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Mary Adams

Mary Adams, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Adams
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1757
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 1788
Age: 31 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 293 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 11 (7)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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D Wong on 3rd June, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
MARY ADAMS, Theft > theft from a specified place, 13th December 1786.
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 40s
Punishment: Transportation

The said MARY ADAMS was again indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3rd day of September last, two cotton gowns, value 24 s. one green sluff petticoat, value 3 s. one white callico petticoat, value 12 d. two shirts, value 5 s. one shift, value 1 s. one hat, value 2 s. one ostrich feather, value 6 s. one silver thimble, value 12 d. the property of John Oliver, in his dwelling house.

They moved the things out of their room, to let a gentleman and lady sleep in the room that night; and they used me very ill; and put the things along with mine; and my mistress was always drunk; and I took the things all in my apron together, and set off about four o’clock in the morning; I did not know I had the things till a fortnight after.
GUILTY, Of stealing, to the value of 30 s.
Transported for seven years.

Mary arrived on the Lady Penryn.

Mary Adams was aged 29 and living with a soldier at the Strand in London at the time of her conviction.

1788: Mary died at Sydney Cove.

Convict Changes History

Hayley on 1st September, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation

emma.jacobs on 19th October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1757 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 3rd June, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1788 (prev. 0000), crime

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