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Carla Jacobs on 7th October, 2015 wrote of Catherine Crowley:

reputed mother of William Charles Wentworth, editor & publisher of the Australian.

D Wong on 6th October, 2015 wrote of Thomas Banks:

Thomas Banks was tried on the 13/7/1820 and was about 40 years old on arrival in NSW.

1825: TOL Sydney
1825: TOL District of Cooke
19/7/1829: COF

14/7/1829: Convict Death Register: Thomas died aged 50, District/Parish: St James’ Sydney.

20/7/1829 Sydney Monitor:
CORONERS INQUEST.-An Inquest was convened on Sunday, the 12th inst, at the sign of the Cornwallis Frigate, Upper Pitt-street, on the body of Thomas Banks, a free man, aged 51, by trade a brush maker, who suddenly dropped down dead on the previous Saturday evening at Mr. Glover’s It appeared in evidence, that the deceased had been in the habit for some years of drinking spirits largely, and had been for the last few days much debilitated.
Verdict- Died by the visitation of God.

(the 12th was a Sunday so he actually died on the 11/7/1829).

Vincent O'Donoghue on 6th October, 2015 wrote of Michael Donaghoo:

Enniskillen Chronicle & Erne Packet 16 March 1826 - Michael Donohoe was convicted at the Cavan Assizes for stealing 7 pounds 1 shilling - 7 years transportation.
State Archives NSW series NRS 1156, item [X32]
Indent for the Guildford 10 July 1829 No. 176 Michael Donaghoo for embezzling a letter, four years from the Richmond General Penitentiary as incorrigible
Correction - He was freed on 15 March 1840 not 1839. Convict indent State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12188; Title: Bound manuscript indents, 1788-1842; Item: [4/4014]; Microfiche: 673.

D Wong on 6th October, 2015 wrote of Louisa Atkins:

Louisa Atkins was aged 14 years when transported for larceny.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
ATKINS, Louisa. Per “Broxbornebury”, 1814
1817 Jul 23: On list of prisoners to be sent to the Derwent per “Governor Macquarie” (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.257)

1822 Sep 18: On list of convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, as called for by Lieutenant Governor Sorell (Reel 6009; 4/3506 p.298)

Louisa arrived in VDL on 9/8/1817.
27/12/1819: Married Joseph Maples (Indefatigable 1812) Hobart – they had 4-5 children.

20/7/1832 Hobart Town Courier:
All persons are hereby cautioned not to give trust or credit to my wife Louisa Maples,
who has absconded from her home and four children without any just cause or provocation, as after this date I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract.
Hobart town, July IO, 1832.

7/4/1835 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Louisa Maples, an elegant “Nymph of the Pave,” was fined 5s.  for drunkenness.

19/9/1837 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Louisa Maples was remanded on a charge of robbing John Dow.

25/2/1840 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Louisa Maples and Mary Badenoch, two regular out-and-outers, were charged with being common prostitutes, and with wandering about the public streets,  at 2 o’clock in the morning, behaving in a very unbecoming manner. They were each committed to the Female House of Correction, and there to be kept to hard labor for one month.

No date of death found.

Sharon Pimm on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Thomas Lovick:

Also was publican at New Norfolk Inn in Hobart

Sharon Pimm on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Jane Orchard:

Surgeons record was appointed to lower deck.
Received month hard labour when married to Thomas Lovick.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Sarah Whaley:

Although Sarah and her two children were resident in the colony, I have been unable to locate them on the musters except for one soon after Sarah arrived in the colony:
Baxter, Carol; Muster and Lists of New South Wales and Norfolk Island, 1800 - 1802:  [Ref AC042] Whaley, Sarah, ticket 359, At Parramatta with S. Sandall.
There is no mention of Sarah in 1828 although one daughter, Mary is now married

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Sarah Whaley:

Very soon after her arrival in the colony, Sarah commenced a liaison with Samuel Sandall (Convict, Barwell, 1798). There probably was not a marriage as such.  The couple had two daughters; Sarah 1802 and Mary 1804.  Samuel died in 1805, leaving Sarah with the two little girls.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Samuel Saudall:

In the colony, Samuel commenced a liaison with Sarah Whaley (nèe Wheatley) (Convict, Speedy, 1799). This ‘marriage’ must have been about late 1800. The couple had two daughters, Sarah Sandall, 1802 and Mary Sandall, 1804. Samuel died soon thereafter.

