a labourer aged 26 was sentenced in March 1785 at Chelmsford to be hanged for stealing from
Fleetwood Bury Esq., his ruffled shirt, neckcloth, leather breeches, wig, stuff bag, leather
boot garter, 15s and half a guinea. Abraham was reprieved on condition of tranpsortation to
Africa for seven years and sent to the hulks in June 1786. As no site suitable for penal
colony could be found in Africa, the transportation order was altered to Botany Bay and
Abraham arrived on the Scarborough. In March 1789 he was sent to Norfolk Island where
he remained until 1796.
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