Joseph Harrison I

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Name Joseph Harrison
Date of birth c. 1808
Place of birth Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Died 1952-54
Place of death New South Wales
Mother -
Father -
Siblings -
Spouse Sarah Jane Warrick
Date of marriage 1939
Place of marriage Newcastle, New South Wales
Children Mary Ann Harrison
William Harrison
John D Harrison
Thomas Harrison
Joseph Harrison II
Occupation Soldier

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Joseph Harrison was born c. 1808 in Staffordshire, UK. On 6 September 1833 he was tried on the charge of desertion at the Knightsbridge Barracks Court Martial and sentenced to 7 years and transportation. He was aged 25 years at the time, single, Protestant, employed as a fireman in pottery and soldier.

Joseph stood 5foot 11.5inches tall, with brown hair and dark hazel eyes. His distinguishing marks are noted as four moles on the right side on his neck, a scar on his left eyebrow, a mark of a bite on the outside calf of his right leg, and the letter “D” under his left arm.

At first it was thought that the “D” under his left arm indicated “deserter” as other deserters on the ship also bore the same mark. However on the same ship were ex-soldiers found guilty on other charges who also bore the “D” mark, and while some were found under the arm, others were on the back of the left shoulder, on the back of the left wrist.

Joseph was transported to Sydney on board the Susan I, which departed from London on 10 March 1834, with 300 male convicts, arriving Sydney on 8 July 1834 – 8 convicts having died on the journey. Stephen Addison was the Master, John Isatt and Archibald G Ross were the Surgeons on board.

In the 1837 General Return of Convicts, Joseph is assigned to Captain James King of Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney at his 1920 acre property at Raymond Terrace on the Williams River which he called “Irrawang” where he grew wheat and raised cattle.

Around 1835 Captain King started to manufacture pottery on Irrawang – an enterprise that King was praised by Governor Gipps for his ingenuity, enterprise and perseverance. As Joseph was a fireman in pottery he would have played an important part of this enterprise. However, King’s main interest was wine making and was one of the first important and successful wine growers in the Hunter Valley area.

Joseph obtained his Ticket of Leave #38/.1409 and his Certificate of Freedom #40/1490 on 7 September 1840.

Joseph married Sarah Jane Warrick in 1939 in Newcastle. They had five children: Mary Ann, William, John D, Thomas and Joseph Jr. Joseph Harrison died sometime between 1852 and 1854 and Sarah remarried.

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