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Debra Christensen on 19th December, 2014 wrote of Henry Attree:
Born 1813. Baptised 17/10/1813 St Martins Church, Dorking, Surrey, England. Wife Sarah Upfold, son Henry George.
D Wong on 18th December, 2014 wrote of William Brouse:
ROYAL CORNWALL GAZETTE, 12 AUGUST 1820 – CORNWALL ASSIZES
William Brouse was charged with burglary, in breaking into the house of Daniel White, at Braddock, in the afternoon of the 3d of July last, and stealing a quantity of wearing apparel and a silver watch.
The prisoner took advantage of the absence of the family, to enter the premises and carry off the property; but as the robbery was speedily discovered, he was pursued and taken within a short distance of the place, and the whole of the things stolen in his possession. Guilty. Death.
William was 21 years old, from Somersetshire, 5’5 ¾” tall, hazel eyes, brown hair, fair ruddy complexion.
26/7/1821: On list of prisoners sent to Newcastle per Mermaid.
29/6/1822: Runaway from Newcastle. To be returned to Newcastle for 7 years.
1837: TOL Windsor
1844: Recommended for a Conditional Pardon.
2/3/1846: Second Class CP
Deanne Marie Brouse on 18th December, 2014 wrote of William Brouse:
I am Deanne Marie Brouse, great granddaughter of William Arthur Brouse.
Granddaughter of Thomas Arthur Brouse.
Gary Acheson on 17th December, 2014 wrote of Daniel Donoghue:
Married in Ireland
Roz Myles on 15th December, 2014 wrote of Frederick Homes:
Frederick was my Great, Great grandfather. He married Sarah Rontree the daughter of Thomas Rontree a warder who had also travelled to Australia with his family on the Nile. Frederick married under the name Kennell but reverted back to Holmes at a later date. In 1864 Frederick became clerk to the Fremantle merchant Lionel Samson. Two children were produced from Frederick’s marriage. The eldest, Alice and then George Frederick who became an early pioneer of the Kimberly area. Around 1866 he had a store in Champion Bay. Shipping records show that he possibly may have travelled to Mauritius with horses about 1869. I have no record of him after that date.
D Wong on 15th December, 2014 wrote of Patrick Maleed:
PATRICK MALEED, Theft > theft from a specified place, 29th February 1836.
Reference Number: t18360229-740
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > with recommendation
PATRICK MALEED was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of December, 1 £10 bank note, the property of Mary Stable, in her dwelling-house.
GUILTY. Aged 44.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Patrick also used the name ‘Thomas’ and he had a brother Mark Malleed who testified for him at the trial. Their native place was Dublin.
Patrick’s occupation was a Gardener/Brewer and he was married.
19/10/1838: Convict Death Register – Patrick Maleed died at the Sydney Hospital aged 51.
Note: Irish Convict Records and the Old Bailey trial have him born 1792 and 44 years old.
D Wong on 15th December, 2014 wrote of James Salter Skinner:
James married Agnes Jane Gilmore 1819-1879
Agnes Jane was born at Hobart town on 29th January 1819. She was baptised at St. David’s Church, Hobart on 19th February 1821.
Agnes married some time between 1835 and 1841 to a William Wells. William is thought to be the son of William and Elizabeth Wells. He was born about 1802.
Shortly after their marriage William and Agnes moved to New South Wales, where William died on 11th March 1844.
The only known child of William and Agnes Wells was Benjamin James. He was born at Green Ponds, Tasmania on 14th June 1841.
15/12/1845: Agnes married James Salter Skinner at St. Andrew’s Church of England, Muswellbrook, New South Wales. James was the son of James Jonathan Skinner, a Brewer.
James and Agnes Skinner had seven children.
Jeffrey Harris on 15th December, 2014 wrote of James Salter Skinner:
Was granted ticket of leave 1843 allowed to saty in the Muswellbrook area. Granted ticket of freedom 14 Dec 1844
Dennis Roe on 15th December, 2014 wrote of Saville White:
Burial. He was buried at the Anglican Church of St James Sydney. His address is shown as Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Bronwyn White on 14th December, 2014 wrote of Richard White:
Old Bailey records list Richard White as ‘Mulatto’. In this era this was the only term to describe a mixed race individual, with one parent of african origin and the other of caucasian origin. Old Bailey records also indicate his place of birth as New York.
