Molly hailed from Shropshire , England . She married a carpenter named Will Morgan and shared two children with him. But in 1790 she was caught stealing hemp from a linen factory and was subsequently transported to Australia.
Her ship was the Neptune , a floating hell on which more than 100 convicts died. Quite suspiciously, when Molly stepped ashore in old Sydney town, she was in very good condition. It seems she had made some good friends among the soldiers who showed their appreciation by supplying her with extra rations.
After some months, Molly was joined by her husband who had been transported for some funny business of his own. But Molly missed her children and was bored of her husband so she decided to return to England.
She became friends with a Captain Locke from the ship Resolution and managed to get a free passage back to England. So well did she endear herself to the Captain, he supplemented a luxurious return journey with a wedding proposal. But Molly had other thoughts on her mind and once safely home, she married Thomas Mares, a wealthy brass founder from Plymouth.
The couple had a happy marriage until Mares was disrespectful. Molly responded by burning down the house. Convicted of arson, Molly was transported back to Australia in 1804.