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Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Corbett
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Worcester Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194; Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 28 January 1813, p.2 Sydney Gazette, 21 September 1816 and 28 September 1816 page 2. St Phillip's Church baptism register.
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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Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 wrote:

Sarah Corbett was tried at Worcester Assizes during 1812 and was transported for LIFE on the ship “Northampton” arriving in June 1815.

Sarah gave birth to a son in late August two months after arriving in NSW.  She recorded the child’s surname as “Harman”. It’s likely she became pregnant to a sailor or worker on board the “Northampton” while waiting at Deptford from November before the ship sailed. Alternatively to someone she knew in Worcester Jail immediately before leaving for Deptford.

She was pregnant on board for the journey. 

On arrival she picked up with a man called Richard Davis and at the baptism of the child, named John, Davis represented himself as the parent, with Sarah. The baby was baptised on 17 Sept 1815 at St Phillips.

Within a yer though Sarah had abandoned her child and done a runner.  It was thought she had hidden on the “Atals” convict ship, with Elizabeth Wright who had also been on “Northampton”. By the time the following advertisement was run, the “Atlas; had departed:

Sydney Gazette, 21 September 1816 and 28 September 1816 page 2
“Sarah Corbett, supposed to be on board the Atlas, 22 years of age, tried at
Worcester, 1812, for life; and has abandoned her infant Child, arrived per ‘Northampton’ “

Born 27 August 1815 - John Harman, son of Richard Davis & Sarah Corbett; Baptised 17 Sep 1815, Registered at St Philip’s Church of England Sydney,

Sydney Gazette, 21 September 1816 and 28 September 1816 page 2
Sarah Corbett, supposed to be on board the Atlas, 22 years of age, tried at
Worcester, 1812, for life; and has abandoned her infant Child, arrived per Northampton.

The Atlas had already departed at the beginning of August when this advetisement appearsd.

Robin Sharkey on 5th October, 2018 wrote:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 28 January 1813, p.2
“ASSIZES - At Worcester, Daniel Jackson, John Cope, William Cope, Ann Williams, Sarah Corbett, Henry White, John Smith, and John Taylor, for burglaries; James eaton for stealing a mare; and Phillip Gittins[?] for sheep stealing received sentence of death, and all were reprieved except William and John Cope, who it is expected will suffer on Friday week; there were four indictments against them for burglaries besides that on which they were convicted.”

Robin Sharkey on 5th October, 2018 wrote:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 28 January 1813, p.2
“ASSIZES - At Worcester, Daniel Jackson, John Cope, William Cope, Ann Williams, Sarah Corbett, Henry White, John Smith, and John Taylor, for burglaries; James eaton for stealing a mare; and Phillip Gittins[?] for sheep stealing received sentence of death, and all were reprieved except William and John Cope, who it is expected will suffer on Friday week; there were four indictments against them for burglaries besides that on which they were convicted.”

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194 Sydney Gazette, 21 September 1816 and 28 September 1816 page 2. St Phillip's Church baptism register (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Micro

Robin Sharkey on 5th October, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194; Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 28 January 1813, p.2 Sydney Gazette, 21 September 1816 and 28 September 1816 page 2. St Phillip's C

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