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Wilson James (c. 1760–?)

James Wilson (c.1760- ) was found guilty on 16 July 1787 at the Abingdon (Berkshire) Assizes of burglary. His death sentence was commuted to 14 years transportation. He remained in the county gaol until he embarked for New South Wales on the Neptune in November 1789, arriving in Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

This is probably the James Wilson who had a daughter Sarah with Sarah Davis in May 1792. Wilson was still living in New South Wales in 1814 and working as a labourer. No further records have been found for him.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 617

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c. 1760

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years