, and saw the prisoner running, crying Stop thief! I said “You are the first man, I will stop you.” I heard something fall from him, and saw Adams, who was the only person present, pick up the watch, between me and the prisoner.
JAMES ADAMS . I ran out with Everett, and saw the prisoner running, he was foremost. I assisted in taking him. I saw him drop the watch and picked it up.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. I had just come from Reading, and met a friend who directed me to the Curtain-road for work; I was going there - some people ran by - I put my leg out to stop them - they passed - I followed, and they took hold of me.
GUILTY . Aged 27.
Transported for Life .
First Middlesex Jury, before W. Arabin, Esq.


Hulk Records. HO-9-8 5 p 9.  (Portsmouth hulks)
From Newgate, 17 Nov 1821.
William Sawyer, age 27,  Felony, Tried 24 Oct 1821 at the Old Bailey, Life, NSW 26 Mar 1822.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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