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Jean (Jane) Farman (c. 1810–1849)

Jean Cooper (c.1804-1849), a dairy maid, was found guilty on 19 September 1837 at the Aberdeen Court of Justiciary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, of stealing a watch. She had had two previous convictions — 20 days gaol for stealing clothes; 60 days for stealing silver spoons. Sentenced this time to 7 years transportation she arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Nautilis in August 1838. The ship's surgeon reported that she was well behaved, active and well disposed. She was described as being 24 years old, 5 feet 1 inch (155 cms) tall, with a fair complexion, dark brown hair and grey eyes. Cooper was assigned to Dr Cameron at Break o' Day on the east coast of Tasmania and had a clear conduct record. She was granted a ticket of leave on 15 January 1843.

Cooper had a daughter with John Atkinson in 1839 and married (as Jane Cooper) Francis Woodhouse at St John's church, Launceston, on 10 March 1841. They had a son in 1842. Following Woodhouse's death in 1843, she married (as Jane Woodhouse — spinster) her neighbour John McFarling/Farman (who had found her husband after he had drowned) at St John's church, Launceston, on 11 March 1844. The couple had two daughters.

Jane Farman died of consumption at Launceston on 20 January 1849; her age was given as 45.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Cooper, Jean
  • Cooper, Jane
  • Woodhouse, Jane
  • Woodhouse, Jean
  • McFarling, Jean
  • McFarling, Jane

c. 1810
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


20 January, 1849 (aged ~ 39)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Trial Date: 19 September 1837


Occupation: dairymaid


Children: Yes (4)