Sarah Lenton

Sarah Lenton
Born 1812 at St Ives, Sarah was married to Edward and had four children, her maiden name Mace. There was no sign of her husband and children at the time of the 1841 census when she was living in Bury,  a servant to John and Sarah Hine.

Of average height, Sarah had a fresh and freckled complexion, dark brown hair, a broad face with hazel eyes and a large mouth. She could read, but not write.

In July 1846 Sarah appeared at Huntingdon County Assizes, charged with stealing clothing from Sarah Bedford at St Ives. With a previous conviction for burglary, Sarah's sentence was transportation to Australia for ten years. Her case was reported by the Bedfordshire Mercury 25 July 1846.

Millbank Prison
Millbank Prison
Her move from Huntingdon gaol was reported by the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 8 August 1846. Sarah spent two months in Millbank prison. On 17 September 1846 she sailed aboard the Elizabeth and Henry from London, one of 171 female convicts. They arrived Hobart, Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) on 4 January 1847. Sarah was described as well behaved on voyage.

Initially Sarah was employed on a work gang for six months. In July 1848 she was sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labour, found out after hours in a field with a servant.

In June 1849 she was employed in the pottery business, Thomas Ball of Macquarie Street, Hobart. Another three months of imprisonment with hard labour followed in October 1849, for not proceeding to the depot according to her pass, and producing a pass with the date altered

Sarah obtained her Ticket of Leave in July 1851 and was pardoned in April 1854. There are no details of what happened to her thereafter.

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