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Humphreys, Mary (c. 1767–1805)

Mary Williams (c.1767-1805) was found guilty on 19 July 1788 at the Monmouth (Wales) Assizes of stealing a bundle of clothing, a pair of buckled shoes and some ribband during a burglary of a house. Williams' death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. She arrived at Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Neptune as part of the Second Fleet.

Williams married Edward Humphreys on 14 February 1791 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; both signed the register with an 'X'. The couple had at least five children. She was buried (as Mary Humphries) on 24 December 1805 at St John's John, Parramatta.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 614

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Humphries, Mary
  • Williams, Mary

c. 1767
Monmouthshire, Wales


23 December 1805
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Monmouthshire
Trial Date: 19 July 1788


Children: Yes (5)