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Samuel Willis

Samuel Willis, one of 170 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 14 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Willis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Ploughman/shearer/reaper/milkman/so...
Date of Death: 28th October, 1860
Age: 64 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: 14th November, 1828
Arrival date: 6th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 528
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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D Wong on 9th October, 2020 wrote:

Sheffield Independent Yorkshire, England
29 Mar 1828
SAMUEL WILLIS, (aged 31,) late of Doncaster, labourer, charged with having stolen a mare, the property of Robert Fox.
MR. DICKENS stated the case.___The prosecutor resides at Doncaster, and on the 31st of July last, he turned the mare in queston on the marsh ; on going the next morning, he discovered that she had been stolen.  On the 8th of August, the prosecutor found his mare at a public house, at Whittington Common, near Chesterfield, kept by a man named Jervis Bothwick, who had purchased her a day or two before of Enos Gillett, of Sheffield Park, he having bought her for £25. of the prisoner, between seven and eight o;clock on the morning of the robbery.
  In his defence, the prisoner said, that as he was going to Attercliffe he met a man with a mare, who asked him if he knew who wanted to buy one, and as Enos Gillett had told him that he was in want of one, the man with the horse gave it to him to sell for what he could.
  Mr. Thomas Taylor, Architectural builder, and Mr. Thomas Birtle, mason, with whom the prisoner had worked, gave him an excellent character for honesty.
  The Jury found him Guilty, but recommended him to mercy.  His Lordship said, he was sorry that he could not attend to it.

The Said Samuel Willis was then tried on another indictment, charging him with having stolen a brown horse, the property of John Webster, of Doncaster….........
The Jury found the prisoner Guilty, when Mr. Baron Hullock said __ Prisoner, it now is my painful duty to inform you, that you had better prepare to leave this world.
PRISONER.___I never stole a horse in my life, my Lord ; I have always been a hard working man.  I hope, my Lord, for the sake of my poor wife and four children, you will be merciful to me.
Mr. Baron HULLOCK.__This species of property must be protected.  You cannot and must not expect any mercy.

Samuel Willis was 32 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Sheffield.

Samuel could read, was married with 4 children, 5’4” tall, florid complexion, brown hair, dark brown eyes, mole on left cheek, red nose, scars on both eyebrows and a scar on corner left eye, mole in center of forehead.

Assigned to John Tabor, Airds.

8/7/1837: TOL - Allowed to remain in the District of Campbelltown.

15/3/1845: CP

28/10/1860: Samuel Willis died, aged 64 and was buried at the Appin Anglican Church, on 30/10/1860.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th October, 1860 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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