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JOHN EMBREY convict 1770 USA -UK-NSW

Journal by marlin1945

Born about 1770 USA
Died 29 Mar 1813 Windsor NSW Australia. Burial is 29th March 1813 (listed as age 43) V18133014 2A/1813
Married first Ann CLARK born about 1780 in UK Marriage in UK
Arrested for stealing and transported to Australia for 7 years.
Sentenced: John Ambury (sic) was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 21st of April, one wicker basket, value 6d six quarten loaves value 3s 7 1/2 d. one threepenny loaf and one penny brick, the goods of Lucy Davis, widow. (Trial was held at the Old Bailey 8th June 1791 in the city of London.) John was sentenced to 7 years.
JOHN AMBURY, theft : simple grand larceny.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17910608-28
Trial Summary:

* Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
* Punishment Type: transportation, (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
* Verdict: Guilty
* Crime Location: Norris-street, Hay market
* Associated Records...

Original Text:

253. JOHN AMBURY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of April, one wicker bread-basket, value 6 d. six quartern loaves, value 3 s. 7 1/2 d. one three-penny loaf, and one penny brick , the goods of Lucy Davis , widow.


I live with my aunt, I left all the things in the indictment at the corner of Norris-street, Hay market, on the 21st of April, on Thursday, about a quarter past eleven o'clock; I recovered them in about an hour after, in Great Earl-street, the prisoner had hold of the basket; I asked who it belonged to; and the prisoner said to him; it was standing in the street; I told him it belonged to me, I lost it in such a place; he said it belonged to his master, Mr. Paine, Piccadilly, he wanted me to go to Mr. Paine's with him; he took up the basket, I laid hold of it, and said he should not go till I got a constable; I sent for one, but could not get one. He again took up the basket, and I went to lay hold of it, and he knocked me down, I fell against the other witness's knees, Thomas Roberts , who came up, and we secured him I took the bread and the basket to the Justice's with the prisoner, view a gif image of the original file
See original and they said, I might keep the basket, the bread would be of no use.

(The basket produced and deposed to by knowing it by sight a year and a half, ever since he lived with his aunt.)

Court. Does any body else carry bread, besides yourself, in this basket? - Yes, the man servant does.

Was there the same quantity of bread in it when you found the basket as when you lost it? - All, except a penny brick; I am sure it was the same bread and basket.


About a quarter after twelve I was coming from Great Earl-street, and I saw the prisoner at the bar and this boy having a scuffle about this basket of bread; I said nothing at all, nor interfered till the prisoner knocked the boy down; he gave him a blow on his forehead, and I catched him as he was falling; then he asked him if he would give him his basket, and go away quietly; I advised him so to do, but he would not; he said he lived with Mr. Paine, and he would take me along with him, if I would go with him; afterwards he made some objection, and said he would go to Litchfield-street; I took him there, the magistrate told the lad to take the basket home, and put a mark upon it, that he might know it again.

Court to Curl. Did you mark the basket? - The officer that went home with me put six notches on it, just by the handle.


I was going along, and out of place, and I met a baker, and asked him, if he could inform me where I could get work; he said he would, if I would go along with him; we went into a public-house, and had some beer and gin, and coming along afterwards, he asked me to carry his basket for him.

The prisoner called one witness to his character.

GUILTY . (Aged 20.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Married second Sarah PIGG convict 1800 Parramatta. Marriage not recorded.
Sarah PIGG born 15 May 1772 Bishops Storfood Hertfordshire UK . Died 13 Nov 1827 Windsor NSW Australia.
Burried St.Matthews Windsor NSW Australia.
Sarah was baptised 1772 in England.
At age 18 Sarah was arrested for stealing from Mary Smith's shop 14 yards of lace 3-13-6, 18 yards of lace edging 1-0-0, 3 yards of muslin 7/-, 4 pairs stockings 7/-, 4 linen handkerchiefs 4/-, 1 printed shawl 8/-, 9 yards Irish linen cloth 16/6 and 1 muslin apron 6/-. She appeared at Hartfordshire Assizes on 3 March 1790, found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. Since they needed women in the penal colony NSW she along with others had her sentence commuted to 'transportation beyond the seas" for the term of her natural life.
12 months later she left Plymouth aboard "Mary Anne" 300 tons in the "third fleet" on 16-2-1791 (11 ships and 200 convicts). They arrived Sydney Cove 9th. July 1791. After 3 years she married Thomas Hoskisson at St. Phillips Church Sydney by Rev. Richard Johnson the first Chaplin of the colony. Thomas could read and write and we think he changed his name from Hodgkis who was sentenced at Maidstone Kent and transported for 7 years. He was aboard "William Ann" part of the third fleet. They lived together for some time before being married. They farmed along the Hawkesbury river at Green Hills (Windsor) and had 3 children. Sarah was pardoned 27-7-1798 by Governor Hunter after recommendations from Rev. Richard Johnston. In August 1799 Thomas and a friend were murdered by aboriginals whilst hunting in the lower Blue Mountains. These aboriginals were seen later carrying the blankets and firearms stolen. Two were caught and killed by other settlers who were charged with murder but local judges could not decide their fate and later they were freed from bail by English decision.
Sarah recieved compensation from Governor Hunter in the form of a land grant of 60 acres at Petersham Hill.
In 1880 she was pregnant to John EMBRY and gave birth to a girl Child.
Four years later she was married to Thomas Upton at Windsor by Samuel Marden the second Chaplin to the colony. They took up farming at McHillar on a gift deed of 25 acres on the Hawkesbury River.

Sarah EMBREY born 15 Sep 1800 Parramatta NSW Australia Windsor NSW Australia. Died 1874 Windsor NSW Australia. Buried St. Matthews Windsor.

Married 1824 St.Matthews Cof E Windsor NSW Australia Charles FORD convict.

CHARLES FORD born about 1792 Virginia USA Died 1832 Windsor NSW Australia
Sailed from England and arrived at Sydney 22nd July 1816 on the Atlas 3.

Charles Ford (sentenced at Devon Gaol Del.) 17th July 1815 to fourteen years. He was listed as a native of Virginia, a Sailor, aged 25 years. 5 '9 1/4" with dark sallow complexion, black hair and dark eyes.

Ticket of leave #2061. Petition of Charles Ford: This petition of Charles Ford a prisoner, under sentence of Transportation for 14 yrears of Ship 3rd Atlas, July 1816 Humbly Sheweth That your petitioner was tried July 1814 arrived in this colony as above stated and since in the employment of ......Frazer Settler District of ... where .....appears to this petition. (writing continues on to: ask) consideration and grant him a Ticket of Leave for which he is duty bound will pray...
1828 Census Lists Charles as free and living with wife and 4 children: Susannah, Charles, Matilda and Elizabeth.
Grave inscription reads: A loving husband and kind father and a long sufferer. A native of Virginia in America erected by his beloved daughter Matilda Langton.

Descendants live in Australia, Canada and USA.

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by jd1811 on 2011-10-05 08:31:14

My husband is a Ford descended from Charles Ford and Sarah by their son John Ford born, 1830.
I believe Charles was convicted of forgery and transported to Australia for 14years.
Any further information/details pertaining to his crime or origins in Virginia USA would bee appreciated.

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