James Sutton 1811-1896

James could read and write and was transported to NSW as a convict at the age of 19 years on the ship “CATHERINE STEWART FORBES” on 19 February,1830.James was sent to work on the Newcastle Harbour Breakwater. He was convicted at the Wiltshire Court of Sessions of shoplifting from his place of employment at a clothing factory on 28 April 1829. He had a previous conviction,so the sentence on this occasion was 14 years. James was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall,with ruddy freckled complexion with brown hair and eyes. His left arm was tattooed with letters and the right arm with a mermaid, anchor and the sun, and a man,woman and child with the names Sarah Carr and Charles Carr under them.These names could have been his mother’s parents. After his pardon he took up a selection at Glennies Creek and called it “Snerdleton”. At the age of 33 years on the 26 December 1844 he married Jane Andrews aged 14 years at St. Clements Church, Camberwell (originally called Falbrook). They were the first persons married in St Clements,which was being built at the time and had no roof or floor and the walls were only six feet high.The walls of the completed church are 20 feet high.My Great Great Grandfather,Thomas Adaway was in charge of the stonework of the Church,but left before it was completed,because he objected to the poor working conditions of his staff. James was a successful farmer and reared his large family on his property at Glennies Creek. His younger son took over the property upon his death on the 4 August 1896 at the age of 85 years. A beautifully embossed return thanks card with a photograph was printed after his death. The obituary in part reads as follows ‘The deceased was a native of Salisbury,England and came out to Sydney (then a very small place) when he was 19 years of age. He almost at once came to this District (Singleton) and took up land,which he occupied ever since and did not revisit Sydney. Indeed he only once went as far as Newcastle’. No mention was ever made in those days of a person who was successful being a convict.