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Frances Heazel

b. 1812, d. 5 April 1895
Frances Reed (nee Heazel), circa 1885


Frances Heazel was born in 1812 in Canterbury. ||According to Luxford's "Reed Family History", "Frances was the daughter of Sergeant Major Benjamin Heazel and his wife Elizabeth, and was born at Canterbury in 1812"1,2


Family life

James Reed and Frances Heazel were married about 1830 in Sunderland.1,3,2

Children with James Reed (b. about 1810, d. 30 January 1898)

SonReed (d. before 1895)
DaughterAnn Reed (b. 6 June 1830, d. before 1895)
SonJohn Benjamin Reed+ (b. 1832, d. before 1895)
SonJames Reed (b. about 1835)
SonAlexander Reed (b. 10 July 1837)
DaughterEliza Emily Tobin Reed (b. October 1841)
DaughterSarah Ann Reed (b. 21 March 1844, d. May 1843)
DaughterPrudence Reed+ (b. 3 July 1846, d. 29 October 1940)
DaughterFrances Reed+ (b. July 1848)
SonGeorge Charles Reed (b. 1850)
DaughterMary Ann Reed (b. 1852)
DaughterJane Reed (b. June 1856)


Frances Heazel emigrated on 25 July 1836 at Deptford. convict ship "Earl Grey"||"James Reed and his family embarked on the "Earl Grey" on 25th July, 1836. The military party considted of 5 officers, a sergeant and 29 rank and file, 3 officers' wives, five women and seven children. There were 45 in the crew."
"According to Surgeon Evans, the ship was new and very damp, so several of the guard suffered 'catarrhal affliction'. To dry out the ship, fires were burnt between decks and the barracks and prison 'dry holy stoned with hot sand and lime' - this during the voyage from Deptford to Kingstown, Ireland, to embark the convicts."
"During the passage to Ireland little John Reed took sick with croup. ... The little boy was bled and given aperient powders to make him vomit, to the extent that his 'countenance became pale and sunk' and 'symptoms of sinking of the powers of life were manifest - the powders were discontinued...' - all on the first day! It took him two weeks to recover from this treatment."1
She immigrated on 31 December 1836 to Sydney, NSW, Australia. convict ship "Earl Grey"||"The ship arrived in Sydney on 31st December 1836. 'The weather proved remarkably fine and unusually dry' wrote the surgeon. The next day the convicts were marched to the Barracks to be inspected by the Governor (Sir Richard Bourke). The safe arrival of the ship and its assorted company was briefly reported in the Sydney Gazette. The officers and their wives are mentioned by name. James Reed, his wife and children are not mentioned - just '29 rank and file of the 28th, 50th and 80th Regiments, 5 women and 7 children'."1,4

Working life

  • Frances Heazel was associated with James Reed in 1844 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. a grocer||self||"Lew's 1844 Directory for the City of Sydney records James Reed, grocer, Barrack Lane."1
  • She was associated with James Reed in August 1846 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. a constable||Police||"Another baptismal record - Prudence, August 1846 (born July). The grocer had become a constable in Kent Street. Previously the babies were baptised in St James or St Philip's chirch, the two nearest the Barracks. Prudence was baptised at St Andrews which suggests that James was stationed at the watch immediately behind the still incomplete cathedral."1
  • She was associated with James Reed in July 1848 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. labourer||||"In July 1848 when ... Frances was born her father was a labourer, residing in Clarence Street. Occupation and residence remained unchanged until at least June 1856 when their last child Jane was born."1
  • She was associated with James Reed in February 1870 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. a publican||self||"Old James' last major venture was to take up 80 acres near Mt Oxley, on the main road (as it then was) to Dubbo via Gongolgon. There he established the Mountain House Hotel in February 1870"1

Residence information

Frances Heazel lived with James Reed in May 1835 in Liverpool, England. "The 80th Regiment was stationed in the Liverpool area from May, 1835. In September, the Diary records, 'the Regiment received orders to proceed to Chatham for embarkation in Convict Guards for New South Wales'.
"A senior officer wrote later, 'It was reported that the Regiment was to embark for New South Wales, but no one would believe it. We considered ourselves a crack regiment ... so fine a corps could not possible be sent on such a service'.
"Officers could make arrangements to leave the Regiment. Private James Reed had no choice."1
She lived with James Reed in January 1837 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "Until July, 1837 the Regiment was based at Sydney Barracks. It then moved its headquarters to Windsor. It supplied detachments to a variety of locations to act as guards for convict work gangs."1


Frances Heazel died on 5 April 1895 at age ~83 in Bourke. apoplexy||Luxford writes in "Reed Family History", "In their later years, (James and Frances Reed) lived with their daughter Sarah Ann and her husband Michael Brennan in North Bourke. The Brennan's fourth daughter Isabella was said to be the first white child born at North Bourke, in 1869. Frances died in April 1895 and James in January 1898, aged 88 and leaving, it was reported, nine surviving children, 'held in high esteem', 86 grandchildren and over 40 great grandchildren."1,2,5 She was buried on 7 April 1895 DETAIL in Bourke.2


  1. [S303] "Research Report: Reed family facts", 1986, Robert Luxford, to James Fleming (Sydney); Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  2. [S405] Death Certificate, Frances Reed, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1895 No 4274.
  3. [S326] Death Certificate, James Reed, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1898 No 5.
  4. [S384] Surgeons Journal, Earl Grey 1837, (MS, 1837); Archives Office of NSW; Kingswood.
  5. [S995] "Research Report: Reed Family Story Mystery Photograph Solved", 2015, James Michael Fleming, Fleming Family History Archive.
Last Edited21 August 2018