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Isabella Marie Tyson

Isabella Tyson, one of 62 convicts transported on the Indispensible, February 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Isabella Marie Tyson
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 22nd December, 1786
Occupation: Housewife
Date of Death: 2nd October, 1874
Age: 87 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Yorkshire, West Riding Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indispensible
Departure date: February, 1809
Arrival date: 18th August, 1809
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 62 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 421 (210) Chris Sheil, Doneley, Tyson & Sheil, Some Historical Aspects of Three of Australia’s Oldest Families, Published by DT&S to commemorate the Family Gathering at Campbelltown on Australia Day, 1980 Ancestry, Quarter Session Record for Isabella Tyson. Ancestry, Land Grant for William Tyson, New South Wales, Register of Land Grants and Leases, 1792-1867, State Records Authority of New South
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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Margaret RISBY on 7th January, 2015 wrote:

Born Isabella Marie Coulson.
Mother of 14 including James Tyson, Pastoralist and Millionaire.

Cheryl Hay on 1st September, 2017 wrote:

William Tyson, Isabella’s husband and their baby son William also travelled on the Indispensible. Isabella was assigned to William.

Anne Cutler on 24th April, 2019 wrote:

Isabella Coulson was baptised at Chester-le-Street, Durham, England in 1786 and married William Tyson in 1805. In 1808, Isabella was found guilty of stealing a leather purse,linen and silver coins. She was sentenced to 7 years and transported to Sydney on the ship Indispensible which carried 62 female convicts. She was able to travel with her baby and William (who had obtained a berth giving service to one of the passengers)  arriving in Sydney in September 1809. This was a few months before Governor Lachlan Macquarie arrived to ‘encourage marriage,less drinking and the colony to become self-sufficient’.

In 1812, the family were given a land grant of 40 acres at Airds with an annual rent of one shilling to commence in 1817.  In 1814 William was appointed first constable in Appin and by 1819 they had built a house, a barn, a steel mill, and had some maize and wheat, 9 pigs and 14 acres under cultivation.

William died in 1827 aged 45 and it seems that Isabella managed to continue farming the land.  In the 1828 census, Isabella is recorded as being aged 41, freed by servitude, a protestant widow living at East Bargo with 8 children, living on 110 acres, 21 cleared, 21 cultivated and with 4 horned cattle.  Isabella Tyson went on to marry Thomas Clements, who had arrived in 1814 as a convict and had been assigned to the farm . Isabella and Thomas had three more children. 

An indication of Isabella and her family’s adaptation to Australia is the success of one of her sons, James Tyson, who did very well for himself by providing a butchery service to prospectors on the Victorian goldfields of the 1850/60s. He went on to establish pastoral runs from Queensland to Victoria becoming a very wealthy man.  In 1898 he died intestate leaving about two million pounds for descendants to argue over.  By all accounts he was an interesting character and Banjo Patterson wrote a poem about him. 

Isabella died in 1874 at the ripe old age of 87. The notice in the Sydney Gazette noted that Isabella was ‘much respected by a large circle of friends’.

Andrea hogan on 17th January, 2020 wrote:

http://rumbutter.info/gen-cumb-nr-fam-tyson/james-tyson?rq=Isabella Tyson

I’m a direct descendant- great x4 grand-daughter of Isabella and William Tyson

Convict Changes History

Margaret RISBY on 7th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 22nd December, 1786 (prev. 0000), date of death: 2nd October, 1874 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

Anne Cutler on 24th April, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 421 (210) Chris Sheil, Doneley, Tyson & Sheil, Some Historical Aspects of Three of Australia’s Oldest Families, Published by DT&S to commemorate the F

Andrea hogan on 17th January, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, alias1: Marie, crime

Andrea hogan on 17th January, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, firstname: Isabella Marie (prev. Isabella), crime

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