In the Transcript of the proceedings of
the ‘Old Bailey’ ref: t17861213-136 Ann is listed as Ann
Sandlands, alias Lynes, Pattens
As ‘the wife of Hugh Sandlin’ she was
living with him in the parish of St John, Clerkenwell,
when charged at the ‘Old Bailey’ on 13 December 1786. On
that day she was indicted, for ‘she, on the 24 November
1786, did take away, with intent to steal, embezzle, and
purloin, one copper saucepan, value 3s; a tea kettle,
value 1s; a flat iron, value 6d; all the property of
sworn: I know the prisoner; I let the lodging to Hugh
Sandlin, and he brought this woman as his wife; they
stayed about five or six weeks before the robbery was
committed; on Friday, the 24th of November, I
lost a great number of articles of linen, out of the
yard, and on Saturday morning when the things were
missed, I immediately suspected the prisoner; I sent to
Justice Blackborow for a warrant to take her up on
suspicion; she had stripped the room of the things
mentioned in the indictment; my wife missed a blanket,
and she (the prisoner) owned she had pawned that two
doors off, and said if I would go with her, she would
get it out; I went with her in hopes of finding the
other things; I then missed nothing else out of the
room; she was committed for further examination, and on
the Sunday my wife went up-stairs, and missed the things
mentioned in the indictment; I went to Lucy the
sworn: I live in St John’s Street, Clerkenwell; I am a
pawnbroker; I have lived there about eight years; here
is a saucepan, a kettle, and a flat iron, which I
received of the prisoner at different times in November.
You are sure they were pledged by her?-Yes.
Whose did she say they were?-
She said they were her own property.
Court to Prosecutor.
Did Mr Sandlin leave the woman?-
No, not till she was committed; I found nothing against
the man; he is very honest hard working man; I heard her
say before Justice Blackborow, that her name was Ann
I did lodge in that gentleman’s house.
The verdict was swift: GUILTY, and the
sentence was TRANSPORTATION FOR SEVEN YEARS
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before
Ann was 30 years of age and so born about
1754; occupation:- needle work. She was delivered to the
‘Lady Penrhyn’ on 9th January 1787, her child
Hugh accompanying her. The child died while the fleet
lay at Portsmouth. Chaplain Marsden’s records have the
child 2 years of age at death.
Further research suggests that Ann may
have been the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Lyne
who had their daughter baptised at St Botolph’s
Bishopgate, London, on 17 April 1754. No record of a
marriage to Hugh Sandlin has yet been found, but
their son Hugh was baptised on 12th December
1785 at St Sepulchre’s, London.
As with all the others who arrived at
Sydney Cove on 26th January 1788 and the
joyous release of the female convicts on 15th February,
the son attributed to Richard Floan as father was
born on 17th September 1788 at Port Jackson.
The child Richard Hugh died two days later and may have
been the result of a liaison on that day. However an
earlier encounter with Floan on board the Lady
Penhryn is more likely.
At Port Jackson Ann gave birth to a
daughter Elizabeth by another sailor, John Winter
from Sirius. Elizabeth was baptised on 15 August
1790. Ann worked as a cook at the Sydney Orphanage and
received 8 Pound 8 Shillings wages for the year ended 3
August 1802 (as Sandilon). She married a William
Baker on 26 August 1795. I have not found any
reference to children of this marriage to date. Nor have
I traced Baker’s arrival to the colony. As Ann
Sandland, she was buried at Sydney on 2 January
1809, having drowned in Sydney Cove.
It is of some interest that her daughter
Elizabeth was described as an orphan having attended the
orphan school, and at the latter’s marriage to Thomas
Boulton on 10 August 1806 Henry and Diana Kable were
the witnesses and not her mother Ann. As Elizabeth was
under 18 at the date of her marriage permission to marry
was given by His Excellency Philip Gidley King, and the
ceremony was performed by Rev.