Rebecca Bolton/Boulton c1760—1788
Rebecca Bolton (indicted thus spelt
Boulton in other records) aged 23 and wife of Thomas
Bolton of Thimbleby, Links, confessed to theft of
clothing from the house at Withcall in which she was a
servant, and was sentenced to transportation to America
for seven years on 8 May 1784 at the quarter Sessions of
Lindsey at Spilsby, Links. As Rebecca Gibson she had
married Thomas Bolton, a laborer, at Panton, Links in
On 30 December 1786 the gaoler wrote to
Evan Nepean to say “(she) has a Female Child about 8
months old, should be glad you’d inform me whether the
child can go with the Mother, she being very desirous to
Permission was sent on 22 March 1787, but
though she had been ordered to Portsmouth for
embarkation on Prince of Wales on 16th with
three other women (Mary Harrison, Mary Groves and Mary
Pinder, qv), the infant Rebecca was not actually
delivered until the 25th at 8 pm when the
Turnkey of Lincoln Gaol brought on board four female
convicts and a child.
Rebecca senior and baby Rebecca survived
the journey but lived in their new homeland for a short
time. Rebecca Bolton senior died and was buried at
Sydney Cove on 21 April 1788. Her child also named
Rebecca died one week later.
Infant child Rebecca Bolton/Boulton,
Rebecca junior was born in Lincoln Gaol
around April 1786, went with her mother Rebecca Bolton
senior (qv) on Prince of Wales. Young Rebecca was buried
at Sydney Cove on 28 April 1788.
In Memory of
Rebecca Senior and Infant Rebecca
They left their mark far from home.
Thankfully Mother and daughter are united
Infant Rebecca had little time to run,
play and learn.
Both are now at peace.
Founders of Australia. M. Gillen.
Verse by J. Mortimer # 6409