Ann Hay and David Howard

As already noted after William Henry Hudson’s death Ann Hay married again to a David Howard. David had arrived in the colony in 1824 aboard the Phoenix as a convict on its second voyage to the colony. It would appear someone felt they were able to link David to his ancestral family back in England, as it has been recorded that David was born on 22 July 1804 in Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England to Samuel Howard and Mary Gray.1 Oddly enough this information was recorded in the International Genealogical Index maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but has since been removed.

David was convicted of Highway Robbery and sentenced to Transportation for Life. His Convict Conduct Record follows:

602: Howard, David: Phoenix (2) 14 July 1823 = Life

[Written across the face of the text]
Transported for Highway Robbery
Gaol Report: Good
Hule Report: do (ditto)
Stated this offence: Highway Robbery
Viz.(?) W[illia]m Dore. Lived at Stoke Common
Labouring Lad. Took 5£ of ???
Buckinghamshire near B(?)onfield
T[rade]: Labourer. Lived with a Justice of the Peace named Freeman near Stoke Common. Lived last with Mr. Beach near ???
Worked last with Mr. Cowley - Brickfield.

Oct 26 1833 TB | Having in his posession 5 bags the prop[erty] of Mrs D---- supposed to have been stolen - charge dimissed | APM

July 7th 1836 TL | Beating a Cow belonging to Mr. [or W.] Pybus which died in consequence - case disch[arged] | APM

Conditional Pardon No 1113 12 Oct 1836

SC 1 June 1837 | Again tried & convicted in the Colony Supreme Court 1 June 1837 & sentenced to transportation for life. Transported for stealing one sheep value 26' the property of some farmer or farmers unknown | Port Arthur for 4 years & his conduct to be reported ---- Col[onial] Sec[] 15 June 1837 | 15/10/[18]44

Recom[mende]d for a C[onditional] Pardon 2.2.[18]47

---5.[18]37 Gaol | 19.7.[18]37 Port Arthur | ---16/7/[18]37 --- | 9/8/[18]39 C[ircular] Head | 7/3/[18]45 Off 23/5/[18]45 | ?HB 10/7/[18]45 | -- 14/11/[18]45 | -- 9/1/[18]472

We need to backtrack here to fill in the gaps between the officially recorded dates. The conduct record appears to have been transcribed as an afterthought, and includes no information for the first 10 years of David's tenure in the colony, even though we know his ticket of leave was issues in July 1832:

Secretary's Office, July 3, 1832,

Tickets of Leave have been granted to the undermentioned persons:
Isaac Frith, 247. Phoenix S. William Smith, 602, do. James Jacobs, 263, do. Thomas Wiggins, 58?, do. David Howard 602, do.3

The last dated offence regarding sheep stealing was also reported in the paper:

David Howard and Richard Clanson were examined and remanded, on a charge of sheep stealing to a great extent.4

The following month the decision was handed down:

David Howard and Richard , Clancy, were each sentenced to be transported for life, for stealing the carcasses of five sheep, the property of "W. Gellibrand, Esq., of South Arm.5

David spent just over two year at Port Arthur before being assigned to the VDL Co. at Circular Head in August 1839. The first mention of David Howard in the VDL Co.'s records occurs in a letter from the Company Manager Edward Curr to Adolphus Schayer Esq. on 26 Dec 1839, Curr wrote:

We are so very short of useful men that I find I cannot possibly send you more than three sheep shearers. Namely: David Howard, a first rate hand [and later in the same letter] David Howard is an excellent shipwright, he can therefore do a little carpenter’s work for you, in case of need.”6

In the Monthly Return from Woolnorth for December 1839 compiled by Adolphe Schayer David Howard is an assigned servant working as a Sheep Shearer.7 In the Monthly Return from Woolnorth for January 1840 David Howard is an assigned servant working as a Labourer and Carpenter.8 On 10 February 1840 Edward Curr writing to Adolphus Schayer noted that:

With respect to Howard, you may retain him on the condition of your sending a man in his place to get shells, making some arrangement for the man being returned to Woolnorth from the West Hunter.”9

No doubt the shells were required to make quicklime, “an extremely useful commodity, being used as the mortar for building ‘stone and lime’ walls, for plaster, for whitewash, for sterilising and for agriculture.”10

In the Monthly Returns from Woolnorth for February, March, April and May 1840 David Howard is an assigned servant working as a Carpenter.11 On 16 Sep 1840 Edward Curr to Adolphus Schayer writes:

“I will either spare you Howard as a carpenter, or some better one.”12

On 20 October 1840 Edward Curr followed up the earlier letter to Adolphus Schayer with the following:

I will send you one of our ship carpenters, most likely Philip Acorn. His clothing dates from 21st June 1839. He receives here the pair of boots due this day. He is a better carpenter than Howard, and in point of character much the same.”13

Strangely enough David Howard does not appear in the Woolnorth records until 12 February 1844 in a letter from James Gibson to Sam J. Dyer:

David Howard says he was promised some gratuity for taking care of a flock of sheep some years ago. Perhaps you can give me some information on the subject.”14

On 26 October 1844 in a letter from James Gibson to S. J. Dyer:

Mills, Liddiard and Deane have all been settled with, and in return for them I send the men named in the margin, who are to receive credit from this date at the rate of wages specified below each name [David Howard and Charles Young].”15

In the Monthly Return from Woolnorth for Oct 1844 David Howard is a hired servant working as a Shepherd.16 The change of class means that David had been given his conditional pardon and was now a free citizen. In the Monthly Returns from Woolnorth for Nov and Dec 1844 David Howard is a hired servant working as a Labourer.17 In 1848 David was granted a Pardon as reported in the Colonial Times of July:

Colonial Secretary's Office. 1st July, 1848.

