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D Wong on 28th August, 2015 wrote of Reubin Eckersley:

Reuben’s occupation was a ‘Cotton spinner/bricklayer’s labourer.

Absconded at least 3 times.

14/8/1829: Windsor Criminal Court:
Stealing under £5 - sentenced to 7 years transportation and was sent to Moreton Bay—returned to Sydney 12/11/1836.

22/7/1841: COF

11/10/1851: Unclaimed letter at the Melbourne General Post Office.

Barbara Williams on 28th August, 2015 wrote of Jane Balf:

Father: Alexander
Brothers: John, William, Alexander
John transported 3 years ago as John Worley (sp?)

Lavinia on 27th August, 2015 wrote of John Aspin:

Aspin John, Lord Melville (3), No. 30 1770, 30, Blackburn, Weaver, 5 feet 5 1/4in, brown hair, hazel eyes, ruddy freckled complexion, J M H M C M on right arm, mermaid on left, from Australian Agricultural Company, since 14th Instant.

Lavinia on 27th August, 2015 wrote of Patrick Duffy:

Duffy or Creighton Patrick, Larkins, No. 29 3080, 24, Roscommon, Labourer, 5 feet Of, black hair, grey eyes, dark and freckled complexion, from G. Loder, Patrick’s Plains,since 9th Instant.

Lavinia on 27th August, 2015 wrote of Thomas Mcdowell:

M’Dowell Thomas, Sophia, No. 29-273, 23, County Down, Labourer, 5 feet 4 1/4in, light brown hair, hazel eyes, ruddy freckled complexion, scar on left cheek and over right eye, from No. 2 Stockade, since 15th Instant.

Lavinia on 27th August, 2015 wrote of Reubin Eckersley:

Of Lancashire, Labourer, 5 feet 4 1/4, brown hair, hazel eyes, fair to red complexion, M M and R E on left arm, R E and moon and scars on right.

Lavinia on 27th August, 2015 wrote of Richard Rothwell:

Native Place: Oldham, Lancashire.
Trade: calico printer
Height: 5ft 7½in
Remarks: lost his right arm below the elbow since his arrival in the Colony.

D Wong on 27th August, 2015 wrote of Patrick Mcnamara:

There were 3 Patrick McNamara’s on this voyage.

1823 Convict Indent:
Patrick McNamara, Age 40, 5’9”, impediment in speech, Tolerable behaviour on ship.  Assigned to Vicars Jacob on arrival.

Ploughs and shears sheep.  Native place: Castlebar – tried 6/8/1822 at County Mayo.

From a letter from Vicars Jacob who had 20 assigned convicts, some from the Isabella 1823.
28/10/1824 Sydney Gazette:

“To Major Goulburn, Colonial
Secretary,  New South Wales. 
” SIR,- I send two helpless men, Patrick M’Namara and Patrick Gready, prisoners per Isabella, whom I hope you will order into Government protection, as they are not by any means adapted to farming purposes, and of minds so imbecile, and habits so inhuman, as to render improvement hopeless.

1834: TOL Campbelltown.

There is a death on the Convict Death Register for a Patrick McNamara who died 11/9/1838 at the Hassam Walls Stockade - he was on the Isabella 1823 but I have no way of knowing if it was this Patrick or the one who was tried at Cork.

D Wong on 26th August, 2015 wrote of Patrick Mcnamara:

There were three Patrick McNamara’s on this voyage - 1 tried Charleville,Cork - 1 tried Castlebar County Mayo and this Patrick McNamara tried at Kilkenny.

The Leinster Journal 9/4/1823:
Denis Brenan, Darby Dunne and Pat McNamara for assaulting the out house of Thos Gorman at Woollengrange on the 3oth August last - Same persons for a conspiracy to rob- Guilty- Death.

Patrick’s occupation was listed as a ‘Soldier/Coal Miner/Militia man’.

Patrick married Eleanor Murphy at Castlecomer, Ireland.  Eleanor arrived free per ‘Joseph Banks’ in 1828 with children.

C1823: Sent to Newcastle.

28/10/1824: Aged 37, natie of Kilkenny, 5’7” tall, light grey eyes, brown hair, swarthy complexion - Absconded from Government Employment at Newcastle.

1828, 1830 , 1831: Ticket of Exemption from Government labour – Allowed to reside with his wife, Eleanor.

