THOMAS (HODGKIS) HOSKISSON 1775 - 1799 CONVICT
Thomas (HODGKIS) HOSKISSON b. 1775 England UK d. Aug 1799 Lower Blue Mountains NSW Australia burried Yellow Rock Yarramundi NSW m. Sarah PIGG 30 Jan 1795 St. Phillips Sydney NSW Australia. ( See Sarah pigg Journal)
Thomas Hodgkis was sentenced for 7 years at Maidstone in Kent 27th. July 1789 and came out on the "William and Ann" in the third fleet, arriving 28th August 1791.
Killed by aboriginees at Yellow rock Yarramundi NSW Australia in August 1799.
Ancestral file 3B67-TN
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He could read and write.
1799 He was a farmer near the Green Hills, employer of convict labour, and wife Sarah was awaiting the birth of their third child, Mary.
Aboriginal visitors to his farm were reputed kindly treated but no doubt the Hoskisson cornfields were ruled out of bounds. Not recognizing that to go shooting was a comparable violation of rights, Hoskisson and his companion Wimbow, on reaching the second ridge of the mountains, were savagely done to death in 1799. A reprisal killing led to five white men (one an employee) being charged over the death of two aborigines.
It was stated at their trial that HOSKISSON and another were out hunting when they were joined by a group of aborigines who stayed with them over night and left them in the morning. The following night it was alleged that the aborigines returned and murdered them. Some three weeks later the aborigines came to the Hoskisson farm to return Thomas' gun. Sarah panicked and ran next door to Simon Frebody's house. Simon gathered four others including an off duty constable and detained three boys from the same tribe. The boys tried to escape during the night and one did, the other two were shot. The men were found guilty of murder but were not punished.
The widowed Sarah received sympathetic consideration in the form of a 60 acre land grant at Petersham Hill.
Children of Thomas HOSKISSON and Sarah PIGG :
1. Mary Recite HOSKISSON b. 20 May 1795 Windsor NSW Australia d. 10 Sep 1857 Cobbity NSW Australia burried 12 Sep 1857 St. Pauls C of E Cobbity NSW m.? issue?
2.Thomas HOSKISSON b. 30 Jul 1797 Cornwallis NSW Australia d. 1880 Windsor NSW. m.? issue ?
3.John HOSKISSON b. 14 Sep 1799 Cornwallis NSW Australia d. 1874 Windsor NSW m.1818 Windsor NSW Sarah FREEBODY b.? d. ? issue 6 children.