Guilty, No Chattels, to be Hanged: The Story of Ann Forbes, First Fleet Convict
Ann Forbes, a girl of about fourteen years, from the Parish of Saint Olave, Borough of Southwark, Surrey, England, was convicted in 1787 of stealing 10 yards of printed cotton material and sentenced to be hanged. Two weeks later the sentence was commuted to transportation. Ann arrived in New South Wales in January 1788 and formed an association with George Bannister, a convict. They had a daughter in 1789 and were sent to Norfolk Island in 1790. In 1791, Ann formed an association with William Dring. They were married in November 1791. They had three children, 1792-1796. The family returned to Sydney, New South Wales, in November 1794. After 1796, William disappeared from the records and may have died. Ann formed an association with Thomas Jones (ca. 1770-1854), a convict, ca. 1797. He later changed his name to Thomas Huxley. They had ten children, 1798-1818. Thomas was granted land in the Hawkesbury district, near Pitt City, in 1798. Ann died at Lower Colo, New South Wales, in 1851. Most children and grandchildren lived in New South Wales.
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