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Martha Burrell

Martha Burrell, one of 53 convicts transported on the Speedy, October 1799

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Burrell
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 14th November, 1852
Age: 78 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 clothes
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Speedy
Departure date: October, 1799
Arrival date: 15th April, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 53 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 259 (129). NSW State Records, Convict Muster (1825: HO10/19)& Census (1828: HO10/21)& Convict Indents (NRS 1151, item 4/3999, Microfiche 625)
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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Anonymous on 30th June, 2011 wrote:

Record held at Surrey History Centre
[Ref. QS2/7/1796 Indictments]
“Surrey the jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath present that Martha Burrell late of the Parish of Saint Mary of Newington in the County of Surrey Spinster on the first day of November in the thirty sixth Year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord George the third now King of Great Britain with Force and Arms at the parish aforesaid in the county aforesaid one silk Bonnet of the value of eight shillings one lace Cap of the value of twenty shillings one cotton Gown of the value of four shillings five pairs of cotton Stockings of the value of two shillings and six pence eight pieces of gold coin of this realm called Guineas of the value of eight pounds and eight shillings four other pieces of gold coin of this realm called half Guineas of the value of two pounds and two shillings and eight pieces of silver coin of this realm called Crown pieces of the value of forty shillings of the Goods, Monies and Chattels of Thomas Nichols then and there being found feloniously did steal take and carry away Against the Peace of our Lord the King his Crown and Dignity.
21 Lawson”

Anonymous on 15th September, 2011 wrote:

Martha Burrell was my great-great-great-great-great grandmother.

Her trial date was 12 January 1796. She was imprisoned on a hulk for over 3 years, during which time she gave birth to a son, before being transported to Australia.

Notes: Arrived in Australia as a convict aboard "Speedy", 10th fleet, 15 April 1800. Also with her was her son John(2 years). It is believed Martha told her son John that his father was an officer named James Burrell. This name appears on John’s Death Certificate and Martha’s maiden name left blank.
The "Speedy" weighed 313 tons and was built in the River Thames in 1779 as a whaler. The vessel was under the command of Capt. George Quested and along with HMS Minerva and Friendship formed the tenth fleet.
On board the Speedy were 53 females convicts, three of whom died en route. Also on board was Capt. Phillip Gidley King to replace John Hunter as Governor, George Caley and Francis Barrallier. The voyage took 142 days and went via Cape Horn.

On arrival in Australia Martha was allowed to work for Thomas Sharpe (Private: arrived in Sydney NSW 17 September 1791 aboard "Sugar Cane".  He was in Capt. Macarthur’s Company, New South Wales Corps (Rums Corps), later renamed 102nd Regiment of Foot.  He transferred to the 73rd Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion about 1812).
Martha and Thomas were married on 13 March 1810 at St Phillips Church, Sydney , Rev,William Cowper officiating.
The muster of 1823 lists Martha as a widow of Richmond. (Thomas died 29 January 1823).
The 1828 census Martha was recorded under the name Bunnell ( ? mispelling of Burrell) as living with James Paget (Pagett per Neptune 28 June 1790)in Richmond NSW with the two youngest Sharp children.
Death rego = V1852941 38B/1852 SHARP MARTHA AGE 77 OR
V18521188 157/1852 SHARP MARTHA AGE 77
More About Martha Burrell:
Baptism: 08 Feb 1778, Overstoke Hampshire England
Burial: St Peters Cemetery, Richmond NSW.

Geoff Mutton on 16th November, 2013 wrote:

Record held at Surrey History Centre [Ref. QS2/7/1796 Indictments]
“Surrey the jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath present that Martha Burrell late of the Parish of Saint Mary of Newington in the County of Surrey Spinster on the first day of November in the thirty sixth Year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord George the third now King of Great Britain with Force and Arms at the parish aforesaid in the county aforesaid one silk Bonnet of the value of eight shillings one lace Cap of the value of twenty shillings one cotton Gown of the value of four shillings five pairs of cotton Stockings of the value of two shillings and six pence eight pieces of gold coin of this realm called Guineas of the value of eight pounds and eight shillings four other pieces of gold coin of this realm called half Guineas of the value of two pounds and two shillings and eight pieces of silver coin of this realm called Crown pieces of the value of forty shillings of the Goods, Monies and Chattels of Thomas Nichols then and there being found feloniously did steal take and carry away Against the Peace of our Lord the King his Crown and Dignity. 21 Lawson”

Jean brook on 25th January, 2019 wrote:

Just found her today my 8th generation grandmother, she is the third female convict direct line and I also have three Malle direct lines all grandparents who are convicts..Im so happy I found her today.. Jean brook

Iris Dunne on 25th January, 2019 wrote:

Convict Indents:- aged 22, Estimated birth year about 1774, Tried 12 January 1796, with her child 2 years old (John)

Convict Muster 1825:- Estimated birth year about 1792, Employment: Widow at Windsor

1828 Census: Estimated birth year about 1747, aged 53, Free by servitude, Protestant, Employment: with James Paget[sic]

More Information
https://australianroyalty.net.au/individual.php?pid=I64037&ged=purnellmccord.ged
http://www.thetreeofus.net/7/254926.htm

Convict Changes History

Geoff Mutton on 16th November, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 14th November, 1852, gender, crime

Iris Dunne on 25th January, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 259 (129). NSW State Records, Convict Muster (1825: HO10/19)& Census (1828: HO10/21)& Convict Indents (NRS 1151, item 4/3999, Microfiche 625) (prev. Au

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