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James Williams

James Williams, one of 200 convicts transported on the Marquis of Wellington, August 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 17th August, 1788
Occupation: Miller
Date of Death: 12th October, 1850
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis of Wellington
Departure date: August, 1814
Arrival date: 27th January, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 166
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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Julie Anne Williams on 17th January, 2015 wrote:

James Williams was originally sentenced to death for horse-stealing. James was given a reprieve to life and transported to Sydney Australia. He left behind a wife and 3 children. He was given permission to marry Catherine Hancy 21/03/1818 at St Johns Church Parramatta despite being a bigamist.He was married by Rev Samuel Marsden.

Dennis Nightingale on 5th April, 2015 wrote:

Born: Maddington, Wiltshire England. Died: East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. Arrived - Convict Marquis of Wellington 27 Jan 1815
after being held on the hulk ‘Laurel’ on Langston Harbour since 1 Jun 1814)
was assigned as a servant to Hannibal Macarthur on his arrival.

James was sent to Newcastle on the Lady Nelson in 1819. 1821 he was assigned to Macguire’s Gang, In 1822 his Petition for a ToL was granted, re-assigned, his conduct was in question and he was working as a Baker. In 1822 re-assigned to McGuire’s Gang in Sydney The Rev. G A Middleton requested he be given a pass with his family to Newcastle. Finally a Full Pardon granted 21 Nov 1835 - Age: 47
James became a Miller purchasing a Mill at West Maitland, the family home was in Williams St, East Maitland.

Dennis Nightingale on 22nd November, 2015 wrote:

31 May 1814 • Dorset, England
Warranted 4 March for horse stealing. Imprisoned Dorchester Prison 17 March - 25 yrs old with wife and 3 children. Sentenced to death Lent Assizes. Sentence reprieved to Transportation.

Mark Crawford Shepherd on 6th December, 2019 wrote:

I visited St Mary’s Church in East Knoyle Wiltshire, England and was shown James Williams baptism records. It confirmed he was born on 17 August 1788, baptised on 24 August 1788 at that church and his mother was Ann Williams (unmarried). No record of the father was made.

Convict Changes History

Julie Anne Williams on 17th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th August, 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th October, 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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