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William Smith, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 59 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 369 (184)
||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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Brian L Burleigh on 7th September, 2015 wrote:
George(24) and Thomas Jubb(34) were arrested with William Smith(30), tried, convicted and transported for a single offence; uttering forged bank-notes. Multiple notes are mentioned; Bank of England and Wright (Charles and Ichabod) Bank – Nottingham.
Circumstance: Mr Charles Pasheller of Fen Drayton, principal of the Huntingdon Bank, sends his un-named servant to sell one or more horses at Sturbridge Fair, Cambridge, on 25th September 1804. Some of the notes used to purchase the horse are declared to be forgeries. (The detection of small denomination banknote forgeries was a developing scandal because of the difficulty of detection and death penalty). Only George Jubb and William Smith were present at the fair, participated in the transaction, took possession of the horse and departed to Birmingham. The notes were subsequently challenged and confirmed as forgeries (by whom?); arrest warrants were transmitted from Bow Street, London to Birmingham where the accused were arrested (George plus William Smith on 8-Oct, then Thomas on 9th) and taken to Cambridge. No idea what happened to the horse. So from about October 1804, the three are in lock-up at Cambridge Castle, duly tried and sentenced at Lent Assizes (12-Mar), reported 18-Mar) and by the end of March they are transported to Hulk Captivity at Portsmouth.
Convoy: Porpoise, Sinclair(with Bligh), Justina, Fortune and Alexander depart 28-Jan-1806, Fortune arriving 12-Jul-1806.
Wife? Ann Smith is given permission to accompany William so he is among the 15 male convicts on Alexander! No other trace of this Ann Smith, but her request should have made it difficult for William to subsequently remarry.
Convict Changes History
Brian L Burleigh on 7th September, 2015 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000), crime