Mary Hyde was born
(or baptised) on the 19 February 1779, at Halesowen, Worcestershire, England. Halesowen has now been swallowed up by the city
of Birmingham, but would have been a small country town at that time. Her parents were Edward Hyde and Sarah Blunn, both born
at Halesowen. Mary was tried on the 21 March 1796, and convicted of theft at Warwick Assizes. Despite an appeal lodged with
petitions confirming her good character, Mary was sentenced to 7 years transportation. She left Portsmouth in January 1798,
on Britannia II, a vessel of 301 tons. The ship arrived in Sydney on the 18 July 1798. There were 96 female convicts on board
the ship, and two died on the voyage. The master was Robert Turnbull. Mary had already been in custody for 2 years. Mary was
transported under the name Sarah Blunn, which is her mother’s maiden name. It seems it was common in those days for
convicts to use an alias to protect their families at home.
Jean Marginson wrote
an article called An Ancestress, in 1974. In it she describes her search for Mary Hyde’s forbears. The details following
are from this article.
a letter to Sarah Ramsay (Louisa’s sister, married to David Ramsay) revealed that Louisa Lord, who had married Alexander
Dick, went to Birmingham to visit her grandmother. A search of the 1841 census found Sarah Hide, born Halesowen age 85, of
“independent means”, and living in Halesowen with her daughter Ann and son in law, John Hall who was a nail forger.
A search of Parish records found Sarah Hide’s birth, and her marriage to Edward Hide on the 4 September 1778, by licence.
Sarah had been born Sarah Blunn, daughter of James Blunn and Eliza, his wife. The same register shows Mary Hide’s baptism
as 19th February 1779.
and Sarah Blunn both signed their allegations for licence by mark, and both stated they were 22 years old. Sarah was baptised
on 7 October 1755, and died in August 1841 in Halesowen. James Blunn was buried at Halesowen on 8 December 1780, but Jean
found no record of Eliza’s death. Edward and Sarah Hide had a son John baptised in 1781, and a daughter Ann, born about
1800. Within this large gap could have been the birth of William Hyde, who travelled to Australia as master of the “Wave”,
arriving on 2 December 1828. (IGI records show his birth as 1783). He wrote to
the Colonial Secretary asking for a grant of land on 26 February 1828. The Wave left Sydney for Hobart, arriving on the 17
January 1828, with Captain Hyde, his wife, Mary Weston, as passengers. The cargo was assigned to Captain Hyde.
William and Mary Hyde’s son
Augustus married Melanie Sarah Lord, the daughter of Simeon and Mary’s son Robert Charles Lord. Their daughter Lucy
married Edward Lord, Simeon and Mary Lord’s son.
(This complicated relationship has been
proved not to be true, although Jean Marginson had some belief that the families were linked. Melanie Sarah Lord married
Abel Hyde, and there does not seem to be a connection between these two families.
It seems that there was a William
Hyde that travelled to Australia, but he may not have been the same William Hyde that was captain of the "Wave".
More research is being done on this!)