ELIZABETH VANDERCOM (nee Evans)
Lady Penrhyn c1759 -
September 1820, aged 60.
was sentenced at the Old Bailey (London Court) on 13 December
1786 to transportation for seven years for theft of three pounds of tea
from a shop. When pursued, she said a second woman had given her the tea
to hold, she claimed she was never in the shop. On 6 January 1787, aged
27, Elizabeth was delivered to Lady Penrhyn from Newgate. She was
identified as Elizabeth Jones alias Evans, on the muster taken by
Major Ross at Portsmouth on 13 March 1787.
Jones (Evans) had a child by the name Jane (Jenny) Jones.
Elizabeth Evans and Jane Jones both went to Norfolk Island by H.M.S
Supply on 4 March 1790.
November 1794, when Elizabeth Evans returned to Port Jackson, she was
granted 20 acres at Concord, which she sold to James Williamson
as agent for Charles Mann. In the very early 1800s she had held a
lease for a Sydney lot which was 60 by 100 feet at 2s.6p per annum; she
was self-supported and kept nine pigs. In 1802 she still held the lease
on the Sydney lot, and purchased another 25 acres, eight of them
cleared, two sown in wheat and five ready for planting maize. At this
time she appeared to be living alone.
she met James Vandercom, whom she married in Sydney on 2 February
1810. They had one male child designated illegitimate. Her daughter Jane
Jones, at that time was a young woman, living her own life elsewhere.
Elizabeth held only a quarter of an acre as garden and orchard, owned
five hogs and had 17 bushels of wheat and maize in hand. She died in
Sydney on 27 September 1820, aged 60.
This information, which appears on the grave stone of Mary Marshall at
the First Fleet Memorial Garden at Matraville, is based on research by