Richard Hayman1

M, #78, b. 1771, d. 14 August 1826
Relationship4th great-grandfather of Timothy George Sheens
ChartsAncestors of Timothy George Sheens
Last Edited2 Jun 2014
Birth*1771 London, Middlesex, England1 
Criminal*13 April 1791 Old Bailey, London, Middlesex, England;RICHARD HAYMAN, Theft > grand larceny, 13th April 1791.

167. RICHARD HAYMAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of February last, a pinchbeck watch, value 25 s. a base-metal watch-chain, gilt with gold, value 2 s. and a steel seal, value 2 d. the property of Thomas Miller.
On the 23d of February I was at the Sugar-loaf, Bell-yard , with a company of private persons; they went, and I remained; and about ten minutes after the prisoner at the bar came in: I went out, and laid my watch upon the table, immediately before my seat, and left no man in the room but the prisoner: when I came back, the prisoner was wiping up the very part of the table where I had left my watch: I did not think of the watch then, but went to my chambers at Serjeants-inn; and having occasion to know what it was o'clock, I missed my watch, in less than ten minutes: I immediately returned, and the boy was out; I called several times, and he never returned: on the Sunday following his master apprehended him, and sent for me, and the duplicate was found.
Prisoner's Counsel. Was you drunk or sober? - Perfectly sober.
Did you leave your watch there as a place of safety? - I had left it there fifty times before; it is a private room.
It might be a proper room, if you wish to lay a trap for a man's life.
(The Counsel for this was reprimanded by the Court.)
I am a constable, and Mr. Miller gave me charge of the prisoner on Sunday the 27th of February: at first the prisoner denied knowing any thing about the watch, but I told him he had better confess; and I found the duplicate on the floor, in his master's room; the prisoner was in that room at the time: I went to the pawnbroker, and ordered him to bring the watch to the justice.
Prisoner's Counsel. You found it in the room, not on the prisoner? - In the room.
I live with Mr. Mullein, pawnbroker. On the 26th of February the prisoner pledged a metal watch for one guinea; I did not know him before, but I am sure he is the person; he pledged it in his own name, and said it was his own, and that he lived at No. 25, Chancery-lane; it had no chain nor seals.
Prisoner's Counsel. You had never seen the prisoner before? - No.
How long might he have been in your shop? - About ten minutes: I am sure he is the same boy.
A man asked me to pawn the watch, and keep the duplicate; I never saw him before nor since.
(The watch produced, and deposed to.)
(The constable gave him a good character.)
GUILTY. (Aged 19.)
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.2 
Transportation*14 February 1792 "Pitt", Sydney, NSW;
Name: Richard Hayman
Ship: Pitt
Trial Place & Year: Old Bailey 1791
Sentence: 7 years3 
Marriage*21 June 1813 St Matthews, Windsor, NSW;Bride=Ruth Yardley1 
Birth of Daughter1815 Lower Portland, NSW;Principal=Mary Hayman1 
Article*5 December 1818 NSW;
Criminal Court,
The next trial was that of Richard Hayman, committed by the Coroner for the suspected murder of his mother-in-law, Mary Yardley, on or about Wednesday the 14th of October last, at Cumberland Reach, Portland Head. The evidence taken upon this trial was to the following effect: that the defendant was the husband of the deceased Mrs. Yardley’s daughter, by whom he had several children, towards his wife and whom he had always envinced the strongest marks of a sincere affection; from causes that none of the witnesses could delevop, Mrs. Yardley (the deceased) had so far disagreed with her son-in-law, (the defendant) as to compel him to leave her house and his won family, who had continued to live with her. On Wednesday the defendant went to Portland Head, from the upper parts of Hawkesbury, and breakfasted in the house of Mrs. Dorrington, which was near to that of the deceased, saying that he was going to cross the river. And was obliged to go so low down for the purpose of getting a boat, as he could not get one higher up. He was under the necessity of passing near Mrs. Yardley’s house; and scarcely left Dorrington’s before she entered, and seemed already agitated, but became much more so on hearing that he had gone that way. They were both seen ascending a steep activity, Mrs. Yardley far distant behind. The defendant dined with his wife and children on that day, but not with the deceased, with whom he had not been seen. He called at several of the neighbouring houses throughout all parts of the day, until four o’clock when he went to Knight’s, close to Yardley’s, & there remained an night; he went away next morning; he had no stick or weapon whatever, and had never been by any person observed to show any marks of agitation or concern, except upon the mention of his separation from his wife and children. His deportment was described to be mild and gentle; that of the deceased passionate and otherwise intemperate. The deceased was afterwards missing from her habitation, but for what space of time did not appear in evidence, and on the morning of the following Sunday was found dead a short distance from her own house, in a state, from which it was evident she had been dead for several days; a severe wound was on the back of the head, and a broken stick laying by her side, with a small stain upon it. The Inquest assembled on Monday morning, and the defendant attended, saying he had been informed by Mr. Howe, of Windsor, of the event. These were the circumstances brought out upon the trial; and as no particle of the evidence could at ah apply to the defendant, he was acquitted without being required to enter on a defence, and ordered to be immediately liberated.

Note: Richard Hayman's mother-in-law was Catherine Yardley nee Edwards;Principal=Catherine Edwards4 
Article*23 September 1820 "The Sydney Gazette", NSW;
Administration. – Richard Hayman, Husband of Ruth Hayman, otherwise Yearley, who was Sister to Edward Yearley, deceased, intends to apply to the next Supreme Court of Judicature for Letters of Administration to all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Effects, which did belong to the said Edward Yearley, deceased.;Principal=Ruth Hayman5 
Death*14 August 1826 Windsor, NSW1 


Ruth Yardley b. 1795, d. 26 Jun 1884


  1. [S51] Tom Croucher Years of Hardship.
  2. [S67] Website Old Bailey Proceedings ( "Reference Number: t17910413-24."
  3. [S156] The Convicts to Port Jackson 1788 - 1849, The Convicts to Port Jackson.
  4. [S154] Australian Newspapers,, Sydney Gazette, Saturday 5 December 1818.
  5. [S154] Australian Newspapers,, Sydney Gazette, Saturday 23 September 1820.