Richard DavisAge: 42 years18011843

Name
Richard Davis
Given names
Richard
Surname
Davis
Birth about 1801
MarriageMary Ann Elizabeth JonesView this family
July 30, 1827 (Age 26 years)
Address: Hereford, St Nicholas
Note: England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
Birth of a son
#1
John Davis
1828 (Age 27 years)

Baptism of a sonJohn Davis
July 6, 1828 (Age 27 years)
Note: England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary Ann Elizabeth Davis
1830 (Age 29 years)

Baptism of a daughterMary Ann Elizabeth Davis
January 3, 1830 (Age 29 years)
Note: Herefordshire Baptisms
Event
Transportation
1831 (Age 30 years)

Note: Tasmania Convict Records 1800-1893
Birth of a son
#3
George Davis
August 15, 1841 (Age 40 years)
Death of a sonGeorge Davis
about 1842 (Age 41 years)

Note: Cannot find death registered in Launceston.
Birth of a daughter
#4
Emma Davis
August 3, 1843 (Age 42 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Emily Davis
August 3, 1843 (Age 42 years)
Death September 13, 1843 (Age 42 years)

Note: Age at death shown as 36 years on death index.
Note: Tasmania Deaths 1803-1933
Note: The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) - Sat 23 Sep 1843 - Page 2 - CORONER'S …
Note: The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) - Sat 16 Sep 1843 - Page 2
Note: Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) - Wed 20 Sep 1843 - Page 3
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mother
himself
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Marriage: July 30, 1827Hereford, Herefordshire, England
17 months
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3 years
daughter
12 years
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2 years
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Marriage
England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 Name: Richard Davies Gender: Male Marriage Date: 30 Jul 1827 Marriage Place: Hereford, Hereford, England Spouse: Elizabeth Jones FHL Film Number: 1041599 =================================== Herefordshire Marriages First name(s) Richard Last name Davies Marriage year 1827 Marriage date 1827 Marriage place Hereford, St Nicholas Spouse's first name(s) Elizabeth Spouse's last name Jones Residence Hereford, Herefordshire, England County Herefordshire Country England Record set Herefordshire Marriages Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers) Subcategory Parish Marriages Collections from England, Great Britain
Event
Tasmania Convict Records 1800-1893 First name(s) Richard Last name Davis Supplied full name Davis, Richard Sex Male Year 1831 Departure date 18 Mar 1831 Departure port Plymouth Arrival date 4 Aug 1831 Voyage number 87 Ship name Argyle Ship number - Remarks Application to bring out family CON54/1 p13 Document ref Appropriation List CON27/1/5; Appropriation List MM33/6; Conduct Record CON31/1/10; Description List CON18/1/3 Page 28; Indent CON14/1/2; Muster Roll CON13/1/5; Muster Roll CSO1/1/539 Page 11703; Muster Roll MM33/3 State Tasmania Country Australia Record set Tasmania Convict Records 1800-1893 Category Institutes & Organizations Subcategory Prison Registers Collections from Australasia
Death
Age at death shown as 36 years on death index.
Death
Tasmania Deaths 1803-1933 Record set Tasmania Deaths 1803-1933 First name(s) Richard Last name Davis Birth year 1807 Death year 1843 State Tasmania Country Australia District Launceston Sex Male Age at death 36 Registration year 1843 Registration number 1051 Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers) Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials Collections from Australasia
Death
The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) - Sat 23 Sep 1843 - Page 2 - CORONER'S INQUEST. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66017541 FATAL Accident. — On Wednesday last, as a ticke-of-leave man of the name of Richard Davis, was riding near Carrick, his horse fell with and unfortunately rolled over him. The poor man was found in a slate of insensibility shortly afterwards by some persons proceeding towards Launceston with a team, who conveyed the sufferer to the Colonial Hospital, where after languishing a few hours be died on the following day. A Coroner's Inquest has since been held on the body, and a verdict returned of accidental death.— Ibid
Death
