Convict connections

Nstalgia - Raspin family EMN-140210-074843001
Nstalgia - Raspin family EMN-140210-074843001

This week we have been contacted by Kerry Bishop in Australia who is researching her family tree and looking for relatives still living in the Market Rasen/Legsby area.

Kerry is the great-granddaughter of Thomas Raspin, who was sent to Australia as a convict in 1846 aboard the Palmyra for stealing 47 fleeces.

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Nstalgia - Raspin family EMN-140210-074529001

Thomas is one of those commemorated on the The Convict Brick Trail at Campbell Town, Tasmania, which is dedicated to some of the 200,000 or so convicts who were transported to Australia for almost 100 years from 1788 onwards.

Thomas was born in 1820 at Legsby and is believed to be one of nine children - Faith, John, Ann, Ruth, Thomas (died) Thomas 2nd, Samuel, Mary and William - born to John and Arabella (Hoodlass).

In 1851, he married Sarah Morley in Tasmania and they had 12 children.

Sarah is pictured above with their son George and his wife Miriam.

“Prior to arriving in Australia we have no real knowledge of him or his family,” said Kerry.

“For some time my cousin and I have been putting together the Raspin Family Tree.

“I guess there are living relatives in England that are interested in our Family History, of which I am very willing to share.”

If you are related to the Legsby Raspins, contact Kerry at PO Box 41408, Casuarina NT Australia or email

Alternatively contact us here at the Rasen Mail.