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Details for the convict Elizabeth Thomas (1788)

Convict Name:Elizabeth Thomas
Trial Place:Preston
Trial Date:1787
Arrival Details
Ship:Prince of Wales
Arrival Year:1788
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Born LLanddoget, Denbighshire Wales Bap. July 1766. Llanddoget is a very poor agricultural village, was (& still is) Welsh speaking, so she must have learnt English. She first appeared before the Magistrate at Wigan for stealing a cotton apron and muslin shawl, but was acquitted (1786). Next appearance was at the Preston Assizes in January1787 when in company with Ellen Wainwright (alias Esther Eccles) she stole a 'stuff' gown from Janet Sturzacker and absconding from service. She was sentenced to 7 years transportation. During her imprisonment at Preston she received a whipping. On 13th May 1787 she was transferred to the 'Prince of Wales' transport.
She arrived at Port Jackson 20th January 1788 as part of the First Fleet and was among the first group of convicts to be landed.
She married William Connelly ('Alexander', b. 1769 theft, Bristol Assizes) at St. Phillips Church Hill 19th October 1788. She and William had one son William b/d. 1789.
They were transferred to Norfolk island on 'Sirius' March 1790. Son John born/d. NI 1790.
William left NI 26 Oct. 1793 on the 'Surprise', received a pardon and left for Bengal on the 'Sugar Cane' and disappeared from history.
Elizabeth began a relationship with Thomas Hill (3 of same name on NI makes him a problem), and Mary Ann b. 28 Nov. 1794 & Eliza b. 13 August 1796, d. ? NI. are the children of this relationship. Thomas Hill left NI 1796.
Her final relationship was with James Waterson, a 3rd Fleet convict (b. 1767, Albermarle, Norwich, life) who settled on NI and successfully farmed there. They had Elizabeth b. 1797 NI; William b. 1799 NI; James & Thomas (twins) b. 1802. James lived until 1825, Thomas d. 1808.
The family left Norfolk Island on the 'Estarmina" leaving May 14 1808. At the time they left they had a grant of 15 acres, 1/2 under cultivation.
She and James were married at Hobart by Rev. Knopwood on 13th April 1812, so the authorities must have been satisfied that Connelly was dead. They lived at Clarence Plains on a grant of 36 acres for the rest of their lives. James was always described as a 'sawyer', a trade he learnt on Norfolk Island.
Elizabeth died at Hollow Creek, Clarence Plains 28th June 1835 at the age of 68 and is buried in St.Matthew's Cemetery Rokeby with her husband.
Submitted by Researcher (Christina Geeves) on 9 May 2016

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