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William Wells

William Wells, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Wells
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Nottingham Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 87 (45)
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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Maureen Withey on 20th August, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

WELLS, William. Per “Fortune”, 1813; constable at Parramatta.

1819 - Servant to Richard Haviland. Petition for ticket of leave (Fiche 3202; 4/1860 pp.83-83a)
1822 Mar 2,9 - Depositions re illegal sale of spirits by William Warren (Reel 6055; 4/1760 pp.183-4)
1822 Jun 20 - Appointed to act as District Constable in the Town of Parramatta (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.65)
1822 Jul 15 - District Constable at Parramatta. Recommended for conditional pardon for arrest of George Barke (Reel 6053; 4/1756 p.44)
1822 Aug 1 - Rewarded with a conditional pardon for meritorious service in the apprehension of bushrangers (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.90)
1823 Mar 4 - Enquiry to Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta re details of his appointment to the Parramatta police (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.394). Reply, 6 Mar (Reel 6057; 4/1768 pp.143, 146)
1823 Apr 22 - Recommendation that Wells be paid a salary of 30 pounds per annum as District Constable at Parramatta (Reel 6057; 4/1768 p.160)
1823 Dec 26-1825 Sep 4 - On pay lists of constables in the Parramatta district (Reel 6030; 4/7017A pp.17-255 & 4/7017B pp.13-324)
1824 Jun 12 - Deputy Chief Constable at Parramatta. Memorial (Fiche 3116; 4/1840A No.1038 pp.183-6). Reply, 25 Jun (Reel 6013; 4/3511 p.536)
1824 Oct 30 - Deputy Constable, Parramatta. Memorial for remuneration for apprehension of Job Jones, a runaway (Reel 6062; 4/1781 p.327)
1824 Dec 31 - Paid a reward from the Colonial Fund for apprehending, prosecuting & convicting three prisoners for burglary (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.424)
1825 Jan 12 - On list of constables composing the Police of Parramatta & their respective employments (Reel 6062; 4/1783 p.4)
1825 Oct - Memorial for free passage to England (Reel 6064; 4/1788 pp.55-56a). Reply, 14 Nov (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.610)

SHERWIN, Mary. Widow of Storekeeper at Windsor; of George Street, Parramatta
1825 Oct 17 - Memorial (Fiche 3155; 4/1844B No.735 pp.509-12)
1825 Nov 12,14 - On list of persons who have received orders for grants of land (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.101); on list of lands granted & reserved by Sir Thomas Brisbane (Fiche 3269; 9/2740 p.27)

Maureen Withey on 20th August, 2020 wrote:

1828 NSW Census shows William Wells and his family: William had Sherwin Farm at Parramatta, 1200 acres, of which 100 were cleared, and where he had 1 horse and 4 cattle, and in Argyle district, Wm Wells farm, of 300 acres, 4 of which were cultivated, with 4 horses and 200 cattle.
William Wells, age 44, A.P. Fortune 1813, Life, Publican, at Parramatta, protestant.
Mary Wells, age 54, Came free, Mqs. Cornwallis 1799, wife of above.
Sarah Sherwin, 18, born in colony, daughter to Mary Wells.
Elizabeth Sherwin, 14, B.C.
Eliza Sherwin, 12, B.C.
George Sherwin, 10, B.C.
Thomas Sherwin, 8, B.C.
Ellen Sherwin, 8, B.C.
Lucy Sherwin, 5 B.C., and two convict servants.

Maureen Withey on 20th August, 2020 wrote:

Marriage of William Wells, single and Mary Sherwin, of Parramatta, widowed, at Cumberland, NSW., 22 Oct 1826.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 20th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

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