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John Williams

John Williams, one of 292 convicts transported on the Calcutta, February 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Calcutta
Departure date: February, 1803
Arrival date: 4th October, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 291 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 342
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 5th March, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON22-1-2p514
John Williams, Tried at Middlesex G.D., 14 July 1802, 7 years.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 March 2020), July 1802, trial of JOHN WILLIAMS (t18020714-28).
JOHN WILLIAMS, Theft > burglary, 14th July 1802.

521. JOHN WILLIAMS was indicted for that he, on the 4th of July , about the hour of eleven in the night, being in the dwelling-house of Samuel Payne , feloniously did steal a coat, value 3s. a pair of breeches, value 14s. three waistcoats, value 8s. a jacket, value 3s. a shirt, value 3s. a silk handkerchief, value 2s. a pair of shoes, value 3s. a pair of stockings, value 1s. and a towel, value 6d. the property of the said Samuel, in the same dwelling-house, and having so committed the said felony, about the same hour, the said dwelling-house burglariously did break to get out of the same .

ELIZABETH PAYNE sworn. - My husband is a waterman ; the prisoner came to us as an apprentice on liking; he was only with us a week: On Sunday afternoon, the 4th of July, I gave him liberty to go to his uncle’s to get some clean linen; he came back about half after nine at night; our eldest apprentice came home about the same time; they had their suppers; my husband and I had our suppers, and went to bed about half past ten, after seeing the fires all out; about six o’clock the next morning, the eldest apprentice, James Arnold, came to the room, and desired me to get up, for he was robbed.

Q. Were they your husband’s things or your apprentice’s that were taken? - A. They were my husbands, he finds them all in clothes; I got up, and went to look for the prisoner, and found him in the Borough, with part of the things upon his back; I took him to Mr. Brown, the constable.

ROBERT BROWN sworn. - I am an officer; I took charge of the prisoner; part of the clothes I found upon him; he directed me to a public-house, where I found the rest.

(The property was produced, and identified by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner’s defence. I have nothing to say for myself. GUILTY, aged 18.

Of stealing goods, but not of breaking out of the dwelling-house .

Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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