Martha gets married

In the last half hour, I have been chatting in Facebook with a relative Min who also is researching Martha. So I decided to go on where I have a world membership to see what I could find out about Martha before arriving in Tasmania.

Vercoe Hearns marriagesmlFirst step was finding her marriage to William Vico or similar. With such an unusual name that could be spelled a variety of ways, it was quite easy to find.

William Vercoe bachelor and Martha Hearn Spinster both of this parish

married in the church by banns on 5th or 8th December, 1833 by Edward John Smith – Curate

In the presence of William Taylor and Mary ??

Notice only William Vercoe could write his own name. The parish was Little Stanmore in Middlesex, England.

Here is a link to information about the church they were married in.

Source Citation:  London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Lawrence, Little Stanmore, Register of marriages, DRO/109, Item 016



Martha Hearn(s)

PCOM 1/39

Martha Vico was convicted for larceny at the old central criminal court on 2nd January 1839 in front of the third jury and Mr Sergeant Arabin. She stole a watch valued at one pound five shillings, a purse valued sixpence and two shillings, the goods and monies of William Leighton in Edgware.

Her husband William was a blacksmith.  She also had 12 months on the town. Her gaol report mentioned poor connexions, surgeon report was extremely insolent.

She was 5 feet 1 inch with ruddy complexion, high forehead and round head, with medium nose and mouth, hazel eyes, black eyebrows and brown hair.

She arrived on the Hindostan on 12 Sept 1839.

25 Sept 39 – She was moved on the government brig Tamar on her way to Launceston. She was given 12 days solitary confinement on bread and water for gross misconduct in going into the mens berths

26 Dec 1839 – drunk and disorderly in company with a man in back of a house in York Street – 2 months hard labour in the crime class in Female House of Corrections Launceston

18 April 1840 – absent without leave 14 days in cells on bread and water.

27 November 1840 – absent without leave – admonished

31 Dec 1840 – insolence to the chief district constable 12 months hard labour House of Corrections Launceston

Ticket of leave 4 Nov 1845

Free by servitude 31 December 1848

Certificate of freedom 2 Feb 1849


This is one relative I need to do some more research on. If I check the female convicts database, there might be more info there regarding the ??? marks in the above report.

OK Have now updated according to information in the database of female convicts.