Would anybody be able to help me find my ancestor John Cross. He was in the British Army, serving in Upper Canada during the rebellion - he apparently deserted his post for 4 hours, and for this he was Court Martialled,and sentenced to 14 years, he was one of 260 other Convicts transported on the Layton, 09 July 1839, and sent to Van Diemen's Land.
I have his convict records - which tell me he was 22 years old, and his native place was Northamptonshire.
How do I find out about his trial records? Finding this might help me trace his actual family ( which I have had no luck with )
Also would be wonderful to find out which regiment he was in, if he was a foot soldier etc.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
With thanks - Eileen Jones