I have been doing some hunting around or evidence of the EARLY Ewer’s in Sydney/NSW, as my ancestor Edward Ewer arrived in NSW in 1822 as a convict after being convicted in the Berkshire Assizes (I'm yet to find a way to get transcripts of his hearing).
I know little of his family in England, so am looking at other Ewer's in early Australia to see if there are any family connections. The most likely is James Garnet Ewer, who married in Kelso (a suburb of Bathurst NSW) when Edward and his wife Ann EDWARDS were living in Bathurst. I am intrigued that for so many of these Ewer's, I've not found death entries yet.
I looked at the 1828 census, state archives entries, and NSW BDM entries. I also checked Vic, Tas and SA arrival and census entries lest there be some movement – though I’m yet to check Vic and Qld BDM. If I get a chance to look at these, I’m sure the list will expand somewhat.
I’ll leave it at this for now, and write on Edward’s past next.
Thomas EWER, Private, NSW Corps, SAG pay list 1798, recorded receiving land in 1800.
Australia’s free coat settlers ( http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~garter1/) notes that he was in the 102nd Regiment (Rum Corps), and returned to England. The 102nd was raised in 1789 for service in England, and returned in 1810. The Society of Australian genealogists has extensive information that would reveal his history.
William EWER, Private, 73rd Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion. Recorded in 1812 Pay List. 73rd sent under Leiut. Gen. Lachlan Macquarie to relieve the NSW Corps, arriving in 1810, and departing in 1814. He appears on the 1828 census as a member of the No. 6 Iron Gang – which one would expect of a convict?. No indication that he remained in Australia. Again, SAG searching would reveal more.
Joseph EWER, Private, 73rd Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion. Recorded in 1812 Pay List. 73rd sent under Leiut. Gen. Lachlan Macquarie to relieve the NSW Corps, arriving in 1810, and departing in 1814. No indication that he remained in Australia. Again, SAG records would reveal more.
Nathaniel EWER, Convicted at the Old Bailey for grand larceny 21st June 1815 (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/html_units/1810s/t18150621-40.html). Arrived as a convict on ‘Fanny’ 1816 (Convicted London). In court charge with escaping on ‘Hamet’ in 1818. In 1820, was on the ‘General Gates’ with four other convicts including Francis EWER and made their way to New Zealand before return – read details in NZ Historical Records Vol 1 (http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-McN01Hist.html). Has certificate of freedom by 1825. This shows Nathaniel and Francis knew one another.
An infant, Thomas R, died in 1817.
Francis EWER, Convicted at the Old Bailey (First Middlesex Jury) for burglary 19th Feb 1817 ( http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/html_units/1810s/t18170219-32.html), sentenced to death. Arrived as a convict on the ‘Ocean’ in 1818 (Convicted Middlesex). In 1820, was on the ‘General Gates’ with four other convicts including Nathaniel EWER and made their way to New Zealand before return – read details in NZ Historical Records Vol 1 (http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-McN01Hist.html). This shows Nathaniel and Francis knew one another.
Edward EWER, arrived as a convict on the ‘Mary’ in 1822 (Berks Assizes). d. Bathurst NSW, 1859.
Ann EWER nee EDWARDS, born in colony, married in Parramatta, 1825. d. Bathurst, 1854.
Edward Jr EWER, b. 1827. Married Catharine HARAN/AHERN in Carcoar, NSW, 1851. Confectioner, declared insolvent in 1863. d. 1884.
Matilda EWER, b.1813, arrived in Tasmania on ‘Rajah’ in 1841 (convicted Cambridge) aged 27, associated with the creation of the Rajah quilt made on the voyage, and held by the National Gallery of Australia (http://www.nga.gov.au/RajahQuilt/). m. Giles TIMMS (free) in Hobart, 1843. Dep. Tasmania with conditional pardon for Melbourne on ‘City of Melbourne’ on 18 Apr 1852.
Richard EWER, arrived in Tasmania on ‘Marquis of Hastings’ in 1842 (Convicted Bucks). Dep. Tasmania, free of servitude, on ‘City of Melbourne’, 2 Dec 1851.
James Garnet EWER, arrival date unknown. Born abt 1799. Married Louisa Hawkins in Kelso NSW (essentially a suburb of Bathurst) in 1859. d. Sydney NSW 1886.
Unknown EWER, a Mr. Ewer is shown as an unassisted arrival on four dates between 1847 and 1852, in each case from Moreton Bay (Qld), and is assumed to be a mariner.
W EWER, arrived in South Australia by 1840-12-31.
Harry EWER, South Australia cemetery index for 1861.