ADAMS William

Private William Adams (.....1798 )

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  • Born :
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 28 June 1790
  • Ship Arrived on :  Scarborough
  • Previous Service:
  • Transported Convict : Newgate Gaol
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 17 February 1793 conditional pardon October 1793
  • Where Enlisted : Sydney
  • Date of Discharge :  1798
  • Where Discharged : Parramatta
  • Died : c 2 February 1798
  • Where Died / Buried :4 February 1798  Sydney Ref : V1798861 4 Parish: Sydney, St Phillip's, Church of England Original burial place Sydney Burial grounds
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Mary Chadderton
  • Born : Circa 1756
  • Where Born : Coventry Warwickshire
  • Occupation : Soldiers wife
  • Date Arrived : 1791
  • Ship Arrived on : "Mary Ann"
  • Died :
  • Where Died / Buried :
  • Date Married : 22 October 1791
  • Where Married : Sydney /Ref Number: V1791129 4 Parish: Sydney, St Phillip's, Church of England
  • Spouse's Parents : Philip Moreton (b.......d.) & Bridgett Moreton (b.......d.)
  • Some information kindly supplied by Ron Lobegeiger
    Some information kindly supplied by  Cathy Dunn;


    Area Settled :
    Children :
     Sarah (1792 ....1801)
    Elizabeth (1795) 
    Kezia (1798).

    History & Achievements :

    ADAMS, WILLIAM (? -1798) William Adams and George Riness both soldiers, were tried at the
    July 1787 Old Bailey Sessions for the highway robbery of Charles Salmon, who had been robbed in Five Fields Row, Chelsea of Four shillings sixpence and nine half pence. The victim said they had struck him with a bludgeon and described Adams as being dressed in dirty regimentals wearing a slouched hat. Salmon recognised Riness on guard duty two days later and positively identified Adams when lodgings the two men shared at No.4 Duck Court, Westminster were searched. Their landlady described their dinner together on the night of the crime saying: I enjoyed myself more than I generally do....they were very civil men. She would not give them an alibi but wasn't embarrassed by Riness's claim to have spent the night with her and made a confusing assertion that he had been with another woman. As a result he was acquitted but Adams was found guilty and sentenced to death. A respite was granted but he was not officially reprieved to transportation for life until September 1789. He remained in Newgate Gaol until 10 November when he was sent directly to the Scarborough transport.
    Adams had been able to sign his name at his committal hearing. At Sydney on 22 October 1791 he married
    Mary Chatterton aged 31, who had been intended for the Second Fleet but actually arrived on the Third Fleet's Mary Ann. She had been born in Coventry, Warwickshire, but was convicted for a burglary in Lancashire in 1787. In October 1793 Adams received a conditional pardon on joining the New South Wales Corps. He was granted 25 acres at Petersham in 1795, which was probably sold soon afterwards. Three children were born to the couple: Sarah (179 2-1801), Elizabeth (1795) and Kezia (1798). William Adams' burial was registered at Sydney on 4 February 1798. His widow married another soldier, William Baker, and was living with him and her two surviving daughters on Norfolk Island c1805-1810. She was still with him at Parramatta in 1822 and married the first fleeter . CUSLEY, Benjamin, , after Baker's death in 1824.
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