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Robert Wells (c. 1762–1845)

Robert Wells (c.1762-1845), John Giles, William How, and Joseph Inkins were found guilty on 28 October 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing four pieces of flannel. Sentenced to 7 years transportation Wells arrived at Sydney aboard the Atlantic in August 1791 as part of the Third Fleet. He married Susannah Nairn/Riley on 20 January 1793 at Parramatta; their daughter Esther was born in 1796.

Wells was living on a 30 acre grant at Parramatta by 1800. As a member of the Loyal Association he assisted government troops in the Battle of Vinger Hill. He was recorded as a Parramatta Loyalist in the records of the uprising. Following his wife's death in 1814, Well's married Sarah Longhurst on 6 June 1814; they had two children. Wells also had two children with Sarah Lawson. He was recorded in musters between 1814-1821 as a baker. In 1825 he was listed as a labourer and in 1828 as a barber.

Robert Wells died on 22 September 1845 at Parramatta; his age was given as 94.

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c. 1762
London, Middlesex, England


22 September, 1845 (aged ~ 83)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years