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Mary Christy

Mary Christy, one of 140 convicts transported on the Henry Wellesley, 17 July 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Christy
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 29th November, 1859
Age: 46 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Man robbery
Convicted at: Hertford Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Henry Wellesley
Departure date: 17th July, 1837
Arrival date: 22nd December, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 139 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 96
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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Heather Stevens on 12th November, 2020 wrote:

Birth About 1813 • Essex, England, probably at Takeley.

According to her death certificate, she was born in ‘Taitly, Essex, England,’ father John Christy farm bailiff, mother’s maiden name not known. However her convict indent has native place ‘Hertford’. Birth year 1813 comes from her age in the convict indent and application for permission to marry. Takeley Essex is 5 miles from Bishop’s Stortford Hertfordshire which is where she committed her crime.

Conviction: 1 March 1837 at Hertford Assizes for the crime of ‘man robbery’ and sentenced to be transported for seven years.

On 7 March 1837, the Hertford Mercury and Reformer reported that at the Herts. Lent Assizes,

“Mary Christy (22), was convicted of stealing on the 10th. of February last, at Bishop’s Stortford, one silver watch, one steel chain, and two watch keys, the property of Joseph Drags, of Bishop’s Stortford, and sentenced to be transported for seven years.”

Departure 17 July 1837 on the Henry Wellesley, which arrived Sydney NSW in December 1837

Convict Indent: Mary Christy, 24, general house servant, convicted of ‘man robbery’, native place Hertford, single, Protestant, cannot read or write, height 5ft 4, complexion ruddy and much freckled, light brown hair, hazel eyes, scar on the back of her left wrist.

In the 1837 convict muster: age 24 at the Factory at Newcastle.

Marriage to Thomas Brown (1812–1870) 1840 • Stroud, New South Wales, Australia: Applications for marriage 16 January 1840: Thomas Brown 28 Ld Melville (3) 7 B, and Mary Christy 27 Hy Wellesly (2) 7 ‘free’, applied by Wm Cowper, Port Stephens. Permission was granted 4 February. The marriage ceremony was performed on 31 March by William M Cowper: Thomas Brown of Stroud and Mary Christy of Stroud, by Banns, witnesses William Brown of Stroud and Ellen Hilder. Thomas and William Brown signed, the two women marked with a cross.

Death 29 November 1859 at Stroud hotel, Stroud. Her death certificate has age 45, cause of death hepatitis, anasarca, duration 35 days, medical attendant Patrick Walsh Mallon, surgeon, last seen 28 November 1859. No issue of marriage. Informant was her husband Thomas Brown, innkeeper of Gloucester.

Burial 30 November 1859 at Stroud.

See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Christy-1323 for sources

Convict Changes History

Heather Stevens on 12th November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 29th November, 1859 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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