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Mary Johnson, one of 97 convicts transported on the Britannia, January 1798
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 239 (120)
||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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Patsy Trench on 5th August, 2016 wrote:
I think this is the Mary Hill (nee Johnson) who is showno on the 1828 census as working for my 3 x great grandmother Mary Johnson (nee Moore), who was a shopkeeper in George Street.
D Wong on 5th August, 2016 wrote:
MARY JOHNSON, Theft > grand larceny, 26th April 1797.
MARY JOHNSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 17th of April, six yards of printed cotton, value 10s. the property of Harrison Jackson.
JOHN JACKSON sworn. - I am a linen-draper, brother to the prosecutor: Last Monday was a week, I was informed that the prisoner had taken a gown-patch from the door.
SAMUEL LEDION sworn. - On the 17th of April, going up Oxford road, between eleven and twelve at noon, I saw the prisoner at the bar, another woman, and a man, together; as they passed me, I heard them say, d - n me, it is easy to draw them out; I watched them, and saw the prisoner at the bar take out two pins from a piece of calico, and draw it out from the rest; she put it into her apron, and went off; I went in and informed Mr. Jackson of it, and went after her with him; I told him that was the woman, and that his property was in her apron, and there it was; the constable has got the calico, Mr. Jackson delivered it to him in my presence.
Prisoner. My Lord, that witness is well known to be a common receiver to every thief.
Q. What is your way of life? - A. I am a coach-maker, No. 32, Grosvenor-market.
- BATES sworn. - I was sent for to apprehend the prisoner; Mr. Jackson delivered this calico into my hand, I have had it ever since.
Jackson. This is my brother’s property, it has our mark upon it; I had put it at the door myself in the morning
Prisoner’s defence. I was going along, and picked it up in a striped silk handkerchief; he took me by the hair of the head, and dragged me into the shop, and used me very ill, as is not fitting for a man to use a woman.
GUILTY. (Aged 25.)
Transported for seven years.
Hill, William, 61, absolute pardon, Ganges, 1797, life, butcher, Pitt Street
Hill, Mary, or Johnson, free by servitude, Britannia, 1798, 7 years
Hill, George, 27, born in the colony
Hill, Elizabeth, 13, born in the colony
Hill, Sophia, 11, born in the colony
Hill, Edward, 9, born in the colony
Hill, Ann, 7, born in the colony
Hill, Charles, 5, born in the colony
23/5/1829: Married at St. James, Sydney, aged 57, William Hill (Ganges 1797) the first of 11 children was born in 1800 (Mary Harriet Hill).
1852: Mary died - NSW BDM: V185210 38B/1852 HILL MARY AGE 75
Convict Changes History
Margot Druce on 23rd June, 2015 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), gender: f
D Wong on 5th August, 2016 made the following changes:
date of death: 1852 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime