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Elizabeth Capel

Elizabeth Capel, one of 170 convicts transported on the Elizabeth and Henry, 11 February 1848

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Capel
Aliases: Elizabeth Beardshaw, Elizabeth Beecher, Elizabeth Capill, Elizabeth Self
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 9th March, 1818
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 17th July, 1880
Age: 62 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 12 years

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Nottingham Assizes
Sentence term: 12 years
Ship: Elizabeth and Henry
Departure date: 11th February, 1848
Arrival date: 30th June, 1848
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 254 Trove Website. Matters tagged Self Family or Thomas Edward Self.
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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greg webster on 27th January, 2013 wrote:

Married Thomas Edward Self who was a convict in Tasmania. She is mentioned at the Ross Womans Factory in Tasmania. On the Tasmanian Colonial History Website.
Died in Hobart Tasmania Newspaper through TROVE states -Newpaper 21 7 1880 SELF.-On Saturday, July 17, at her residence, 108, Collins-street, Elizabeth, relict of the late Thomas Self, after a short illness, in the 62nd year of her age.

Had six children to Self. She has a will recorded in Tasmania. Was a shopowner prior to her death.

John on 8th August, 2018 wrote:

Reported in the Nottingham Review on 23rd July 1847: “CUTTING AND STABBING. ELIZABETH CAPEL was charged with stabbing, cutting and wounding John Needham, on the 7th May, at Misson, with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.—Mr. Denison was for the case, and Mr. Wilmore for the defence.—John Needham said he was present at a “rearing supper” that night, and at one o’clock went to her house with a woman named Stocks. Had not been there about five minutes, when a stone came through the window. Went out, and heard the rustling of a woman’s clothes, but did not see any one. Afterwards, the prisoner came up to the witness and Stocks, and flew at him, saying, “D—n thee, Jack, I’ll stab thee!” He said, “Not so fast as that,” and threw her down. When she flew at him, she cut him on both cheeks. He says, “Yes, thou’s done it now; I shall bleed to death in a few minutes.” There was “blood tremendously; if a pig had been stuck there would not have been more.” After he was down, she kicked him twice; and when he got into his own house, she said if she had not finished him, she would. Witness thinks she meant to murder him. Never said anything to the contrary to any one. Had not said anything to Capel about the stone being thrown.—(By his Lordship.)—Had been on intimate terms with her after her marriage.—Ann Stocks confirmed the above account.—Mr. Carey, surgeon, who attended Needham, said there were five incised wounds on the face and ear. They were stabs, rather than cuts.—The defence was, that Capel, in going out of the house, took a knife away from the latch (put there to fasten the door) and forgetting in her excitement to lay it down, struck the prisoner, and unintentionally cut him with this weapon; he being the first to begin the scuffle.—Elizabeth Machin gave her a good character for humanity, and the jury, after a brief consultation, found her guilty of the assault, with intent to do bodily harm.
The court broke up at twenty minutes past six.
This concludes the business of the assizes for the town.”

John on 8th August, 2018 wrote:

Reported in the Liverpool Mercury on 18th May 1847: “STABBING BY A WOMAN.—A married woman, named Capel, residing at Misson, near Bawtry, has been commited to Nottingham gaol, charged with cutting and stabbing John Needham, with intent to murder him. The parties were neighbours, and had lived on good terms, probably too good, with each other. Needham, who had been at a rearing supper with a single woman named Ann Stocks, went home with the latter, who resided opposite Capel’s, about one o’clock in the morning. They had but just got in when the window was broken by a stone from without. On going into the street, Needham was attacked with great fury by the prisoner, who stabbed and cut him on four different parts of his face and neck. During the assault the prisoner exclaimed, “D—thee, I’ll be the death of thee as sure as thou art there,” and she afterwards said repeatedly, “If I have not done for him now, I will, if I am hanged for it the next minute.” The magistrates have thought fit to admit this truculent and bloodthirsty virago to bail.”

John on 6th November, 2018 wrote:

Elizabeth was christened on 17th April 1818 at St John the Baptist’s Church in Misson, Nottinghamshire. She was the daughter of John and Mary Beardshaw (also spelt Beacher or Boucher). When Elizabeth was 18 years old, she gave birth to an illegitimate son, John. Elizabeth married a widower named John Capill (also spelt Capel) on 25th December 1838 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. John Capill’s first wife, Sarah Clover, died in May 1835 aged 27. Elizabeth and John lived in Misson and had three children: Elizabeth in 1839, Mary Jane in 1843 and James in 1845. On 21st July 1847, Elizabeth was brought before the Nottingham
Assizes charged with wounding John Needham, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. She was found guilty of the assault and sentenced to 12 years transportation. She was taken to Millbank Prison where she spent about 7 months. On 2nd February 1848, she was taken from Millbank Prison to Woolwich where she was loaded onto the
convict transport, the “Elizabeth and Henry”. They arrived at Hobart, Tasmania, on 30th June 1848. Elizabeth spent most of the next 7 years at the Female Factory at Ross. On 8th July 1850, she gave birth to a son, William Capel, who lived only
19 months. On 16th May 1853, Elizabeth married Thomas Self, a former convict, at St George’s Church in Hobart. Elizabeth and Thomas had six children: Thomas Edward in 1853, Sarah Ann in 1855, Emily in 1856, Frederick in 1858, George Henry in 1859 and Rosina in 1862.

Convict Changes History

greg webster on 27th January, 2013 made the following changes:


John on 6th August, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Elizabeth Beardshaw, alias2: Elizabeth Self, date of birth: 9th March, 1818 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th July, 1880 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

John on 6th November, 2018 made the following changes:

alias3: Elizabeth Capill

John on 10th March, 2019 made the following changes:

alias2: Elizabeth Beecher (prev. Elizabeth Self), alias4: Elizabeth Self

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