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Details for the convict James King (1830)

Convict Name:James King
Trial Place:Dorset Assizes
Trial Date:12 January 1830
Arrival Details
Ship:Burrell (1)
Arrival Year:1830
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  • Researcher (Kay Woodhouse)
  • Researcher (ALAN KING)
  • Researcher (Heather Clarke)
  • Researcher (Kenneth King)
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James Harris KING (1808-1892)

James Harris King was born 1808 in Holt, Wimborne, Dorset, UK. He was the second son of John and Susanna KING.

He married Prudence RIDOUT on May 25, 1828, in Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

At the age of 21 James was arrested on 26th October 1829 for stealing 2 cows, tried at Dorset Assize on 12th March 1830 and transported for life. He was transported on the “Burrell” arriving in the Colony on 19th December 1830 at Port Jackson. He was described as being 5 ft 0 inches tall, sallow complexion, light brown hair and grey eyes. He was assigned to brothers Robert and Helenus SCOTT, Patrick Plains, Hunter River, New South Wales, as an Overseer of gardens. He was living with Harriet Bayley. He received 2 Tickets of Leave: 12th November 1840 and 26th June 1844.

Interesting Snippet:

“Robert (SCOTT) seems to have been fearless in his pursuit of bushrangers. In 1825 he led a pursuit party to capture Jacob’s Mob who had been robbing settlers throughout the district. In 1833, he joined John Larnach and Mounted Police in the pursuit of absconders from James Mudie's Castle Forbes. They followed the runaways into a deep ravine near Lamb's Valley and when one of the men, James Henderson, refused to lay down his gun, Robert fired at him and Henderson fell, fatally wounded. ”

“By 1845, however, KING was recommended for a Conditional Pardon by Sir George Gipps in his dispatches to the Colonial Secretary, this he received on 2 March 1846. (A Conditional Pardon was not the same as a Free Pardon, as under its conditions the holder could never return to England without risking the imposition of his original sentence which in James' case would have meant being hanged.)”

On 14th June 1847 he married Harriet BAYLEY daughter of William and Mary Ann (nee SIMMONS) at St James Church, Morpeth, New South Wales by Banns. The officiating Minister was George Augustus Middleton (1791-1848) who:

“… according to Commandant James Morisset, his (Middleton’s) time was too much occupied in dealings in Cattle with the Convict Settlers: and I am sorry to say that my respect for that Gentleman has been much diminished by the reports I hear of his frequently dining with, and at the same table of people of that description .”

On the same day as their wedding, their 3 children David Harris, Harriet and Susan were baptized.

Then in 1849 they were living on John Eales property “Berry Park” New South Wales where James was the gardener, the person growing the produce for the estate .

By 1852 their daughter Ellenor was born at Kiama, New South Wales.

From Kiama they moved to Ulladulla. He bought 103 acres at “Shell Farm”, Lake Burrill, renaming it “Almond Place”. It is now Kings Point . Kings Point: Named after the King Family who settled there in the early 1860s also known as Almond Place .

A keen fruit grower, James won prizes at the first Milton Show in 1866 for all kinds of fruit, including grapes.

Altogether James and Harriet KING had 11 children: David Harris (1841-1912) married Elizabeth BOLLINGMORE; Harriet (1844-1857) Susan (1847-1927) Spinster; James Neville (1849-1919) married (1) Louisa DAVEY & (2) Sarah Ann BRAIN; Ellenor (1852-1932) married James BROOK; John (1856-1939) married Annie HOGG, Henry (1857-1859), George (1859-1916) married Sarah HORNE; twins Edwin (1865 1939) married Mary Ann JONES and Edmond (1865-1875).

James King died on 20 Dec 1892 from inflammation of the kidneys and was buried on 21 Dec 1892 at Almond Place, Ulladulla, New South Wales.

James King was my Gr Gr Grandfather.

Submitted by Researcher (Kay Woodhouse) on 7 March 2016

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/7, p.445

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