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Private Joseph James (1797........)


Back To . . . Surnames 2nd Veterans Company Regiment of Foot :Newcastle 1826 - 1833

  • Born :1797
  • Where Born : Appleside, Taunton, Somerset
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  • Date Arrived : September 1826.
  • Ship Arrived on : " Orpheus "
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 9th January, 1826
  • Where Enlisted : Chatham
  • Date of Discharge : 30th September, 1831
    Where Discharged :
    Sydney NSW
  • Regiment Prior to Royal Veterans: 14th Fegiment of Foot ) on 10th June, 1811, at age 15.
    Died : 19 December, 1852,
  • Where Died / Buried :St. John’s Church, Parramatta,
  • Parents Names : Francis James (b.......d) and Mary James (b.......d)
    Spouse's Name :Ann(e)Berry (Barry/Burray).
  • Date Married : 1817-19
  • Where Married : Glasgow
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  • Date Arrived : September 1826.
  • Ship Arrived on : " Orpheus "
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  • Descendants

    Information supplied by "Robert M. Wilson"

    Area Settled :
    Children :
    1 . Alexander James (b.1826.......d.)
    2 . Mary James (b.1829.......d.)
    3 . William James (b. 1831.......d.)
    4 . Jane James (b.1836.......d.)
    5 . Joseph James (b.1840.......d.)
    6 . Agnes James (b.1842.......d.)
    7 . Jessy James (b.1844 .......d.)(my geat-grandmother; usually spelled Jessie, she married
    8 . James (b.Lydia 1846.......d.)
    9 . Frances M. James (b.1848.......d.)

    History & Achievements :

    JOSEPH JAMES, born Appleside, Taunton, Somerset in 1797 (Midsomer Norton baptisms show Joseph

    James 25 December, 1797, son of Francis and Mary James. As no other record of the family can be found in that area, it is likely that they came from elsewhere.)
    Enlisted Fortieth Regiment of Foot (Lieutenant-General Sir B. Spencer) on 10th June, 1811, at age 15.Served Peninsular, North America, Waterloo.

    He was in the 2nd Battalion in December, 1812, and transferred to the 1st Battalion on 31st August.

    With the regiment at Mallow, having been at the Peninsula. He is also included on the supplementary list of men who served at Waterloo. His name is on the medal roll for his company at Waterloo, where he served with Captain S. Stetton. In 1848, he applied for, and received, the Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 with clasps for Pyrenees and Toulouse.While his regiment was stationed in Glasgow, 1817-19, he married Ann(e)Berry (Barry/Burray).

    Discharged at Rochdale, 20th October, 1820. Discharge papers signed with an “X”.

    He had been on furlough for about twelve months because of a hand injury as a result of the accidental discharge of a fowling piece paper (?) through his hand preventing him from using a musket.
    Description on discharge papers: 24 years, 5ft 6¼ins, brown hair, grey eyes,fresh complexion, occupation laborer.
    Enlisted in the New South Wales Royal Veteran Company (Lieut-Col. HenryDumaresq) at Chatham 9th January, 1826. Church records in Sydney indicate he was there late in 1826 with his family. Discharged 30th September, 1831 in Sydney NSW as a result of the disbandment of the Company. Papers apparently signed by himself.

    Granted sixty acres of land (number three of Veterans Allotments) about sixty miles west of Sydney, 24th

    June, 1839 by Governor Sir George Gipps.Sold for 330 pounds, 4th August, 1840.He built or acquired the Welcome Inn [he may also have been associated with the Pilgrim Inn in Blaxland which wasopened by Governor Darling (1825-1835)] at “The 8 (80) Mile Hollow”, nowknown as “Valley Heights”. The inn was a major stop between Sydney and the west before the railway was built, and he hosted, and was well known by,many of the important people of the colony.

    Probate for his will (26 March, 1853) says he died 19 December, 1852,leaving everything to his wife. He is

    buried in St. John’s Church, Parramatta, where his gravestone still stands.
    As far as I can make out the writing, the reason for his first discharge in
    1821 was:

    [That in consequence of] The contents of a fowling piece paper through his
    right hand by accident when on furlough about twelve months back and his
    incapacities have him from using the (musket?) properly
    Colonel Mundy, 1847:
    “At nine miles from the Nepean, having been one hour and fifty minutes in
    performing that distance, we reached the Welcome Inn, kept by a jolly old
    soldier named James, who rejoices in a waterloo medal, a pretty daughter,
    and what was more to our purpose, some excellent bottled ale.”
    ( the daughter would be Jessie’s older sister, Mary)
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