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Elizabeth Baylis (c. 1768–1832)

Elizabeth (Betty) Thomas, was found guilty on 22 August 1791, at the Exeter Assizes, Devon, of receiving stealing goods. Sentenced to 14 years transportation she arrived at Sydney on 16 January 1793 aboard the Bellona. She had a son Joseph on board the ship on 13 September 1792.

In 1794 Thomas had a son William with Richard Minifie. By 1796 she had been assigned to John Baylis and they began a long-term relationship; they had two sons, John Thomas Baylis and Edward Baylis.

Elizabeth died on 30 August 1832 at Richmond.

*information from Megan Martin (compiler), Settlers & Convicts of the Bellona 1793: A Biographical Dictionary (1992), pp 86-89

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Alternative Names
  • Thomas, Elizabeth
  • Bailey, Elizabeth
  • Bayliss, Elizabeth
  • Bayless, Elizabeth

c. 1768


30 August, 1832 (aged ~ 64)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: receiving stolen goods
Sentence: 14 years