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Susannah Blake

Susannah Blake, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Susannah Blake
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Passing forged notes
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194; Salisbury & Winchester Journal, Monday 11 April 1814 page 4 Bank Of England Freshfields correspondence, NSW COlonial Secretary's correpondece - Surgeon Arnold's journalre Northampton; petitions; 1828 Census St Phillips registers- Birth/Death. Syd Gaz 20/1/1822
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

Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 wrote:

Susannah Blake was transported for 14 years for passing forged notes at Andover in April 1814. SHe was then 36 years old.

She was married to a blacksmith, William Blake and had a daughter, Diana less than 1 yer old.  Her husband was, unusually, allowed to come free on the same convict ship with her to NSW. (See 19 June 1814 letter of surgeon, Arnold, 1828 Census).

Susannah petitioned the bank of England, with a letter from Deptford where waiting for sail, dated 3 December 1814, for some monetary support adopting the usual line of all the ‘note forging’ women on board that she and her child were very much distressed.  She did not own to the fact that she had a husband still very much sticking by her or she would not have received any assistance.

* June 1815 - arrival in NSW
* She was assigned to her husband
* 1817, 26 August BIRTH of daughter ELIZA Blake. Baptised 13 October 1817. Father William Blake. Registered St Phillip’s church
Baby Eliza DIED three months later, 25 November 1817, registered St Phillips.

1821 December: - Petition of Susannah for mitigation of sentence.
1822 - Petition of husband William on behalf of wife for mitigation.

1822 Sept Muster - Convict still, wife of William Blake
  William a DEALER, Sydney

1825, 20 January - Sydney Gazette -Leases for the undermentioned Persons for ALLOTMENTS of Ground in the Town of Sydney, are now ready for Delivery at this Office, [includes WILLIAM BLAKE]

1825 Sept Muster - Convict still, 14 yrs, wife of William Blake
  Jane Blake age 3
  Dianna Blake age 16
  William a shopkeeper, Sydney

1825, November 26 -  To be granted an absolute pardon; incorrectly listed as per “Indian”. She has a 2and 1/2 year remission on her sentence.

1828 Census - she puts up the fiction that she came free:
Susannah Blake, Age: 52, Protestant, Arrived per Northampton 1815, Came Free [ NOT CORRECT] ; Householder: William Blake; Residence: King St Household Return district: Sydney
  jane Blake age 6 Protestant, King Street
  Dianna Blake age 16, ”    ”      “
William Blake also aged 52. Protestant. Free per Northampton, King St Sydney

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194; Salisbury & Winchester Journal, Monday 11 April 1814 page 4 Bank Of England Freshfields correspondence, NSW COlonial Secretary's correpondece - Su

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