Sarah Best, 17741853 (aged 79 years)

Name
Sarah Best
Given names
Sarah
Surname
Best
Married name
Sarah Roberts
Married name
Sarah Reculist
Married name
Sarah Sykes
Name
Sarah Catapodi
Given names
Sarah
Surname
Catapodi
Name
Sarah Brown
Given names
Sarah
Surname
Brown
Name
Sarah Byrne
Given names
Sarah
Surname
Byrne
Birth about 1774
Note: She is said to have married a John Roberts, known too as Colin Reculist who was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey Sessions on 13 January, 1796 for passing forged promissory notes (Old Bailey Session Papers. 2 Dec. 1795 - 29 Nov 1796. PO.S. Reel FM4 7161 M.L.). He was executed in July, aged 34. Sarah would have been about 22. Roberts' associate, known as Peter Catapodi or Brown, who apparently forged the notes, took Sarah under his 'protection'. A baby girl was born to Sarah on 11 March 1797: she was later christened Caroline (Burn).
MarriageJohn RobertsView this family

Note: Mary was born in a small county 80 or so miles from London. At some stage she went to live in London and, met John Roberts. Not long after, John was on trial at the Old Bailey. He received the death sentence and was executed in 1796.
MarriagePeter CatapodiView this family
about 1796 (aged 22 years)

Note: Peter, an associate of John Roberts/Colin Reculist, apparently forged banknotes. When Sarah's husband John/Colin was executed for passing forged prommisory notes, he took Sarah under his 'protection', and a baby girl resulted, born 11 Mar 1797.
Death of a husbandJohn Roberts
July 1796 (aged 22 years)

Cause: Executed.
Birth of a daughter
#1
Caroline Catapodi
March 11, 1797 (aged 23 years)
Text:

Caroline's mother, Sarah, (as Sarah Brown) had taken lodgings in Oct 1797 at No. 8 St James's Buildings, Rosomons Street, Clerkenwell, carrying an infant in her arms who may be identified as Caroline. The child's father is believed to have been Colon Reculist (also known as John Roberts) 'a poor man who was executed'.

Residence October 1797 (aged 23 years)
Address: 8 St. James Buildings, Rosomons Street
Note: In Oct 1797, Sarah and Catapodi and the baby took lodgings with a John Finch at Clerkenwell.
Immigration July 17, 1798 (aged 24 years)
Note:

Sarah pawned or sold John Finch's counterpane for 7 shillings. For this she and Catapodi were tried at the Old Bailey, but because it was she who had hired the lodgings, and presumably because Catapodi was not her husband, Sarah was sentenced to 7 years transportation while her companion was set free. She was transported aboard the ship 'Britannia III' which departed Portsmouth 23 Jan 1798, After 7 months, she and baby Caroline arrived in the colony on 17 Jul 1798 .

Old Bailey transcript 6 Dec 1797: PETER CATAPODI, otherwise PETER BROWN, and SARAH BEST, otherwise BROWN, otherwise CATAPODI, were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of November, a cotton counterpane, value 5s. the property of John Finch, in a lodging-room let by contract by him to the said Sarah .(The case was opened by Mr. Knowlys.)

JOHN FINCH sworn. - I live at No. 8, St. James's-buildings, Rosomon's-street, Clerkenwell : The woman at the bar took the lodging of me, by the name of Brown; she applied to me for that purpose on the 3d and 4th of October; the first time she came, there was a young woman with her, and an infant that she had in her arms; I agreed with her for the lodging, she represented herself to be a married woman; on the 5th of October, the two prisoners came together, and occupied the lodging, and continued till the 15th of November, when they were taken up by the officers of Bow-street; they were to find their own bed linen, I was to furnish the blankets and the quilt; he went by the name of Brown, I did not know he had any other name.

