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Sentenced to 7 years
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Eric Harry Daly on 6th January, 2013 wrote:
Tried as Ann Pleasant Jones at the Old Bailey on 18 Apr 1787 for violent theft, highway robbery, she was convicted on a lesser charge of theft for which she received 7 years transportation. She was sent to Norfolk Island soon after arriving in Sydney.
June 1794 - Recorded as being single and childless. She was supporting herself on Norfolk Island by washing & sewing
November 1794 - Returned to Sydney from Norfolk Island
May 1804 - Purchased a house from a Mary CARROLL for £3/10/-
1806 - Mustered as self employed and with one female child. She was again single by this time
1814 - Recorded as being single and supporting two children
29 March 1817 - Advertised in the Sydney Gazette that she intended to leave the colony
Robin Sharkey on 7th April, 2019 wrote:
Hannah Pleasant Jones was tried und er this exact name at the Old Bailey.
She had approached two young girls, sisters named Sarah and Charlotte Spencer, and saying it was cold, and and that their mother was her god mother (not true) she took them to a public house, gave them liquor so that the elder one was drunk and left her in a public housei Fetter Lane. Leaving the younger Charlotte in an ale-house, she emptied the girls’ baskets into one and left some of her own things with Charlotte wrapped in a bundle, then she took Sarah to Hatton Garden and back to Fetter Lane. Sarah seems to have got away from her. The Spencer parents, and their son, went looking for the younger Sarah and eventually found her at 11pm that night in bed with Hannah Pleasant Jones in a lodging house. Hannah had pawned the dress and the earrings were found in her pocket.
The jury found Hannah guilty of stealing, but not guilty of the other charge of assault.
She was sentenced to Life and the court record noted “(Africa”).
As the First Fleet left England n 13 May 1787, Hannah’s trial on 18th April was possibly a bit late to get her on one of those vessels. However she was eventually put on to the notorious “Lady Juliana” which left Plymouth two years after Hanna’s trial, in July 1789. SHe arrived in Sydney on 3 June 1790.
Robin Sharkey on 7th April, 2019 wrote:
In the general Muster of 1801, Hannah is recorded as living with George Humphries. George had come on ‘William & Eliza” in 1791. He had been tried at the Old Bailey, like Hannah, in 1787 in fact only in February, while Hannah was tried in April. It is likely they were in Newgate prison at the same time and knew each other, both being sentenced to transportation.
Hannah got a free passage back to England on “Kangaroo”. The circumstances were these:
The government brig “Kangaroo” was being sent by Governor Macquarie back to England, he believing the brig inadequate for its purpose and that its commander, Captain, Charles Jeffreys, was incompetent and lazy. Macquarie wrote in his diary on 29 January 1817:
“I have ordered Lt. Jeffreys not to engage to take any Passengers Home but such as may have my permission, it being my intention, in pursuance of Orders received from the Secry. of State – to send Home in the Kangaroo as many Persons as she can conveniently accommodate who have lately become free by their Sentences of Transportation having expired.”
In the Sydney Gazette of 1st and 8th February 1817, the Governor’s secretary advertised that the ‘Kangaroo’ was being sent back to England with Despatches, and “that Passages will be provided for fifteen Women of the above Description [i.e. former convicts who have obtained their freedom by Servitude]; but none need apply who shall not produce written Testimonials of their decent and orderly Conduct in this Country, subscribed by the Clergyman and Magistrate of the District wherein they reside ...” Applications were to be received by the 15th February.
Hannah must have therefore seized this opportunity. It was a brave move since it had been 30 years since she was convicted in London, and she must have been aged about 52 / 53 years. However, her acceptance as one of the lucky women also indicates that she was of reputable behaviour and was known to her local clergyman.
On 29 March 1817, she advertised (Sydney Gazette) her intention to leave the colony and asked, in the usual way, that any claims be presented against her.
On 5th April, the Sydney Gazette recorded:
“The persons to whom a passage to the mother country has been humanely granted by Government, embarked yesterday morning on board His Majesty’s brig Kangaroo; as did also this forenoon a small party of the 46th Regiment, who had obtained leave to return to Europe.”
When ‘Kangaroo” sailed on 9th April 1817, Hannah was on board, one of nine other ex-convict women, and 8 ex-convict men, for London.
Convict Changes History
Eric Harry Daly on 6th January, 2013 made the following changes:
convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1764, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime