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Mary Clayton

Mary Clayton, one of 179 convicts transported on the Hindostan, 06 May 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Clayton
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 1881
Age: 81 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 3 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Lincoln Assizes
Sentence term: 3 years
Ship: Hindostan
Departure date: 6th May, 1839
Arrival date: 12th September, 1839
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 178 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 31 (17)
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 22nd August, 2011 wrote:

I found this whilst researching my Ancestor David Holdworth;
Victims Details HOLDSWORTH, David
Occupation:  Draper
Place of abode:  Barton on Humber
Place of crime:  Barton on Humber
Court:  ASSIZE
Trial date:  3/9/1839
Crime:  Stealing a piece of blond and goods the property of David
Holdsworth, draper, from his shop

Ellen Spiro on 27th November, 2019 wrote:

It is likely that this Mary Clayton is the Mary Clayton who spent 3 years in Van Dieman’s Land by mistake.
Mary Clayton was a widow, with two sons William and James.  Her husband James died in 1828. Mary was born a Brigg, Lincolnshire and Baptised there in 1800. Her parents were William and Agnes Burton.  William was a witness at the wedding of Mary and James Clayton in march 1825 at Wrawby (2 miles from Brigg).
Mary’s connections were respectable and after she was sentenced to 7 years transportation, 38 people appealed for mercy on her behalf. One was David Holdsworth, a draper, her prosecutor.
Mary’s sentence was remitted to 3 years and she was to serve this time in the penitentiary.
Instead, Mary was loaded onto the Hindostan and she sailed on 9 May 1839 to Van Diemen’s Land. Lord Worsley contacted the Colonial Office requesting that Mary be provided with a free passage home at the end of her 3 years sentence. She was freed by servitude 9 March 1842 and returned home to the village of Wrawby and her mother Agnes. Mary was reunited with her son James who is seen on the 1841 census as living with grandmother Agnes, and her other daughter Jane Burton (A dressmaker) at Little Lane Wrawby. Unsure of where William is at this time. Agnes died in 1861.
Mary married John Fussey at Hull, Yorkshire in 1844. No issue from this marriage. John Fussey died in Brigg aged 82 and Mary Fussey died in the Brigg Workhouse in 1881.
This information came to me second-hand,  via a local history grou. The words Wrawby History Group, Keith Searson and Bill Painter, printed at bottom of page.  So, for clarification of the story, please contact the http://www.wrawby.org.uk/history/history_3.html

D Wong on 27th November, 2019 wrote:

Mary Clayton was listed as 35 years old on arrival (B 1804).

Mother: Agnes and 2 brothers, Thomas and Peter at Native Place: Brigg, Lincolnshire.

At the expiry of this woman’s sentence she is to be allowed a free passage to England by order of the Secretary of State vide memo of PS 19th October 1841.

*Sentenced to 7 years transportation. 7 crossed out on her Conduct Record and replaced with a 3.

Occupation: Plain Cook/Housemaid.

Mary was 5’2” tall, fair complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes.

1842: Free Certificate.

Convict Changes History

Ellen Spiro on 27th November, 2019 made the following changes:

term: 3 years (prev. 7 years), date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1881 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

D Wong on 27th November, 2019 made the following changes:


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