The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) - Sat 16 Sep 1843 - Page 2 CORONERS' INQUESTS.—An inquest was held yesterday at the Britannia Tavern, Wellington- street, before A. Gardiner, Esq., on the body of a man named Richard Davis. It appeared from the evidence of Dr. Benson, that the de- ceased had been received into the Colonial Hospital about 6 o'clock on Wednesday after- noon, and then stated that his horse had fallen with and rolled over him near Carrick. The deceased was put to bed ; he then complained of great pain in his back and the lower part of his belly. When Dr. Benson saw him on Thursday morning he was much worse, and evidently sinking fast ; about three in the afternoon of Thursday he died. It appeared, on the post mortem examination of the body, that the intestines were ruptured and the con- tents effused into the cavity of the abdomen ; death being caused by that circumstance. The deceased was a ticket-of-leave man, in the service of Mr. John Archer. In consequence of no witnesses being in attendance, the in- quest was adjourned until Monday next, at 12 o'clock.
Death
Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) - Wed 20 Sep 1843 - Page 3 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/36234677 INQUEST.-On Monday last an adjourned in- quest was held at the Britannia Tavern, on view of the body of Richard Davis. From the evidence it appeared that his death was entirely owing to the circumstance of his horse falling under and rolling over him, whereby he received so many fractures and contusions as to occasion his death only a few hours afterwards. - Verdict, accidental death.
Note
From David Tatnell, via J.O'Sullivan Tried at Hereford on 12 August, 1830, and transported for life for housebreaking. He arrived in Hobart per Argyle on 5 August 1831.
Note
From David Tatnell, via J.O'Sullivan Richard Davis: Inquest of Death 18.09.1843 An Inquisition indented taken for our Soverign Lady the Queen at the house of Patrick Emaghum? known by the sign Britannia at Launceston in the County of Cornwall within the Island of Van Diemens Land this Eighteenth Day of September in the Sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, Australia by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen and Defender of the Faith before me Arthur Gardiner Esquire one of the Coroners of our said Lady the Queen for the said Island and its Dependencies here with to of the body of Richard Davis then and there lying dead upon the Oaths of WIlliam H Button, George Haynes, Frederick Midgley, Allan Baxter, Joseph Goodman, John Cassidy and Mosses Phillips seven good and lawful men of the said Island and duly chosen and who being then and there duly sworn and charged to enquire for our said Lady the Queen when where how and after what manner the said Richard Davis came to his death do upon their Oath say that the said Richard Davis on the thirteenth day of September in the year aforesaid came to his death accidentally accurently by his horse falling on him. And so the Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath aforesaid do say that the said Richard Davis came to his death in a manner and by the means aforesaid and not otherwise IN WITNESS whereof as well said Coroner as the Jurors aforesaid have to this Inquisition set the Hands and Seals the day and year and place above mentioned. signed: Arthur Gardiner Coroner William H Button Foreman Mosses Phillip John Cassidy George Haynes Joseph Goodman Allan Baxter Frederick Midgey The Information on Oath of WIlliam Benson Esquiire who saith: I am the assistant Colonial Surgeon at Launcest. The deceased was brought to the hospital on Wednesday evening last at about six o'clock. He complained of severe pain in the back and lower part of the belly caused as he stated to me by a horse falling with him near Carrick and rolling over him. The Deceassed was immediateely on his receipt into the hospital put to bed and when I next saw him which was in the following morning he was much worse and rapidly sinking. He died yesterday afternoon at about three o'clock. I have this day a post mortem examination of the body of the Deceased and found rupture of the intestines and effusions of that contents with the cavity of the belly such appearance are quite sufficient to account for his death. The deceased did not tell me who brought him into town. He told me his name was Davis a Ticket of Leave man in the time of Mr John Archer. The deceased did not state to me that there was any other person with him. An accident of the kind is likely to cause rupture of some of the contents of the abdoment and the intestines much likely. Signed W. Benson Taken and Sworn information Launceston this 15th Sept 1843 A. Gardiner Coroner. The Information on Oath of Roddanna Douglas who said: On Wednesday last I was coming from Westbury to Launceston between Carrick and the ford I met two men who told me there was a man laying on the road and they