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Ann Williams Edwards

Ann Williams, one of 191 convicts transported on the Garland Grove, 07 September 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ann Williams Edwards
Aliases: Ann (alias) Williams
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th January, 1822
Occupation: Maid
Date of Death: 14th January, 1890
Age: 68 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 10 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Anglesey Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Garland Grove
Departure date: 7th September, 1842
Arrival date: 20th January, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 197 (100)
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 30th September, 2011 wrote:

(Article which appeared in the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald, March 26, 1842.)
“The learned judge (Mr. Justice Coltham) arrived at Beaumaris from Caernarvon at 9 o’clock on the evening of Saturday last, and immediately proceeded to the Shire Hall to open commission.

On the following day (Sunday) his lordship attended divine service in the chapel of St. Mary, where an appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. Hugh Jones of Llanfaes, the Sheriff’s Chaplain, from Romans Ch.4v10.

The Court opened at ten o’clock and the usual formalities having been gone through, a grand jury was empanelled, consisting of the following gentlemen:-
Hon. Charles C. Vivian, M.P., Foreman;
  "  William Owen Stanley, M.P.;
William Bulkeley Hughes, Esq., M.P.;
Richard T. Griffith, Esq.;
Charles Henry Evans, Esq.;
Vice Admiral Robert Lloyd;
John Williams, Esq., Treffos;
John Price, Esq., Cadnant;
Thomas Williams,  Esq., Glan yr Afon;
Robert Jones Hughes, Esq.;
Edmund. E. Meyrick, Esq., Beaumaris;
Llewelyn Jones, Esq., Beaumaris;
Charles Stanhope Jones, Esq., Tros yr Afon;
John Lloyd Price, Esq.;
Henry Webster, Esq., Vitriol;
Thomas Owen, Esq., Plas Penmynydd;
Owen Roberts, Esq., Bwlan;
Rice Roberts, Esq., Plas Llangefni;
James Treweek, Esq., Mona Lodge;
Stephen Roose, Esq., Glan y Don;
John Paynter, Esq., Maes y Llwyn.

His Lordship, in addressing the Grand Jury, congratulated them on a small amount of crime that appeared upon the calendar. And a case of serious crime that required the utmost discouragement. He referred to that in which Anne Williams was charged with stealing wearing apparel from a dwelling house. The case presented no difficulty as the property seemed to have been found upon her.

Lord Vivian, at the close of the address took his seat, on the bench beside the learned judge.

The grand jury having found a true bill against Anne Williams, otherwise Anne Edwards, for house breaking, the prisoner pleaded not guilty of the charge of having feloniously broken into the house of Thomas Hughes at Llanfechell on 27 February last and stolen there from two cotton gowns, a pair of stays, a silk handkerchief and several other articles of wearing apparel.
Mr. Townsend stated the case on behalf of the prosecution
Ann Hughes, sister of the prosecutor, who lives at Tyddyn cowarch Llanfechell. She deposed that she left the articles named in the indictment, safe in her room in her brother’s house on the Sunday morning and that on her return from chapel at noon, she found the window bar removed and the articles missing; a person standing on the ground outside could reach to the window; prisoner being seen to wear one of the gowns on Wednesday; witness went with Margaret Owen and Ellen Williams to her house and stood outside while they went in; they brought out of her house one of the gowns that had been stolen together with a handkerchief and the stays.

Thomas Hughes, brother of the last witness, went shortly after his sister to chapel on Sunday the 27th of February, and left all safe, the window barred, and the door locked; outside the window does not reach higher than his breast, and is large enough to admit a person to go through; on his return from chapel the window was ajar, and the bar had been removed; knows the prisoner, but had never given her any of the articles. 

By the prisoner: Did not take them to her house on the previous Saturday.

Margaret Owen and Ellen Williams corroborated the evidence of the prosecutrix as to the finding of the stole articles in the possession of the prisoner

Jane Williams and Elizabeth Owen saw the prisoner walking on the Sunday in question, at about half past ten in the morning, towards the house of the prosecutrix. She had left the path and was walking across the fields.
The articles were produced by the constable as he received them from Ann Hughes, before the magistrates; and duly identified by the prosecutrix.

In her defence, the prisoner stated that the brother had give her the clothes on the Saturday night; and that she kept them until Wednesday. he had, after the clothes were delivered up, offered her a Merino dress but she refused it. She had no witnesses of his giving her the clothes, but plenty could speak to his being in the habit of visiting her. No witnesses, however, responded to her call.

The prisoner pleaded guilty to a previous conviction.

To be transported for ten years.”

