William Clarke1

M, #136, b. 1816, d. 27 January 1877
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of Timothy George Sheens
ChartsAncestors of Timothy George Sheens (DNA trail)
Ancestors of Timothy George Sheens (paper trail)
Last Edited23 Jan 2022
Birth*1816 England2 
Criminal*16 October 1834 Old Bailey, London, Middlesex, England;
WILLIAM CLARKE, Theft > simple larceny, 16th October 1834.

1627. WILLIAM CLARKE was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of September , 1 watch, value 30s.; 2 watchkeys, value 10s.; 1 watch-ribbon, value 1d.; and 1 split ring, value 1d. ; the goods of John Ellis, the younger.
ELIZABETH ELLIS. I am eleven years old - I know the necessity of speaking the truth - my father's name is John Ellis - he lives at No. 4, Basing-lane. On the 24th of September, the prisoner came and asked me for a newspaper - I told him we did not take any paper, but my father had had a paper in the evening from Mr. Adams - I went up stairs to get it, and when I got into the room, he was behind me - I saw him take my brother's watch off a meat-hook - when he saw me he shut me in, and ran down stairs - I ran down, and cried "Stop thief."
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What is your father? A. My mother is sextoness of the church - there was no one in the house - we have one lodger, but she was out - I was at the door, going to shake the mats - my brother's watch had been in the front room on the first floor- I had seen it in the morning when we were at breakfast - my brother breakfasted there - I do not know what time he went out - the prisoner said he came from Mr. Adams - when I saw him behind me, I was very much alarmed - I did not go into the street, only to the door - I saw the landlord of our house - I saw the prisoner again when they had taken him, which was not half an hour after he had been in the room - I swear he is the man, by his being in the same dress - he had the same clothes on as he has now - I did not look at his face - he had something of a white handkerchief with different stripes on it - it was not a white one altogether- I cannot say the stripes were not red - I do not know what trowsers he wore - he had a kind of a brown cap on - my brother's name is John - he is fifteen years old - he got this watch by saving up his money while he was in the Ward school.
JOSEPH TEASDALE. About eleven o'clock, I saw the prisoner running down the street with a brown cap in his right hand - I heard a cry of "Stop thief," and caught him in my arms - he threw himself down on his left side, and put his left hand down the grating of Mr. Rook's wine-cellar - I very soon had him up upon his legs again - I went afterwards, and found this watch under the grating.
Cross-examined. Q. Were there any other persons running? A. Yes; three or four - they were round the grating - I went to the grating in about five minutes - two other persons went with me - I went down behind them on the ladder - we found the watch under the grating.
JOHN ELLIS, JUN. This is my watch.
Cross-examined. Q. How long have you had it? A. About eighteen months - I gave 30s. for it - it was all my own money.
GUILTY. Aged 16. - Transported for Seven Years.3 
Transportation*26 October 1835 "Mary Ann", Port Jackson, NSW;
List of Male Convicts on the Ship Mary Ann (4) Aaron Smith, Master, Campbell France, Surgeon-Superintendent, arrived from England, October 31, 1835

Standing No. of Convict: 35-2831
Indent No.: 150
Name: William Clarke
Age: 19
Education (Reads, Writes): R & W
Religion: Protestant
Single, Married or Widowed: Single
Children (Male, Female):
Native Place: London
Trade or Calling: Stable-boy
Offence: Stealing watch
Tried Where: London jail-delivery
Tried When: 16 October, 1834
Sentence: 7 Years
Former Conviction: None
Height (Feet In.): 5 2
Complexion: Dark ruddy
Colour of Hair: Brown
Colour of Eyes: Blue
Particular Marks or Scars, Remarks: Nose large, scar right jaw, long scar left cheek, scar back of right hand.4 
Ticket of Leave*20 January 1840 NSW;
Ticket of Leave

No.: 40/131 20th January 1840

Prisoner’s No.: 35-2831
Name: William Clarke
Ship: Mary Ann (4)
Master: Smith
Year: 1835
Native Place:
Trade or Calling:
Tried Where: London G D
Tried When: 16 October 1834
Sentence: 7 Years
Year of Birth:
Height (Feet In.):
General Remarks:

Allowed to remain in the District of Illawarra

On recommendation of Wollongong Bench,
Dated Septr 18395 
Permission to Marry*13 March 1840 NSW;
Date: Mar 13 1840
Name: Clarke William
Age: 24
Ship: Mary Ann
Sentence: 7
Con: TL
Princl Supdt of Convicts Report: Stated Bachelor

Name: Mary Wilson
Age: 22
Ship: Roslyn Castle
Sentence: 7
Con: B
Princl Supdt of Convicts Report: Stated Spinster

