Frances Hamilton (1816–1873)

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.”

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. FRANCES died at Maitland Gaol in 1873.


Names

  • Colloquial: FANNY HAMILTON
  • Married name: FRANCES COOK
  • Alternate: FRANCES COOKE
  • 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 per George Hibbert: 1 December 1834, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Received Ticket of Leave: 1 July 1839, Maitland, New South Wales
  • Sought permission to marry JOHN COOK but was rejected: 26 February 1840, Maitland, New South Wales
  • Sought and was granted permission to marry JOHN COOK: 11 March 1840, Maitland, New South Wales
  • Married JOHN COOK: 30 March 1840, Maitland, New South Wales
  • Daughter ELLEN COOK born: 6 April 1842, lying-in hospital, Parramatta Female Factory, North Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Daughter ELLEN COOK baptised: 10 April 1842, St. John’s Church, Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Received certificate of freedom: 22 October 1842, Maitland, New South Wales
  • Died: 1873, Maitland Gaol, Maitland, New South Wales

Relationships

  • 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.
  • 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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