Francis Sherwood, 17951853 (aged 58 years)

Name
Francis /Sherwood/
Given names
Francis
Surname
Sherwood
Birth about 1795

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p. 336

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age given as 33 in 1828

Immigration January 30, 1816 (aged 21 years)
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Francis was convicted of assault with intent to rob at on 4th March, 1815 and sentenced to 7 years. He was transported on the ship "Ocean", a chartered transport ship of 481 tons, with 12 guns and a crew of 35, and Alexander Johnston as Master. They departed Portsmouth in August, 1815 and arrived at Port Jackson on 30 January 1816. The List of Convicts shows his age as 20 years, and that he was 5 ft 3 ins with black hair and brown eyes. The following is an Extract from the 'MERCURY, 4th March, 1815' -- re Francis Sherwood's Trial & Conviction. NORTHAMPTON Saturday Evening, Feb. 11. At the Assizes for this County, which ended on Thursday last, William White, and Geo. Wareing, for sheep-stealing, and William Horne, for house-breaking, were capitally convicted and received sentence of death, but were all reprieved before the Judge left the town. --- John Bottrill, William Martin, and John Young, alias Allen, convicted of grand larceny, and Francis Sherwood, of an assault with intent to rob Miss Elizabeth Pirkins, to be severally transported beyond the seas for the term of seven years; ....... The following are some of the particulars of the trial of Sherwood. The prisoner was indicted under the Act of Parliament, 7th Geo. 11, cap.21 - Intitled "An Act for the more effectual punishment of assaults with intent to commit robbery" -- for assaulting Miss Eliz. Pirkins in the Parish of Bugbrook -- (Another bill was also found against him for an assault with a similar intention on Mrs Howes). Mr Reader in opening the case on the part of the prosecution, stated to the Court and Jury, the leading features thereof. Mrs Howes (the first witness called) being sworn, deposed, That she walked from Bugbrook on the 10th October last to visit her uncle, Mr Joseph Pirkins, who lived about a mile from Bugbrook -- returned about three o'clock in the afternoon with Miss Pirkins, who had proposed to accompany her in her way back as far as the navigation bridge -- when within three or four yards of the bridge, they met the Prisoner going towards Cayton -- He said, "You shan't go this way," crossing several times the road before them, "Deliver your money" Witness and her cousin both denied having any; Prisoner continuing to say --"Deliver your money, or damn you, I'll murder you both" -- Witness, however, still refused; when the Prisoner hit her a slap in the face with his open hand, which she returned by hitting him in the face as well as she could. -- Prisoner then turned to Miss Pirkins and said "Deliver your money," and laid hold of her -- Miss Pirkins cried out and was greatly alarmed -- Witness said -- "Don't be frightened, you shan't go back alone," and went towards her to take the Prisoner away, who then pushed Miss Pirkins into the hedge -- Witness further stated, "I seized him, and he thereupon tried to push me into the opposite hedge, but I struggled, and got away." -- Prisoner then seized Miss Pirkins a second time, who said, in a state of great alarm, "God bless you, cousin, lend a shilling." -- Witness refused to comply, saying, "I would sooner suffer him to take away my life, than such a rascal should have my money," -- Prisoner then threw Miss Pirkins down in the road, seized her by her neck, and strove to throttle her; during which, his back being towards Witness, who siezed him round the neck with both her hands. (Miss Pirkins and Prisoner both on the ground), and he called out; but Witness held him so tight that she was obliged to slacken her hold to enable him to speak distinctly, when he said, "God bless you, Madam, let me get up, and I will not molest you again, but go quietly on." Witness then suffered the Prisoner to get up, who immediately turned round and said, "Now, my Lady, I will be revenged of you; I have a knife in my pocket, and I will be the death of both of you." Witness at this time was so situated as to see down the navigation, and thought she saw on the water, the shadow of a person who was approaching; the Prisoner was feeling in his waistcoat pocket, she concluded, for a knife. -- On Witness's looking again, she saw a man on the towing path making up to the gate, when she called upon him for assistance, which he immediately promised, and went up and secured the Prisoner. To a question here put to Mrs Howe by the Court, she replied, "That