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Isaac Wise

Isaac Wise, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isaac Wise
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 19th November, 1791
Occupation: Shoemaker
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 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 118 Ancestry Convict Indents Ancestry family trees.
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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Wise, Judith on 19th November, 2019 wrote:

!NOTE (IMPORTANT):19 Nov 2019: Info I inserted into info about Isaac under Convict Records.com.au
Note: In the Convict Records his death is registered as 1841 which puzzles me, because I have witnessed his signature on the copy of a land sale he made with his wife in Sydney in 1846. Furthermore,  he was also listed in both Ford and Cox Directories for Sydney up until 1850! Despite expensive searches for the time I have been researching, from 1981 until 2019 no concrete evidence has been found of his death anywhere in Australia. Therefore I would appreciate knowing what evidence was presented for him to be shown as dying in 1841 in the Convict records?? Judy Wise (Family Historian)

D Wong on 19th November, 2019 wrote:

Isaac was charged with Catherine Sarah Watson on four counts of counterfeiting, they were acquitted on three of the charges, then both found guilty on the fourth charge, and both were transported for 14 years.

Old Bailey:
ISAAC WISE, Royal Offences > coining offences, 28th October 1812.

ISAAC WISE was indicted, for that he, on the 30th of September , had in his custody and possession, two forged bank-notes for the payment of 2 l. each, and a certain other forged bank-note, he knowing them to be forged.

To this indictment the prisoner pleaded
Transported for Fourteen Years.

Formed a relationship with Catherine Sarah Watson. Catherine arrived NSW per ‘Wanstead 1814’.

Isaac Wise was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

Isaac was 5’6¾” tall, dark ruddy complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes.

Occupation: Listed as a Blacksmith.

Colonial Secretary Index:
WISE, Isaac. Per “General Hewitt”, 1814

1817 Dec 1:  Servant to John Warby, settler of Airds. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3182; 4/1853 p.386)

1818 Feb 10:  Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3183; 4/1854 p.6)

1821 Sep 8: Constable. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines; with his wife & two children (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.61)

1821 Dec-1822 Mar:  Constable. Referred to in papers & evidence, & testified before the Board of Enquiry into the Engineer Department (Reel 6053; 4/1754 pp.2, 26-8, 30, 58, 62, 72, 94-7, 364 & 4/1755 pp.101-2, 111, 150, 153, 189, 193, 195)

1822:  Claim of Catherine Watson that Wise was lawfully married to Mary Ann Yeoman [Seaman] (Reel 6056; 4/1763 p.277)

1822:  Endeavouring to remove cattle he made over to Catherine Watson’s children (Reel 6056; 4/1763 p.279)

1822 Jan:  Constable, New Lumberyard. On list of witnesses required by Charles Ellis for the Enquiry into the Engineer Department (Reel 6053; 4/1755 p.201)

1822 Jan 14:  Signatory to statement claiming that Dr Bowman had encouraged Charles Ellis to bring charges against Major Druitt (Reel 6053; 4/1754 p.357)

1822 Mar 31-1823 Sep 30:  Of Sydney. On lists of persons to whom convict mechanics have been assigned (Fiche 3296; X53 pp.10, 23, 36, 52, 67, 82)

1822 Aug 6:  Harness maker; of Pitt Street. Request for permission to take his assigned servant to Van Diemen’s Land (Reel 6055; 4/1761 p.98)

1822 Sep 25:  Application for special licence for marriage to Mary Ann Seaman (Reel 6055; 4/1761 p.183)

1822: Married Mary A Seaman at St. Matthew’s, Windsor.

1823 Jan 28,Aug:  Former de facto spouse of Catherine Watson. Petition of Catherine Watson for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3236; 4/1870 pp.92-3)

1823 May:  Constable. Referred to in Major Druitt’s reply to the Board of Enquiry into the Engineer Department (Reel 6053; 4/1755 pp.286-7, 289, 298, 300, 344, 348, 350, 427, 438, 444)

1823 Jul 1:  Re return of letter giving permission to be married (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.612)

1823 Jul 17:  Affidavit re loss of conditional pardon (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.43)

1823 Jul 18:  Re enquiry into his description as a respectable settler (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.678)

1823 Jul 26: Re convict recalled (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.708)

1823 Jul 26:  Settler of Eastern Creek. Re marriage to Mary Ann Seaman (Reel 6059; 4/1772 pp.34-5)

1823 Aug 28:  Constable. Referred to by Major Druitt in correspondence re the seizure of his private papers from Carter’s Barracks (Reel 6053; 4/1755 p.464)

1823 Sep 22-Oct 15:  William Gwillim convicted by Court of Criminal Jurisdiction of stealing from (Reel 6023; X820 p.103)

1825 Apr:  Boot and shoemaker of 41 Pitt Street, Sydney. Petition to be allowed to travel to Port Macquarie & obtain his wife, a prisoner, off the Stores (Fiche 3253; 4/1875 p.246)

1825 Oct 24:  Former constable at Sydney. Petition to be appointed to a position at Port Macquarie and for mitigation of sentence of his wife Mary Ann, a prisoner there (Reel 6069; 4/1817 p.95b)

1825 Dec 2:  Re application for an appointment at Port Macquarie (Reel 6016; 4/3516 p.70)

28/11/1821: CP
22/7/1823: CP

Children with Catherine Sarah Watson (Listed as Sarah on the NSW BDM for births in NSW):
1813-1840: John born in Newgate Prison, London.

1813: Isaac born in Newgate Prison, London, died 1816 South Creek, Sydney.
1814-1901 William born Sydney.

1814-1901: William
1816-1891: James
1818-1826: Isaac died at the Male Orphanage, Cabramatta, NSW.
C1819: Rachel
1821-1896: Henry Isaac

28/11/1821: CP

1822: Married Mary Ann Seaman at St. Matthew’s, Sydney.

1827: Married Rebecca Brown.
1828-1906: Robert
1829-1888: Sarah
1831-1890: Jane
1832-1876: Emma Rachel

1833: Mary Watson born Abercrombie, Bathurst - daughter of Catherine??

1834-1835: Isaac born and died in Sydney.

20/7/1843: Wife Rebecca Brown died and was buried at the Sydney Burial Ground.

No death date found for Isaac.

Convict Changes History

Cheryl Ryan on 6th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Wise, Judith on 19th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 0000 (prev. 1841)

D Wong on 19th November, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 118 Ancestry Convict Indents Ancestry family trees. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Num

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