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William Shepherd

William Shepherd, one of 200 convicts transported on the Ann, August 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Shepherd
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ann or Anne
Departure date: August, 1809
Arrival date: 27th February, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 427 (213)
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 6th February, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Record; https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-1$init=CON13-1-1p28
List of 30 male and 13 female prisoners embarked for Port Dalrymple on the Lady Nelson, 29 Jun 1812, and their ships of arrival, dates of trial, etc.:

William Shepherd arrived in NSW per ship Anne, 2nd time, Master Clarke in 1810; tried at Middx G.D.,  6 April 1808, Life sentence;  Remarks – Tollerable Good.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2020), April 1808, trial of WILLIAM SHEPHERD , alias KNIGHT (t18080406-72).
WILLIAM SHEPHERD, Violent Theft > robbery, 6th April 1808.

334. WILLIAM SHEPHERD , alias KNIGHT , was indicted for feloniously making an assault upon George Goddard , on the 25th of February , and putting him in fear, and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, a silver watch, value 3 l. a chain, value 1 s. a seal, value 1 s. a great coat, value 1 l. and 2 l. 2 s. his property.

GEORGE GODDARD . Q. Where do you live. - A. At Feltham in Middlesex. I am a farmer .

Q. When was you robbed. - A. On the 25th of February, in a lane called Dawley, in the parish of Harlington .

Q. What time of the day was it. - A. About half after six o’clock in the evening. I was by myself in a chaise cart.

Q. How was you stopped. - A. I was met by four men. One man ran up to the horse’s head and cut the reins; then that same man that cut the reins came up to the right hand of me, to the step of the chaise cart; the prisoner at the bar came to the left side of me. One man was at the horse’s head, and the other stood at the right hand of the shafts on the ground. The prisoner at the bar then unbuttoned my left hand breeches pocket, and the other my right hand breeches pocket; the right hand man took forty shillings from me.

Q. What did they say to you. - A. They told me to stop, they must have my money; I do not know which of them it was; they surrounded me so momently, I could not distinguish who told me to stop. The man on the right hand took out of my breeches pocket, forty shillings in silver, besides a dollar, one of the old dollars, with this king’s head upon it; he took every thing out of my right waistcoat pocket; a pencil case, and a few halfpence that were in it. I had two great coats over this; they unbuttoned all my coats, then they saw my watch-chain; the prisoner at the bar says what have you got here, I must have it in a moment; he took hold of the chain, snatched it out; it was a silver watch, there was a chain, seal, and key to it; the seal had my initials on it; from this coat pocket the prisoner took a handkerchief, the fellow to this, and a snuff box; then he asked me what I had got there. I had a silk handkerchief round my neck, I wear it when I am about home, he took it off my neck; one of them said we must have your coat, they pulled my great coat off. Then the prisoner says if he has money it is in the seat, they desired him to search the seat; there was a bundle of empty sacks on the left hand of me, the prisoner says d - n them, let us have them out, he pulled them out on the ground; then he said sir, you must come out. I said be easy I will get out; so I jumped out; the man on the right hand opened the lid of the seat and took a hand basket up, wherein there was a pound of sausages, and half a pound of tea; they took all the things contained in the basket; the same right hand man searched about the straw, he found no money, then he said I am satisfied, and away they went.

Q. Had any of these men any arms. - A. The one on the right hand side of the cart he had a pistol.

Q. You never saw any more of them. - A. No, when I was down I asked them if they would help me with the sacks up, they said I might put them up myself. I went to the horse’s head, I found the bearing reins, and the long reins all four cut in two. I fastened them up and got on as well as I could.

Q. Did you find any thing again. - A. Yes, there was something found but not immediately.

Q. You said one man stood on your right hand and the prisoner stood on your left hand; what makes you say it was the prisoner. - A. I could see him while he was robbing of me; I looked under his hat two or three times, he lived with me about eight year and a half ago; he told me he had lived with me at Bow street. I have got a name of Shepherd in my book, I did not know that he had lived with me then.

Q. Could you take such observations of him as to know the man. - A. I did. I was as recollected as I am now, I never was more recollected.

Q. Are you positive clear in your own mind. - A. Yes, I am that he is the man, as I am of my own existence.

Q. Then it is not from any circumstance that has happened since, that you believe he is the man. - A. No, when I came down Harlington, I said three of the men I should know again if I saw them, I took such observation of them so as to know three out of the four.

Q. How soon after was it that you saw this man. - A. About a fortnight afterwards I was sent for by Mr. Read, the chief magistrate of Bow street, to see if I knew him.

Q. Are you sure that he was the man. - A. Yes.

Q. Were you sure he was the man when you saw him about a fortnight afterwards. - A. Yes.

Prisoner. That gentleman said that he did not know that I lived with him.

Prosecutor. I did not know that he had lived with we then; when I was at Bow street he told me he had lived with me, and when I went home I saw the name of William Shepherd in the book; my recollection is not from his living with me, but from my recollection of him when I was robbed.

WILLIAM WALTERS. I am a soldier, I belongto the life guards, Hyde park barracks. On the 25th of February, about the middle of the day, these men came by me.

Q. Where. - A. At the Vine inn in Hillingdon, near Uxbridge; they came in the Vine and called for a pot of beer, and Hooper and this prisoner went to Uxbridge.

Q. Are you sure Shepherd is one of them. - A. Yes, and they stopped there about a couple of hours and a half, and the other men stopped there during the day, while they were gone to Uxbridge, except a few minutes that they went to a gentleman’s house in Hillingdon; they told me if I saw any one come after them, I was to say they were to come back in about a quarter of an hour, or twenty minutes to the farthest; Hooper and Shepherd came back, and went out again; I asked them if they wanted them gentlemen that were with them, they said yes; I said they would be back almost directly; they all four came back, and went away about five o’clock in the evening.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner is one of those four. - A. Yes; that is the same man that went to Uxbridge.

Q. How far is that from Dawley lane, Harlington. A. About a mile and a half from where the gentleman was robbed to Hillingdon. One of the men had a pistol in his pocket, I saw the muzzle hang out of his pocket; the others had not any thing that I saw; I am sure he is the same man; I was with him in the whole about three hours in day light.

Prosecutor. I was coming from Uxbridge market the same day.

WILLIAM ADKINS . I am an officer of Bow street office. I and Lavender apprehended the prisoner on the 11th of March in St. Giles’s; I produce a handkerchief which I found upon one of the four men that were with him; his name is Sadler, I took it from his neck.

Q. I see he is indicted. - A. Yes.

Q. Was Sadler. when you took the prisoner, in company with him. - A. No, we apprehended Sadler in Marybone, the same morning when we took the prisoner Shepherd.

Q. to Walters. Did you see Sadler. - A. Yes, Sadler and Hooper was of the party, and Samuel Bone . I am sure Sadler was in company at the Vine.

Q. to Adkins. You found that handkerchief on Sadler’s neck. - A. Yes, I took it off Sadler’s neck.

STEPHEN LAVENDER. I know no more than Adkins; I was present with him on the 11th of March; when we took Hooper we found a pencil case, which was identified by Mr. Goddard.

Q. Mr. Goddard look at that handkerchief. - A. This is my handkerchief, I had four of them; there is the fellow of it, it is faded in the double by wearing it; it is faded with the fun, and wearing round my neck with the perspiration; I always wear them round my neck at home.

Prisoner’s Defence. I know nothing of the property or of the robbery; there was no property found on me.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 23

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 6th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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