Edward Madden, 1799

Name
Edward Madden
Given names
Edward
Surname
Madden
Birth
MarriageRosetta PraceyView this family
before October 1798

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It seems probable that Rosetta Pracey married or was the common law wife of either or both Edward Madden or Henry Marsh/Martin prior to the departure of the ship 'Hillsborough' from Portsmouth in Oct 1798. Rosetta would certainly have been travelling to the colony aboard the 'Hillsborough' as the legal or common law wife of one of the convicts, although the name of that convict has not been recorded. Travelling with her was a son called Henry Marsh and another child, Esther Marsh was born in Sydney on 28 Apr 1800. All known references to Rosetta prior to her marriage to Samuel Terry give her name was Rosetta Marsh, and one as Martin. However, when in 1810 she married Samuel Terry, she described herself as 'Rosater Madden Widow'. By the time she married Terry it was probably more convenient for her to say that she was the widow of Madden rather than the common law wife of Marsh, and because Madden had died on the voyage, there was no-one who cared to dispute the claim.

Emigration October 1798
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Edward Madden, one of 298 convicts transported on the ship 'Hilsborough', October 1798. Sentence details: Convicted at Lancaster Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 03 May 1797. Vessel: Hilsborough. Date of Departure: October 1798. Place of Arrival: New South Wales.

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The convicts were picked up from various prison hulks, one of which was infected with gaol fever (typhus). Soon after the ship departed Langstone Harbour near Portsmouth, disease broke out. The decks required caulking and when it rained shortly after departure the convict quarters became soaked. The captain was told that many of the convicts were out of their irons and intending to murder the officers. Those found out of their irons were flogged, recieving from one to six dozen lashes each, and were shackled and handcuffed, some with iron collars around their neck. Their alowance of rations and water were also reduced. Even after the disease spread thoughout the convicts and deaths became alarmingly frequent, they were kept closely confined and double-ironed, were short of water and were half starved.

One third of the 300 convicts died on the voyage, and several others died shortly after their arrival at Sydney.

Governor John Hunter, when the 'Hillsborough' reached Sydney, described the survivors as 'the most wretched and miserable convicts I have ever beheld, in the most sickly and wretched state'. The resultant scandal led to the 'Hillsborough' being called the 'Death Ship'.

Death 1799
Note: Edward died aboard the convict transport 'Hillsborough' in or near Cape Town during its voyage to the colony. He was buried at sea on 1 Apr 1799.
Family with Rosetta Pracey
himself
1799
Birth: United Kingdom
Death: 1799The high Seas
wife
17701858
Birth: July 29, 1770 26Finsbury, London, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 5, 1858
Marriage
Marriage: before October 1798
Henry Marsh + Rosetta Pracey
partner’s partner
wife
17701858
Birth: July 29, 1770 26Finsbury, London, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 5, 1858
Marriage
Marriage: before October 1798
1 month
step-son
17981825
Birth: before October 1798 28
Death: 1825Rangoon, Burma
19 months
step-daughter
18001873
Birth: April 28, 1800 29New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1873
Samuel Terry + Rosetta Pracey
partner’s partner
17771838
Birth: about 1777
Death: February 22, 1838
wife
17701858
Birth: July 29, 1770 26Finsbury, London, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 5, 1858
Marriage
Marriage: March 27, 1810
-3 years
step-son
18061842
Birth: about 1806 29 35
Death: 1842New South Wales, Australia
4 years
step-son
18101838
Birth: April 26, 1810 33 39Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 28, 1838Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
step-daughter
18111877
Birth: October 31, 1811 34 41Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 30, 1877Penrith, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
MarriagePracy, David. Rosetta Terry nee Rosey Pracey (1770-1858) [paper submitted to] the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies Biography of an Ancestor Competition. [published online]. Jan 2007.
Text:

It seems probable that Rosetta Pracey married or was the common law wife of either or both Edward Madden or Henry Marsh/Martin prior to the departure of the ship 'Hillsborough' from Portsmouth in Oct 1798. Rosetta would certainly have been travelling to the colony aboard the 'Hillsborough' as the legal or common law wife of one of the convicts, although the name of that convict has not been recorded. Travelling with her was a son called Henry Marsh and another child, Esther Marsh was born in Sydney on 28 Apr 1800. All known references to Rosetta prior to her marriage to Samuel Terry give her name was Rosetta Marsh, and one as Martin. However, when in 1810 she married Samuel Terry, she described herself as 'Rosater Madden Widow'. By the time she married Terry it was probably more convenient for her to say that she was the widow of Madden rather than the common law wife of Marsh, and because Madden had died on the voyage, there was no-one who cared to dispute the claim.

EmigrationState Library of Queensland. Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 [database on-line].
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Edward Madden, one of 298 convicts transported on the ship 'Hilsborough', October 1798. Sentence details: Convicted at Lancaster Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 03 May 1797. Vessel: Hilsborough. Date of Departure: October 1798. Place of Arrival: New South Wales.

EmigrationBateson, Charles. The convict ships 1787-1868. 2nd ed. Glasgow : Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd., 1985 ie 1969
Text:

The convicts were picked up from various prison hulks, one of which was infected with gaol fever (typhus). Soon after the ship departed Langstone Harbour near Portsmouth, disease broke out. The decks required caulking and when it rained shortly after departure the convict quarters became soaked. The captain was told that many of the convicts were out of their irons and intending to murder the officers. Those found out of their irons were flogged, recieving from one to six dozen lashes each, and were shackled and handcuffed, some with iron collars around their neck. Their alowance of rations and water were also reduced. Even after the disease spread thoughout the convicts and deaths became alarmingly frequent, they were kept closely confined and double-ironed, were short of water and were half starved.

One third of the 300 convicts died on the voyage, and several others died shortly after their arrival at Sydney.

Governor John Hunter, when the 'Hillsborough' reached Sydney, described the survivors as 'the most wretched and miserable convicts I have ever beheld, in the most sickly and wretched state'. The resultant scandal led to the 'Hillsborough' being called the 'Death Ship'.

Death

Edward died aboard the convict transport 'Hillsborough' in or near Cape Town during its voyage to the colony. He was buried at sea on 1 Apr 1799.