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Sarah Bradley (Barnes), convict "Mary Ann" 1791

Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England
Death: Died in Kissing Point, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Place of Burial: Sydney (Kissing Point), New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of ? Barnes
Wife of James Bradley, convict "Scarborough" 1788
Mother of James Bradley; Lucy Jane McManus (Bradley); James Joseph Bradley; Sarah Elizabeth Berringer; George Bradley and 6 others

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About Sarah Bradley (Barnes)

Pedigree Resource File

name: Sarah Barnes (AFN: 4CT7-RF3)

gender: female

birth: 1775

death: 9 July 1853 Meadow Flat, N.S.W.

marriage: 12 August 1792 St. John's, Parramatta, N.S.W.

CD number: 39

Marriages (1)

spouse:James Bradley (AFN: 4CTF-R42)

marriage: 12 August 1792 St. John's, Parramatta, N.S.W.

children (10)

Submission submission id:MM9R-CBY person count:331


Sarah Barnes was born about 1775 and was thus only fourteen years of age when she was brought before the court and tried before Mr Recorder and the first Middlesex jury on 13th January 1790.

She was indicted for stealing eight quart pewter pots, valued at eight shilling and five pint pewter pots valued at two shillings, the property of Thomas Elliot, on the 7th day of that month.

Elliot gave evidence that his boy informed him that the pots were missing and that he in turn had reported the theft to the authorities. Jacob Freeman, presumably of the Bow Street Runners, then gave evidence that he had been informed that "some things were in Crofslane (Cross Lane), in a house there. I went and forced the door open and found the prisoner there, walking about the room and this pan was on the fire, and this pot partly melted in the pan, she endeavored to conceal it, and throwing some water on it, had like to have scalded us both", And so his evidence went on.
Edward Hughes supported the information supplied by his confederate. Sarah, in defence, stated that "I was out of the house when the pots were brought in. I know they took the opportunity to take them into my room when I was out." The jury did not believe her and she was found guilty and sentenced to transportation for seven years.
The offence would have been regarded seriously, because in those times pewter was often melted down and used to counterfeit silver coins.
The crime was called "cat and kitten hunting" in the local vernacular. Sarah had been caught red handed but did not receive the death sentence, as her youth, plus the likelihood that she was acting under the influence of an older man, may have been taken into account. Perhaps Elliot's "boy" had induced Sarah to commit the crime.
He may have became frightened when his master discovered the loss and suggested that the Bow Street Runners try a certain house in Cross Lane. This is mere conjecture, but the authorities were certainly very prompt in finding the cu lprit.
Sarah Barnes was transported on the "Mary Ann" which set sail on 16th February 1791 and arrived in Sydney on the 9th of July of that year

. Within eight months she became pregnant to James Bradley and the couple married at St. John's Church, Parramatta on the 12th August 1792.

Their first child , James was born three months later on the 20th November 1792. However, he died just three days after his first birthday, on the 23th November 1793.
She died on the 9th July 1853 and was buried at St. Anne's on 13th of that month.
She had no visible headstone and was probably buried with or adjacent to her husband. 

Her death was not recorded in the official records, but it is included in the Register of St. Anne's which is available on microfilm at Mitchell Library. From Dan Hunt's Book. Unparsed GEDCOM data: 1 _FA1 2 PLAC Convict "Third Fleet ,Departed and arrived on the Mary Ann"

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Nor can we count Lucy Bradley’s family as aspiring angels.

Both Lucy’s father James Bradley (1764 – 1838) and her mother Sarah Barnes (1775 – 1853) were also convicts.

James Bradley had been convicted at the Old Bailey of stealing a handkerchief valued at 1-2 shillings around 1785.

And Sarah Barnes had been convicted in the same court in 1790, as a 14-year old, of stealing 8 quart pewter pots valued at 8 shillings and 5 pint pewter pots valued at 2 shillings from ‘The Plough’ Pub in Bloomsbury

Sarah Barnes who had been caught red-handed at the melting down of the stolen pewter ale pots arrived in Sydney on the 9th of July 1791 after 5 months at sea on the ‘Mary Ann’, which had sailed alone just ahead of the Third Fleet. Nine of the 155 convicts on the voyage died at sea.

James Bradley married Sarah Barnes at Parramatta on 12 August 1792.

Sarah was a Third Fleet convict who arrived in the Colony on the ship "Mary Ann" on 9th July 1791.
Less than two years later, on 20th February 1794, he received a land grant of 30 acres at the Eastern Farms. James and Sarah went on to have ten children.
James died at Kissing Point on 16th February 1838 and is buried in what became St. Anne’s church cemetery Ryde NSW.
Sarah died on 9th July 1853 at Kissing Point and is also buried in St. Anne’s church cemetery, Ryde NSW.

Third Fleet (Australia)

The Third Fleet comprised 11 ships that set sail from United Kingdom in February, March and April 1791, bound for the Sydney penal settlement, with more than 2,000 convicts aboard. The passengers comprised convicts, military personnel and notable people sent to fill high positions in the colony. More important for the fledgling colony was that the ships also carried provisions.

The first ship to arrive in Sydney was the Mary Ann with its cargo of female convicts and provisions on 9 July 1791. The Mary Ann could only state that more ships were expected to be sent. The Mary Ann had sailed on her own to Sydney Cove, and there is some argument about whether she was the last ship of the Second Fleet, or the first ship of the Third Fleet. The ships that make up each fleet, however, are decided from the viewpoint of the settlers in Sydney Cove. For them, the second set of ships arrived in 1790 (June), and the third set of ships arrived in 1791 (July–October). The Mary Ann was a 1791 arrival.

The next ship to arrive just over three weeks later, on 1 August 1791, was the Matilda. With the Matilda came news that there were another nine ships making their way for Sydney, and which were expected to arrive shortly. The final vessel, the Admiral Barrington, did not arrive until 16 October, nearly 11 weeks after the Matilda, and 14 weeks after the Mary Ann.

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Sarah Bradley (Barnes)'s Timeline

Bloomsbury, London, England
Age 17
May 15, 1795
Age 20
Eastern farms, Australia
November 24, 1796
Age 21
Eastern Farms, New South Wales, Australia

Pedigree Resource File
name:Lucy /Bradley/
birth:24 November 1796Eastern Farms, New South Wales, Australia
death:14 November 1878Meadow Flat, New South Wales, Australia

father:James /Bradley/
mother:Sarah /Barnes/

Marriages (2)
spouse:Isaac /BOLTON/
marriage:15 September 1845Windsor,Cumberland,New South Wales,Australia

children (2)
child 1:Mary Ann /Bolton/
BIRTH 31 July 1831Parramatta,Cumberland,New South Wales,Australia
CHRISTENING 31 August 1831of Mars,New South Wales,Australia
DEATH 14 September 1907 Meadow Flat, New South Wales, Australia
BURIAL 15 September 1907 Meadow Flat,New South Wales,Australia

child 2:Maria /BOLTON/
BIRTH 23 December 1839,, New South Wales,Australia
DEATH28 July 1927 Portland,,New south Wales,Australia

spouse:James /McManus/
marriage:7 April 1814 Parramatta,Cumberland,New South Wales,Australia

children (7)

March 2, 1799
Age 24
Kissing Point, Ryde, Nsw, Australia
August 9, 1801
Age 26
Kissing Point, NSW, Australia
Age 28