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Details for the convict Elizabeth Law (1828)

Convict Name:Elizabeth Law
Trial Place:London Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:10 January 1828
Arrival Details
Ship:Mermaid (1)
Arrival Year:1828
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  • Researcher (Marcus Dunn)
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Elizabeth Law was born in Cork, Ireland in about 1795.
On December 16th 1827, Elizabeth Law and Charlotte Nicholls were indicted for stealing 9 shillings and sixpence from a Mr John Panton. On January 10th 1828, both women were found guilty and sentenced to be
transported for life. Elizabeth Law was aged 32 and Nicholls was aged 27.
Elizabeth Law was described in her goal report as being a prostitute of orderly conduct. She was a widow with two children
Mary Ann aged 14 years and Jane, aged 9 years.

Jane would later marry William Cooper on Sept. 5th 1842 at Richmond, Tasmania and become the wife of my 2nd great great grandfather.

The last noted address of Elizabeth Law was in Salmon and Ball Back Court, Bunhill Row, Kent.
Her religion was Roman Catholic
Native Place was Cork in Ireland and her Trade was a Laundrymaid and nurse who could pleat and iron.
Literacy. Cannot read or write.
Height was about 5 ft. 4 1/4 inches and her Complexion was fresh.
Hair. Dark brown.
Visage. Broad, oval
Forehead. High. Square temples
Eyebrows Scarely any. Overhanging the eyes.
Eyes. Light brown to hazel
Nose. Short, snubbed.
Mouth Small.
Chin. Short and small pointed.
Remarks Pockpitted slightly. Scar near the underlip on the right side of her chin.

Colonial Experiences

1829: 13 May Female Orphan School. Drunkeness. Admonished.
1830: 22 March. Applied to marry John Sewell (No.466)per Arab. Refused.
1831: 27 February. Again applies to marry John Sewell. Married at
Sorell 6/June/1831
1832 and 1833 Musters: Wife of John Sewell.
1835: 18 June Ticket of Leave.
1839: 15 June TL. Drunk. Fined 5 shillings.
1839: 13 August TL. Drunk. To be kept to hard labour at the wash tub for one month.
1840: 27 February. Misconduct in being in a public house after hours. Reprimanded.
1840: 25 April TL Misconduct in obstructing a Constable in the execution of his duty. Ticket of Leave suspended kept to hard labour in the Female House of Corrections. Two months.
1841 Muster: Holding a Ticket of Leave.
1842: 28 February Conditional Pardon recommended.
1843: 8 September. Conditional Pardon approved.
Submitted by Researcher (Marcus Dunn) on 6 October 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/6, p.311

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