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Orphan Number: 3255
Orphan: William LITTLEHALES
Mother:OWENS, Ellen/Ann
Father:LITTLEHALES, Edward
Mother's ship:Henry
Father's ship:Phoenix
Age when admitted:2 or 4yrs
Date admitted:22 May 1828, 14 Apr 1830
Date discharged:25 Aug 1837
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: readmitted QO then to mother
Remarks: mother's name Eleanor Owens on convict record
References: SWD24p29, 28, CSO5/86/1885

This orphan has been claimed by: Lyn Kaica

William was born in the Clyde district (Hamilton) in 1826. His mother Eleanor Owen was a convict,  convicted at Denbigh Great Session, Wales on 31 March 1823. She sailed on the "Henry" arriving 8 feb 1825.  She married Edward Littlehales, convict, on 4 May 1826 at Hobart Town.  Edward, from Shropshire, was convicted of Grand larceny and was transported on "Phoenix" in 1823.

It appears that William must have been born whilst his father was on Maria Island having been sent there in 1826 for sheep stealing.  It was probably during this time that Eleanor was sent to The female factory for an "improper connexion between her and a prisoner named William Elliot."  While there she gave birth to a son, George.  George died at the factory age 1 year.

Eleanor and Edward had the following children:-

Frederick born  19 Jul 1829

Ann born 3 March 1831, died 25 Aug 1916 Hobart

Edward born 1833, died 1837

Catherine born 1836, died 28 Feb 1839 (due to burns)

John born 28 feb 1838, died 26 March 1898 Ballarat

Robert Hugh born 19 Feb 1843, died 27 sep 1910 Brighton

Eleanor also had a son Edwin who must have been born before her conviction and must have come on the ship with her. Edwin was born in 1823 in Wales.  He died 1874 in Hamilton.

Both parents have offenses on their convict records through until approx 1840.  They then must have "settled" down in the Hamilton area.  Eleanor died 9 April 1873 (registered Hamilton) and Edward died 26 Aug 1876 on his daughter Ann's property " Longwood", Hollow tree (near Hamilton), age 91. 

I do not know what became of William.


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