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Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor, one of 200 convicts transported on the Somersetshire, March 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Taylor
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1860
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Somersetshire
Departure date: March, 1814
Arrival date: 16th October, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 162
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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Denis Pember on 29th December, 2016 wrote:

Leeds Intelligencer Mon 02 Aug 1813 p.3….
Of the Prisoners on the Castle of York and the New Gaol, who are to take their trials before the Hon. Sir Alan Chambre, and Baron Wood, Knt. at these Assizes, which commence on Saturday…
Robert Cross late of Hull, apprehended at Darlington, and Robert Taylor, of Spaldington-lane, brought from Durham gaol, charged with feloniously breaking into the dwelling-house of Joseph Birtwhistle, of Howdren, and stealing a considerable quantity of property.
Yorkshire Assize Trials.
ROBERT CROSS, GEORGE SEWELL, AND ROBERT TAYLOR, were charged with bulgariously entering the dwelling-house of Mr. Birtwhistle, of Howden, and stealing therefrom about 40/e in gold, 17/- in silver, several watches, gold rings, some trinkets, and two hams; and SARAH TAYLOR was charged with being accessary [sic] before and after the robbery. - Counsel for the crown, Mr Sykes, and Mr Hullock.
The circumstances of this case were very singular: it appeared in evidence, that William Platts, who was admitted evidence on behalf of the crown, Robert Cross, George Sewell, and Robert Taylor, met at the house of the celebrated Snowden Dunhill, on Tuesday night, April 6th, where the plan of this robbery was arranged. Sarah Taylor, a young woman, sister of Robert Taylor, blacked the faces of George Sewell and Robert Taylor, and helped to equip them for the expedition. About twelve o’clock they left Snowden Dunhill’s, and arrived at Mr Birtwhistle’s house, at Howden, about one o’clock; when they arrived, they effected an entrance by taking out the window of the dairy. - William Platts was left below, and the other three proceeded up stairs to the bed-chamber of Mr. Birtwhistle, one of whom stood at his bedside and demanded his money; he replied he had none; but the same person insisted that he had two hundred pounds and upwards. They then proceeded to ransack the house, and found in a closet in the lodging-room of Mr. Birtwhistle, about 37 guineas in gold, a 7s. piece, and 17l. in silver; they also took away with them several watches, fold rings, and some trinkets, and two hams. They remained in the house about half an hour, and returned again to Snowden Dunhill’s about three o’clock in the morning. Sarah Taylor washed their faces, and cut them some rashers from the hams they had brought, which she prepared for them; they then gave her a 7s. piece, and some silver. One of the prisoners (Robert Cross) was apprehended on the Hull coach, and the other two at the home of Snowden Dunhill. Part of the property was found on each of the prisoners. - These facts being clearly made out in evidence, the jury retired for a few minutes, and found all the prisoners - Guilty….

Denis Pember on 29th December, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Robert married Sarah Harrison in 1815.  Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Harrison (Convict, 1791, “Gorgon”).  The couple had 12 children between 1816 and 1836.
in the 1825 Census they are recorded:
Taylor, Robert, convict, Somersetshire, 1814, life, P.S. his wife, Richmond.
Taylor, Rosanna, 4, born in the colony, daughter of R. Taylor, Richmond.
Taylor, Sarah, born in the colony, wife of R. Taylor, Richmond.
Taylor, William, 9, born in the colony, son of R. Taylor, Richmond.

Denis Pember on 29th December, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 363…
[Ref T0208] Taylor, Sarah, 30, born in the colony, Protestant.
[Ref T0209] Taylor, Robert, 36, government servant, Somersetshire, life, Protestant, labourer, Richmond.
[Ref T0210] Taylor, William, 12, born in the colony.
[Ref T0211] Taylor, Sarah, 10, born in the colony.
[Ref T0212] Taylor, Rosannah, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref T0213] Taylor, Elizabeth, 2, born in the colony.
[Ref T0214] Taylor, Mary, 3 months, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 29th December, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Denis Pember on 29th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1792 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1860 (prev. 0000)

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