Hugh Crabtree – Born 1761 Ireland Throughout this journey I have learned of our Hugh Crabtree born 1761 who married in Ireland and fathered 6 children. In fighting for the rights of the Irish he was sentenced to Life in Port Jackson Australia in 1798 He left Ireland in 1800 and arrived on The Anne in 1801. Thereafter he farmed near the Hawkesbury River at Pitt Town New South Wales. Hugh had a hard life; he received a Conditional Pardon 1804 so could never return to Ireland. I do not know what happened to his wife Margaret (Bagnor) Crabtree in Ireland, but I have found two of his daughters who married here. The sons and one other daughter I have yet to find. Someone out there must have – Hugh, James, Margaret or John in their tree. Hugh found companionship in Australia with another exile from County Armagh Northern Ireland; her name was either Sarah or Anne Wilson. I cannot trace her family. She was convicted in Armagh and sentenced to 7 years in Port Jackson. During the various musters Anne was with Hugh and then prior to the 1828 muster she disappears. Hugh’s story is sad. To my knowledge there was no issue for Hugh and Anne so the line died out there. However he was the first Crabtree to set foot on that warm and welcoming soil. One day I hope to find out where Hugh is buried. One day I hope to find the rest of his Irish family. More on Hugh Crabtree which was brought to light by Ian Beckett – through his kind forays into the records of NSW he has been enlightening as to Hugh Crabtree and his wife/girlfriend Anne/Sarah Wilson who arrived on The Experiment in 1809 aged 18 years – she was convicted in County Armagh in 1806 – of what we are unsure. However she may have been sent to Hugh to help on the farm although the Pioneer Register shows her as being married to Hugh. Whether his wife in Ireland was dead or whether once out of their native country the laws of Bigamy no longer existed is a moot point. The following is an entry in the INDEX AND REGISTERS OF LAND GRANTS, LEASES AND PURCHASES Location: New South Wales. Reel No: 2549 Page No: 7 Grant No: 25 Registration No: 13 Folio No: 63 Acres: Two lots of 50 acres (100 acres in total) Year land granted to him: 1823 The other is an entry in the HAWKESBURY PIONEER REGISTER VOLUME 2 Crabtree – Hugh born 1761 in Ireland (?) arrived 21/2/1801 on “Anne” – convict – married to Ann/Sarah Wilson. – no known children. Notes: Residences” 1802 Parramatta- 1822 Windsor- 1828 PittTown- land owner/farmer.