Q.Did he remain in the lodging with her all this time? - A. Yes; I never knew him sleep out of the house, not be out of the house after ten o'clock; I did not miss any thing till the officers of Bow-street gave me information, and then I missed a cotton counterpane off the bed, worth about eleven shillings, or thereabouts.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. It was the woman prisoner that you let the lodging to? - A. Yes. Q. I believe you know that the man prisoner is not married to her? - A. I thought they were man and wife at that time; but from what I can find since they are not. Q. The man prisoner did not come in till two days after the agreement with her? - A. She agreed on the 4th, and came in on the 5th. Q. Was it the quilt that was upon the bed at the time they hired the lodging, that was stolen? - A. No. Q. After that, what became of the quilt upon the bed? - A. It had got dirty, was put out to be washed, and a clean one put on. Q. How long was this after the lodging was let? - A. I cannot say positively. Q. Which was the best quilt; was the quilt you lent last such as you generally let with your lodgings? - A. The first quilt was; and this I put on occasionally, while the other is washed. Q. The quilt you lent them was too good to let with the lodgings? - A. No it was not, because the other was better than that; when the first gets dirty we put on the other. Q. Are you a house-keeper? - A. Yes. Q. Have you seen the quilt since? - A. Not till I saw it at Bow-street.

EDWARD FUGION sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I am one of the officers of Bow-street: I have known the prisoner about a year or two, by the name of Catapodi; in consequence of an information, I went to the Peacock, in Maiden-lane, on Wednesday the 15th of November, to apprehend him; I found the prisoner, and a young man, sitting in a back parlour; I went in, and said to the prisoner, what are you doing of here; he said, nothing; I told him I must search him; in searching him I found nothing; but, upon a paper lying upon the table, there was a check upon the cashiers of the Bank, filling up, for five pounds, it was all filled up but signing; I brought him, and the young man, to the office; I went to search his lodging, at the house of Finch, the last witness, I met the woman at the bar, Mrs. Brown, by the way; I asked her where she lived; and she took me to this lodging at Finch's house; under the bed, I found a plate for drafts upon Down, Thornton, and Free, I found it concealed behind some papers; I searched further, and found some more checks, not filled up, upon Down, Thornton, and Company; I observed there was no quilt upon the bed; I asked Mrs. Brown what had become of it; she said, that Mr. Brown had taken it to be washed; I told her I must take her into custody, and she must go with me to Bow-street; I acquainted the prosecutor of the quilt being missing, and took her to Bow-street.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. You have known that unfortunate young man a great while? - A. No great while. Q. You know that he has a wife living? - A. I have heard it.

JOHN TOWNSEND sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I have known Catapodi twelve years, I have always known him by that name; I understood he was married, he used to speak of his wife when he was applying to the Solicitor of the Bank, when I had him in custody before. Q. Is that his wife? - A. No; that is the wife of a poor man that has been executed, Colin Reculist . Mr. Alley. Q. She is not the prisoner's wife? - A. No.

JOHN STEVENSON sworn-I am servant to Mr. Lowe, the pawnbroker, in Clerkenwell, (produces the counterpane); I received it from the woman prisoner at the bar, on the 7th of November. Finch. This is my counterpane. Mr. Alley. Have you any mark upon it? - A. No; there is a mark of a hit of wax of my own trade, I am a shoemaker, a bit of wax that got upon it when it laid upon the bed where I worked; there is the mark of the wax upon it now.

Mr. Knowlys. Q. How many years have you had it? - A. About four years.

Catapodi, NOT GUILTY. Best, GUILTY .

Transported for seven years.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron PERRYN.

Religious marriagePatrick ByrneView this family
September 22, 1799 (aged 25 years)
Address: St Johns
Text:

The year 1799 page 20 No 68 Patrick Burn of the parish of Parramatta and Sarah Best of ditto married in this Church by Banns this twenty second day of September in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine by me Samuel Marsden. Patrick Burns made his x mark and Sarah Best signed the register in the presence of Rosetta Warbertons who made her x mark and James Partridge

Birth of a daughter
#2
Matilda Byrne
May 21, 1801 (aged 27 years)
Citation details:

page 24 year 1803

Text:

Matilda Burn daughter of Patrick and Sarah Burn was born May 21 1801 and christened Jul 10 1803, registered Jul 10 1803 by me Samuel Marsden

Birth of a son
#3
John Byrne
October 4, 1802 (aged 28 years)
Text:

p. 22 the year 1802 and 1803 John Burn son of Patrick and Mary Burn was born Oct 4 1802 and christened Oct 24 1802, registered Oct 24, 1802, by me Samuel Marsden

Christening of a sonJohn Byrne
October 24, 1802 (aged 28 years)
Text:

p. 22 the year 1802 and 1803 John Burn son of Patrick and Mary Burn was born Oct 4 1802 and christened Oct 24 1802, registered Oct 24, 1802, by me Samuel Marsden

Christening of a daughterMatilda Byrne
July 10, 1803 (aged 29 years)
Text:

page 24 year 1803 Text: Matilda Burn daughter of Patrick and Sarah Burn was born May 21 1801 and christened Jul 10 1803, registered Jul 10 1803 by me Samuel Marsden

Birth of a daughter
#4
Mary Byrne
1805 (aged 31 years)
Text:

Name: Mary A Burnes Birth Date: 1805 Father's name: Patrick Burnes Mother's name: Sarah Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1805 Registration Place: Windsor, New South Wales Volume Number: V18052374 1A

Birth of a daughter
#5
Ann Byrne
December 2, 1806 (aged 32 years)
Text:

p. 45, year 1807 Ann Burn daughter of Patrick Burn and Sarah his wife was born December 2 1807 [sic] and christened April 6 1807, registered April 6, 1807 by me Henry Fulton

Christening of a daughterAnn Byrne
April 6, 1807 (aged 33 years)
Text:

p. 45, year 1807 Ann Burn daughter of Patrick Burn and Sarah his wife was born December 2 1807 [sic] and christened April 6 1807, registered April 6, 1807 by me Henry Fulton

Death of a husbandPatrick Byrne
April 1, 1808 (aged 34 years)
Note: Patrick died in 1808 after being off duty sick.
Burial of a husbandPatrick Byrne
April 2, 1808 (aged 34 years)
Cemetery: St. John's Cemetery
Birth of a son
#6
William Byrne
October 24, 1808 (aged 34 years)
Text:

Name: William Burne Birth Date: 1808 Father's name: Patrick Burne Mother's name: Sarah Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1808 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales Volume Number: V18081868 1A

Text:

p. 71, 1813 William son of Patrick Burnes and Sarah his wife was born 24 Oct 1808 and christened 15 Nov 1812 registered same day, by me Samuel Marsden

Property
Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 1, 1809 (aged 35 years)

Note:

After her husband's death, Sarah was made a small grant of 2 rods, 30 poles (about half an acre), close to the Parramatta barracks, by Governor Patterson, in charge of colonial affairs until Macquarie's arrival.

The barracks were close to the present George and Harris Streets near the river. William Byrne in 'Old Times' (May 1903), stated 'My earliest recollection is Howell's Mill which was opposite our cottage'. George Howell's wind and water mill was built were the Gas Works Bridge (Newlands Bridge) now stands (2009).

When the new governor, Lachlan Macquarie arrived in late 1809, he cancelled land grants made by Patterson but renewed leases for a number of them. That held by Sarah was surrendered on 30 April 1810 but was renewed 18 OCt 1811 for 14 years.

Birth of a son
#7
George Sykes
1810 (aged 36 years)
Text:

Name: George Sykes Birth Date: 1810 Father's Name: William Sykes Mother's Name: Sarah Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1810 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales Volume Number: V1810804 148

Religious marriageWilliam SykesView this family
January 9, 1812 (aged 38 years)
Citation details:

No [386]

Text:

William Sykes of the parish of St John Parramatta and Sarah Byrn of ditto were married in this church by banns this ninth day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and twelve by me Samuel Marsden Both William and Sarah "Byrn" signed the register in the presence of John Eyre who signed the register and Rosetta Owen who made her X mark

Birth of a son
#8
Thomas Sykes
October 4, 1812 (aged 38 years)
Christening of a sonWilliam Byrne
November 15, 1812 (aged 38 years)
Text:

p. 71, 1813 William son of Patrick Burnes and Sarah his wife was born 24 Oct 1808 and christened 15 Nov 1812 registered same day, by me Samuel Marsden

Marriage of a childJohn KennedyCaroline CatapodiView this family
August 1813 (aged 39 years)
Text:

Married 30 Aug 1813 Windsor at St Matthews

Text:

Caroline Best was married to John Kennedy of the parish of Appin on 23 Aug 1813 by the Rev. Robert Cartwright at the Parish church, Windsor, licence having been granted 6 Aug 1813

Birth of a son
#9
James Sykes
March 4, 1815 (aged 41 years)
Citation details:

Liverpool St Luke Composite 19 May 1811 - 07 July 1823

Text:

James son of William and Sarah Sykes of the district of Appin was born 4 Mar 1815, baptised 10 Dec 1817

Marriage of a childThomas HammondAnn ByrneView this family
1824 (aged 50 years)
Text:

Name: Thomas Hammond Spouse Name: Ann Byrne Marriage Date: 1824 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Campbelltown, New South Wales Registration Year: 1824 Volume Number: V

Marriage of a childJohn CareyMatilda ByrneView this family
1826 (aged 52 years)
Text:

Name: John Carey Spouse Name: Matilda Byrne Marriage Date: 1826 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1826 Volume Number: V

Marriage of a childFrancis KennyMary ByrneView this family
1826 (aged 52 years)
Text:

Name: Francis Kenny Spouse Name: Mary Byrne Marriage Date: 1826 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1826 Volume Number: V

Census November 1828 (aged 54 years)
Citation details:

p. 361

Text:

Sykes, William, 60, absolute pardon, Fortune i, 1806, 14 years, Protestant, settler, Appin Sykes, Sarah, 56, free by servitude, Britannia, 1798, 14 years, Catholic Sykes, George, 18, born in the colony Sykes, Thomas, 16, born in the colony Sykes, James, 13, born in the colony

Marriage of a childJohn ByrneAnne HealeyView this family
1834 (aged 60 years)
Text:

Name: John Byrne Spouse Name: Ann Healy Marriage Date: 1834 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1834 Volume Number: V

Marriage of a childWilliam ByrneHannah ByrneView this family
between 1833 and 1836 (aged 62 years)

Text:

Name: Hannah Byrne Spouse Name: William Byrne Marriage Date: 1836 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1836 Volume Number: V

Name: Hannah Byrne Spouse Name: William Byrne Marriage Date: 1833 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1833 Volume Number: V

Death of a sonJames Sykes
March 15, 1836 (aged 62 years)
Address: "Mount Britain'
Cause: Strained throwing weights
Death of a sonThomas Sykes
May 20, 1836 (aged 62 years)
Address: 'Mount Britain'
Cause: Drowned
Marriage of a childGeorge SykesCatherine CroweView this family
1837 (aged 63 years)
Text:

Name: George Sykes Spouse Name: Catherine Crowe Marriage Date: 1837 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1837 Volume Number: V

Death of a daughterMary Byrne
February 5, 1848 (aged 74 years)
Citation details:

The Australian Fri 11 Feb 1848 p. 2

Text:

KENNY, Mrs. Mary, widow of the late Francis Kenny, Esq., of Appin, on the 5th instant, at Fix this text her residence, Lake George.

Death October 28, 1853 (aged 79 years)
Burial
Cemetery: Spring Valley Cemetery
Note: When William and Sarah died they were buried at Ryansvale Cemetery. This cemetery fell into disrepair and the family sought and obtained permission to remove their headstone and remains to Spring Valley where there are six generations of Sykes buried.
Family with John Roberts
husband
herself
17741853
Birth: about 1774Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 28, 1853Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage:
Family with Peter Catapodi
husband
Birth: Greece
Death:
herself
17741853
Birth: about 1774Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 28, 1853Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: about 1796
15 months
daughter
Catapodi, Caroline (1797-1869)
17971869
Birth: March 11, 1797 23London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 15, 1869Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Family with Patrick Byrne
husband
17751808
Birth: about 1775
Death: April 1, 1808Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
herself
17741853
Birth: about 1774Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 28, 1853Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: September 22, 1799Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
20 months
daughter
18011899
Birth: May 21, 1801 26 27New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1899Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
son
18021888
Birth: October 4, 1802 27 28Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 11, 1888Spring Valley, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18051848
Birth: 1805 30 31Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 5, 1848Lake George, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
daughter
18061885
Birth: December 2, 1806 31 32Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1885Canterbury, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
son
18081906
Birth: October 24, 1808 33 34Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 13, 1906Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with William Sykes
husband
17681854
Birth: about 1768
Death: August 4, 1854Currawang, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
herself
17741853
Birth: about 1774Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 28, 1853Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: January 9, 1812Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-12 months
son
Sykes, George (1810-1906)
18101903
Birth: 1810 42 36Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1903Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18121836
Birth: October 4, 1812 44 38Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 20, 1836Appin, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18151836
Birth: March 4, 1815 47 41New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 15, 1836Appin, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
BirthWebsite - The history of the Sykes family in Australia
ResidenceWebsite - The history of the Sykes family in Australia
ImmigrationHuntley, Hamilton Douglas. Some Australian pioneer families : their genealogy and history. [Ryde, N.S.W.]: the author, 1978-1979
ImmigrationUniversity of Sheffield. Humanities Research Institute. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: London's Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913. [database on-line]. Sheffield: the Institute, 2003-2008
MarriageAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Marriages, 1790-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Text:

