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Reynolds Family Forrest

Updated June 7, 2004

Judy Anne Decker

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WILLIAM REYNOLDS died in Piddington, Oxfordshire in January 1766. As of this time it is unknown who his father was but the REYNOLDS's are listed in the Piddington Parish records going back as far as the mid 1600's. The report below lists 6 generations of REYNOLDS decendents of Piddington.

Listed in this report the REYNOLDS's and their decendents spread out all over the world including places such as ENGLAND, AMERICA, NEW ZEALAND and my own line Thomas REYNOLDS and Mary HAWKINS who departed England in November of 1842 onboard the "SUCCESS" and arrived in Western Australia on 22 March 1843 along with their children Sarah, Selina, and Emma. Another child, Thomas jnr. was born on the SUCCESS three days out of Fremantle.
William Gentle, son of Samuel and Sarah, married Ann Bolton in November of 1846 at Barton, Cambridgeshire. Ann, daughter of John and Susan Bolton was born 1824 at Harlton, Cambridgeshire, England. Two children were born in Barton to William and Ann; Rebecca 19 September 1847 and Samuel Setchell Frederick on 15 January 1850.
On 19 Mar 1851, William Gentle and William Palmer were put on trial for breaking and entering the house of Sarah Rich, widow of Harlton, and stealing from her stays and pocket money to the value of upwards of twenty pounds. Initially both were sentenced to death for a capital crime but the sentences were reduced to transportation for life. William protested his innocence but to no avail.
Both William Gentle and William Palmer were placed aboard the "Ascendent" bound for Bermuda and upon arrival at Ireland Island they were placed aboard the convict hulk, "Corromandel". The Corromandel was originally called the Mallabar IV. She was used to transport convicts to NSW prior to being sent to Bermuda for use as a convict hulk. Of interest is an area of NSW is named for this convict transport, Mallabar.
Life in Bermuda was rough. They (Gentle and Palmer) were battened down below in the tropical heat with men who had been originally sentenced to death for crimes against the crown ranging from murder, arson, highway robbery, horse and cattle stealing, attacks on police barracks, etc. Rations were ill adapted to the climate, periodic outbreaks of dysentery were responsible for many deaths, and scurvy also took a heavy toll on the convicts. The worst scourge, which flayed Bermuda, was West Indian yellow fever that carried off hundreds of victims. The worst epidemic was in 1853 when 160 convicts lost their lives and a far greater number were permanently broken in health.
Attempts of escape were every day occurrences as were attempted murders, brutality, vice and corruption. Punishment included the lash, the yoke and the black hole.
In April 1861, Gentle and Palmer were put aboard the "Medway" and transported back to England arriving at Chatham on 30 September 1861. William Gentle was convict 4008 and William Palmer was convict 4002.
March of 1863, William Gentle was placed aboard the "Clyde" at Chatham as convict 7113.
The Clyde left Portland, England on March 15, 1863 bound for the Swan River Colony under the command of Henry Stephens. The voyage took 75 days and the Clyde arrived in Fremantle on May 29, 1863 with 150 passengers and 320 convicts.
On 23 Jun 1863, William Gentle received his Ticket of Leave and on 15 February 1864 he was granted his Conditional Pardon at York, Western Australia.
In June 1864, William Gentle was reunited with his wife and children when they arrived in Western Australia aboard the "Strathmore". The family moved to the Quellington area, firstly leasing crown land and later purchasing the land. William Gentle died on 5 November 1890 and is buried at York. Ann (Bolton) Gentle died 17 July 1897 and is also buried at York.
EBENEZER DOUGLAS DUNLOP, son of John Dunlop and Marion Douglas, was born April 1816 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. He died in New Sou

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