1840: CP

26/9/1851: Patrick died.

1/10/1851: Maitland Mercury:
On Monday an inquest was held at East Maitland on the body of Patrick McNamara.
McNamara was an old man, addicted to habits of intemperance, and resided at Berry Park.
On Tuesday the 23rd September, he was in East Maitland, being the polling day and got intoxicated.
Late that evening he was taken charge of by three constables, being then very noisy.
But instead of taking him to the lockup, they kindly took him to the house of a friend, Mr McLaughlin, wheelwright, with whose consent he was laid in the stable, on a platform, being made comfortable with bags, hay, and a man sitting up for some hours to see that he was all right.

The next morning McNamara appeared to be still labouring under the effects of drink, and complained of pain and soreness in his belly, but refused to enter Mr. McLaughlin’s house.
Mr. McLaughlin therefore sent word to his family and that (Wednesday) afternoon McNamara was taken home in a bullock dray, appearing to suffer much pain from the jolting.
No medical man was however sent for, all parties appearing to think that McNamara was only suffering from the effects of drink.
He still continued unwell throughout Thursday and in the middle of Thursday night he sent for some neighbours who came and saw him.
About three o’clock on Friday morning McNamara was suddenly taken much worse, appearing speechless, and before his son could bring his neighbours in again he expired.

A post-mortem examination was made by Dr Scott on Friday, when the only bruises visible were some on the knuckles and a cut on one knee, but none of them sufficient to have influenced his death.
Death had been caused by inflammation of the intestines, which might have been, in Dr Scott’s opinion, caused by exposure to cold, or by a fall, or a bruise, and in either case would be much aggravated by intemperance.
The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes, accelerated by frequent acts of intemperance.

Angela on 26th August, 2015 wrote of James Schofield:

First child born:
Louisa Schofield, b. August 14, 1828, St Helliers, Scone, NSW. (BDM 8876/1828 V18288876 1C)

Allen Hancock on 26th August, 2015 wrote of John Wait:

John was granted a Conditional Pardon no 300 on June, 3 1809
He was granted a Ticket of Leave no 195 on September 12 1810 being allowed to stay in the district of Parramatta provided he continued in the service of Charles Throsby.
He was granted an Absolute Pardon on January 31, 1818.
Expedition to Bathurst with Charles Throsby and assigned 100 acres of land following Throsby expedition.
He died at Cumberoona Station, Bowna, New South Wales, Australia on 16 Sep 1868 and is buried in Albury Pioneer Cemetery

Allen Hancock on 26th August, 2015 wrote of John Wait:

John Wait was convicted on 11th September 1802 of sheep stealing in the South Eastern Circuit Kent Assizes, was sentenced to death by hanging but commuted to life imprisonment on the 15th March 1803.

Kathryn on 26th August, 2015 wrote of Patrick Mcnamara:

Married Eleanor Rynlaz/ Rynar

Carla Jacobs on 26th August, 2015 wrote of Thomas Edwards:

Most likely the Thomas Edwards arrested March 9, 1822 along with John Appleby, alias Fields, and confederates in what appeared a horse stealing ring.  Sentenced to Death 16 March, 1822.  Transported with Appleby to the Bellerphon Prison Hulk and may have been involved with Appleby along the way or at the Hulk in an escape attempt.  But after the Hulk they parted with Appleby arriving in 1823 on the Commodore Hayes and Edwards on the Henry.

Barbara Williams on 25th August, 2015 wrote of David Cotterell:

Mary Cotterell (see above) Arrived on the Elizabeth & Henry -  4 JAN 1847

Ian Whittington on 25th August, 2015 wrote of James Duncan:

