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Rachael Sladen

Rachael Sladen, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Rachael Sladen
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1776
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 190; Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 27 August 1814 p4; Bank of England Freshfields correspondence.
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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Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 wrote:

Rachel Sladen was found guilty of uttering forged notes, at the Lancaster Assizes that commenced Wed 31 August 1814, and was sentenced to 14 years transportation
(per Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 3rd September 1814).
“Rachel Sladen, having uttered to Thos. DIxon and others at Bury, three forged bank notes.”

Bank of England Freshfields correspondence [M314–15: 14 June, 23 Sept. 1814].
* Held Lancaster castle until sent to Northampton, Dec. 1814

She was on board “Northampton” at Deptford by 17 November 1814, and wrote to the Bank of England saying:
* inform you of my distressed situation
* Confined these 7 months in the Castell at Lancaster
* Leaving 4 poor desolate children behind and taking ONE with me
* both in the utmost of distress
* having no one to send me money or clothes
* being confined for the Bank business (forgery) I hope you will consider my distressed situation
grant me some relief as am now lying on board the Northampton going to the bay

The bank gave her £5 to help towards her necessaries for departure.

She travelled on ‘Northampton’ ship with a child named Rob aged 2 (according to the written list prepared by surgeon Joseph Arnold, on arrival in NSW).
He arrived as Robert Sladen junior.

She gave birth to George SLADEN on arrival in NSW.
1822 - George Sladen, Age: 8, Arrival status: BC (Born in Colony); Occupation/Residence &c: Orphan School, Sydney
1825 - age 11, still in Orphan School.

Rachael Sladen, Aged: 41 years Born: Bury [Bury St Edmunds]
Servant, Tried: 31 Aug 1814, at Lancaster Sentence: 14 years,
Embarked from: England; Arrived per Northampton 19 Jun 1815, at Sydney;
Certificate issued: Ticket of Leave number 30; Certificate of Freedom

1815 - On list of female convicts on board “Northampton”; with her son Robert. Listed - as Sladon.
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Northampton” to be employed at the Factory at Parramatta; with one child.
1820, Oct 11th - Petition to have son George (age about 6) put into the Male Orphan School was rejected.
1821, 11 April and 10 October- Petition from Rachel submitted to the Committee of the male Orphan School
1821 3 Nov - George Sladen admitted to Male Orphan School, parent Rachel Sladen of Pitt Street (Sydney) servant/

1822, January 22 T/L request - Trade or Calling: Servant of Frederick Drennan. Petition for ticket of leave;
1822, Sept: ovt Servant, Sydney ,, [to] Judge Advocate Wylde
1824, May 20th - Re permission to marry at Parramatta; listed as Slayden.
1824, 20th September MARRIED at St Johns Parramatta (Extracted from Kerrison James)
1825, September. Wife of Thomas Clayton, residence: Parramatta. Convict
1826, 13 December - Witness to marriage at St John’s of John “WROE” free of Liverpool ad Ann Adams age 27 per “Midas”, at parramatta St Johns. Rachel Clayton Witness signing with an X. Other witness James Buckley, Parramatta, SIGNED.
1828 Census -Rachel Clayton. Age 53. Protestant FbyS (14 yrs). Housekeeper to Thomas Clayton. Sydney

Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 wrote:

Rachel Sladen was found guilty of uttering forged notes, at the Lancaster Assizes that commenced Wed 31 August 1814, and was sentenced to 14 years transportation
(per Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 3rd September 1814).
“Rachel Sladen, having uttered to Thos. DIxon and others at Bury, three forged bank notes.”

Bank of England Freshfields correspondence [M314–15: 14 June, 23 Sept. 1814].
* She was held at Lancaster castle until sent to the ship Northampton at Deptford in November 1814

She was on board “Northampton” at Deptford by 17 November 1814, and wrote to the Bank of England saying:
* inform you of my distressed situation
* Confined these 7 months in the Castell at Lancaster
* Leaving 4 poor desolate children behind and taking ONE with me
* we are both in the utmost of distress
* having no one to send me money or clothes
* being confined for the Bank business (forgery) I hope you will consider my distressed situation
grant me some relief as am now lying on board the Northampton going to the Bay.

The bank gave her £5 to help towards her necessaries for departure.

Rachael Sladen, Aged: 41 years Born: Bury [Bury St Edmunds]
Servant, Tried: 31 Aug 1814, at Lancaster
She travelled on ‘Northampton’ ship with a child named Rob aged 2 (according to the written list prepared by surgeon Joseph Arnold, on arrival in NSW).
He arrived as Robert Sladen junior.

She gave birth to George SLADEN on/after arrival in NSW.

1815 - On list of female convicts on board “Northampton”; with her son Robert. Listed - as Sladon.
* On list of convicts disembarked from the “Northampton” to be employed at the Factory at Parramatta; with one child.
* 1820, Oct 11th - Petition to have son George (age about 6) put into the Male Orphan School was rejected.
* 1821, 11 April and 10 October- Petition from Rachel submitted to the Committee of the male Orphan School
* 1821 3 Nov - George Sladen admitted to Male Orphan School, parent Rachel Sladen of Pitt Street (Sydney) servant/

* 1822, January 22 T/L request - Trade or Calling: Servant of Frederick Drennan. Petition for ticket of leave;
* 1822, Sept: ovt Servant, Sydney ,, [to] Judge Advocate Wylde
1822 - George Sladen, Age: 8, Arrival status: BC (Born in Colony); Occupation/Residence &c: Orphan School, Sydney

* 1824, May 20th - Re permission to marry at Parramatta; listed as Slayden.
* 1824, 20th September MARRIED at St Johns Parramatta (Extracted from Kerrison James)
* 1825, September. Wife of Thomas Clayton, residence: Parramatta. Convict
1825 - George Sladen age 11, still in Orphan School.
* 1826, 13 December - Witness to marriage at St John’s of John “WROE” free of Liverpool ad Ann Adams age 27 per “Midas”, at parramatta St Johns. Rachel Clayton Witness signing with an X. Other witness James Buckley, Parramatta, SIGNED.
* 1828 Census -Rachel Clayton. Age 53. Protestant FbyS (14 yrs). Housekeeper to Thomas Clayton. Sydney

Certificate issued: Ticket of Leave number 30; Certificate of Freedom.

No record of Rachel’s Death.

Her son George Sladen was indentured out as an apprentice when he left the orphanage.
Sydney Gazette - 29 March 1834
Caution to Apprentices.-A native
youth named George Slade, was sentenced to four-
teen days hard labour in the Sydney gaol, on Tuesday last, for unbecoming behaviour in his indented service.

George married in 1841 age about 26 yrs to Maria Ballard. They had ten children at least from 1844 to 1860, two dying in 1860, the eldest aged 16 anda a 4 yr old.

George Died in 1876, aged 62 years, at Parramatta area.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 19th October, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 190; Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 27 August 1814 p4; Bank of England Freshfields correspondence. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Rol

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