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D Wong on 30th September, 2014 wrote of Alexander Barr:
30/4/1834 National Archives Scotland:
Trial papers relating to John Melrose, James Lockhart, Alexander Barr for the crime of theft by housebreaking and opening lockfast places. Tried at High Court, Glasgow.
Alexander Barr, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession, Sentence: Transportation - 7 years Previous convictions: theft. Note: Tried with James Lockhart and John Melrose.
John Melrose, Verdict: Outlawed, Verdict Comments: Outlaw and fugitive, Sentence: Outlawed and put to the horn. Note: Later tried on 19 Sep 1834 (see JC13/74, f.113v and JC26/1834/346).
James Lockhart, Verdict: Outlawed, Verdict Comments: Outlaw and fugitive, Sentence: Outlawed and put to the horn Previous convictions: theft. Note: Later tried on 19 Sep 1834 (see JC13/74, f.113v and JC26/1834/346).
John Melrose was transported to NSW per Marquis of Huntley 1835 and James Lockhart to NSW John Barry 1835.
Alexander Barr was 41 years old on arrival in VDL. He was 5’10 ½” tall, grey eyes, brown hair, reads, writes a little, long scar on right cheek joining upper lip near nose, stout made.
He was the son of Robert Barr and Rebecca Aitken and was born C1792.
Married with 8 children, wife Sarah at np Llanark;
Father: Robert a shoemaker np.;
2 b. james, robert;
2 s. janet, ann; 1 np. all in Scotland
1841: Free Certificate.
1846: Married Marion Lorimor (Emma Eugenia).
They had a son James Barr born 1846 who married Margaret Emma Leonard on 27 March 1873 and had 8 children. Their first son died aged one after pulling a pot of boiling water or cooking material over himself.
Alexander died in the Hobart General Hospital on the 6th March 1872 in his eighties and was buried as a pauper in Hobart’s historic Cornelian Bay Cemetery.
Lynn Batley on 30th September, 2014 wrote of Moses Stansfield:
Moses Stansfield along with his brother John Stansfield were convicted of cutting & wounding James Walters ( A Policeman ) & Joshua Jackson at the Sun Inn Monk Breton Barnsley Yorkshire. Death Bunbury Western Australia 1905 Condition as to marriage unknown
D Wong on 29th September, 2014 wrote of James Lee:
Charles James Lee was also known as James Lee. He was born in 1816 at St Saviours, Surrey, Eng., and was transported for ‘stealing a work box’.
James was single, aged 22 years and his occupation was ‘Gentleman’s Servant and Bird Stuffer’.
1835: Assigned to Mr A Wright and resided at the Commissariat Cottage, 5 South Street, Battery Point, He was a Gate Keeper.
10/8/1841: Permission to marry Hannah Brace (Atwick 1837).
26/06/1843: Marriage registered in Hobart. They had 6 children.
Charles James Lee died on 14 November 1865 at Commissariat Stores, Hobart.
D Wong on 29th September, 2014 wrote of Hannah Brace:
• Alias: n/a
• Of: Horncastle / Ipswich
• Occupation: Staymaker and needlewoman
• Age: 20
o Crime: Stealing 4 £5 notes, 10 sovereigns, a four-penny piece and a canvas purse from the person of Thomas Trafford of Hatten, innkeeper
• Place of Crime: Horncastle
• Court: Assize
• Trial Date: 15/07/1837
• Sentence: 7 Years
• Ship: Atwick
• Destination: Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land)
• Transportation Date: 1838
• Sources Used: Calendar of prisoners
o Other Remarks: Tried with Joseph Brace, 24, and Daniel Green, 26, who were both acquitted. Unable to read or write
• Document Ref: COC 4/1/10/90
Victims: Trafford, Thomas
Hanah was illiterate, 5’ 3 ½” tall, grey eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion, M o P on left arm, married – husband at Uxbridge.
10/8/1841: Permission to marry James Lee (Waterloo)
26/06/1843: Marriage registered in Hobart. They had 6 children.
She was buried on 3 December 1898 at Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart.
James Lee died 1865.
D Wong on 29th September, 2014 wrote of Mary Kearns:
Mary Kearns was transported for the ‘Theft of a cloak from Judith Kelly’.
Married: (1) cohabited with Jonas ARCHER (Atlantic 2, 1792) at Mulgrave Place
Son James ARCHER born 25th Jan 1794,
(baptised by S Marsden 5) died 2nd Jan 1800.
Jonas ARCHER, deep in debt left Australian, having signed land over to Mary.
(2) Mary married assigned convict William CHARKER
(Coromandel 1802) and they farmed together until they separated in 1807, Mary retaining the property.
On 14th November 1814 she was sentenced to 6 months in the Female Factory for fraudulently obtaining goods to the value of 6 pounds from the warehouse of Lord and William.
In 1824 she is recorded as living with William senior, a tailor at 7 Castlereagh St Sydney
Died: Mary Kearns died 17th November 1826. Her will dated 24th September 1825 gave instructions that she be interred in St John’s Parramatta in the same tomb as her young son - s(Section 2, N 11),
the epitaph, reading Sacred to the
Memory of JAMES ARCHER who departed this life June 2, 1800 Aged 5 years.
Paul Curran on 29th September, 2014 wrote of Mary Kearns:
the Sugar Cane had 110 male convicts and 49 other female convicts It was an uneventful journey until some person revealed that a mutiny was planned and that some convicts had sawn through their irons. The Surgeon found one convict out of his irons and had him taken to the yardarm and immediately executed. The following morning several more convicts were punished and from that time on there was no trouble aboard the ship.
Lesley Morgan on 29th September, 2014 wrote of Joseph Low:
Joseph Lowe married Mary McQueen and one of his children Thomas Lowe married Anne Taylor (sometimes known as Mary Anne Taylor) children were:
Harriett Lowe, Thomas Lowe, Emma Lowe John Lowe, Ellen Lowe Frances Lowe
Anne Taylor/Lowe died at the age of 27 and Thomas remarried Eliza Benyon formerly gosling
Lesley Morgan on 29th September, 2014 wrote of Joseph Low:
Joseph Lowe Inquest
From Maitland Mercury and Hunter General Advertiser 1843-1893 Sat 22nd November 1845
Inquest On Saturday last 16th instant a judicial investigation was held by ED Day Esq the police magistrate at the Victoria dockyard Millers Forrest as to the cause of death of Joseph Lowe, a man employed at the place to cook for the riggers of a vessel. It appeared from the evidence of John Cameron William Bramble and Thomas Hanson that the deceased had gone to the well on Saturday afternoon for water, and the edge being of clay wet and slippery had fallen in. He was discovered by Bramble, who having gone to the well on a similar errand found the buckets which the deceased had taken there, his cap and one of his shoes. On looking into the well he saw the deceased floating with his head just level with the water. Means were immediately used to get him out, and the assistance of Dr Cadell obtained, but life was extinct. There were marks on the ground of a struggle the unfortunate man had made to save himself, One of the witnesses said that the deceased had stated himself to be 49 years of age, but looked 56 or 57: he had heard that he had been deranged in Sydney from the effects of drink, he had only been about three weeks employed at the dockyard. Dr JJ Cadell of Raymond Terrace (near the dockyard) certified that the death had been caused by drowning: there were no marks of violence further than the deceased might have received during his efforts to scramble out of the well. The ploice magistrate certified that death had been caused by drowning
D Wong on 28th September, 2014 wrote of James Oatley:
Oatley, James (1770–1839)
James Oatley (1770-1839), watch maker and settler, was a clock and watch maker of Stafford, England, when at the age of 44 he was convicted at the Southampton Assizes on 7 March 1814 and sentenced to transportation for life. He arrived in Sydney in the Marquis of Wellington on 27 January 1815. His wife Mary came free in the Northampton on 18 June, (Prior to Oatley’s arrest in England, there is evidence that he lived with Mary Stokes. Mary had been tried with Joseph LYCETT in 1811 for possession of forging equipment and unfinished bank notes, but found to be innocent. Lycett was banished from England as a convict on the ship “General Hewitt” in 1813.
In 1814 while Lycett was in Sydney & Oatley was being held in the hulks, Mary Stokes fell pregnant and gave birth to a son, Robert, later adopted and raised by Oatley who denied paternity. To gain a free passage to Australia, Mary Stokes posed as Sarah Oatley, legal wife of James, and travelled to Sydney on the ship Northampton in 1815, with a daughter, Emma).
Oatley and Mary Stokes lived together in Sydney and their first child, James Jnr., was born in 1817, and another son, Frederick, in 1819.
Oatley set up in business as a watch and clock maker in George Street opposite the site of the present Town Hall. Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed him keeper of the town clock and commissioned him to make a clock for the turret of the Prisoners’ Barracks being built by Francis Greenway in Macquarie Street; for this service Oatley was paid £75 in June 1819. He was also reputed to have made at least six grandfather clocks, and on 25 October 1821 was conditionally pardoned. He was granted 175 acres (71 ha) in the Hurstville district in October 1831, 300 acres (121 ha) in August 1833 and 40 acres (16 ha) in December 1835, the last having been ordered in 1824 by Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane. The suburb of Oatley is named after him.
James and Mary Stokes separated and they both married; Mary to Charles Howell in 1832 (posing as a widow and calling herself Mrs Johnstone); and Oatley to Mary Ann Bogg in 1833. Mary Stokes (as Howell), died in 1838 at the home of her husband in Brickfield Hill.
Mary Ann Bogg arrived as a convict girl in 1823 on the ship Mary III (1) with her sister Jane (Quayle), after both were found guilty of stealing lace from a drapery at Douglas on the Isle of Man and given seven year sentences to NSW. After being assigned to two Sydney settlers, and giving birth to an illegitimate child, Robert Ivory, Mary Ann was given permission to wed the ex-convict widower Robert Bogg at St Phillip’s Church in 1826. Robert was then aged about 52 and his new wife only 21. They had a child James, who died young, and Mary Ann became a widow in May 1829 after Robert Bogg’s death.
Less than one year later, Mary Ann mortgaged a house in Elizabeth Street, Sydney to James Oatley, for the sum of £180 ($360). The couple wed in September 1833. Oatley wrote a will in March 1837 stating: I give and bequeath to my lawful wife MARY ANN OATLEY ..., a Stone built house and Premises lying and situated in the Parish of St Lawrence, in the Town of Sydney ... at the date hereof tenanted by Mr Bates. Also a Farm of Land now called “Newton” containing 40 Acres,... Also the whole of the House hold Furniture, Wearing Apparel, Plate and Books which may be on my Estate named “Snugborough” at the date of my decease. Oatley also made bequests to his sons, but in September 1839 he made an addition to the will: CODICIL to this the last Will ...of James Oatley, of Sydney, Watchmaker….And whereas in consequence of the extreme ill conduct of my wife MARY ANN OATLEY who absconded from me about eighteen months past and is at the date hereof living in a state of adultery, I hereby revoke, cancel and make null and void a certain bequest made by me to her in the said Will, of an Estate of land called “Newton” containing forty acres… He then stated he wanted to give that land to his adopted son Frederick Oatley. Mary Ann had left her husband about March 1838, probably to live with James F. Hulle (who she later married in 1841).
He died on 8 October 1839 and was buried in a vault on his farm, Snugsburough, near Punchbowl.
His third son Frederick (1819-1890) took over the business in George Street. The second son James was born on 17 June 1817. He was apprenticed to a coach-builder and when 30 was licensee of the Sportsman’s Arms Hotel at the corner of Pitt and Goulburn Streets. He was a member of the old City Council and, when it was reconstituted as the Municipal Council in 1857, he was elected an alderman and in 1862 mayor. He was member for Canterbury in the Legislative Assembly in 1864-69. He died on 31 December 1878 at his home in Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo, and was buried at Camperdown cemetery.
Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th September, 2014 wrote of Bridget Bryne:
Bridget Byrne (proper name Taylor) was convicted at Dublin City on 25/06/1846 for stealing a night wrapper. 7 yr sentence. Twice convicted before. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Arabian’ arriving 25/02/1847.
Aged 30yrs; married woman - husband John; housemaid’ 5’1”; fresh complexion; black hair; Hazel eyes.
Native Place - Dublin.
Assignments in Colony.
Several notes of misconduct.
Ticket of Leave 14/01/1851
Application for permission to marry:
to William Johnson. 08/10/1851.
18/06/1866 Launceston: Stealing a door scraper. 1mth hard labour.
D Wong on 28th September, 2014 wrote of Patrick Brankin:
Patrick Brankin was born in County Armagh and was 18 years old on arrival in VDL. He was transported for “Stealing 16.3 from a house”.
Patrick was single, RC, could read a little, 5’5 ½” tall, ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, slightly freckled.
16/11/1846: Emerged from Gang (Port Cygnet).
4/11/1851: Free Certificate
16/11/1851: Steerage passenger per ‘Shamrock’ Launceston to Melbourne.
185??: married Mary ??? and they had 5 children.
By 1858 he was in the Eaglehawk/Bendigo area and working at gold mining.
1863: was a gold miner at Napoleon Gully near Bendigo.
8/12/1865 Bendigo Advertiser:
NEGLECTED CHILDREN.-Thomas and Mary Brankin, aged respectively eight and seven years, were yesterday brought before the Eaglehawk Bench as neglected children. It appeared that the father, Patrick Brankin, is a miner residing in Sailor’s Gully, and owing to the brutal usage she was subjected to, his wife was obliged to leave him, taking with her two of the four children, the eldest and youngest. The remaining two, those brought before the Bench, were subsequently cruelty beaten by their father, and to save themselves fled from the house and hid in a hole in the gully, where they were found, one of them with its head severely cut from blows with a broomstick. The children were remanded for a week, and a warrant was ordered to issue for the apprehension of Patrick Brankin.
12/12/1865 Bendigo Advertiser:
EAGLEHAWK POLICE COURT.
Monday 11th December.
ASSAULT.-Mary Brankin, a child eight years of age, charged Patrick Brankin, her father, with violently assaulting her on the 6th current, at Sailor’s Gully.
Brankin was brought into court from gaol together with his three children-.Mary, aged eight years; Thomas, aged five years; and Margaret Jane, aged three years.
Sergeant Richards said that several people had complained at the police station, Myers’ Flat of the cruel treatment these children were subjected to from their father, the prisoner. For several years he had treated his wife, who is a decent, industrious woman, most cruelly; some time since she left him and took her two youngest children with her, and lived with her sister. The three children in court were left with the prisoner, their father, and were found wandering in the bush destitute. The eldest had a cut on her head.
The Bench examined the cut, and expressed their dissatisfaction at the treatment the child had
received from the medical attendant at the gaol, and in very strong language said the case would be inquired into.
Mary Brankin, eight years of age, said she did not know the nature of an oath, and had never heard of God. Her father beat her very often. She ran away into the bush ; when she returned home, her father beat her with a broom handle, broke it on her head, and cut her to the skull. She and her sister and brother went into the bush. Her father often left home leaving nothing in the house to eat, and came home drunk and beat them.
David Moorhead, of Sailor’s Gully, said he had often seen Mary Brankin lying in the bush with a bit of an old blanket covering her. He took her home on one occasion, and afterwards she came to him with a great cut on her head. He spoke to her father, who promised he would not treat her so again Wm Wylie, of Sailor’s Gully, said on Wednesday afternoon the child Mary Brankin came to his house; she was crying very much, and complained of a pain in her head. He took off her bonnet, and saw a large cut in her head; she said her father did it with a broom handle. He knew the poor children were wandering through the bush for two days and two nights. He never encouraged the children to com eabout his house, he had often told them to come in and get a bit of bread. The girl said her father had left, home for two days, but did not leave a bite in the house for them to eat; and always came home drunk.
Mounted-constable Lee said he found the children wandering in the bus and went to Brankin and told him that if he did not take the children home he would got into trouble. Brankin said that on the 15th ult, he had a few words with his wife who took up a large stone and struck him on his nose, he complained to the police but no attention was paid to his complaint; he had switched the children three times on account of their going away.
The Bench ordered the children to be sent to the
Industrial school, and the father to prison for one month.
Before the Court broke up Mrs Brankin who had returned to Sailor’s Gully the previous night, was sent for by the Bench she pleaded hard that her husband should be liberated, and said if he would only give her a few shillings she would keep the five children, the Bench thought the gaol would do him good; she said she did not wish the children to be sent to Melbourne, but she was not able to keep them, but would get assistance from some friends. The Bench said as soon as Brankin was out of gaol an order will be made; for him to pay 20s per week for their support, if that was not paid he would be sent to gaol again.
The order to send the children to Melbourne was rescinded and they were discharged.
