Birth Date: 16 Dec 1774 Birth Place: Winchester, Hampshire, England
Christen Date: 20 Dec 1774 Christen Place: St James RC, Winchester, Hampshire, England
Death Date: 2 Feb 1823 Death Place: New South Wales
Burial Place: St Johns, Parramatta, New South Wales
Occupation: Farmer Religion: RC
Spouse Father: Edward CHARKER (c.1718-1783)
Spouse Mother: Elizabeth BARR (1737-1796)
Coromandel I 13 Jun 1802 sailed 12 Feb 1802 from Spithead
Tried 1801: Native place St Mary Lambeth, Co Surrey Occ: Labourer
Sentenced at Surrey Gaol on 25 Mar 1801 (age 25). Charged at Surrey Assizes after having been held at Kingston upon Thames.
Charged with Joseph RASPBERRY of burglary on 07th Dec 1800 about 7pm in a dwelling house at St Mary Lambeth of Thomas Evance Esq & stealing goods to value of £33.6.0
Not guilt of burglary, guilty of stealing
Sentenced to be transported for 7 years
Sailed from Deptford 12 Feb 1802 on COROMANDEL
arrived Port Jackson 13 Jun 1802.
1803 William (convict) given permission to marry convict Mary KEARNS (sentence comp). Mary was granted 65 acres of land on the Hawkesbury at Green Hills (now Windsor). William assigned to Mary and became a farmer.
Sydney Gazette 11 Nov 1804
Article about fire at Green Hills Where Mary severely burned - see “Making their Mark” page 6
1806 Muster - Chalker's Hawkesbury farm 65 acres
20 Acres wheat
13 acres maize
5 acres barley
15 acres pasture
1 acre orchard
11 acres fallow
5 horses, 40 sheep , 30 goats, 40 pigs
27 Mar 1806 - Hawkesbury River flooded
Sydney Gazette 5 Jul 1807
Articles of Separation by mutual consent date 4 Jul 1807
William and Mary Chalker - farm and animals kept by Mary except for one horse known by the name of Miss Sportly
William seperated from Mary Kearns on 4/7/1807 extract in Sydney Gazette
5/7/1807 'acticles of seperation' only mentions the house - no children.
1807 William & Mary separated - all lands to wife
1808, 7th April William granted Free Pardon.
Worked as overseer for Gregory Blaxland at Brush Farm.
1809 Elizabeth Sheckel assigned to Gregory BLAXLAND at Brush Farm
10 Sep 1809 Edward (Ned) born Brush Farm
17 Sep 1810 William James born at Prospect
18 Oct 1811 William granted 60 acres at Bringelly
29 Nov 1811 Maria born Prospect
26 Aug 1813 Joseph Henry born
1814 son South Creek (Bringelly)
1818 Mary Ann
13 Jan 1818 granted 125 acres at Bringelly
29 Oct 1818 William purchased an additional 50 acres of land from William Brady
1 Oct 1820 - 31 Dec 1820 Principal Overseer of Govt Stock
Jan to Mar 1821 Principal Superintendent of Govt Stock
Oct 1820 - 31 Mar 1821 Chief Constable, Cow Pastures
31 Mar 1821 - 30 Jun 1821 Principal Overseer, Govt Stock
1822 per “Making their Mark” p 28
William Charker had a mishap at the stockyards, injuring his legs, and in May 1822, David Johnston asked for an assistant to be appointed, because of the declining state of William's health.
In July 1822, William resigned his Govt positions and asked for 4 oxen , his old horse, "Dusty", and victualling from Govt Stores for himself and his family, as a reward for his faithful service. Soon after, he also asked for another 30 acres of land on high ground, adjacent to his original grant, which was subject to flooding. All these requests were granted, but by now William's health was failing rapidly, even though he was only 48 yrs old.
For his services as the Principal Overseer of Govt Stock at the Cow Pastures, William Charker obtained an order for 200 acres of land on the 4th January 1823, but he died before the grant was surveyed. In fact it was 11 years later that his widow, Elizabeth Sheckell, received the grant. The deed was issued and appears as Portion 35, Parish of Mittagong. It was only around 1960 that this land passed out of the hands of Chalker descendants.
William died 2 Feb 1823 age 48
Summary of Will: (per “Making their Mark) page 34
In William's last will and testament, dated 30th January 1823, he bequeath unto his friend and companion Elizabeth Sheckell all the rents and emoluments of his farms and premises for her natural life, and after her decease, the farms to be divided equally amongst her children.........
Death Notice Sydney Gazette 6 Feb 1823
Died at his residence, in the interior after a long illness, Mr William Chalker, late one of the principal Overseers of Government Stock. He leaves a wife and family of eight or nine children to lament his loss,
DEATH Reg poss 1826 St Johns Parramatta 1060 44B
Memorial Inscription St Johns Parramatta
To the Memory
Mr Wm Chalker
who died Febry 2nd 1823
age 48 years
Marriage Date: Dec 1808 Common-law:
William Died 2/2/1823 Age 48 Years, also confirmation in Bi-centennial Grant project 1775/1822 written by Bryce & Marie Chalker (William's G.G. grandson)
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