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Mary Ann Cox (1793–1866)

Mary Ann Martin (1793-1866), the daughter of Stephen Martin and Hannah Pealing/Peeling, was born in November 1793 at Norfolk Island. She married John Bentley at Norfolk Island in 1806 but the couple had separated by the time they both left on the Estramania in 1808 (Mary Ann left with her father) for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).

Mary Ann had four children with William Coventry (the first born in 1811), who had also been a resident of Norfolk Island. On 16 February 1829 she married (as Mary Ann Beatley) Francis Cox at New Norfolk .  

Mary Ann Cox died on 1 June 1866 at Forest, Tasmania. Her cause of death was given as 'natural decay'.

information from

  • 'Stephen Martin', HMS Sirius 1786-1790, — accessed 29 January 2021
  • Biographical Database of Australia —

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'Cox, Mary Ann (1793–1866)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Bentley, Mary Ann
  • Martin, Mary Ann
  • Peeling, Mary Ann
  • Pealing, Mary Ann
  • Coventry, Mary Ann
  • Beatley, Mary Ann

12 November, 1793
Norfolk Island, Australia


1 June, 1866 (aged 72)
Forest, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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