D Wong on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Denis Glasson:

Denis was 35 years old on arrival, his native place was Bandon, Cork County.

4/8/1825: COF

John Waters on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Joseph Double:

Reported Court case (below)listed Joseph as a “labourer”.

From the
“ESSEX STANDARD” – 24 Dec 1841

The Mistley Affray
Wm. Twaits, gamekeeper, Jas. Lewis, Joseph Double, Wm. Chappell, Samuel Bennett, labourers, and John Taylor, coal-porter, were severally indicted for having, on the morning of the 14th of December last, assaulted, with intent to murder, George Parker, gamekeeper to – Dickenson, Esq, at Mistley Hall.
The second count charged them with assaulting the said George parker, and john frost, with intent to maim them; third count with intent to disfigure; fourth count to disable; fifth and sixth to do them some grievous bodily harm, and to prevent their lawful apprehension.
Mr WORDSWORTH, opened the case for the prosecution, and Mr. BAGLEY called
J. Munnings, an accomplice, who said he recollected being at Catawade Crown in the evening of December 13th last; Wm. Chaplin, Samuel Bennett, Bush, and James Lewis came in at the time.  Taylor, Lewis, Double, Twaits, and Bush were at his house that evening;  he saw Twaits take his gun out and do something to it; there was a piece of leather attached to the stock of it; the barrel was gone; they all then left the house by the back door, and went down Catawade Street.  Chaplin, Bennett, and Borrett met them in the street; they went over the bridge along the road, and took over to the field in Dead Lane towards the keeper’s house at Mistley.  They went to a place called Spinnet, and from there to Maroram’s Wood; he Lewis, Double, Twaits, and Borrett had a gun each; the rest had sticks; when they got in the wood they began shooting at pheasants; this was about twelve o’clock; the keepers then came up, and they fought with them; the party he was with said, “come you b——rs we will kill you;” this was to the keepers; he could not say that his party struck any of the keepers; he got knocked down, and one of them kept him down; he saw Chaplin, Double, and Lewis taken into custody; he saw a hat which belonged to Twaits .
Cross-examined by Mr. DOWLING, who defended Twaits and Chappell. – He was brought here from gaol; he has worked for Squire Oakes, but did not work that day for his master, but for himself; he had never been in gaol before; this was not the first time he had been out poaching; he had not been out poaching twelve times.  On being closely examined he said he would not swear that he had not been out 10 times; he had agreed to go out on this occasion with Twaits, Lewis, and Chappell; he did not tell this story till he was in gaol, and then not till he was asked about a week ago; he was sent for to tell his story; he was charged with committing the offence with the prisoners; before he worked for Mr. Oakes he had been in the employ of Mr. Green.
George Parker: on the 13th December last he was one of the gamekeepers at Mistley Hall.  After he went to bed he heard the report of some guns firing; he got up and obtained assistance from ten persons.
Mr. DOWLING here intimidated to His Lordship that he only appeared Twaits and Chappell.  His Lordship therefor recalled Munnings at the request of Lewis; who asked him if he recollected stealing one quarter of Beans?  Answer, no.  Do you recollect stealing 36 fowls?  Answer, no I never did.
Parker’s examination resumed.  He followed the reports of the guns to Marjoram’s Wood, and saw four persons there; they were armed with guns; Double had a stick; he was knocked down; when he got up he assisted his men; he was again knocked down by James Lewis; Four persons, viz. :- Lewis, Chappell, Double, and Munnings, were taken in custody; four guns were also taken; two were loaded and two were not; one gun went off, but he cannot say whether it was designed t or whether it was an accident.  The four prisoners were taken to his house; the stock of a gun and two hats were found in the wood.  (The stock of a gun was produced; it had a piece of leather on the stock, and had been shewn to the policeman.)
John Vrast (?)  called : he recollected the 13th of December; he was employed to take care of the Wood; when they first met the poachers there were ten of them ( the keepers &c.); one of the poachers said, “Come on, my boys, stand hard, and you b——-rs we will kill you;” the poachers then advanced; he got knocked down by a blow on the head; he was hit in the face, and had a piece cut out of his cheek; he believed he had been hit with the barrel of a gun; he had not recovered till after the prisoners were taken into custody.
Cross-examined by Mr. DOWLING.
