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Maria Long, one of 89 convicts transported on the Brothers, 20 November 1823
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 56 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 111 (57)
||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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Peter Ribbons on 11th March, 2014 wrote:
Maria Long,17, stood trial at Bridgwater Midsummer Sessions, July 1823. She appeared with her co-accused Charles Ellis,16, and Susanna Smith,21,charged with stealing a silver watch valued at fifty shillings from William Hartnell.
According to the Quarter Sessions Roll of witness statements:-
William Hartnell of Ashbrittle had gone to Bath 9 April 1823 and had met the prisoners 10 april in Westgate Street. They asked him to buy them some beer, which he did at Falstaff’s public house. They parted at 2 to 3 0’clock and William engaged to meet Susanna Smith at 6 o’clock. She came along with Maria Long and they drank in 3 public houses until 11pm. They left in the company of two boys (one later identified as Charles Ellis). They said they would take him to their lodgings but instead took him to Kingsmead Field where they surrounded him. One of them took his purse out of his pocket and threw it forward. Maria and the two boys ran to pick it up but he was able to retrieve it. Susanna Smith had taken his watch from his pocket and escaped. She tried to sell the watch to Lyon Joseph, a pawn broker, for 20 shillings but he already knew of the theft and detained her. She claimed that it was her father’s watch. Maria claimed that she was at home at the time of the theft. Benedictus Lyon, son of Lyon Joseph, said that he had seen Maria Long conversing with Susanna Smith and that she waited in the passage of his father’s office while the watch was offered for sale.
The defendants were found guilty of grand larceny and sentenced to seven years transportation.
Maria lived at Avon Street Bath. Whilst awaiting trial she was held at Shepton Mallet gaol.
She appears on Page on 686 of Phillip Tardif’s book.
Convict Changes History
Peter Ribbons on 11th March, 2014 made the following changes:
convicted at, crime
Ann Marie Gould on 17th April, 2021 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: f