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William BRANSON

William BRANSON

Male 1817 - 1901    Has 8 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William BRANSON  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Relationshipwith Rodney VOJVODICH
    Death Between 6 and 11 May 1901  Mount Eliza, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Olds Mens Depot, situated Perth side of the Brewery.
    Birth 1817  Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptism 9 Feb 1817  Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Crime 1848 
    Convicted Leicester - Sheep Stealing - 15yrs 
    Convict Number 1850 
    #3 
    Immigration: Arr. 1 Jun 1850 
    Per "Scindian" to Western Australia, Australia 
    Ticket of Leave 4 Mar 1851 
    Pardon 4 Nov 1851 
    Full Pardon - Perth 
    Occupation Baker, Framework Knitter 
    Burial 12 May 1901  Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ROMAN CATHOLIC-BB-0245 KB00001048
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    William BRANSON,   b. Between 1754 and 1757, Whitwick, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. DECEASED, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Grandfather) 
    Sarah FREEMAN,   b. 1761, Ratby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. DECEASED  (Grandmother) 
    Person ID I8351  MyBradyTree | Descendant of Convict William BRANSON
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2024 

    Father Ancestors Thomas BRANSON,   b. 1790, Whitwick, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 May 1861, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Catherine STRETTON,   b. Between 1792 and 1797, Hugglescote, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1829, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Marriage 11 Apr 1814  Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F3664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Margaret Maria MOTTRAM,   b. 1836, Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 Jan 1882, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 46 years) 
    Marriage 12 Nov 1851  Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Registry Office
    Reference Number #391 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas BRANSON,   b. 1854, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 25 Sep 1932, Midland Junction, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 78 years)
    Elizabeth WALKER  m. 27 Dec 1882
    +2. Emma BRANSON,   b. 5 Aug 1856, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 31 Jul 1943, Belmont, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 86 years)
    John Robert THOMPSON  m. 13 Feb 1877
    +3. William BRANSON,   b. 30 Nov 1858, Bindoon, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Sep 1940, Moora, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years)
    Elizabeth Jane THOMPSON  m. 21 Apr 1885
    Married: 1x4. Mary BRANSON,   b. 8 Mar 1861, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. DECEASED
    +5. Harriet BRANSON,   b. 23 Jul 1863, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 29 Sep 1938, West Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 75 years)
    Frederick William ANDERSON  m. 24 May 1890
    +6. Frances BRANSON,   b. 3 Jan 1866, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 18 May 1943, West Midland, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 77 years)
    Richard Alexander GREGG  m. UNKNOWN;   Joseph PUMPHREY  m. 22 Nov 1888
    +7. Maud BRANSON,   b. 1867   d. DECEASED
    UNKNOWN  m. NEVER MARRIED
     8. Elizabeth BRANSON,   b. 1 Jun 1868, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Apr 1879, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 10 years)
     9. James BRANSON,   b. 1870, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Jun 1873, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 3 years)
    +10. James BRANSON,   b. 12 Jul 1874, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Jul 1956, Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 82 years)
    Emma Jane GALTON  m. 1904
    Family ID F870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2024 

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    Link to Google MapsDeath - Between 6 and 11 May 1901 - Mount Eliza, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1817 - Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 9 Feb 1817 - Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 12 Nov 1851 - Perth, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 12 May 1901 - Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Convict Records
    Branson: Convict #3
    Branson: Convict #3
    William Branson

    Ships
    Scindian
    Scindian

  • Notes 
    • Janice Hayes has a letter from the Comptroller General in Perth pardoning William as he saved a Warder, therefore was given a pardon early.
      Janice Hayes

      Little is known of William prior to his arrival except that he was born to Thomas and Catherine. He worked as a Baker and Framework Knitter, he was a Widower and Literate before he was transported.
      William (convict #3) was convicted with Samual Scattergood (convict #1) for sheep stealing as the Leicester Quarter Session, they were found guilty of Sheep Stealing and killing to steal the Carcass.
      On the 9th March 1848 they were sentenced to be transported for a term of 15 years, William was held first as Wakefield Prison from where he was transported to WA on the "Scindian" which arrived in Western Australia on the first of June 1850. On arrival no facilities were available to house (or imprison) the Convicts. 20 Convicts were taken ashore daily to build a Prison to house all the prisoners (75 in total) The first Prisoners Nos. 1-20 would have included William.

      He was 33 years old when he arrived, his description taken from the records as follows:
      Height 5ft. 7 inches, Brown Hair, Hazel Eyes, Dark Complexion, Oval Face, Stout Build, Small Scar inner corner of the left eye brow. He was granted T/L on the 4th March 1851. He received his full pardon on the 4th November 1851.

      WILIAM RECEIVED HIS FULL PARDON EARLEER THAN USUAL THROUGH HIS RESCUE OF A WARDER (John Carr)
      The following is a description taken from Memorandum C.S.0.214-25 dated the 8th January 1851, to the Controller General

      In January 1851 a party of Convicts were erecting a Bridge across the Swan River at Guildford. They were coming from the Fremantle Prison daily by boat to Mr. W. Hillman's Camp. The crew comprised of Mr. J. Carr (Warder in charge 4 convicts Thomas Adams (#131) John Morris (#122) Henry Perkins (#140) William Hayles (#141) stayed with the Boat while the others were out working on the bridge. William injured his leg and was sent back to the boat to be returned to Fremantle. When they reached Rocky Bay the crew requested that they be allowed ashore as they had a call of nature. They then overpowered the Warder and tied him up, when Branson refused to go along with their plans to escape they also tied his hands behind his back and left them on the foreshore. William after a time was able to free himself, he then released the Warder, who climbed the Cliff to raise the alarm. Leaving William on the shore because of his injury he was unable to climb. William was picked up next day.

