Conviction of Henry and Susannah

The conviction

Henry Keable/Cable/Kable was baptised at All Saints Church, Laxfield, Suffolk, England on the 26th August 1764. He was the son of Henry Keable Snr and Dinah Fuller. In February 1783 he was charged with theft, convicted, sentenced to death, subsequently reprieved and eventually directed to transportation to the colony to be established at Botany Bay-New Holland/Terra Australis.

At a similar time Susannah Holmes, daughter of Joshua Homes and Eunice Brooks, was Baptised at St Mary’s Church Surlingham Norfolk England on the 6th March 1764. She too was convicted of theft in 1784, sentenced to be hung. Reprieved and eventually directed to transportation to Botany Bay. In the interim they were both held at Norwich Castle Gaol, and here formed a relationship which lead to them producing a child Henry Jnr in 1786.