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Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall, one of 101 convicts transported on the Friendship, June 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Marshall
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 9th December, 1838
Age: 44 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Friendship
Departure date: June, 1817
Arrival date: 14th January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 101 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 350
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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Anonymous on 11th October, 2011 wrote:

Sarah Marshall married John Simpson (7 years, Ocean II, arr NSW 1818), a tailor. Their first child, Lucy, was born in November 1818.

She died in Castlereagh on December 10, 1834, aged 42.

Lucy Simpson married Thomas Delaney, son of Nicholas Delaney (United Irishman, 7 years, Atlas II, 1802) and Elizabeth Bayly (free, Brothers, 1807).

They had thirteen children.

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Phil Hands on 9th April, 2017 wrote:

Tried & convicted at Lancaster Assizes on 24th July 1816 of stealing a petticoat, a bed gown, two caps, a pair of silk stockings and a sheet, belonging to John Oldham, sentenced to seven years transportation. She was held in custody at Lancaster Castle until she was transfered to a transportation vessel.
Left England on 3rd July 1817.
Ship:- the ‘Friendship’ sailed with 101 female convicts on board of which 4 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 14th January 1818.

She met and befriended convict John Simpson (‘Ocean II’ 1818), a tailor by trade. Together they would have eight children out of wedlock. However, this was frowned upon at the time. On her way home one night, Sarah was set upon by a group of men who had been following her in the shadows. Sarah was brutally murdered in a fit of lust, Her remains were left near her home in Castlereagh NSW, and the cowardly men raced off into the darkness. It was a sad and sorry way to die. When her battered and scarred body was found, John Simpson was utterly devastated. He was now alone to search for answers to this horrendous crime, and to care for their eight precious children. Sarah Marshall was buried as Sarah Simpson, and it is said that John married her at her graveside to allow her to pass without sin into the next life.

Maureen Withey on 31st July, 2020 wrote:

NSW 1828 Census Index.
John Simpson, age 48, F.S. per Ocean 1818, 7 years, protestant. Tailor in Evan district. Holds 5 acres, which are all cleared and cultivated.
Sarah Simpson, age 31, F.S., per Friendship, 1818, 7 years.
Lucy Simpson, age 10, born in Colony.
John Simpson, age 9, B.C.
George Simpson, age 7, B.C.
Elizabeth, age 6,B.C.
Mary, age 4, B.C.
William, age 2, B.C.

Convict Changes History

reg beaver on 23rd May, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th December, 1838 (prev. 0000)

Judith Simpson on 22nd November, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 1797), date of death: 9th December, 1838 (prev. 10th December, 1838), gender: f, crime

Phil Hands on 9th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000)

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