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Mary Ann Bell

Mary Ann Bell, one of 97 convicts transported on the Lord Sidmouth, 07 September 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Bell
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Servant of all work
Date of Death: 27th December, 1879
Age: 74 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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Sidmouth
Departure date: 7th September, 1822
Arrival date: 27th February, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 97 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 199 (100)
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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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 21st March, 2012 wrote:

Buried at Old Dubbo Cemetery, NSW.  Also interred with her is her grandson Fredrick Bell died 21/3/1881. Aged 8, after a fall from a horse.

Glenn Bernard Armstrong on 14th July, 2018 wrote:

Maiden Name: Mary Ann McCormick
Born: 1805 Dublin, Ireland

D Wong on 15th July, 2018 wrote:

Theft: theft from a specified place.
6th June 1821
Reference Number t18210606-50
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Death
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749. MARY ANN BELL was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of January , at Allhallows, Staining , one coat, value 3 l.; one waistcoat, value 10 s.; one watch, value 4 l.; two seals, value 2 l. 10 s.; one key, value 6 d.; two scarfs, value 3 l.; one shawl, value 2 l.; two gowns, value 1 l.; one cloak, value 1 l.; and one pair of gloves, value 1 s., the goods of George Webb , in his dwelling-house .

GEORGE WEBB . I am a butcher , and live at No. 3, Fishmonger’s-alley , in the parish of Allhallows, Staining, and rent the whole house; the prisoner was my servant of all work , she had lived five days with me - she left the house without our knowledge; I was sent for, and missed a silver hunting-watch, off the bed-room mantlepiece, (which is the top room) and the rest of the property stated in the indictment. I had not worn my coat after the Sunday.

ELIZA WEBB . I am the wife of George Webb ; the prisoner came into our service on Monday, and left on Saturday about twelve o’clock, without notice; she was the only servant - The business is carried on at Leadenhall-market.

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When I missed her, I examined the house; I had seen the watch on Friday morning. On examination, I found a chest of drawers in the bed-room turned round, the back broken open, they had been attempted to be forced in front - it was broken in several places; I missed a coat and scarf from the drawers. I had put the coat in the drawer on Monday, the watch, seals, and key were stolen; another scarf was taken from the parlour; I had told her to put it round the child; they were not new scarfs, the white one was nearly new, and cost me three guineas and a half; that was taken from the drawer, the other was worth 1 l. I missed a shawl from the same drawer, it was worth 4 l. it cost me that, I had it about two years, but had not worn it a great deal.
GEORGE WEBB re-examined. The watch cost me five guineas. I had had it four or five years; the seals were gold one cost me 2 l. 10 s., the other 1 l. 5 s. I had them two years; my coat was worth about 14 s. She came into our service on the 27th of January; she was not apprehended till the 5th of May, we could not find her before.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Did you sleep in the top room - A. Yes; and wound the watch up every night,

THOMAS NICHOLS . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Grays Inn-lane. I have a coat, waistcoat, and shawl, which were pawned together on the 27th of January, for 1 l. 12 s. in the name of Ann Smith , Field-lane. The person who took them has left - I do not know who pawned them.

THOMAS WEBB . I am shopman to Mr. Turner, of Bridges-street, Covent-garden. I have a silver watch, a gold key, two gowns, and a scarf, which were all pawned on the 27th of January, in the name of Smith; I advanced 1 l. 3 s. on the watch, and 14 s. on the other things - I do not believe the prisoner pawned them.

Cross-examined. Q. You would not lend more - A. That is the utmost I should sell the watch for, that and 20 per cent interest which is 1 l. 14 s.

JOHN FORRESTER . I am a constable. On the 5th of May I apprehended the prisoner at the Guardian Society’s house, Cannon-street-road. I searched, and found nothing on her; I told her I took her for robbing Mr. Webb, with whom she formerly lived; the matron told me, in her presence, where to find the things produced, she said nothing to it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MRS. WEBB. She left us on the 27th. When I got up in the morning, the drawers were in their proper state.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you find them turned round, or were they put back - A. I found them turned round, and the kitchen poker lying on the carpet. The house is two stories high; our door is kept shut; we have no lodgers; there was nobody in the house but her. A little girl was to go to the house while I went out, but she could not get in, for the prisoner had left the house, with the children in it. I left it at ten o’clock, and returned between one and two o’clock. She might have gone out and returned if she pleased.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 21.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 21st March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1879-12-27, gender f

Glenn Bernard Armstrong on 14th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 15th July, 2018 made the following changes:


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