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Details for the convict Edward Soares (1836)

Convict Name:Edward Soares
Trial Place:Wellington Court Martial
Trial Date:28 July 1835
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Susan (2)
Arrival Year:1836
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Edward Soars/Soares, paternal 3rd Great Grandfather.
Edward was born in Leicestershire, England. His birth year however differs on available records as between 1793-1798. On his death certificate his age is given as 59 years, giving a birth date of 1798, but his age on arrival in Australia in 1836 is recorded as 43, giving a birth date of 1793. Also, on his death certificate his father is recorded as “John” but it is thought that his father was William Soars and his mother Elizabeth nee Barnes. shows an Edward Soars born 11 June 1796 and Christened at St Margaret, Leicester, Leicester, England 19 June 1796, father William Soars, mother Eliz. It is therefore assumed that this record relates to Edward Soars the ‘convict’. Unfortunately no marriage record has been found for William Soars and Elizabeth Barnes.

Edward married Sarah Foulds on 9 November 1818 in Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, England. She was the daughter of Benjamin Foulds and Ann. Children of this marriage were Ann 1821, William 1824, and Dorothy 1828.

On 3 July 1819, Edward enlisted in the Grenadier Guards (First Foot), and was stationed at Windsor Castle. He served until deserting on 11 December 1833. He rejoined on 24 June 1835 and was confined until 26 August 1835. He was then tried by General Court Martial at Wellington Barracks, on 28 July 1835, as a felon, convicted and sentenced to be deported for seven years. He was transported on 26 August 1835 for desertion and also for stealing a pair of pants, the property of the Government, and arrived in Australia on the ship “Susan” on 7 February 1836. He was granted a Ticket of Leave (No 49//965 dated December 1839) on 30 April 1840 and “Allowed to remain in the District of Bathurst”, and gained his Certificate of Freedom on 25 Jan 1843. His usual residence in 1844 was “Rose Hill” which is in the District of Orange, NSW.
As his wife Sarah refused to come to Australia and bring their children, Edward remarried on 20 Oct 1844 at Summer Hill in the District of Orange, NSW, some eight years since his arrival in Australia, one Johanna Fitzgibbon/s (also a convict). Children from this marriage were Frederick, born Bathurst 1844 (2nd Great Grandfather), John born Orange 1846, Edward born Parramatta 1848 (possibly died soon after birth), Mary Ann born 1850, William born 1852, Elizabeth born Carcoar 1854, and another Edward born Orange 1856.
Edward died 28 Mar 1857 in Orange, NSW. On his death certificate, his occupation is stated as Labourer, cause of death “General decay of nature for several months” and the informant was his wife Johanna Soares. He was buried in a Cemetery near Orange, NSW.
Copies of marriage and death certificates in possession to support the foregoing.

Submitted by Researcher (3574) on 6 February 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/10, p.183

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