MY CONVICTS

        For a long time, my Mother and Uncle knew nothing of her Grandfather's family. Mum, (we) knew he was born in Tasmania about 1852, married a local girl in Prebbleton, Christchurch, New Zealand, farmed, and was subsequently buried there.
In October 1996 I set about scouring Tasmania on the Internet. The indexes at the local Family History Centre of the LDS did not positively identify young William. I found on the Archives of Tasmania. - Pioneers Index a linked database. This gave me good information about the births of William's 11 siblings and brief information about his parents. Despite repeated visits at various periods nothing new appeared.
In the middle of 1999, there was posted on the
< soc.genealogy.australia+nz > news.group a message that there was a list of Permissions to Marry on a particular site. I went there, looked under "H" and there he was. Bold as brass and good information about his wife. Eureka! A most usefully informative index. Now to get those documents.
The site's owner put me onto a researcher, and within a few months I was presented with the paper references I have indicated below. Not only did I now know a lot more about young William and his family, but also his parents transportation to Hobart and his grandparents' families back in England.

Family Group sheet of William & Jane.
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HAYNES, William

William HAYNES, (19) an apprentice shoemaker of Wolverhampton, was convicted on 11 March 1845 at Stafford Quarter Sessions for stealing a pair of shoe-lasts. Of the 7 years transporation to Van Diemens Land, the first was of labour and asigned to Long Point station; now known as Sandy Bay. He migrated on the ship "EQUESTRIAN (2)", departing London in July 1845 and arriving Hobart, 15 October 1845. The surgeon's report states he was "Very well behaved".
William left behind in Wolverhampton, his parents, John & Ann, one brother, John, and four sisters. The description of "imperfect shoemaker" refers to his unfinished apprenticeship. The family was of Protestant Religion and William could read and write.

William was granted permission to marry - Jane THOMPSON ("TORY (1)")- which he did in February 1848. After 7 assignments, William was 'Freed' in 1852, but not before being sentenced to hard labour because he represented himself to be 'free' just 6 weeks after marrying. [I wonder if he thought he was 'Free' since he was married? {BEP}]
Both William & Jane are buried in Rokeby cemetery after raising 12 children and progressing through leasing to land ownership for most of their lives at Muddy Plains. The birth registrations for all his children indicate William as a shoemaker, even while the Valuation Roll indicates his rural residence. Perhaps he was supporting his farm income with a shoemaking business? [Pure speculation at this time. {BEP}]
Their 3rd child, William, came to Christchurch, NZ and two youngest sons drowned together in the Derwent. A boating accident in which the ketch "Annie Ward" sank, along with 16year old crewman, Samuel Robert GIBSON. The three bodies were never found. Henry Edward & James Albert were however married for 8 & 4 years respectively in 1898, but is not known if they had any children.
William & Jane's eldest child, Jane maried Louis WILLIAMS, and it was at their home in 261 Argyle Street, Hobart that her parents died.
Note:- Shoe lasts are wooden or cast-iron 'feet', like little anvils, on which the shoes are moulded and stitched.
Note:- If any of you know of any of the descendants of this family, I would be most grateful to hear from you. Contact Barry PYCROFT, GtGtGrandson.

Family Group sheet of William & Jane.
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THOMPSON, Jane

Jane THOMPSON, (16) was given 6 months labour of the 7 years sentence at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in July 1844 for larceny. This was after two prior sentences of 14 days in the cells for vagrancy & 6 months for earlier offences. She arrived at Hobart Town in July 1845 on the ship "TORY (1)" after departing London in March 1845.
Jane, tattooed on both arms, was reported by the ship's surgeon as "...not to be trusted". During her assigments, Jane was several times confined to 7 days' solitary or hard labour for insolence or being absent without leave, even after marrying William HAYNES ("Equestrian (2)") in February 1848 and 6 months after birth of 2nd child in 1850.
Jane was of a Roman Catholic family in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. She left parents, John & Isabella and sister Ann and several brothers, one of whom was in Gibralter. Jane could read and write and worked as a housemaid [but apparently was not strong on social conscience. {BEP}] .

Acknowledgement.

I must thank Louise GIBSON of Burnie and her friend for the work they did for me at the Archives of Tasmania during 1999.

ARCHIVES OF TASMANIA References.

