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Bloodsworth, Sarah (1770–1843)

Sarah Bellamy was sentenced to seven years transportation for the theft of a purse and money. Her occupation on her prison record was listed as 'in service'. She arrived in Sydney in January 1778 as part of the First Fleet aboard the Lady Penrhyn. She bore a child, Joseph, towards the end of the voyage. Joseph Downey, a seaman on the ship, was the father. The infant died in late February.

By 1790 she was living with James Bloodsworth. They were to have eight children, four dying in infancy. The children were registered under the surname Bellamy but married under the surname Bloodworth.

Sarah and James did not marry, perhaps because James already had a wife in England.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989)

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'Bloodsworth, Sarah (1770–1843)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bloodsworth-sarah-24919/text33469, accessed 16 December 2019.

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