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Details for the convict Ann Beer (1798)

Convict Name:Ann Beer
Trial Place:Kent Assizes
Trial Date:15 March 1797
Sentence:7 years
Notes:
 
Arrival Details
Ship:Britannia III
Arrival Year:1798
 
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The Trial of Ann and Elizabeth Beer. Kent Assizes 15 Mar 1797

ASSI35/237/5: South East Circuit, Indictments, Lent, Kent .
#13 has an indictment with "Puts herself Jury say Guilty No Goods to be Hanged" above the names of both defendants.

Elizabeth BEER late of the Parish of Denton in the county of Kent, single woman and Ann BEER late of the same single woman. They are charged that on the 25 Jul 1796 at about the hour of 12 in the night with force and arms at the parish aforesaid the dwelling house of Richard DOWNING there situate then and there feloniously and burglariously did break and enter and one brass kettle of value one shilling, two wooden dishes value 2 pence, two earthenware dishes value 2 pence, two pewter plates value 6 pence, one earthenware crock value 2 pence, one pound weight of boiled pork value 4 pence, seven pounds weight of butter value 2 shillings and 6 pence, and two pounds weight of hogs lard value 4 pence.
the Calendar includes
Elizabeth BEER aged 19
and Ann BEER aged 15
Committed by E. T. BRIDGES, Clerk, 27th July.
Charged on oath with feloniously and burglariously entering the dwelling house of Richard DENTON and stealing therein (the goods are recited as in the indictment, except that " a crook of lard" is used).

On the reverse side, against the sentence to be hanged, is written Repd trans 7yrs.

She was aged 15 which means she was born in 1782 but her death certificate indicates she was born in 1775. She was convicted with her sister Elizabeth aged 19.

Ann left England on the 27th May 1798 as a convict onboard the "Britannia II" and arrived in New South Wales on the 18th July 1798.
Surname on Convict register is BEER.

Ann was a domestic partner of an unknown Person c.1808.

Ann also had a relationship with Edward Ewing (but there is some question as to whether they married) that produced a daughter, Elizabeth born 18th July 1809 in Sydney and who later married William Pearson Thompson.

When Ann married John O'Donnell she was listed as a Government Servant.

In the 1814 General Muster of NSW Ann Beer is listed as being free, off stores, with two children and is the wife of John O'Donnell.

When John O'Donnell died aged 30 she then married Thomas Johnson in 181
Thomas was born in 1770 in Surry, England and died in 1842 at St Albans, NSW.
He was sentenced to 7 years 'beyond the seas' at the quarter session at Reigate, Surrey on the 8th May 1789. He left Portsmouth, Hampshire, England onboard the "Neptune" (the same ship as Joseph Butler) on the 19th January 1790 and arrived in New South Wales on the 27th June 1790.

Thomas and Ann had a son, Thomas Johnson on the 25th June 1821.

In the 1822 General Muster of NSW Ann Beer is listed as the wife of Thomas Johnson and resides in Windsor.

In the 1828 Census is shows:
Surname - Beard
First Name - Ann
Age - 47 years
Free/Bond - Free by servitude.
Ship of Arrival - Britianna
Year - 1797
Sentence - 7 years.
Religion - Protestant.
Occupation - Housekeeper.
Other Person - Thos. Johnstone
Place - Portland Head

On Ann's death certificate it states she was 100 years old when she died. For this to be correct her age when her last son was born would have been 56.Going by her age on arrival she would have only been 92 or 93 years of age when she died and not 100.

Buried at St. Albans River cemetery as Ann Johnson. Buried with her is her son Thomas Johnson aged 70 years. Headstone erected by her grandson William Preston .


Submitted by Researcher (2038) on 17 June 2014

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Sources

  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/1, p.238

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