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William Knight (c. 1760–?)

William Knight (c.1860- ) was found guilty on 19 July 1786 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a chestnut mare valued at £8. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation in January 1787. He was sent to the Stanislaus hulk in January 1787, was transferred to the Lion hulk in April 1788 and was discharged to the Neptune in December 1789. He arrived at Sydney in June 1790 part of the Second Fleet.

Knight was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize in August 1790. He married Amelia Levy in the mass wedding ceremony held on the island in November 1791; no living children were recorded. The couple left the island for Port Jackson on the Francis in March 1794. They seem to have separated not long afterwards. No further records have been found for Knight.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 388-89

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c. 1760

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years