Clergyman & Residnece: Meares, Wollongong
Date of Permission;Principal=Mary Jane Toner6 
Marriage*24 April 1840 Wollongong, NSW;
William Clark of the Parish of Dapto and
Mary Wilson of the Parish of Dapto were
married in this School house by Banns with the consent of the Governor
this Twenty fourth day of April in the year 1840
By me M D Meares
This marriage was solemnized between us
William Clark
The mark of Mary Wilson
In the Presence of
Robert Haworth of Wollongong
The mark of Anna Wiffin of Dapto;Bride=Mary Jane Toner7 
Birth of Daughter28 June 1841 Dapto, NSW;Principal=Rebecca Clark8 
Birth of Son26 April 1843 Mount Stromboli, Dapto, NSW;Principal=Edwin Clarke9 
Cert. of Freedom*14 August 1844 NSW;

No.: 40/1203
Date: 14 August 1844
Prisoner’s No.: 35/2831
Name: William Clarke
Ship: Mary Anne 4
Master: Smith
Year: 1835
Native Place: London
Trade or Calling: Labour
Offence: Stealing a Watch
Tried Where: London G D
Tried When: 16 October 1834
Sentence: Seven Years
Year of Birth: 1816
Height (Feet In.): 5 feet 5 inches
Complexion: Ruddy
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Grey
General Remarks: nose large & inclined a little to the right side
Scar new under the left Eyebrow
Long scar left cheek
Scar from an ulcer right Jaw
Scar back of right hand
Ticket of leave No. 40/131 dated 20 Jany 18402 
Birth of Daughter15 May 1845 Liverpool, NSW;Principal=Mary Ann Clarke10 
Birth of Daughter10 June 1848 NSW;Principal=Jane Clarke11 
Birth of Daughter11 August 1851 Blakney Creek, NSW;Principal=Honorah Clarke12 
Birth of Daughter17 May 1853 Blakney Creek, NSW;Principal=Alice Clarke13 
Death*27 January 1877 Demondrille, NSW;
Name: William Clark
Date of Death: 27 Jan 1877
Place: Demondrille, District of Murrumburrah NSW
Occupation: Farmer
Sex: Male
Age: 55
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: London
Time in Aust Colonies: 40 years in NSW

Father: Not Stated
Occupation: Not Stated
Mother: Not Stated

Place of Marriage: Dapto
Age at Marriage: 18
Name of Spouse: Mary Wilson
Children of Marriage: 1 male, 5 females, all living
Informant: Edwin Clark, son of deceased, Demondrille

Cause of Death: Inflammation of the membranes of the brain
Length of Illness: 12 days
Medical Attendant: Dr Archdall
Date Last Seen: 25th January

Date of Burial: 29th January
Place of Burial: Murrumburrah
Minister & Religion:
Undertaker: Thomas M Knox
Witnesses: Edwin Clark, William Gordon

Registered: 6 Feb 1877 - Murrumburrah14 
Headstone* Murrumburrah Cemetery, Murrumburrah, NSW;
Erected by Miss Alice Clarke
of Demondrille
In Loving Memory of
her beloved father
William Clarke
native of England
who died 27th January 1877 aged 55 years
Also of her dear Mother
Mary Jane Clarke
native Armagh Ireland
who died 11th October 1900 aged 77 years
Sweet Jesus have Mercy on their Souls Amen;Principal=Mary Jane Clarke15 


Mary Jane Toner b. 12 Dec 1817, d. 11 Oct 1900


  1. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 15304/1885 Mary Ann Shea.
  2. [S101] State Records of NSW Convict Certificates of Freedom.
  3. [S67] Website Old Bailey Proceedings (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org) "Reference Number: t18341016-151."
  4. [S99] State Records of NSW Convict Bound Indents.
  5. [S100] State Records of NSW Convict Tickets of Leave.
  6. [S168] NSW Convict Register of Applications to Marry 1826-1851, online http://ancestry.com, William Clarke & Mary Wilson.
  7. [S55] Microfilm Marriage, Early Church of England, 1788-1855 "V1840449 24B/1840 William Clark & Mary Wilson."
  8. [S110] NSW Birth Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), V18411601 25A/1841 Rebecca Clark.
  9. [S86] Microfilm Baptism, St Michael's Wollongong, 1838-1856 "V18431227 27A/1843 Edwin Clarke."
  10. [S56] Microfilm Baptism, Early Church of England, 1788-1855 "V18461046 32A/1846 Mary Anne Clarke."
  11. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18481950 70/1848 Jane Clarke.
  12. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18512153 37A/1851 Norah Clarke.
  13. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18531953 70/1853 Alice Clarke.
  14. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 9863/1877 William Clark.
  15. [S151] Monumental inscription Harden-Murrumburra Cemetery (Cemetery Road Murrumburrah).
  16. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18411601 25A/1841 Rebecca Clark.
  17. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18431227 27A/1843 Edwin Clarke.