until the Prisoner was secured, he was never out of her sight." On her cross-examination by Mr Reynolds, Mrs Howes stated that when the person who gave them assistance was approaching, the Prisoner was between them and that person, and that the Prisoner did make a slight attempt to get away. Miss Elizabeth Pirkins stated, that she recollected being in company with Mrs Howes on the 10th of October, That she met her at her uncle's, and on Mrs Howes' going away, she set out to accompany her a short distance, -- that they met the Prisoner near the navigation bridge on the road from Bugbrook to Gaydon -- that Prisoner said "You shan't go on this road" -- that he was going towards Gaydon and they towards Bugbrook, he therefore met them -- That Prisoner crossed the road several times, which prevented them from going on -- He said, "Deliver your money, before you go further." and spoke very roughly -- Witness said " That she had none ", he then pushed her into the hedge; she did not fall at first, but was so much frightened that she could not recollect whether the Prisoner said anything when he pushed her. -- Mrs Howes came up -- He then seized the Witness and pushed her down again with both hands on her neck; he did this with violence and hurt her very much -- The Prisoner's foot slipped, and he fell down -- Witness said that she was so much alarmed that she did not know what passed from the time she was pushed down until the Prisoner was taken; she recollected Allen's coming up, and the Prisoner being taken by him. On her cross-examination, Miss Pirkins said -- she was much alarmed -- did not perceive that the Prisoner was intoxicated -- his foot slipped when he had pushed her into the hedge -- it was not long before he was removed after he had got her down -- it was quite a public road. Henry Allen, -- lives at Banbury-Lane, was going thither from the Canal on the 10th October -- thought he heard a strange noise -- made a stop, and turned his head -- then heard a voice say "I will have your money" -- heard another say "I have no money" -- He looked round and saw a lady on the bridge, who beckoned to him -- went to her assistance -- when he got to her, Mrs Howes desired he would lay hold of the Prisoner, which he did; took him to Bugbrook, and he was afterwards committed. On being cross-examined, Allen said, He did not see the Prisoner in the attack -- he appeared to have had liquor -- on going to Bugbrook he rather reeled, but Witness observed to him that he could walk as well as he could. And on his re-examination, Witness said -- That after the observation he had made to the Prisoner, he walked better, and did not appear to be drunk. The case for the prosecution being finished, Mr Reynolds objected on the part of the Prisoner, That he should not be put upon his defence; submitting that the evidence did not apply to the indictment as the charge was therein laid; and urging that to support the prosecution under the Act of Parliament on which the charge was laid in the indictment the proof of the intention to rob ought to have followed the assault, and that there was no demand proved after the threats or menaces made by the Prisoner, This objection, however, was overruled by the Court. Several persons were called to speak to the character of the Prisoner. Mr Clarke (who officiated for the Judge) stated to the Jury that the indictment charged the Prisoner with making an assault with intent to rob, and that it was necessary it should do so; for if the assault was for any other purpose, the Prisoner could not be convicted under that indictment; he explained the statute to require that the menace should be of such a nature, and made in such a maner as to enforce delivery, and not in a joking manner. He then recapitulated he evidence, and observed that the expression used by the Prisoner "Deliver your money, or damn you, I'll murder you both," was beyond doubt, a menace implying that he would forcibly carry his threat into execution; and most clearly within the intention of the statute. The Jury almost immediately returned a verdict of "GUILTY" against the Prisoner, but recommended him to mercy. --- The sentence was, pursuant to the express enactment of the Statute, Transportation For Seven Years. The Grand Jury at the above Assizes, was composed of the following gentlemen, viz:- Sir C. Knightley, Bart., foreman; Sir R. Brooke de Capel Brooke, Bart.; S. Isted; E. Bouverie; T.R. Thornton; J. Armytage; R. Andrew; J.P. Clarke; T. Carter; W. Strickland; W. Sawbridge; T.S.W. Samwell; W. Walcot; A.E. Young; W. Butler; J.C. Mansell; J.C. Rose; J. Ward; L. Rokeby; W.K. Rose; J. Nethercoat; and C. Hill, Esqrs.