The year 1799 page 20 No 68 Patrick Burn of the parish of Parramatta and Sarah Best of ditto married in this Church by Banns this twenty second day of September in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine by me Samuel Marsden. Patrick Burns made his x mark and Sarah Best signed the register in the presence of Rosetta Warbertons who made her x mark and James Partridge

PropertyWebsite - The history of the Sykes family in Australia
MarriageAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Marriages, 1790-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Citation details:

No [386]

Text:

William Sykes of the parish of St John Parramatta and Sarah Byrn of ditto were married in this church by banns this ninth day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and twelve by me Samuel Marsden Both William and Sarah "Byrn" signed the register in the presence of John Eyre who signed the register and Rosetta Owen who made her X mark

CensusCensus of New South Wales November 1828, ed. by Malcolm R. Sainty and Keith A. Johnson. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1985 ie. 1980
Citation details:

p. 361

Text:

Sykes, William, 60, absolute pardon, Fortune i, 1806, 14 years, Protestant, settler, Appin Sykes, Sarah, 56, free by servitude, Britannia, 1798, 14 years, Catholic Sykes, George, 18, born in the colony Sykes, Thomas, 16, born in the colony Sykes, James, 13, born in the colony

BurialWebsite - The history of the Sykes family in Australia
Birth

She is said to have married a John Roberts, known too as Colin Reculist who was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey Sessions on 13 January, 1796 for passing forged promissory notes (Old Bailey Session Papers. 2 Dec. 1795 - 29 Nov 1796. PO.S. Reel FM4 7161 M.L.). He was executed in July, aged 34. Sarah would have been about 22. Roberts' associate, known as Peter Catapodi or Brown, who apparently forged the notes, took Sarah under his 'protection'. A baby girl was born to Sarah on 11 March 1797: she was later christened Caroline (Burn).

Marriage

Mary was born in a small county 80 or so miles from London. At some stage she went to live in London and, met John Roberts. Not long after, John was on trial at the Old Bailey. He received the death sentence and was executed in 1796.

Marriage

Peter, an associate of John Roberts/Colin Reculist, apparently forged banknotes. When Sarah's husband John/Colin was executed for passing forged prommisory notes, he took Sarah under his 'protection', and a baby girl resulted, born 11 Mar 1797.

Residence

In Oct 1797, Sarah and Catapodi and the baby took lodgings with a John Finch at Clerkenwell.

Immigration

Sarah pawned or sold John Finch's counterpane for 7 shillings. For this she and Catapodi were tried at the Old Bailey, but because it was she who had hired the lodgings, and presumably because Catapodi was not her husband, Sarah was sentenced to 7 years transportation while her companion was set free. She was transported aboard the ship 'Britannia III' which departed Portsmouth 23 Jan 1798, After 7 months, she and baby Caroline arrived in the colony on 17 Jul 1798 .

Old Bailey transcript 6 Dec 1797: PETER CATAPODI, otherwise PETER BROWN, and SARAH BEST, otherwise BROWN, otherwise CATAPODI, were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of November, a cotton counterpane, value 5s. the property of John Finch, in a lodging-room let by contract by him to the said Sarah .(The case was opened by Mr. Knowlys.)

JOHN FINCH sworn. - I live at No. 8, St. James's-buildings, Rosomon's-street, Clerkenwell : The woman at the bar took the lodging of me, by the name of Brown; she applied to me for that purpose on the 3d and 4th of October; the first time she came, there was a young woman with her, and an infant that she had in her arms; I agreed with her for the lodging, she represented herself to be a married woman; on the 5th of October, the two prisoners came together, and occupied the lodging, and continued till the 15th of November, when they were taken up by the officers of Bow-street; they were to find their own bed linen, I was to furnish the blankets and the quilt; he went by the name of Brown, I did not know he had any other name.

