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Joseph TUSO

Male Abt 1770 - 1825  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name Joseph TUSO 
    Born Abt 1770 
    Gender Male 
    Criminal 7 Jul 1784  Old Bailey, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He was tried at Old Bailey, London on 7 July 1784 for assault and highway robbery with a value of 81 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for life having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Scarborough aged about 17 at that time (May 1787). He had no occupation recorded. He died in 1825.

      Notes: Aged 14 at the date of his trial.Family tradition describes him as possibly having been black, but this has not been confirmed.Sentenced to 500 lashes on 11 June 1790 for neglect of duty, and on 3 July 1790 sentenced to 300 lashes for leaving work. On 27 December 1790 he was ordered 100 lashes and to roadwork in irons for running into the bush.On October 27 1791 ordered 100 lashes for disobedience and neglect of duty, and on 18 April 1792 he received 25 lashes for theft of corn.

      Old Bailey proceedings

      673.    JOSEPH TUSO (aged fourteen) was indicted for feloniously assaulting   John Ansell , on the King's highway, on the 26th of May last, and putting him in fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, one walking cane, value 5 s. three guineas, value 3 l. 3 s. and one half guinea, value 10 s. 6 d. and 3 s. in monies numbered, his property .
      The witnesses examined apart at the request of the prisoner.
        JOHN ANSELL sworn.
      Do you know the prisoner? - Yes very well.
      Was you at any time robbed, and when? - On the 26th of May, in  Stepney Church-yard .
      Was it in a high road? - Yes.
      What was you robbed of? - I was robbed of three guineas and a half, and some silver, and a cane.
      Who robbed you? - There was a great man, a great thief, came and stood behind the church dead wall, and I thought it had been a post, squatting down in this manner, and it had been raining the whole day, and the place was deeper than common, it took me up to the knees; there was a great thief, and I thought the great thief had been a post, and I looked to the lane end to see if there was any thieves, and I could see nobody but a thing that I thought was a post, and when I came at him he was a great tall man, and he whipped up in this fashion; and this little thief clapped his hand at me, and stopped my mouth, and the other thief, as I compute, knocked me down.
      Court. What hour was this? - To the best of my knowledge, it wanted about a quarter to eleven at night.
      Then the great thief knocked you down? - Yes.
      Who took your money? - The great thief also, I was hardly sensible , for they threw me among the dirt; I was all water and dirt; it was as deep - as deep - I could feel his hand against my thigh, he cut my breeches pocket, and took my money and my cane.
      What way did the prisoner assist? - Please you, my Lord, this little thief ran away.
      What part did he take in it? - He clapped his hand to my mouth, and stopped my breath.
      Was that after you was down? - Before I did fall.
      How did he reach you? - He did, I was as near him as I am to these gentlemen; I saw his face, and I saw his dress, and I know him properly; I never saw him before.
      Jury. Was you sober? - O yes, I am never drunk.
      How soon after did you take the prisoner? - I cried out murder! and fire! and stop thief! and the watch came directly, and I followed him and took him; when they called stop thief, this little thief said, I am after the thief.
      What is the watchman's name? - I am
      See original  studying, it is an odd name; but he is somewhere out, if you will please to call him.
        WILLIAM FORTRY sworn.
      I am a watchman. I had just done crying the hour of ten, it wanted about a quarter of eleven, and I heard somebody cry out murder! murder! for Christ's sake! for the Lord's sake! fire and murder! I ran up to his assistance, the prisoner at the bar was a little distance off, I kept sight of him till I got the gentleman up, then I asked him what was the matter, he said he had just been knocked down, I ran after the prisoner, and I took him.
      Did you keep him in sight all the whole time? - Yes, we brought him down to the watch-house, and they scrupled to take him in; then I charged Mr. Orange with him.
      You was not present at the robbery? - No, I came immediately as I heard the gentleman cry out.
      What was the prisoner doing then? - He was running along, crying out stop thief! stop thief! Here are the gentleman's breeches that were cut, and the shirt that he was knocked down in, and the stock where the blood was.
      Court. No part of his property is in that bundle? - Orange and Cole were with me.
      Prisoner. I have nobody to call but a poor father.
      Jury. Was it moon-light? - Yes, as broad as the day.
      Court to Prisoner. How old are you? - Fourteen.
      Court to Jury. Gentlemen, the part the prisoner took in this, if you believe the prosecutor is right, is sufficient to constitute him a party in the robbery, for if he was present when the robbery was committed, and acting with one common intent with the person that knocked him down, it makes him equally guilty.
      Jury to Prosecutor. When did you see the prisoner again after you was robbed? - That very night, as soon as I could walk, but I could not walk without the watchman's help.
      GUILTY , Death .
      Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHURST.
      Source: www.oldbaileyonline.org
    Joseph Tuso
    Joseph Tuso
    Old Bailey proceedings
    Joseph Tuso
    Joseph Tuso
    Old Bailey proceedings
    Emigration 26 Jan 1788  Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On board Scarborough (First Fleeter) departing Feb 1787 
    Joseph Tuso
    Joseph Tuso
    New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
    Criminal 4 Jun 1802  New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Absolute pardon 
    Joseph Tuso
    Joseph Tuso
    New South Wales, Australia,Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons
    Name
    (also known as)
    Joseph Tuzo 
    Died 6 Oct 1825  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Joseph Tuzo
    Joseph Tuzo
    The Australian
    Person ID I22375  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2013 

    Family (spouse) 1 Sarah WARD,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1810  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family histories
    Australia's 'First Fleeters'
    Australia's 'First Fleeters'
    Between 1787 and 1850 the English sent more than 160,000 convicts to Australia. The first eleven of these ships are known today as the 'First Fleet' and contained the convicts and marines who are now acknowledged as the founders of Australia.
    Family ID F6967  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 2 Rebecca GOLSBY 
    Children 
     1. Priscilla TUZO,   Born:  1815, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     2. Johanna TUZO
    Family histories
    Australia's 'First Fleeters'
    Australia's 'First Fleeters'
    Between 1787 and 1850 the English sent more than 160,000 convicts to Australia. The first eleven of these ships are known today as the 'First Fleet' and contained the convicts and marines who are now acknowledged as the founders of Australia.
    Family ID F6968  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCriminal - 7 Jul 1784 - Old Bailey, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - On board Scarborough (First Fleeter) departing Feb 1787 - 26 Jan 1788 - Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCriminal - Absolute pardon - 4 Jun 1802 - New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1810 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Oct 1825 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Story of Joseph Tuzo & Rebecca Dear (Golsby)
    Story of Joseph Tuzo & Rebecca Dear (Golsby)
    Source: Nikki Riley ancestry

  • Notes 
    • Joseph Tuzo bornc.1769 arrived 26 Jan 1788 (“FirstFleeter”) Scarborough  a convict,  Married 1810 Sarah Ward St Phillip’sSydney (V1810938 3A) no children, co-habited wihth Rebecca Golsby by whom hehad two illegitimate girls,  Priscillaand Johanna (they were baptised as Tuzo, however went by the name Golsby), died6 Oct 1825 Sydney (V1825661 2B)  


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