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Mary Sheering

Mary Sheering, one of 278 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Eolus [Aeolus], July 1808

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Sheering
Aliases: Metcalf, Shearing
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1782
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 23rd June, 1838
Age: 56 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Admiral Gambier and Aeolus
Departure date: July, 1808
Arrival date: 20th December, 1808
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 412
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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Community Contributions

Carol Merrick on 17th July, 2012 wrote:

Mary was sentenced at the same court session (13/1/1808) as John Metcalf.
Mary Sherring married Edward Burnham (per Royal Admiral 1800) on 15/01/1821 at Parramatta. They had one daughter, Elizabeth born 1823 and baptised at Parramatta on 6/12/1823. Edward & Mary lived on a 50acre grant at Prospect.

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 wrote:

BARNET BENJAMIN, JOHN METCALF, and MARY SHEARING, alias METCALF, was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 27th of November a box, value 1 s. six shirts, value 3 l. four handkerchiefs, value 4 s. five handkerchiefs, value 5 s. two towels, value 1 s. two pair of stockings, value 2 s. a night cap, value 6 d. and a table cloth, value 6 d. the property of Jeffrey Hart Bent ; - five shirts, value 2 l. 10 s. four pair of stockings, value 4 s. and a table cloth, value 7 s. the property of Ellis Bent.
METCALFE, GUILTY , aged 55.
SHEARING, GUILTY , aged 25.
BENJAMIN, GUILTY , aged 30.
Transported for Seven Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 wrote:

John Metcalf appears to have died soon after arrival in the colony. However, Mary used his surname in an on/off manner for sometime thereafter.
Their daughter Sarah, 1803, came free with them on the Aeolus.

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 wrote:

Muster Records:
1811: [4093] Maetcalf, Mary, Aeolus. Tried Jan 1807 Old Bailey.
1814: [3433] Mary Metcalf, Aeolus, On stores. 2 children on stores, 1 child off stores.

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref B3347] Burnham, Mary, 46, FS, Aeolus 1809, 7 years.
# Also [Ref B3346] Burnham, Edward, 48, FS, R. Admiral, 1800, 7 yyears, Settler, Prospect.
[Ref B3348] Burnham, Elizabeth, 5, BC.

Beth Kebblewhite on 17th August, 2019 wrote:

1808 -

Mary SHEERING alias METCALF was tried at Middlesex Gaol Delivery on 13 Jan. 1808 (with her husband) & received a term of 7 years transportation to NSW. She arrived in Sydney NSW on the ship “Aeolus” on 26 Jan. 1809. COF #2547.

(Source: Convicts to NSW 1788-1812 Indents CD-ROM, by SAG)
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1810 -

John Metcalf, aged about 50, died in June1810 & was buried on 26/06/1810 from St Johns Parramatta.

(Source: NSW Church Parish Register, V1810-2522-2A)
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1811 -

Mary Metcalfe, ship “Aeolus”, tried Jan 1807 Old Bailey, 7 years.

(Source: 1811 Muster of NSW)
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1814 -

Mary Metcalfe, ship “Aeolus”, on stores, 2 children on stores, 1 child off charity.

(Source: 1814 Muster of NSW)
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1821 -

Mary SHERRING (sic) married Edward Burnham at St Johns Church Parramatta on 15/01/1821.

(Source: NSW Church Parish Register, V1821-2674-3B.)
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1822 to1825 -

Edward BURNHAM, FS, “Royal Admiral” 1800, 7 years, landholder Parramatta (14100)
Mary METCALFE, FS, “Aeolus” 1804 (sic), 7 years, wife of Edward Burnham, Parramatta (32789)

(Source: 1823-25 General Muster List of NSW)
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1828 -

Edward BURNHAM, aged 48 years, FS, “Royal Admiral” 1800, 7 years,  Prot., settler, Prospect [50 acres, 20 acres cleared & 8 cultivated, 1 horse] (B3346). & wife -
Mary BURNHAM, aged 46 years, FBS, “Aeolus” 1809, 7 years, Prot., Prospect (B3347) & child -
Elizabeth BURNHAM, aged 5 years, BC, Prospect (B3348)

(Source: 1828 Census of NSW)
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1835 -

Edward Burnham, free farmer, aged 60, of Prospect, was buried at St Johns Parramatta on 11/11/1835.

(Source: NSW Church Parish Register, V1835-1697-19)
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1838 -

Mary was buried on 26/06/1838 as Mary Burnham, aged 56, of Prospect at St Johns Church Parramatta.

(Source: NSW Church Parish Register, V1838—2761-22)
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Convict Changes History

Carol Merrick on 17th July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1782-00-00, date of death 1838-06-26, gender f

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Metcalf (alias) (prev. Metcalf (Alias)), crime

Beth Styles on 28th July, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 23rd June, 1838 (prev. 26th June, 1838)

Iris Dunne on 28th July, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Metcalf (prev. Metcalf (alias))

Beth Kebblewhite on 17th August, 2019 made the following changes:

alias2: Shearing

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