William Singleton
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William Singleton (abt. 1752 - bef. 1835)

William Singleton
Born about in Cheshire, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 8 Feb 1778 in Manchester Cathederal, Lancashire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Patrick's Plains, Hunter's River, New South Wales, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Jan 2011
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William Singleton was a convict after the Third Fleet transported to New South Wales

William Singleton


William Singleton was born about 1752[1] in Cheshire, England, the son of Joseph Henry Singleton and Ann. William's occupation was a Bricklayer in Cheshire, England.

He married Ann (Hannah) (Parkinson) Singleton on 8 February 1778 in Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire, England,[2][3]and was the father of James Singleton, Elizabeth Singleton, Sarah Ann Singleton, Benjamin Singleton, Joseph Singleton, Ann Marie (Singleton) Clark, Sarah Maria (Singleton) Sabree, Susannah Singleton, Hannah Maria (Singleton) Bellamy, William Singleton and Elizabeth Singleton.

On 30 May 1791 William was arrested for stealing and was tried on 8 June 1791. He was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to 7 years transportation at the Old Bailey, London, Middlesex, England[4].

William left Yarmouth, Isle Wight, Hampshire, England on 17 July 1791, with his wife Hannah, and sons Benjamin and Joseph, as a convict on the Third Fleet, aboard the "Pitt"[5].
The Fleet sailed via St Iago, Rio de Janeiro and Cape of Good Hope, with 319 males, 49 females, 5 children and 7 free passengers on board.

The family arrived in Australia on Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia on 14 February 1792, while his son James who had remained in England, arrived in 17 years later, in 1809 on the ship "Aeolus".

After William's Absolute Pardon on 28 May 1795, the family were living at Freemans Reach, New South Wales, Australia

In 1799 William and Hannah received a grant of 90 acres on the River near Freeman's Reach, which they farmed, and by the 1806 muster they had 232 acres[6].
William was a signatory to various petitions that circulated during the Bligh period.
He was shown as a landholder at the Hawkesbury in 1827, although he sold much of his land owing to indebtedness caused by floods

William died at Patrick's Plains, Hunter's River, New South Wales, Australia before, and was buried on 28 May 1835 at the Whittingham Cemetery, Glenridding/Singleton, New South Wales, Australia.[7][8][9].

Gravestone for William & Hannah Singleton & son Benjamin

Trial of William Singleton

Mary-Ann Cashman [2008/07/13 ]

Trial Fifth Session July 1791 Major J.A.C. Boydell
Case 257
William Singleton was Indicted for feloniously stealing on 30th May last, 27 yards of Callice (sic) the property of Matthew, Pickford & Thomas Pickford.
The case was opened by Mr Garrow.
Joseph Buckley sworn.
I am porter to Mr Miller, Manchester Warehouseman No 28 King Street, Cheapside: I picked up some goods and delivered the goods at the usual place, The Swan with Two Necks, Lad's Lane, at the warehouse door: I delivered them Monday 16 of May.
John Martin sworn.
I am head porter to this wagon, they have several packages: on the 30 th May last I was at the Crown in Lad Lane, having a pint of beer and the prisoner went up the Swan Yard and turned to the right hand: I went up in about two or three minutes and could not see him. In half an hour he was coming down the yard with a bundle under his arm: I said, Singleton, what have you got ?. He says some linen: Says I let's see: they were tied up in his apron: I said, pretty linen, indeed: says he, Master be as easy with me as you can: I said damn me, where did you get them ? He said I took them out of the wrapper.
Did you promise that in case he would confess, you would show him favour ? No Sir, I sent for a constable and carried him to the compter: on the Monday, we rummaged the warehouse and between the warehouse and the stable there are some iron bars to give light: behind some straw in another house we found the wrapper, that was a place it should not have been in: it had been opened and sewn up again. (the wrapper was produced and disposed of)
Benjamin Dixon sworn I received these goods from Martin, this is the same apron, I saw nothing of the wrapper.
Court to Miller: That is the same wrapper you saw in the stable? ..........Yes
Robert Manton sworn: You are in the employ of Mr Miller? .......... I am Look at some of these things and tell us whether they are the property of Mr Miller? When I took it out of the sheet that contained the goods, when it came up from and? I saw this remarkable stain upon it: I called ? to show it to me. Are you sure it was one of those delivered
John ? sworn
I prove that the names are properly spelled in the indictment The prisoner called four witnesses to his character
GUILTY ---- transported for seven years tried by the London Jury before Merrin


  1. Birth Date on Convict Records
  2. "England Marriages, 1538–1973," database, FamilySearch: Name: William Singleton Spouse's Name: Ann Parkinson Event Date: 08 Feb 1778 Event Place: Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire, England
    * Citation: William Singleton and Ann Parkinson, 08 Feb 1778; citing Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 438,185, 844,799.
  3. Ancestry.com. Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 (Cathedral) [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
    * Citation details: 1776-1779; 1778, p. 283, no. 67 Text: "William Singleton of this parish and town of Manchester, brush maker and Ann Parkinson of Manchester aforesaid, spinster were married in this church by banns pub. Oct 26th, Nov 2d & 9th 1777 this 8th day of February 1778 by me Humphrey Owen Both William and Ann signed the register in the presence of Thos. Hulme and John Meadowcroft."
  4. Old Bailey, London: See trial transcript below: Reference Number: t17910608-34 Offence: Theft: grand larceny Verdict: Guilty Punishment: Transportation
  5. Bateson, Charles. The convict ships 1787-1868. 2nd ed. Glasgow : Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd., 1985 ie 1969 Citation details: p. 139 Text: "The ship Pitt arrived in NSW 14 Feb 1792"
  6. Hornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979 Text: "William and Hannah received a grant of 90 acres in 1799 on the River near Freeman's Reach, which they farmed."
  7. National Library of Australia. Trove The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Thu 28 May 1835 Page 3 Family Notices Citation details: Sydney Herald Thu 28 May 1825 p. 3: Deaths. "At Patrick's Plains, Hunter's River, Mr. William Singleton, aged 90 years, leaving a numerous family to lament his loss."
  8. William Singleton: Surname: SINGLETON Given Names: William Notice Type: Death notice Date: 28 MAY 1835 Type: Publication Age: 90 Other Details: at Patricks Plains, Hunter River Publication: Sydney Morning Herald Published: 28 MAY 1835
  9. Gravestone Photos
    Citing William Singleton & Hannah Singleton:
    Monument at Whittington Cemetery, Singleton: Text:

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