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Thomas Williams, one of 325 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, May 1792
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||11th March, 1803
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 182
||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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Denis Pember on 15th January, 2016 wrote:
THOMAS WILLIAMS was indicted for feloniously assaulting John Tucker upon the King’s highway, on the 4th of June last, and putting him in fear, and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, with the inside case made of silver, and the outside case covered with tortoiseshell, value 50 s. a steel chain, value 6 d. and a steel key, value 1 d. his property .
(The witnesses examined separate, by the prisoner’s desire.)
JOHN TUCKER sworn.
I was robbed on Whitsun Saturday, going to market, with a basket under my arm, to buy a little bit of meat for my family, in Fleet-market; between eleven and twelve, I came to Parker’s-street ; in the corner of it a young fellow came in blue clothes and snatched my watch out of my pocket; I ran after him above a hundred yards; I caught him by the clothes; says I, you’ve stole my watch; he says no; directly the man knocked me down backwards, and there was I crying murder and stop thief, your honour; and several came, and said, where is he, the thief, the blackguard; I can say no more, for I was very faint; I found my basket again; I had only a couple of shillings, and he took the watch without saying any thing to me; I never had my watch again; I saw the man when he took my watch, and when I laid hold of him.
Which is the man? - That is the gentleman there, your honour.
Prisoner. Upon my examinations before a magistrate, that man swore to losing a watch with a shagreen outside case and metal box, and I am indicted differently here.
Court. See if there be any such examinations.
Court to Prosecutor. Describe the watch. - Your honour, I made a mistake in the shagreen case, I found it out afterwards; it is tortoiseshell; it was a metal watch gilt; I cannot tell the number; the inside case was silver.
SAMUEL SIMPSON .
Prisoner. Please to ask the boy if he knows the nature of an oath, before he is sworn.
Court. Do you know why you are sworn? - No, Sir.
Do you know the nature of an oath at all? - Why, Sir, if I tell the truth, I shall go to heaven; but if I tell a lie, I shall go to hell, Sir. (Sworn.) I was going to-bed, and I heard this gentleman cry murder! and I heard the cry, hold this gentleman; and I held this gentleman while Thomas Williams ran away; Thomas Williams said to Edward Curry , d - n your eyes, why don’t you hold him; and Williams ran away; I am sure of that.
CHARLES MORGAN sworn.
I belong to St. Giles’s watch-house: on Saturday, Whitsun eve, the prosecutor came in crying, and by his description we knew the prisoner; I took him the 16th of June, in Russel-street, and he was committed.
EDWARD TREADWAY sworn.
I only assisted in searching him.
THEOPHILUS BUTCHER sworn.
I assisted in apprehending him.
Prisoner. My lord, I believe this boy has been bribed to take my life away falsely.
GUILTY, but not of the robbery .
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.
Transported on the “Royal Admiral”
Denis Pember on 15th January, 2016 wrote:
In the colony, Thomas was in a de facto relationship with Ann Davis (Convict, Lady Juliana, 1790)
They had two children, Thomas 1799 and Mary 1802.
Thomas died in 1803 and Ann subsequently married Simon Mould (Convict, Barwell, 1798).
Convict Changes History
Denis Pember on 15th January, 2016 made the following changes:
date of death: 11th March, 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime