Elizabeth Benson, 18051853 (aged 48 years)

Name
Elizabeth /Benson/
Given names
Elizabeth
Surname
Benson
Married name
Elizabeth /Mayo/
Married name
Elizabeth /Blaxland/
Birth between 1805 and 1806
Text: Born about 1806
Text: Born about 1805 London England
Immigration May 7, 1824 (aged 19 years)
Text: Elizabeth Benson, one of 89 convicts transported on the ship Brothers, 20 November 1823. Details: Sentence details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years. Vessel: Brothers. Date of Departure: 20 November 1823. Place of Arrival: New South Wales and Van Diemens Land.
Text: Arrived 7 May 1824
Citation details: p. 25
Text: Nothing is known of Elizabeth's background or early life. In May 1823 aged seventeen, she was working as a housemaid and living at the 'Key' public house, in Chandos Street in London's West End. In that month she was sentenced to seven years transportation at the Old Bailey for shoplifting six yards of printed cotton from a High Holborn linen draper's shop. Described as 'decent and well behaved' she sailed in Dec 1823 on the 'Brothers', a female convict ship, and reached Sydney in May 1824. On arrival Elizabeth was assigned as a servant to Thomas and Christiana Blomfield, landowners of Maitland NSW who had two small boys. In Mar 1826 Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate child fathered by John Blaxland, the son of a neighbouring landholder. Her employer took her before a magistrate and she was ordered back to the Female Factory. The sentence was remitted when an enterprising Newcastle convict, John Mayo, offered to marry her.
MarriageJohn BlaxlandView this family
about 1825 (aged 20 years)

Text: John and Elizabeth did not marry. Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate child in Mar 1826
MarriageJohn MayoView this family
May 29, 1826 (aged 21 years)
Text: Married at Christ Church
Text: On 24 Apr 1826 John and Elizabeth were granted permission to marry: John Mayo 20 Baring (2) fourteen years [a sentence obtained in Sydney], bond, Rev. G. A. Middleton, Newcastle Elizabeth Benson, 21, Brothers (1), seven years, bond
Census 1828 (aged 23 years)
Text: John Mayo 26 free by servitude Baring 2 1819 7 years, barber at Newcastle Elizabeth Mayo 25 government servant brothers 1824 7 years Mary Ann Mayo age 3 born in colony Catherine Mayo aged 1 born in colony
Residence 1832 (aged 27 years)
Citation details: p. 25
Text: Elizabeth and John established a shop and in 1832 moved to East Maitland. Elizabeth played an active roll in the business and continued running when her husband was ordered to road gangs in 1829, 1831 and 1833 for various offences. From 1830 when her sentence expired, Elizabeth took a more prominent roll (John's sentence did not expire until late 1834). She was allowed an assigned female convict servant and made a spirited challenge to a magistrate's action in withdrawing the servant in Apr 1833. From 1838 she assisted her husband in running the 'Maitland Wine Vaults' later known as the 'Hunter River Hotel' and had attained a high degree of affluence and respectability for an ex convict by the time of her death.
Death March 18, 1853 (aged 48 years)
Burial
Note: East Maitland Anglican:

East Maitland Anglican: Mayo Elizabeth 18 Mar 1853 46y née Benson; w/John

Family with John Blaxland
husband
herself
18051853
Birth: between 1805 and 1806London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 18, 1853Newcastle, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage Marriageabout 1825
15 months
daughter
Family with John Mayo
husband
17961860
Birth: about 1796Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 24, 1860East Maitland, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
herself
18051853
Birth: between 1805 and 1806London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 18, 1853Newcastle, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageMay 29, 1826Newcastle, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
2 years
son
2 years
son
1830
Birth: 1830 34 25New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
daughter
3 years
son
1834
Birth: 1834 38 29New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
daughter
2 years
son
5 years
son
18411922
Birth: 1841 45 36New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1922Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
BirthCalculated from age at death
Text: Born about 1806
BirthSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text: Born about 1805 London England
ImmigrationState Library of Queensland. Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 [database on-line].
Text: Elizabeth Benson, one of 89 convicts transported on the ship Brothers, 20 November 1823. Details: Sentence details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years. Vessel: Brothers. Date of Departure: 20 November 1823. Place of Arrival: New South Wales and Van Diemens Land.
ImmigrationBateson, Charles. The convict ships 1787-1868. 2nd ed. Glasgow : Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd., 1985 ie 1969
Text: Arrived 7 May 1824
ImmigrationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Citation details: p. 25
Text: Nothing is known of Elizabeth's background or early life. In May 1823 aged seventeen, she was working as a housemaid and living at the 'Key' public house, in Chandos Street in London's West End. In that month she was sentenced to seven years transportation at the Old Bailey for shoplifting six yards of printed cotton from a High Holborn linen draper's shop. Described as 'decent and well behaved' she sailed in Dec 1823 on the 'Brothers', a female convict ship, and reached Sydney in May 1824. On arrival Elizabeth was assigned as a servant to Thomas and Christiana Blomfield, landowners of Maitland NSW who had two small boys. In Mar 1826 Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate child fathered by John Blaxland, the son of a neighbouring landholder. Her employer took her before a magistrate and she was ordered back to the Female Factory. The sentence was remitted when an enterprising Newcastle convict, John Mayo, offered to marry her.
MarriageSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text: John and Elizabeth did not marry. Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate child in Mar 1826
MarriageTuxford, Bob, [various titles] email messages to Marion Purnell, Apr 2011
Text: Married at Christ Church
MarriageAncestry.com. 'New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts' Applications to Marry, 1826-1851 [database on-line].
Text: On 24 Apr 1826 John and Elizabeth were granted permission to marry: John Mayo 20 Baring (2) fourteen years [a sentence obtained in Sydney], bond, Rev. G. A. Middleton, Newcastle Elizabeth Benson, 21, Brothers (1), seven years, bond
CensusAncestry.com. 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Text: John Mayo 26 free by servitude Baring 2 1819 7 years, barber at Newcastle Elizabeth Mayo 25 government servant brothers 1824 7 years Mary Ann Mayo age 3 born in colony Catherine Mayo aged 1 born in colony
ResidenceSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Citation details: p. 25
Text: Elizabeth and John established a shop and in 1832 moved to East Maitland. Elizabeth played an active roll in the business and continued running when her husband was ordered to road gangs in 1829, 1831 and 1833 for various offences. From 1830 when her sentence expired, Elizabeth took a more prominent roll (John's sentence did not expire until late 1834). She was allowed an assigned female convict servant and made a spirited challenge to a magistrate's action in withdrawing the servant in Apr 1833. From 1838 she assisted her husband in running the 'Maitland Wine Vaults' later known as the 'Hunter River Hotel' and had attained a high degree of affluence and respectability for an ex convict by the time of her death.
DeathSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Burial

East Maitland Anglican: Mayo Elizabeth 18 Mar 1853 46y née Benson; w/John