*Publication of actual citations to disprove these characteristics would be greatly appreciated.
Lynda on 13th December, 2014 wrote of Samuel Kirby:
Married Mary Kelly from north Tipperary both died in dune din nz..He was from minchinhampton
Graeme McGown on 13th December, 2014 wrote of James Sidnall:
SIDNELL, James. Per “John Barry”, 1819
1821 Oct 16
On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.408)
1822 May 15
On lists of prisoners forwarded to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson”; listed as Sydnell (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.286; Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.364-5)
1824 Apr 20
Convict servant of David Reid. To be victualled from the Stores at Liverpool for six months; listed as Sydennall (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.637)
1825 Nov 8
Re admission into the General Hospital (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.555)
1825 Dec 20
Affidavit that he was robbed of his certificate of freedom (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.149)
D Wong on 13th December, 2014 wrote of William Coffey:
William Coffey was 41 years old when transported for stealing sixty yards of linen and twenty yards of calico, the property of Francis Meehan.
John Fahey examined - Knows the prisoner; does business for Mr. Meehan in Church Street. Got the linen from the prisoner, who had taken it out of the shop and when the witness discovered him said he was going to purchase it. The prisoner was not in liquor although he appeared to be so. He was striving to hide the linen but it was too large. The prisoner was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation.- Freeman’s Journal 21 June 1814.
COFFEY, William. Per “Francis and Eliza”, 1815
1815 Aug 15: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Canada” and “Francis and Eliza” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution; listed as Coffley (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.141)
D Wong on 13th December, 2014 wrote of William Watts:
William was 25 years old on arrival in VDL.
He was born at Imping, Berks.
William was 5’5 1/2” tall, brown hair and eyes, dark swarthy complexion, single.
1832 Muster: On loan to Mr G Thornley
1833 Muster: Assigned to Mr G Turnley (Thornley?)
1835 Muster: William died at HMC Hospital. The date of death is given as the 2/2/1835.
D Wong on 13th December, 2014 wrote of Mary Knowland:
Mary Knowland was transported for ‘stealing from her masters House 3 Gold rings and a Sovereign
Mary was 5’0 ¼” tall, brown eyes, light brown hair, single.
1832/33: Assigned to Lieut. Gunn
21/11/183`: Married Ewan McDonald and had 6 children.
6/10/1840 Colonial Times, Hobart:
ALLEGED MURDER.-We regret to find, that Macdonald, the boatman, at the Falls, near New Norfolk, is in custody on a charge of murdering his wife. From all that we can learn, however, the case will, at the utmost, amount only to manslaughter, as the unhappy event occurred in a quarrel, when Mrs. Mac-donald was drunk. We always considered Macdonald a quiet, industrious man, while we knew, that the unfortunate deceased was the reverse.
27/10/1840 Supreme Court Criminal Sittings:
Ewin Macdonald, of New Norfolk, publican and boatman, charged with a fatal assault uponhis wife (amounting to manslaughter).
Mr. Hugh Ross, on the part of Ewan Mac-donald, of New Norfolk, applied for permission to withdraw his plea of “Not Guilty,” and to record a plea of “Guilty.”
His Honor said, he could not consent to the application; he had sent for the Coroner, before whom, he did not think, the enquiry had been sufficiently exhausted. He had looked over the depositions, and it was a serious doubt in his mind, whether the prisoner ought not to be indicted for a most atrocious and diabolical murder. If there were a Grand Jury in this Colony, His Honor said, that he would have directed the Clerk of Arraigns to have prepared a bill for the murder, when he would have explained his reasons for so doing. At present, however, he would abstain from saying any more upon the subject, as it might be calculated to prejudice the case.
SUMPREME COURT - CRIMINAL SIDE.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3.
Before His Honor Mr. Justice Montagu, and
a Military Jury.
Pursuant to adjournment, the Court met thisday at half-past nine, when Mr. H. Ross, whoappeared for Ewan Macdonald charged with manslaugter, again moved the Court to be permitted to retract the plea of Not Guilty, and to plead Guilty. It will be recollected that on the last Court day a similar motion was made, when His Honor stated that he could not possably accede to it, inasmuch, as from looking over the depositions, he could not tell, but that the prisoner ought not to be indicted for murder ; having, however, paid more attention to the case, and having seen both the coroner and the medical attendant, he was now of the opinion that there was not sufficient legal evidence to convict the prisoner of murder, and, the Attorney-General being of the same opinion, the plea of Guilty was recorded, and the prisoner remanded.