18/5/1892 The Argus, Melbourne:
BRANKIN.—On the 16th inst., at his late residence, Princess-place, off Gordon place, Patrick Brankin,
aged 60 years, after a brief illness.
Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th September, 2014 wrote of Esther Acres:
Esther Acres was convicted at Kings County, Ireland on 01/07/1846 for stealing a cloak. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Arabian’ arriving 25/02/1847.
Single; 1 child onboard with her - stated “James Montgomery the father of my child”; aged 25yrs; 5’; Roman Catholic; Housemaid & plain laundress; sallow complexion; brown hair; grey eyes.
Native Place - Tipperary.
Child James Acres was admitted to Queens Orphan School (as was the custom for children of convict women) on 19/06/1848. He died just a few months later on 22/11/1848 from inflamation of the lungs. Grangegorman Gaol records give surname as Montgomery. The Tasmanian record states his mother’s name was “Mary” Acres.
Assignments of service in the Colony. Some notes of misconduct. Time at Cascades Female Factory, Hobart.
Ticket of Leave 04/03/1851
Certificate of Freedom 04/07/1853.
Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th September, 2014 wrote of Harriet Abraham:
Harriet Abraham was convicted at Dublin on 05/10/1846 for stealing. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Arabian’, arriving 25/02/1847.
Aged 30yrs; laundress; Roman Catholic; Married.
Native Place - Dublin.
Assigned to services in the Colony.
Some notes of misconduct. Time at the Female Factory Hobart and also Launceston.
Ticket of Leave 15/04/1851
Certificat of Freedom 20/10/1853.
D Wong on 28th September, 2014 wrote of Richard Amorons:
Richard Amorons was 20 years old and was tried at the “Royal Barracks, Dublin” for “Being drunk and shooting at (looks like)Sergeant Major Cooper”.
Richard was single, 5’7” tall, RC, Illiterate, dark brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion, freckled, tattoos, and his native place was Limerick.
Long conduct record, drunk, idleness, etc., up to 19/8/1862 when he was recommended for a CP.
No records found after 1862.
D Wong on 27th September, 2014 wrote of Joseph Dearlove:
JOSEPH DEARLOVE, Theft > stealing from master, 12th May 1831.
Reference Number: t18310512-91
Offence: Theft > stealing from master
JOSEPH DEARLOVE was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of April , 40 ostrich-feathers, value 4l. 10s., the goods of John Foster , his master .
GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Fourteen Years.
Joseph’s occupation was a ‘Cleaner and dyer of feathers’. He was born in Berkshire.
1838: TOL Parramatta
9/4/1842: TOL Passport, Picton Bench – occupation listed as a Groom/Servant.
No date of death, marriage or children found.
D Wong on 27th September, 2014 wrote of Hamilton Bailey:
21/4/1829 National Archives of Scotland:
Precognition against Hamilton Bailey, John Bailey for the crime of theft at Young Street, Aberdeen.
Hamilton Bailey, alias Boyle, Age: 17, hawker and hardware packman, Address: Donald Duncan’s Court, Gallowgate, Aberdeen
John Bailey, Age: 11, Address: Donald Duncan’s Court, Gallowgate, Aberdeen
Victim: Agnes Arthur, widow, Young Street, Aberdeen.
Hamilton Bailey, alias Boyle, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 7 years
John Bailey ....
1836: TOL Camden
1838: Charged with being drunk NSW.
5/3/1840 The South Australian:
Hamilton Bailey, aged 28 ; breaking into the house of William Pearn, with intent to commit a felony. On the 22nd February, 1840, at Adelaide. – Acquitted.
4/9/1840 The South Australian:
Hamilton Bailey, charged with stealing a hat, the property Mr Walker, the barber, was acquitted.
February 1848: Working as a shepherd for William Kirby, farmer, of the River Light, South Aust.
1852: Unclaimed letter, South Aust.
D Wong on 27th September, 2014 wrote of William Keel:
WILLIAM KEEL, Theft > grand larceny, 13th September 1815.
Reference Number: t18150913-189
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
WILLIAM KEEL was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of September , a piece of printed cotton, value 12 s. the property of Thomas Gaylor .