James Duncan was transported to Tasmania after being found guilty of theft. Although he was tried and convicted in Lancaster, Liverpool Borough Quarter Sessions in England he was in fact a native of Greenock, the same town near Glasgow in Scotland where his eventual wife Elizabeth McBride was born. This raises the possibility that they knew each other before they were both transported, although five years apart. James was a Shipwright by trade, a Protestant and could both read and write. His record also shows that he was a widower and had two children. The children did not come to Tasmania with him. James was convicted of having stolen a portmanteau (suitcase) and in his defence he said that a man named Larkie gave it to him in exchange for six shillings even though it was worth sixteen shillings. He was also found guilty of stealing copper which he stated that he had taken from the ship “Albatross” on which he was acting first mate at the time. In his defence he stated that he was innocent through the report of some men who had told the doctor that James was engaged in a conspiracy. He was sentenced to be transported and to serve ten years. He was one of two hundred and sixty seven convicts who left Woolwich on the “Isabella” on the 29th of January 1842 and arrived in Hobart on the 21st of May 1842. He was assigned to a convict gang in Southport and to serve a four year probation period. Over the next ten years he was to have a long list of incidents of misconduct which earned him many days in solitary and many days hard labour. 24th August 1842, insolence/ reprimand. 21st of September 1843, insolence and misconduct/ ten days solitary. On 22nd of May 1846 he emerged from the convict gang and was moved back to Hobart. 28th September 1846, misconduct in being concealed in the dwelling house of a Mr. Williamson for an improper purpose/ fourteen days solitary. 13th of November 1846, misconduct in being out after hours and representing himself to be free/ Hard labour. 27th of February 1847, misconduct in being in the dwelling house of Mr. Paine and with his female servant/ Hard labour. On the 13th of June 1848 James was granted his ticket of leave. The governor directed that James should live “in the interior”, that is outside of Hobart. 7th of May 1849, misconduct in coming to Hobart contrary to the orders of the Governor/ hard labour. 4th of June 1849, misconduct in not proceeding in accordance with his pass/ hard labour. A very significant incident occurred on the 7th of February 1850. A case of misconduct in James being absent from his masters residence and in the dwelling house of Captain Addison and in company with his female servant. The servant was in fact Elizabeth McBride, his eventual wife. A note in Elizabeths behaviour record for the same day shows that she had a man in her mistresses house without her permission. Her mistress was Mrs. Addison. Elizabeth was given nine months hard labour at the Female Factory at the Cascades and James another term of hard labour. 4th of July 1850, misconduct in misappropriating Government timber and—- for his own advantage. More hard labour. 11th of July 1851, misconduct in being in Hobart without authority and disturbing the peace and fighting/ four months hard labour and ordered to reside in Launceston. At this time James had his ticket of leave revoked. 28th of November 1851/ misconduct in having some Government nails concealed under suspicious circumstances. Hard labour. On the 15th of December 1852 James was granted his Certificate of Freedom. He had completed his ten year sentence and was now able to return to Hobart. James and Elizabeth could now live together. Their first child William James Duncan was to be born on the 20th of August 1853 but sadly would pass away at the age of eleven. (See William James Duncan) for his story. James passed away on the 14th of November 1868 in Hobart and an inquest held on the 21st of November 1868 showed that he had died of natural causes (heart disease). At the time James was under sentence to three months hard labour for having stolen a cask belonging to Mr.E.M.Fisher. The Hobart Mercury mentioning his death noted that for some years James and his children had been supported by his wife Elizabet

D Wong on 25th August, 2015 wrote of William Chignal:

Essex Standard Essex, England
9 Mar 1838
ESSEX ASSIZES
William Chignall, 45, and Ruben Cousins, tt,(??) labourers, indicted for a burglary in the house of Catherine Townsend, at Messing.
Ruben Cousins/Cousens was also on board Layton.

William was 5’4 ½” tall, black to grey hair and whiskers, single, with 5 children.

Feb. 1848: TOL
Feb. 1850: Recommended for a CP
April 1851: CP

28/9/1852: Steerage passenger – Launceston to Melbourne per ‘Yarra Yarra’ – Free by Servitude.

Barbara Williams on 25th August, 2015 wrote of David Cotterell:

On the IGI there are christenings of 6 children with father David Cotterell (different spellings) and mother Mary at St Peter, Woking, Surrey, except Mary who was christened at Horsell.

Jacob   1812
James 1815
John 1817
William 1825
Mary 1829 (christened 9th August 1829 in Horsell Surrey)
Ann 1832

Parents David Cottrill and Mary Marden’s marriage was at St Peter, Woking on 29 August 1812

Just after baby Ann was born and with a possibility given to me by a descendant that their father was transported I found this.

David Cotterell, one of 216 convicts transported on the Stakesby, 20 May 1833
Sentenced to 14 years
Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Stakesby
Departure date:  20th May, 1833
Arrival date: 4th September, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen’s Land

Sentenced to 14 years for stealing tools.

Criminal and transport registers from England (attached)

I’ve found 2 earlier criminal reports that are probably David.

