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Martha Chamberlain

Martha Chamberlain, one of 131 convicts transported on the Indispensible, October 1795

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Chamberlain
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 14th March, 1833
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indispensible
Departure date: October, 1795
Arrival date: 30th April, 1796
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 131 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 208
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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Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote:

JOHN JONES and MARTHA CHAMBERLAIN were indicted for feloniously and burglariously stealing, breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Cox , about the hour of ten in the night, on the 23d of May , and burglariously stealing therein, a man’s cloth coat, value 6s. a pair of mens velveret breeches, value 7s. a man’s cloth waistcoat, value 1s. a man’s hat, value 10s. a woman’s cotton gown, value 10s. a black silk bonnet, value 6s. and a stuff quilted petticoat, value 7s. the goods of the said John Cox.
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice LAWRENCE.
Martha Chamberlain, one of 131 convicts transported on the Indispensible, departing England in October 1795 on the ship ‘Indispensible’. She was tried at Middlesex Gaol on 1 Jul 1795 and found guilty of stealing goods value 39 shillings, but not guilty of breaking and entering. Her sentence was 7 years. She was aged 21 a singlewoman, native place Parish St Giles, Middlesex. The ship arrived in the colony on 30 Apr 1796.

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, Martha married George Best (Convict, William & Ann, 1791).  They married At Parramatta, September 17, 1797.
George Best of the parish of Parramatta and Martha Chamberlain of the parish of Parramatta were married in this church by banns this seventeenth day of Se[ int he year one thousand seven hundred and ninty [sic] seven by me Samuel Marsden
Both George and Martha signed the register with their X mark
In the presence of Joseph Souter and Mary Phillips who both sighed the register.
The couple had 10 children, only one of whom did not survive infancy.

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref B1105] Best, George 72, absolute pardon Wm & Ann, 1792 life, Protestant, settler, Seven Hills, 805 acres 340 cleared, 70 cultivated, 19 horses, 340 horned cattle and 1140 sheep.
[Ref B1106] Best, Martha, 53, free by servitude, Indispensible, 1796, 7 years, Protestant
Best, Sarah 20 born in the colony
Best, John 17 born in the colony
Best, Robert 16 born in the colony
Best, peter 14 born in the colony
Best, William 13 born in the colony

Rory Cunningham on 26th April, 2020 wrote:

A Martha Chamberlain, daughter of William and Mary, was indeed born on November 6 1776 and baptised on December 8 at St. Benet Paul’s Wharf in London, but another Martha was born to William and Mary on October 13 and baptised on November 12 1780 at the same church. The first Martha must have died, and sure enough there is the record of the burial of Martha Chamberlain ‘an Infant’ at the same church on May 18 1777. The second one seems too young to have been described as 21 at the time of her trial in 1795.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st September, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Name: Martha Chamberlain
Age: 21. Estimated Birth Year: abt 1774
Date of conviction: 1 Jan 1795 - Middlesex
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Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 14th March, 1833 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

Gail Nettle on 11th June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 6th November, 1776 (prev. 0000)

Rory Cunningham on 26th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 6th November, 1776)

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1774 (prev. 0000)

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