Esther Spencer, 17741855 (aged 81 years)

Name
Esther /Spencer/
Given names
Esther
Surname
Spencer
Married name
Esther /Fitz/
Married name
Esther /Stubbs/
Married name
Esther /Bigge/
Married name
Esther /Biggs/
Name
Esther /Salamon/
Given names
Esther
Surname
Salamon
Birth about 1774

Immigration April 30, 1796 (aged 22 years)
Text:

Esther Spencer, one of 131 convicts transported on the ship 'Indispensible', October 1795. Sentence details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of life. Vessel: Indispensible. Date of Departure: October 1795. Place of Arrival: New South Wales.

Text:

16 Jul 1794: ESTHER SPENCER was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July, two silver salt holders, value 18s. two silver salt spoons, value 2s. two silver pepper castors, value 1l. a silver table spoon, value 14s. the goods of Jacob Ruffy. JACOB RUFFY sworn. On the 17th of this month, I lost some two silver pepper castor, two silver salts, two silver spoons, and a silver table spoon; I was not in the way when they were taken; I had seen them before I went out, I went out about a quarter after two, I was going out to dinner, I had seen them in the forenoon on our side board; I know nothing at all of the prisoner, she was quite a stranger to me; they were missing near three, before I came home; and when I came home, I was informed of the circumstance. Q. When did you next see this property? - In the constable's hands. ROBERT HUGH sworn. I am an apprentice to Mr. Ruffy, he is a taylor; I was at work in the afternoon, and master's daughter came up, and told me that a person had been in the parlour and taken part of the plate away, and I came down stairs, and a servant of the house told me which way she had run; and I went out and caught her near Bethnall-green; my master lives in Wilkes's-street, Spitalfields; I took her in Air-street, and brought her back to the place where she had taken the property from, and found two pepper castors in her bolom, and the two salt cellars and two salt spoons, and a table spoon were in her pocket; I see them taken from her. SARAH PEARSON sworn. I live near the prosecutor; there is a brass knob a the outside of the door to lift up the latch; I saw the prisoner lift it up and go into the parlour, and she came out again to the door, and then returned to it again; then I thought she was a bad woman; I went to call Mr. Ruffy's daughter, and she sent the apprentice after the prisoner. JOHN THOMPSON sworn. I am a constable; the prisoner was searched in my presence; there was found on her two pepper castors in her bosom, two salts, two salt spoons, and a table spoon, all silver; I have got them here. Prosecutor. They are all my property. The prisoner called three witnesses who gave her a good character. Prisoner. It is the first offence I ever did in my life, I hope you will forgive me. GUILTY. Death. (Aged 19.) Recommended to mercy by the Jury and prosecutor, because she had a good character from her master, and appeared never before to transgress. Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before the Lord CHIEF BARON.

Text:

17 Sep 1794: ... Esther Spencer... capital convicts at a former sessions, were put to the bar, and accepted his Majesty's mercy, on condition of transportation, to the eastern coast of New South Wales, for the term of their natural lives....

MarriageJohn FitzView this family
about 1796 (aged 22 years)

MarriageThomas StubbsView this family
about 1800 (aged 26 years)

MarriageJoseph BiggeView this family
1822 (aged 48 years)
Census November 1828 (aged 54 years)
Text:

Bigge, Joseph, came free, Protestant, living at stables in Philip Street Sydney, 300 acres, 25 cleared 10 cultivated 4 horses, 10 horned cattle Bigge, Esther 51 free by servitude, Indispensible 1796 7 years, Protestant Bigge, Robert 12 born in the colony Bigge, Louisa 11 born in the colony

Death October 27, 1855 (aged 81 years)
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 29 Oct 1855 p. 8

Text:

DEATHS... On the 27th instant, at her residence, Philip-street, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Esther Bigge, aged 86 years.

