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Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis, one of 90 convicts transported on the Princess Charlotte, 27 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Jarvis
Aliases: Marchant
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: -
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: Horse theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Princess Charlotte
Departure date: 27th March, 1827
Arrival date: 6th August, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 89 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 136
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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Maureen Withey on 29th August, 2019 wrote:

Sarah was tried at the Old Bailey.

CATHERINE PARMENTER, SARAH JARVIS, WILLIAM STURDY, Violent Theft - highway robbery, 14th September 1826.

1361. CATHERINE PARMENTER , SARAH JARVIS , and WILLIAM STURDY were indicted for feloniously assaulting Aloysius Last , on the King’s highway, on the 24th of August , at St. Mary-le-bone , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 watch, value 20s., his property.

ALOYSIUS LAST. I live in Grove-street, with my parents. On the 24th of August, between 8 and 9 o’clock in the evening, I was in Lisson-grove , with my younger brother, who is about nine years old - we were going towards home; the two female prisoners, with two men, came up to me, and the two girls made a kind of curtsey, and said, “How do you do?” (Sturdy was not one of the men); they met us. The two men appeared as if they were walking on, but all of a sudden one struck me in the jaw, and the other under the eye; the two girls were then standing before me, and all four were in company; I did not answer the girls - the men had passed, and come behind me; the girls saw the blows given, and I immediately felt a tug at my watch, and it was taken out of my fob. - I am certain it was taken by one of the women, for I saw their hands moving, and saw it in one of their hands; the blow rather overpowered me, but in a moment I saw Parmenter before me; where the other three went I do not know; they were gone. I ran after Parmenter as hard as I could, as far as Lisson-street, which is about a quarter of a mile, and called Watch! - as I followed her she spoke to two boys; I could not hear what she said, but they went into a public-house, and fetched Sturdy out; in passing the public-house (which he came out of) in pursuit of Parmenter, he stopped me, and seized me round the waist; a great many people assembled, and released me - I ran after Parmenter again, having seen the road she took; I had not lost sight of her. Sturdy followed me, and when I got within three yards of Parmenter he overtook me, and knocked me down; I got up again, and ran after her; I pursued her into George-street, and there I thought she had turned into a house, but a man said she had turned down a corner; I lost sight of her. I stood a moment, inquiring where she had gone, and presently Sturdy came up, with a gang of boys, and again struck me several blows. I got away, and went home. I have not recovered my watch. I described the prisoners to Hewett and Webster - they were taken next morning, and I was certain they were the three, and am so now: I looked at them when they asked how I did, and am quite certain of them; it was twi-light - the lamps were not lighted. The public-house Sturdy came from is a quarter of a mile from where I was robbed.

JAMES PROCTOR . I live in Upper Lisson-street, where this public-house is, with my father, who is a grocer. On the 24th of August I was in doors, and heard a cry of Watch! I went out, and saw Sturdy holding Last round the waist; some people came up, and he let him go; he ran after the woman. I then saw Last on the ground - Sturdy had knocked him down - he got up, and ran into George-street, after the woman; who was Parmenter - I am sure of her; I had seen her before, and knew her well - I saw her run round the corner of George-street, but do not know where she went to at last. I saw Sturdy give Last several blows. Parmenter lived in the neighbourhood. I know Jarvis, but never saw them together.

JAMES GIBBS. I am an officer. I received information of this robbery from Hewitt, and went with Webster and Last to where the prisoners lodged; I knew Parmenter and Sturdy before - they lived together as man and wife, in Lisson-street. Webster went up stairs to the room they occupied; Last and I opened the room door below, and Jarvis was sitting by the window; upon seeing Last she ran and hid herself behind the bed; he said, “That is one of them;” Sturdy sat at the further end of the same room, with nothing but his trousers on, with Parmenter on his knee - I said, “Now be very particular.” Last said, “These are the parties - I am certain.”

PHILIP WEBSTER . I am an officer. I was informed of the robbery, and, from Last’s description, I and my brother officer went to this house, in a court leading out of Lisson-street; I went up stairs, leaving them below - there was nobody up stairs; they were all three found in the room below - Last spoke positively to the three. I found twenty-five duplicates up stairs, which Parmenter claimed.

Prisoner PARMENTER. He said I was the woman, but he thought Jarvis was one; Webster said, “We must have Sturdy too - look at him - can you swear to him?” he said, “I think so.”

ALOYSIUS LAST. I never said so - I said they were all the parties.

JARVIS’ Defence. I had just come into the room, and know nothing of it.




STURDY detained to be indicted as an accessary.

Source: Old Bailey online.

Both girls were transported on The Princess Charlotte.

Tony Beale on 4th October, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for Ann Hutchinson Bound Indentures 1827
From Wiltshire England. Single protestant. 4’ 10 1/2” fair freckled and pock pitted complexion. Brown hair and hazel to grey eyes. Assigned to Mr Harper Sydney

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 26/1/1830 Sarah Jarvis 23 Bond (life) per ship Princess Charlotte to marry George Marchant 32 free by serv (7yrs) per ship Almorah (1) Rev Richard Hill Sydney

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 4th October, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Marchant, date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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