The following documents mention the assault on John Watson
Yorkshire, England Quarter Sessions .
John Verity and Samuel Ramsden, labourers, both late of Wakefield did, on the sixteenth day of September in the seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, with force of arms at Halifax in and upon one John Watson make an assault, and him, John Watson, was in fear and danger of his life. And there, feloniously, did take one half sovereign of the current gold coin of the value of ten shillings, four half crowns of the current silver value of two shillings, six pounds weight of beef of the value of two shillings, a pound of sugar, a pound of candles and two pounds of soap, against the will of John Watson.
The aforesaid Jurors upon their Oath aforesaid do further present that at the General Quarter Sessions held at Pontefract on the 4th day of April 1842 the said Samuel Ramsden was then and there convicted of felony and which said conviction is still in its full force, strength and effect.
Witnesses; John Watson, James Moore, Jeremiah Benn and William Pogson.
On 13th March 1844, Samuel Ramsden (age 33) sentenced to 15 years' transportation for assault on John Watson in Halifax departed England arriving Van Diemen's Land on 12th July 1844 on board the Blundell.
Australia Convict Transportation Registers show that on 9th August 1850, Samuel Ramsden, a convict, was hired by Mr Abraham of Liverpool Street and, on 20th August 1851, Samuel Ramsden was hired by a private contractor Mr George Grunell of Murray Street.
John Verity (age 40) born 1803 sentenced to 10 years' transportation. Departed England 15th March 1844 arrived 9th July 1844 Van Diemen's Land on board the ship London
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