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Rose (rosetta) Johnson

Rose Johnson, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Rose (rosetta) Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1845
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194
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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Lee White on 31st May, 2012 wrote:

Rose’s native place was Louth,Ireland.She arrived here in 1814 with her daughter Catherine who was removed from her and billeted at the Paramatta Women’s inclosure. After Mary’s time was served she married John Beal ["Fortune 1812",life] and petitioned for Catherine to be released to her. Catherine married Nicholas McCann,master mason, son of convicts Peter McCann [bc.1769 arrived 1800,involved in the 1798 Wicklow rebellion d. 1806] and Mary Fitzgerald [ arrived 1798,b.1776 Cork d blind 1816].
When Rose hired her husband-still a convict- out for work and was not paid, she being a free woman and expecting recompence,took the non payer to court. The papers of the case reside in the Mitchell.She won.Her first grandson,Charles McCann b.1827 was left with her and John Beal, when the parents went to Tasmania. Charles grew up in Paramatta,was a wheelwright and named his second son after John Beal

Colleen Broughton on 6th March, 2016 wrote:

Rosetta was born in 1784 in County Louth Ireland,but was living in Lent Surrey at the time of her arrest.She was convicted of stealing 18 yards of sheeting worth 27 shillings and a shawl worth 30 shillings,earning her a sentence of transportation.She married a fellow convict,John Beale in 1818 in Parramatta.Rosetta was emancipated in 1821.Rose as she was known, died on 13 Feb.1845 and was buried in Sandhills Cemetery,later relocated to Botany Bay.

Tony Beale on 15th April, 2020 wrote:

Australia, Convict Records Index, 1787-1867

Name: Rose (rosetta) Johnson
Gender: Female
Age: 61
Birth Date: 1784
Conviction Place: Surrey Assizes
Crime: Larceny
Departure Date: Dec 1814
Arrival Date: 18 Jun 1815
Arrival Place: New South Wales
Arrival Ship: Northampton
Death Date: 1845
URL: https://convictrecords.com.au

30 May1822
Rose Beal wrote to the government asking for John Beal’s sentence to be commuted so they could live as a married couple. The letter appears to be in her handwriting

The Sydney Gazette 1829

Beale v. Raine.
In this case, which was an action brought
by the plaintiff, Mrs. Beale, against the defendant, for work performed by her husband, John Beale, who was also her assigned
servant, and a convict attaint, a special case
having been agreed upon by Counsel, it
was this day submitted to the Court, and
arguments heard in support of the case on
both sides.
On behalf of the plaintiff it was contended
by Mr. Stephen, that the husband
was not obliged to be joined with the wife,
as plaintiff in the action, as contended on
the other side, inasmuch as, he being
Civileter Mortuus, could not sue or be sued,
and that the property in him being vested in
the wife, as the assignee of the GOVERNOR,
she alone was entitled to recover the value
of his services. Mr. Stephen cited several
authorities in support of his argument.
Mr. Wentworth, on the other side;
contended that there was nothing in the
situation of convict attaint which affected a
case where, as in the present instance, the
parties were living together. It had been
held, when an individual was transported
from the Mother Country, even for a limited
period, that the wife was allowed, during
the time of his absence, to sue and be sued
us a femme sole; but there was no case to
be found strictly analogous to the one before
the Court. The learned gentleman, after a
lengthened argument, contended that, either
the action should be brought, in the joint
names of the husband and wife, or it should
have been brought in the name of the King.
The Court deferred judgment to a future

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW 1803 - 1842
Tue 16 Jun 1829
Supreme Civil Court

Rosetta Beale v. John Raine.
This was an action of assumpsit to receiver the sum of .£62 for work performed by
the husband of the plaintiff, who was, at the time the contract was entered into, and is
at present a prisoner of the Crown, under sentenced to transport time for life, and assigned to plaintiff. On the trial of the cause last term, a verdict was entered for the plaintiff, but a new trial was subsequently applied for on the grounds that the plaintiff being under the overture, could not sue as a femme sole, and that consequently the action was wrong brought at the husband and had not been joined with her. The Judges after hearing the arguments of Counsel reserved the point for future consideration, and Mr. Justice Dowling this morning pronounced judgment, which was that the application for a new trial could not be granted. The Court held that the plaintiff
was entitled to sue as a femme sole for work performed by her husband, who was, at the same time,  her assigned servant by virtue of the operation of the transportation laws. It appeared, said His Honour, that John Beale, *as an attainted convict under sentence of transportation for the term of his natural life, The forfeiture of his civil rights was the circumstances of his conviction
he was civilitur mortuus and though some time after he arrived in the Colony, with a view to the improvement of his moral habits, be was permitted to contract matrimony with the plaintiff, still that circumstance in no way restored him to those civil rights which he had forfeited on conviction, or changed the relation in which he stood to society us a transported convict. The sentence of transportation meant not alone the removal of an individual to the place appointed for his reception, but vested the absolute right of personal labour in the Crown, or in its as Biguee, who by virtue of such assignment had the sole property in his or her services subject only to the conditions specified in the 9lb Geo. 4, c. 83, §. 9. For these reasons, the Court held that the plaintiff could sue as a femme sole for work performed by her husband-servant, and that the application for a new trial could not be granted-Rule discharged.

Maureen Withey on 14th July, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

JOHNSON, Rose. Per “Northampton”, 1815

1815 Jun 19 - On list of female convicts and their children on board the “Northampton”, just arrived at Port Jackson; with her daughter Catherine. Listed as Rose Johnston (Reel 6045; 4/1732 p.157); made herself useful on the ship as an attendant on the sick (Reel 6045; 4/1732 pp.173-4)
1815 Jun 23 - On list of convicts disembarked from the “Northampton” to be employed at the Factory at Parramatta; with one child (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.103)
1818 May 4,5 - Re permission to marry John Beal at Parramatta; listed as Rosetta Johnston (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.203)
BEAL, Rose. Per “Northampton”, 1815 as Rose Johnson (which see also); wife of John Beal of Parramatta

1819 Apr 14 - Her daughter Catherine Johnson to be discharged from the Female Orphan Institution to her care (Reel 6040; 4/403 p.26)
1821 Jan 3 - Re petition for Catherine Johnson to be returned to her (Reel 6040; 4/403 p.55)
1822 May 30 - Petition for mitigation of sentence on behalf of her husband John (Fiche 3212; 4/1864 p.19)
1828 Census at Parramatta.
Householder: John Beal, resident at Parramatta.
John Beal, age 50, C, per Fortune 2nd, 1813, Life, Householder, protestant.
Rosetta Beal, age 42, F.S. per Northampton 1815, 7 years, wife of above, protestant.
John Lamb, age 6, born in Colony, orphan boy, protestant.
John Beal signed his name.

Convict Changes History

Lee White on 31st May, 2012 made the following changes:

gender f

Colleen Broughton on 6th March, 2016 made the following changes:

firstname: Rose (rosetta) (prev. Rose), date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1845 (prev. 0000), crime

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