Bellett was born in 1765 in Webs Square, Shoreditch and baptised at St.
His parents, John and Susanna (nee Brown) had been married in the same church
1783 John Bellett, father of Jacob, owned two businesses at St. Mary's Axe,
Shoreditch, he is listed as a warehouseman and upholsterer.
worked for John Gearing and Co. who conducted their weaving business from
premises at 39 Duke Street and Cox Square in Spitalfields. It was at their
workshop in Cox Square that Jacob Bellett was employed, and from here the
material which Jacob was found guilty of stealing was taken.
Cole, foreman at the Cox Square premises, gave a statement to the arresting
officer that differed markedly
the evidence he gave in court. (Trial
was not represented by an attorney and consequently Cole was not cross-examined.
Bellett was tried at the Old
7th January 1865, for the theft of silk lining, unwound silk, and double black
wound silk. Sentenced to transportation for seven years he departed the Isle
of Wight aboard the "Scarborough" (FIRST FLEET) 13th May 1787 arriving
at Botany Bay 18th January 1788, but eventually debarking at Port Jackson
26th January 1788.
left Port Jackson 6th March 1790 aboard the "Sirius" to travel to
Norfolk Island. The ship was wrecked in Sydney Cove. No lives were lost and
most of the supplies were salvaged, but the stranding of the crew on Norfolk
Island put a great strain on the resources of the island. By July 24th only
10 to 12 days' provisions remained. The arrival of the "Surprize and
the "Justinian" on August 7th saved the settlement. Aboard
the "Surprize" was Ann
future wife of Jacob Bellett.