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||7th May, 1846
life span was 53 years*
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Sentenced to 7 years
||Jen Willet's "Free Settler of Felon"
Source: Convict Indents. State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X638]; Microfiche: 717
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Maureen Withey on 2nd January, 2020 wrote:
To Alexander McLeay, Esq.
Colonial Secretary to the Government of New South Wales
I am directed by the Honorable the Governor of Bengal to inform you, that Fifteen European convicts named in the Margin have been ordered to
be embarked on the Ship Mary, Commanded by Captain B. Simpson, for New South Wales.
I am likewise directed to transmit to you a Warrant and a List, made agreeably to the request contained in your letter of the 7th August 1828, assigning the labor of the Convicts in question to the Government of New South Wales.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your obedient humble Servant,
signature, Secy to the Govt. of Bengal, Fort William the 16th February, 1836
Whereas Henry Smith, James Murphy, Joseph Nice, John Taylor, James Spence, William Winterson, John Donnelly, Benjamin Sheppard, Patrick Brett, John Kelly, James Hogg, Walter Boyes, John Elliott, John Wilson and David Grieg the persons named in the annexed list have been convicted of offences against the Law, and have been ordered to be
transported for the term annexed to their names, And Whereas the said persons have been put on Board the Ship Mary in order to their being
transported to His Majesty’s Colony of New South Wales, I do hereby in pursuance of the authority vested in me, transfer the services of the
persons so convicted to His Majesty’s Governor of His Majesty’s Colony of New South Wales and his assigns for the term for which they have been
ordered to be transported.
Given under my Hand and Seal at For William in Bengal the 16th February 1836.
signature - C Metcalfe
Governor of Fort William in Bengal
By order of the Honorable the Governor of Fort William in Bengal
signature, Secy to the Govr. of Fort William in Bengal
Private Benjamin Sheppard, no. 273 of 13 regiment of infantry, Tried at Nomelah Agra, for desertion, sentence seven years, never previously convicted, can both read and write, single, writer?, 29
yrs, 5’7’‘, dark, dark, brown, lost one eye, good.
Report made by the gaoler of Calcutta.
“This man has been well conducted since he came under my observation”.
Also a recommendation by the same gaoler:
March 1836 “In addition to the above remarks, I beg to state that on no account should the men be allowed more than a wine glass of Spirits in the day and that only on the most unexceptionable good conduct. It will be found the greatest auxiliary in Keeping them in good order if they are made to Know that it will cease at the Slightest bad conduct.”
Age 35. Clerk and soldier, native of Bristol. Court Martial at Nomilah Agra 30 April 1835 for desertion. Sentenced to 7 years transportation.Died 7 May 1846 in the General Hospital, Sydney
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 2nd January, 2020 made the following changes:
convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Jen Willet's "Free Settler of Felon"
Source: Convict Indents. State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X638]; Microfiche: 717 (prev. ), firstname: Benjamin, surname: Sheppard, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: