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John Stone, NSW Corps, Second Fleet 1790

John Stone was a private in the NSW Corps he was located in NSW before Mar 1791 when he deserted the corps, being recovered a month later. John married Dinah Miell/Miles (Convict, Pitt 1792) 9 Mar 1795 at St Johns Parramatta with the permission of Captain William Patterson.

Their son Robert Maell (Miles) was born May 1793 Parramatta region, baptised 1793 St Johns Parramatta. In 1795 he held a land grant at North Brush in Field of Mars district (Ryde). Continue reading

Samuel Marsden, NSW Corps, Surprize 1790

Samuel Marsden was born 1769 England. He arrived in NSW aboard the Surprize 1790. He first travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Supply in Apr 1791, returning to Sydney and was again travelling to Norfolk island aboard the Kitty in Feb 1793.

On Norfolk Island he formed a relationship with Rachael Early (Convict Friendship 1788). Rachael Early had married John Price, Convict Alexander 1788, on 1 June 1788 St Phillips Sydney. There were no children from the union. They were both sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove in Oct 1788, and were living at Queensborough on Norfolk Island.

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John Robinson, NSW Corps, Royal Admiral 1792

John Robinson born Oxford England enlisted into the NSW Corps 6 Mar 1791 in England, and almost immediately was board the Royal Admiral for its voyage to NSW.

Whilst the Royal Admiral was docked at Gravesend 20 soldiers from the NSW Corps joined her on May 14. However records on exact numbers do vary – David Collins wrote 1 Serg. 1 Corp. 19 privates belonging to the NSW Corps as arriving on the Royal Admiral.

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George Whitfield, NSW Corps, 1790

George enlisted into the NSW Corps in Nov 1789 in England. George and his wife Sarah possible arrived on the Neptune 1790. George Whitfield and his wife Sarah did however arrived in NSW pre early 1794, as their first child Elizabeth was born 13 Apr 1794 Sydney, she died Apr 1796, buried 25 Apr at Old Sydney Burial Ground.

Mr James Williamson, Commissary, purchased George Whitfield’s land grant of 25 acres with 10 acres cultivated at Hunters Hills on 19 Nov 1794. Continue reading

John Roberts, NSW Corps, Britannia 1791

John was born 1770, Marlow Buckingham England, he enlisted into the NSW Corps in Jun 1789 England; arriving in NSW aboard the Britannia in 1791.

At some stage he went to Norfolk Island, returning aboard HMS Reliance arriving in Sydney Mar 1796. He formed a relationship with Sarah WISE, Convict, Indispensible, 1796. Their first child was born Mar 1797 in Sydney, Continue reading

George Bruce

Joseph Druce aka George Bruce, Convict, Royal Admiral 1792

Crime: burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Dresser , about the hour of eight at night, on the 7th of March , and burglariously stealing, nine silk handkerchiefs, value 40 s. his property. Tried: 14 Apr 1791, Old Bailey London, Death age 12 years. On 14 Sep 1791 his death sentence was commuted to life. [1]

“I was soon over taken by the justices. many time I was cot thifing, but I was so small that the Ladies and Gentlemen all pitteed me. And let me go from time to time. but at last I was cought in the fact. and cast for death at the age of twelve. it was for braking a winder and taking out two pices of hankshif. I remained in newgate for some time and from thence to the houlks at woollige whar I Beamained. tell the year ninety one. then I was put on Bord the royal hadmarl east indamen to go to portjacksen. my employment. during the voge was to see all the boys cleen to Muster every morning be for the captin. the ship arrived at hir Respictef port wih the loos of seven Sales out of four houndred and thifty wich captin Bond had on bord. Captain Band was noblest one of the most nobelist harts that ever Existed on Earth for he haved bouth a father and frind to all on bord during a passage of four Mounths and four days”.[2]

Upon arriving at Port Jackson aboard the Royal Admiral in Oct 1792 “he was taken straight to Toongabbie and employed carrying water to a gang of tree-fellers. Next he was assigned to the botanist George Caley who was collecting insects for Banks, thence to the superintendent of convicts as a personal servant, and finally to Lieutenant Governor Grose as his body-servant. When Grose left Sydney for England Bruce received a free pardon. He then spent several uneventful years as a seaman on the Francis before to the Cumberland”. [3]

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