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Jane Poole

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jane Poole
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 26th November, 1826
Age: 58 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes at the City of Wells
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Charlotte
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 28 other convicts

References

Primary source: The Founders of Australia; A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet; Mollie Gillen
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Phil Hands on 24th June, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Somerset Summer Assizes, held in Wells on 19 August 1786, Jane McManus stole a silver watch and other goods to the value of two pounds 15 shillings at Bishops Hull. Sentenced to death by hanging she was reprieved upon condition of being transported for seven years. Jane Poole,  as she was then known, was 18 years old and travelled to Port Jackson aboard ‘Charlotte’ after spending the intervening year on the prison hulk ‘Dunkirk’.
Left England on 13th May 1787.
Ship:- the ‘Charlotte’ sailed wirh 88 male and 20 female convicts on board of which 4 males died during the voyage.
Arrived on 26th january 1788.

In the Colony she is first recorded on 20th January 1789 as giving evidence at the trial of convicts Samuel Basby and William Bond for being drunk on a Saturday night, and while drunk insulting a marine. They were sentenced to 300 and 150 lashes respectively.
Judge-Advocate Collins on 11th November 1789 recorded the sailing of Supply having on board provisions and six male and eight female convicts for the new colony at Norfolk Island. Jane Poole was one of the female convicts.
After the death of McManus, Jane received a grant of land in May 1797 of 60 acres and in March 1800 a further grant of l60 acres from Governor John Hunter, subject to a proviso that the land was to be held in trust for the children and not to be disposed of without the Governor’s consent.
Jane, by 1802, is recorded as living with Richard Ridge, who arrived as a convict in the Second Fleet aboard Atlantic, on 250 acres on the Hawkesbury. Apparently this included her grants of 220 acres. By the 1806 Muster Jane together with Richard Ridge owned or leased 305 acres of which 51 were sown in grain, one in potatoes and 205 utilised as pasture. They also had a horse, two oxen, 20 hogs and 19 bushels of grain in hand. In addition to Jane’s three children they supported five convicts and one freeman. In Marsden’s list of females in the Colony in 1806 a daughter, Martha, born in 1803, is recorded, but there is no mention of her in the 1806 Muster.
Later Jane went to live on the south side of George Stree t ,  Parramatta,  and Ridge remained on the Hawkesbury and married Margaret Forrester ( the daughter of First Fleeter Robert Forrester) on 7 November 1809 and had at least eight children. In 1820 Jane signed an agreement with t he Government to quit her house in exchange for another, but by 1824 s he was still petitioning for this new house to be allocated.
According to the register rather than the tombstone Jane died on 26 November 1826, aged 58 years. She left in her will to her son John a mare called Betty, to her daughter Margaret a mare called Gipsy and to Margaret’s daughter, Harriet, a filly and a foal. She was buried near her daughter Martha (called Poole on the tombstone) who had died on17 June 1821, aged 18 years.

After the death of McManus, Jane received a grant of land in May 1797 of 60 acres and in March 1800 a further grant of l60 acres from Governor John Hunter, subject to a proviso that the land was to be held in trust for the children and not to be disposed of without the Governor’s consent.

Jane, by 1802, is recorded as living with Richard Ridge, who arrived as a convict in the Second Fleet aboard ‘Atlantic’, on 250 acres on the Hawkesbury. Apparently this included her grants of 220 acres. By the 1806 Muster Jane together with Richard Ridge owned or leased 305 acres of which 51 were sown in grain, one in potatoes and 205 utilised as pasture. They also had a horse, two oxen, 20 hogs and 19 bushels of grain in hand. In addition to Jane’s three children they supported five convicts and one freeman. In Marsden’s list of females in the Colony in 1806 a daughter, Martha, born in 1803, is recorded, but there is no mention of her in the 1806 Muster.

Later Jane went to live on the south side of George Street, Parramatta, and Ridge remained on the Hawkesbury and married Margaret Forrester (the daughter of First Fleeter Robert Forrester) on 7 November 1809 and had at least eight children

Darryl Buley on 18th June, 2020 wrote:

Name:
Jane Pool
Event Type:
Baptism
Baptism Date:
24 Mar 1771
Baptism Place:
Combe Florey, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
Father:
John Pool
Mother:
Elizabeth Pool

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 14th May, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: The Founders of Australia; A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet; Mollie Gillen (prev. ), firstname: Jane, surname: Poole, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1768, date of death: 26th

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