Archives of Tasmania.
1   AOT: CON 18/44	Description List for "EQUESTRIAN (2)".		William HAYNES.
2   AOT: CON 13/9 Pg 1-2	Assignment List for "EQUESTRIAN (2)".	William HAYNES.
3   AOT: CON 33/72	Conduct Record for "EQUESTRIAN (2)".		William HAYNES.
4   AOT: CON 14/32	Indent for "EQUESTRIAN (2)".			William HAYNES.
5   AOT: CON 28/2	Convict Gang Assignments.			William HAYNES.
6   AOT: CON 19/5	Description List for "TORY (1)".		 Jane THOMPSON.
7   AOT: CON 13/9 Pg 1-2	Assignment List for  "TORY (1)".	 Jane THOMPSON.
8   AOT: CON 41/6	Conduct record for "TORY (1)".			 Jane THOMPSON.
9   AOT: CON 15/3	Indent for "TORY (1)".				 Jane THOMPSON.
10  AOT: CON 52/2 Pg 385   Convict Marriage List.       William HAYNES & Jane THOMPSON.
11  AOT: NS 590/1-5	Church? Marriage List.	        William HAYNES & Jane THOMPSON.
12  AOT: R.G.D. 37/7 No 1628	Civil Marriage Record.	William HAYNES & Jane THOMPSON.
13  1849/50	Births in the District of Morven			   Jane HAYNES.
14  1850/93	Births in the District of Morven		      Mary Anne HAYNES.
15  1852/1041	Births in the District of Hobart		    (William) - HAYNES.
16  1852/49	Baptisms in the Parish of St Davids, Hobart	        William HAYNES.
17  1853/159	Births in the District of Clarence Plains   	      Elizabeth HAYNES.
18  1856/258	Births in the District of Clarence Plains	          (F) - HAYNES.
19  1857/1870	Births in the District of Ralphs Bay	  	         (F) -  HAYNES.
20  1860/58	Births in the District of Ralphs Bay		           John HAYNES.
21  186576/1455	Births in the District of Ralphs Bay			    Ann HAYNES.
22  1865/110/1443	Births in the District of Ralphs Bay	 Eleanor Louisa HAYNES.
23  1866/130/1354	Births in the District of Ralphs Bay	   Henry Edward HAYNES.
24  1869/144/1373	Births in the District of Ralphs Bay	   James Albert HAYNES.
25  1873/--		Births in the District of Ralphs Bay	 Rosetta Isobel HAYNES.
26  DoJ 1901/0655	Index to Deaths 1900 - 1914 (Fiche)		William HAYNES.
27  Deaths 1899  Deaths - Newspaper, "MERCURY"	   Henry Edward &  James Albert HAYNES.
28  Deaths 1901  Deaths - Newspaper, "MERCURY"				William HAYNES.
29  1887/1003	Deaths in the District of Hobart			   Jane HAYNES.
30  1898/79	Deaths in the District of Ralphs Bay		   James Albert HAYNES.
31  Hobart Town Gazette 1858	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
32  Hobart Town Gazette 1861	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
33  Hobart Town Gazette 1862	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
34  Hobart Town Gazette 1866	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
35  Hobart Town Gazette 1871	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
36  Hobart Town Gazette 1875	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
37  Hobart Town Gazette 1880	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
38  Hobart Town Gazette 1882	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
39  Hobart Town Gazette 1883	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
40  Hobart Town Gazette 1885	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
41  Polling List 1886	Polling List - Sorell / Rokeby			William HAYNES.
42  Electoral Roll 1888/89	Electoral Roll - Sorell			William HAYNES.
43  Hobart Town Gazette 1890	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
44  Hobart Town Gazette 1895	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
45  Hobart Town Gazette 1898	Valuation Roll -Hobart - Clarence	William HAYNES.
46  Electoral Roll 1899	Electoral Roll - Sorell				William HAYNES.
47  Electoral Roll 1890	Electoral Roll - Hobart North			Louis WILLIAMS.
48  Electoral Roll 1899	Electoral Roll - Hobart North			Louis WILLIAMS.
49  Electoral Roll 1903	Electoral Roll - Hobart North		 Louis & Jane WILLIAMS.
50  Maps of district of Hobart & Clarence / Muddy Plains.
51  Discussion Paper of William HAYNES by Louise GIBSON.
52  Discussion Paper of Jane THOMPSON by Louise GIBSON.


Family Group sheet of William & Jane.
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