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Name: William STEPHENSON
Given Name: William
Birth: 20 JUL 1788 in Howden,Yorkshire,England
Death: 5 MAR 1876 in Goulburn,New South Wales,Australia
Burial: 7 MAR 1876 Binda,New South Wales,Australia
Arrived in convict ship "Marquis of Wellington" on 7 March 1813.
Change Date: 7 SEP 1999 at 06:55:55
!BIR/MAR/DEATH: Information supplied by Peter Christian, ggg-son.
Birth of children taken from 1788-1820 Society Pioneer Register.
William Stephenson was born circa 1788 in York, Yorkshire, England. he arrived 7 March 1813 on the Marquis of Wellington, a convict, sentenced to 14 years for stealing. He received his Certificate of Emancipation in March 1817 and pardoned on 4 June 1818 (COD212) He applied for his first land grant in 1823. He selected land at Crookwell. He married Mary L'Andre on 23 Nov 1818 at Christ Church Castlereagh. Witnesses to wedding were John Bradley and Sarah Williams. William was a vintner and farmer at South Creek and also a Hotel Keeper in Sydney
(From Muster 1817 NSW Archives) William Stephenson Tried Essex Assizes 7 March 1814 aged 26 in 1814. Height 5 ft 8-1/2 inches, Dark ruddy complexion. Black hair, Hazel eyes. Colonial prisoner No 1073 (Reel 1076 Ref 929 Memorial for Land Grand being conditionally free 1823) 1825 Land granted Reel No. 1080)> He was Colonial Prisoner Number 1073. On Reel 1076 Ref 929 there is a Memorial For Land Grant (1824) for william Stephenson. Lease was granted 1825 Reel No 1080
(Extract from ESSEX Herald 15 March 1814)
William Huggard and William Stevenson, (sic) two privates in the royal Artillery were indicted on the oaths of james Digby Fowell, and others, with having feloniously stolen at Waltham Holy Cross, in this county, five shirts, four handkerchiefs,a waistcoat and other articles, the property of the said mr Fowell and Mr Patridge, his wife's son, by a former husband.
It appeared in evidence that Mr f is a respectable Solicitor and has a country house at Waltham Holy Cross, where his wife sent the clothes in question on tuesday, 23 November, from her town house, for the purpose of having them washed.
Her servant, who was an elderly woman, had the charge of these clothes, and used to have the prisoner, Huggerd, to keep her company; he put out the clothes lines for her, and she having taken the clothes in on the Wednesday evening, put them into the parlour in a dish and a basket. the next morning, on going into the room, she found the clothes in much confusion, and some of them missing. The prisoner came to her soon after; she told him; but he said he knew nothing of the matter. She took no more notice, but on the saturday morning, all the clothes were gone, she went to the house where the prisoner was quartered and again told him of her loss, and that she was ruined, for her master would know somebody must have taken them, and he was the only person who could possibley have done it. the prisoner was offenced and left her. Her master came down on the Monday morning, and she told him of the whole affair, in consequence of which, he had hand bills put up in the neighbourhood offering a reward for the apprehension of the thieves. Huggerd had sent the clothes to a woman to be washed. Stevenson (sic) was seen in St George's Fields; he had procured a person to offer the goods, which were then inhis possession, to pawn, which person was stopped and Stevenson was taken into custody.
Mrs Fowell identified the goods in question; and the Learned Judge proceeded to charge the jury, and remarked tht it was plain the prisoner Huggerd was the stealer of the goods; his trying to get them washed, and the other circumstances shewed plainly to him that he had abused the faith put in him by the old woman, who indulged him by frequesntly letting him sleep at her master's house. but as for Stevenson, the articles were only found upon him, and he had told the officer, on his apprehension, that he had received them to sell or pawn, from Huggerd, which appeared probable.
The Jury therefore, under his Lorship's direction, found a verdict of guilty against Huggerd and acquitted Stevenson.
The Judge, after expatiating upon the enormity of the prisoner's crime, in having abused the trust reposed in him, sentenced him to be transported for seven years.
