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Sarah Skelton

Sarah Skelton, one of 117 convicts transported on the Eliza, 03 November 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Skelton
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 3rd November, 1829
Arrival date: 24th February, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 116 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 235 (120)
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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Maureen Withey on 3rd December, 2019 wrote:

Marriage record:https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/results?qu=mary&qu=Savage&qf=NI_INDEX Record+type Marriages Marriages&qf=PUBDATE Year 1832-1841 1832-1841
Marriage of Sarah Skelton to Joseph Brown, 4 Nov 1833 at St John, Launceston. He had a ticket of Leave, and it states he arrived per ship “Skelton”, and she was a convict, per Eliza. (His ship’s name “Skelton” may be an error by the clerk, as it is also her surname)

Maureen Withey on 3rd December, 2019 wrote:

Certificate of Freedom:
Eliza: Sarah Skelton, 10 Sept.
Hobart Town Gazette, 7 July 1836.

Maureen Withey on 3rd December, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 03 December 2019), September 1829, trial of SARAH SKELTON (t18290910-282).
SARAH SKELTON, Theft > simple larceny, 10th September 1829.

1812. SARAH SKELTON was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of July , 19 yards of printed cotton, value 14s. , the goods of Jesse Pim .

HENRY TEAL . I am in the service of Jesse Pim , linen-draper , of Barbican . On the 31st of July, the prisoner came to the shop; I was showing her some prints -I saw the upper pieces move, and one slipped off the counter; the prisoner had bought eight yards of one, paid 1s. on it and said she would call for it at night - I accused her with taking one off the counter - she denied it; I came round, looked into her basket and found it there - this is it; there is nineteen yards of it - it is one I had shown her, and asked her 1s. a yard for.

Prisoner. It was not in the basket. Witness. Yes, it was; I took it out myself when I accused her of it; she took her basket and put it on the other side of her, and put her apron before it - when I found it, she said she did it through distress; that her mother was lying ill in bed, and she lived at No. 25, Golden-lane, which is false - she was not known there.

JOHN WILLIAM HARRISON. I took the prisoner; she said she did it through distress - she had 1s. 3d.

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating she was not conscious of the property being in her basket.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

Maureen Withey on 3rd December, 2019 wrote:

List of Absconded Prisoners
162. Sarah Skelton, 4 ft 11, pale complexion,
dark brown hair, grey eyes, age 2O, a housemaid,
tried at London in Sept. l829, sentence 7 years, per
Eliza, native of Mile end, Middlesex. Absconded
from Mr. Richardson, Hobart town, June 5. 1830.
Hobart Town Courier, 12 June 1830

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 3rd December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: f

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