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Grant, Nancy (Ann) (1767–1809)

Nancy (commonly known as Ann) Yeats was sentenced to seven years transportation for breaking into a house and stealing 36 yards of printed cotton. She arrived in Sydney in January 1788, aboard the Lady Penrhyn, as part of the First Fleet. The ship's indent recorded her age as 19 and her occupation as milliner.

On 16 March 1788, Nancy's son by Joseph Theakston, a seaman, was baptised. She then had two children – Marianne Letitia (1790) and George (1793) – with David Collins, the judge-advocate.

Collins gifted his 100 acre Willow Farm property to her when he returned to England in 1796. In 1800 Ann married James John Grant, a Scottish convict and former lawyer. Two years later the property was sold to John Palmer.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 397

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'Grant, Nancy (Ann) (1767–1809)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/grant-nancy-ann-24929/text33479, accessed 6 December 2019.

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Alternative Names
  • Yeats, Nancy
  • Yates, Nancy
Birth

1767
Yorkshire, England

Death

1809
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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