No outcome of the case found.
On 29/7/1861 the was a Inquest held on the body of Ewan McDonald – Ewan died from a temporary fit in insanity and was labeled a Lunatic being of unsound mind. Ewan hung himself by the neck with a piece of rope from a tree on about the 24th July 1861.
D Wong on 13th December, 2014 wrote of James Gates:
6/7/1816: Sentenced to Newcastle for 14 years for Burglary.
7/8/1816: On list of prisoners sent to Newcastle per ‘Lady Nelson”.
3/8/1818: Married Catherine O’Neil (Francis & Eliza 1815) at Newcastle. No children listed.
6/10/1820: Newcastle - To be allowed to return to Sydney for his steady industry and good conduct in the construction of a windmill at Newcastle.
1886: James died at Parramatta aged 91.
(Catherine died in 1844 aged 54.)
D Wong on 13th December, 2014 wrote of Catherine O'neil:
Catherine O’Neil was 24 years old on arrival in NSW. No crime listed.
1817: On list of prisoners to be set to Newcastle.
3/8/1818: Newcastle - married James Gates(Marquis of Wellington 1815). Both were 27 years old. No children listed.
1844: Catherine died aged 54 in Sydney.
Leisa Kelly on 12th December, 2014 wrote of Henry Hall:
He was the Father of Louisa Collins, the last woman Hanged in NSW
Judith Wood on 12th December, 2014 wrote of Mary Knowland:
Ewan McDonald husband committed manslaughter. She was kicked left side below tenth rib causing mortal wound. New Norfolk district.
Judith Wood on 12th December, 2014 wrote of Ann Merrifield:
3 children in England. Died at Coal River, Sorell district, Tasmania. At this time was an assigned servant.
Margaret Morgan on 12th December, 2014 wrote of Nancy Price:
Ann Nancy Price was born Ann Nancy Taylor in Birmingham, England. She married John Price in the same city on 29 August 1776. According to the Staffordshire Advertiser, 24 March 1798, it appears he was the informant in the case that led to her transportation [“Nancy Price, on suspicion of stealing 20 yards of cotton from Mr. Price of Wolverhampton.”] While she was imprisoned in Stafford Gaol, awaiting transportation, she gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth Price (YOB 1800).
Both mother and daughter were transported to the colony at New South Wales, but Elizabeth died in 1804 and was buried at the Old Sydney Burial Ground.
Nancy was employed as a servant to a soldier in the NSW Corps, Joseph Bayliss, who had arrived with the Second Fleet on board the Surprize. When she learned that her husband John Price had died in England, she and Bayliss married, and they had nine children together. Bayliss was granted land holdings on the Nepean River and in Goulburn by the Governor.
Nancy died due to accidental poisoning at the age of 51, as reported in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 1827, January 1, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2187235
[Nancy Taylor-Price-Bayliss was my 4th great-grandmother.]
Tracy Smith on 11th December, 2014 wrote of John Tindall:
Debbie McFarland you wrote a bit as about Hannah having a child to an Aboringnal man do you know anything else about this side?
Ray West on 11th December, 2014 wrote of William Watts:
Was convicted of theft of £5 from Thomas Evans of Burghclere, Berkshire, also riotously assembled (with 100 others)and feloniously destroying a threshing machine property of John Fosbury at Highclere.
Kerry on 10th December, 2014 wrote of Mary Connors:
Married John Morrison, had one son Thomas William Morrison B. 1833 not registered
D Wong on 10th December, 2014 wrote of Richard Poucher:
Richard Poucher was 30 years old when tried. He was one of a gang that had been terrorising the people of the district. Thomas Lister, Timothy Brammer (alias Tiger, alias Rough Tom) and Thomas Strong (alias Tippler) were tried at previous courts and were executed for the crime. 2 other men were thought to have assisted them, but were not caught.
At his trial his occupation was listed as a “Labouring Banker”.
25/7/1832: Hunter River – Farmer’s man aged 32 – Absconded from James Moodie.
23/3/1836: Newcastle – Shepherd and farmer aged 37, 5’6 ¼” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair and eyes.
Absconded from the Commissariat Department, Newcastle.
Supposed to be concealed in the barque “Leda” which sailed March 19.
Richard Poucher is not listed on the NSW Government Convict Records.