Life in Port Dalrymple

Port Dalrymple (now Launceston)

Timeline for Elizabeth and John’s life in Port Dalrymple (now Launceston). Not a happy time. In one of the papers stating the children are to be removed she is described as “very poor”. The children were removed either because they were in danger from their parents or their parents could not support them. So, after arriving in 1820 …

1820 and 1821 Musters – Wife of J. Barefoot, Port Dalrymple. Free.
1821 Ann born ? (no record found of birth).
1824 Children removed and placed in orphanage: Eliza (10), John (8), Michael (6), Ann (3). Ellen (Helen) born this year but maybe too young to be removed from mother?
1825 Children removed and placed in orphanage: John (9), Michael (7), Ann (3). Bridget must have been born this year – perhaps she and Ellen too young to be removed from their mother?
1826 Children removed and put into orphanage in Launceston. Elizabeth (10), John (9),Michael (7), Ann (5), and Ellen (3). William born this year, maybe both he and Bridget too young to be removed?
1826 9 Aug – Wife of John Barfoot. Drunk and disorderly. Fined 5 shillings.
1826 8 Nov – Drunk and disorderly. Fined 5 shillings.
1826 9 Nov – Drunk and disorderly. To be placed in the stocks 2 hours and sent to the Factory at George Town for 1 month.
1826 27 Nov – Drunk in the streets of Launceston. To be confined to the stocks 3 hours.
1827 8 Mar – Repeatedly drunk and disorderly. To find sureties to keep the peace 3 months and sent to the Factory at George Town 1 month.
1827 16 Nov – Drunk and disorderly. To be sent to the Factory 1 month.
1828 25 Nov – Drunk and disorderly. 28 days in the Gaol as the House of Correction.
1829 22 Oct – Assaulting and threatening to beat Hannah Murphy (a neighbour). Charge dismissed.
1830 13 Aug – Elizabeth has left John. From the Launceston Advertiser:

1831 19 Sep – Drunkenness. Fined 5 shillings.
1833 11 Dec – Drunk. Fined 5 shillings.
183? 6 Sep – Being drunk. Fined 5 shillings.

no further record of Elizabeth has ever been found.

so… that’s all we have found about our 4th great grandmother Elizabeth, but there are still many, many unanswered questions… such as when she died!

Also remaining unanswered is where was Elizabeth BEFORE she was transported?
Perhaps a better question might be WHO was Elizabeth before she was transported.

To answer both of these questions we turn to DNA to start unlocking the mysteries of the past … here.

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