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William Stevenson

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Stevenson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: Wheelwright
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Providence
Departure date: 10th December, 1810
Arrival date: 2nd July, 1811
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 82 other convicts

References

Primary source: eg. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Belfast Newsletter 27 March 1810, p 2; SRNSW - Muster records for 1822 and 1825
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Robin Sharkey on 5th December, 2015 wrote:

William Stevenson, arrived on Providence in 1811 when aged 25, with 7 years sentence at Carrickfergus Assizes for stealing a bank note from Dunville & Co. This firm were blenders of whisky and importers of tea and John Dumville (who had joined the firm when it was originally called just Napier & Co, ten years earlier in 1801 when aged 16) gave evidence in court that the note was this firm’s, and about other money stolen at the same time.

Wm Stevenson had also broken into the offices, apparently using an iron bar he had borrowed. had a novel approach to hiding the evidence when caught - he promptly swallowed the bank note!  Obviously the law officers waited patiently to eventually retrieve it!

REPORT of TRIAL:
Belfast Newsletter Saturday March 27th 1810 page 2
“Carrickfergus Assizes,
HOUSE BREAKING
“ William Stevenson was indicted for breaking into the offices of Messrs Napier and Dunville and stealing sundry articles.
Mr James McAdam said that on the 22nd day of January last, one James Scott brought the prisoner to his shop to enquire whether a Cork bank note which he had was a good one. Upon looking at it, he immediately discovered that it was the note which had been stolen from the offices of Messrs Napier and Dunville. Upon this, he came round the counter to seize him, when the prisoner immediately laid hold of the note and ate it.
Mr John Dunville said the note mentioned had been stolen from their office the previous night. It was marked N & D and was a Cork bank note. Among the articles stolen there was also a particulate silver Spanish coin,  which was afterwards found concealed with some other money under a leather in the prisoner’s workshop. There were 44 l and a few shillings taken in all.
“Mr James Scott, Cabinet-maker, said the prisoner came to his shop and asked the price of a set of drawers and said he would pay for them with two guineas and a half in silver, and a Cork bank note, which he had got from a man in Saintfield. Witness said he would go to Mr McAdam and see whether it was a god one. They went, and after Mr McAdam had examined it, he was coming towards the door, when the prisoner snatched it out of witness’s hand and swallowed it. On the Friday before the prisoner had called on him for the loan of 15d to buy glue.
Dan Kennedy, cutler, said that on the day before the robbery the prisoner came to his shop and asked the loan of a bar of iron,  which he said was to turn a screw. He gave him one and he put into the fire and round it at the end. [Here the bar was produced in Court].
“The Jury retired and brought in a verdict, guilty of stealing the bank note. Sentence - transportation for seven years.”

1814 Muster:
William Stevenson; Arrived per Providence, Status Convict; Occupation/Residence &c: Wheelwright, Mustered at Sydney [NSW AUS]; [At] Lane Cove [NSW AUS]; Victualling: On Stores

1822 Muster:  William Stephenson; 7 years; Arrived per Providence, Status: FBS (Free by Servitude); Occupation/Residence:Sydney, Lodges at T Deacon

February 1822:  Thomas Mitchell per “Indefatigable” in 1812 - assigned to William Stevenson in February 1822

In November 1822 Stevenson recommended Mitchell as a industrious person and for mitigation of sentence

1825 Muster:  William Stephenson; 7 years; Arrived per Providence 1811, Status: FS ; Occupation/Residence: Turner, Sydney

Robin Sharkey on 6th December, 2015 wrote:

BELFAST NEWSLETTER 7 August 1810

The following convicts passed through this town from the gaol of Carrickfergus on Wednesday last, on their way for transportation to Botany Bay:
Belfast Newsletter, 7 August 1810

The following convicts passed through this town from the gaol of Carrickfergus on Wednesday last, on their way for transportation to Botany Bay:
Catherine Gleen, [i.e. GLINN] for shoplifting — John Davison for burglary [did NOT arrive in NSW]— Wm STEPHENSON [sic] for stealing a bank note out of an office in Belfast — James Crone for bleach-green robbery — John Martin for horse stealing [did not arrive in NSW].— Andrew Girvin for burglary under his former sentence.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 5th December, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: eg. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Belfast Newsletter 27 March 1810, p 2; SRNSW - Muster records for 1822 and 1825 (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Stevenson, alias1: , alias2: , ali

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