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Ann Marsden (c. 1782–1828)

Ann Harmsworth arrived at Sydney with her parents Thomas (a marine) and Alice, and brother John, aboard the Prince of Wales in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. Daniel Stanfield became her stepfather in 1791. She lived with her family on Norfolk Island in 1791-94 and then returned to the island again in 1795. On 19 January 1800, at Sydney, she married (as Ann Armsworth) Samuel Marsden a private with the New South Wales Corps. The couple had returned to Norfolk Island by January 1802 and remained there until the corps was recalled in 1810. Marsden then joined the Veteran Company in Sydney serving until 1823. They had at least five baptised children.

Ann Marsden was buried on 30 July 1828 at Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 159

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Harmsworth, Ann
  • Armsworth, Ann

c. 1782


30 July, 1828 (aged ~ 46)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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