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Mary Ann Drake

Mary Ann Drake, one of 120 convicts transported on the Canada, March 1810

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Drake
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1787
Occupation: Laundress
Date of Death: 1837
Age: 50 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Canada
Departure date: March, 1810
Arrival date: 8th September, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 121 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 10
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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Community Contributions

Deb on 28th January, 2012 wrote:

Mary Ann Drake married James W. Taylor in Sydney 1811. They had 5 children - James, George, John, William, Isabella. After James died widow Mary Ann Taylor (36yrs) married John Green (22yrs)in 1822. While there were no children in that marriage, Mary Ann Green’s children lived with them in her Kent St, Sydney residence where she died aged 50yrs in 1837. John Green died 1839.

B. Barnes on 2nd April, 2012 wrote:

Mary Ann Drake married James Taylor in St Phillip’s Church Sydney, 9th April 1811.Info sighted at State Records Office, The Rocks, Sydney.Vol 5,St Phillip’s Sydney, B.M.D. 1809-1811.Her first husband, James Taylor, died 13 September 1820 and interred on the 15th.Info again found in St. Phillip’s records, 1819-1825 Vol 8.  The Isabella noted elsewhere is not the daughter of James and Mary Ann.The handwritten church record of Bathurst has been sighted at the State Records Office, The Rocks, and the surname of the Mary is definitely not Drake!

Raima Flanagan on 12th December, 2013 wrote:

The Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser, 12 Jan 1837

B. Barnes on 6th February, 2014 wrote:

Mary Ann Drake married a fellow convict, James Taylor,(an original convict to Van Diemens Land on the Calcutta in 1803)in Sydney on 9 Apl, 1811. Vol 5. St Philips Sydney, BDM 1809-1811.  She had been granted her TOL on 1 Feb, 1811. Known children, James abt 1811, George abt 1813, John abt 1814 and William 18 Oct 1818. (Approx ages for James, George and John found in the Male Orphans Home records.  James Taylor died 13 Sept 1820 and the 3 boys mentioned above admitted to the Male Orphans Home.  Mary Ann (Drake) Taylor married yet another convict, John Green (arrived on the Hebe), 24 June, 1822. An article in The Sydney Herald (NSW:1831-1842)Thursday 12 Jan, 1837 p2, under the heading of Coroner’s Inquest, indicates Mary Ann Green had died in her Kent Street home “caused by suffocation brought on by excessive use of spirits and liquor”.  An entry for her first husband, James Taylor, can be found in the book “Convicts Unbound -“The Story of the Calcutta Convicts and their Settlement in Australia” by Marjorie Tipping.

Convict Changes History

Deb on 28th January, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1787-00-00, gender f

Raima Flanagan on 12th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 1837

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