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Private George Cupit (.1777....1846)

 

Back to . . The New South Wales Corps. ( Rum Corps. ) "Renamed 102nd Regiment

  • Born : 9 March 1777
  • Where Born : New Market Farm England (located 3 miles south of North Wingfield)
  • Baptised : 23 March 1777
  • Where Baptised : St Leonard's Church Shirland
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 2 June 1797
  • Ship Arrived on : " Ganges ": Convict
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 14 February 1792 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot
  • Where Enlisted : Savoy England
  • Transferred : 17th Regt to the NSW Corps on 12th August 1796
  • Volunted R.N.S.W. Regt : 12 August 1796
  • Transferred : From R.N.S.W. Regt :On 25th March 1810, George transferred from the 102nd Regt to No. 2 Company, 1st Battalion, 73rd Royal Highlands Regt
  • Transferred : To Royal Veteran Company 25 October 1813
  • Date of Discharge : 25 September 1823
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 14th June 1846
  • Where Died / Buried : Windsor / St Matthew’s Church of England cemetery
  • Parents Names : Austin Cupit (bapt 27 March 1743 Shirland .......d. June 1819. Elmton Park ) m 17 April 1766 St Leonard's Church Shirland Mary Siddal (b.Skegby ..d.)
  • Spouse's Name : Mary Wicks
  • Date Married :
  • Where Married : England
  • Spouse 's Parents :
  • Born :
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation : Soldiers Wife
  • Date Arrived : 2 June 1797
  • Ship Arrived on : " Ganges : "
  • Died : 15th June 1845
  • Where Died / Buried : Windsor / St Matthew’s Church of England cemetery
  • George's description, Hair: Dark brown , Eyes: hazel , Complection : Fair , Vsage : Thin ,Height 5'6"
  • Descendants:

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    Some information supplied by Lina Moffitt disability@optusnet.com.au
     
    Area Settled :
    Windsor.
    Children :
     
    1. William Augustus: 3.10.1797 Sydney Cove – 17.4.1866 Mittagong (our Mary’s father)
    2. John: 3.10.1799 – 10.10.1837 Windsor
    3. Mary: 13.9.1803 Syd – 18.11.1852
    4. Elizabeth: died Jan 1821, Windsor
    5. George : 18.12.1809 Syd – 9.5.1875 Windsor
    6. Eleanor : 5.1.1811 Syd – 11.9.1896 Mittagong
    7. Hannah : 20.4.1813 Syd – 12.2.1865 Windsor
    8. Eliza : 30.8.1816 Windsor – 18.2.1895 Bowral
    9. James : 10.11.1818 Windsor – 2.11.1902 Bowral
    10. Matilda : 2.3.1821 Windsor – 5.2.1874 Bargo
     

    History & Achievements :

    Private George Cupit began his military life when just prior to his 15th birthday 14th of February 1792 he
    enlisted in the 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot . George is shown on the muster papers that he served time in Ireland and sailed with his Regiment from Cork to Southhampton and eventually returning to Ireland on the 25th of August 1795, four days prior to the Regiment sailing to St Domingo to fight the French .
    George and 42 other privates deserted. It was only a matter of time until George was arrested for his
    desertion. This occured and George was tried for desertion. This type of desertion was not as bad as desertion in the face of the enemy as it carried the death penalty. George was sentencd on the 6th of August 1796, to seven years at the Savoy Prison for Desertion . At this time the British Government was recruiting for the Royal New South Wales Regiment. George, having the choice of either volunteering or spending seven years in prison, volunteered for service on the 12th of August 1796.
     
    George Cupitt's wife, Mary Wicks,   Mary died 15th June 1845; George, on 14th June 1846, both at Windsor and buried at St Matthew’s Church of England cemetery.   Private George Cupitt transferred from the 17th Regt to the NSW Corps on 12th August 1796 with 317 days pay (7.18.06 = 6 pence per day). Muster and pay rolls indicate George took part in the quashing of the Irish Rebellion, the ‘Battle of Vinegar Hill’, 4th March 1804. George was attached to Captain Thomas Rowley’s company. On 25th March 1810, George transferred from the 102nd Regt to No. 2 Company, 1st Battalion, 73rd Royal Highlands Regt. On 25th October 1813, he transferred to “The Royal Veteran Company of NSW”.  In December the same year, the Veteran Coy  transferred to the 46th Regt and in January 1818 transferred to the 48th Regt. The Veteran Company disbanded and George retired 25th September 1823 (aged 46) after 32yrs service. He and Mary had 10 children.
    George was given a grant of land on 16th June 1830 being 100 acres, County Castlereagh bounded on the east by the road leading from Richmond to the Cowpastures, with Rickaby’s Creek meandering through it. Aged 69 when he died, residence Londonderry Road.
     
    Joseph Sydney Crampton at Supreme Court on 13 June 1831 found guilty of Highway robbery of George Cupitt on the Parramatta Road, 5 January 1831. Sentenced to death (SH 20 June 1831)’ ... Taken from the Australasian 6th August 1901
    References
    Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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