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Mary Williams

Mary Williams, one of 100 convicts transported on the Princess Royal, 07 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Williams
Aliases: Irving
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Princess Royal
Departure date: 6th January, 1829
Arrival date: 9th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 502
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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Tony Beale on 7th October, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for Mary Williams Bound Indentures 1829 From London Widowed Protestant with 2 children, can read. C47/450 convicted 23/10/1828. 4’ 8 1/2” ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. Assigned to J Keith Sydney

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1/12/1831 Mary Williams 29 Bond (14yrs) per ship Princess Royal to marry Joseph Irving 32 Free (7yrs) per ship Manlius Rev Dr Lang

Tony Beale on 7th October, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

2156. MARY WILLIAMS and MARIA COZENS were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of October , 1 watch, value 50s.; 1 watch-chain, value 1s.; 1 seal, value 7s., and 2 watch-keys, value 2s., the goods of William Johnston , from his person ; and WILLIAM KIMBLEY was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, knowing them to have been stolen ; against the Statute, &c.

WILLIAM JOHNSTON. I am a mariner . On the evening of the 6th of October, a few minutes after eleven o’clock, I met Williams and another woman in Back-lane, near Ratcliff-highway, in Stepney; I did not see Cozens at that time, nor any man - they asked me to give them some gin; I told them to go about their business, and gave them sixpence to get rid of them; I said I was going on board a ship - they followed me to the canal basin , and then Williams took my watch out of my pocket; I took hold of her hand, and never let go till I got her to the watch-house, which was close by; the other woman ran off while I was feeling in Williams’ hand and breast for my watch - I cannot say whether it was Cozens; I was told to appear before the Magistrate, and then I went down with the ship, and was written for to come up; the watch was not found on Williams - it was gone in a moment; I do not know what became of it.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. She might have thrown it away? A. Yes - or given it away.

WILLIAM ASHFORD . I am a pawnbroker. I have a watch pawned with me, on the 7th of October, by Cozens and Kimbley, in the name of John Smith.

WILLIAM WEBB . I am a headborough. On the night of the 6th of October, Williams was brought to the watch-house by the prosecutor, charged with stealing his watch; I searched her, but found nothing - but recollecting I had seen her in company with Cozens, who she always walked with, I went to look for her, but could not find her till the 10th, when she was with another girl, who she called her sister; I searched her - she said she was innocent; I said it was useless to say so, as William had made a split of it- she said “If she split, I’ll split too, if you will be favourable to me;” I said that was not in my power; she then said she and Williams met the prosecutor in the Back-road- Williams asked him to go home, and she, Williams, drew the watch from him, and she went and told Kimbley,(who cohabits with Williams,) of it, and I should be likely to find him at his mother’s, Mrs. Smith’s - he had come to the watch-house while Williams was there, and gone away again; I went to Smith’s - knocked some time at the door; they did not open it - I peeped through the key-hole, and saw a man make his escape out at the back-door; I got in, and found somebody had gone out with naked feet, as there were the marks on the damp ground; I scaled the wall, and found a bit of braces; I then heard a woman in the next house scream out that a man was there; I called to a watchman, who found Kimbley there.

Cross-examined. Q. You told an untruth in saying that Williams had split? A. She had told me she had been in trouble before through Cozens - she had said nothing about this watch; I meant to say she had said enough to convince me she was in it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

WILLIAMS’ Defence. I was returning from Poplar, and met this man, who told me he had lost a watch - we stood talking some time, then he took me to the watch-house; I knew nothing about it.

KIMBLEY’S Defence. I own pawning the watch, but that witness did not take it in.


COZENS - GUILTY . Aged 22.


Transported for Fourteen Years .

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 7th October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

Tony Beale on 7th October, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Irving

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