Frances Hamilton (1816–)

Irish convict woman tried and convicted at the Glasgow Court of Justiciary, Scotland in 1833 and sentenced to seven years transportation per George Hibbert (1834) for “man robbery.” It appears FRANCES may have committed this crime with an accomplice and that accomplice was likely her older sister, MARY ANN HAMILTON. In the colony, FRANCES was sent to the Hunter Valley region and became the wife of convict JOHN COOK who had been transported for life per Norfolk (1) (1825). She was repeatedly sent to gaol in Newcastle over the following decades; periods of incarceration that included the Parramatta Female Factory on at least one occasion, as we know she gave birth to ELLEN COOK at the Factory.


Names

  • Colloquial: FANNY HAMILTON
  • Married name: FRANCES COOK
  • Alternate: FRANCES COOKS
  • Colloquial: FANNY COOK

Timeline

  • Born: 1816, County Antrim, Ireland
  • Tried and convicted of man robbery: 27 December 1833, Glasgow Court of Justiciary, Scotland
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per George Hibbert: 27 July 1834, Downs
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per George Hibbert: 1 December 1834, Port Jackson
  • Received Ticket of Leave: 1 July 1839, Maitland
  • Sought and was granted permission to marry JOHN COOK: 26 February 1840 / 11 March 1840, Maitland (both dates are recorded on different sources)
  • Daughter ELLEN COOK born: 6 April 1842, lying-in hospital, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter ELLEN COOK baptised: 10 April 1842, St. John’s Church, Parramatta
  • Received certificate of freedom: 22 October 1842, Maitland

Relationships

  • Sister of MARY ANN HAMILTON (still to be confirmed), convict per George Hibbert (1834)
  • Wife of JOHN COOK, convict per Norfolk (1) (1825)
  • Mother of ELLEN COOK

Occupation

  • Servant

Religion

  • Presbyterian

Sources

  • Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788–1849, (http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi, 2011), FANNY HAMILTON, accessed 3 October 2018.
  • Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788–1849, (http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi, 2011), MARY ANN HAMILTON, accessed 3 October 2018.
  • New South Wales Government, Butts of Certificates of Freedom. NRS 1165, 1166, 1167, 12208, 12210, reels 601, 602, 604, 982-1027, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales).
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney and Darlinghurst Gaol]. NRS 2519, Reels 854, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of convicts’ applications to marry, Series 12212, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Tickets of Leave, 1810–1875, Series: NRS 12202; Item: [4/4130], (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales).
  • Parish Baptism Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

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