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Details for the convict Jonathan Watson (1830)

Convict Name:Jonathan Watson
Trial Place:Lancaster (Liverpool Boro') Quarter Session
Trial Date:26 October 1829
Arrival Details
Ship:Marquis of Huntley (3)
Arrival Year:1830
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From the details of his marriage which I got from St James church archives, he was the holder of a ticket of leave, he was sentenced to life and he came to Australia on the Marquis of Huntley (3). Which departed from Sheerness, Kent and arrived in Sydney 21st August 1830. The ships master was listed as William Ascough. From his ticket of leave the place of trial was Lancaster Quarter Sessions L'pool dated 26 October 1829. Jonathan Watson was one of 228 convicts transported to Sydney on the sailing ship "Marquis of Huntley III" that departed Sheerness, Kent England & arrived Sydney on 21st August 1830, taking some 148 days of sailing Male convicts arriving in Sydney were drafted to the Hyde Park Barracks pending their assignment to settlers who were responsible for their discipline & lodging. On arrival Jonathan was assigned to work for J Foster of Parramatta Road (suburb not known) NSW.

The Colonial Secretary's letters held at the NSW Archives Office first mentioned him as John Watson when he applied to work for the Sydney Police. This application 38/1063 was denied "He doesn't hold a ticket of leave and he cannot be allowed to be employed in the Police. The first Police Magistrate has been informed accordingly" dated 26 November 1838. His next application 39/477 states" he was granted a ticket of leave for a country district" dated 6 June 1839. Ticket of leave Number: 39/1186 dated 01 July 1839 District assigned: Windsor NSW. He applied again for a change to his ticket which was altered to Sydney "so long as he remains in the employ of Sydney Police 39/708 dated 9 September 1839. He obtained a cond. Pardon no 45/257 dated 1 February 1845. Because he was sentanced to life he could not obtain a certificate of freedom, only a ticket of leave or a govenor's pardon. A ticket of leave holder was required to remain in the district it was assigned and must attend church once a week. These holders were also able to aquire land and live as normal in the assigned areas.

Jonathan obtained a Ticket of Leave (TOL) in 1839 for assignment in the Windsor District. However, he applied to work for the Sydney Police shortly after & the TOL was altered to Sydney District with the approval of the Colonial Secretary “for as long as he remains in the employ of Sydney Police”. In 1845 Jonathan received a Conditional Pardon which freed him on the condition that he did not return to England.

In 1839 Jonathan age 27, made an application (as required by a convict) to marry Honora Usher age 19 & a Free Settler. Approval was granted with condition that consent of the parents or legal gaurdian must be obtained. Jonathan & Honora were married later in 1839 at St. James Church Sydney with the consent of the gaurdian of Honora being Elisha Hayes of the NSW Volunteer Regiment.
Jonathan Watson died in 1873 age 64 at Halfway Creek near Bungendore NSW. The informant was William Watson his son of Halfway Creek. Jonathan was most likely living with William at that time. Jonathan's widow Honora remarried later that year.
Submitted by Researcher (Sally Fay) on 17 June 2017

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/7, p.315

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