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Frances Waddell

Frances Waddell, one of 127 convicts transported on the Mary, 03 June 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Frances Waddell
Aliases: Waddle, Privett
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: House duties
Date of Death: 19th November, 1876
Age: 79 years

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 Life

Crime: Theft of garments off her master
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
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 64 Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 1913 State Archives of Tasmania Ref. CON45/1/1 'Convict Marriages' NSW Covict Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849
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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Robert Monaghan on 25th September, 2012 wrote:

Sentenced to death; commuted to life; sentenced to transportation.
Convicted with associate Mary Gengell (AKA Gingell).
Ticket-of-leave by Sep 1830.
Granted allotment of land valued at 22 pounds at Launceston 1830.
Conditionally pardoned Oct 1835.
Permission to marry Edward Coningsby, a fellow pardoned convict in Sep 1839.

Tony Beale on 13th December, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

1206. FRANCES WADDELL was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of July , at St. Martin in the Fields, one lace petticoat, value 1 l.; two night gowns, value 10 s.; one pair of stockings, value 1 s.; four table cloths, value 8 s.; four towels, value 2 s.; two shifts, value 14 s.; two silk petticoats, value 30 s., and one silk handkerchief, value 1 s., the goods of Hannah Maria Williams ; and one coat, value 1 l.; one waistcoat, value 5 s.; two shirts, value 7 s., and one silk handkerchief, value 4 s., the goods of Evan William Thomas , in the dwelling-house of the said Hannah Maria Williams .

HANNAH MARIA WILLIAMS . I rent a house in Trinity-place, Charing-cross . The prisoner was employed by me as charwoman ; she was at the house every day for three weeks, and went home at night. On Saturday, the 6th of July, she left after eleven o’clock at night; I was in the sitting-room when she went; I had seen her about a minute before, but did not see her go out. Next morning I

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was surprised at finding a feather bed and bed clothes thrown out of the back parlour window into the yard; this made me look round, and I missed the property stated in the indictment. Nettleton the constable came about nine o’clock, and asked if I had been robbed; he produced the property to me; the feather bed and clothes were in my room the day before.
WILLIAM NETTLETON . I am a constable. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house, and I took the property stated in the indictment out of her lap; I have had it ever since; the lace petticoat that was found in pawn was not in it. The prosecutrix saw the things next morning, and claimed them in the prisoner’s presence; she had said she brought them from her sister’s at Chelsea, and told the prosecutrix that she pawned the lace petticoat. She at first said they were her own. I asked her to describe the marks - she told me of some marks, and others she told me wrong. I went to find her sister, but could not; I returned, and told her it was false, and I must detain her. In the course of the night she wanted to see Mr. Williams, not Mrs. Williams, but Mrs. Williams came with me; the prisoner then said she took them from the house, and cried very much. I know nothing of the prosecutrix. I saw a person who turned out to be Evan William Thomas - he lodged in the house.

EDWARD GRAHAM . I am watchman of St. Martin’s. I saw the prisoner on Saturday night, the 6th of July, in Northumberland-street, Strand, about a quarter past eleven o’clock; she had a bundle and a man’s coat hanging out of it; I gave her and the bundle in charge of Nettleton; she said the things were her own.

MRS. WILLIAMS. The property is mine; she had fetched the linen from the mangle, and delivered it to me just before she left; they were put into the kitchen; she could go down and take them after leaving me. The coat and waistcoat were taken from the wardrobe. I missed nothing till Sunday morning. My things are worth 57 s. Mr. Thomas’s things were in my care. I asked her at the watch-house what was the reason she threw the bed out of the window - she made no answer. I asked why she took the things - she said she did not know.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not say you would forgive me, at Bow-street - A. I did not.

EVANS WILLIAM THOMAS . The coat, waistcoat, two shirts, and handkerchief, are mine, and are worth 38 s.; they were in Mrs. Williams’s care.

Prisoner. He does not lodge there.

EVANS WILLIAM THOMAS . I have been there three months, and lodge there; I have paid nothing since I have been there; she keeps the house.

Prisoner’s Defence. He is not a lodger; the prosecutrix lives with him.

MRS. WILLIAMS. It is my house - I pay the rent and taxes. Mr. Thomas is on a visit for as long as he thinks proper. I have lived there five years.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 25.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Richardson.

Convict Changes History

Robert Monaghan on 25th September, 2012 made the following changes:

source, alias1, alias2, date of death 19th November, 1876, gender, occupation, crime

James Ward on 26th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000)

James Ward on 26th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000)

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