His party numbered ten; they advanced to the other party when the words were used; in fact they were advancing; he did not recollect any more.
William Carter sworn: he assisted the keepers on the occasion; he was about three or four people there; they fought; John Taylor hit him on the head; after that he was struck by a gun and knocked down on his knees; the keeper knocked Double down and took him into custody’ witness saw Lewis before the Magistrates and recognised as one of the party; he found where the fight took place, a gun, a stick, and two hats; he found them about an hour after the affray; he also found some powder horns, and found bludgeons, which he produced.
Taylor.  Did you not say that you did not know any of the others who were not taken?
Carter.  No, I said that I should know them if I saw them again.
John carter, nightman, was at Margorums Wood on the 13th; he saw about eight or nine men there; when his party got near the other party they said, Come on you b——rs, we are ready for you.” The chief of them had guns in their left hands, and sticks in their right.  The two parties fought; he was struck on the head, and it was cut open; he was unsensed by a blow on the temple. But recovered in a few minutes; he did not know what he was struck with.
Thomas Bolton, an assistant keeper, at Mistley Hall, had his arm broken in the affray at Margarum’s Wood; he could not say what he was struck with; he saw about five or six men there, some of the prisoners were there; he saw Chaplin there; he fought with his other arm after the first was broken, but soon got knocked down; he was unsensed, and did not recover until the affray was over.
Charles Thompson, another of the keepers, saw seven or eight persons in the wood on the 13th; they said, “Come on you b—-rs., we are ready for you.” 
The keeper lit a torch by striking it against a tree; he could them see them better, but could not say who struck him; he was knocked down; his head fell on a stub, and some of them kept striking him on the head and face.
Sarah Munning, wife of John, remembered the night before they were taken into custody; Taylor, Lewis, Bush, Double, and Twaits went to her house, and asked where her husband was.  She told them he was at the Crown, but he came in soon afterwards; they all left the house together with her husband.  Twaits was the last to quit the house; he said, “Don’t be surprised if we get our heads broke tonight.”  She replied that she did not expect anything else.  Twaits pulled out his gun; she afterwards saw Taylor at Colchester on Christmas Eve, and said to him “they have not taken you yet.”  He said, “Well, I cannot help that.”
Robert Jennings.  Knows Twaits; the gun stock produced is one which he has seen him shoot with; he recollected Twaits telling him that Mr. Cook either lent or gave it to him.
Mr. R. Cook examined the gun, and said he lent it to Twaits; it had leather on it when he lent it him.  He heard of the affray at Mistley and asked Twaits for the gun; he said, he had not got it at home, but should have it in a day or two.
John Bradshaw, superintendent of police, went to Twait’s house on the 22nd of December; he saw him, and asked for the barrel of the gun which Mr. Cook gave him: prisoner said Lord W. Paget had got it.  Witness again said he did not mean the stock, but the barrel of the gun; prisoner said Lord W. Paget had everything.  He, witness, asked him if he meant the barrel and stock?  Prisoner said “every thing.”  He then took him in custody, and when he was going out the door he said, “mind, Lord W. Paget has every thing.”  Twaits was searched when in custody, and the key of the gun was found in his pocket.
Cross-examined by Mr. DOWLINS.  He did not see Twaits till nine days after the affray.
Lord W. Paget sworn: has a cottage at Stratford, near Dedham. Twaits was in his employ in December last: he was at his home in the evening of 22nd of December, and said “Your Lordship – I am come to ask a favour of you: you may remember a gun which I have been in the habit of carrying, belonging to Mr. Cook.  I lent it to a friend and he has broken it: I am afraid to return it to Mr. Cook, and I am too poor to have it mended myself, will you send it to your gunmaker in London, and have it repaired for me?”  He replied that he was afraid that he (Twaits) had been engaged in the Mistley Affray.  He assured that he had not been there.  His lordship promised if he would bring him the gun in the morning, and go with him to Mr. Cook, and if he (Mr. Cook) would not be angry with him for having it repaired; and did not suspect him of being engaged in the Mistley affray, he would send it to his gunmaker and have it repaired.  Neither the stock nor barrel, however, were brought to him.
