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Martha Kennedy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Kennedy
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1756
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Assault and attempted robbery
Convicted at: Kingston upon Thames
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince of Wales
Departure date: April, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 56 other convicts


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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 15th April, 2016 wrote:

Martha was tried at Surrey Lent Assizes which began at Kingston upon Thames on Monday 2 Apr 1787. She was tried on Saturday morning 9 Apr 1787. Matha and two others, Mary Mitchcraft and Sarah Taylor were “charged by oath of Thomas Marton particularly on suspicion of feloniously assaulting him and robbing him of one crown piece and 12/6.” They were committed on 1 Feb 1787. In addition, “...that Mary Mitchcraft, late of the parish of Saint George within the borough of Southwalk in the co. of Surrey Spinster Sarah Taylor late of the same parish Spinster and Martha Kennedy late of the same Spinster…on the 1st day of January…seventeen shillings and sixpence in monies numbered of the monies of Thomas Martin…feloniously did steal…”
Martha was found “guilty no chattels” and her punishment was to be transported for 7 years beyond the seas. She was transported aboard the ship ” Prince of Wales”.
She was stated to be a ‘pinheader’ by trade and aged 31 at the time of her trial.

Denis Pember on 15th April, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, only 21 days after arrival, Martha married Richard Middleton (First Fleet Convict, Scarborough, 1788), 17th February 1788. The couple had two sons, James, 23rd March 1790 and Nathaniel, 13th November 1791.
Richard died before 1799 and as a widow, Martha then married William Blakemeore (NSW Corps, Surprize, 1790) on May 26th 1799.
In the 1806 she was reported as having 1 illegitimate daughter? and still living with William Blakemeore.
William died October 1 1811 and on 20 Novemeber the same year, Martha married William Day (NSW Corps, Pitt, 1792).
In 1814 Martha was at Liverpool with William Day and again in 1825 she is at Liverpool with her step-son Marcellas Day. No other records have been located.

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 8th January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1756, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

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