Joseph Preston was born on 31 Jan 1831 in Sackville Reach, New South Wales, Australia as the first child of Joseph Preston and Hannah O'Donnell. He had eleven siblings, namely: Anne Nancy, Margaret, Eleanor (Ellen), Hannah, Mary, Thomas, John, George, William, Frances Elizabeth, and James. He died on 10 Jan 1910 in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. When he was 18, he married Frances Bailey,daughter of John Bailey and Elizabeth Prosser, on 10 Apr 1849 in Portland, New South Wales, Australia. When he was 21, he married Elizabeth Jurd,daughter of Daniel James Jurd and Elizabeth Douglas, on 17 May 1852 in Pitt Town, New South Wales, Australia. When he was 26, he married Elizabeth Susannah Cross,daughter of David Cross and Charlotte Elizabeth Johnson, on 12 May 1857 in Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia.
Joseph Preston and Frances Bailey had the following children:
Isabella Priscilla Preston was born in 1849 in MacDonald River, New South Wales, Australia. She died on 14 Jul 1928 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She married Edward Field in 1870 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She married John S. Dodson in 1887 in Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia.
Joseph Preston and Elizabeth Jurd had the following children:
Joseph Preston and Elizabeth Susannah Cross had the following children:
The Trial of Joseph Preston & William Jones:
CHARLES SMITH: I am thirteen years old. I live in Cow-Yard, Hampstead, and work for Miss Colebrook. About eleven o'clock in the morning of Friday 16 of June, I saw the prisoners in her field, where some linen was hanging to dry - there is a high gate with some spikes to ot. I saw them take these things off the lines, and go across the fields with them.
I went into the kitchen and told the servants - they were taken on the Tuesday following. The linen has not been found. I am sure they are the boys, Preston took the things and Jones stood by him.
ANN THUMWOOD: I am servant to Miss Melinda Colebrook. Smith said two boys had taken the linen; I looked and missed it. The prisoners live in Hampstead.
JAMES ANTOBUS: I am a labourer, I heard of the robbery about three minutes after it happened. I was close to the terrace, and caught sight of the prisoners coming over the pales. I knew them before, but could not follow them, being ill. I do not know which of them had the things.
JONES. Question: Did I not offer to give myself up afterwards. Answer: Yes.
JOHN EDWARD WILSON: I am a constable. I apprehended the prisoner on the 20th of June, at Hampstead. Smith, charged Jones with being one of them - he said he was ready to go to the prosecutrix. I saw Preston and secured him.
JONES Defence. I was in Oxford Street at the time of the robbery, and then went to Deptford. I met a butcher, he told me what I was charged with, and I said I would give myself up. PRESTONS Defence. I heard the constable wanted me, I went and waited in the road for him to come and take me away [Joseph was a butchers boy].
JONES-GUILTY. Aged 17. PRESTON-GUILTY. Aged 17. Transported for 7 years. Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
According to the 1823-25 Muster Joseph Preston arrived as a convict in 1821 aboard the Asia having been sentenced to 7 years transportation. He was at the time working as a government servant for the widow Cross at Wilberforce.
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