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Joseph Davis (abt. 1761 - 1823)

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Joseph Davis
Born about in County Dublin, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1807 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Profile last modified 29 Aug 2019 | Created 6 May 2016 | Last significant change: 29 Aug 2019
03:41: Jean (Cox) Price proposed a merge of Davis-57963 and Davis-37117 with a comment. [Thank Jean for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Joseph Davis was a convict after the Third Fleet transported to New South Wales

Joseph Davis was a Protestant cutler from County Dublin when he was tried in Wicklow in 1797 and found guilty of rebellion and acting as a "rebel soldier". He received a seven year sentence and was exiled to New South Wales as a convict in 1800. Davis's presence on the Minerva is recorded in the memoirs of Joseph Holt[1], the leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion[2] who like John was exiled to New South Wales as a convict and was a fellow passenger on the Minerva. At one point during the journey, the Minerva had spied a Spanish galleon and prison ship and the ship's captain feared action. Holt was asked to take charge of the centre gun and was allowed to select six prisoners to help him. Holt selected Davis as one of the six as being among "good and resolute men on whom I could depend".

Davis's convict records stated that he was aged 38 on arrival in New South Wales. He was married, to "Unknown Bassford", but then married again in Australia in 1807, this time to Ann Calder. He died in Sydney in 1823.


  1. Memoirs of Joseph Holt, General of the Irisch Rebels, in 1798: In Two Volumes, Volume 2, Colburn, 1838 - 367 pages; pages 29 and 49.
  2. [ Wikipedia biography, Joseph Holt

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On 29 Aug 2019 at 03:41 GMT Jean (Cox) Price wrote:

Davis-57963 and Davis-37117 appear to represent the same person because: Apart from the birth date this is the same person