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Mary Ann Raffell

Mary Ann Raffell, one of 100 convicts transported on the Harmony, 09 September 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Ann Raffell
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: All country work
Date of Death: 17th August, 1880
Age: 70 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: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Harmony
Departure date: 9th September, 1828
Arrival date: 14th January, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 493 (248)
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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D Wong on 27th November, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
MARY ANN RAFFELL, Theft > simple larceny, 29th May 1828.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
MARY ANN RAFFELL was again indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 2 caps, value 4s.; 1 petticoat, value 2s.; and 1 blanket, value 7s., the goods of Mary Ann Cooper, widow, now the wife of Henry Burdett Gast.
MARY ANN GAST. I am now the wife of Henry Burdett Gast; on the 25th of April my name was Mary Ann Cooper; the prisoner was in distress - and about the latter end of March I took her into my house. On the 25th of April I had occasion to leave my house, and gave her leave to go and see her friends - I returned on Saturday, and missed the articles stated; I never permitted her to take my things - I saw her on the Sunday going into the Catholic Chapel, and told her I must take her up.
ROBERT TEASDALE . I took up the prisoner; I said,“Is not this cap on your head your mistress’?” she said, Yes, and I took it off.
WILLIAM CRASH. I am a pawnbroker of Clarendon-square. I took in this blanket, cap, and petticoat of the prisoner, on the 26th of April.(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 18.
Transported for Seven Years.

Mary Ann was 18 yers old on arrival, born at Somerstown, she was 4’9” tall, dark brown to black hair, dark brown eyes, deep pockmark on the chin, reads and writes, single - her occupations were listed as ‘servant of all work/nursemaid’.

“My relations are in London I lived last with Mr {Cook} Charlton Street Fon{... } Town last with Mrs Cooper same place”.

Conduct Record: Empty

9/3/1830: Married John Payne (free) they had 3 children - John Payne died 14/6/1834, his last child was born after his death.

1832-33 Musters: Married to John Payne.

1835 Muster: Free by Servitude 29th May.

16/9/1835: Married Samuel Edward Smith (Princess Charlotte 1824) - they had 5 children.

Samuel Smih, Locksmith, died 23/2/1879, aged over 80 of erysipelas, and infectious disease.

17/8/1880: Mary Ann Raffell/Payne/Smith died of “cancer of the tongue” the next year, aged seventy.

Convict Changes History

Anita Payne on 27th November, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 17th August, 1880 (prev. 0000), gender: f

D Wong on 27th November, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 27th November, 2016 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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