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, the leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion 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.
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On 29 Aug 2019 at 03:41 GMT Jean (Cox) Price wrote: