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John Williams

John Williams, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Williams
Aliases: Miller, William (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 995 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 122
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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Rosenne on 7th March, 2013 wrote:

There are few records for William Miller as he was known in the Colony.

William was granted 30 acres of land at Upper Port Jackson (Concord) in December 1794.

His English partner in crime his cousin (William Williams) now known in the colony as William CREW was also granted 30 acres adjoining William MILLER’s land.

William had a relationship with Ann Martin convict of the First Fleet aboard the ‘Lady Penrhyn’.

They had one child before Ann died in 1806 at Parramatta.

I have been unable to find further records for William.

D Wong on 9th July, 2014 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN WILLIAMS, WILLIAM WILLIAMS, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 9th December 1789.
JOHN WILLIAMS otherwise MILLER and WILLIAM WILLIAMS were indicted for feloniously assaulting Richard Capper , Esq . on the 19th of November , on the king’s highway, and putting him in fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, a watch, with the outside case made of base metal, and the inside case base metal and fish skin, value 20 s. a stone seal set in gold, value 10 s. a brass key, value 12 d. a ribbon, value 12 d. a hook, value 6 d. and two guineas, and ahalf guinea, and thirty shillings, and ten six-pences, his property.  He was referred to as William Williams otherwise Crew.

Prisoner. Our distressed situation prevents us from speaking; I have wrote a few lines, if you will permit the clerk to read it.
Court. Is it your hand writing? - Yes.
“It was not from any desire in us to evade justice, that we, at our arraignment, pleaded not guilty; but from a wish that every circumstance attending the commission of the offence with which we stand charged, might be made known to the Court and the Jury; and that we might have an opportunity of informing your lordships of our conduct and character in life, previous to that day, when we unhappily first thought of resorting to so unjustifiable a means of procuring money.
Our situations in life, since we left home, have been that of servant s to different gentlemen, in which character we faithfully endeavoured to discharge every duty, of which, we hope, those whom we served, will now bear testimony. We are not old offenders. We are not, I assure your lordships, hardened in iniquity; and the grief under which we at present labour, is not because we are detected thus early in the commission of our crimes, but because we have so widely strayed from that golden rule, which from our infancy we weretaught, of doing to others, as we would they should do to us. We fear it is now too late to hope for such an extension of the royal mercy, as to afford us an opportunity of convincing this part of the world, of our contrition of mind, and the reality of our repentance. But we do humbly presume to hope, that the gate of mercy will not be wholly shut against us. We have made no bad connections; we are not experienced in the practices of vice; we are very young men. The distress we have occasioned our parents and friends, is a source of the most painful reflection to us. Every possible lenity and indulgence we have experienced from those who are under the necessity of prosecuting us; and we hope to meet their forgiveness for the injuries we have done them. Should mercy be extended to us, our future conduct shall, as far as it is possible, atone for those offences which have reduced us to the disgraceful situation in which we now stand.”
The prisoners alledged, that their trial coming on sooner than they expected, their witnesses were not present.
JOHN WILLIAMS , alias MILLER, aged 19, WILLIAM WILLIAMS , alias CREW, aged 20,
GUILTY, Death .
Prosecutor. I beg leave to recommend the prisoners to mercy; one of them I know has respectable connections; they used no particular violence .
Court. Had they the appearance of being drunk, when they robbed you? - They behaved with no particular violence.
You have reason to believe that they have been reputably brought up? - Yes, my lord.
Jury. We wish to join in the recommendation, on the same ground.
Mr. Wells. My lord, I saw several gentlemen yesterday, who said they would come to speak for them.

No date of death found.

John WILLIAMS alias William MILLER had been born with the name William MILLER and he was a blood relative of William CREW – being a cousin

Convict Changes History

Rosenne on 7th March, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1 Miller, William (alias) (prev. Miller, William (Alias))

D Wong on 9th July, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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