NameJohn Mills1204,223, M
Death24 Aug 1821
ReligionC of E
Misc. Notes
John Mills was 14 when convicted of stealing pigs worth 12 pounds, theproperty of Robert Fauchon. He was tried with James Wells and his father John Mills. John Mills the Younger and James Wells were convicted and sentenced to transportation for seven years, John Wells the Elder was aquitted .

Following the trial John Mills was sent to the hulk 'Zealand' from19th April to 13 August, 1813. He was then transferred to the convictship 'General Hewart' (often called 'General Hewitt'). The 'General Hewart' arrived in Sydney on 7th february, 1814.

The convict indent of the 'General Hewart' shows John Mills as being a16 year old 'farmers boy' from Kent who was 5 feet 31/4 inches inheight with a fair/pale complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes.

The 1814 Muster lists John Mills as residing in the Parramattadistrict and working for George Best to whom he must have been assigned as a convict labourer. He petitioned for his Ticket-of-leaveon 15th December, 1817 and this was duly granted, allowing him to workfor himself although, he would still be a convict.

He married Mary Best, George Best and Martha nee Chamberlain's daughter on 22 June, 1818, and moved onto the farm of Thomas Best,Mary's brother. His sentence expired on 15th March, 1820 and on 25th May, 1820 he petitioned for a grant of 50 acres, which he received.
They had 2 children, George and William

John Mills was tried in the criminal Court on 14 August, 1821. He was charged with being part of a gang of bushrangers led by William Geary which had been robbing people on the Windsor Road north of Parramatta. One of the other alleged members of the gang was Samuel Beckett, the brother of Thomas Best's wife, Mary. Samuel Beckett was aquitted but John Mills, along with several others, was found guilty and on the18th August, 1821 He was sentenced to death and was hanged on 24th August, 1821.

John Mills' widow Mary, married James Beckett, another brother ofMary, wife of Thomas Best.
Mary and James Beckett proceeded to have 11 more children.

Reference: First Families Internet site - the information of PatrickMcCormack.
1Mary Best222,1191, Spouse of GGGG Uncle, F
Birth3 Oct 1803, Castle Hill, NSW, Australia227,223
Death13 Feb 1870, Parramatta, NSW, Australia227 Age: 66
FatherGeorge Best , M (~1756-1836)
MotherMartha Chamberlain , F (1776-1833)
Marriage22 Jun 1818, St Johns C of E, Parramatta, NSW, Australia1205,223
ChildrenGeorge , M (1819-<1828)
 William , M (1821-1891)
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