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Susannah Wells (1762–1814)

Susannah Nairn (1762-1814) alias Noon, alias Talbot, alias Riley, was found guilty on 14 October 1791 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing ten muslin handkerchiefs, valued at 20 shillings from a shop. Nairn had been recorded as the widow Tolbert on 28 June 1784 when she married Edward Riley at London. The couple had a son, Thomas, born about 1788.

Sentenced to 7 years transportation, Susannah arrived at Sydney aboard the Kitty in November 1792; a son John Riley was born on the ship at Sydney Cove on 20 November; the father is not known. Susannah married Robert Wells on 20 January 1793 at Parramatta; their daughter Esther was born in 1796.

Susannah Wells died on 25 March 1814 at Parramatta; her age was given as 58.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Nairn, Susannah
  • Tolbert, Susannah
  • Riley, Susannah
  • Noon, Susannah
  • Talbert, Susannah
  • Talbot, Susannah
  • Naen, Susannah

18 March, 1762
London, Middlesex, England


25 March, 1814 (aged 52)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years