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Mary Wells

Mary Wells, one of 325 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, May 1792

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Wells
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 17th February, 1855
Age: 87 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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: York City Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Admiral
Departure date: 30th May, 1792
Arrival date: 7th October, 1792
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 346 other convicts


Primary source: Research Notes: 1841 Census Return
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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Community Contributions

John Sullivan on 15th September, 2016 wrote:

Had 7 children with Sion Freebody:
I. Ann Nancy (22/12/1796 - 11/1/1882), also known as Ann (Nancy) Wells Freebody II. Sarah (1798 - 1881) III. Simon junior (1799 - 1887) IV. Mary Ann (1800 - 1899)V. John (1802 - 1890)
VI. Margaret (?? - 1806) VII. Ham (1823 - 1890). It is thought Ham was the illegitimate son of Mary Ann, who was adopted by her parents.
In 1794 Sion and Mary were granted land on the Hawkesbury River.

Denis Pember on 13th December, 2019 wrote:

Mary probably married Simon (or Sion) Freebody.
Simon was himself, a Second Fleet convict, transported on “Surprize”.
They married sometime after 1794.
Simon and Mary had at least 5 children.
Ann, 1796, married James Oldfield (convict “Earl Cornwallis”. Sarah, 1798, married John Hoskisson (son of 2 convicts Thomas Hoskisson “Scarborough” and Sarah Pigg “Mary Ann”. Simon, 1799, married Susannah Miles (daughter of 2 convicts Edward Miles “Scarborough"and Susannah Smith “Glatton”). Mary Ann, 1800 married Daniel Search (convict “Atlas”). John, 1803.
Several of these children had very large families.  Mary Ann for example died in 1898, aged 98/99 and had raised 14 children. Her obituary states her descendants are legion, with an almost unlimited number of great and great great grandchildren.

Convict Changes History

John Sullivan on 15th September, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Research Notes: 1841 Census Return (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 189 (95)), date of birth: 1768 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th February, 1855 (prev. 0000), gender: f

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