here some insight into the Thews..Im hoping to pick up a bit of a decent lineage as I am a graphic designer and although my immediate family arent very well educated I know that somewhere somehow there must be more and hopefully a creative in the family. Did you see Kate Cerebrano on tv last night? It was cool she follwoed her family right back to the early 1800s to discover she had a GGGG grandfather who was a talented portrait painter and a music teacher. What a jackpot. Id love to find a bit of substance on my side!
The following is from a man called Bruce Johnston who replied to me earlier.
Hannah Thew, convicted in the Old Bailey on 14 Sep 1803 for larceny of a gown, valued 10 shillings, at Newgate St London, and 2 silver spoons valued 15 shillings in Bishopsgate, aged 35 years. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to NSW in 1804 on "Experiment". Died 1808.
Anne Thew, convicted of theft of clothing in Bullandmouth St, London, on 9 April 1829, aged 15 years. Sentenced to transportation for 7 years to NSW. Arrived 1829 on "Lucy Davidson". Married Thomas Light 1831. He was also a convict sentenced on 25 May 1819 when aged 30 years to 7 years transportation for stealing a case of drawing instruments.
Thomas Thew, convicted to 7 years transportation on 20 Feb 1834 when aged 23 years for stealing a watch in St James valued 3 pounds on 13 Nov 1833 and a musical snuff box on 16 Nov 1833.
Joseph Thew, a free settler arrived 1823 on "Andromeda". Settled in the Newcastle area. Mentioned in Colonial Secretary's papers. NSW BDM have a Joseph C Thew dying 1876 with father as John and mother Caroline. No marriage traced.
These also may have no connection to your family directly but may be indirect somehow. Don't worry about having a convict or two as an ancestor. These days it's nearly a badge of honour. Also, they a little easier to trace than the "honest" forebears.
I also forgot to mention that the Thews were centred (and still are) around the Newcastle area of England.