Of the Green Family from Harpole, Northamptonshire their Ancestors and Relatives

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William Walter Northamptonshire Lent Assizes 1834, sentenced 1 March 1834

 Frances Walter's brother, William, appears to have left his family in about 1833 and gone abroad. This report is from the Northampton Mercury, 8th March 1834. Two weeks after his arrest his wife began receiving support from the Desborough parish to support herself and her ten children.

 William Claridge alias William Walter aged 42 years charged with feloniously stealing, taking and leading away one gelding of the value of £20, and one mare of the value of £10 belonging to Joseph James of the Parish of Brackley St James in this county on the 23rd November last in a close about half a mile from the prosecutors house. Saw them that evening about 6 o'clock. The gate was left pinned, but was not otherwise fastened. Next morning on going to the close found the horses gone. This was on Sunday about 10 o'clock in the morning. The gate was partly open. There were traces of horses feet indicating that the horses had been driven about. It was a grass field. Such traces had not been observed on any other morning. There were bits of hay and some beans, the beans were outside the gate - the trampling was observed. In consequence of information from the London police he called on an officer at Lynn whom he accompanied to a public house, where he saw the mare and gelding. Went before the magistrates and the prisoner was committed.
Robert Hall farmer of Wiggenhall St Peter, Norfolk. In returning from Cambridge on the 25th November last met the prisoner with the horses. He asked the way to Lynn saying that he had come from Wisbech - particularly observed the prisoner and the horses. He went to Wiggenhall St Germans, where he put up the horses. Having suspicion, he gave the information to Groom at Lynn. The prisoner was arrested at Wisbech and carried to Lynn. The prisoner said he was going to Lynn to a Mr Wilson witnesses believe there is a horse dealer there of that name.
Thurlow Groom is a police officer at Lynn went to Wiggenhall in consequence of information given by last witness. Found the horses in a stable at the public house - called the prisoner out of bed - prisoner told witness that a strange gentleman had given him the horses at Wisbech, to bring down to Lynn. He stated also that his name was William Claridge and that he was a baker of St Giles, London. Took him before Mr Gurney of Lynn. In consequence of seeing the Hue and Cry, witness wrote to the prosecutor, who came down - came afterwards to Brackley, which is nearly a hundred miles from Lynn. When before Mr Pierrepoint, the magistrate in this county, the prisoner called himself William Walter.
Daniel Cortin living at Farthinghoe, baker living at Farthinghoe, deposed to having met the prisoner on Wednesday November 20th two miles from Brackley - had seen prisoner before and saw him again on the same evening at the Fox public house Farthinghoe. - Another witness was called who confirmed the testimony of the foregoing. His Lordship having summed up the evidence, the Jury after a few minutes deliberation bought in a verdict of guilty. Sentence = Transportation for Life.


31 May 1834 Arrived on Prison hulk Hardy at Portsmouth

25 July 1834 One of 260 convicts transported on the Hooghley, 25 July 1834 from Portsmouth.

18 November 1834 Arrived New South Wales‎, Australia. On his arrival he was put to work for Dr Wilson at Braidwood, Dr Wilson's full name is Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson the town was named after him he was a medical doctor from Scotland and one of the first Settler's of Braidwood.

1842/45 At some time between 1842 and 1845 William was given his freedom in Australia.


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