John Levett (born abt 1804), Abigail Brown (born abt 1815, died abt 1834) and Mary Anne Clarke
John Levett came as a convict from Suffolk, on bond - nature of his crime not yet known. He was tried in the Suffolk Assize on 27 March 1824 - receiving a life sentence. He was described as being 5'7.5" tall (quite tall in those days), brown hair, hazel/grey eyes, pale complexion (ill on arrival), 20 years old.
He arrived in Australia on 27 October 1824 (Port not yet confirmed, but believed to be Hobart, Tasmania), on the ship "Mangles". Came to Sydney on the "Defiance", a coastal ship from Hobart, Tasmania, as a free person. On arrival in Sydney he was assigned to John Coghill for 9 years.
He married his first wife, Abigail Brown in 1833 (Abigail was aged 18 years at the time they applied for marriage.
John and Abigail had one son
John Henry Levett was born December 24, 1833 in the County of Argyle. He married Mary Anne Clarke* in about 1850 (no marriage record has yet been found to confirm this) and they had two children, Arthur Wellesley Levett and Aidelong V E Levett.
It is presumed that Abigail died in childbirth, or shortly therafter (no death certificate has yet been located to confirm this) as he married Mary A Clark in 1836.
|John and Mary had
John Levett was a gardener at an early historic home called "Oldbury" (shown right, established in Sutton Forest, half an hour south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands circa 1826 - this estate recently sold for $6.2 million dollars).
| He also worked as a
gardener at Inverary Park (shown left),
a property established in 1823 by a naval surgeon, Dr David Reid, who had
made several voyages to the colony on convict ships before deciding to
become a settler. Inverary is situated in the county of Argyle, near the
town of Bungonia, 121 miles from Sydney, NSW, and 41 miles from Bong Bong.
In 1839 John applied for a Conditional Pardon.
John Levett is believed at this stage to have died in 1872 in Tumut (Documents have been ordered to confirm this).
*The John Levett and Mary A Clark/e double unions - coincidence or mistake?
I have spent considerable time endeavouring to confirm that John Levett and his son John Thomas Levett did indeed both marry women called Mary A Clark/e.
The case for
The case against
I have ordered the marriage documents of John Levett's two marriages, to obtain further information which may help solve this puzzle.