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Susannah (Susan) Sephton (1775–1832)

Susannah Smith, a servant, was found guilty on 30 April 1794 at the Old Bailey, London, of  stealing a black silk cloak, value £1; two pair of shoe buckles, value 8 shillings; six silver tea spoons, value 10 shillings; a pair of cotton stockings, value 6 pence; a muslin handkerchief, value 1 shilling; and a linen apron, value 1 shilling from her employer. Sentenced to seven years transportation she arrived in Sydney in 1796 aboard the Indispensable. From at least 1806 she was living with Thomas Spencer. She was recorded as his concubine in that year and as his wife in 1814.

Smith was recorded as a widow in 1822. She purchased 30 acres in Windsor in that year: 26 acres were cleared; 10 acres were cultivated with wheat, 10 acres with maize, 1 acre with barley; and 3 acres were garden and orchard. 10 bushels of wheat and 150 bushels maize were held in stores. She owned 1 horse, 20 horned cattle, and 20 hogs. Three labourers, Peter O'Meara, James Perram, a convict, and Jasper Strickland, a ticket of leave convict, were working for her in 1828. She married Richard Sephton on 25 August 1832 and died shortly after on 23 November 1832. She was buried on the next day.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Smith, Susannah
  • Spencer, Susannah



24 November, 1832 (aged ~ 57)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years