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William Thomas, one of 160 convicts transported on the Eliza, 22 September 1819
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life span was 55 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 223 (113)
||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 22nd November, 2020 wrote:
WILLIAM DAVIES AND WILLIAM THOMAS, from Wrexham, were indicted for stealing six geese, the property of Mr. John Roberts, of Bonas, the parish of Wrexham. John Roberts was called, he said was a farmer, and lived at Bonas. On the 19th of October last he lost six geese. They were put in cow-house, the night before, and missed in the middle of the next day, when they were in the field. John Gee, (an accomplice, but admitted evidence for the part of the Crown) remembered meeting with the prisoners at Wrexham, but when, he could not exactly tell. He went with them to the house of John Roberts, Bonas, for geese, and got six of the cow-house. It be from 10 o’clock at night, when they there. They went through a pitch-hole into the cow-house.— Davies went in first. Witness held the bag, and Thomas helped Davies to catch them. He did not know in what month it took place, but it was after Wrexham Races The geese were taken to man who received them. He paid witness and Thomas for them, could not recollect how much, but he knew received silver, in shillings. Did not know how many. He thought about 5s.— In his cross-examination he said the robbery took place after Wrexham Races. He knew what a goose was. He had stolen a great many geese,.. did not know the number. He met the prisoners in Wrexham. He had entirely forgotten where he met the prisoners, and when he was at Bonas. John J? deposed he was the keeper of the Home of Correction in Wrexham. He was employed in apprehending the prisoners. He took Thomas on the 30th Dec. at his work, about three miles from Wrexham. Witness charged him with stealing the geese, and he said was innocent of the crime. He had conversation with the prisoner (Thomas) in prison. Witness told him that Gee had confessed that he had stolen fowl, and that Thomas was with him. He mentioned the robbery at Roberts’s to Thomas, who said, Gee has not told you whole — there William Davies, he bas not told you of. The statement made by Gee, Thomas said was true, and he had no one thank, but Davies, who had entirely brought him in the condition he then was in.— Witness apprehended Davies at Lavister-gate, about the Dec. He was coming to Chester, with a cart. When at Lavister-gate, witness read the warrant he had to apprehend him for stealing fowl. He said he was innocent. When was by Malford hill he got out of the cart, and said he had 20 gallons of rum in it, and soon after jumped over the railing that protects the road, and got clear away. He was retaken the 26th January. The evidence the part of the prosecution here closed.
? ,miller, was called, he believed that Davies had good character. J. Mildenhall said, had known Davies from his infancy and he and he had generally borne good character.—He had not lived in Wrexham during the last 3 years, Mr. Richard Roberts said that Davies had a very indifferent character. In his defence said he had a wife and five children,—his wife was near her confinement, —he had been soldier a number of years, and had never stolen anything in his life. After the evidence had been summed up, the Jury found them Guilty.
Chester Courant, 6 April 1819.
William Davies and William Thomas, for stealing fowls, to transported 7 years.
Chester Courant, 13 April 1819,
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 22nd November, 2020 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime