William Hatfield is one of St. John’s First Fleeters. Hatfield was convicted at Maidstone, Kent on 14 March for violent assault with intent to rob and transported for seven years per Alexander (1788).In 1790 he married Second Fleet convict Elizabeth Cook who had been transported per Lady Juliana (1790).
When William Hatfield died in early February 1793, he died a free man as his seven year sentence had expired in March 1792. His death was the result of “partaking intemperately of the American rum.” He was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta in what is now an unmarked grave on 5 February 1793. When William Hatfield passed away, his widow “Elizabeth Hatfield” quickly remarried: on 7 April 1793, Elizabeth married a man named “Edward Elliott,” which could not have been the First Fleeter who went by the same name, as he was already married at the time. “Elizabeth Elliott, Convict,” however, soon joined her first husband in the St. John’s burial ground on 5 June 1794.
- Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989)
- Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
# Ship: Alexander (1788)
# Grave: unmarked