Great News Guys, In the last week I travelled to Cornwall from Australia and conducted some research in the Truro County Records Office just outside Penryn. My William Niness was transported to Australia in 1829 for the theft of some goods from the Parish Church of St Gluvias in Penryn. It seems my William (alias Young Cross) was a naughty lad and one evening broke into the church stole the silver plate, chalice and other goodies including 5 bottles of wine and the content of the poors box.MMMmmm Anyway he was due for hanging however he was reprieved because of mitigating circumstances (he had previously saved the life of a drowning man) and transported to Australia on the Vittoria.
I visited the Church in Penryn which still stands and in the Churchyard found his father who is also William Niness who died in 1829 not long after his son was transported. He was 68 years.
I also found that the young William (a brazier) had also sailed to America on a Packet (fast mail ship).
In searching the county records office I also discovered some original leases where a William Ninness took up land from the Mayor and Burgesses of Penryn. The leases dated back to 1739. Yes another William!! This gent was a joiner.