Religious marriageSusannah MouldsView this family
April 22, 1827 (aged 32 years)
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Vol 02, Baptisms, 1826-1834; Marriages, 1826-1834; Burials, 1826-1834; p. 19, 1827, no. 76

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Francis Sherwood, free of the parish of Prospect and Susannah Molds of the same parish were married in this church by banns with consent of parents this twenty second day of April 1827 by me Samuel Marsden, chaplain Both Francis and Susannah made their X marks in the presence of Thomas Tomkins and Charlotte Williams who both also made their X marks

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She was 18 years of age. She had one child and was expecting another to Francis before marriage. Married at St John's.

Census November 1828 (aged 33 years)
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p. 336

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Sherwood, Francis, 33, free by servitude, Ocean, 1817, 7 years, Catholic, labourer, Seven Hills Sherwood, Susannah, 20, born in the colony Sherwood, Joseph, 4, born in the colony Sherwood, Mary Ann, 1, born in the colony

Death May 23, 1853 (aged 58 years)
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Vol 04, 1839-1889; p. 93, 1853, no. 1403

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Francis Sherwood of Seven Hills died 23 May Buried 25 May 56 years H.H. Bobart officiating minister

Burial May 25, 1853 (2 days after death)
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In Memory of FRANCES [sic] SHERWOOD Died May 23 1853 aged 56 years Leaving a wife and 14 children

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Vol 04, 1839-1889; p. 93, 1853, no. 1403

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Francis Sherwood of Seven Hills died 23 May Buried 25 May 56 years H.H. Bobart officiating minister

Family with Susannah Moulds
himself
17951853
Birth: about 1795
Death: May 23, 1853Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
18081896
Birth: September 10, 1808 32 35New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 3, 1896Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 22, 1827Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-3 years
son
18241893
Birth: May 24, 1824 29 15Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 30, 1893Rouse Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18271895
Birth: August 28, 1827 32 18Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 13, 1895Kellyville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18301911
Birth: April 23, 1830 35 21Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 24, 1911Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18321911
Birth: November 14, 1832 37 24Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 3, 1911Kellyville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18351910
Birth: May 15, 1835 40 26Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 20, 1910Coolah, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18381904
Birth: March 8, 1838 43 29Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 3, 1904Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18401914
Birth: October 26, 1840 45 32Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 24, 1914Blacktown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18431916
Birth: April 17, 1843 48 34Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 4, 1916Liverpool, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18451916
Birth: September 11, 1845 50 37Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 26, 1916Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18481930
Birth: June 12, 1848 53 39Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 29, 1930Blacktown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
BirthCensus of New South Wales November 1828, ed. by Malcolm R. Sainty and Keith A. Johnson. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1985 ie. 1980
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p. 336

