Thomas Upton, Convict "Neptune" 1790

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Thomas Upton

Birthplace: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Death: May 10, 1827 (62-63)
Windsor, Hawkesbury City Council, New South Wales, Australia
Place of Burial: St. Matthews Co E Windsor NSW
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephen Upton and Ann Upton
Husband of Mary Britt and Sarah (Pigg) Embrey - Hoskisson - Upton, Convict "Mary Anne" 1791
Father of ? Upton; Lucy Forrester; James Upton; Thomas Roberts Upton, Jr; Jesse Upton and 5 others

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About Thomas Upton, Convict "Neptune" 1790

Transported June 1790 for 14 years for stealing.


Transported on the "Neptune", 1790, in The infamous "Second Fleet".


From Max Bancroft 8/4/2009: In 1787 at the age of 23 years Thomas Upton was living in a lodging at 49 Windmill Street London with his wife who was big with child and though poor was industrious. In July 1787 he was arrested with three others and charged with receiving stolen goods. In September they appeared at the Old Bailey Court. At the trial, 14 year old John COOPER had stolen 49 calico shirts from his employer Mr. John Williamson valued at £12.5.0 and 3 pair thread stockings 8/-. Cooper was found guilty and sentenced to be whipped privately and returned to his employer.( Following character reference from his employer). Thomas received some shirts and his wife cut them up to make table linen and a frock for the new baby. Thomas was found guilty of receiving stolen goods and on 12-8-1787 was sentenced to transportation to NSW for 14 years, "to parts beyond the seas" to quote judge John Williamson. The other 3 got off on a technicality. Thomas was interred in one of the Thames hulks for 2 years and 4 months before leaving Portsmouth in the " Neptune"- 309 tons and in the "second fleet" on 19th Jan 1790. He survived the "Death Fleet" and arrived Sydney Cove 28-6-1790. Thomas was a carpenter and was made to assist settlers with building projects especially around Windsor. By 1800 he was given approval from Governor Hunter to become self employed as a carpenter at the Hawkesbury and in 1801 his sentence had expired. The 25 acres he was farming in 1806 could conceivably have been a personal gift from Commandant McKellar. Around this time he met Sarah HOSKISSON nee PIGG. After her husband was murdered by aborigines and she was pardoned they cohabited and eventually they were married and took up farming. He was granted, eventually, a very useful 70 acres on South Creek. They are buried at St. Matthews Windsor NSW Australia.

Court transcript can be seen at

Left London on the Neptune, 19/11/1789, the second fleet, arriving in Port Jackson 28/6/1790. Thomas was tried at Old Bailey on 12/9/1787 for receiving goods knowing them to be stolen.

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Thomas Upton, Convict "Neptune" 1790's Timeline

London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Windsor NSW Australia

NSW Death Record - 5823/1823 Lucy FORRESTER age 20

September 9, 1803
Windsor NSW Australia

NSW Birth Record - 1609/1803 - James UPTON, father Thomas, mother Sarah

New South Wales, Australia
July 30, 1806
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
August 18, 1809
Windsor, NSW, Australia

NSW Birth Record 2099/1809 - Ann UPTON, father Thomas, mother Sarah

September 3, 1811
Windsor NSW Australia