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William Yardley

William Yardley, one of 170 convicts transported on the Neptune, December 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Yardley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th October, 1757
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 4th December, 1805
Age: 48 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1071 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 417 (210). NSW State Records, NSW, Aust., Convict Indents, List of Convict Transports, 1788-1790. London Metropolitan Archives-London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Tower Hamlets, St. Matthew, Bethnal Green
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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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 14th May, 2015 wrote:

Married; Catherine Edwards (Queen 1791) November 7, 1796, Sydney.
Death recorded Dec 4 1805, Sussex Reach, Hawkesbury.  House fire in which he heroically saved his wife (Catherine) and his children but subsequently was himself killed when the roof fell in.
At Coroners court, cause of fire blamed on activities of ‘Branch’ Aborigines, with whom he had some rancour and problems.  However, the fire was during a lightning storm which clearly could have been the cause.

Denis Pember on 18th May, 2015 wrote:

When a Coroner’s inquest was held into William’s death, it was found that he had died under most suspicious circumstances. His face and head had been wrapped in bloodstained material and it was ascertained he had died prior to the fire.
His wife (Catherine Edwards, ‘Queen’ 1791) was charged with his murder.  She was tried but found NOT GUILTY.
See Sydney Gazette Sunday 8 December 1805

Iris Dunne on 30th March, 2017 wrote:

9 November 1757 - Baptism St. Matthew, Bethnal Green, Middlesex - parents John Yardley Weaver and Ann, 26 days old
22 March 1786 - Trial
7 July 1797 - Pardon - absolute

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 14th May, 2015 made the following changes:

voyage, date of death: 4th December, 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Iris Dunne on 30th March, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 417 (210). NSW State Records, NSW, Aust., Convict Indents, List of Convict Transports, 1788-1790. London Metropolitan Archives-London, England, Churc

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