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age given as 33 in 1828

ImmigrationEmail - Dodds, Renee - June 2009
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Francis was convicted of assault with intent to rob at on 4th March, 1815 and sentenced to 7 years. He was transported on the ship "Ocean", a chartered transport ship of 481 tons, with 12 guns and a crew of 35, and Alexander Johnston as Master. They departed Portsmouth in August, 1815 and arrived at Port Jackson on 30 January 1816. The List of Convicts shows his age as 20 years, and that he was 5 ft 3 ins with black hair and brown eyes. The following is an Extract from the 'MERCURY, 4th March, 1815' -- re Francis Sherwood's Trial & Conviction. NORTHAMPTON Saturday Evening, Feb. 11. At the Assizes for this County, which ended on Thursday last, William White, and Geo. Wareing, for sheep-stealing, and William Horne, for house-breaking, were capitally convicted and received sentence of death, but were all reprieved before the Judge left the town. --- John Bottrill, William Martin, and John Young, alias Allen, convicted of grand larceny, and Francis Sherwood, of an assault with intent to rob Miss Elizabeth Pirkins, to be severally transported beyond the seas for the term of seven years; ....... The following are some of the particulars of the trial of Sherwood. The prisoner was indicted under the Act of Parliament, 7th Geo. 11, cap.21 - Intitled "An Act for the more effectual punishment of assaults with intent to commit robbery" -- for assaulting Miss Eliz. Pirkins in the Parish of Bugbrook -- (Another bill was also found against him for an assault with a similar intention on Mrs Howes). Mr Reader in opening the case on the part of the prosecution, stated to the Court and Jury, the leading features thereof. Mrs Howes (the first witness called) being sworn, deposed, That she walked from Bugbrook on the 10th October last to visit her uncle, Mr Joseph Pirkins, who lived about a mile from Bugbrook -- returned about three o'clock in the afternoon with Miss Pirkins, who had proposed to accompany her in her way back as far as the navigation bridge -- when within three or four yards of the bridge, they met the Prisoner going towards Cayton -- He said, "You shan't go this way," crossing several times the road before them, "Deliver your money" Witness and her cousin both denied having any; Prisoner continuing to say --"Deliver your money, or damn you, I'll murder you both" -- Witness, however, still refused; when the Prisoner hit her a slap in the face with his open hand, which she returned by hitting him in the face as well as she could. -- Prisoner then turned to Miss Pirkins and said "Deliver your money," and laid hold of her -- Miss Pirkins cried out and was greatly alarmed -- Witness said -- "Don't be frightened, you shan't go back alone," and went towards her to take the Prisoner away, who then pushed Miss Pirkins into the hedge -- Witness further stated, "I seized him, and he thereupon tried to push me into the opposite hedge, but I struggled, and got away." -- Prisoner then seized Miss Pirkins a second time, who said, in a state of great alarm, "God bless you, cousin, lend a shilling." -- Witness refused to comply, saying, "I would sooner suffer him to take away my life, than such a rascal should have my money," -- Prisoner then threw Miss Pirkins down in the road, seized her by her neck, and strove to throttle her; during which, his back being towards Witness, who siezed him round the neck with both her hands. (Miss Pirkins and Prisoner both on the ground), and he called out; but Witness held him so tight that she was obliged to slacken her hold to enable him to speak distinctly, when he said, "God bless you, Madam, let me get up, and I will not molest you again, but go quietly on." Witness then suffered the Prisoner to get up, who immediately turned round and said, "Now, my Lady, I will be revenged of you; I have a knife in my pocket, and I will be the death of both of you." Witness at this time was so situated as to see down the navigation, and thought she saw on the water, the shadow of a person who was approaching; the Prisoner was feeling in his waistcoat pocket, she concluded, for a knife. -- On Witness's looking again, she saw a man on the towing path making up to the gate, when she called upon him for assistance, which he immediately promised, and went up and secured the Prisoner. To a question here put to Mrs Howe by the Court, she replied, "That until the Prisoner was secured, he was never out of her sight." On her cross-examination by Mr Reynolds, Mrs Howes stated that when the person who gave them assistance was approaching, the Prisoner was between them and that person, and that the Prisoner did make a slight attempt to get away. Miss Elizabeth Pirkins stated, that she recollected being in company with Mrs Howes on the 10th of October, That she met her at her uncle's, and on Mrs Howes' going away, she set out to accompany her a short distance, -- that they met the Prisoner near the navigation bridge on the road from Bugbrook to Gaydon -- that Prisoner said "You shan't go on this road" -- that he was going towards Gaydon and they towards Bugbrook, he therefore met them -- That Prisoner crossed the road several times, which prevented them from going on -- He said, "Deliver your money, before you go further." and spoke very roughly -- Witness said " That she had none ", he then pushed her into the hedge; she did not fall at first, but was so much frightened that she could not recollect whether the Prisoner said anything when he pushed her. -- Mrs Howes came up -- He then seized the Witness and pushed her down again with both hands on her neck; he did this with violence and hurt her very much -- The Prisoner's foot slipped, and he fell down -- Witness said that she was so much alarmed that she did not know what passed from the time she was pushed down until the Prisoner was taken; she recollected Allen's coming up, and the Prisoner being taken by him. On her cross-examination, Miss Pirkins said -- she was much alarmed -- did not perceive that the Prisoner was intoxicated -- his foot slipped when he had pushed her into the hedge -- it was not long before he was removed after he had got her down -- it was quite a public road. Henry Allen, -- lives at Banbury-Lane, was going thither from the Canal on the 10th October -- thought he heard a strange noise -- made a stop, and turned his head -- then heard a voice say "I will have your money" -- heard another say "I have no money" -- He looked round and saw a lady on the bridge, who beckoned to him -- went to her assistance -- when he got to her, Mrs Howes desired he would lay hold of the Prisoner, which he did; took him to Bugbrook, and he was afterwards committed. On being cross-examined, Allen said, He did not see the Prisoner in the attack -- he appeared to have had liquor -- on going to Bugbrook he rather reeled, but Witness observed to him that he could walk as well as he could. And on his re-examination, Witness said -- That after the observation he had made to the Prisoner, he walked better, and did not appear to be drunk. The case for the prosecution being finished, Mr Reynolds objected on the part of the Prisoner, That he should not be put upon his defence; submitting that the evidence did not apply to the indictment as the charge was therein laid; and urging that to support the prosecution under the Act of Parliament on which the charge was laid in the indictment the proof of the intention to rob ought to have followed the assault, and that there was no demand proved after the threats or menaces made by the Prisoner, This objection, however, was overruled by the Court. Several persons were called to speak to the character of the Prisoner. Mr Clarke (who officiated for the Judge) stated to the Jury that the indictment charged the Prisoner with making an assault with intent to rob, and that it was necessary it should do so; for if the assault was for any other purpose, the Prisoner could not be convicted under that indictment; he explained the statute to require that the menace should be of such a nature, and made in such a maner as to enforce delivery, and not in a joking manner. He then recapitulated he evidence, and observed that the expression used by the Prisoner "Deliver your money, or damn you, I'll murder you both," was beyond doubt, a menace implying that he would forcibly carry his threat into execution; and most clearly within the intention of the statute. The Jury almost immediately returned a verdict of "GUILTY" against the Prisoner, but recommended him to mercy. --- The sentence was, pursuant to the express enactment of the Statute, Transportation For Seven Years. The Grand Jury at the above Assizes, was composed of the following gentlemen, viz:- Sir C. Knightley, Bart., foreman; Sir R. Brooke de Capel Brooke, Bart.; S. Isted; E. Bouverie; T.R. Thornton; J. Armytage; R. Andrew; J.P. Clarke; T. Carter; W. Strickland; W. Sawbridge; T.S.W. Samwell; W. Walcot; A.E. Young; W. Butler; J.C. Mansell; J.C. Rose; J. Ward; L. Rokeby; W.K. Rose; J. Nethercoat; and C. Hill, Esqrs.

MarriageAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Marriages, 1790-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Citation details:

Vol 02, Baptisms, 1826-1834; Marriages, 1826-1834; Burials, 1826-1834; p. 19, 1827, no. 76

Text:

Francis Sherwood, free of the parish of Prospect and Susannah Molds of the same parish were married in this church by banns with consent of parents this twenty second day of April 1827 by me Samuel Marsden, chaplain Both Francis and Susannah made their X marks in the presence of Thomas Tomkins and Charlotte Williams who both also made their X marks

MarriageEmail - Dodds, Renee - June 2009
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She was 18 years of age. She had one child and was expecting another to Francis before marriage. Married at St John's.

CensusCensus of New South Wales November 1828, ed. by Malcolm R. Sainty and Keith A. Johnson. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1985 ie. 1980
Citation details:

p. 336

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Sherwood, Francis, 33, free by servitude, Ocean, 1817, 7 years, Catholic, labourer, Seven Hills Sherwood, Susannah, 20, born in the colony Sherwood, Joseph, 4, born in the colony Sherwood, Mary Ann, 1, born in the colony

DeathAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Burials, 1790-1986 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Citation details:

Vol 04, 1839-1889; p. 93, 1853, no. 1403

Text:

Francis Sherwood of Seven Hills died 23 May Buried 25 May 56 years H.H. Bobart officiating minister

BurialDunn, Judith, The Parramatta cemeteries: St John's. Parramatta: Parramatta and District Historical Society, 1991
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In Memory of FRANCES [sic] SHERWOOD Died May 23 1853 aged 56 years Leaving a wife and 14 children

BurialAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Burials, 1790-1986 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Citation details:

Vol 04, 1839-1889; p. 93, 1853, no. 1403

Text:

Francis Sherwood of Seven Hills died 23 May Buried 25 May 56 years H.H. Bobart officiating minister

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