Ann Smith (c.1750-1837)

Ann Smith is one of St John’s First Fleeters and, according to her death notice “the first English woman who landed here.” Ann had reportedly accompanied her first husband John Smith “during the American War,” that is the American Revolutionary War otherwise known as the War of Independence. It is not known what happened to her husband during the war, but by 1 March 1785 Ann was on trial in Winchester, Hampshire, England for stealing to the value of 320 shillings. She was sentenced to seven years transportation and held on the Dunkirk along with her infant daughter, also called Ann (1785-1791)until they could both be transported to the Colony of New South Wales on the First Fleet ship Charlotte (1788).

Ann bore a son named Thomas, to fellow First Fleeter Patrick Burn, per Friendship (1788), and later became the partner of another First Fleeter and shipmate who happened to have the same surname as her former husband: William Smith. When William died in 1830, he willed his farm, “Ann’s Place,” to his “loving wife.”  “Mrs. Ann Smith, Relict of Mr. William Smith,” died at Seven Hills at the age of 87 on 24 September 1837 and was buried two days later on 26 September 1837. Her grave is unmarked, therefore its exact location in the cemetery is unknown, but according to the newspaper notice of her death in the Sydney Monitor, “her remains were followed to the grave by a numerous circle of relatives and friends, especially all old hands who knew her.”


Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Relationships

  • Spouse of John Smith
  • Parent of Ann Smith
  • Partner of Patrick Burn (convict per Friendship (1788))
  • Parent of Thomas Smith/Burn (son of Patrick Burn)
  • Spouse of William Smith (convict per Charlotte (1788))

Positions

  • Convict Charlotte (1788)

Multimedia

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Family Notices: Deaths,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW: 1828 – 1838), Wednesday, 4 October 1837, p.3


Sources

  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p.441
  • Trove
  • Genealogical Research to follow up
  • UOW First Fleet

Lists

# American Revolutionary War

# First Fleet

# Convict

# Hulk: Dunkirk

# Ship: Charlotte (1788)

# Burial year: 1837

# Grave: unmarked