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Mary Freebody (c. 1767–1855)

Mary Wells (c.1767-1855) was found guilty on 19 March 1792 at Yorkshire, England, of stealing twenty-seven yards of printed calico from a draper. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Royal Admiral in October 1792.

Wells was assigned to Simon Freebody. They continued to live together after her sentence expired and had at least seven children. She was buried at Windsor on 18 February 1855; her age was given as 88.

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  • Wells, Mary

c. 1767


17 February, 1855 (aged ~ 88)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (shop)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Yorkshire
Trial Date: 19 March 1792


Children: Yes (7)