By Mr. DOWLING.  Prisoner Twaits has been in his employ for six months; he was previously in the employ of Mr. Firmin, in whose service he lived for nearly four years.
Parker recalled by his lordship.  The four prisoners were first taken on the morning of the 14th, when they wen before a magistrate: the stock was produced; it was well known that he then produced it.
Maria Lucas, servant at the Rose and Crown, Manningtree: knew all the prisoners by sight.  She knew Tailor and Borrett, and saw them go past her master’s house on the morning of the 14th, at half past six o’clock; They were going the back way to Manningtree:  Taylor lived at Catawude: Bennett had no particular home. Prisoners went on a direct line from Mistley Hall to Catawude: Taylor had no hat on.  Taylor – “ Had I a cap on?” Answer – “No.”  Had I a cap in my hand?”  Witness – “Cannot say.”
Bradshaw re-called.  On the 23rd of December he was driving to Bergholt, and met Bennett; witness asked him to ride; he then got in the chaise; he was not looking out for him, neither did he suspect him; he had no suspicion of him, neither had he a warrant against him.  He said th him, “Bennett, you have heard of the Mistley Hall affray.”  Bennett replied, “Yes, I have.”  He (Bradshaw) said, “Was Twaits there, Lord W. Paget’s keeper?”  He replied, “Yes, he was.”  He asked who else was there, and Bennett named four or five, He said to him, “How do you know they were there?  He said, “Because I was there myself.” Witness asked him if he knew whether Twaits was wounded; he said he believed he was, for he had not been seen for three or four days, He went on to East Bergholt, and gave him in charge there, while he went on further.  Previous to this he said he had been at Catawade Crown, in the evening previous to going to Marjoram’s Wood.
Clark Chambers, police-constable, took charge of Bennett from his inspector, on the 23rd of December: he said “Sure they will do nothing with me, as I only went with them.”
Mr Bond, assistant surgeon to Mr. Thompson, at Manningtree, said, on the morning of the 14th of December last he was called up; he went to Frost and Baltos and found Frost with a lacerated wound on his nose and upper lip; he has bruises about the body, and a contused bruise on the head.
Mr. WORDSWORTH said that was his case.
His LORDSHIP said the first count must be left out.
Mr. DOWLING then addressed the Jury on the other counts, and reminded them that although his Lordship had been kind enough to relieve him of the anxiety of addressing them on the capital part of the charge, which would affect their lives, still he had to address them on the counts which, if they were convicted, would render them liable to transport for life.
His LORDSHIP here intimidated to the learned gentleman, that he need not trouble himself to refer to any except the fifth and sixth counts.
Mr. DOWLING then continued his address, and commented severely on the character of Munnings, his swearing that he had not been out poaching 12 times, and after wards dare not swear he has not been 40 times.  He was the worst of the lot, and well knew how to take care of himself; he had owned he was in custody on the same charge himself, when he gave this evidence, and he had done so for the purpose of saving himself.  The statement about the gun was quite possible; there was not a tittle of evidence to show that Twaits was there, except that of the guilty accomplice, Munnings, and even then he did not attempt to say that
Twaits fought in the affray.  When they saw that he had been confined on the same charge before he gave his evidence, and that he was as bad as the most guilty could be, would they believe him? And would they on his evidence convict his client?
His LORDSHIP, in summing up, told the Jury they could not look to the first count, for it was proved that they had their guns in their left hands, and had sticks in their right hands.  If they had gone there to kill them, they would have used the guns in the natural way.  His Lordship then directed their attention to the fifth and sixth counts, and explained the law on the subject.
The Jury consulted for a few minutes, and then found all the prisoners Guilty.
A former conviction was proved against Lewis and Double.
His LORDSHIP said it was lamentable to see six men in such a situation.  It might have terminated in the death of one or more of them.  Some of the blows were struck in a cowardly manner; he alluded to those which had been struck when the affray was terminated, and when all resistance was over.  He said Taylor and Bennett had not been more than ordinarily active; therefore they would not be sent out of the country; they were then sentenced to be imprisoned for two years.  The other four were sentenced to be transported for 15 years. 