thought he was bery much hurt as they had helped push a horse off him. When I came to the place near the man layeth I saw a horse laying on the road. I then saw a man move towards the man and lifted the man's head out and then fell back by that time I came up and asked the man what was the matter with him. He made no answerr I then asked him wherree he was hurt he said about his back and lower part of his stomach. I then with the assistance of man I got the person who wass hurt onto the waggon and brought him into hospital. I had known the man to be Richard Davis a servant in the supply of John Archer. I asked Davis if he hurt much and he said yes he appeared to suffer hurt when coming in he spoke but little and groaned very much I saw him in day at the hospital. Signed Rotten H Douglas Taken and Sworn information Launceston the 18th day of Sept 1843 Arthur Gardiner Coroner The Information on Oath of John Brailey who tells: I am a Farrier of the Crown and belong to the Militarry Probation Station. On Thursday last I was proceeding to Riding? Ford Station with seven pairs of boots. I saw a man riding down the road out when about to my guess distant from me his horse fell him and when I got up to him his horse was lying on him. I pulled the horse of deceased as well as I was able and in a short time two men came up who helped to take the horse off the man. I remained with the deceased about half an hour and when a man who was carrying things came up I left the deceased. The man did not tell me his name but said to "God sake help me". I cannot say for certain if it was Wednesday or Thursday. The horse had been injured and unable to move it was laying in the place on Saturday and put to death. Signed John X Brailey (his mark) Taken and Sworn information Launceston the 18th day of Sept 1843 Arthur Gardiner Coroner.
Note
Convict record: http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&type=C&id=17720 Convict No: 17720 Voyage Ship: Argyle Voyage No: 87 Arrival Date: 04 Aug 1831 Departure Date: 18 Mar 1831 Departure Port: Plymouth Remarks: Application to bring out family CON54/1 p13 -- http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=I&id=CON18/1/3 Image #18 NAME: Davis, Rich'd (note: Nr Ross, Hereford) Trade: Ploughman Height (without shoes): 5ft 9 1/2 Age: 29- Complexion: Brown Head: Large Hair: D Brown Whiskers: Red to brown Visage: Large Forehead: : Eyebrows: Brown Eyes: Grey Nose: Large Mouth: M. ? Chin: Large Remarks: Stout made - info re. tattoos? (margin note: Crippled) -- Ships indent: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=I&id=CON14/1/2 - Image #17 / 18 No. 683 Name: Davis, R'd Height: 5 9 1/2 Age: 29 Trade: Ploughman (can milk) Where: Hereford ?, 12 Aug 1830 Sentence: Life Native place: Nr Ross, Hereford Relations Apprenticeship where last residing: (this is difficult to read) but I do know: mother Mary at Blackburn (Lancashire), bro John a blacksmith in the Marines, bro William at Brampton, sister Sarah the wife of John Purdle and living at Ross. Wife Eliz'th Davis in service of Sir Jno Cottrell - Ms Mary Blackburn ?? Jnr a Blksmith in the Marines, W'm at Brampton etc -- Ships appropriation list: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=I&id=CON27/1/5 Argyle - Arrived 4th August 1831 (image #71) Image #73 No. 683 Name: Davis, Richard 29 Trade: Ploughman Ass't: Mr Gillis -- Convict conduct record: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=I&id=CON31/1/10 Image #59 No. 683 NAME: Davis, Richard Argyle Aug't 5, 1831 Hereford, 12th Aug't 1830 Life Transp for housebreaking...????...served at penitentiary, Chatham, Woolwich...??...wife Eliz Davis in service of Sir John Cotterel Aug 22 1832 - J. Archer - falsely accusing his master of allowing him no rations...???... Oct 11, 1832 J Archer - Refusing to work Rep'd W Lyttleton Dec 28 1832 J Archer 7 days sol'y....??... Jue 21 1834 Archer - Insolence to Mr J Archer...??... June 23 1834 Archer - 35 Lashes..??.. July 13 1835 Archer - Drunkardness 36 Lashes..??.. March 12 1836 Archer - Drunk & absent ? 4 days Sol'ty Conft...??... April 27 1836 Archer - Absent from his masters premises and drunk, ? 1836 Archer - Being in a Public House, 6 hours in the stocks..??.. March 4th 1837 Archer - ??, 25 Lashes..??.. Feb 1838 stocks 4 hours..??.. May 12 1838 Archer - Assaulting and beating his fellow servant 25 Lashes..??.. July 1838 Drunk Cell 3 days..??.. Aug 27 1838 Archer - ?(can't read this)? ..?? May 30 1839 Archer - ? improperly through the streets 24 Lashes..??.. July 6 1839 Archer - ?(something)? hard labour in chains...(there is more but cannot make it out)
Transported to Van Diemen's Land - 2

Richard Davis was from near the town of Ross in Herefordshire. He was convicted of housebreaking in Hereford and sentenced to life on 12 Aug 1830. It seems he had been sentenced for a similar offence previously, serving a 7 year sentence in "Penitentiary Chatham, Woolwich & Honduras" (ref: Founders & Survivors).

He was transported on the ship Argyle, arriving in Tasmania on 4 Aug 1831, leaving his wife and family in England. His conduct record (image #59) shows that he was constantly in trouble with authority (possibly this was an easy thing to acheive in those days), but episodes of "refusing to work", "insolence", "drunk and adsent" and "deating and assaulting his fellow servant" earned Richard a variety of punishments including solitary confinement, hard labour and "lashes" administered 24 to 36 times.

Richard's appearance (image #18) details reveal that he was of brown complexion, about 5ft 9, and it appears had numerous tattoos. His age is given as 29 and trade of "ploughman". There is also a note in the margin "crippled", but no details about this. The ship's indent (image #17) also states that Richard was  a ploughamn, adding "can milk" and that his wife "Eliz'th Davis in service of Sir Jno Cottrell ".

At some point Richard was able to bring his family to Tasmania as he and Elizabeth had a few children born in Tasmania, including Emily Davis b. 03 Aug 1843 (twin of Emma) who married Thomas Stratton. Richard presumably was killed in an horse riding accident on 13 Sept 1843. A transcript of inquest is shown below.

Richard Davis: Inquest of Death 18.09.1843
An Inquisition indented taken for our Soverign Lady the Queen at the house of Patrick Emaghum? known by the sign Britannia at Launceston in the County of Cornwall within the Island of Van Diemens Land this Eighteenth Day of September in the
Sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, Australia by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen and Defender of the Faith before me Arthur Gardiner Esquire one of the Coroners of our said Lady the Queen for
the said Island and its Dependencies here with to of the body of Richard Davis then and there lying dead upon the Oaths of WIlliam H Button, George Haynes, Frederick Midgley, Allan Baxter, Joseph Goodman, John Cassidy and Mosses Phillips
seven good and lawful men of the said Island and duly chosen and who being then and there duly sworn and charged to enquire for our said Lady the Queen when where how and after what manner the said Richard Davis came to his death do upon their Oath say that the said Richard Davis on the thirteenth day of September in the year aforesaid came to his death accidentally accurently by his horse falling on him.
And so the Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath aforesaid do say that the said Richard Davis came to his death in a manner and by the means aforesaid and not otherwise IN WITNESS whereof as well said Coroner as the Jurors aforesaid have to this Inquisition set the Hands and Seals the day and year and place above mentioned.
signed: Arthur Gardiner Coroner, William H Button Foreman, Mosses Phillip, John Cassidy, George Haynes, Joseph Goodman, Allan Baxter, Frederick Midgey.
The Information on Oath of WIlliam Benson Esquiire who saith:
I am the assistant Colonial Surgeon at Launcest. The deceased was brought to the hospital on Wednesday evening last at about six o'clock. He complained of severe pain in the back and lower part of the belly caused as he stated to me by a horse falling with him near Carrick and rolling over him.
The Deceassed was immediateely on his receipt into the hospital put to bed and when I next saw him which was in the following morning he was much worse and rapidly sinking. He died yesterday afternoon at about three o'clock.
I have this day a post mortem examination of the body of the Deceased and found rupture of the intestines and effusions of that contents with the cavity of the belly such appearance are quite sufficient to account for his death.
The deceased did not tell me who brought him into town. He told me his name was Davis a Ticket of Leave man in the time of Mr John Archer. The deceased did not state to me that there was any other person with him. An accident of the kind is likely to cause rupture of some of the contents of the abdoment and the intestines much likely.
Signed W. Benson
Taken and Sworn information
Launceston this 15th Sept 1843
A. Gardiner
Coroner.
The Information on Oath of Roddanna Douglas who said:
On Wednesday last I was coming from Westbury to Launceston between Carrick and the ford I met two men who told me there was a man laying on the road and they thought he was bery much hurt as they had helped push a horse off him.
When I came to the place near the man layeth I saw a horse laying on the road. I then saw a man move towards the man and lifted the man's head out and then fell back by that time I came up and asked the man what was the matter with him.
He made no answerr I then asked him wherree he was hurt he said about his back and lower part of his stomach. I then with the assistance of man I got the person who wass hurt onto the waggon and brought him into hospital. I had known the man to be Richard Davis a servant in the supply of John Archer.
I asked Davis if he hurt much and he said yes he appeared to suffer hurt when coming in he spoke but little and groaned very much I saw him in day at the hospital.
Signed Rotten H Douglas
Taken and Sworn information
Launceston the 18th day of Sept 1843
Arthur Gardiner
Coroner
The Information on Oath of John Brailey who tells:
I am a Farrier of the Crown and belong to the Militarry Probation Station.
On Thursday last I was proceeding to Riding? Ford Station with seven pairs of boots. I saw a man riding down the road out when about to my guess distant from me his horse fell him and when I got up to him his horse was lying on him.
I pulled the horse of deceased as well as I was able and in a short time two men came up who helped to take the horse off the man. I remained with the deceased about half an hour and when a man who was carrying things came up I left the
deceased. The man did not tell me his name but said to "God sake help me". I cannot say for certain if it was Wednesday or Thursday. The horse had been injured and unable to move it was laying in the place on Saturday and put to death.
Signed John X Brailey
‎(his mark)‎
Taken and Sworn information
Launceston the 18th day of Sept 1843
Arthur Gardiner
Coroner.

Malcolm Holt, 01 Feb 2012

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