Sussex Herald 22 March 1814
William Stephenson indicted again on a new charge at the same assizes for received the stolen goods from william Huggerd, he was found guilty and sentenced to fourteen years transportation.
Goulburn Herald and Chronicle, Wednesday 8 March 1876
Death of an old Colonist.
On Sunday morning last Mr william Stephenson died at the residence of his son, Mr william Stephenson Junior, Salutation Inn, goulburn, at the ripe age of 88 years. mr Stephenson was a native of Yorkshire and arrived in the colony about 64 years ago. For many years he resided at Crookwell, where he was geatly liked and respected and where he creditably brought up a large family, having had no less than seventeen children. his widow and fourteen children survive. nearly all of them are married and the deceased leaves seventy-two grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A few months ago he and Mrs Stephenson came to reside in goulburn, but they contemplated again returning to Crookwell to end their days. A shor ttime ago, Mr Stephenson was attacked by gout, and Erysipelas intervened, and deceased gradually sank, and as stated above, died at a quarter past eleven on sunday morning last. Had he lived about three months longer he would have reached the age of 89 years. the remains were removed to Crookwell, where they were yesterday consigned to their final rsting place in the Church of england Cemetery. There was a very large attendance at the funeral.
(Taken from a writeup of a Warn Stephenson Reunion held in 1997 at Crookwell.)
William Stephenson was born in Yorkshire on 20 July 1788. His free trip out to the new colony occurred in January 1815, as a result of him being found guilty of receiving stolen goods. he was sentenced to 14 years transportation, william was allocated as a muster servant to a free settler named sir john Jamieson, who apparently held him in high regard for in 1817 he petitioned governor Macquarie for a reduction in his sentence.
After receiving a conditional pardon on 4 June 1818, william married mary Landers (L"Andre, Landrien, Landern) on 23 November 1818.
In 1824 they acquired land near windsor, growing vegetables for sale to the garrison of Sydney Town.
In July 1834, a Publican's Licence was issued to william for the Woolback Inn in George Street and later he acquired the licence to the Square and Compass Inn, a little further up the street.
It was at the Square and Compass Inn that William Stephenson and Joh Warn would have met, and it can surely be no coincidence that on 10 May 1839, william and Mary attended an auction and purchased 1083 acres of land in the Crookwell district for 259 pounds 10 shillings - no doubt encouraged to do so by John Warn.
In the late 1840's the Stephensons moved to Crookwell and the marriages which linked the two families began.
Over the years, five Warn children married Stephensons 0 a little wonder the reunion numbers were so great (over 400 gathered).
The story of these two pioneering Crookwell families is also the story of Crookwell - with hard times, good times, bushrangers, fires, drought and floods part of the experience of settling a wild new land.
Father: Robert STEPHENSON
Mother: Mary HILL
Mary L'ANDRE b: 1 FEB 1803 in Parramatta,New South Wales,Australia
23 NOV 1818
in Castlereagh,New South Wales,AUSTRALIA
- Elizabeth STEPHENSON b: 8 MAR 1821 in Evan,New South Wales,Australia
- Benjamin STEPHENSON b: 14 JAN 1824 in Evan,New South Wales,Australia
- Robert STEPHENSON b: 23 FEB 1827 in Evan,New South Wales,Australia
- Anthony STEPHENSON b: 23 MAY 1828 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Jane STEPHENSON b: 24 SEP 1829 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Samuel STEPHENSON b: 1830 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Sarah STEPHENSON b: 23 AUG 1832 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Susannah STEPHENSON b: 1833 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Esther STEPHENSON b: 1834 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Mary Ann STEPHENSON b: 3 JUL 1836 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- William STEPHENSON b: 3 AUG 1838 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Maria STEPHENSON b: 24 DEC 1839 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Edward STEPHENSON b: 17 MAY 1841 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- Louisa STEPHENSON b: 18 MAY 1843 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
- John Napolean STEPHENSON b: 28 APR 1845 in Crookwell,New South Wales,Australia
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