I cannot find any newspaper clippings for David.

Barbara Williams on 25th August, 2015 wrote of Mary Cotterell:

Court transcript

MARY COTTERELL was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of Oct.,3 shawls, value 3l.; and 1 gown, 16s.; the goods of Charles Andrews, her master:—also on the 14th of Sept., 2 petticoats, value 3s.; 2 night-gowns, 4s.; 3 caps, 1s.; 3 shirts, 3s.; and 1 frock, 3s.; the goods of Frederick Crouch, her master; to both which she pleaded GUILTY
(original doc attached)

On the IGI there are christenings of 6 children with father David Cotterell (different spellings) and mother Mary at St Peter, Woking, Surrey, except Mary who was christened at Horsell.

Jacob   1812
James 1815
John 1817
William 1825
Mary 1829 (christened 9th August 1829 in Horsell Surrey)
Ann 1832

Parents David Cottrill and Mary Marden’s marriage was at St Peter, Woking on 29 August 1812

Found Mary and Ann on the 1841 census with Saunders family in Church Cottage, Purbright, Surrey (attached)

2 newspaper clippings relating to Mary (attached)

Just after baby Ann was born and with a possibility given to me by a descendant that their father was transported I found this:

David Cotterell, one of 216 convicts transported on the Stakesby, 20 May 1833

Sentenced to 14 years
Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Stakesby
Departure date:  20th May, 1833
Arrival date: 4th September, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen’s Land
Sentenced to 14 years for stealing tools.

Criminal and transport registers from England (attached)

I’ve found 2 earlier criminal reports that are probably David.

I cannot find any newspaper clippings for David.

D Wong on 25th August, 2015 wrote of Mary Howarth:

Mary was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. She was the wife of John Howarth per ‘Totteham 1818’ – she arrived with 2 children, Mary Ann and Sarah.

Children Ann,James, George and John were born in Sydney area.

Mary died 30/10/1858 aged 74 and was buried with John in St Peter’s Churchyard, Campbelltown, NSW.
John died 14/6/1847 aged 61.

D Wong on 25th August, 2015 wrote of John Howorth:

John Howarth was born in Oldham,Lancashire.
His wife MARY HOWARTH nee Saunders/Saunderson arrived as a convict on the Maria 1,1818, she was born Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
Two children Mary Ann and Sarah arrived with their mother on the Maria 1.
Children Ann,James, George and John were born in Sydney area.

14/6/1847: John died aged 61 and was buried in St Peter’s Churchyard, Campbelltown, NSW.

Mary died 30/10/1858 aged 74 and was buried with John.

Denis Pember on 25th August, 2015 wrote of Philip Aldridge:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref A0180] Aldreidge, William, 56, FS, Barrington 1791, farmer, Richmond. 22 acres all cleared and cultivated, 2 Horses.
Also shows Aldridge, Louisa (?? Keziah) 30, born in colony and 3 children. Ann, 8, Sophia, 5 and Edward, 2 all born in colony.

Denis Pember on 25th August, 2015 wrote of Philip Aldridge:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref A0180] Aldreidge, William, 56, FS, Barrington 1791, farmer, Richmond. 22 acres all cleared and cultivated, 2 Horses.
Also shows Aldridge, Louisa (?? Keziah) 30, born in colony and 3 children. Ann, 8, Sophia, 5 and Edward, 2 all born in colony.

Denis Pember on 25th August, 2015 wrote of Philip Aldridge:

Married Keziah Smith 30 May 1814 at Windsor. Keziah was the daughter of Edward Turleigh Smith (Convict, Marquis Cornwallis, 1796) and Jane Maher (Convict, Britannia, 1797).  He was aged about 32 and she was about 16.  The couple had 6 children.

D Wong on 25th August, 2015 wrote of Bryan Spollin:

There was another Bryan Spollan per ‘Fergusson 1828’.
He is the one that died in 1829 before the ship arrived.—

This Bryan was said to be 36 years old on arrival.

In 1804 he was involved in the Castle Hill Revolt and was then transported to Coal River.

In the 1828 Census Bryan Spolin (Spalding) was overseer at Duck River Farm owned by Dr Francis Moran. His wife Mary was employed as a dairywoman.  Bryan was listed as aged 57, which would make his birthdate 1771.

10/6/1829: Convict Death Register – Bryan died at Hexham, Newcastle.

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