John Cross, convict (1757 - 1824)

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Birthplace: Wiltshire England
Death: Died in Hawkesbury River
Managed by: Kathleen Margaret Cobcroft
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About John Cross, convict

First fleet convict (Alexander). Convicted at 'New Sarum' of stealing 1 wether sheep - death commuted to 7 years.

John Cross received sentence of death at New Sarum ‎[Salisbury, Wilts}‎ on 5 Mar 1785 for theft of a wether sheep. He was reprieved to transportation for seven years on 5 April and sent to the Ceres hulk age given as 29, delivered thence to the ship 'Alexander' on 6 January 1787. He was almost certainly the son of James Cross, baptised John at East Knoyle, Wilts on 23 Mar 1757.

Source: Gillen, Mollie. The Founders of Australia: a biographical dictionary of the First Fleet. North Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989

By 1793 Mary Davidson and John Cross were living together. Their daughter Elizabeth was baptised in Sydney in Jun 1794 followed by James Thomas ‎(1796)‎, William ‎(1797)‎, David ‎(1799)‎, John ‎(1801)‎, Alexander ‎(1803)‎, Mary Ann ‎(1806)‎, Ann ‎(1808)‎ and Sarah ‎(1812)‎.

Source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790. Sydney : Library of Australian History, 1993 -------------------- Came to Australia on the 'Alexander' in 1788.

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John Cross, convict's Timeline

1757
March 23, 1757
Wiltshire England
1785
March 5, 1785
Age 27
Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
1788
1788
Age 30
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1793
1793
Age 35
St John's Parramatta
1794
April 1, 1794
Age 37
Australia
1796
January 14, 1796
Age 38
Australia
1797
1797
Age 39
Parramatta, NSW, Australia
1799
May 6, 1799
Age 42
The Ponds, New South Wales, Australia
1801
October 31, 1801
Age 44
The Ponds, New South Wales, Australia
1803
September 26, 1803
Age 46