"A native of Stepney, a neighborhood of St. Peter Port on the Isle of Guernsey in the English Channel, He spoke French as easily as his accented English. A slim, dark man, 5'5" tall, black hair with a noticeable scar on the back part of his head.
"He was the subject of the lightest reported punishment with the cat, 'six lashes for neglect of duty in heaving the lead' at Capetown. He was the man who bolstered the crew's resistance in the matter of the missing cheeses, reporting that he carried them to Bligh's house.
"He became both Pitcairn's blacksmith and sawmill operator. He was the nearest thing the Bounty crew had to a skilled mechanic, and was admired for his skill. After his wife was killed in a fall off a cliff, he was a lonely figure, isolated himself with his forge making the tools the colony needed. His enforced bachelorhood led him to severe depression, and in 1792, he announced that he was taking the cutter and leaving Pitcairn. In order to dissuade him, he was allowed to take one of the two women who were being shared by the six Tahitian men. This ultimately led to the killings of the five crewmen."