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Francis Reeks

 

Francis Reeks was born in 1806 in Woolaston where he worked as a labourer. On 30 January 1831, at the age of 14, he was imprisoned for one month for misdemeanors and failure to attend his service with John Wade. On 9 April 1927, he was sentenced to one year in prison for the theft of a number of harnesses. On 28 March 1833, at the age of 27, he was sentenced to be transported for life for the theft of money. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the Lloyds which set sail for New South Wales on 19 August 1833 and arrived on 18 December 1833. He was given a conditional pardon on 20 December 1848.

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Thomas Prosser

was born in 1797 in Alvington where he worked as an agricultural labourer. He married Ann Powell in 1817 and had four children. Ann Powell died in 1834. On 17 October 1838, at the age of 41 and 27 months after the death of his wife, he was sentenced to be transported for ten years for stealing two sheep belonging to Mr Willett of High Wollaston. His twelve-year-old son George Prosser went to live with his grandmother. After a spell on a hulk, Thomas Prosser was transferred to the Layton which set sail for Van Diemen’s Land on 13 July 1839 arriving 7 December 1839. He received a ticket of leave on 1 January  1845 and a certificate of freedom on 4 November 1848.

 

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Henry Price

Henry Price was born in 1804 the son of James and Elizabeth Price. James Price worked as a grazier in Wollaston and Henry worked as an agricultural labourer. Henry Price was convicted, at the age of 10, of the theft of underwood from the Duke of Beaufort, Lord of Tidenham manor. Price married Maria Croom in November 1826 and had two children. On 13 July 1830, at the age of 27, he was sentenced to be transported for 7 years for the theft of bark the value of 20 shillings from the Reddings near Woolaston. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the York which set sail for New South Wales on 4 September 1830 and was assigned to John Earl at Patrick Plains.

Price obtained a ticket of leave on 18 March 1835 and was given his certificate of freedom on 27 Sep 1839. He married Eliza Johnson in Singleton in 1843 and had nine children. Eliza Johnson, also a convict, was born in 1809 in Louth, Ireland and died on 24 October 1891. Maria Croom remained in Woolaston working as an agricultural labourer, bringing up her children on her own. She had three more children but kept the name Price and remained single until she died in 1869.  Henry Price died in Singleton on 25 December 1877.

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Peter Payne

Peter Payne was born in 1760 in Westbury-on-Severn where he worked as a labourer. He was married to Jane and had two children one of whom died in childbirth. On 13 January 1789, at the age of 28, he was sentenced to be transported for seven years for the theft of copper. After a year on a hulk, he was transferred to the Scarborough which was part of the Second Fleet which set sail for New South Wales on 19 Jan 1790 and arrived on 28 June 1790.

The Second Fleet was a convoy of six ships carrying settlers, convicts and supplies to Sydney Cove, Australia in 1789. It followed the First Fleet which established a European settlement in Australia in the previous year.

The Second Fleet has achieved notoriety for the poor conditions aboard the vessels, and for cruelty and mistreatment of its convicts. Of the 1006 convicts transported aboard the Fleet, one quarter died during the voyage and around 40 percent were dead within six months of arrival in Australia. The captain and some crew members of one vessel were charged with offences against the convicts, but acquitted after a short trial.

Peter Payne’s wife, Jane, died in 1802.

 

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John Parry

John Parry was born in 1801 and lived in St Briavels where he worked as a pit sawyer and ploughman. He was married with 3 children. He was convicted once for poaching rabbits and sentenced to three months in prison. On 10 August 1831, at the age of 30, he was sentenced to death commuted to life for breaking into a house belonging to John Hartland in St Briavels and stealing drapery. After a spell on the hulk, Justitia, he was transferred to the Katherine Stewart Forbes which set sail for Van Diemen’s Land on 27 February 1832. On his arrival, he was assigned to work for G. Cawthorn and then to public works

 

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Samuel Niblett

 

Samuel Niblett was born in Stroud in 1791 and lived in Westbury-on-Severn where he worked as a labourer. On April 1816, at the age of 25, he was sentenced to be transported for 7 years for the theft of a pig from Joseph Mountjoy. After a spell on the hulk, the Justitia, he was transferred to the Shipley which set sail for New South Wales on 18 Dec 1816. He gained his certificate of freedom on 1 Dec 1825. He married Mary Ann Murphy in 1828 and had eight children. Murphy was born in Cork in 1806 and was also a convict. She was transported from Cork and arrived in Sydney Cove on 17 May 1826.

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Richard Marston

 

Richard Marston was born in 1816 and lived Westbury-on-Severn where he worked as a labourer. On2 December 1833, at the age of 17, he was sentenced to transportation for life for the killing of a sheep with intent to steal a carcass. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the Henry Tanner which set sail for New South Wales on 1 July 1834 and arrived on 26 October 1834. He was granted a conditional pardon on 31 Dec 1847.

 

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James Mapps

James Mapps was born in 1777 in Woolaston where he worked as a labourer. He married Elizabeth Parry in February 1802 and had six children. On 14 Oct 1828, he was sentenced to three months in prison for stealing oak timber. On July 1834, at the age of 57, he was sentenced to be transported for seven years for Theft of hay from a rick. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the Lyton which set sail for Van Diemen’s Land on 29 Aug 1835. He became very ill on the voyage and died while still at sea on 24 October 1835

 

 

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John Lowe

 

John Lowe was born Awre in 1784 and worked as a labourer in the Blakeney area. On 26 Aug 1829, at the age of 44, he was sentenced to be transported for seven years for the theft of part of an oak tree from the Crown. After a spell on a hulk, Justitia at Woolwich he was transferred to the York 1 which set sail for New South Wales on 4 Sept 1830 and arrived on 7 Feb 1831.

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Thomas Lewis

 

Thomas Lewis (alias Jones) was born in 1798 in Ledbury and lived in Longhope where he worked as a farmer. He was convicted once for sheep stealing and sentenced to 18 months in prison. On 30 March 1831, at the age of 33, he was sentenced to be transported for life for the theft of an ass. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the Strathfieldsay which set sail for Van Diemen’s Land on 2 Aug 1831 and arrived on 15th November 1831.

He absconded seven times in 1834. He was given a ticket of leave on 1 June 1841 and recommended for a conditional pardon on 24 July 1844 which was given on 7 July 1845. Thomas Lewis died on 6 December 1874 at the Brickfields Pauper Establishment, Hobart.