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Details for the convict Mary Ann Hipwell (1791)

Convict Name:Mary Ann Hipwell
Trial Place:Middlesex
Trial Date:1790
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Ship:Mary Ann
Arrival Year:1791
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Mary is understood to have been born in 1765.

As Dennis Gosper has recorded in his book (The Pragmatic Pioneers, Dennis B Gosper, Parramatta, 1991, ch.1):

'The trial of Mary Hipwell and Benjamin Colburn was reported in the London Times dated 28th October 1790.
“Before Mr. Justice Heath.
“Benjamin Colburn and Mary Hipwell, were indicted for stealing wearing apparel, plate, and jewels, to a great amount, the property of Elizabeth Tindall, in her dwelling house.
“Mrs. Tindall said, she lived in Bolton-street, Piccadilly that on the 2nd of August, she went into the county, and left her house in town, in charge of Mary Hipwell. On the 9th August, she received a letter from Mr M’Cay, that her house was robbed. When she came to town she found all the property gone that was stated in the indictment. An officer searched Mary Hipwell's box, and found in it a pair of new gloves, which Mrs. Tindall positively swore to be her property, there was also a pillow case found 1n the box, which she believed to be her property but could not swear positively to it, as it had no mark upon it.”
'The Jury found Mary Hipwell guilty of stealing goods to the value of one shilling.'

Around 1793, Mary had a relationship with Richard Beale Reynolds (1769-1837), the product of which was Edward Beale Reynolds (1794-1832).

However, some time afterwards and before 1798, Mary then took up with Thomas Roker Alexander Gosper (1768-1847) and together they had four sons:

-Thomas (1798 - 1864)
-John (1801-1886)
-Joseph (1804-1889)
-James (1805-1837)

Again, as Dennis Gosper has written:

'At Upper Colo on 23rd August 1837, Mary Ann Gosper nee Hipwell died at the age of seventy-two years. Her last resting place is certainly in the Colo Valley, but the exact location is not known. A number of her descendants now long deceased, claimed that they were told that both Mary and her husband Thomas were buried on a rise behind the present house that stands on the Michael Lamb grant. No memorial now marks the spot, and the burial mounds that apparently could be discerned in the early years of this century, can no longer be found. In appearance, she may have resembled her grand-daughter Esther Gosper. Esther and her half cousin Catherine Riley, the daughter of Edward Reynolds junior, are strikingly alike in appearance, and as their only common progenitor is Mary Hipwell, they can only have taken after her.'
Submitted by Researcher (Peter Jones) on 4 May 2017

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