CHARLES DIDDEAR . I am shopman to Mr. Gaylor, linen-draper , at 111, Fleet-street . Mr. Gaylor told me to watch. This piece of cotton was on the inside of the door. The prisoner came and tried to take it off; he went away without taking it. He returned in two or three minutes, and put a black apron over the print, and carried it off. Mr. Gaylor went after him, and brought him back.
THOMAS GAYLOR . In consequence of information which the last witness gave me, I brought the prisoner back to the shop, with my property in his possession.
ABRAHAM CRESSWELL . I produce the property.
Prosecutor. That is my property.
GUILTY , aged 16.
Transported for Seven Years .
KEEL, William. Per “Mariner”, 1816
1816 Oct 18: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Mariner” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.205)
7/7/1832-1840: Publicans Licenses - Held the licence for the Crispin/Crispins Arms in Clarence Street, Sydney.
1832: Married Anne Walsh – no children found.
!/4/1867 Sydney Morning Herald:
FUNERAL.—The Friends of the late Mr. WILLIAM KEELE are respectfully invited to attend his funeral,
which will move from his late residence, 391, Castlereagh- street South, on TUESDAY AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o’clock. R. STEWART, Undertaker, Bathurst and Pitt streets.
4/4/1867 Sydney Morning Herald:
In the Will of WILLIAM KEEL, late of Sydney, in the colony of New South Wales, gentleman, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication of this notice in the NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, application will be made to this Honourable Court in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the aforenamed William Keel deceased, may be granted to EDWARD BENNETT and ALFRED STEEL, the executors named in and appointed by the will of the said deceased.
Dated this third day of April, A.D. 1867.
18/2/1870 Sydney Morning Herald:
THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. WILLIAM KEELE are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his RELICT, Mrs. Anne Keele; to move from the residence of Mr. J. Curran, Crown-street, near Stanley-street,Woolloomooloo, on SATURDAY AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o’clock, to the Randwick Cemetery.
R.STEWART, Undertaker, Bathurst and Pitt streets.
21/4/1870 Sydney Morning Herald:
William Keele left bequests to the Sydney Infirmary of £200, The Asylum for Destitute Children, Randwick £200 and the Sydney Ragged Schools £100, and many other smaller bequests.
D Wong on 27th September, 2014 wrote of William Elvy:
William was transported for ‘stealing 8 ducks’. He was 22 years old.
William was 5’7 1/2” tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, single, protestant.
Sister: Mary at Leversham.
14/9/1852: TOL Revoked - being absent from muster.
No record of him leaving VDL but in 1856 he married Mary Redmond in Victoria.
13/4/1867: was working as a shepherd to Mr Fenton of Ravenswood, Victoria.
William died at Lockwood, Victoria.
Kerry Donaghy on 27th September, 2014 wrote of Sarah Swatman:
Sarah’s son, William, and granddaughter, Catherine Sarah Mitchell, also came to Sydney on the same voyage of “Morley”.
Sarah and her daughter, Esther, were both assigned as keepers at the Lunatic Asylum in Castle Hill NSW.
I believe that Sarah actually died at/near Parramatta as she was buried at the Wesleyan Burial Ground at Parramatta.
Kerry Donaghy on 27th September, 2014 wrote of Charles Mitchell:
Baptism 9 March 1794 St Luke, Chelsea, Middlesex. Married Sarah Sweetman/Swatman (per “Morley” 1820) 16 August 1818, St Martin in the Fields, London. Died at Wollombi NSW.
Kerry Donaghy on 27th September, 2014 wrote of Chrsitopher Harper:
At a trial on 17th March 1828 Christopher was charged with having assaulted William Warren and Susan Lynch on Saturday 8th March 1828 at Hunter River. William Warren was “working trees” for Susan Lynch and her husband and she told him to fire a shot so that the pigs that were there might move away. Unfortunately, when he fired the musket, he hit one of Christopher’s pigs. Christopher then knocked Warren to the ground and gave him a rather vicious beating with a waddy (piece of hardwood). Mrs Lynch called out for mercy for fear he might kill him and must have picked up the musket, which Christopher forcibly removed from her grip, broke into pieces and hit her as well. He was released on a bond of 40 pounds and reappeared at the Quarter Sessions on the 19th August 1828, where he was found guilty of the assault of Warren and not guilty of the assault of Lynch. He was sentenced to a week’s imprisonment in the gaol at Newcastle.
