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Charlotte Jennings

Charlotte Jennings, one of 296 convicts transported on the Earl Cornwallis, August 1800

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charlotte Jennings
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 18th August, 1839
Age: 55 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Earl Cornwallis
Departure date: August, 1800
Arrival date: 12th June, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 294 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 282
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th February, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey On-line. 

September 1799, trial of WILLIAM YORK CHARLOTTE JENNINGS (t17990911-46).
WILLIAM YORK, CHARLOTTE JENNINGS, Theft > theft from a specified place, 11th September 1799.
428. WILLIAM YORK and CHARLOTTE JENNINGS were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of June , two window curtains, value 6s. a feather holster, value 4s. two pillow-cases, value 6d. a pair of linen sheets. value 4s. a cotton counterpane, value 8s. a looking-glass, value 1s. 6d. a pillow, value 2s. and a bed-tick, value 10s. the property of Mary Simpson , in a lodging-room ........
The prisoner Jennings, called four witnesses who gave her a good character.
York, NOT GUILTY. Jennings, GUILTY . (Aged 19.) [1780]
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice LE BLANC.

1821 - General Muster. Charlotte Jennings. Old Bailey. Jan 1800. 7 years. Expired; 1807. Married.

1824 - 27 Sep. Certificate of Freedom. Age; 40 [1784] Trial; 11 Sept 1799. Calling; Servant.
Height; 5 ft. 3 in
Complexion; Ruddy
Hair; Dark Brown
Eyes; Hazel

1825 - General Muster. Charlotte Jennings. Free by servitude. Cornwallis. 1801. 7 years. Wife of John Sharpless, Sydney

1828 - Cencus.
John Sharpless. Age; 48. F.S. Ship; Royal Admiral. 1800. 7 years. Protestant. Harness Maker. York Street. Sydney
Charlotte Sharpless. Age; 45. F.S. Ship; El. Cornwallis. 1801. 7 years. Protestant

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th February, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Burials,
No; 155
Name; Charlotte Shayles [Charlotte Sharpless]
Abode; Parramatta
When Died; 18 Aug 1839
When buried; 20 Aug 1839
Age; 55 years
Ship’s Name; Earl Cornwallis
Quality or profession. General Hospital

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 18th August, 1839 (prev. 0000)

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