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Mary Chapman

Mary Chapman, one of 99 convicts transported on the Speke, March 1808

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Speke
Departure date: March, 1808
Arrival date: 16th November, 1808
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 402 James McClelland's researches. Portia Robinson 'Women of Botany Bay 1788-1827'
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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iain Frazier on 30th August, 2019 wrote:

This lady is mentioned in Portia Robinson ‘Women of Botany Bay 1788-1827’-but no new biographical information

Tony Beale on 20th February, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online (DOB from here)

718. MARY CHAPMAN and MARY ANN MARGARET RILEY , were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Robert Levit , about the hour of three in the afternoon, on the 27th of October , Peter Barbe and John Fossit , and others, then in the house being, and stealing therein a gown, value 10 s. the goods of the said Robert Levit ; five gowns, value 50 s. five petticoats, value 4 s. two shifts, value 3 s. a pair of stockings value 1 s. two habit shirts, value 1 s. 6 d. a half shawl, value 6 d. and a pair of pockets, value 6 d. the property of Mary Levit , spinster .

MARY LEVIT . I am the daughter of Robert Levit , he is a cutter of boots and shoes ; he lives at No. 9, Church-lane, St. Martin’s parish .

Q. Did you lose any of your clothes. - A. Yes, I missed them on the 27th of October, about four in the afternoon; I had seen them on the same day at twelve at noon, they were safe in my father’s house in the one pair of stairs room.

Q. Is the door of the house generally left open. - A. It is always open, from morning to night. At four o’clock I was going up stairs, I saw the door on a jar, in which room I had left the things, they were in a drawer all but two of the gowns; they were left hanging up in the next room. I turned the key when I came out, I cannot say whether it was locked, I did not try the door to see whether it was or not; on seeing the door of the room a-jar I went in, nobody was there: the drawers were open, and the things taken out; I missed four gowns out of the drawers, and these two gowns from the line.
Q. What was the value of the six gowns. - A. I cannot say, I think two pounds; the petticoats are worth four shillings, the shifts three shillings, a pair of stockings a shilling, the habit shirt and the half shawl are worth sixpence each; I saw two gowns and a bed gown the same night.

Q. Did you find all your clothes at the pawnbrokers. A. No, I have not found them all yet.

JOHN WINFIELD . I live at 178, Drury-lane.

Q. Do you know either of the two persons at the bar. A. I know the prisoners are the two persons that came to pawn the gown on the 27th of October, about seven o’clock in the evening; they both came and brought this gown; I lent them seven shillings on it, it was Riley that gave me the gown; I gave her the seven shillings; I perceived the gown was too wide for her, I asked her whose gown it was, she said it was her sister’s, and she had sent her with it. The young woman came to enquire, and left a pattern; when I came home I found the gown. Going along Drury-lane I saw Townshend, I acquainted him with it; they were apprehended the next day, and I appeared against them at Bow-street. I produce the gown.

Prosecutrix. This I am sure is my mother’s gown; I had put it in my drawer that morning with my own.

ROBERT STARKEY . I am a shopman to Mr. Collins, Long Acre. On the 6th of October, about six o’clock in the evening, both the prisoners came to the shop; they pawned a gown and petticoat; I gave ten shillings on the gown, and four on the petticoat.

Q. Who offered them to pawn. - A. Chapman did; they did; they had the duplicates made out in two names; I gave Chapman the money for them.

JAMES FLYSN. I am a servant to Lee and Barnes, Broad-street, Bloomsbury. On the 27th of October, both the prisoners came into the shop between six and seven in the evening; they pawned this gown in the name of Chapple; I gave four shillings on it; I am sure they are the persons.

DAVID BATES . I am servant to Mr. Hinckesman, Broad-street, St. Giles’s: on the 27th of October, about seven o’clock, the prisoner pledged a bed gown at our shop, I gave nine pence for it. When the prisoner came again to our shop, I told Mr. Hinckesman the circumstance as Townsend the officer had been to our shop. Mr. Hinckesman stopped them, and I went for an officer. They had pledged the shawl with us for sixpence.

- PICKERING. I am a patrol of Bow-street; I was fetched by the last witness; I took the prisoner in custody at Mr. Hinckesman’s shop and searched them. I found the duplicate of a half shawl upon Chapman. I asked them what they had done with the things; they said they knew nothing about it.

JOSEPH TOWNSHEND. I know nothing more than tracing the property.

Q. to Levit. Is there a person of the name of Peter Barbe and John Fossit , that lodges in your house. - A. Yes.

Q. Was Barbe at home. - A. I do not think he was out, I cannot be sure; I was at home.

Chapman’s Defence. I know nothing at all about the things.

Riley’s Defence the same.


RILEY, GUILTY, aged 15.

Of stealing to the value of thirty nine shillings only, not of breaking and entering the dwelling house .

Both - Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant

Convict Changes History

iain Frazier on 30th August, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 402 James McClelland's researches. Portia Robinson 'Women of Botany Bay 1788-1827' (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class an

Tony Beale on 20th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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