ANN MARSH was a convict whose burial was registered in the parish of St. John’s, Parramatta on 3 June 1795. The register recorded “ANN MASH, aged 30 years, Convict” [sic]. Her identity is unclear, as there were other convicts transported to the colony prior to this burial date with the same name.
We can eliminate the ANN MARSH / ANN MASH per Lady Juliana (1790), who was tried at the Devon County Assizes held at Exeter Castle in March 1789, on the basis that she went on to have a child with First Fleet convict and surgeon JOHN IRVING after the June 1795 burial date for this other ANN MARSH / ANN MASH.
There appears to have been a second woman named ANN MARSH / ANN MASH on board the Lady Juliana (1790), who was reportedly tried and convicted in London in April 1788. But she is not acknowledged in published research on the women of the Lady Juliana, either because her inclusion was found to be erroneous, (i.e. that there was only ever IRVING’s ANN MARSH on board), or because she was simply excluded as an oversight. To complicate matters, that particular person from the Lady Juliana who was tried in London was still alive and well and appearing in musters in the 1810s and 1820s, unless this was, again, the woman JOHN IRVING had been involved with and she had simply provided incorrect details. Until this is cleared up, we cannot rule out that the convict woman whose burial was registered at St. John’s on 3 June 1795 was a second woman named “ANN MARSH / MASH” per the Lady Juliana (1790)
For now, however, the most likely person appears to be ANN MARSH per Royal Admiral (1792), who was tried and convicted at the Essex Assizes on 21 July 1789 and sentenced to seven years transportation. Further research required.
- Alternate: ANN MASH (c.f. burial record)
- Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, parish of St. John’s, Parramatta
- Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation
# Grave: unmarked
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