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Isabella Barnes

Isabella Barnes, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isabella Barnes
Aliases: Rankelier (alias)
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 9th March, 1831
Age: 59 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fortune and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1806
Arrival date: 12th July, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 377 (188)
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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Denis Pember on 14th April, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Transcript (t18050529-35)
29 May 1805:
ISABELLA BARNES, alias RANCALIER, was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of April, a frock, value 1/6d. the property of Sarah Stevens.
SARAH STEVENS sworn. - I get my bread by selling things in the street.
Q. Are you a single woman ? - A. Yes, I am not married: On the 2d of April I sent my two children on an errand, at six o’clock at night; the oldest is six years old, and the other is three; the young child had a dark cotton frock on, when she left me; they had been gone twenty minutes when the woman, who sits at the corner of Leg-alley, Shoreditch, said that my little girl had been taken from my boy by a woman.
MARTHA NASH sworn. - I had been on an errand; I heard that a woman had ran away with the child; I ran down Bishopsgate-street after it, and could see nothing of the woman; coming home, I met the child in another woman’s arms; directly the child saw me she cried to come to me, I brought the child home, and went down Bishopsgate-street with a piece of the child’s frock, to see if I could find it at the pawnbroker’s; I went to Mr. Clarke’s, and Mr. Parsly said he had just taken it in, and if I had come five minutes sooner, I should have seen the woman. I found the frock at Mr. Clarke’s.
- PARSLY sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Clarke, a pawnbroker; the prisoner at the bar, on the 2d of April, brought me a frock, which I now produce, between six and seven o’clock in the evening, a very few minutes before Nash came; I lent her one shilling on it; I am certain she is the person.
THOMAS HART sworn. - I am a constable; I had the woman in custody; she acknowledged to me in the watch-house, that she pawned a frock at Mr. Clarke’s.
Q. Did she say when? - A. No, I asked her how she came by it; she told me she could not tell; she was stopped in the street by Mr. Matthews, he being present.
JOHN MATTHEWS sworn. - I am a pawnbroker; I was headborough at the time this happened: I took this woman into custody; I had her at Worship-street-Office when I was informed of this; I went and saw this frock at Mr. Clarke’s; I have known her these three or four years, she has been in the habit of using my shop; I had taken her up on another charge. (The frock produced and identified by the prosecutrix.)
Q.(To Parsly.) Had she pawned any other frocks at your house? - A. Yes, about three weeks before this.
Prisoner’s defence. I really believe I did pawn the frock I cannot disown it, how or which way I came by them I know not.
GUILTY, aged 33.
Transported for seven years.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Denis Pember on 14th April, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Isabella had a de-facto relationship with Joseph Ward (Convict, Coromandel, 1802). This relationship took place C1811 and the couple had 1 son, Joseph, born June 29th 1812 at Parramatta.
However, in the 1814 Muster Isabella is listed as:- Barns, Isabella, Alexander 2, free, off stores, wife to W. Burbid.
This would be William Burbridge (Convict, Albermarle, 1791). The couple had a long term relationship and were married at St James, Sydney in 1828. They seem to have had no children.

Denis Pember on 14th April, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 70…
[Ref B3145] Burbridge, William, 57, conditional pardon, Albermarle, 1791, life, Protestant, shopkeeper, Castlereagh Street Sydney.
[Ref B3146] Burbridge, Isabella, 57, free by servitude, Alexander, 1806, 7 years, Protestant.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 14th April, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Rankelier (alias) (prev. Rankelier (Alias)), date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 9th March, 1831 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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