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Robert Williams

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1762
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 8th July, 1811
Age: 49 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Scarborough
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 26th January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 16 other convicts

References

Primary source: Gillen, Mollie. The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Baxter, Carol. Musters of New South Wales and Norfolk Island, 1805-1806. Baxter, Carol. General Musters of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Diemens Land 1811.
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Denis Pember on 6th October, 2016 wrote:

Robert was tried at Launceston, Cornwall on March 25th 1786.  He was convicted of stealing a mare, value 40s, the property of Elizabeth Wilkinson.
He was found guilty and sentenced to death.
His sentence was reduced and he was transported on the First Fleet ship ‘Scarborough’.

Denis Pember on 6th October, 2016 wrote:

Baxter, Carol; Musters of New South Wales and Norfolk Island, 1806-1806:
Page 109…
[Ref A4612] Robert Williams, Scarborough, FBS, working for John Griffiths.
Page 29…
[Ref A1054] Elizabeth Curten, Nile, FBS, working for John Griffiths.
also Page 156…
Ref C0283] Elizabeth Curtin, Nile listed as a concubine (unmarried) no children.

Baxter, Carol; Musters of New South Wales and Norfolk Island and Van Diemens Land, 1811:
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[Ref 6301] NSW Convict, Williams Robert, Scarborough, tried 1786, Cornwall, 7 years.
Page 32…
[Ref 1447] NSW Convict, Elizabeth Curtain, Nile, tried Sep 1800, Morpeth, 7 years.

Denis Pember on 8th October, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Robert married Elizabeth Young (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, ‘Mary Ann’).
They married September 11th 1791.  The couple had two children; Elizabeth born 1792, died 1794 and Robert born January 18th 1795.
Then tragedy struck:
“On 19 Sep 1796, Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Williams was murdered at The Ponds. She was found lying on the floor bludgeoned to death with her baby at her side, unharmed.”
There had been a robbery and Elizabeth had been killed, young Robert aged about 20 months survived.  There was a trial but the accused were found not guilty of the crime.
Robert (senior) then married Elizabeth Curtan, May 11th 1807 at Parramatta.

Denis Pember on 8th October, 2016 wrote:

A Suitable Footnote is that young Robert really did survive.  On August 24th 1818 he married Charlotte Eather.  Charlotte was the daughter of Thomas Eather (Second Fleet Convict, 1790, “Neptune”) and Elizabeth Lee (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”).
Robert and Charlotte had 11 children between 1817 and 1838.

anthony ogle on 30th July, 2020 wrote:

Alternative for 2nd marriage.
Elizabeth Carter (convict ship “Alexander”) 7/5/1807 St Johns Parramatta - sighted on Ancestry.com (although ref as “Corter”, handwriting is “a” not “o”
She later married William Ogle 1812 after Robert died

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 6th October, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Gillen, Mollie. The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Baxter, Carol. Musters of New South Wales and Norfolk Island, 1805-1806. Baxter, Carol. General Musters of New South Wa

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