Good day all,
I’m not really looking for any definitive answers here...but if anyone can find out what
happened to her..!! Some suggest she returned to the UK. The last reference to her in NSW
seems to be the 1828 census.
She came out with her husband and maybe a child called Henry, although it seems there is
no record of the latter on the voyage, so this may be suspect. I know of a record of a
death of an infant Henry in 1803 in NSW.
But Mary seems to have been well gifted by the Governor at the time. Her convict husband
Henry died in 1806. We know she had a liaison with a Henry Major (Why didn’t he make it
easier and have a different first name?), with the result of a few more children. She was
granted around Jun 1823 a lease of some quarter of an acre in or around Castlereagh St
Sydney. (Ref: leases NSW State archives Ref R2704 Microfilm).
Would this be normal?
By that time (1823), her main progeny William Sampson Pickett (b 1804), was reasonably
settled around Brisbane Waters.
My main question is, bypassing the obvious answers, is why would she be looked on so
favourably by the governor at the time (Brisbane, I believe).
And as an aside is it possible to find whether any infants were aboard the Glatton? My
research says no.
Regards and thanks