THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

Eleanor Davis

Born: 1770 in London, England.
Arrived Sydney
9th July 1791.               Vessel:  Mary Ann.     
Status: Convict.

Occupation: Home Duties.
Died: 22nd September 1824 at Castlereagh, N.S.W.

Buried: Castlereagh, N.S.W. in the Church of England cemetery

Profile: 
Eleanor Davis was born in London in about 1770 and was convicted at the Old Bailey of stealing sundry clothing and household items from her employer in 1790 and sentenced to seven years.
She was transported to Sydney on the Mary Ann arriving on 9 July 1791, the first of the ships of the Third Fleet.  She was pregnant when she arrived.
She married Alexander Seaton, a convict, at St John’s Parramatta 2 months after she arrived, and had 2 daughters registered in his name in 1792 and 1794.
In about 1795, she began cohabiting with Jacob Russel, a convict, who had a grant of 30 acres at South Creek, Mulgrave Place, N.S.W.
Prior to the Macquarie era they had four children, namely, my ancestor Elizabeth Davis (20 Aug 1796-15 Jun 1878), Jacob Russel jnr (1798-1852), Hannah Russel (1800-) and Phoebe Russel (1805-)
In  the 1814 Muster, Eleanor was recorded as living with Jacob Russel, free and off stores at Windsor.
In 1817, Alexander Seaton, who had joined the N.S.W. Corps and been transferred to Tasmania, was shot in a drunken brawl.
During the Macquarie era
, Eleanor and Jacob Russel married at Castlereagh, N.S.W. on 30th May 1818.
Eleanor died on 22nd September 1824 at Castlereagh, N.S.W. and is buried there.

Contribution received from Joan Pratt by email dated 3rd July 2010.

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