On the day before he was sentenced he assaulted William Foxley at Newcastle, so, at the same Session, he was sentenced to another 3 weeks in gaol.
On the 29th October 1832, he appeared at the Quarter Sessions in Sydney, again for assault. On the 30th July 1832 he gave Hugh Murray, a publican whom he had done out of a pot of beer, a beating and when Thomas Weaver, a constable, tried to arrest him, he gave him a beating as well.
D Wong on 26th September, 2014 wrote of Benjamin Morgan:
BENJAMIN MORGAN, Theft > burglary, 12th September 1821.
BENJAMIN MORGAN was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Smith, about one o’clock in the night of the 10th of September , at St. Andrew, Holborn , with intent to steal, and stealing therein, three tea-kettles, value 1 l.; one coal scuttle, value 9 s., and one spoon, value 1 s., his property.
GEORGE AVIS . I am a Bow-street patrol. I was returning from St. Giles’s a little past one o’clock last Tuesday morning, the 10th of September, and met the prisoner within a door or two of the Blue Boar Inn, Holborn, nearly opposite Red Lion-street, with three copper tea-kettles in one hand, and a coal scuttle in the other. I asked what he had there; he said, his own property. I said I was an officer, and must know where he brought it from; he said, from his own place, Fox-court, Gray’s Inn-lane, and was going to take it to his brother, as he expected to be seized on in the morning. I said it was an unseasonable hour, and he must go to the watch-house to satisfy me. In going along, he begged me to let him go, I refused, and took him to the watch-house in Eagle-street, and found the gravy-spoon in his left breast pocket. I asked his name and residence; he said he lived where he could. In the morning I told him I had found the owner out; he said, he might as well tell the truth, and that he got them from a house in Brownlow-street, that he got through the broken railing, and came out at the street door.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner. I throw myself on the mercy of the Court.
GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 27.
Recommended to Mercy.
MORGAN, Benjamin. Per “Asia”, 1822
1823 May 31:Re bond (Reel 6057; 4/1767 p.13)
1824 c.Apr: Sawyer. Assigned convict mechanic whose master was a defaulter in payment for (Reel 6061; 4/1778 p.265d)
Benjamin Morgan C Asia 1820 Life Government Servant to Mr Hutchinson, Sydney.
1844: TOL Penrith
22/2/1845: TOL Passport, Penrith Bench
17/2/1846: TOL Passport, on Mr Ryan’s orders
6/3/1847: TOL Passport, on application of Mr Roberts
31/12/1851: TOL Yass.
D Wong on 26th September, 2014 wrote of John Ryan:
14/1/1784 The Old Bailey:
JOHN BRYANT and JONATHAN DARLINGTON were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 10th of January , one woollen cloth coat, value 10 s. and one man’s hat, value 3 s. the property Richard Price .
JOHN BRYANT , JONATHAN DARLINGTON ,
Each to be transported for seven years .
Other Names - BRYANT
Occupation - Silk Weaver
March 1784 - Embarked on the ‘Mercury’ transport bound for America. The ship was taken over by the convicts in a mutiny and many of them escaped. RYAN was recaptured at Torbay and sent to Exeter Gaol. He was remanded to his former orders and embarked on the ‘Friendship’ on 11 March 1787
27 Feb. 1788 - Accused of robbing the Public Stores. He was sentenced to 300 lashes but this was rescinded, his irons were removed and he was sent back to work.
Nov. 1788 - Accused of theft again. The charge was dismissed
4 March 1790 - Sent to Norfolk Island on the ‘Sirius’
16 Dec. 1791 - Settled on 10 acres at Mount Pitt Path, Queenborough, NI
March 1793 - Left Norfolk Island on the ‘Kitty’. His wife Sarah Woolley and daughter followed a year later
March 1795 - Received a 30 acre grant on the banks of the Hawkesbury River
John had either died or left the colony by 1800 and has not been traced in later records
Diane Jackson on 26th September, 2014 wrote of Robert Bolton:
Have traced my connection to Robert Bolton… Feel free to contact me at email@example.com…
Beverley Williamson on 26th September, 2014 wrote of Thomas Wilson:
Thomas suffered from rheumatism. He was treated by the ship’s docotor during the voyage to Australia.