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William Shaw, 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
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||24th May, 1815
life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 112
||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 24th May, 2017 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
9th September 1789, trial of RICHARD RIDGE GILBERT BAKER WILLIAM LLOYD WILLIAM SHAW JAMES M’CAULEY (t17890909-10).
RICHARD RIDGE, GILBERT BAKER, WILLIAM LLOYD, WILLIAM SHAW, JAMES M’CAULEY: Theft > burglary, 9th September 1789.
583. RICHARD RIDGE , GILBERT BAKER , WILLIAM LLOYD , WILLIAM SHAW , and JAMES M’CAULEY , were indicted, for feloniously and burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Susannah Dewell , on the 21st of August last, about nine in the night, and burglariously stealing therein, a stuff coat, value 1 s. two cloth waistcoats, value 4 s. a child’s cotton ditto, value 2 s. a cotton bedgown, value 2 s. a flannel waistcoat, value 3 s. a shalloon ditto, value 3 s. and one cloth coat, value 2 s. her property .
SUSANNAH DEWELL sworn.
I am a sales-woman at Brentford , a widow ; on the 21st of August I was at work in the evening between eight and nine; it was quite dark without candles; I am sure I could not have seen anybody’s face, without a candle; I am very sure the door was shut, I heard the latch lift up; I asked who was there; there being no answer made, I got up; the shop was in the front towards the street, and the kitchen behind it; I missed from the shop the several articles in the indictment; some had been hanging without and some within, but they had been all taken down, and laid on the counter; I saw them afterwards on the Wednesday, at Bow-street.
Prisoner. She said at the justice’s, that her child might touch the latch? - I thought it might have been one of my children, but asking who was there, and they not answering, I got up immediately.
WILLIAM COLE sworn.
I lost nine geese, and I went in pursuit of some persons on the road; I took in my company, a man of the name of John Street; overtook the prisoners at Acton, at nine in the morning, they had two asses, loaden with hampers, there were many articles of wearing apparel in the hampers, and a crow.
ELIZABETH SPACE sworn.
I live three miles the other side of Brentford; on Saturday, the 27th of August, about five in the morning, I observed the prisoners, they are the men to the best of my knowledge; I saw four men and a boy, and I told Mr. Cole which way they went, towards Hessham.
CHARLES JEALOUS sworn.
I was at Bow-street when these men were brought in; a person came to me, and gave me information, and I took this waistcoat off M’Cauley, at Bow-street, and this coat I took off Ridge; I never saw Shaw or M’Cauley in my life, I am not the apprehender of any one of them.
Prosecutrix. This is my coat and waistcoat, and all these things; they were on the counter a few minutes before I got up, I am sure they are my property.
PRISONER RIDGE’s DEFENCE.
I had been seeking for work, and could not get any, I saw some men coming over Hounslow Heath, and they asked me if I had lost a jack-ass; they gave me a jack-ass, loaded with hampers, and they desired me to take and find an owner for it, so I drove it along, and I overtook this lad; the waistcoat and coat were at top; it rained, and I took the coat and put it on to keep off the rain; before I came to Acton, I overtook the other prisoners, and when we came to Acton, we were stopped, the man came to the jack-ass, and owned it at the justice’s.
PRISONER BAKER’s DEFENCE.
I went to Brentford, my father was extremely ill; I went with two of the other prisoners, I arrived there the Friday afternoon, I slept at the Bull, and got up about four in the morning, I was very ill, and came to Town, and I met these men, and this boy, driving a jack-ass and hampers; he asked what it was o’clock, it was past five; he said, which road are you going? I said, towards Acton to go home; then I went into the Red Lion, to get a pot of beer, and some bread and cheese, we came out, and Mr. Cole stopped us.
PRISONER M’CAULEY’s DEFENCE.
I got up to go to work about three in the morning; I went to the Bull, at Hounslow; I could not find my aunt’s, and the man overtook me; says he, here is a jackass strolling along, it was the gentleman in blue, that overtook me; but it rained, and he said, as it rains, we may as well put on these things; so I put on the waistcoat.
Court. How far is Acton from Brentford? - Rather better than three miles.
Court to Cole. Did any conversation pass about this business? - They owned one ass; Ridge owned that which was loaded, but not the others.
Did the others take any part? - Two of them tried to make their escape; that was Shaw, and Baker (the boy), they were all together, before I overtook them.
The prisoner Lloyd called two witnesses to his character.
The prisoner M’Cauley called four witnesses to his character.
ALL FIVE, GUILTY of stealing.
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.
Denis Pember on 11th October, 2017 wrote:
In the colony, William married Catherine Neale (Irish Convict, 1796, “Marquis Cornwallis”). The couple married at St Philips, Sydney, 4th December 1796. They had 1 child, a daughter Catherine, 1st January 1799, Dawes Point, New South Wales.
Unfortunately, Catherin (snr) died in 1813 and William soon thereafter in 1815, leaving the child an orphan. However young Catherine did survive and married Thomas Carpenter (Convict, 1808, “Admiral Gambier”) in 1818 and then again after Thomas died, she married John Medhurst (came free, 1825). She had a total of 9 children.
Convict Changes History
Denis Pember on 24th May, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1758 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th May, 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime