- Born: 1776
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth Morris circa 1792 in Sydney, NSW Australia
Noted events in his life were:
• source. http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty where it is noted;
John was a convict. He was sentenced to seven years transportation on 24 Oct 1787 at the Old Bailey. He sailed aboard the ship 'Abermarle' which departed Portsmouth, England in 1791 as part of the Third Fleet and arrived at Sydney on 13 Oct 1791.
Old Bailey Record: Theft, grand larceny 24 Oct 1787.
JOHN LEAR aged 13, and JOHN DALTON, aged 11, were indicted for stealing, on the 28th of September, a cotton shawl, value 3 s. the property of Edward Fellows.
EDWARD FELLOWS sworn.
I am a haberdasher , No. 19, Tottenham-court-road ; I lost a shawl out of my shop; the prisoners took it out of the middle of the shop; it was upon a horse which we hang them on to shew; I did not see either of the boys take it; I saw it about three hours before, about ten in the morning; I did not see the boys about the shop ever; I did not sell it.
ROBERT HANMER sworn.
I live opposite the prosecutor's; about one, on the 28th of September, I saw three lads walking to and fro' the prosecutor's house; I saw one of the lads go up to the street door, the shop door is in the middle of the shop, and he unhooked a shawl that was hanging in the front of the shop; that boy is not here, he has since escaped; the woman at the next door came out, seeing them lurking about the door, and bade them go away; the boys then walked about twenty yards from Mr. Fellows's; then they all three came back together, and the biggest of the prisoners went into the shop, and took this shawl, which I have in my pocket, from the horse that was in the shop; the shawl has been in my possession ever since; I then ran after the boy, and the tallest boy that took the shawl, gave it to Dalton, as they were running; about twenty yards from the house, he put it in the bosom of his coat, and I took it from him; I took the two prisoners, the third boy ran away.
(the shawl deposed to.)
Prisoner Lear. I do not know what to say.
Prisoner Dalton. I do not know.
Transported for seven years.
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.
John was a crewman aboard the ship 'Salamander' which sailed from Sydney on 15 Nov 1794, headed for Norfolk Island and then on to India.
John married Elizabeth Morris circa 1792 in Sydney, NSW Australia. (Elizabeth Morris was born on 31 Aug 1777 in Bisley, Gloucestershire England, christened on 31 Aug 1777 in Bisley, Gloucestershire England, died on 25 Jan 1852 in Toongabbie, Sydney, NSW Australia and was buried in Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia.)