was my GGG Grandfather, who married Mary Ryan (or Hanratty) in 1851.According to John’s death certificate, he had been in the colony for 26 years, which would make his arrival to be around 1832. The only person with a surname of Shoulders that I have been able to find arriving in the colony around this time was Henry Shoulders, who had arrived on board the ship ” Planter”
with a life sentence, he was assigned to Mr Buchannon (ref: 4⁄4017).
I have as yet, not been able to find any other record of any other ‘Shoulders’ arriving in NSW.
Variant Spellings that I have come across are: Shoulders, Shoulder, Showler, Showlder
With Henry dying in 1865 and John in 1856, it’s confirmed that they are not the same person but were they related somehow? Did Henry bring out his family? Or did John use an alias?
Also, there could be a connection with the a James Shoulder alias, James Showlder who was born in AYLESBURY, Buckinghamshire and served in the 11th Dragoons. (Date range: 1817-1838). He was 38 at the time (UK National Archives Reference: WO 97/120/95).