Phillis SKINNER - Convict Number 70514

Phillis was born on the 24 February 1820 in Lytchett Minster, Dorset, England.  She was the daughter of John SKINNER and Elizabeth BROWN, and was one of ten children.

On the 2 December 1833, Phillis was tried before Sergeant Arabin for stealing 'Two sheets and a blanket, the property of Joseph Millige; a counterpane, and other articles, the property of Richard Macey Ross; two sheets, and other articles, the property of Sarah Payter; a coal skuttle, and other articles, the property of James Decaisne'.  She was found guilty on all four charges and was sentenced to be transported for 14 years.  Phillis departed Woolwich, England on the 'Edward' on the 5 May 1834, arriving in Van Diemen's Land on the 4 September 1834.

Information from Description List CON18/23

Name:                                 Phillis Skinner
Trade:                                 Plain Cook
Height:                                5' 1/2"
Age:                                    20
Complexion:                        Fresh
Head:                                  Small
Visage:                                Oval
Forehead:                           Medium Height
Eyebrows:                          Brown
Eyes:                                  Dark Hazel
Nose:                                  Sharp
Mouth:                                Medium Width
Chin:                                   Small

Skinner, Phillis, 'Edward' 4th September 1834.  Middlesex Goal 28 November 1833. 14**.  Transported for stealing sheets, Gaol Report not known, 4 indictments.  Single.  Stated this offence, pawning a coal skuttle from my lodgings, tried on 4 indictments, acquitted on two - Single - 1 child, 6 months on board***.  Surgeons Report -  'indifferent'.

March 16, 1835 - Stone/Absconding and being found on the Paddock, and in Puzerfs Public House and making use of indecent language.  C Class two months the 1st of which at the Wash Tub/P.S.

August 24, 1835 - Dean/Clandestinely leaving her masters premises after the family had retired to rest.  3 months in the crime clafs/W Gunn.

August 20th, 1836 - Home/Absent all night without leave, Crime Clafs 1 month/W Gunn.

3 May 1841 - Wife of D Langley/Absent from her husbands house at night & keeping company with another man.  Three months hard labour, House of Correction, then return to her husband/P.J.

The Lieut Governor has been pleased to remit the remainder of this woman's punishment sentence vide ? of P.S. 24 July 1841 - ?  24.11.42

Recommended to the Queen for a Conditional Pardon in the Austn Cobt 25/5/45

12 May 1845  YL/Using obscene language - fined 5/-    /J.P?  Approved 5/1/46.

? 8 Nov 47  ?  29/11/47

Legend:

**   Despite Phillis giving her age as 20, she was in fact only 14.  My guess is that she upped her age to keep her child with her.

***  Burial Record:  Burials in the Parish of Hobart Town in the County of Buckinghamshire in the Year 1834.
No 1445 - Jane SKINNER
Abode - Hobart Town from Factory
When Buried - 13th October 1834
Age - 8 months
Quality or Profession - Convict's Child.
I am sure that this is the child Phillis had with her on the ship when she arrived in VDL.

(?)  I am unsure of the previous word.

?    I am unable to decipher this word at all !!

Phillis married
David LANGLEY on the 26 September, 1836 in Hobart.

They had five children:  Amelia born 2 September 1837, David born 1839, Sophia born 5 December 1841, Sarah born 31 January 1844, and another daughter born on the 21 December 1846.  I have been unable to discover the name of this child.
David Langley left VDL sometime after 1846 and went to San Francisco where he remarried, and had more children.

Phillis' 2nd Marriage:

On the 27 February 1854, in Hobart, Phillis married Daniel EVANS.  They had one daughter, Jane, born on the 28 December 1851.  [You will note that Jane was born some 2 years before Phillis and Daniel married.]  Jane, I believe married Wilford DODD on the 14 February 1870, in Hobart, but I have no documented proof of this.

Daniel EVANS died on the 9 August 1859 at Hobart.  His death certificate states his age as 57 years, Trade as Tinsmith, birthplace as Wales, and the cause of death as 'Chronic Disease of the Kidneys'.  The death was registered on the 10 August 1859 by Phillis EVEANS [note the change of spelling], wife, of Bathurst Street, Hobart.

Phillis' 3rd Marriage:

Joel ORME was Phillis' 3rd, and final husband.  Phillis EVEANS [note that spelling again] and Joel were married on the 17 July 1861 at the Chalmers Free Presbyterian Church in Hobart.  Joel was also a convict.  He was a boatman, or Whaler.

I am unaware of any children of this union, and I have no record for the death of Joel ORME.  Phillis Skinner died on the 06 January 1872 at Argyle Street, Hobart.   Her death entry is under the name Phillis Holmes, Whalers Wife.  As Joel Orme was a Boatman, or Whaler, I am convinced this is her death entry.
Other Convicts:
David LANGLEY
Richard PINNUCK
Joel ORME
James PORTER
George BASELL
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