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Mary Saunders

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Saunders
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Experiment
Departure date: 21st January, 1809
Arrival date: 25th June, 1809
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 58 other convicts

References

Primary source: State Records NSW Convict Ships Lists - Experiment" arrived June 1809. Freemans Journal 26 Nov 1808 p.3 . NRS 12188; Item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 632. NSWBDM 1245/1811 V18111245 3A
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Community Contributions

Robin Sharkey on 10th April, 2017 wrote:

Mary Saunders was tried at Dublin Quarter Sessions before the Recorder on Thursday 24 Nov 1808, for stealing and was sentenced to 7 . years transportation. She was aged 24.

“Mary Saunders for stealing one bank note of the value of ten pounds; to be transported for seven years.”

She left a few weeks later in January 1809 on “Experiment” for NSW

The 1811 muster records her as a convict, resident in Sydney.

In 1811, 24th june, Mary Saunders married John Oswell, at St John’s Parramatta.  Mary could not sign, John Oswell could. Witnesses were thomas and Mary McKenzie.

John Oswell had been convicted at Chelsea barracks in England for desertion in 1804 - 7 yr sentence - and arrived on 1807 on “Duke of Portland”.  So his seven years were up when they married, and he was free.

Oswell then joined up again, to the 73rd Regiment, on 12th March 1814.

The 1814 Muster records her as a convict, mustered at Sydney “wife to a soldier 73rd Regiment”, and with one child on stores.  (Child’s baptism record not found). So John Oswell may have been a soldier

There is no further record of Mary in NSW. She probably followed John Oswell when the Regiment was shipped out to India and Ceylon, he bing on the ship General Brown” in December 1814.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 10th April, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: State Records NSW Convict Ships Lists - Experiment" arrived June 1809. Freemans Journal 26 Nov 1808 p.3 (prev. ), firstname: Mary, surname: Saunders, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000,

Robin Sharkey on 10th April, 2017 made the following changes:

source: State Records NSW Convict Ships Lists - Experiment" arrived June 1809. Freemans Journal 26 Nov 1808 p.3 . NRS 12188; Item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 632. NSWBDM 1245/1811 V18111245 3A (prev. State Records NSW Convict Ships Lists - Experiment" arrived

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