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Mary Ann (Callow) Greentree (1803 - 1874)

Mary Ann Greentree formerly Callow
Born in St George Colgate, Norwich, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 14 Sep 1829 in Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 70 in Windsor, New South Wales, Australiamap
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  • Mary Ann has used a number of different surnames - Carlow, Callar, Keller and McKeller


  • Mary Ann was born on 13 June 1803 in Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk, England
  • Her parents were John Callow and Hannah Watts.
  • She has 1 sibling - Thomas Watts


  • She was baptised on 10 July 1803 in the St. George's Church in Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk, England
  • Protestant - Church of England

Occupation in England

  • Housemaid


  • Mary was charged in January 1822 in the Norwich Petty Sessions, Norfolk, England
  • She wand a Rebecca Furness were charged with stealing 3 gowns, 2 shawls, a handkerchief, a tablecloth and an apron. This was valued at 1 pound 2 shillings.
  • They were both found guilty on 20 July 1822 and sentenced to 7 years transportation.


  • Mary was placed on board the convict ship "Mary" and it departed England on 10 June 1823.
  • They travelled via Hobart and arrived in Sydney on 18 October 1823.

Gaol in Australia

  • She was sentenced to gaol in Sydney, New South Wales.
  • She had been absent from her service.

Relationship with George Barry

  • Mary had a relationship with George Barry.
  • This may have started in 1823, but definitively was occurring in 1825 and 1826.
  • George Barry was a seaman and may have served on the ship Mary.
  • They had 1 child - Sarah Ann
  • George Barry had disappeared by 1827 - at sometime after Sarah Ann's baptism.

Female Factory

  • Between 1827 and 1828 George Barry was gone and Mary along with her daughter were living in the Female Factory at Parramatta.
  • A Female Factory is a combination of prison and work house for female convicts.
  • Mary and Sarah Ann were using the surname Callar.
  • On 2 September 1827 she was punished for being in an improper condition. This usually means she was pregnant but there was no record of a birth.

Certificate of Freedom

  • On 17 August 1827, after completing her 7 year sentence Mary was issued with her Certificate of Freedom.
  • Certificate No. 983 / 1829


  • Mary wished to marry a convict so they applied for permission to marry on 17 August 1829 and it was approved on 1 September 1829.
  • Mary married William Greentree on 14 September 1989 at St. John's Church (Church of England) in Wilberforce, New South Wales.
  • Mary was 26 years old and William was 46 years old.
  • William was a land holder in Wilberforce (he had a lease on the land)
  • Mary and William had 10 children - Henry, Thomas Henry, William, Harriet, George, Caroline, Reuben, Richard, Ann and Mary.
  • After the wedding William took Sarah Ann as his own child.
  • William died in 1855.


  • After her husband received his Certificate of Freedom, the family was allowed to leave the Wilberforce area. He may also have finished his lease on the land they looked after.
  • The family moved to the McGrath's Hill area

Death and Burial

  • Mary died at the age of 70 on 23 April 1874 in McGrath's Hill, New South Wales.
  • She died of a disease of the heart.
  • She was buried on 25 April 1874 at Windsor Cemetery, New South Wales.


  • Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 / Mary Ann's birth and baptism.
  • New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849 / Muster of the convict ship Mary, with conviction date.
  • Australian Convict Index, 1788-1868
  • New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta Baptisms / Sarah Ann's Baptism with parents Mary Caller and George Barry,
  • 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census
  • New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 / 25 November 1824
  • New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828-1830, 1838-39
  • Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 / Volume VB

Marriage NSW BDM Index 4658/1829 V18294658 3B GREENTREE WILLIAM married CALLOW MARY (CM) (CM=Church of England Wilberforce)

  • Marriage "Australia Marriages, 1810-1980," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), William Greentree and Mary Callow Or Carlow, 14 Sep 1829; citing Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia, reference ; FHL microfilm 993,950. William Greentree married Mary Callow Or Carlow 14 September 1829 at Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia
  • History of William Greentree 1783 to 1855 by Margaret Parkes.

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