SARAH SMITH was a convict who was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 25 July 1791. Positively identifying exactly who this SARAH SMITH is challenging, as there were a number of convict women transported to the colony on the earliest ships who shared her name.
We can eliminate the various SARAH SMITHs who arrived with the Second Fleet. SARAH SMITH (1761–1804) per Lady Juliana (1790), for example, died at Norfolk Island in 1804. SARAH SMITH (1774–1836) who arrived with the Second Fleet per Neptune (1790) married HENRY SELLS and lived at Windsor and Kelso, Bathurst. “SARAH SELLS,” aged 54, was housekeeper to THOMAS HIGGINS at Castlereagh many years later. A second woman on the Neptune by the name of SARAH SMITH (1772–1857) is also not the right SARAH SMITH, as she was buried as SARAH COBCROFT with her husband JOHN COBCROFT at Wilberforce Cemetery in 1857.
The SARAH SMITH who was buried at St. John’s in July 1791, therefore, was the Third Fleeter by that name. She was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey, London, sentenced to seven years transportation, and arrived per Albemarle (1791).
- unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0), 16 February 1791, trial of SARAH SMITH (t17910216-24).
- Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0), 16 February 1791, trial of SARAH SMITH (t17910216-24), https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t17910216-24, accessed 10 February 2019.
- Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
- The Digital Panopticon (https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/, version 1.1), Sarah Smith Life Archive (ID: obpt17910216-24-defend289) https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/life?id=obpt17910216-24-defend289, accessed 10 February 2019.
# Third Fleet
# Trial Place: Old Bailey
# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation
# Ship: Albemarle (1791)
# Grave: unmarked
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