Jane Knight (1802–1835)

JANE KNIGHT (I) was a convict woman tried and convicted at the Old Bailey, London on 10 September 1829 for stealing a large quantity of items from her mistress MAREE LOUISA REDE. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to fourteen years transportation per Roslin Castle (2) (1830). Her convict indents indicate that she had one child although it does not state that the child was on board.

In the colony, JANE was incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory where she gave birth to another child whom she named ELIZABETH KNIGHT. Baby ELIZABETH would only survive three months, dying at the Parramatta Female Factory in early May 1833.


Names

  • Married name: JANE KELLY

Timeline

  • Born: c. 1802, Hertfordshire, England
  • Stole a large quantity of items from her mistress MAREE LOUISA REDE: 14 July 1829
  • Tried and convicted for stealing from her mistress: 10 September 1829, Old Bailey, London
  • Plead guilty and was sentenced to fourteen years transportation: September 1829, Old Bailey, London
  • Embarked on the Roslin Castle (2): 17 February 1830
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Roslin Castle (2) with her daughter JANE KNIGHT (II): 3 March 1830, The Downs, England
  • Female convicts per Roslin Castle (2) begin to be advertised as servants in the colonial newspapers: 28 Jun 1830, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Roslin Castle (2) with her daughter JANE KNIGHT (II): 29 June 1830, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Disembarked from the Roslin Castle (2): 9 July 1830, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Assigned to Mr. JAMES RAYMOND Esq. of Sydney: 9 July 1830, Sydney, New South Wales
  • JOHN DUNN, an assigned servant to Mr. RAYMOND, committed to take trial for cutting and maiming fellow servant JOSEPH BULLEY, his love rival for the fair JANE KNIGHT: 18 August 1830, Sydney, New South Wales
  • An attempted robbery and murder of the RAYMOND family by former servant JOSEPH WOOLLEY and accomplice DAVID O’HARA: 11 February 1831, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Committed to gaol for trial for being an accessory in the burglary in the dwelling house of her master, JAMES RAYMOND Esq: 13 February 1831, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Tried along with JOSEPH WOOLLEY and DAVID O’HARA. WOOLLEY and O’HARA were found guilty of the robbery and sentenced to death, while JANE KNIGHT was acquitted and discharged: 6 June 1831, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sent to the Factory following her acquittal: 19 July 1831, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol “no further use of her services”: 13 August 1831, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to the Factory’s first class and returned to Government: 16 August 1831, First Class, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Committed to gaol: 30 January 1833, Sydney Gaol
  • Transferred to Factory first class: 1 February 1833, First Class, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter ELIZABETH KNIGHT born: 1 March 1833, lying-in hospital, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter ELIZABETH KNIGHT baptised: 7 April 1833, St. John’s Church, Parramatta
  • Daughter ELIZABETH KNIGHT died: c. 3 May 1833, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Daughter ELIZABETH KNIGHT buried: 3 May 1833, St. John’s Parish, Parramatta
  • Requested permission to marry emancipated convict EDWARD KELLY per Isabella I (2) (1822): 17 July 1834, Castlereagh, New South Wales
  • Permission to marry EDWARD KELLY granted: 19 July 1834, Castlereagh, New South Wales.
  • Daughter ELIZABETH KELLY either born or baptised: 22 July 1834, Castlereagh, New South Wales
  • JANE died in 1835, probably due to complications relating to giving birth to EDWARD KELLY (II): 24 June 1835
  • Buried: 1835, Richmond, New South Wales

Law Reports


Relationships

  • Mother of ELIZABETH KNIGHT
  • Wife of EDWARD KELLY (I) per Isabella I (2) (1822)
  • Mother of ELIZABETH KELLY
  • Mother of EDWARD KELLY (II)

Description

  • Height: 5 feet 2½ inches
  • Make: Slender
  • Complexion: Ruddy, slightly freckled / sallow
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Light brown
  • Education: Could both read and write
  • Marital status: single with one child

Religion

  • Protestant

Occupation

  • Cook

Multimedia


Sources

  • Home Office, Criminal Registers, Middlesex and Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales. Records created or inherited by the Home Office, Ministry of Home Security, and related bodies, Series HO 26, Piece: 35, Page: 131, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England).
  • New South Wales Government, Bound manuscript indents, 1788–1842, Series: NRS 12188, Item: [4/4015], Microfiche: 675, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol], Series: 2517, Reel 855, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol]. Series 2514. State Records Reel 851, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol]. Series 2514. State Records Reel 852, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Description books [Sydney Gaol], Series: 2517, Reel 855, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of convicts’ applications to marry, Series: 12212, Item: 4/4509, Page: 114 (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Registers of convicts’ applications to marry, Series: 12212, Item: 4/4512; Page: 139, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0), 10 September 1829, trial of JANE KNIGHT (t18290910-10), accessed 30 November 2018.
  • Parish Baptism Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • The Digital Panopticon (https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/, version 1.1), Jane Knight Life Archive (ID: obpt18290910-10-defend226), accessed 30 November 2018.
  • Shipping Intelligence. ARRIVALS,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 1 July 1830, p. 2.
  • Classified Advertising,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 1 July 1830, p. 1.
  • No title,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 8 July 1830, p. 3.
  • Police Incidents,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 19 August 1830, p. 3.
  • DARING ATTEMPT AT ROBBERY AND MURDER,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Tuesday 15 February 1831, p. 3.
  • Police Report,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Thursday 24 February 1831, p. 3.
  • Law Intelligence Supreme Court. IN BANCO,” The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), Monday 13 June 1831, p. 3.
  • Domestic Intelligence,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Wednesday 14 July 1830, p. 2.
  • Police Incidents,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Wednesday 18 August 1830, p. 2.
  • Domestic Intelligence. SUPREME COURT, TUESDAY,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Wednesday 2 March 1831, p. 2.

Lists

# Convict

# English

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Punishment: Fourteen Years Transportation

# Ship: Roslin Castle (2) (1830)

# Parramatta Female Factory