Samuel Craft, Convict "Salamander" 1791

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Samuel Craft

Birthplace: Holborn London England
Death: August 25, 1833 (64-65)
Windsor NSW
Place of Burial: St Matthews Windsor NSW
Immediate Family:

Son of John Craft and Ann Craft
Husband of Elizabeth Rachel (Davies) Craft, Convict "Kitty" 1792
Father of John Craft; Ann Baylis - Hughes; William Craft, Twin and Elizabeth Barrett, Twin

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About Samuel Craft, Convict "Salamander" 1791

Samuel, the third of four children, spent his younger days in and around London. In Feb 1788 he was arrested and charged with stealing a heifer from a farm in Islington and delivering it to a slaughterhouse in Cow Cross. His defence was that he was a drover and had been given six-pence by a man to deliver the animal. The jury was not convinced, Sam was found guilty and sentenced to death.

He waited 18 months in Newgate Prison before his sentence was commuted to transportation to New South Wales for seven years. Then followed another 18 months, spent mostly on the hulk 'Dunkirk' at Plymouth, before he boarded the 'Salamander' for Sydney. He arrived in the colony on 21 Aug 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

In about 1798 Samuel purchased 25 acres and was described as 'a settler at ' by Acting Commissary Williamson and authorised to put 100 bushels of wheat in the Government Store. In the 1806 Muster, his farm was identified as one acquired from George Tilley, a 1798 grant. They suffered occasional floods and had to be rescued from a barn roof in 1806. However, they did well and stayed on the farm until 1817. They expanded their activities in 1811 when Samuel was granted a spirit licence at Windsor. He established an inn 'The Sign of the Plough', in a two storey brick building in George Street, believed to be part of Baker's grant. At various times there are records of wheat sent to the Government Store and pork sent to Sydney.

In 1816 Samuel and his elder son John received land grants at Airds and in 1817 the two Windsor properties were sold. Additional land was bought at Airds for the younger son, William. Further grants were sought in 1820 and Samuel received another 50 acres at Grose Wold. Eventually he moved to the new area, for in the 1828 census he was there with 160 head of cattle, but he gave this property to Samuel, his 7 year old grandson, in 1830.


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Samuel Craft, Convict "Salamander" 1791's Timeline

Holborn London England
Holborn London England
January 19, 1794
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
January 14, 1796
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
May 9, 1800
Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia
May 9, 1800
Hawkesbury River NSW

Vol 01, Baptisms, 1790-1825; Marriages, 1789-1823; Burials, 1790-1825

William Croft son of Samuel Croft and Elizabeth Davis
was born 9 May 1800 and christened 11 Aug 1805 at Hawkesbury

August 25, 1833
Age 65
Windsor NSW
St Matthews Windsor NSW