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James Weavers

James Weavers, one of 25 convicts transported on the Guardian, July 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Weavers
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1752
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 3rd April, 1805
Age: 53 years

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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 24
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 25th March, 2017 wrote:

Flynn, Michael; The Second Fleet.. Page 599…
James Weavers was sentenced to death at 28 March 1787 Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) Assizes for the burglary on the night of 1 November 1786 of the widow Charlotte Hunt’s house at Needham Market.  He was reprieved soon afterwards to transportation for life and was maintained by the county in gaol until 24 July 1788.  On 8 September 1789 he was embarked on HMS “Guardian”.  It was stated that he had farming experience and was one of a group of 25 specially selected convicts whose skills were needed in New South Wales.
He survived the near sinking of “Guardian” when it was holed by an iceberg of the Cape and was then transferred to “Surprize” with 19 other surviving convicts.  He was recommended for a conditional pardon for his role in saving the “Guardian” from sinking.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

By January 1792, James was already settled on a 30 acre property which was granted to him in February.  It would seem that he was already living with Mary Hutchinson (Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”) and the couple married in 1792. By 1800, they were moderately prosperous with 6 acres of wheat, 6 of maize, 17 sheep, 14 pigs and a goat. By 1802 the whole family, including three children, had moved off government stores and were self sufficient. By then, the sheep flock had increased to 51 he was then purchasing further land.
Nearby, lived Mary’s mother Ann Hutchinson (Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”) and her much younger husband Richard Porter (Convict, 1790, “Surprize”).  Richard had been a transportee on the same vessel as James.  Ann and Maryt had been convicted together and now lived very near to each other.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

James burial was registered at St Philips, Sydney on 4th April 1805.  His Mother-in-Law, Ann Porter, was buried the day before, 3rd April 1805.  There are no substantiated records as to the rumour that each of these was killed by Aboriginal incursion onto their properties. There is no record located in the Sydney press regarding the matter.  However, there were numerous such attcks taking place in the Hawkesbury during this period. In 1820, his son, Enoch Weavers, submitted a petition for a land grant on the basis that the land grant to his father had been lost. A referee, Mr John Piper, made the following statement….
“This lad, being a native of this place and his father having been killed by the Natives, I beg you to support his petition”
[Ref Flynn, Michael; The Second Fleet: page 600]

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

Mary, now a widow with three or four children aged between 10 and 3 now moved to live with her step-father, Richard Porter.  They then commenced a de-facto relationship, had several children and subsequently married 8th June 1811.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref P1087 page 304]....
Porter, Richard, 62, absolute pardon, Surprize, 1790. life, Protestant, settler, Kissing Point.
Porter, Mary, 62, free by servitude, Mary Ann, 1791, 7 years, Protestant.
Porter, Richard (Jun), 23, born in the colony.
## Richard Junior the step-son, was unmarried at this stage, he later married Ellen Fitzgerald the daughter of Michael Fitzgerald (Irish Convict, 1806, “Tellicherry”) and Bridget Shea (Irish Convict, 1806 “Tellicherry”).
Also on the Census are:
[Ref O0292 page 292] The step-daughter Mary Anne now married to Peter Honslow (Convict, 1798, “Globe”).
[Ref W0833 page 386] The daughter from Mary’s first marriage, with James, now married to Robert Wicks (Convict, 1802, “Perseus”).
## All these children had quite large families.

Convict Changes History

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

date of birth: 1752 (prev. 0000), date of death: 3rd April, 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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


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