Jacob Bellett was born in 1765 in Webs Square, Shoreditch and baptised at St. Leonard's Church. His parents, John and Susanna (nee Brown) had been married in the same church in 1753.
In 1783 John Bellett, father of Jacob, owned two businesses at St. Mary's Axe, Shoreditch, he is listed as a warehouseman and upholsterer.

Jacob 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.
William Cole, foreman at the Cox Square premises, gave a statement to the arresting officer that differed markedly from the evidence he gave in court. (Trial Report)Jacob was not represented by an attorney and consequently Cole was not cross-examined. 

Jacob Bellett was tried at the Old Bailey, 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.

Jacob 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 Harper, future wife of Jacob Bellett.

Jacob Bellett(e) (1765-1813)