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Friday, November 12, 2010

55. Family History: More on Lewis Bertram

The first of the items above comes from a newspaper report in 1833. The second is a photocopy of the indictment of Lewis Bartram, his brother Henry Bartram, and their friend Thomas Horn for stealing six live tame drakes of the price of nine shillings and five alive tame Ducks of the price of seven shillings of the goods of one Richard Mountford Checkley.

Their plea was 'Not Guilty', but the verdict was 'Guilty', and they were sentenced to be Transported for the term of seven years to such place or places beyond the seas as His Majesty by and with the advice of His Privy Council shall think proper to order and direct...

Lewis BARTRAM, my great great grandfather, was sent to Van Dieman's Land. His brother Henry was sent to the colony of New South Wales.

Their sister, Elizabeth, remained in Bedfordshire. And it was one of her descendants, Anita ISAACS, who discovered my blog, One Stolen Duck: A History of the BARTRAM/BERTRAM family in Australia and sent copies of the documents above.

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