Susannah Hannah SOFTLEY , 18091893 (aged 84 years)

Convict uniform as punishment
Name
Susannah /SOFTLEY/
Given names
Susannah
Nickname
Hannah
Surname
SOFTLEY
Name
Susannah /DOBSON/
Type
married name
Given names
Susannah
Surname
DOBSON
Name
Susannah /IRVINE/
Type
married name
Given names
Susannah
Surname
IRVINE
Birth

Susannah is recorded as being 25 years of age when she arrived in Australia in 1834. This would calculate as her being born in 1809. Her Certificate of Freedom includes the information that she was born in 1809. The Pre 1860 Pioneer Register includes the information that she was born about 1813. An email from Willis Wood informed me that she was born in 1806. To complicate matters further, her death certificate includes the information that she was 93 years of age at the time of her death in 1893. This would calculate as to her being born about 1800.

Convict

The "Numa" was under the command of John Baker and the surgeon was Edward Bromley. It would seem that Susannah (Hannah) was assigned to Chas. Windeyer of Sydney. Then shortly thereafter was transferred to Newcastle gaol as her name is recorded in the Gaol and Description Book for Newcastle Gaol.

Permission to Marry Refused

Permission to marry was refused as Susannah had stated on her arrival in Australia that she was married with two children.

Permitted to Marry

Permission to marry was granted based on the false premise that Susannah Sofely [sic], using her maiden name, was born in the Colony of New South Wales and that she was a free woman.

Number of children

The reason for the initial refusal of Susannah to marry Roger Dobson was based on the information that she was married with two children when she arrived in Australia.

Death

It is interesting to note that the age given for Susannah in her death certificate was 93. This would calculate as to her being born in about 1800.

Note

The initial refusal to permit the marriage of Susannah to Roger Dobson, was on the basis that she had stated that she was married with two children when she arrived in Australia.