Robert Williams was sentenced to death at
Launceston, Cornwall on 25 March 1786 for horse theft.
He was reprieved to seven years transportation on 13
April and sent to Dunkirk hulk at Portsmouth, aged 23,
where he was “tolerably decent and orderly.” On 11 March
1787 he was discharged to Charlotte, and
transferred to Scarborough.
Robert may have worked as a carpenter in Port Jackson,
as he assisted as sawyer on Sirius from 26 July to 3
November 1789. On 11 September 1791 he married Elizabeth
and they had two children, Elizabeth in 1792 and Robert
in 1795. Baby Elizabeth died in 1794. On 19 September
1796 wife Elizabeth was found bludgeoned to death at the
Ponds, with the infant Robert, unharmed by her side.
Robert Williams stated that he rented an allotment at
Richmond between 1803 and 1890 with a wife and a son. He
married Elizabeth Curtan (Nile 1801) at Parramatta on 11
May 1807, both bride and groom being in the employ
of Second Fleeter, settler John Griffith, at Richmond.
On 6 September 1809 he received a grant of 60 acres in
the district of Evan on the Nepean River near
Further misfortune followed him, marital problems being
indicated by a notice in the Sydney
2 February 1811 cautioning traders from giving credit
to his wife. The marriage failed, his wife leaving him
and his surviving child. Robert was was buried on 8 July
1811 in an unmarked grave, his age given as 53. Son
Robert Junior, survived him, his date of birth being
recorded incorrectly on his headstone in St Peter’s,
Richmond,NSW where he was buried in November 1839.