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Elizabeth Steward

Elizabeth Steward, one of 127 convicts transported on the Mary, 03 June 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Steward
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 3rd June, 1823
Arrival date: 5th October, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 126 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 65 (34)
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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Tony Beale on 13th December, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

191. ELIZABETH STEWARD was indicted for that she, on the 15th of December , being servant to John Silvanus Underwood , did steal three yards of linen, value 4 s.; eleven yards of cotton, value 13 s.; five yards of flannel, value 8 s.; twelve yards of bombazeen, value 20 s.; three handkerchiefs, value 2 s.; half a yard of muslin, value 18 d.; twenty eight sovereigns; eight crown-pieces; sixteen half-crowns, and sixty shillings, his property, in his dwelling house .

JOHN SILVANUS UNDERWOOD . I live in Bedford-place, Commercial road ; the prisoner came into my service on the 10th December; she stood at my desk that evening, and saw me take out a bag of money, to pay the other servants wages. Next day I went into the City, and on returning about half-past four o’clock, my wife informed me of something, and I missed the bag of money from the desk, containing 7 l. in silver, and twenty sovereigns. On the Saturday morning I missed two silk shawls from my windows, early in the morning, before I got up; and on Sunday, when we went out to chapel, my wife locked the shop door, and on returning we found it had been opened by some means, and found it open again in the afternoon. I immediately questioned the prisoner who had been left in the care of the house; she said no person had been in, and she did not know how it came open. I looked round the shop and found several things misplaced; she persisted that she knew nothing of it. I demanded to search her box, which she willingly acceded to. My wife went up stairs, and brought down a piece of flannel, and a piece of Irish; she said she bought both at Todd’s, in Fore-street, and that her mother was with her at the time; she said the flannel measured two yards and a quarter wide, and a thumb over. I found there were two yards and a half; I cannot swear to the Irish, having no mark on it - there is a piece of dirt on one end of the flannel, by which I know it; she persisted that it was not mine. I sent my wife for a piece out of the shop, which had been cut off for a customer; I matched it, it tallied exactly - it must be mine.

ELIZABETH UNDERWOOD . I am the wife of the last witness, in consequence of goods being missed, I accompanied the prisoner up stairs, she opened her box and I found some Irish and flannel, which my husband compared with that in the shop; we have no reason to believe the Irish to be ours.

WILLIAM FOSTER . I am a constable. I took the prisoner in charge; she was examined on the 23d of December, (looks at the examination,) this is the magistrates signature, reads,

“The prisoner confesses having stolen the flannel, but denies stealing either the money or shawls; she also admits taking the property now produced.”

ELIZABETH UNDERWOOD . I lost two shawls, but did not miss these articles; but on the 16th her mother brought them to my house - they are worth 2 l. 13 s. together.

Prisoner’s Defence. I went into the parlour to mend stockings, and my mistress went into the shop, and found the door wide open, and the money missing.

GUILTY. Aged 17.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 13th December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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