THE ONLY CONNECTION KNOWN AT THIS TIME IS THE SURNAME JULIAN
Rosanna was the illegitimate daughter of Esther Abrahams and an unknown father. Esther used the surname ‘Julian’ at times during her life and some historians speculate that he was her daughter’s father or that ‘Julian’ was Esther’s mother’s maiden name. It is also speculated that he was a member of the Aristocratic Spanish family Julian. None of this speculation has been proven to be true.
At the time of Esther’s conviction for stealing 24 yards of lace she was two months pregnant with her daughter Rosanna, born in Newgate prison while awaiting transportation to NSW. When the first fleet departed in May 1787 Rosanna was two months old. Source. Newspaper clipping from ‘Reflections’ May-July 2002, page 30. She was the youngset passenger on the first fleet. Esther became the companion of Major George Johnston eventually marrying him on 11 Nov 1814 in St. John’s, Parramatta.