Jane (Jones) Rose - Conroy - Jones - Walsh [Free Settler "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]

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Jane Rose - Conroy - Jones - Walsh (Jones)

Also Known As: "Jenny"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 29, 1849 (70)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Place of Burial: Wollongong Nsw Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown Jones and Elizabeth (Evans) Jones - Vandercom [Convict "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]
Wife of Thomas Rose, Jnr [Free Settler "Bellona" 1793]; Thomas Jones and James Walsh, Convict "Atlas" 1802
Partner of Matthew Conroy, convict
Mother of Thomas Rose; William Nelson Rose; 4 sons Conroy and nn Walsh

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About Jane (Jones) Rose - Conroy - Jones - Walsh [Free Settler "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]

Jane JONES was born c1778 England.

Jane arrived in Sydney Cove on 26/1/1788 on "Penrhyn" with her convict mother.

Jane married Thomas ROSE on 24/5/1800 and they had the following children

  • Thomas 1800
  • William 1802

Jane had a relationship with Matthew CONROY (before 1806) and they had the following children

  • 4 sons

Jane had a relationship/married Thomas JONES by 1814

Jane had a relationship with James WALSH and they had the following children

  • child 1823

Jane died August 1849 in Woollongong

Biography on Fellowship of First Fleet website: http://www.fffsouthcoast.50g.com/jenny_jones.htm

Jane Jones (Jenny) was born in England circa 1778,and came free as a nine-year-old on Lady Penrhyn with her mother Elizabeth Evans (alias Jones) on Lady Penrhyn.

On 4 March 1790 Supply transported Jane and her mother to Norfolk Island. They returned to Port Jackson in 1794, and on 19 November her mother was granted 20 acres at Concord. Elizabeth later sold the land to James Wilkinson, and from 23 November 1797 held a lease on a lot, 60ft x 100 ft, in Sydney. This allowed her to support herself and Jane by keeping nine pigs.

On 24 May 1800, at age 21, Jane married Thomas Rose Jr in Sydney. They had two children, Thomas c 1800 and William c 1802. The couple parted in 1803 when Thomas went back to England with his brother Joshua on family business. He may have gone to the Napoleonic Wars.

By 1806 Jane Jones, now aged 27, was living with the emancipated convict Matthew Conroy and they had four sons. In 1814 Jane is noted as being the wife of Thomas Jones, but not living with him.

In 1818, Jane’s son Thomas, then aged 18, was granted 60 acres at South Bulli.

Jane’s mother Elizabeth, who in 1810 had married James Vandercom, died in Sydney on 27 September 1820, aged 60.

Jane’s husband Thomas Rose returned from England after ten years in around 1813, and found the Jane was now living with James Walsh. Thomas formed a de facto relationship with Ann Crew, who bore him 14 children, then left him to marry Isaac Woodford.

By 1825, as Jane Rose, Jane was listed with convict James Walsh (Atlas 1802) and a two-year-old child. In the 1828 census she was recorded as wife of James Walsh (both Catholics), at Airds, where he was a landholder. They had 55 acres, of which 50 are cleared and cultivated, plus 2 horses, 24 cattle and some sheep. Jane’s son Thomas Rose, now 28, was a labourer on the property, but he left Australia in 1829 and was not heard from again. They also had two assigned convicts working for them, James Chard, aged 20 and Henry Morton (Duke of Portland 1806), aged 59. They had two additional labourers who were born in the colony, John Ryan, aged 20 and Edward Whittle aged 17.

By the 1830’s Jane and James had moved to Bulli and Jane then ran his farm. In 1831 James was a signatory to an address, published in the Sydney Gazette on 1 February, to George Sleeman Esq, the Resident Magistrate of Illawarra upon his retirement from that office. William Rose, and Edward Whittle also signed the address. James Walsh/Welsh is listed in Illawarra on the 1833 road petition. He also appeared on the schoolhouse petition of 7 August 1840.

In 1839 Jane was granted 60 acres at Bulli – this became Seafield Farm

Son William Rose married Bridget Neil in 1840 at the Roman Catholic Church Wollongong. They had 4 children Elizabeth (1841), Jane (1842), Thomas James (1844) and Johanna (1845)

William died on 25 June 1845 and was buried in the Old Roman Catholic Cemetery. Jane Rose died at Wollongong in August 1849 and was buried on 29 August, aged 70, with her son William.

She was described in a Police Report dated 10 September 1849, into her death ‘as Jane Rose commonly known as Jane Walsh late of Crown St Wollongong shopkeeper’.

Jane/Jenny Rose (née Jones) was the last known Free Female survivor of the First Fleet in Australia.


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Jane (Jones) Rose - Conroy - Jones - Walsh [Free Settler "Lady Penrhyn" 1788]'s Timeline

Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Age 22
May 2, 1802
Age 23
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia
Age 44
August 29, 1849
Age 70
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia