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Carol Axton-Thompson on 18th April, 2014 wrote of Honora Driscoll:

Honora Driscoll was convicted at Co. Cork on 20/10/1848 for stealing wheat. Not convicted previously. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Blackfriar’ arriving 29/05/1851.

D Wong on 18th April, 2014 wrote of Henry Casson:

Old Bailey:
HENRY CASSON was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April , four printed bound books, value 1l. 18s. , the goods of Alexander Black , Thomas Kingsbury , Charles Parbury , and William Houghton Allen . MR. ALEXANDER BLACK…
Henry was 20 years old and working for Mr Gordon, a bookbinder.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
CASSON, Henry. Per “Lord Sidmouth”, 1819
1819 Mar 18:On list of convicts disembarked from the “Lord Sidmouth” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3500 p.40)
1823 Mar 26:Servant of E Bolland of Field of Mars; attestation as to his character for a ticket of leave (Reel 6026; 4/1715 p.568)
1825:On list of Crown servants mustered in the employ of Hannibal MacArthur in 1824; at Argyle (Fiche 3146; 4/1843B No.571 p.704)

1837: Married Margaret Parker, Maitland area.

1850: Cessnock land holder.

1858: Only daughter Henrietta married George Sweetman.

Died at Parramatta.

Robin Sharkey on 18th April, 2014 wrote of James Crone:

FULL REPORT OF TRIAL OF JAMES CRONE
NOTE: James Crone was caught at his crime in September 1809 and held in prison until his trial a whole six months later at the March Carrickfergus Assizes.

elfast Newsletter, Saturday 27th March 1810, pag 2
Carrickfergus Assizes
“James Crone was capitally indicted for stealing three pieces of linen cloth out of the bleach yard of Messrs John and Jacob Hancock, the property of Dominck Greg of Lisburn, on the 28th August last.

“William Shaw, sworn, knows Mr Dominick Greg of Lisburn, is clerk to him. Identified apiece of the linen and marked it at the time it was sent to Jacob and John Hancock’s bleach green with the initials D.G - is sure the cloth is Mr Greg’s property - never saw laid linen he was brought to examine it at James Keown’s house, the foreman bleacher, who was then present.

“Francis Neal sworn - Is employed by Messrs Hancock as Watchman - recollects the evening of the 20th August last - there was linen cloth spread across that part of the green called Moss Bank field.  On going his rounds, all was right at seven o’clock; at eleven same night he missed three pieces of linen and immediately proceeded to where he heard a noise like a hare or rabbit passing over the ditch; he went in the direction of the noise over the ditch and observed an appearance of something while like linen. On advancing saw prisoner rolling up linen in his apron. He struck prisoner with his gun, who made much resistance, and they both fell. Prisoner then surrendered and accompanied witness to the foreman’s house wchih was about 40 perches distant, where he was taken into custody. mr Williamson of Lambeg, a magistrate, was then sent for - in 15 minutes after witness and the foreman went to the spot where prisoner was first discovered - the linen cloth, apron, a gun, and prisoners hat were found, which were carried to the foreman’s house -witness there marked the linen particularly.

“James McKeown sworn - IS foreman bleacher to Messrs Jacob and John Handcock [sic], knows prisoner, his house afterwards accompanied Neall to the mossbank field, went over the ditch and here found three pieces of linen in a blue apron, Took the linen to his house, marked them. [He here identified the piece produced in Court ] - was present when the cloth was produce to William Shaw.

“The evidence for the prosecution closed and the Court asked the prisoner if he had any witness to produce, the Learned Judge recapitulated the evidence and gave the Jury a most excellent charge, who without retiring in a few minutes gave a verdict of Guilty, and he was sentenced to be hanged.

“On the verdict of the Jury being pronounced one of the Prosecutors stated, that he considered it a duty which he owed to himself and the public, to prosecute this old offender but disliking the punishment of death for such offences, he earnestly entreated that the punishment should be commuted into transportation for life.  The judge appointed a distant day, 5th May [1810], for execution, to leave time to make application for the change, and with much humanity added a wish that the law might be changed, for a less severe, but more effectual mode of punishment.

“If the sentiment of mitigating punishments were not deeply impressed on fixed principle, the conduct of the unhappy man, in this case, might tend to unsettle it.  While the Judge was in an impressive and solemn manner exhorting the prancer, previous to his passing sentence, and afterwards, Crone conducted himself in the most hardened and audacious manner, and occasioned general astonishment and horror in the court, but his total indifference to his awful situation.”

Jocelyn Alger on 18th April, 2014 wrote of John Alger:

John was my great-great grandfather. His son, also John, was my great-grandfather and his son, ‘William Ernest’ was my grandfather. After serving his sentence, John was a farmer at Spring Hill. He was the son of John Alger and Rebecca (nee Thain).

Daniel Stapleton on 18th April, 2014 wrote of Thomas Bennett:

First Thomas Bennett claimed as my Great Great Grandfather, the age doesn’t tally so I am inclined to dismiss this option.

Daniel Stapleton on 18th April, 2014 wrote of Thomas Bennett:

This is the second Thomas Bennett claimed as my Thomas Bennett. Will need more information to confirm

Mrs.eileen Mcdonald on 18th April, 2014 wrote of Henry Casson:

sadly it was because of stealing my ancestors books he was sentenced..eileen

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th April, 2014 wrote of Joseph Lawrence:

Joseph Lawrence was convicted at London in April 1819. Life Sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Dromedary’, arriving 10/01/1820.

Assignments in Colony.
10/08/1820: Neglect of duty and abscond from J. Hooper’s service. 50 lashes .
02/10/1820: Steal a bed tick from the Govt. 50 Lashes & mths in Gang.

Conditional Pardon no. 249   07/07/1831.
Free Pardon no. 474 29/08/1839.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th April, 2014 wrote of Thomas Lawton:

Thomas Lawton was convicted at Lancaster Mar 1819. 14 yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Dromedary’ arriving 10/01/1820.

Assignments in Colony.
29/11/1827; Convey a letter of improper ...... on board the .....Leopold, knowing the same contrary to orders. 100 lashes.
23/02/18.. Coxswain on Maria Island boat - conceal himself on board ship ‘Clarence’ with intent to escape Colony - to be removed to Macquarie Harbour for 3yrs.
Muster 1830: Macquarie Harbour
Muster 1832: Public Works
Muster 1833:  Free Certificate 21/03/1833

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th April, 2014 wrote of Richard Loveley:

Richard Loveley was convicted at Lincoln in Mar 1819 (crime not on conduct record). Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Dromedary’, arriving 10/01/1820.

Assignments in Colony.
29/09/1821: Steal wheat & poultry from Master, at New Town (nr Hobart) - 50 lashes.

1830 Muster: Maria Island (off the east coast of Tasmania)
1832: Assigned to A. Amos
1833:  ”    ”    “

183..  Ticket of Leave

24/02/1834: Conditional Pardon No.552.

Colonial Family record :
LOVELY, RICHARD
Gender: Male
Birth
Marriage/Relationship: 1833 - SORELL, TASMANIA   ( GREEN, ELIZABETH )
Death: 
FAMILY INFORMATION
Children:
211404 LOVELY MARY ANN JANE 1836

Note on Conduct Record that the Lt. Governor approved Richard to leave the Colony, for Sydney per the ‘Marianne Watson’.

Judi Potts on 17th April, 2014 wrote of Richard Loveley:

Married Elizabeth Green 08 Apr 1833 Port Sorell, Van Diemens Land

Mick Trumpeter on 16th April, 2014 wrote of Elizabeth Allen:

31st October 1842 convicted for housebreaking and sentenced to 10 years and transportation, and listed in the Birmingham Gazette - Birmingham, West Midlands, UK for 24 October 1842 - Elizabeth Allen, for stealing a shawl and other articles, the property of Michael Kelly

Ann Bullen on 15th April, 2014 wrote of James Booth:

Assigned to William Dean Launceston Area,Received Free Certificate July 1841. Settled in Laang selecting 40 Acres near Garvoc. Married Judith Pound in 1851 at Warrnambool and worked as a splitter. They had 12 children, 4 pre deased him.

Marvyn Crone on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Hannah Norman:

Baptised 26 Sept 1784, parents Sarah and Thomas Lacey.
Marrieded 13 July 1807 Welton, Midsomer Norton, Somerset.
Lived in Ashwick Somerset, with husband James a coalminer.
Had 7 children and 3 “love” grandchildren to look after. Very poor and stole 2 half crowns first offence. ” hated committing the Crime”
Gained Certificate of Freedom April 1834.Cannot find any information after that year

Lynette Dianne Stuart on 15th April, 2014 wrote of William Mathews:

IS this name’s full name William Morton Matthews? If this is, he married Marie Norman nee Le Noble on the death of his wife and cared for the 3 children, and lived on a property at Georges Bay

Lynette Dianne Stuart on 15th April, 2014 wrote of William Mathews:

Is the full name of William Matthesw William Morton Matthews. If so he married Marie Norman nee Le Noble and lived on a property at Georges Bay with her when her husband passed away

Tony Paul on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Susannah Brookshaw:

Gained certificate of Freedom 13 Nov 1830
Married John Rogan 28 Dec 1812 sydney

Lynette Dianne Stuart on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Marie Le Noble:

Marie Le Noble took to caring for the children of widowed William Norman shortly after his wife, Sarah Watts, passed away. Marie Le Noble was firstly employed, then married William Norman on 04.09.1848 in Hobart. They moved to Launceston where she continued to steal and forge cheques then they moved to George’s Bay where William bought a property. On his death she married John Morton Matthews. Marie died in the early 1900’s at an asylum in New Norfolk

Neil Fredric on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Richard Frederick:

Buried, Dunedin NZ

D Wong on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Thomas Cook:

From the research of Helen Booth:
THOMAS COOK
Thomas Cook was born in Leicestershire or Rutland, England. He was tried at Oakham Assizes, Rutland on the 2nd August 1847 for Highway Robbery. He had stolen a watch and some money at Manton. Thomas was sentenced to 14 years transportation and it was not until 1852 that Thomas was transported, five years after he was first sentenced.

He arrived in Van Dieman’s Land on the “Prestongee Bomanjee” on the 31st July 1852.
Thomas Cook’s convict records on his arrival in Van Dieman’s Land gave his age as 28 years old and single. His religion was Church of England and he could read and write a little, he was a Brick Maker by trade. His personal appearance was given
as 5ft 7 1/2 ins in height, pale complexion, medium sized head, brown hair, dark brown whiskers, narrow face, medium forehead, black eyebrows, dark eyes, medium nose and mouth and large chin.
He had a number of marks or tattoos on his arms and hands. Forget me not man and woman, T.C. Soul on his left arm. Fish AL EL IL HL RP WP IP MS Soul, Anchor on his right arm, SI back of right hand. His birth date was given as the 10th
October 1822.
Thomas was relatively well behaved once in Van Dieman’s Land, the only blemish on his record being drunk out of hours and he was fined 5/-. Signed by Thomas Clarke on the 6th of August 1852 P.B. Gang 2nd Bedford, Dewey Street and
P.B. Gang Alf Nickols on the same date.

Thomas Cook applied to marry Sarah Ann Norman on the 6th of February 1855 and it was approved the following day the 7th. They were married on the 5 of April 1855 at the Police Station at Torquay. On the marriage records Sarah was listed as “Free”. Sarah had been born in Tasmania and was Baptised on the 28th of April 1844. Her parents were given as Mr. Norman and Sarah Watts and her God Mother
was Mary Curtail. She also had a sister Caroline and brother James.

Sarah Ann Cook nee Norman died on the 10th of June 1875 aged 34 from cancer of the Womb.

Thomas remarried on the 31st of August 1877 to Bridget Keenan. At this marriage Thomas gave his age as 48 but he would have been 55.
Bridget gave her age as 40. There are no known children to Thomas’ second marriage.

Thomas received his Ticket of Leave on the 27th of September 1853 and a
conditional pardon on the 20th of May 1856. Thomas and his first wife Sarah Ann Norman had three children William Thomas born in 1858, Caroline born in 1864 and
Elizabeth Ada born in 1866.

Thomas Cook died on the 4th of September 1902 at the Benevolent Asylum at Launceston in Tasmania, of throat cancer.

Lynette Dianne Stuart on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Thomas Cook:

Prior to being transported Thomas spent 5 years on a Hulk in the Thames     Thomas was highly regarded as a brick maker and layer and assisted with the building of the Penitentiary in Hobart. he married Sarah Ann Norman on 5.4.1855 and at the time was a free man gaining his ticket of leave on 27.9 1853 and conditional pardon in May 1856. He resided in the Green’s Creek area raising his family, William Thomas, Caroline,and Elizabeth Ada , later moving from Port Sorel area to Railton.. Thomas died at the Benevolent Asylum in Launceston

D Wong on 15th April, 2014 wrote of John Cook:

24/7/1822: Forwarded to Emu Plains for distribution.
9/11/1822: Discharged from Emu Plains; to Bathurst.

20/11/1837: CP

D Wong on 15th April, 2014 wrote of John Cook:

Old Bailey:
THOMAS MASH and JOHN COOK were indicted for stealing, on the 3d of November , one snuff box, value 1 l., and one pocket-book, value 1 s., the goods of Sir Charles Dance Knt. , from his person.
Thomas Mash was found not guilty.

1831: TOL Evan

David Cornelius on 15th April, 2014 wrote of George Tickell:

Assigned: January 1935 - August 1836. Assigned to Thomas Graham and worked on his property at Bank’s Town
Worked for: Colonel H.C. Wilson, 1st police magistrate (corrupt, charged, suspended, and resigned)
Ticket of Leave: dated May 1839 (Parramatta District)
District Altered to Port Philip: 30 October 1839 (per P.M. Parramatta’s letter of 17 October 1839) (due to testimony against H.C Wilson)
Applied for permission to marry: 25 May 1840
Permission granted: 30 May 1840
Married: Mary Ann Hill (See Hill/Bishop family, H1.1.1), 30 June 1840, Presbyterian Church, Maitland, NSW
Certificate of Freedom: 17 August 1842

D Wong on 15th April, 2014 wrote of Ann Rochfort:

From the Old Bailey:
ANN ROCHFORT was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of December , fourteen yards of silk ribband, value 14s. the property of Thomas Smith , privately in his shop .
THOMAS SMITH sworn. - I am a haberdasher and hosier , in Oxford-street : On the 12th of December, the prisoner came in to see some ribbands, she had a drawer put before her, I showed her them, she did not buy any, she looked them over, I never saw her before to my knowledge; I saw her take one piece, I missed two; I followed her a few yards from the door, and stopped her, one of my young women searched her, Nancy Wintersdale , I was present; she found two pieces of ribband upon her, they are my property, there is my own shop mark upon them, she denied having taken them, she acknowledged it afterwards, they cost me 7s.
NANCY WINTERSDALE sworn. - I searched the prisoner, and found two lengths of ribband in her pocket; I never saw her before to my knowledge.
Prisoner’s defence. The constable took away two shawls from me, that is all I have to say.
GUILTY, (Aged 16.)
Of stealing, but not privately, in the shop .
Transported for seven years .

Ann was married to or lived with Thomas Priest (Neptune, Scarborough, Surprize 1789) in Sydney.  They had a son Thomas Jnr - in 1802 Thomas’s name first appeared on the Norfolk Island Victualling List receiving rations for seven days from 25 December to 31 December 1802, along with Catherine Rochford and their son, Thomas.2. Thomas was an overseer of blacksmiths. Three more sons were born to them while living on the island. On their arrival in Van Diemen’s Land Thomas was granted 42 acres of land in the Argyle-Hobart Parish. Six more children were born between 1810-1822 but unfortunately two girls, Ann aged two years and Charlotte nine years, died in infancy. They were buried in St. David’s Cemetery, Hobart Town. No record of a marriage for Thomas and Catherine was found but when their daughter Sarah was baptised in 1815, the certificate stated ‘married Norfolk Island’ but Catherine was still using the name Rochford in 1821.

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