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John Seymour (c. 1760–1808)

John Seymour (c.1760-1808?) was found guilty on 25 April 1786 at the Sherborne (Dorset) Quarter Sessions of 'cutting, lopping, and topping one Maiden Ash Timber Tree'. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarbrough in January 1787. Transferred to the Charlotte at Portsmouth, he arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Seymour married Ann Daily (Daly) at Parramatta on 24 June 1792 and was granted 50 acres of land at the Field of Mars in May 1793.  An Ann Seymour was buried at Parramatta in April 1798 and a John Seymour — who may have been the First Fleeter — joined the NSW Corps in August 1799. He died at Port Dalrymple on 11 February 1808.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 325

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  • Seymore, John

c. 1760


11 February, 1808 (aged ~ 48)
Port Dalrymple, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years