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Details for the convict Richard Eagles (1818)

Convict Name:Richard Eagles
Trial Place:Warwick Assizes
Trial Date:2 August 1817
Arrival Details
Ship:Neptune I (1)
Arrival Year:1818
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Richard Henry EAGLES
Born: 16 Aug 1795, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Christening: 7 Mar 1811, St. Phillip's Church, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Criminal Conviction: Highwayman, 2 Aug 1817, Warwickshire
Transportation: The "Neptune I", 5 May 1818, NSW
Occupation: 1822, Convict Servant to Mr. A. Byrne, Appin, NSW
Marriage: Elizabeth STANTON. 15 Feb 1825, St. Peter's Church of England, Campbelltown, NSW
Occupation: 1828, "Lachlan Vale", Appin, NSW
Death: 17 Sep 1844, "Lachlan Vale", Appin, NSW
Burial: Sep, 1844 St. Mark "The Evangelist" Anglican Church, Appin, NSW

Submitted by Researcher (1016) on 2 January 2015
Richard Eagles was born somewhere near Birmingham on 16th August 1795, to John and Mary Eagles. At the age of 22 in August 1817 he was convicted at Warwick Assizes Quarter Sessions of “robbery in a dwelling place”. That was when the first link in the Eagles – Stanton chain was forged.

Initially sentenced to be hanged, Richard’s sentence was later commuted to transportation for life.
Accordingly, on October 7th. he was put aboard the prison hulk ‘Justitia” at Woolwich

He was later transferred to the transport “Neptune”, and sailed from Down (a port on the Thames), on 20 December 1817, Richard was one of the 173 convicts aboard. This ship was of 477 tons, 4 guns, carried a crew of 36 and 30 men of the 48 Regiment.
Arriving in Sydney on 5 May 1818, Convict Indents record Richard as being 5’4” tall, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

By 1822 Richard was working in the Appin area as a Government Servant for a Mr. Byrne. In 1825 he was working for Edward Simpson, and it would have been around this time that he met Eliza Stanton, the daughter of convicts James Stanton and Frances Hoggard, who worked in the same neighbourhood.
Because Richard was a convict he had to seek official permission to marry and so a petition was made to the Colonial Secretary on the 8th January 1825. After this a letter seeking permission for the bans to be read was sent on the 11th January. The couple married on the 15th February at St. Peters Church, Campbell Town

Richard died on 15th September 1844, and was buried 2 days later at St Mark the Evangelist, Appin. His headstone reads

“Sacred to the memory of Richard Eagles who departed this life on 17 September 1844, leaving a wife and 9 children to deplore their loss."

Depending on the accuracy of the dates, his ninth child, Archer (Archibald?) was born the day after his funeral.

Eliza was buried next to her husband, and her headstone reads:
“Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Eagles, who departed this life on 27 November 1883, aged 78 years. Also Elizabeth F. Luck, granddaughter of above, died 9 April 1882, aged 15 years, and William F. S. Luck, grandson, died May 25 1866, aged 10 months”

Submitted by Researcher (391) on 25 March 2016
Richard Eagles was born 16 Aug 1795 and christened in StPhillip's Birmingham on 7 Mar 1811. He was convicted of being a highwayman and robbing 5 pounds on 2 Aug 1817 and sentenced to transportation for life. He was unable to write and signedofficial papers with an X. He arrived in Sydney on 5 May 1818 on the 'Neptune'. He was described as being 5'41/2", dark to medium complexion, brownhair and hazel eyes. His occupation was given as labourer.In the 1822 Muster Richard was assigned as a convict servant to Mr A Byrne of Appin. Mr Byrne's property was adjacent to'Lachlan Vale' the property where Richard was later assigned.His future wife Elizabeth Stanton worked for the Broughton's as a servant. When Richard & Elizabeth were married in 1825 he was 30 and Elizabeth about 20 years old. Their 10 children were bornat 'Lachlan Vale' between 1825 & 1844.After serving 19 years Richard was pardoned on 27 Apr 1837. Hedied in 1844 aged 49 years.Sources: AshtonDeath certificateV1844777 29/1844 EAGLES RICHARD AGE 49 Headstone Inscription Richard Eagles who departed this life 1844 Aged 49 Leaving a wife and nine children to deplore their loss. Go home dear wife and shed no tear I must lie here till Christ appear Yet not for me much sorrow makeBut love my children for my sake
Submitted by Researcher (6540) on 3 July 2016

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/2, p.418

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