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Elizabeth Griffiths (c. 1755–?)

Elizabeth Paget/Padgett (c.1755- ) was found guilty on 24 April 1805 at the Old Bailey, London, of counterfeiting coins. Her death sentence was commuted to life transportation. She arrived at Sydney in April 1806 aboard the William Pitt. She worked as an indented servant for Richard John Robinson in 1806. As Elizabeth Padget she married Samuel Griffiths (Griffis) on 7 August 1810 at St Philips Church, Sydney; she signed the register with an 'x'.

Her husband died in 1821. She was listed as a housekeeper at Portland Head in 1825; her age was given as 70.

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Alternative Names
  • Padgett, Elizabeth
  • Padget, Elizabeth
  • Paget, Elizabeth
  • Pagett, Elizabeth

c. 1755

Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: forgery
Sentence: life
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 24 April 1805