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Sarah Watkins

Sarah Watkins, one of 120 convicts transported on the Canada, March 1810

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Watkins
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 25th February, 1832
Age: 44 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Fraud
Convicted at: Kent Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Canada
Departure date: March, 1810
Arrival date: 8th September, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 121 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 6
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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Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 wrote:

I am unsure as to what crime Sarah committed. In some records she is listed as a free settler, this is not true! She was definitely a convict and listed in the indents etc.

Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Sarah married John Ellison.
John Ellinson, free, of the parish of Parramatta and Sarah Watkin were married in this church by banns this seventh day of October 1817 by me Samuel Marsden.
John and Sarah both made their X marks in the register in the presence of John Bishop and Martha Bishop who also made their X marks.

Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 wrote:

John Ellison was a convict, transported on the Albermarle in 1791.
John and Sarah had a large family, 10 children located born between 1811 and 1828.

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref E0395] Ellison, John, 65, free by servitude, Albermarle, 1797, 7 years, Protestant, publican, Parramatta, 50 acres all cleared and cultivated, 7 horses.
[Ref E0396] Ellison, Sarah, 29 [sic], free by servitude, Canada, 1810 7 years, Protestant.
[Ref E0397] Ellison, William 17 born in the colony.
[Ref E0398] Ellison, Henry 15 born in the colony.
[Ref E0399] Ellison, Thomas 13 born in the colony.
[Ref E0400] Ellison, Sarah 11 born in the colony.
[Ref E0401] Ellison, John 9 born in the colony.
[Ref E0402] Ellison, James 6 born in the colony.
[Ref E0403] Ellison, Jane 5 born in the colony.
[Ref E0404] Ellison, Samuel 3 born in the colony.
[Ref E0405] Ellison, Eliza 2 born in the colony.
[Ref E0406] Ellison, George 1 month born in the colony.
# NOTE The census information about Sarah is inaccurate. She was actually aged about 40.

Ray Sorensen on 4th June, 2019 wrote:

Sarah was tried at Maidstone Quarter Sessions, Kent 12 January 1809, on June 7 1809 she was convicted of Fraud and sentenced to seven years penal servitude

“Convicted of unlawfully, knowingly and designedly by false pretences obtaining from William Worboys £4-16-0 of the monies of the said Willliam Worboys. Ordered to be transported for the term of seven years to such place or places, port or ports beyond the seas as His Majesty by and with the advice of his privy council shall declare and approve pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided”..... Extract from Minute Book (Lena Garrett Descendant.)

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 28th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 25th February, 1832 (prev. 0000), gender: f

Ray Sorensen on 4th June, 2019 made the following changes:


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