|Orphan:||Mary Ann REID|
|Age when admitted:||4yrs|
|Date admitted:||24 Jun 1834|
|Date discharged:||8 Oct 1841|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||father, prisoner, lives at Bothwell with Capt Wood|
Maryann Reid, my 4th Great Aunt was one of 5 daughters of William Reed, convict who arrived on the Asia in 1824 and Margaret (nee Aldridge). Her elder sisters, Sarah and Jane (the latter my 4th great grandmother, AKA Reid) arrived about 2 years later with their mother from Chipping Sodbury as assisted immigrants and the family was able to live and work together at Dennistoun under Capt. Patrick Wood.
Two more sisters, Matilda born 1828 and Eliza, possibly 1829 were born and a son John, Nov 1830 who died three weeks after birth. Maryann may have been born as early as Jan 1830. The three younger daughters, Matilda, Eliza and Maryann were sent to the orphanage in July 1834 following the death of their mother in May 1834 and the untimely incarceration of their father who stole a horse from Capt. Wood in March 1834 which led to a 7 year stint at Port Arthur (the original sentence was death but was commuted to 7 years). Maryann and her sisters were released back to their father in Oct 1841.
While there is plenty of documentation of Sarah, Jane and Matilda marrying, having families and living long lives, there is virtually no documentation as to what happened to Maryann and Eliza after their release. It is not confirmed that this Maryann is the same Maryann Reid (parents William and Margaret Reid of Clyde) who married William Jackman, a former convict and ended up dying in Queenstown, Tasmania. Documentation shows Maryann of Clyde was born in 1827 but Maryann of Bothwell (living at Norwood at the time), was listed as 4 years old when she was admitted to the orphanage in 1834. Perhaps she was really 7 and the written 7 was interpeted as a 4. If this is the case, then Maryann Reid/Jackman could by the same as young Maryann who was sent to the orphanage. The research continues.