Convict Records: John Curtis


Convict Records: John Curtis.

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  1. John Curtis
    John Curtis, one of 206 convicts transported on the Ganges, August 1796

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    Convicted at:
    Convicted at Gloucester Assizes for a term of life in March 1795 [no date]

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    Departure date:
    August, 1796

    Place of arrival:
    New South Wales

    Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 210

    This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

    Community Contributions

    Anonymous on 14th May, 2011 wrote:

    John Curtis was probably born in Bristol England in c1750.John Curtis was married at St Phillips and Jacobs in Bristol to Jane Purrier on 10th September 1773. John and Jane had 11 children. John practiced accountancy until the early 1790’s . In March 1795 45 year old John was tried and convicted at the Lent Assizes in Gloucester on 4 counts of “forging, counterfeiting, coining . . . silver coin of the realm called a sixpence”. Originally, when convicted he received the death sentence at Gloucester Assizes which was later commuted to transportation to Australia for life. He was transported to Australia on the Ganges and arrived on 2 June 1797. John Curtis was granted emancipation on 4 June 1802 by Governor King. John petitioned Governor King in 1803 for permission to return to his family in England, unaware that his wife Jane had died in 1800. Despite his good reputation and that Governor Patterson, George Johnston and Rev. Marsden signed his plea he never returned to England. In 1802, an Irish convict, Ann Moran arrived in NSW and was assigned to work for John as a dairymaid. She had been transported to Australi on the Hercules, arriving 1802. Very lonely, John formed an attachment with Ann and a daughter Elizabeth was born to them in 1803. They had four other children – John Joseph(c1809,), Peter (c1811), and Catherine (1814). They eventually married on 16 August 1814 at St Johns Church, Parramatta. John was granted land at Pilgrim Hillin 1810. The Villawood Migrant Hostel in Millers Rd Villawood stands on John Curtis’s original estate. By 1821 he owned a house in Parramatta, which he left to his oldest daughter, Betsy, 26 head of cattle and a mare, a 30 acre farm on Sydney Rd, near Haslem’s Creek (now Lidcombe), adjoining a grant of 100 acres made to Ann after John’s death. This land stayed in the family. Because of John’s advanced age,( he was now 72), Ann Curtis set up business for herself. On 21 April 1821 she paid into the Police Fund for 6 months brewing license and a retailing license (Wentworth Papers dip 228).
    John wrote his will on May 28th 1821.In his will John Curtis left everything to Ann in trust for his children, Elizabeth, James, John, Peter and Catherine. To his married daughter, Elizabeth Ready he also left 10 head of cattle.
    Almost six months later on Wed 12 September 1821 John Curtis died and was laid to rest in the Burial Ground behind St Johns Church in Parramatta

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