THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

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

Sarah Coleman
 

Born: 25th April 1774 at Tiverton, Devon, England
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Arrived: Sydney 18th July 1798.
Vessel: Britannia.
Status: Convict, 7 Years.
Occupation: Spinner.
Married: 1. George Wilkinson on the 16th April 1799 at St John's Church, Parramatta, N.S.W.
              2. Thomas Salmon on the 20th April 1818 at Castlereagh, N.S.W.
Died: 4th May 1853 at Phillip Street, Parramatta, N.S.W.
Buried: St Johns Cemetery, Parramatta, N.S.W.

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Prior to the Macquarie era the following children were born to Sarah and George:-
Robert born c1799.
Johannah born 1801.
Mary born 1803.
Thomas born 1806.


During the Macquarie era the following child was born to Sarah and Thomas:-
Sarah born 1818.

Sarah and three male accomplices were charged with breaking and entering and steeling goods to the value of £6.6.0. They were tried at Exeter Castle, found guilty and sentenced to hang. Sarah was reprieved and sentenced to 7 years transportation.  She sailed from Portsmouth with 95 other female convicts on 10th January 1798, on board Britannia arriving at Port Jackson 18th July 1798 two female convicts died on the voyage the remaining 94 female convicts were all sent to the settlement at Parramatta.

Sarah's first husband George Wilkinson was a crewman on Britannia.  Sarah took care of two of her granddaughters after the death of their mother in 1829.

  
Contributed by Association Member, Rex Webb.

    References:

    Sue Ahern, "Wilkinson, Webb women"
    Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record Series l, 1788-1841.

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