THE 1788 – 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

William Wells

Born: c.1784
Arrived Sydney: 11 Jun 1813
Vessel: Fortune
Status: Convict - Life
Married: Mary Sherwin, 1826, Sydney
Occupation: Publican
Died:
Buried:
Father:
Mother:

Profile:
Before the Macquarie era William was tried at Nottingham Assizes on 13 March 1812 & received a Life sentence. He was of Derby, a Hosier, age 28

During the Macquarie era in 1819 William was a servant of Richard Haviland – Petition for a Ticket of Leave###

After the Macquarie era, in June 1822 William was appointed to act as District Constable at Parramatta. On 15 July 1822 he was District Constable at Parramatta & recommended for a Conditional Pardon. He was rewarded with a Conditional Pardon on 1 August 1822 for meritorious service in the apprehension of bushrangers. On 4 March 1823 he enquired of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta for details of his appointment to the Parramatta Police. On 22 April 1823 there was a recommendation that William should be paid a salary of 30 pounds per annum as District Constable at Parramatta. Between December 1823 & September 1825 he was on the pay lists of constables in the Parramatta District. In June & October 1824 he sent memorials to the Col Sec & on 31 December 1824 he was paid a reward for apprehending, prosecuting & convicting 3 prisoners for burglary. On 25 October 1825 he sent a memorial for free passage to England. The reply was sent on 14 November 1825###
1822 Muster: Wells, William, CP, Fortune, Life, Constable, Parramatta

1823,24,25 Muster: Wells, William, AP, Fortune 1813, Constable, Parramatta

William Wells married Mary Sherwin at St Phillip’s CE, Sydney – V1826 3932 3B & V1826 118 10

1828 Census: William Wells, 44, AP, Protestant, Fortune 1813, Publican, living at Parramatta with Mary & her children

Researched & submitted by Association member F O’Donnell

References:
NSW Pioneer Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes
General Muster and Land and Stock Muster of NSW. 1822 – ABGR - 1988
General Muster List of New South Wales – 1823, 1824, 1825 – ABGR - 1999
Census of New South Wales 1828 – Sainty & Johnson, eds – 2008(cd)
###Index to the Papers of the Colonial Secretary 1788- 1825 – Archives Authority of NSW 1989
***Principal Supt of Convicts – Bound Indents( Fiche) - Archives Office of NSW