Maria Smith was born on Norfolk Island said to be on 27 August 1796, daughter of Sarah Smith (Convict Lady Juliana 1790) and George or James Lee.
The source of the exact date of birth is unknown; Donohue (2007) in Births in Australia 1788-1828 gives a birth date of 27 August 1795. There is no Maria Smith or Maria Lee recorded in the 1792 – 1796 Norfolk Island victualing book as this ceased in cMay 1796.
As her older brother William Lee in his later life had stated that his father died on Norfolk Island eight months before his sister was born. If that be true, her father died about December 1795 Norfolk Island.
Maria is listed in the 1805 Norfolk Island Muster as “Maria Lee Smith”, child of all descriptions, off the stores. As Maria was off the stores her name does not appear in the any of the Norfolk Island Victualing books. Maria is said to have travelled to Port Jackson in the care of Rev. Henry Fulton in March 1806. But more likely to have left Norfolk Island aboard Harrington (Feb 1805) or HMS Investigator (Mar 1805).
Maria was then possibly looked after by Jacob Mountgarrett, surgeon of the Glatton, who had been stationed on Norfolk Island
Maria using the name of Maria Pantoney married James BLOODWORTH, born 17 October 1790, Sydney, son of first fleeters James Bloodsworth and Sarah Bellamy), 2 April 1812 St Phillips Sydney. The witnesses were George Johnston and Dulcibella Piper. She wrote Maria Lee Sm before crossing out the last two words and replacing with Pantoney (sic), Pantony being the name of her step father name from Norfolk Island.
James Bloodworth died 16 April 1857, Sydney buried Camperdown Cemetery beside St. Stephen’s Church, Newtown .
Maria died 19 May 1895, North Sydney, buried St Thomas Cemetery North Sydney
Extract from “The Old Pioneering Days William Lee, Early Settler In West” The Land 27 February 1953
William Lee was born on Norfolk Island in 1794…. His father, James Lee, came to Sydney as an officer in one of the ships of the first fleet, and was sent by Governor King to Norfolk Island to supervise the growing of flax. The birth of William Lee on the Island was followed two years later by that of his sister Maria.
Maria afterwards married James Bloodworth, and some of her descendants are still on the land in the Western Districts. The widow of James Lee married again and left for England in a ship which disappeared.
Editor’s Note: Much of the family history was thus lost. There is no proof that Sarah Smith was married to William and Maria’s father be it James Lee or George Lee. Sarah Smith died on Norfolk Island, October 1804.
 William Lee memorial held by Mitchell Library Sydney, sighted by Dawn Winifred c1975, most likely in the Bloodworth and Lee Collection.