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Sarah Stone, one of 327 convicts transported on the Indefatigable and Minstrel, 09 May 1812
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life span was 56 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 62
||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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Phil Hands on 27th September, 2017 wrote:
Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 10th July 1811 for the theft of a watch and chain, a gold seal and a gold key, sentenced to transportation for 7 years,
Left England on 4th June 1812
Ship:- the ‘Minstral’ sailed with 127 female convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 25th October 1812.
In 1814 she married Thomas Mason. She gave her age as 20. No death can be found for him. By 1818 she had reverted to her maiden name and was in a relationship with Nathaniel Lucas jnr.,(son of convicts Nathaniel Lucas, ‘Scarborough’ 1788 & Olivia Gascoigne, ‘Lady Penrhyn’ 1788). She left with Nathaniel jnr.,when he moved to Tasmania in 1818 and remained with him until her death in a shooting accident in 1836.
Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas), 27th August 1836, p 2
A most melancholy accident happened on Monday night to Mrs. Lucas, whose husband had taken a gun, charged with buck shot a fortnight previous, to fire a salute into the street, in honour of His Majesty’s birthday — Mrs. Lucas was standing in the room. It appears, by some accident, the piece went off, the contents of which were lodged in the upper part of her thigh. Four medical gentlemen — Doctors Seacombe, Pugh, Grant, and De Dassel, were in immediate attendance, and Dr. Grant stopped the whole of the night with Mrs. Lucas, who still lies in a dangerous state. — Observer. [This woman is since dead. The Coroner’s Jury, returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”]
Phil Hands on 27th September, 2017 wrote:
Old Bailey Trial Transcript.
Reference Number: t18110710-28
546. SARAH WISE , HANNAH LEVI , ELIZABETH WALTERS , SARAH ATKINS , and SARAH STONE were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2nd of July , a watch, value 5 l. a metal chain, value 6 d. a gold seal, value 16 s. and a gold key, value 1 s. the property of George Hardy , from his person .
GEORGE HARDY . I am a labourer in the East India company’s warehouse . On July the 2d, between one and two in the morning, I met Sarah Stone and Sarah Atkins , in Bishopsgate Street, the corner of Sun-street; they asked me to give them something to drink; I went into a court, and gave them a glass each, of peppermint; I got change for a pound note ten shillings in silver, and the rest in half-pence; I put the halfpence in my handkerchief; I went with these two prisoners, to a room in a Court in Angel Alley , directly. I got there, they pulled the handkerchief out of my hand, spilt the half-pence about the room; in a few minutes, Wise came up, she abused the other two girls for bringing me there and while she was taking to them she came up close to me; I perceived my watch go from me; I said, give me that watch again; then Levi and Walter came in the room; they came between me and Wise, I requested the watch; a man came in and knocked me down; I tried to rescue myself from the man, and got him down, when the whole of the prisoners pulled me off, beating me at the same time; they got me down, and I expected they were going to take my life away, I cried out and begged for mercy; he got up in the mean time these girls got out of the room. I being fatigued got up, and instantly he shoved me down stairs; I waited in the Alley near three quarters of an hour by the door; finding nobody come, I thought it was dangerous waiting there any longer. I went towards Bishopsgate; there I saw the five prisoners coming up the court; I fancy the prisoners saw me, they returned back again, and went into a gin shop, near Sun-street. I saw the watchman, and requested that he would take the whole of them; he informed me he was off his duty; I told him I had been robbed and ill used. He then took them all up to the watchhouse; they were searched, and about seven shillings and odd were found upon them in copper.
Q. Were you sober - A. I had been drinking porter. I knew what I was about; I am sure that Sarah Atkins and Sarah Stone picked me up, I am sure the other women came to assist them.
BENJAMIN CHAPMAN . I am a watchman. On Tuesday, at four o’clock in the morning, the prosecutor gave me charge of the five prisoners; I took them from the wine vaults to the watchhouse.
JOHN WILLIAMS . I am a constable. On searching the prisoners, I found on Ann Levi one shilling and nine-pence farthing, half a crown in silver, and the rest in copper.
Q. to Prosecutor. I suppose you cannot swear to the half-pence - A. No.
Atkins’s Defence. I never saw the man before with my eyes.
Stone’s Defence. the same.
Wise’s Defence. I am innocent.
Levi’s Defence. I went to Spitalfields market, I could not buy any thing; I was returning, I met the other prisoners, and we had a quarter and a half of liquor together.
Walter’s Defence. I never saw the man with my eyes
WISE, GUILTY , aged 18.
LEVI, GUILTY , aged 22.
WALTER, GUILTY , aged 21.
ATKINS, GUILTY , aged 19.
STONE, GUILTY , aged 16.
Transported for Seven Years .
London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
Convict Changes History
Phil Hands on 27th September, 2017 made the following changes:
convicted at, date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1836 (prev. 0000), crime