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Little Wilbraham - Nicholas Lane

Glen Alpine, New South Wales
I am looking for any information on Nicholas Lane or the Lane family from Little Wilbraham in Cambridgeshire. Nicholas was boorn about 1817 and was transported for 7 years as a convict after having been tried in the Cambridge Assizes Court. He was transported to New South Wales on the 'England 2' arriving in 1835. Also transported was Charles Long who was also from Little Wilbraham who had been a partner in the crime.

Nicholas's mother could be Ann.

Any help on this family would be appreciated.

Hi Steve,

Charles Long arrested with Nicholas Lane came from Little Wilbraham. As they were both youths I figured that they wouldn't live too far apart. He could I suppose be the son of Abraham Lane and Ann Hatley who were married in Little Wilbraham 31 July 1796 but I just can't seem to pin Nicholas down with anything concrete.

Hi Cheryl

Found newspaper article relating to the crime and sentence of Nicholas LANE. John LONG not mentioned, though he is listed on the same criminal register page.

The Bury & Norwich Post, & East Anglian: Or, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridge, and Ely Intelligencer (Bury Saint Edmunds, England), Wednesday, March 25, 1835; Issue 2752. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
Eliz. Smith, John Farrant, John Sterne, John Watson, Nicholas Lane, Joseph Johnson, and Frances Wright, were charged with stealing 11. 4s. 2d. from the person of Sarah Parkinson, in the streets of Cambridge, on the 13th of March last. The prosecutrix stated that she came from Trumpington on the day in question, and was followed by one of the young gentlemen of the University, to avoid whom she went at the back of the colleges. The prisoners saw her, and accused her of having accompanied the young gentlemen, and told her that she should pay her footing, which she refused to do.
They afterwards stopped her in the street; and while Farrant, Lane, and Watson held her, the prisoner Smith took off her pocket, in which her money was, and ran away with it, Watson remaining with her, and holding her till they had all got away. The prisoners, several of whom, though young in years, were old offenders, were all found guilty. Smith, Farrant, and Watson, were sent to 14 years’ transportation; Lane 7 years; Sterne and
Johnson one year’s imprisonment; Wright 6 months.

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892
Location of Trial: Cambridgeshire, England
Date of Trial: 18 Mar 1835
Elizabeth SMITH age 24 larceny 14 years
John FARREN age 18 larceny 14 years
John WATSON age 19 larceny 14 years
Nicholas LANE age 17 larceny 7 years
Charles LONG age 20 larceny 7 years (not mentioned in above crime)
John SMITH age 17 larceny 7 years
John STERNE age 17 larceny 1 year
Joseph JOHSON age 18 larceny 1 year
Frances WRIGHT age 17 larceny 6 months

Hi cp,

Thanks ever so much. That is much more information than I have had about his crime but with all those others involved he may not have come Little Wilbraham but some other part of Cambridge. He did write to the 'lady of the Master, Downing College Cambridge in 1845. They replied with an add in the Sydney papers directing him to a firm of Sydney solicitors saying that they had information to his advantage. Maybe a relative was working at Downing College.

A most elusive man. I can find no death record in Australia but he must have died sometime between 1849 and 1856. His wife was for sometime referred to as 'the widow Lane' and she remarried in 1856. Lots of newspaper article of him being in custody 'drunk' or in charge of a vessel 'drunk' and some articles referring to him as 'Captain' Nicholas Lane.