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A history of the Fleming, Jolliffe, Kessey and Murphy families of New South Wales - and their forebears

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Frances Heazel

b. 1812, d. 5 April 1895

Person Exhibits

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)

Residence information

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 John and James traveled to on 27 August 1836. convict ship "Earl Grey"||"The convicts were embarked in two groups - 91 at Kingstown and 192 at Cork, plus 'five free boys (the sons of convicts in the Colony)'. So the ship sailed on 27th August with 384 persons on board."
"Sentry duty was carried out around the clock and the men on guard were regularly inspected by the officer in charge. Soldiers could be reported and punished for such offences as insolence, quarrelling, dirty weapons, sitting down while on guard, sleeping on guard or talking to the prisoners"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


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] Surgeon's 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.
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Last Edited21 August 2018