Mary Stevens1

F, #982, b. circa 1778, d. 26 July 1839
Relationship4th great-grandmother of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited30 May 2022
Name Variation Mary Stephens2 
Birth*circa 1778 Somerset3 
Conviction*28 March 1799 Ilchester, Somerset;
Stealing goods val. 30/- of Thomas Andrews4,5 
News-Arct*4 April 1799 "Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette", Bath, Somerset;
At the Assizes, for this county, which ended on Saturday at Taunton,
Mary Stevens, and Thos. Conway, for stealing cotton;
were sentenced to seven years transportation6 
Transported*12 June 1801 "Earl Cornwallis", Sydney, NSW, Australia7 
Muster 1806*20 August 1806 Nepean, NSW, Australia;Mary Stephens, "Earl Cornwallis", Prisoner, Housekeeper, John Lees8 
Muster 180620 August 1806 Nepean, NSW, Australia;Mary Stephens, "Earl Cornwallis", Convict, 1 male, 2 female natural children9 
Marriage*20 December 1809 St Philips Church, Sydney, NSW, Australia;John Leese & Mary Stephens by banns;Groom=John Lees2 
Married Name20 December 1809 Mary Lees2 
Cert-Freedom*5 January 1811 NSW, Australia;
No.: 5/442
Name: Mary Stevens
Where Tried: Ilchester
When: March 1799
Sentence: Seven Years
Ship: E. Cornwallis
When Arrived: 1801
When term expired: March 1806
Date of Certificate: 5 Jany 181110 
Death of Spouse28 August 1836 Nepean, NSW, Australia;Principal=John Lees11,12 
Death*26 July 1839 Christ Church, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;
Name: Mary Stevens
Abode: Castlereagh
When Died: 26th July 1839
When Buried: 27th July 1839
Age: 64
Quality or Profession (if bond, name of ship): Royal Admiral, Widow to John Lees
By whom the ceremony was performed: Henry Fulton13 


John Lees b. c 1777, d. 28 Aug 1836


  1. [S1664] Ancestry Convict Transportation Registers, online, Mary Stevens "Earl Cornwallis."
  2. [S1570] NSW Early Church Records 1788-1855, V1809893 3A/1809 marriage John Leese & Mary Stephens.
  3. [S1411] Gransden Family Web Page.
  4. [S1222] Convicts to Australia.
  5. [S47] Merle Kavanagh. John Lees the Chapel Builder.
  6. [S1688] Findmypast British newspapers, online, Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, April 4, 1799.
  7. [S1307] The Port Jackson Convicts Anthology.
  8. [S1323] General Muster of NSW 1806 for Sydney, Australia.
  9. [S1322] Marsden's Female Muster 1806 for Sydney, Australia.
  10. [S1398] Certificate of Freedom.
  11. [S1223] NSW Deaths 1788-1975.
  12. [S1241] Penrith City e-history.
  13. [S1480] Christ Church Castlereagh Burial Register.
  14. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes.
  15. [S1220] NSW Baptisms 1788-1855.