I have taken the Emerson/Haywood lines back a lot further and have stumbled upon some more convicts, 3 of them to be exact! Ladies first!, Elizabeth Vellor arrived in Australia 10th June 1801 on the vessel Earl Cornwallis. I came across this on the web, I left the credit and date written in...
Posted 04 Dec 2007 by kushkajen
Elizabeth Voller was christened the day after Christmas 1781 in Hambledon, Hampshire, a small village 15 miles north of Portsmouth on the English south coast.
Her parents were William and Ann Voller, and she had at the least an older sister and a younger sister and brother.
When she was about eighteen she was accused of stealing a range of items including an apron and a handkerchief from Thomas Basset, Esq, who lived in Romey, 10 miles from her birthplace.
She was sentenced to seven years transportation in mid 1799 and was incarcerated in England for almost 18 months before she boarded the 'Earl Cornwallis' with 287 other convicts,
193 men and 95 women. The journey to Sydney, New South Wales took 206 days, arriving 12 June 1801, at least two years after her alleged crime. Her elder sister Ann was also transported to
New South Wales as a convict two years later.
When Elizabeth arrived in Sydney, it was a town of a few thousand people, mostly convicts and soldiers, with men greatly outnumbering women. Sometime in her first 16 months in the colony,
Elizabeth met Robert McAllister (known as Robin), an Irishman ten years her senior who had been sentenced to life transportation for his involvement in the Irish rebels. He had arrived in
Sydney the year before her. Their first child, Mary Ann, was born in May 1803, and they had six more children in the next seven and a half years, two of whom died in infancy.
It appears the relationship ended at some point after the conception of their seventh child in Oct 1809, (and probably after her birth in June 1810 since she was given his surname)
which would have left Elizabeth single with five very young children. She then married John Bourke in Sydney, in March 1815, when she was thirty three and he was about twenty eight.
John was an Irish Catholic who had arrived in February 1813, having been sentenced in Ireland to seven years transportation. At some point after he finished his sentence,
he was granted land at Appin, about 65 kilometres south-south-west of Sydney. They moved there as settlers, clearing and farming their land, and are shown living here in the 1825 muster.
But by December of that year, Elizabeth had returned to Sydney and died. She was buried in the Old Sydney Burial Ground, Devonshire Street, where Central Railway Station now stands.
When she died, Elizabeth was 44. She had lived almost twenty years in England and twenty four in New South Wales. She had spent somewhere between eight and thirteen years with Robin,
who lived until 1832 until he was killed in a cart accident. She had been married for ten years to John, who outlived her, although it's unclear for how long. She had spent a period
of about eight or nine straight years either pregnant or breastfeeding- for the most part both at once. On her death, she had five children between fifteen and twenty two,
and five grandchildren, between seven months and five years old.
transcript of crimes committed
Elizabeth Voller aged 18-crimes committed
Hampshire Record Office - Elizabeth Voller p2"
Which takes me on to the second convict, Robert (Robin) Mcalister. One of our first Irish connections (I Knew there was Irish in there somewhere!!) Robert was convicted for his involvement in the Irish Rebellion. He received life transportation. The Minerva departed the Downs, on 6 August 1799 bound for Cork. She sailed from Cork in convoy on 24 August with 165 male and 26 female convicts, together with three children belonging to convicts. Many of the prisoners were United Irishmen transported for their role in the 1798 rebellion including General Joseph Holt.
Robert was married before he was convicted and sent to Australia, He was 39 years old when he left, so I would assume he and his wife had children ( I have not got that far yet)
Then there comes George Ibbotson, George was sentenced to life March 1817 for horse theft. October 1817 George was put on board the convict ship Batavia heading to Sydney New South Wales. After 2 years George applies for Banns to marry Mary Ann Mcalister ( daughter of Robert Mcalister and Elizabeth Voller). Their daughter Jane Ibbotson is our decendant, she met and married Henry Collis, their daughter was Mary Jane who married James Haywood, their daughter Mary Ann Malander married Albert Ernest Emerson, their daughter Mary Jane married Edward Henry Shearer who were my grandfather Aubrey's parents. I will be filling in each surname page with more detailed information as I get to it, but for now, this is it :D enjoy!
My name is Davina and I have been researching my family history since 2011. I started with almost nothing but ended up with a wealth of information and I needed an outlet to show and display all the information I have found.