Q.Did he remain in the lodging with her all this time? - A. Yes; I never knew him sleep out of the house, not be out of the house after ten o'clock; I did not miss any thing till the officers of Bow-street gave me information, and then I missed a cotton counterpane off the bed, worth about eleven shillings, or thereabouts.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. It was the woman prisoner that you let the lodging to? - A. Yes. Q. I believe you know that the man prisoner is not married to her? - A. I thought they were man and wife at that time; but from what I can find since they are not. Q. The man prisoner did not come in till two days after the agreement with her? - A. She agreed on the 4th, and came in on the 5th. Q. Was it the quilt that was upon the bed at the time they hired the lodging, that was stolen? - A. No. Q. After that, what became of the quilt upon the bed? - A. It had got dirty, was put out to be washed, and a clean one put on. Q. How long was this after the lodging was let? - A. I cannot say positively. Q. Which was the best quilt; was the quilt you lent last such as you generally let with your lodgings? - A. The first quilt was; and this I put on occasionally, while the other is washed. Q. The quilt you lent them was too good to let with the lodgings? - A. No it was not, because the other was better than that; when the first gets dirty we put on the other. Q. Are you a house-keeper? - A. Yes. Q. Have you seen the quilt since? - A. Not till I saw it at Bow-street.

EDWARD FUGION sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I am one of the officers of Bow-street: I have known the prisoner about a year or two, by the name of Catapodi; in consequence of an information, I went to the Peacock, in Maiden-lane, on Wednesday the 15th of November, to apprehend him; I found the prisoner, and a young man, sitting in a back parlour; I went in, and said to the prisoner, what are you doing of here; he said, nothing; I told him I must search him; in searching him I found nothing; but, upon a paper lying upon the table, there was a check upon the cashiers of the Bank, filling up, for five pounds, it was all filled up but signing; I brought him, and the young man, to the office; I went to search his lodging, at the house of Finch, the last witness, I met the woman at the bar, Mrs. Brown, by the way; I asked her where she lived; and she took me to this lodging at Finch's house; under the bed, I found a plate for drafts upon Down, Thornton, and Free, I found it concealed behind some papers; I searched further, and found some more checks, not filled up, upon Down, Thornton, and Company; I observed there was no quilt upon the bed; I asked Mrs. Brown what had become of it; she said, that Mr. Brown had taken it to be washed; I told her I must take her into custody, and she must go with me to Bow-street; I acquainted the prosecutor of the quilt being missing, and took her to Bow-street.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. You have known that unfortunate young man a great while? - A. No great while. Q. You know that he has a wife living? - A. I have heard it.

JOHN TOWNSEND sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I have known Catapodi twelve years, I have always known him by that name; I understood he was married, he used to speak of his wife when he was applying to the Solicitor of the Bank, when I had him in custody before. Q. Is that his wife? - A. No; that is the wife of a poor man that has been executed, Colin Reculist . Mr. Alley. Q. She is not the prisoner's wife? - A. No.

JOHN STEVENSON sworn-I am servant to Mr. Lowe, the pawnbroker, in Clerkenwell, (produces the counterpane); I received it from the woman prisoner at the bar, on the 7th of November. Finch. This is my counterpane. Mr. Alley. Have you any mark upon it? - A. No; there is a mark of a hit of wax of my own trade, I am a shoemaker, a bit of wax that got upon it when it laid upon the bed where I worked; there is the mark of the wax upon it now.

Mr. Knowlys. Q. How many years have you had it? - A. About four years.

Catapodi, NOT GUILTY. Best, GUILTY .

Transported for seven years.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron PERRYN.

Property

After her husband's death, Sarah was made a small grant of 2 rods, 30 poles (about half an acre), close to the Parramatta barracks, by Governor Patterson, in charge of colonial affairs until Macquarie's arrival.

The barracks were close to the present George and Harris Streets near the river. William Byrne in 'Old Times' (May 1903), stated 'My earliest recollection is Howell's Mill which was opposite our cottage'. George Howell's wind and water mill was built were the Gas Works Bridge (Newlands Bridge) now stands (2009).

When the new governor, Lachlan Macquarie arrived in late 1809, he cancelled land grants made by Patterson but renewed leases for a number of them. That held by Sarah was surrendered on 30 April 1810 but was renewed 18 OCt 1811 for 14 years.

Burial

When William and Sarah died they were buried at Ryansvale Cemetery. This cemetery fell into disrepair and the family sought and obtained permission to remove their headstone and remains to Spring Valley where there are six generations of Sykes buried.