      The four escapees robbed a ship in Fremantle of food and clothing it is believed they intended to sail to Batavia, one of the Convicts had navigation knowledge. They were becoming short of water and put in at Sharks Bay to obtain further supplies, they were unlucky as a ship coming to Fremantle was moored in the Bay. They were recognized and arrested and returned to Fremantle. The following punishment was given. One man received 50 Lashes, the other three were given an extra three years hard labor in irons on top of their original sentences

      Note: extract from my grandfather was a Policeman. The Perth Gazette of the 10th January 1851 announced that, "we believe this escapade" (The escape of the four Prisoners will cause the establishment of a Waterguard for the habour. On the 15th January, 1851 Governor Fitzgerald announced that he had made the following appointment.

      I have appointed Mr. George Clifton formerly a Midshipman in the Royal Navy, Chief Officer of the Water Police at Fremantle at a salary of Ninety Pounds a year with barrack accommodation and rations. He will be supplied with a serviceable boat and a crew consisting of a Coxswain, to whom I have given a salary of forty-eight pounds per year, plus 4 Crew at a salary of forty pounds each with rations and barracks accommodation.

      William on receiving his Ticket of Leave went to work for Walter Padbury. Who found him to be of good character and paid him One Pound Ten Shilling per month. Mr. Padbury advanced William the sum of Two Pound Ten Shillings to pay in full in Williams’s case the balance outstanding. Of Fifteen Pound, before the full pardon would be granted on the 4th November, 1851.

      Some of the children of Margaret and William received some education when a Governess (Miss Groves was employed by Edmund Byrnes, Charles A Glover and John Thompson.) The date of Miss Groves employment is not certain but it was not before 1874. (Wannamal History Book B. Ruchenan). William had a lease on Swan 1024 which was a Kilometer west Thompson's Holding Swan 694.

      In June 1857 William Branson signed an agreement with Bishop SaIvado For a period of three years ending 31st December 1860. This agreement was for a lease of 21 acres of land for three years and six months Lot No 2, which was 2 miles from the mission house. William had to clear and fence the land, erect a cottage sink a well to ensure a supply of water, he was to supply his own tools. Bishop Salvado was to supply Bullocks and plough, provide seed for wheat, also to supply flour, meat, tea and sugar. Any debts were to be settled by the Ist December, each year. William was to be given preference for renewal of lease. We believe the Lease was renewed.

      At some stage William and his family moved to Bindoon, here he worked as a small farmer and carter at Seven Mile Springs and Gillingarra. Later he worked on Railway Construction. Bindon New Norcia was part of Victoria Plains.

      Margaret Branson was Godmother to Thomas Boxall who was born on the 12th September, 1869 and was Baptised on the 2nd November, 1869 by Father Martinez at New Norcia. William was employed by Boxhall (Ref Unbroken Spirit by Brian Peachey)

      William and his son Thomas took out 6 Leases of land in the Wannamal area Lot A4689, of 3,000 acres on 2nd February 1880 roughly between West Point Road and Hay Flat Rd., His address at this time was given as care of E. Wells Bindoon. This lease was sold to John Henry Monger in 1881. Special Occupation Lease 2062 was applied for on the 11th January, 1881 and was passed to J.H. Monger on the 31st August, 1882. They then leased A5837 of 5340 acres which in turn was also sold to J.H. Monger.

      NOTE: William and Thomas had earlier recognized the possibilities of land at Wannamal as water was in good supply. Page 31 Wannamal History shows a survey map of Lot 1573, the original Lessee was T. Branson and was 100 acres, given up in 1896.
      Thomas is shown as a non resident Land Owner in 1900 . Thomas was now working for Midland Railways as a Ganger in Gillingarra , he also became the first ganger at Wannamal.

  • Reference  Darryl Brady. "William BRANSON". Brady Family Tree in Western Australia. https://www.bradyfamilytree.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I8351&tree=BRADY2008 (accessed July 12, 2024).

  • Sources 
    1. [S363] jsadik-at-bigpond.net.au, Janey Sadik (nee Bradley), Some Information Submitted by Janice Kaye Hayes (nee Hale).

    2. [S68] Rica Erickson, Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australia pre-1829-1888 Vol III A-C, Bickley, Absolon, b1843 Page 213.

    3. [S845] warmy-at-bigpond.com - Troy.Warmington-at-appliedtraining.com.au, Troy Maxwell Warmington, Some Information Submitted by Troy Maxwell Warmington.

    4. [S711] garrynewing-at-hotmail.com, Robert Joseph & Betty D. Norton, Some Information Submitted by Robert Joseph & Betty D. Norton.

    5. [S156] Rica Erickson and Gillian O'Mara, Convicts in Western Australia 1850 - 1887, BRANSON William (3) Page 53.

    6. [S1350] Convict Special Interest Group, Western Australian Convicts, William Branson 3 http://waconvicts.fhwa.org.au/g0/p1.htm#i3.