1 William Oxdon and Mary Newcomb William Oxdon is said to have been one of two brothers who came from England and settled in Gloucester, Essex County Massachusetts about 1766. According to Coldham,+ a William Oxen [sic] was sentenced for transporation to the colonies at the County of Middlesex, England, Quarter Sessions Court in February 1766 and transported to America on the ship Ann, Christopher Reed, Master, from London in April 1766.++ The following information has been gleaned from documents at the Greater London Public Records Office: William Oxen, Middlesex, Transported - Sessions Book No. 1214 General Session of the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King holden for the County of Middlesex at Hick's Hall in St. John Street in the County aforesaid on Monday the Sevententh day of February in the Sixth Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third King of Great Britain. General Session of the Peace, February 1766, James Waller Esq. Clerk of the Peace. - Calender of Indictments February Session 1766 page 64 Oxen William- 10 pt[or pl may stand for pleads] N.P.+ William Oxen Ind now (10) pelas pu so Jury &f [and found] Guilty. To be Transported. William Oxen was prisoner #60 on a list of 81 from the County of Middlesex who were transported in the Ann. Also on board the Ann were 32 persons convicted in London. Of the total of 113 convicts from Middlesex and London, 23 where women. Later were boarded another 42 convicts from the home counties of which three were women and 3 from Surrey, 5 from Berkshire and 4 from Buckinghampshire. It is not known to which colony or plantation William Oxen was transported, but it is possible that he is the William Oxden or Oxdon who appears in Gloucester, Massachusetts a few years later. 1.1 Possible Siblings of William Oxdon According to Eaton+, the two brothers who came from England were Henry and William. However, a John Oxden, whose son William was baptized 23 January 1780 at First Parish Church in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, may actually be the immigrant brother. This may mean that, in addition to the William Oxton, son of William Oxden and brother of Henry, there may have been a cousin named William, as well.
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