Family with John Fitz
husband
herself
17741855
Birth: about 1774
Death: October 27, 1855Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: about 1796
18 months
daughter
17971832
Birth: June 23, 1797 28 23Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 24, 1832Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
17991800
Birth: December 29, 1799 30 25Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1800Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Thomas Stubbs
husband
17741815
Birth: about 1774
Death: January 11, 1815Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
herself
17741855
Birth: about 1774
Death: October 27, 1855Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: about 1800
17 months
daughter
18011860
Birth: May 28, 1801 27 27Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 3, 1860Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
12 months
son
18021878
Birth: May 18, 1802 28 28Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 2, 1878St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
13 months
daughter
18031803
Birth: June 18, 1803 29 29Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 27, 1803Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
daughter
Stubbs, Cecilia (1805-1896)
18051896
Birth: March 13, 1805 31 31Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 13, 1896Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 years
daughter
1807
Birth: March 15, 1807 33 33Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
daughter
18091837
Birth: June 14, 1809 35 35Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 27, 1837Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
son
18111838
Birth: April 22, 1811 37 37Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 1838the high seas
15 months
son
18121836
Birth: July 5, 1812 38 38Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 1836Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18141814
Birth: October 9, 1814 40 40Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 2, 1814Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Joseph Bigge
husband
17681833
Birth: between 1768 and 1770
Death: July 27, 1833Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
herself
17741855
Birth: about 1774
Death: October 27, 1855Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1822Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-5 years
son
1816
Birth: 1816 48 42
Death:
3 years
daughter
1817
Birth: between 1817 and 1818 50 44New South Wales, Australia
Death:
BirthCalculated from age at conviction
ImmigrationState Library of Queensland. Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 [database on-line].
Text:

Esther Spencer, one of 131 convicts transported on the ship 'Indispensible', October 1795. Sentence details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of life. Vessel: Indispensible. Date of Departure: October 1795. Place of Arrival: New South Wales.

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
Text:

16 Jul 1794: ESTHER SPENCER was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July, two silver salt holders, value 18s. two silver salt spoons, value 2s. two silver pepper castors, value 1l. a silver table spoon, value 14s. the goods of Jacob Ruffy. JACOB RUFFY sworn. On the 17th of this month, I lost some two silver pepper castor, two silver salts, two silver spoons, and a silver table spoon; I was not in the way when they were taken; I had seen them before I went out, I went out about a quarter after two, I was going out to dinner, I had seen them in the forenoon on our side board; I know nothing at all of the prisoner, she was quite a stranger to me; they were missing near three, before I came home; and when I came home, I was informed of the circumstance. Q. When did you next see this property? - In the constable's hands. ROBERT HUGH sworn. I am an apprentice to Mr. Ruffy, he is a taylor; I was at work in the afternoon, and master's daughter came up, and told me that a person had been in the parlour and taken part of the plate away, and I came down stairs, and a servant of the house told me which way she had run; and I went out and caught her near Bethnall-green; my master lives in Wilkes's-street, Spitalfields; I took her in Air-street, and brought her back to the place where she had taken the property from, and found two pepper castors in her bolom, and the two salt cellars and two salt spoons, and a table spoon were in her pocket; I see them taken from her. SARAH PEARSON sworn. I live near the prosecutor; there is a brass knob a the outside of the door to lift up the latch; I saw the prisoner lift it up and go into the parlour, and she came out again to the door, and then returned to it again; then I thought she was a bad woman; I went to call Mr. Ruffy's daughter, and she sent the apprentice after the prisoner. JOHN THOMPSON sworn. I am a constable; the prisoner was searched in my presence; there was found on her two pepper castors in her bosom, two salts, two salt spoons, and a table spoon, all silver; I have got them here. Prosecutor. They are all my property. The prisoner called three witnesses who gave her a good character. Prisoner. It is the first offence I ever did in my life, I hope you will forgive me. GUILTY. Death. (Aged 19.) Recommended to mercy by the Jury and prosecutor, because she had a good character from her master, and appeared never before to transgress. Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before the Lord CHIEF BARON.

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
Text:

17 Sep 1794: ... Esther Spencer... capital convicts at a former sessions, were put to the bar, and accepted his Majesty's mercy, on condition of transportation, to the eastern coast of New South Wales, for the term of their natural lives....

MarriageRootsWeb. WorldConnect [database on-line]. Ancestry.com, 2009
CensusAncestry.com. 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Text:

Bigge, Joseph, came free, Protestant, living at stables in Philip Street Sydney, 300 acres, 25 cleared 10 cultivated 4 horses, 10 horned cattle Bigge, Esther 51 free by servitude, Indispensible 1796 7 years, Protestant Bigge, Robert 12 born in the colony Bigge, Louisa 11 born in the colony

DeathNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 29 Oct 1855 p. 8

Text:

DEATHS... On the 27th instant, at her residence, Philip-street, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Esther Bigge, aged 86 years.