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William Watts

William Watts, one of 150 convicts transported on the Shipley, 18 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Watts
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1868
Age: 70 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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Bristol (City) Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: 18th July, 1818
Arrival date: 18th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 43 (23)
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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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2017 wrote:

Some time after his arrival in the colony, William was in a de-facto relationship with Sarah Elizabeth Bradley.  It is unclear if this relationship commenced prior to the death of her husband John Parton/Berringer (Convict, 1813, “Fortune”) or after his death in 1827.  Elizabeth Had 3 children from her marriage but did call them by the surname ‘Watt’ when she was living with William. And in fact in 1836 when she died, she was buried as ‘Eliza WATT, wife of a farmer’.
Elizabeth Bradley was the daughter of James Bradley (First Fleet Convict, 1788, “Scarborough”) and Sarah Barnes (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”).

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 383….
[Ref W0569] Watts, William, 30, FS, Shipley, 1817, 7 years, Labourer, Kissing Point.
[Ref W0570] Watts, Sarah, 29, born in the colony.
[Ref W0571] Watts, Louisa, 11, born in the colony.
[Ref W0572] Watts, Anne, 9, born in the colony.
[Ref W0573] Watts, Sarah, 5, born in the colony.

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2017 wrote:

After Elizabeth died in 1836, William married Sarah Mary Weavers in 1838 at the Church of England, Field of Mars, Ryde.
Sarah Mary was the daughter of James Weavers (Second Fleet Convict, 1790, “Surprize”) and Mary Hutchinson (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”).
William and Sarah Mary had at least 1 child, Henry William Watts, born May 3rd 1842, Kissing Point, Ryde.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1868 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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