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Jane Mills

Jane Mills, one of 327 convicts transported on the Indefatigable and Minstrel, 09 May 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jane Mills
Aliases: Groves, Charlotte (alias)
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1767
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1835
Age: 68 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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indefatigable and Minstrel
Departure date: 9th May, 1812
Arrival date: 19th October, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales [Minstrel] and Van Diemen's Land [Indefatigable]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 329 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 65 (34)
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 20th January, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey: t18110918-132:
JANE MILLS alias CHARLOTTE GROVES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of September , in the dwelling house of Mary Corbut , widdow; a silver milk pot, value 1 l. two silver tablespoons, value 30 s. three silver teaspoons, value 10 s. three remnants of dimity, value 1 l. two petticoats, value 5 s. six yards of printed cotton, value 1 l. a gown piece, value 10 s. a silk cloak, value 30 s. a bonnet, value 10 s. a pair of shoes, value 4 s a gown, value 6 s. a pair of corsets, value 4 s. a pair of stockings, value 2 s. three yards of callico, value 1 s. two handkerchiefs, value 1 s. 6 d. and two one pound bank notes , the property of Mary Ann Brown , widow .
MARY ANN BROWN . I am a working woman, as a widow, I live at 5, Maynard-street, Lawrence-lane , I lodge at Mary Corbuts , widow woman, she lives in the same house.
Q. What is the prisoner - A. A working woman, as far as I know, she lodged in the same house. On Monday the 16th instant, about twenty minutes past four o’clock I went out leaving the prisoner in my room; I returned at six, and finding my door locked, and as she said she had been unwell, I thinking that she had gone to get something for herself I waited with impatience betwixt hope and dispair; the prisoner not returning I sent for a smith, he drew the staple of the lock, I went in my room, looked about the room and saw nothing missing of the furniture; perceiving a piece of printed cotton hanging out of my trunk, which I was sure was not on the Sunday when I locked the trunk. Upon that getting my lock picked by the smith.
Q. What had gone with your key - A. The keys of my door and my trunk were found upon the prisoner. On my opening the trunk, I found my property was gone.
Q. Was any property found upon her. - A. All my property was found upon her except my cloak and my shoes.
CHARLES HUMPHRIES . I am an officer of Bow-streetoffice. On the 16th, about one o’clock at night, I was standing near the Broad-way, Westminster; the prisoner came by with a bundle under her arm, I asked her what she had got there, she said it was nothing to me; I told her I was an officer and I insisted upon seeing. I took her to the watchhouse, I searched her pocket, found these spoons, and a cream jug; two silver table-spoons, and three silver tea-spoons, a nutmeg-grater, two keys and a thread-case; a one pound note, two dollars, four shillings and some halfpence. I opened the bundle and found all these things, she said it was her own; she had taken them out of pawn, in Compton-street, Soho. I asked her what she did down at that part at that late hour of the night; she said she had been to see a cousen, at Pimlico. I told her I was not satisfied, I should lock her up for the night. I took her before the Magistrate, he desired that I would give the pound note and the dollars to the prisoner; I told the Magistrate one of the dollars was marked, some person might claim it. I gave her the note back, four shillings and the halfpence. I kept the two dollars. She stated to the Magistrate that she bought the dimity at a shop at the corner of Bow-street. I advertised it in the paper, and the prosecutrix came forward and owned all the property. I found this hat and gown on her person when the prosecutrix came forward.
Prosecutrix. The spoons are mine, and the milk-pot. This is the key of my trunk, and this is the key of my padlock, every thing here is mine.
The prisoner said nothing in her defence, nor called any witness to her character.
GUILTY - DEATH , aged 40.
Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Denis Pember on 20th January, 2016 wrote:

The Ship Minstrel arrived in October 1812.
In the colony, Jane became the housekeeper for William Ezzy or Izzy, (Convict, Royal Admiral 1791). He was in a long term dispute with his estranged wife, and it would appear that he and Jane developed a relationship.

Denis Pember on 20th January, 2016 wrote:

In the Muster records;
Mills, Jane, convict, Minstrel, life, wife of Wm. Ezzy, Windsor.

Mills, Jane, convict, Minstrel, life, wife of Wm. Ezzy, Windsor.

Then in the 1828 Census:
Mills, Jane, 61, Minstrel, 1812, life, Protestant, William Ezzy, Cornwallis, ticket of leave.

Jane and William married in 1829, at St Matthews, Windsor.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 20th January, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Groves, Charlotte (alias) (prev. Groves, Charlotte (Alias)), date of birth: 1767 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1835 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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