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Mary Ann Coram

Mary Ann Coram, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lucy Davidson, 10 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Coram
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Prostitute
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 Life

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lucy Davidson
Departure date: 10th July, 1829
Arrival date: 29th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 107 (56)
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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Roger Churm on 30th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings
MARY ANN CORAM,Pocketpicking
9th April 1829

829.Mary Ann Coram,was indicted for stealing,on the 7th of March,1 watch,value 31.;1 seal,value 11.;1 watch-key,value 4s;and 1 ring,value 1s,the goods or Joseph Parman,from his person.

Joseph Parman.I am a cabinet-maker,and live in Old-street On the 7th of March I was in Sun-street,Vinegar-yard;about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes past twelve o’clock;I met the prisoner before in the City road she asked me to go home with her;I went with her to this place,and I was there about ten minutes -I then missed my watch-I been talking with her,but she had not asked me for any money-I had not taken any liberties with her,I am certain the watch was in my fob when I went on the hour-my seal,key and ring were to it-I did not take it-I felt her take it out;another woman came into the room at the same time,and went out directly;she came close to the prisoner,and was near enough to have taken the watch from her;I accused the prisoner,of having robbed me,pushed her towards the window,and called Watch.Watch several times;a man came into the room and said,“What do you do hear-what do you want” and struck me over the head with his first;I was then about to go,but at that moment the watchman came up;it was a front room,on the first floor,I was going down and met the watchman on the stairs;I gave charge of her-went to the watchhouse-the man followed us-he insisted upon coming in,and I gave charge of him,for striking me;it appeared to me that the other woman had got my watch;the prisoner was searched,but it was not found on her,nor on the man;the watch-housekeeper directed me to search all my pockets,which I did,and the watch was not about me then;there were between twenty and thirty people at the watch-house and I had to pass through them to get out;when I got opposite St Luke’s hospital,I found the watch in my left hand trousers pocket;I am sure it was not there when I was in the watch-house-it appeared to have been pulled,the ring was broken,and the seal and key were loose-the fob did not as if it had been pulled out;I will take my solemn oath that it was not there when I was in watch-house.

Richard Holman.I am a watchman.I heard a cry of “Watch” about half past twelve o’clock-I went to the house - the woman of the house said there was a piece of work up stairs;I went up-the prosecutor said he had been robbed of his watch;I took the prisoner,and found no watch on her;the man who came to the watch-house was locked up,and had three examinations,but was discharged.

Jesse Tustin. I am constable of the night.The prisoner was brought to the watch-house,about half past twelve o’clock ;the prosecutor seemed to have all his senses about him,and told his story correctly and well-I desired him to feel in all his pockets,if he had lost anything else-he did so;I said “Are you confident you have not lost any thing else"he felt all his pockets,and found this bag,with a sovereign and some silver in it,all safe;there were a great number of people in the watch-house and some outside.

Prisoner’s Defence.I never saw that he had a watch;on the following morning he told the watchman that a friend of his had been drinking with him,and had taken care of his watch for him;how could I possibly put a watch into his pocket without his knowing it;that man or woman would not have come up,only he broke all the ornaments on the mantle-piece.

GUILTY.Aged 29

Transported for life.

Peter Davis on 18th February, 2020 wrote:

Mary Ann Coram was indicted for stealing on the 7th March, 1 Watch, value 3/-; 1 seal, value 1/-; 1 watch-key, value 4s; and 1 ring 1s, the goods of Joseph Parnam, from his person.

JosephParnam:
I am a cabinet-maker and live in Old-street.  On the 7th of March I was in Sun-street, Vinegar-yard; about a quarter of an hour or twenty past twelve o’clock; I had met the prisoner before in the City-road - she asked me to go home with her; I went to this place, and was there about ten minutes - I then missed my watch - I had bee talking with her, but she had not asked me for any money - I had taken no liberties with her.

Richard Holman:
I am a watchman. I heard the cry of Watch! abut half past twelve o’clock - I went to the house - the woman of the house said there was a piece of work up stairs.

Mary Ann Coram:
I never saw that he had a watch; on the following morning, he told the watchman that a friend of his had been drinking with him, and had taken care of his watch for him; how could I possibly put a watch into his pocket without him knowing it; that man or woman would not have come up, only he broke all the ornaments on the mantel-piece.
GUILTY Aged 29 - Transported for Life

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 30th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), crime

Peter Davis on 18th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f, occupation

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