Henry Millard, William Sturman, Lydia Sanders

Millard, Sturman and Sanders, all of Eversholt, were convicted of sheep stealing and sentenced to death in 1829. Being condemned to death must have come as a bit of a shock. None of them had any previous convictions. The sentence for all of them is recorded in the record of the court, with a note that the death sentence was commuted to transportation for 7 years. [This image is from Ancestry.com, whose Ts&Cs seem to allow publication of individual records as part of a history. Click on the image for a bigger version.]

Millard court

Henry Millard was 27, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and pale complexion. William Sturman was 22, 5 feet 7 inches, with brown hair and a “sallow” complexion. Lydia Sanders (or Saunders) was 19 years old, 5 feet 1 inch tall, with dark brown hair and a complexion described as “brown”.
Their trial was reported in the Times for 3 August 1829 [kudos to Bedfordshire Libraries for access. Click on the image for a bigger version.]:

Millard and Sturman are recorded on the vessel Manlius in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on 23 April 1830. Millard was “Assd [assigned?] to B Horne Esq.” in the convict muster for 1830 and again in 1832. He was given a ticket of leave in 1835.  Sturman was recorded as “Assd to Mr A Gatonby” in 1832. [Sorry, Ancestry login required to access those records. They’re not very interesting,anyway!]
Lydia Sanders (or Saunders) was recorded on 3 November 1829 in Van Diemen’s Land on the ship Eliza.
There is a notice in the small ads of the Hobart Town Courier for 8 July 1836 stating that they were now free. [Much thanks to the National Library of Australia!]
The Graves of Tasmania site states that Lydia was born on 15 Oct 1809 in Toddington, that her parents were Thomas Sanders and Mary Fensham, and that she married Thomas Wright on 31 March 1838 inLaunceston, Tasmania. The site gives no source for this information, however. Contrarily, Ancestry provides this record:

Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1949 about Lydia Saunders

Name: Lydia Saunders
Spouse Name: Thomas Wright
Marriage Date: 21 Nov 1831
Marriage Place: Tasmania
Registration Place: Longford, Tasmania
Registration Year: 1831
Registration Number: 1780
If Lydia married in 1831, she was still a convict. It’s not clear this is the right person, though.
Ancestry also provides an 1841 census record for a Thomas Sanders in Toddington. He was 72 then, making him born about 1769. He’d have been 40 when Lydia was born (if indeed he was the right person).

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