The identity of this convict who was interred in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 13 October 1791 is not at all clear. His surname, as recorded in the St. John’s parish burial register, does not match any convict on the First, Second, or Third Fleets. The first letter of his surname is written with a capital ‘G,’ as the letter is formed exactly the same way as other surnames beginning with ‘G’ elsewhere on the same page of the burial register. However, the letter ‘G’ is followed by a double ‘s’ and ‘hins’ or ‘kins.’ It seems more likely, then, that the name should be ASKINS / OSKINS — perhaps a phonetic recording of HASKINS / HOSKINS pronounced with an accent in which the ‘H’ is dropped altogether. Nevertheless, HASKINS/HOSKINS does not appear in any of the convict records for the ships that had arrived by the time this convict died in October 1791. It may be that this name was an alias.
Assuming his first name was even recorded correctly, other possibilities are JAMES ASTON per Active (1791) or JAMES ANNISON per Admiral Barrington (1791). Further research required. Another possibility is THOMAS GASKIN (alias HENRY GASKIN) per William and Ann (1791).
- unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
# Grave: unmarked
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