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Mary Martin

Mary Martin, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Martin
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1773
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 17th September, 1847
Age: 74 years

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: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 53 (28)
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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Denis Pember on 23rd March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org) Transcript t17890909-120

MARY MARTIN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 30th of July , one muslin shawl, value 2 s. and three muslin half shawls, value 5 s. the property of Samuel Francis , privily in his shop .
I live in Windmill-street, Tottenham-court-road ; I am a hosier and haberdasher ; I was not at home; on my return, I met the prisoner in custody of Henry Croker ; and at the watch-house, I examined three half shawls and a whole one, which were my property.
Mrs. FRANCIS sworn.
On the 30th of July, about three, the prisoner and another woman came into our shop to look at some shawls; and none would do; and another woman came in; and they began pulling them about; I had nobody in the shop, but a young infant in the cradle; I know all the shawls; they went out, and bought nothing; and I directly missed one half buff coloured shawl, which the prisoner had looked at in the shop; and was laid down again with several others; I ran after them down the street; and Hannah Boswell ran after them; and the prisoner was taken by Croker the constable; I saw her searched, but nothing was found.
I saw this prisoner run into a house, No. 19, in Colwell-court, and come out in a moment; she said to the people, I have robbed nobody; and I followed her to John-street; and there, by the brew-house, I saw her drop this buff coloured shawl; and I delivered it to Croker the con- and marked it at the watch-house.
I live at No. 19, in Caldwell-court; and I was sitting at work; I saw the prisoner come in, and throw down these three shawls, at the time Mr. Stokes has just spoke of; I gave them to Croker.
Deposed to the running after her; and Henry Croker , the constable, came up and took the prisoner into custody.
I was walking along; I heard the cry of stop thief, and there were three girls running; they dropt these shawls, and theytook me instead of one of them; I am seventeen the 10th of next June; my friends are in the country.
GUILTY, Of stealing to the value of 4 s. 10 d .
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GROSE.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2016 wrote:

In the colony. Mary married a Thomas Smith March 4th at Parramatta.
The solemnization of matrimony by Banns between Thomas Smith and Mary Martin, married this 4th day of March in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety two by me Richard Johnson
In the presence of John Taylor and Daniel Brien.
## I am unable to establish identity of Thomas.
Thomas and Mary had 2 children, Catherine 1793 and James 1798.
Thomas must have died around 1797/98 because Mary was then with James Wilbow (Convict, Salamander, 1791)
Muster records show them together…
[A3207] Mary Martin, Neptune, FBS, Housekeeper for James Wilbow.
[A4574] James Wilbow, Salamander, Settler, 65 acres, Hawkesbury.
[B0452] James Wilbow, Off Stores, wife and 2 children Off Stores.

[6793] Mary MNartin, Neptune, On stores, 1 child on Stores, wife to James Wilbow.
[4909] James Wilbow, Salamander, On Stores, Constable.

# I cannot locate either in the 1828 Census records.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 23rd March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1773 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th September, 1847 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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