Some recent research by descendents has now found that a Sarah was born in the village of South Hanningfield in Essex in November 1768. Her parents were Thomas and Sarah GOODSON.
Sarah GOODSON married Edward REYNOLDS at Chelmsford in November 1785. They had six children that we know of, four of whom accompanied her on board the female convict ship William Pitt, which arrived in Sydney in April 1806. The eldest daughter Sarah, and son, Edward, remained in England.
As well as 120 female convicts, the free passengers on this ship included Gregory Blaxland and his family. It has been suggested that Sarah and perhaps her eldest daughter Mary Ann, were the two servants listed as travelling with the family.
Sarah must have had a liaison during the 220 day voyage as she had another daughter born in July 1806. According to our new research, she would have been 37.
In September 1808, Sarah Reynolds advertised in the Sydney Gazette -
CAUTION - It having been reported to me that Edward Reynolds of Hawkesbury, has tendered a security in his own behalf upon a House situated on the Rocks at Sydney, the same being my property, I do hereby warn all persons against accepting any security whatever thereupon, as the said Edward Reynolds has no title to, or property in the said house, which was purchased on my account, of and from one Michael Keaton, and so registered in due form.
They had divorced in July 1807.
Her two elder daughters married in Sydney in 1807 and 1812. Her son David sailed for Hobart Town in 1813. In 1814, Sarah auctioned her house at 58 Gloucester Street in The Rocks and returned to England with her two younger daughters on board the whaler Seringapatam, arriving at Gravesend in February 1815. Her elder daughter and son both married in 1814 so perhaps she returned to be with them.