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Susanna Smith, one of 401 convicts transported on the Glatton, September 1802
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 322
||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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Peter Morris on 31st December, 2011 wrote:
Susannah Smith (Staines) was my ggg-grandmother. She married 1st fleeter Edward Miles (Moyle) at St.John’s, Parramatte on Oct.31, 1803.
Peter Morris on 29th March, 2013 wrote:
b. c1773. d. December 4, 1838.
Susannah Smith was born circa 1773 in England and was charged at the Old Bailey on 17 February, 1802 with ‘feloniously stealing a sheet, value 7 shillings and a blanket, value 4 shillings from a hotel in Shoe Lane, London.’ Shoe Lane was just off Fleet Street in an area called Holborn in Central London.
221. SUSANNAH SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of January , a sheet, value 7s. and a blanket, value 4s. the property of Thomas Brereton .
SARAH BRERETON sworn. - I am the wife of Thomas Brereton , who keeps a house in Rose and Crown-court, Shoe-lane : On Friday, the 22d of January, about six o’clock, I was called out into the court, and met them bringing the prisoner back, she was a stranger to me; the things were brought back by Catharina Rowley .
CATHARINA ROWLEY sworn. - I am a neighbour of Mrs. Brereton’s; I had been out, and coming home, in consequence of what Mrs. Young told me, I took the prisoner by the shoulder, and took from her a blanket and sheet, which I gave to Mrs. Brereton; it was pinned round her waist under a great long red cloak; she d - d me for a b - h, and told me she had got none but her own property.
ELIZABETH YOUNG sworn. - I lodge in Mr. Brereron’s house: On Friday, the 22d of January, I met the prisoner about half past five in the afternoon, in Shoe-lane, I was going home; she said she had been in sits, and asked me to be so kind as to give her a drop of water; I took her to the door, and she said she was so saint, she could not stand, and followed me up stairs, and said, nothing would bring her too, unless it was a raw pickled herring, or a cucumber; I told her I was a stranger, and did not know where they told them, and I gave her some porter that stood upon the table; then she said nothing would do but cold water; I told her I had none in the house, I would go down in the kitchen, and get her some; when I had got down stairs, I perceived her running out at the street-door; I had some mistrust, and I ran out after her, and stopped her, then she d - d me, called me a b - h, and said, if I did not leave her alone, she would murder me; then I called out for assistance, and Catharina Rowley came up, and took the sheet and blanket from her.
Mrs. Brereton. These are my property; they were in Elizabeth Young’s room; it is a ready furnished room.
Young. I turned up the bed with these things upon it, while she was in the room.
Prisoner’s defence. I had been after a place; I was taken violently ill, and this woman pressed me very hard to go home with her, which I accordingly did; I asked her if she would have any thing to drink; she said she did not care if she did; I gave her a shilling, and she fetched a pot of porter; I was there three quarters of an hour, and she pressed me to come and see her the next Sunday; I asked her to see me part of my way home, and when we had got down the stairs, she said she must go back again, and she came out again with something in her hand; I did not see what it was; and when she had got into the court, she fell a screaming, and said, I had robbed her.
Q. (To Young.) Did she give you a shilling? - A. No.
Q. That you say, upon your oath? - A. Yes; and she had no porter, except some that my husband had left at dinner.
The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave her a good character. GUILTY , aged 28.
Transported for seven years .
London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
With a seven year sentence, Susannah arrived in Port Jackson (Sydney) on March 11, 1803 aboard the HMS Glatton after a voyage of 169 days, touching at Madeira and Rio de Janeiro.14 Seemingly settling in to colonial prison life rather quickly, Susannah married Edward Miles, on the 31st of October in the same year, 1803. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Reverend Samuel Marsden at St. John’s church, Parramatta. While there were, apparently, four daughters born we have only been able to locate three of them. The 1806 Muster lists Susannah as a washerwoman at Parramatta. Up until 1825 they worked the land, firstly at Prospect Hill and then at Cowpasture/Minto/Macquarie Fields. Later, and on hard times, she was forced to work as a servant to Robert Aull at Evan (now Penrith).15 Robert Aull was made District Constable for the district of Evan in 1821. He also bought and sold properties but by the 1830s his main activities were at Richmond.
Susannah died, shortly after Edward, on December 4, 1838 and is buried, together with her husband and their grandson, Edward Alderson, at St. Matthew’s, Windsor. The inscription on their headstone reads …
‘Their lives being ended their trails are o’re
The thorns of temptation can hurt them no more
Their path has been rough but the day of release
Has dawned on their sorrows and left them in peace
Their journey is o’er the desert gone through
They have crossed over Jordan with Canaan in view
No care can disturb them no foes can molest
For their spirits are now forever at rest.’
Convict Changes History
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