It is hereby notified, that His Excellency has received a Despatch from the Right Honourable the Secretary of State, conveying Her Majesty's approval of Pardons, upon condition that they shall not return to or be found within the Countries in which they were severally convicted during the remaining term of their transportation:

David Howard, Phoenix 218

In April 1856 David Howard is recorded on an Alphabetical List of Persons entitled to be placed on the Electoral Roll for the division of Devon. He was recorded as a Freeholder of a house in the town of Stanley at Circular Head.19

David Howard married Ann Hudson (nee Hay) on 12 November 1860 in St. Paul's Church at Stanley with John Stay and Sarah Jacobs, Ann's sister, as witnesses. Ann was recorded as a widow, and David a farmer, both of full age. Both signed their names with a mark, indicating they couldn't write.20 The couple had 4 children.

Mary Ann Howard was born 23 May 1861 in Stanley and christened on 9 August 1861. David was recorded as a farmer at Highfield.21

Emily Barbara Howard was born on 5 December 1862 in Stanley.22 Emily’s middle name was the first name of her maternal aunt Barbara Hay who had married John Jacobs. Emily's christening registration, which occurred on 13 February 1863, has an entirely different entry, with her name recorded as Emilie Beatrice Howard. David was still recorded as a farmer at Highfield.23

David Samuel Howard was born on 24 October 1864 in Stanley.24 David’s middle name was the name of his paternal grandfather.

Fanny Rae Howard was born on 9 August 1866 in Stanley.25 Fanny’s middle name was the surname of her maternal grandmother.

Mary Ann Howard married John Henry Saward on 1 October 1877 in the public school at Montagu.26 John was the son of George Saward and his wife Louisa Williams.

David Samuel Howard died on 23 May 1880 in Stanley. The death registration noted he was 15 years and 7 months old, the son of David Howard. The cause of death was recorded as Typhoid Pneumonia. J. Horton, a labourer at Montagu, registered the event on 24 May 1880, probably the James Horton who married David’s half-sister Ann Barclay Hudson. 27

The following article, written 19 July 1882, is referring to Delia Howard, the wife of John Howard. There is no known relationship between the two families at this time.

A rather sudden death occurred in the Forest on the 4th inst. The wife of a settler named Howard, living on the South-road, was taken ill at noon on that day, and expired at 6 o'clock, Deceased, who was 51 years of age, had at times complained of palpitation of the heart, but was otherwise a strong and healthy woman. An inquest was held on Thursday, the 6th, before Mr. G. Anderson and a jury of seven. Evidence having been given by the husband and son of deceased, and Mr. S. B. Emmett, Dr. James Smith deposed that, after examination of the body, he was of opinion that death had resulted from congestion of the lungs. A verdict was, therefore, returned in accordance with the medical opinion.28

David Howard died on 2 June 1884 in Stanley, Tasmania. The cause of death was recorded as Senility. He was recorded as a farmer, aged 81, making his birth year about 1803. James Horton, the deceased’s son-in-law, registered the event by singing the register with his mark. James was living at Montagu. 29

Fannie Rae Howard married William Henry Wilson on 20 July 1885 in Burnie.30

Emily Barbara Howard married Albert Robert Latimer on 27 May 1896 in Burnie.31

Ann Howard (formerly Hudson, nee Hay) died on 30 January 1904 in Stowport, Tasmania.32


Mrs Annie Howard, an old resident of Stowport, died at the age of 84 years at the residence of her son, Mr W. Hudson, on Saturday. The cause of death was blood poisoning induced by a tumor. Deceased leaves one son and three daughters -Mrs W. Wilson, South Burnie, and Mesdames Horton and Lamerton, Forest, besides a number of grandchildren. The funeral will take place to-day, leaving Stowport at 10 a.m.33

  • 1. IGI Batch No. 7734210 and also reproduced on Jacobs, Dale: Early Tasmanian Names; Gencircles;
  • 2. AOT Convict Record CON 31/1/19
  • 3. The Hobart Town Courier Friday 6 July 1832
  • 4. Colonial Times Tuesday 9 May 1837
  • 5. Colonial Times Tuesday 6 June 1837
  • 6. Bruce, J. M.: Woolnorth : select documents, 1826-1845; Privately Published; 1994 p. 657 and transcribed from AOT VDL 23/8
  • 7. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 662 and transcribed from AOT VDL 62/1
  • 8. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 668 and transcribed from AOT VDL 62/1
  • 9. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 670 and transcribed from AOT VDL 23/9
  • 10.
  • 11. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 674, 682, 688 and 693 and transcribed from AOT VDL 62/1
  • 12. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 711 and transcribed from AOT VDL 23/10
  • 13. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 718 and transcribed from AOT VDL 23/10
  • 14. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 942 and transcribed from AOT VDL ???
  • 15. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 973 and transcribed from AOT VDL 23/12
  • 16. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 975 and transcribed from AOT VDL 62/1
  • 17. Bruce, J. M.: ibid p. 978 and 981 and transcribed from AOT VDL 62/1
  • 18. Colonial Times Friday 7 July 1848
  • 19. The Courier Tuesday 15 April 1856
  • 20. AOT Marriage Registration NS 884/1 and RGD 1860/71
  • 21. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1861/1269 and AOT Baptism Registration NS ????
  • 22. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1862/786
  • 23. AOT Baptism Registration NS ????
  • 24. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1864/995
  • 25. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1866/737
  • 26. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1877/414
  • 27. AOT Death Registration RGD 1880/348
  • 28. The Mercury Wednesday 19 July 1882
  • 29. AOT Death Registration RGD 1884/320
  • 30. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1885/106
  • 31. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1895/107
  • 32. TFI Death Registration RGD 1904/15
  • 33. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times Monday 1 February 1904