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Martha Bettelley

Martha Bettelly, one of 127 convicts transported on the Mary, 03 June 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Bettelley
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th April, 1797
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th November, 1873
Age: 76 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: Larceny from a person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 3rd June, 1823
Arrival date: 5th October, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 126 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 64 Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original Data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Description: This collection includes birth and christening records from England. Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related
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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Chris Peters on 12th April, 2015 wrote:

Martha Bettelley was born on 10th April 1797 and was baptised on 18th May 1799 at Church Eaton, Stafford, England. Her parents were Richard and Anne Betttelley. Records show that Richard Bettelley was married to Ann Humpback on 26 Sep 1783 and had nine children. 
\We don’t know Martha’s occupation, however in February 1822,  at age 25, according to the London Morning Chronicle (22.2.1822)  she was convicted on 20.2.1822 of a capital crime:  of “breaking and entering the house of Mm Tuck …..and stealing therein a quantity of wearing apparel, his property.” Also reported in the London Statesman of 29.3.1822.
She was sentenced at the Old Bailey courts, inexplicably, to a death sentence. This was at some point commuted to transportation, for which the record shows not life, as you would expect, but 7 years. A glance at the same day’s court records shows how harsh the system was. A boy aged 9 was convicted of larceny and sentenced to 7years, also another male thief aged 17 convicted to “Life Transportation.”
Martha was transported to Sydney on 3rd June 1823 then to Hobart in the ship “Mary” with 126 other female convicts. (Note: The “Mary” did six convict voyages, 1821-1835, all carried only female convicts) The ship arrived on 3rd February 1824.  Martha then shows up on the list of female convicts at the Hobart Town Female Factory. This institution operated from 1821 until 1829 when the Cascades Female Factory was built.  Surprisingly, Martha was married to John Boon one year later, in 1825. Female convicts were mainly sent to the Female Factory or otherwise sent into domestic service. There is a record in Pardons and Tickets of Leave, 1834-1859 which shows Martha Bettely but no date is given.  Martha died on 11.11.1873 in Launceston and had moved there presumably to be with her daughter, Eliza Ann Peters (nee Boon), wife of James Peters.

Convict Changes History

Chris Peters on 12th April, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 64 Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original D

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