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William Yardley, one of 170 convicts transported on the Neptune, December 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
||14th October, 1757
|Date of Death:
||4th December, 1805
life span was 58 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||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
||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 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