Lucy met her husband-to-be John Wood on board Canada, where he was third mate. They married very soon after arriving in New South Wales, on 11 January 1802, at St John’s Parramatta.
The following year John took a position as mate on board the brig Margaret, trading in the south Pacific islands, and Lucy went with him.
While at sea Lucy gave birth to a baby boy, George. In April all three of them were shipwrecked when Margaret was stuck on a sandbank during a trading expedition and they were forced to abandon ship. The story of their adventures is written up in A Voyage Round the World by John Turnbull, Margaret’s owner.
Lucy went on to have a daughter, Sophia, and John continued his life as a mariner. They were granted 100 acres across the Hawkesbury from her mother and brother. John died in 1812, aged around 37, possibly at sea.
After a failed attempt to marry her widowered brother in law William Faithfull (the licence was revoked through what was colloquially known as ‘the dead sister act’) Lucy remained a widow for the rest of her life. Later she went to work with her sister Jemima on her farm at Berkeley, Illawarra. She was the longest-lived of all the siblings, eventually dying in 1852, aged 74.