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Henry Williams

Henry Williams, one of 160 convicts transported on the Richmond, November 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Richmond
Departure date: 27th November, 1821
Arrival date: 30th April, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 124
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 8th January, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 January 2020), June 1821, trial of HENRY WILLIAMS (t18210606-1).
HENRY WILLIAMS, Theft > burglary, 6th June 1821.

698. HENRY WILLIAMS was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Bruce , about two o’clock at night, on the 30th of March , at St. Mary Abbotts, Kensington , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein one soup-ladle, value 24 s.; one tea-pot, value 3 l.; one tea-pot stand, value 24 s.; thirteen spoons, value 3 l. 12 s.; one pair of sugar-tongs, value 8 s., and one caddy-ladle, value 8 d., his property .

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.

JAMES SPALDING . I am butler to John Bruce , Esq., who lives in Brompton-grove, Kensington ; he is keeper of the State Papers ; letters are directed to him -

” John Bruce , Esq. ” On the 30th of March I saw the doors and windows all properly secured, about ten minutes before twelve o’clock at night. The plate was in my custody - I saw it all locked up ten minutes before I went to bed; the articles stated in the indictment were all in one cupboard, except the tea-tongs and caddy-ladle - the soup-ladle was an old fashioned fluted one, and had the crest on it. Next morning I got up about a quarter after seven o’clock, and found the hall door open, and a hole cut in it, large enough for a man to put in his hand and open the door - it was an outer door. I then went to the plate cupboard, found that door forced open, and missed the property stated in the indictment; I have since seen the tea-pot and soup-ladle at Bow-street. I do not know the prisoner. The spoons had the motto,

“Be Trew,” on them.

ELIZABETH HOLLAND . At the end of March I was staying at Mr. Bruce’s house till he got a housemaid. I got up first, about a quarter before seven o’clock, and found the house as the butler has described.

GEORGE FREDERICK ALLCOCK . I am clerk to Messrs. Merle and Co. refiners, who live in Little Britain. I have bought things of the prisoner at different times. On the 2d of April I bought some table and desert spoons of him - about thirteen spoons altogether; consisting of table, desert, tea, and two salt spoons - they weighed in the whole, seventeen ounces and seven penny weight; they were perfect, and had a crest on them, and the motto,

“Be True.” I think the word true was spelt

“trew” - he brought them as old silver, and gave no particular account of them. I asked his name - he said Williams. He has occasionally sold me plate before, but he gave me the name at this time. The spoons were put in our common stock, and sold next day to a dealer; I cannot tell who it was now, as we had several who came that day. A table-spoon generally weighs two ounces, a desert-spoon about an ounce, and a tea-spoon, ten or twelve pennyweight. I bought nothing else of him. I saw him again about the latter end of April, he came in the afternoon with some old spoons for sale; we had received information, and he was detained.

Cross-examined by MR. ANDREWS. Q. You have many people come to sell plate - A. Yes; he has sold us plate before. I never doubted his being the man. I paid him 4 l. 3 s. 10 d. for them. I think there were four table and four desert spoons.

SAMUEL KEMP . I am in the employ of Messrs. Merle and Co. and know the prisoner perfectly well. On Wednesday, the 4th of April, I bought a tea-pot stand and soup-ladle of him, and I rather think a caddy ladle at the same time - they weighed twenty-three ounces and sixteen pennyweight; I paid him 5 l. 15 s. for them as old silver - they were put by with our common stock. They had a crest on them, and a motto. The prisoner was detained at our house about the 1st or 2d of May. He had come backwards and forwards to our house, about once a month, for the last twelve months, to sell old plate.

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner on the 8th of May, at Messrs. Merle and Co.‘s and found a pocket-book on him.

GEORGE FREDERICK ALLCOCK re-examined. I know there was a soup-ladle in the house, I sold it to Mr. Foligno. I delivered the tea-pot and stand, and the caddy ladle to Widdowson - they had been about nine days in our house.

ISAAC FOLIGNO . I bought a ladle at Messrs. Merle and Co.‘s and sent it the same day to Mr. Salter’s, in the Strand, by my brother. I think it was on a Tuesday, about six weeks ago. I should not know it again.

AMADO FOLIGNO . I am brother to the last witness. He gave me a ladle to take to Mr. Salter’s, about six weeks ago. I delivered the same to Mr. Salter himself, to sell on commission; there was a crest on it, and, I think, a motto. I should not be able to swear to it.

JOHN SALTER . I am a silversmith, and live in theStrand. About the 10th or 11th of April, I think on a Tuesday, the ladle was brought - it is in my possession, and has been ever since. I produce it. The moment I took it in my hand I said I was certain it was the same ladle I had repaired for Mr. Bruce, who had applied to me about it, and I could swear to it from the crest and motto. I then sent my nephew, Joseph Widdowson , to Messrs. Merle’s, and found some more of Mr. Bruce’s plate was there - it was brought to my house. I produce it. It is a tea-pot and stand, which I know to be his - I have occasionally repaired them for him. Here is a caddy ladle which I do not know.

JOSEPH WIDDOWSON . I am Mr. Salter’s nephew, and recollect the ladle being brought. I went to Messrs. Merle and Co.‘s and got the tea-pot and stand, and caddy ladle - Allcock delivered them to me.

SAMUEL KEMP . They are the tea-pot and stand I bought of the prisoner.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

ROBERT LEMON , ESQ. I am deputy keeper of the State Papers. I know John Bruce . Esq. lives in the parish of St. Mary Abbotts, Kensington.

Prisoner’s Defence. I leave it to my Counsel.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 22. Of stealing in a dwelling-house, but not of the burglary.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow.

June 10, 1825.
Henry Williams (388), 5 ft. 0in. dark brown hair, light hazel eyes, 27 years of age, a labourer, tried at Middlesex June 1821, sentence life, arrived in this Colony per Richmond 1822, native place Hertford, deep dimple on chin, absconded from Public Works May 3. 1825.- £2 Reward.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 8th January, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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