  via http://www.rgreen.org.uk/Jonstrial.html

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Bridget Byrne:

In the colony, Bridget married Morgan Power (aka Poore) (Convict, Britannia, 1797). They married 1804 at Toongabbie, Sydney.
Morgan and Bridget had two sons; Timothy 1805 and Morgan 1808.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Bridget Byrne:

Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales; 1806:
[Ref A0622] Burne, Bridget, Rolla, with Morgan Poor in Parramatta.

Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales; 1811:
[Ref 0791] Burne, Bridget, Rolla, Tried 1802, Trim, 7 years. (PRO n1436)

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Bridget Byrne:

Tried & convicted in Meath Ireland in 1801 & sentenced to transportation for life. Left Cork Ireland on 4th November 1802 aboard the ship ‘Rolla’ sailed with 127 male & 37 female convicts on board of which 8 male convicts died during the voyage. Arrived in Sydney on 12th May 1803.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Morgan Power:

In the colony, Morgan married Bridget Byrne (aka Burne) (Convict, Rolla, 1803) at Toongabbie in 1804.
They had two sons, Timothy 1805 and Morgan 1808.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Morgan Power:

Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales; 1806:
[Ref A3530] Poor, Morgan, Britannia, Stockyards, Parramatta.

Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales; 1811:
[Ref 4742] Poore, Morgan, Britannia, tried April 1796, Wicklow, Life, (PRO n2223)

Baxter, Carol; Muster of New South Wales; 1814:
[Ref 2037] Poore, Morgan, Britannia, Off Stores, Landholder.

Denis Pember on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Morgan Power:

Tried in Wicklow in April 1796 for stealing 26 sheep, convicted and sentenced to death, commuted to life transportation with 7 years hard labour. Sailed on 10th December 1796 aboard the ship ‘Brittania’ carrying 144 male and 44 female convicts of which10 male and 1 female convict died during the voyage. Arrived Port Jackson on 27th May 1797. First 3 years served at Government Farm at Toongabie. Made overseer of the Government Cattle Farm in 1800. Petitioned Govenor Macquarie for a Pardon on 26th Oct 1812. Conditional Pardon granted on 31st January 1813.

Barbara Kernos on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Mary Ann Katesby:

Married John Johnson in 1802 who was also on the Earl Cornwallis transported arriving in 1801

Jenni Finch on 5th October, 2015 wrote of Joseph Maples:

Married Louisa Ann Atkins, Hobart, 27 Dec, 1819

D Wong on 4th October, 2015 wrote of Maurice Foohy:

Maurice was 22 years old, native place was Fermoy, Cork County - his occupation was a ‘brewery labourer’.

Maurice is registered on pcug.org.au but could find no mentions of him in NSW.

D Wong on 4th October, 2015 wrote of Thomas Freehily:

Thomas was 40 years old when transported, his native place was Fermanagh County.

Sick List of the Daphne 1819:
Folio 34: 27 July 1819, Thomas Feehily, pain and heat at the precordia with frequent vomiting.
Folio 34: 28 July 1819, Thomas Feehily and Bryan McGrouthen [McGroden], slept well, bowels open and are perfectly free from complaint excepting slight debility.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
FREEHILLY, Thomas. Per “Daphne”, 1819
1819 Sep 28: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Daphne” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3500 p.275)

No further records found

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote of John Hannabus:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref H0411] Hannibus, John Sr. 58 free by servitude, Ganges, 1797, life, labourer to David Horton Pitt Town.

Margaret is not with John and is listed elsewhere [Ref H0456] Hannabus, Magt, 46, free by servitude, Britannia, 1798, 7 years, Catholic, washerwoman, Jos. Burns Parramatta.
Several of the children are also listed separately with their familes.

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote of John Hannabus:

In the colony, John formed a relationship with Margaret Edwards (Convict, Britannia, 1798). There is no record of a marriage but it would appear that one may have taken place. Margaret and John had 7 children.

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote of Margaret Edwards:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref H0456] Hannabus, Magt, 46, free by servitude, Britannia, 1798, 7 years, Catholic, washerwoman, Jos. Burns Parramatta.
(Clearly Margaret and John are not together at this stage he is listed elsewhere.
[Ref H0411] Hannibus, John Sr. 58 free by servitude, Ganges, 1797, life, labourer to David Horton Pitt Town.
Several of the children are also listed with their families.

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2015 wrote of Margaret Edwards:

In the colony Margaret soon developed a relationship with John Hannibus (Convict, Ganges, 1797). They may have been married but no records have been located.
The couple had 7 children.

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