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Convict uniform as punishment

James BECKETAge: 50 years17581808

Name
James BECKET
Given names
James
Surname
BECKET
Birth about 1758
Birth of a daughter
#1
Esther BECKET

Occupation
Brickmaker
before October 23, 1788 (Age 30 years)
Convicted
Convicted of highway robbery at
October 23, 1788 (Age 30 years)
Address: Shropshire Assizes
Text:

He was sentenced to be transported for life on 23 October 1788 at Shropshire Assizes, Shrewsbury, England. Transported on the "Surprize (1)".

Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: Convict Names
Text:

This source has him being convicted in Salop which is the old name for Shropshire and sentenced to Life. No age is recorded in this source.

Note: On 17 June 1788 Becket was arrested and charged with the highway robbery of Joseph Tipton in the parish of Holy Cross and St Giles in the town of Shrewsbury. A hempen bag, a linsey waistcoat, two handkerchiefs (one cotton and one silk) and nine shillings in cash had been stolen. In a statement signed with a mark X, Becket said he had been at Mr Pugh's house in Shrewsbury from 6pm till 8.30pm on the night of the crime and had crossed the road to eat his supper at his mother's. He had gone to the bed which he shared with his sister at about nine and remained there till five the next morning. Tipton, a shoemaker of Westbury, alleged that Becket had knocked him down and robbed him between 10 and 11pm on 10 June. Penelope Sheppard said she had seen both men at Mr George's at Norton (a village just outside Shrewsbury) between 8 and 9pm and that they had left together and walked towards the town [Pugh's and George's were probably pubs]. Becket was found guilty and sentenced to death at the 26 July 1788 Shrewsbury (Shropshire) Assizes. He was reprieved to transportation for life in October and remained in Shrewsbury Gaol until early November 1789 when he was sent with three other convicts to the Thames hulk Stanislaus, age given as 30. On the 20th he was embarked on the Surprize transport.
Transported
Departed for Port Jackson from
about November 20, 1789 (Age 31 years)
Text:

He was a convict aboard The Ship Surprize which sailed from Portsmouth, England, circa December 1789 The Surprize was part of the second fleet to New South Wales and arrived in Sydney on 28 June 1790 with Nicholas Anstis as the Master.

Convict
on the Surprize (1) to
June 26, 1790 (Age 32 years)
Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: The Transports and Convict Names
Text:

This source has the Surprize arriving in Sydney on 28 June 1790.

MarriageAnn CALCUTView this family
January 30, 1791 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Samuel BECKET
October 2, 1791 (Age 33 years)
Death of a sonSamuel BECKET
February 1793 (Age 35 years)
Text:

Michael Flynn's "Second Fleet" says that Samuel Becket born in October 1791 died 16 months later.

Birth of a son
#3
James BECKETT
July 15, 1793 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
#4
Samuel BECKETT
July 18, 1795 (Age 37 years)
Conditional Pardon
Received or recommended to receive a Conditional Pardon at
June 4, 1806 (Age 48 years)
Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: Conditional Pardons
Death about 1808 (Age 50 years)
Family with Ann CALCUT - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: January 30, 1791Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
8 months
son
Samuel BECKET
Birth: October 2, 1791 33Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 1793Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
21 months
son
James BECKETT
Birth: July 15, 1793 35Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1876Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Samuel BECKETT
Birth: July 18, 1795 37Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 6, 1827New South Wales, Australia
daughter

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Text:

He was sentenced to be transported for life on 23 October 1788 at Shropshire Assizes, Shrewsbury, England. Transported on the "Surprize (1)".

TransportedWeb Site - Robert Mote - OziGen
Text:

He was a convict aboard The Ship Surprize which sailed from Portsmouth, England, circa December 1789 The Surprize was part of the second fleet to New South Wales and arrived in Sydney on 28 June 1790 with Nicholas Anstis as the Master.

ConvictThe Port Jackson Convicts Anthology
Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: The Transports and Convict Names
MarriageWeb Site - Robert Mote - OziGen
Conditional PardonThe Port Jackson Convicts Anthology
Publication: Lesley Uebel, 2001, CD
Citation details: Conditional Pardons
DeathWeb Site - Robert Mote - OziGen
NoteWeb Site - Robert Mote - OziGen
SourceWeb Site - Robert Mote - OziGen