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Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer, one of 119 convicts transported on the Wanstead, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Margaret Palmer
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing calico
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Wanstead
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 9th January, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 118 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 107 (55) Old Bailey on line
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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Phil Hands on 27th May, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 16th September 1812 for stealing 48 yards of calico, value 5 l. the property of Richard Terrington , privately in his shop, sentenced to death, this was later commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 24th August 1813.
Ship:- the ‘Wanstead’ sailed with 120 female convicts on board of which 3 died during the voyage, Margaret had her 2 young children with her.
Arrived on 9th January 1814.

Married convict Henry Adcock (‘General Hewart’ 1814) in 1814 at Sydney.
Margaret left the family home in 1822.
Sydney Gazette Friday 20th December 1822 p. 4
WHEREAS my Wife, Margaret Adcock, has absconded from her Home without any Provocation, I hereby Caution any Person or Persons against giving her Trust or Credit on my Account, as I will not be answerable for any Debt or Debts she may contract.

Margaret then married William Makin Haslam (son of convicts Samuel Haslam, ‘Barwell’ 1798 & Maria Davis, ‘Earl Cornwallis’ 1801) in 1824 at Liverpool, (this could have been a bigamous marriage).

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18120916-41

664. MARGARET PALMER , MARY TURNER , and SARAH SWAN , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of July , forty-eight yards of calico, value 5 l. the property of Richard Terrington , privately in his shop .
RICHARD TERRINGTON . I am a linen draper . I live in the Minories . On the 16th of July, about nine o’clock in the evening, the prisoner came into my shop, I was engaged in the back part of the shop with a gentleman. The three prisoners came in altogether. I saw my young man shewing them some cottons, and after they had been in the shop about ten minutes, they bought a yard; it came to half a crown. They all went out of the shop together. They had not been long gone before one of my neighbours came in and said they were taken up and were in the watch-house, and some goods were found upon them. I went up to look at them, and found it to be my property. I never missed it at all; the goods were not put away. I did not wait upon them myself, my young man waited upon them.
Mr. Gurney. Have you any partners - A. No.
Q. How many people were in the shop - A. Two. The one that waited upon them is here, the other is not. I have no doubt but all the three women were in my shop.
ISAAC JOHNSON . I am shopman to Mr. Terrington. On Thursday, the 16th of July, near nine o’clock in the evening, the three prisoners came into the shop, they wished to look at some prints; upon which I showed them a good mans, at last they fixed on one, and had a yard, and paid half a crown for it, and then they went away.
Q. Did you suspect them - A. No, I had no suspicion whatever. In about ten minutes a linen draper came in, and said they were in the watch-house, and there were some property found on them. I saw them the next day when they were brought to the Mansion-house.
FRANCIS KINNERSLEY . I am an officer. From an information of an inhabitant that there were three shop lifters, I watched them, seeing them in Mr. Terrington’s shop. Forrester was along with me. I saw the three prisoners come out of the shop, and I and Forrester watched them until we came between the five lamps at Aldgate. I stood just by Duke’s-place. They all three made a stop, and had a little conversation together. We stood on the opposite side of the way looking at them. Forrester said to me, it will do. I saw Mrs. Palmer hand over to Mrs. Turner, something bulky and heavy from under her silk pelisse, and Mr. Palmer put something into Mrs. Turner’s lap. Forrester secured Turner, and I secured Palmer and Swan. We then took them to the watch-house, and in Mrs. Turner’s lap we found these two pieces belonging to Mr. Terrington. Nothing was found on Swan nor Palmer, except some bank-notes.
JOHN FORRESTER . I received information, and traced the three prisoners to Mr. Terrington’s shop. Kinnersley and I stopped opposite, and saw them come out. We followed them near to the five lamps at Aldgate, where they all three stopped and had some conversation together. Mrs. Palmer put her hand under her pelisse. The two pieces of muslin hanged under her pelisse longways. Mrs. Turner stood in the front of her, held up her gown and received the two pieces of muslin. Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Swan walked away towards Whitechapel, and Mrs. Turner went towards the city. I told Kinnersley to go and secure them while I went after the woman that had the property. Kinnersley secured Palmer and Swan, and I secured Turner with the property in her lap. I produce the property.
Prosecutor. There are twenty-four yards in each piece. My mark is on both of them.
Swan’s Defence. I am innocent of it. I went into the shop with the other prisoners.
Turner and Palmer said nothing in their defence. Called two witnesses, who gave them a good character.
Swan called six witnesses, who gave her a good character.
London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 27th May, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 107 (55) Old Bailey on line (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 107 (5

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