Anonymous on 30th September, 2011 wrote:


Anne had previous convictions and that is why she was making her second court appearance in one year. According to records:
PRO ASSI/62/2: Began Saturday 20 March 1841.
Ann Edward 16 – Breaking into dwelling house of Hugh Hughes pa. Llanfechell 21 February 4 Vic, Stole 5 knives value 2s, 5 forks value 2s, 1lb. Soap value 6d, 2 prs. sugar tongs value 1s & other articles of clothes. Guilty. Imprisoned – hard labour for 6 cal. months.
The second record notes:
PRO – ASSI/62/3 Assize Records Crown Books
Beaumaris – Began Saturday 21 March 1842
Ann Williams alias Ann Edward 17. Stealing 27 February 5 Victoria pa.                  Llanfechell and feloniously breaking into the house of Thomas Hughes 2 cotton gowns value 5s. & other articles of Ann Hughes. Guilty.  Transported 10 years. Pleaded guilty to previous conviction.
  There was also a charge of stealing milk laid against her name in 1840:
Anglesey Humphrey Herbert Jones Esquire Of her
TO WIT   Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said County, to the Constable of the parish of
  Llanfechell in the said County, and to the Keeper of the Common
  Gaol at Beaumaris, in the said County, and to John Jones
  Special Constable, and to each and every of them.

  These are to command you, the said Constable, in her Majesty’s name, and forthwith to
convey and deliver into the custody of the said Keeper of the said Common Gaol the
body of Ann Williams charged this
day before me the said Justice on the oath of Ebenezer Williams
and others, for that she the said Ann Williams
on the Third day of
August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred
and Forty at the parish of Llanfechell in the
said County, did milk a cow, the property of the said Ebenezer
Williams and did steal one pint of milk the property of
the said Ebenezer Williams, to wit at the parish afoursaid,
within county afoursaid, which milk was the produce
of the said cow of the said Ebenezer Williams

And you, the Keeper, are herby required to receive the said Ann
Williams into your custody in the same Common Gaol and her
there safely to keep until she shall be thence delivered by due course of Law. Herein
fail not. Given under my Hand and Seal the fourth day of
September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred
and forty.

HHerebert Jones.

(Details copied from a document at Anglesey Archives, Llangefni.)

J. richard williams on 27th October, 2011 wrote:

Home:Gegin Filwr, LLANFECHELL, Anglesey, North Wales, UK
Parents: William & Mary Edwards. (William worked as mill carrier.)
Sentenced on her third court appearance at Beaumaris, Anglesey.
Married: George West. Had six children.
Family still living in Mowbray , Launceseton, Tasmania.

Neil Tyne on 24th March, 2015 wrote:

Married George Robert Couth WEST (born Nov 30 1816)  in Evandale Tasmania in 1847. She was not released until 1852 and two of her six children were born while still in custody. George was a freed convict from a nearby property.
Very indifferent, convicted twice (single) stole a cloak and a dress.
29 June 1843 - Absent without leave, admonished and returned to Governor
3 August 1843 - Now with Mrs Solomon. Disobedient of orders and insolence got two months probation had to work on washtubs.
December 1843 - Now with Stallard, misconduct in taking spirits into the house. Six days solitary confinement.
13 February 1844 - Now with Sloan, was absent day and night without leave given three months hard labour.- House correction recommended and that she be degraded to second class.
9 July 1844 - Now with Puncheon, absonded and given three months hard labour.
3 October 1845- Now with Hudson- misconduct in having a man couple with her on her masters premises, given 3 months hard labour.
10 October 1845 - Delivered of an illegitimate child 29/12/1846? (said 1945 in archives)
12 May 1846 improper conduct and insolence (recommended to 1st class)?
2/3 June1846 Disrespectful conduct to medical officer, three months hard labour added to her probation.
6 June 1846 - Disobedbedient of orders given 14 days solitary confinement.
24 February 1847 - Now with Langmaid, neglect of duties 10 days solitary confinement.
As she was free in 1852 it is presumed she was allowed to marry before release. It is believed
George was a convict on a nearby property and maybe were allowed to marry as they had two children
registered before that date. Records show they married at Evandale in 1847.
George Robert Couth West married Anne Ellen Williams (Alias Edwards). They had six children:

Clare (West) Mortimer on 9th July, 2019 wrote:

Baptism record in Wales.

Convict Changes History

J. richard williams on 27th October, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1822-01-14, date of death 1890-01-14, gender f

Neil Tyne on 24th March, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Edwards, Ann (alias) (prev. Edwards, Ann (Alias))

Clare (West) Mortimer on 9th July, 2019 made the following changes:

firstname: Ann Williams (prev. Ann), surname: Edwards (prev. Williams), alias1: Ann (alias) Williams (prev. Edwards, Ann (alias))

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