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Edward Mellon

Also Known As: "Edward Million"
Birthplace: London, Greater London, UK
Death: August 05, 1835 (64-73)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary (Smith) Mellon - Charrington [Convict "Canada" 1801]
Father of Edward Mellon; Elizabeth Charrington Walden, (Twin) and Jane Mellon

Occupation: soldier
Managed by: Lesley Horton
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About Edward Mellon [Convict "Active" 1791]

Edward Mellon/Million was born about 1766 (or possibly 1771) in Middlesex. Nothing is known of his parents or family.

On 13 January 1790, when he was about 23, Edward Million (later named Mellon) was tried for theft-grand larceny at the Old Bailey, along with Samuel Redford. They were both convicted of stealing six live hens, valued at 2/6d, from Charles Hundley on 7 January 1890. Both were found guilty and transported for seven years.

After Edward’s conviction, he was probably imprisoned on one of the floating prison hulks on the Thames River for a little over two months before being transported. He left Portsmouth on 27 March 1791 on the ship Active, one of the 11 ships comprising the Third Fleet to New South Wales. He was one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, which left Plymouth in March 1791. After sailing for 183 days, they arrived in Sydney Cove on 26 September 1791, with 154 male convicts on board.

Nothing is known of Edward’s activities as a convict over the next 7 years, but presumably Edward Mellon was freed on completion of his sentence in 1798. On 2 September 1798, as an ex-convict, he joined the NSW Corps in Sydney. He was involved in the Rum Rebellion as a private in the NSW Corps.

Mary Smith (Mary Smith 1), who was born about 1773 in London, was convicted of theft for shop-lifting a roll of calico on 10 May 1800. She was sentenced to seven years’ transportation. She arrived in Sydney Cove on 14 December 1801, when she was about 28 years of age.

It seems Edward Mellon (then a member of the NSW Corps) and Mary Smith a convict met almost as soon as she arrived in the Colony. On 19 October 1802, Mary had a child, also Edward, at Windsor, NSW. The birth was registered as Edward Smith, as his parents were not married at the time. It seems that they married some time afterwards. In 1909, they had two more children, twin girls, Elizabeth and Jane. Jane Mellon did not survive, and died in 1809 (at birth?). Elizabeth Mellon died in 1895.

In 1810, Edward Mellon left his family and the Colony of NSW, and returned to England with the 73rd Regiment of the NSW Corps. By 1811, Edward was in Guernsey, and by 1812 he was promoted to Corporal. He eventually became a Sergeant, but was then reduced to Private in 1814. The Regiment was disbanded about 1818, and nothing further was heard of Edward Mellon.

Mary Mellon (nee Smith) remained in NSW, and died in Sydney in 1824, at the age of about 51. It seems Edward Mellon had no contact with his children after he left the Colony.

Edward Mellon Snr died in London on 5 August 1835, about the age of 64.

source: "Ruth Keene's Family History" by John Brennan (2013) – PDF document
added: March 31, 2021 by Brian Stewart

http://australianroyalty.net.au/individual.php?pid=I80971&ged=purne... https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/million/edward/92758

Edward Million and Samuel Redford .. theft .. grand larceny.. proceedings of the Old Bailey 13 January, 1790. Edward Million (later named Mellon) was indicted for stealing on the 7 Jan 1790., six live hens, value 2s. 6d. the property of Charles Hundley. Both found guilty and transported for seven years. Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr Recorder. After Edward's sentence he was probably imprisoned on one of the floating prison hulks on the thames River for a little over 2 months, before beng transported to Portsmouth, where he left on the 27 March 1791 on the ship "Active", one of the ships that comprised the third fleet for Australia. They sailed for 183 days. They arrived in Sydney on 26 Sep 1791. Edward married Mary Smith (another convict) about 1802. They had three children .. Edward b. 1802, and twins Jane and Elizabeth b. 1809 .. Jane died two months later. About 1810 he left his family and Australia with the NSW Corps, 73rd regiment, to go back to England. By 1811 he was in Guernsey, and by 1812 he was designated as a corporal from private. He eventually became a sergeant and then back to private in 1814. The regiment disbanded after 1818 and Edward was never heard of again. ---------------------------- EDWARD MILLION and SAMUEL REDFORD were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of January , six live hens, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Charles Hundley . CHARLES HUNDLEY sworn. I live in Red-lion-market . I fastened in these six fowls, the night of the robbery. JOHN WRIGHT sworn. I went to the prisoners room: they live near Green-arbour-court, St. Luke's; I heard one say to the other, we must get up, it is half past five, we shall not be there at six; and they called to a girl to make them a bag, and that she must get up and go with them; and what the bag would not hold, she must bring home alive in her lap; they all three, the two prisoners and the girl, came out of the room together; they came towards this market; I followed them down; I lost sight of them; I saw them again going out of the market with the fowls in their hand; Million had the bag; we followed them to Play-house-yard again; we did not understand what they said; I spoke to a patrol, and we took them: Million had the fowls in his hand; says I, Million, what have you there? says he, fowls; says I, put them down, or I will cut you down directly; the other man had nothing, and said nothing; these are the six fowls. PETER READ sworn. I am a patrol; at six in the morning, I saw the two prisoners come out of Red-lion-market, with the property on them; I pursued, and took them; Million had the fowls; I delivered them to the owner, after the hearing; it was about four hours after; I heard them converse together before I took them. (The fowls deposed to.) PRISONER MILLION's DEFENCE. I got up at about a quarter before six; I went to call this young fellow; we were going to Fleet-market to buy some apples: he left me in Golden-lane; and in White-cross-street, I saw a bag sticking at the corner of the post, and one of the fowls jumped up, and it jumped in again; I took it, and went to this young fellow's house again. PRISONER REDFORD's DEFENCE. I met this young fellow in Golden-lane: and as I was going home, the patrol laid hold of me. BOTH GUILTY . Transported for seven years . Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

convict third fleet Name: Edward Million Vessel: Atlantic, William and Ann, Britannia, Matilda, Salamander, Albemarle, Mary Ann, Barrington, Active Fleet: Third Convicted Date: 13 Jan 1790 Voyage Date: Jan 1791 Colony: New South Wales Place of Conviction: Middlesex, England

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Edward Mellon [Convict "Active" 1791]'s Timeline

London, Greater London, UK
October 19, 1802
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
March 24, 1809
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
March 24, 1809
August 5, 1835
Age 69
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
August 5, 1835
Age 69