Ann (Baker) Boxley [Convict "Neptune" 1790]

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Ann Boxley (Baker)

Death: October 24, 1804 (28-29)
St Peters, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Boxley, Convict "Scarborough" 1790
Mother of Francis Boxley; Mary Ann Fuller and John Boxley, infant

Managed by: Stephen Charles Kirk
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About Ann (Baker) Boxley [Convict "Neptune" 1790]

Ann BAKER was born c1775

Ann was convicted of stealing (on 11/10/1785) and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She arrived in Sydney Cove on 26/6/1790 on "Neptune"

Ann married John BOXLEY in April 1792 Sydney and they had the following children

  • Francis 1795
  • Mary Ann 1799
  • John 1802

Ann died 24/10/1804 at Sydney

28 June 1790 Sydney Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Source: State Library of Queensland. Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 [database on-line]. Text: Ann Baker, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789. Sentence details: Convicted at Suffolk Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years. Vessel: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize. Date of Departure: December 1789. Place of Arrival: New South Wales. Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 64


John Boxley arrived on board the Scarborough. He had been sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in October 1786 for highway robbery. On 12th September, a woman carrying a bundle of washing from Knightsbridge to Chelsea had been threatened by 3 men, one of them brandishing a stick. They had forced her to give up the clothing and, 2 weeks later when Boxley was arrested, the woman identified him as one of her assailants. She described him as short and thickset with a long nose and smallpox pitted skin. The death sentence was pronounced although the jury recommended him to mercy because the woman’s evidence was uncorroborated and the clothing had not been recovered. He was held in Newgate Gaol until 10th November when he embarked on the transport Scarborough. On 24th April 1792 Boxley married Ann Baker (Barker) at St. Phillip’s Church of England, Sydney. Ann had been listed as a member of the Second Fleet arriving on the Neptune. She had been tried at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, on 10th October 1788 and sentenced to 7 years. There were 3 children from the marriage Francis b. 6th November 1795, Mary Ann b. 29th June 1799 and John b. and d. 1802. Around 1800, Boxley received a conditional pardon and purchased a 30 acre farm near Sydney from William Roberts, the original grantee. According to the 1802 census, Boxley (settler Port Jackson) had purchased 30 acres in Sydney, 18 of which were cleared. He had 2 acres in wheat, 10 in maize, 2 male and 2 female hogs, 4 bushels of wheat and 13 of Maize in hand, and he had himself, 1 woman and 2 children and 1 government servant (David Braithwaite) off stores (self sufficient). Ann’s death was registered at St. Phillip’s Church of England on 23rd October 1804, leaving Boxley to care for Francis (8) and Mary Ann (5). By 1806, Boxley had sold the farm to a Mr. Laycock and was working as a basket maker. In 1814 he was still following the trade in Sydney, supporting his daughter. His son Francis was apprenticed at the dockyard and at age 21 was listed as being employed by Mr, Grono at Windsor. John Boxley died on 20th November 1816. The burial register at St. Phillip’s described him as Free, aged sixty.

Ossie Daniel Osborne on 29th January, 2013 wrote:

I have pedigree charts that state birthday as 30/09/1759

Megan Tilley on 16th June, 2017 wrote:

Baptismal records for John BOXLEY St Michael Queenhithe 30 Sep 1759.

Maureen Withey on 9th May, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0, 09 May 2020), October 1786, trial of JOHN BOXLEY (t17861025-3). JOHN BOXLEY, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 25th October 1786.

763. JOHN BOXLEY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Elizabeth Monk , in a certain open place, near the king’s highway, on the 12th day of September last, and putting her in fear, and feloniously taking from her person, and against her will, two linen shirts, value 4 s. two shifts, value 4 s. a cotton gown, value 5 s. and a cotton skirt, value 4 s. her property .


I am servant to my uncle; he is clerk to Mr. Scott’s lime wharf; on the 12th of September, on a Tuesday at four o’clock in the afternoon, I had been to Knightsbridge for my linen; and coming to Chelsea , I saw three men sit at a public house door at Bloody-bridge ; I got a little distance from this public house, and I saw three men behind me; and John Boxley , the prisoner at the bar, who was one of the three, came up to me, and bad me throw down my bundle which I had under my arm; and I said, for God’s sake do not take my bundle from me; I never saw him before; he directly said he would be damned if he did not lay his stick about me; this alarmed me, as he had his stick in his hand at the time; the other two men were close to him; there was no conversation between them, they were all three together; then I threw down my bundle, and one of the others picked it up; after they had got a distance from me, I turned round to see which way they went; and the prisoner called out, damn you, madam, make the best of your way home, or else I will be after you; I made the best of my way to Chelsea; the bundle contained the things in the indictment; I did not see the things put in, but I had a bill of them; I put two shifts in the bundle, but not the shirts; the gown was rolled up in the bundle; I did not see the skirt, but I am sure I saw the shifts; they were wrapped up in the gown; the things belonged to Mr. Jacobson; I went after them, because my aunt takes in washing.

Court. Have you any interest in the washing of these things? - No, Sir, I am only a servant.

If you had lost them, should you have thought yourself liable to have paid for them? - Yes.

How long might this robbery take up? - A few minutes; I am sure of the man; he was pitted very much with the small pox, and he had a long nose, a short thick set man; he stood facing me when he spoke to me.

Look at the prisoner? - I am sure the prisoner is the man; the property has never been found.

Prisoner. My Lord, my friends are not come.

How was the prisoner taken? - My uncle gave information; I saw the prisoner in the Borough at the Justice’s in Union-street.

How long was that after you was robbed? - About a fortnight after.

Was any body else in the room? - Yes, there were plenty of people.

You went there in expectation of seeing the prisoner? - I did.

Did the magistrate, or any body there say that is the man? - Yes, they did.

GUILTY , Death .

He was humbly recommended to mercy by the Jury, there being only one witness, and no collateral circumstance in confirmation of her evidence.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE. ————————————————————————— National Archives. HO 47/9/21 1789 July 21 Letter from James Adair enclosing a list of capital respites, in Newgate on 24 June, to whom no pardon has yet been granted, and on which his recommendations are noted against each name. Adair mentions that he is at a loss as to what to suggest for James Carse, convicted of murder, but periodically insane. List of capital convicts in Newgate, 24 June 1789. October Sessions, 1786 1. John Boxley, for robbery in a field near the highway, on Elizabeth Monk, spinster. Recommendation: transportation for life. —————————————————————————

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Ann (Baker) Boxley [Convict "Neptune" 1790]'s Timeline

June 29, 1799
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
October 24, 1804
Age 29
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia