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Susannah Harrison

Susannah Harrison, one of 53 convicts transported on the Speedy, October 1799

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Susannah Harrison
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 24th May, 1782
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 24th July, 1877
Age: 95 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Speedy
Departure date: October, 1799
Arrival date: 15th April, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 53 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 259 (129)
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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Denis Pember on 8th March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Online Transcripts - t17990508-22.
8 May 1799:
THOMAS CARTER and SUSANNAH HARRISON were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Daniel Wade, with intent the goods and chattels of steal, and stealing one silver watch, value 20s. two silver table-spoons, value 10s. six silver tea-spoons, value 12s. two silver salt-spoons, value 2s. two gold rings, value 5s. two pair of drop ear-rings, value 6s. a pair of scissars, value 3d. two cambric handkerchief, value 6d. a blue silk petticoat, value 5s. a damask table-cloth, value 4s. one cloth cap, value 2d. a chintz gown, value 3s. three pieces of gold coin, called guineas, one piece, called an half-guinea, thirteen pieces of silver coin, called shillings, and eleven pieces of silver, called sixpences, a small piece of silver coin, value 2d. and various other articles of property belonging to the said Daniel.
### there then follows 8 pages of evidence, regarding every single item and its identification.
..... Prisoner Carter. A. I know no more than the things were left with my wife. I have known my fellow-prisoner, and her father and mother, for two years and upwards, and I never heard any bad character of them; and I did not think the girl came any ways dishonest by the things.
The prisoner, Harrison, did not say any thing in her defence.
Harrison, GUILTY Death . (Aged 17.)
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice GROSE.

Denis Pember on 8th March, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Susannah had a long term de facto relationship with Isaac Payten (Convict, Barwell, 1798). Isaac could not marry as he was still married to a wife he left behind in England when he was transported. He had married Anne Powies at the Church of St Saviour, Southwark on 31 Aug 1781.

Denis Pember on 8th March, 2016 wrote:

Isaac and Susannah Harrison had 4 children;
Nathaniel 1801, Sarah 1803, Ann 1806, and William C1809. The first three of these children lived very full lives and raised huge families.
Nathaniel married Susannah Humphreys {the daughter of Edward Humphreys (First Fleet Convict, Scarborough, 1788) and Mary Williams (Second Fleet Convict, Neptune, 1790)} and they had 11 children, Sarah married Charles Hughes (Convict, Neptune, 1818) and had 11 children while Ann married Andrew Goodwin (Convict, General Stewart, 1818) and had 13 children.
No record located for the second son, William.

Denis Pember on 8th March, 2016 wrote:

During 1809-1810 Susannah was lady’s maid to Mary Putland, the daughter of Governor William Bligh. She was with Mary and the Governor when they were incarcerated at the Barracks in 1809.
In 1810 she received an absolute pardon.
She was listed as a passenger for the ‘Hindostan’, the ship that was to take Governor Bligh and his daughter to England. At the last minute, Mary Putland decided to remain in the colony and marry Lieutenant Maurice O’Connell.
It is not known whether Susannah took the ship to England or whenther she stayed in the colony. On her request for pardon, she acknowledged her children, and it was ascertained that her husband Isaac was in agreement with her passage, the stated aim of which was to see aged parents. She was to return in 2 years time. No further record of her has been traced.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 8th March, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f, occupation, crime

Angus Mackenzie on 13th February, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 24th May, 1782 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th July, 1877 (prev. 0000)

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