Marine Private James
(John) Williams (c1760.....1820)
Where Born : Wrexham , Denbligh , Wales
Occupation : Blacksmith / Soldier
Date Arrived : 26 January 1788
Ship Arrived on : " Sirius "
Rank attained : Marine Private
Date of Enlistment : 16. March 1782
Where Enlisted : Portsmouth
Date of Discharge :21. February 1791
Where Discharged : Norfolk Island
Enlistment R.N.S.W. Reg : September1792
Date of Discharge : October 1799
Re-Enlistment R.N.S.W. Reg
Invalid Company: 1810
Died : 16. March 1820
Where Died /
while on guard duty at
South Head / Concord Sydney / Funeral
service St. Phillip's, Church Hill,
Parents Names :
Spouse's Name : Rachael Watkins
Where Born :
Date Arrived : 1790
Ship Arrived on : " Neptune "
Arrived on the Second Fleet as a convict; aged c 31 Ship departed
Portsmouth December 1789 and arrived Sydney 28 June 1790Carried 502 convicts
of which 158 died - the highest mortality rate in transportation history
Date Married :
Where Married :
Died : 10 . February 1840
Where Died /
St Phillip's Church Sydney
Spouse's Parents :
- Back To . . The
- Area Settled :
- Mulgrave Place Liverpool
- Children :
- 1 . Susannah Williams (b.1792 Norfolk Island ....d.1842 )Botany
Sydney M1 John Baxter 1813 Sydney M2 Johnathan Asquith 1839 Sydney
- 2 . Ann Williams (b.1794.Norfolk Island.....d.1855 Seven Hills
Sydney ) M Thomas Howard 1811 Sydney
- 4 . Michael Williams. (b. c 1802.Sydney .....d.1858 Woolongong
& Achievements :
- James Williams enlisted as a Marine and was a
member of the 23rd Portsmouth Company . He was stationed
on board the ship " Sirius " and it was on this
ship he left England for Australia. Upon his arrival in
Sydney John was sent to Norfolk Island on the ship
"Golden Grove " on the 2nd of October 1788. He
returned to Sydney where he enlisted in the Royal New
South Wales Regiment . He discharged from the Regiment
only to Re-Enlist . When the Regiment returned to England
he stayed as a member of the Royal Invalid (Veterans)
Company. Granted lands at Cascade Stream of 60 acres,
James made several trips back and forth from Norfolk
- James was a First Fleet Marine 23rd Company
on "Sirius". See Mollie Gillen "The Founders".
- James Williams was a Private Marine 23rd
(Portsmouth) company, He joined 'Sirius" as part of the ship's compliment on
24 February 1787. From "The Founders of Australia". "
- He joined the Marine Corps on 16 March 1872 and
served in the East Indies in 1783-85.
- From Port Jackson on 2 October 1788 he was sent to
Norfolk Island by "Golden Grove", having made a will to William Stanley on
- At Norfolk Island on 26 April 1789 Williams
received 24 lashes after a quarrel with a fellow Marine (12 for the quarrel
and 12 for fighting in the hut of a convict.)
- He returned to Port Jackson by "Supply" on 12
February 1791 and in March was discharged from the ships books to the Port
- Deciding to become a settler, he returned to
Norfolk Island by "Atlantic" on 26 October 1791 and was given 60 acres on
the left of Cascade Road, Phillipsberg selling grain to the stores from
1792. It has been established this grant was never gazetted.
- He left the island in September 1792 by "Atlantic"
and joined the NSW Corps.
- He was back at Norfolk Island in 1793, arriving by
"Kitty" in February.
- He was transferred back to Sydney at the end of
1794 and discharged from the company of George Johnson in October 1799.
- James Williams apparently re-enlisted soon
afterwards. By September 1808 he had served 26 years 234 days; he was then
aged 48 years and six months.
- Born at Wrexham (Wrexham) Dendigh, Wales, he was a
blacksmith, 5ft 8 ins tall, with a long dark complexioned face, black hair
and hazel eyes.
- In 1806 Williams was living with Rachael Watkins
(Neptune 1790) who in that year was recorded with one son and three
daughters, Susannah (1792), Ann (1794) and Michael (c1802). She was sent to
Norfolk Island in August 1790 and returned to Port Jackson after 1796. The
date at which her relationship commenced with Williams is uncertain.
- When the NSW Corps was withdrawn in 1810 Williams
remained in the colony, transferring to the Invalid (later Veteran)
- He was on guard duty at South Head when he died on
16 March 1820. His burial was registered at St Phillip's Sydney, age given
His wife and several of her children later worked for the manufacturer
Simeon Lord at Botany where Rachael died on 10 February 1840, aged about 80
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