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Details for the convict William Ware (1852)

Convict Name:William Ware
Trial Place:Devon - (Barnstaple Borough Quarter Sessions)
Trial Date:16 January 1849
Sentence:7 years
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Arrival Year:1852
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William Ware was transported for the theft of 4 fowl. It was his 2nd offence, his being the theft of barley. He was imprisonedin 1849 but was not transported until 1852, leaving his wife and 7 children in the work house in Barnstaple. William was my great great grandfather.
Soon after arriving at Van Dieman's Land, he married Margaret Walsh (Welch) an Irish convict. They had 10 children in this marriage. Sadly William and Margaret continued to steal and spent time in the old Hobart Goal. Any children, at this time, went into the Orphanage until one of the parents were released. The sons were idle and loud mouthed which frequently earnt them seven days in prison. Although I am pleased to say the daughters and one son managed to have law abiding lives. William lived until 1891, dying just six months before his wife Margaret was murdered for stealing a bag of peas. Their son, William, was murdered in 1889 and predeceased his parents. Several of the children moved over to Victoria prior to this, to be free of the stigma of the parents' lifes. I am still researching them.
Submitted by Researcher (Kay Sleith) on 7 May 2016

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/17, p.297

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