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D Wong on 19th August, 2018 wrote of John Bloodworth:

2/4/1836 Gloucestershire Chronicle Gloucestershire, England:
William Redman, aged 20, and John Bloodworth, aged 17, charged with breaking open a house belonging to Samuel Brown of Leonard Stanley, and stealing two waistcoats and other articles, were found guilty.  It appeared the prisoners had only been discharged from prison the beginning of March, and, within a day or two of that time, broke into the prosecutor’s house.
The Learned Judge said, there was no chance of reformation taking place with the prisoners in this country, and therefore sentenced them to be transported for seven years.

20/1/1846: COF

D Wong on 19th August, 2018 wrote of James Kirby:

James Kirby
Onboard Eden 27th August, 1836 arriving at Van Diemen’s Land

2/4/1836 Gloucestershire Chronicle Gloucestershire, England:
James Kirby, aged 20, charged with breaking open the dwelling-house of John Humphreys, of the parish of Minchinhampton, on the 18th of November last, and stealing eight sovereigns, six silver tea spoons, two pounds in silver, and other articles. Guilty - life.

James Kirby was 22 years old on arrival - he was 5’10½” tall, fresh complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes king middle finger right hand.

1839: Was a constable

4/12/1845: Recommended for a CP
16/12/1845: CP

D Wong on 19th August, 2018 wrote of John Hitch:

2/4/1836 Gloucestershire Chronicle Gloucestershire, England:
John Hitch, a very respectable looking man, was placed at the bar on the charge of forging a bill of exchange with intent to defraud Wm. Norris, of Ledbury.
The prisoner pleaded guilty, and he was sentenced to be transported for life.

Peter Prichard on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Ebenezer Bowen:

Married Mary McMahon (New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828-1830, 1838-1839) in 1829. Ebenezer Bowen had a child, George Frederick, in 1846 with Bridget Holt (nee Cusack/Cassack), convict transported on the City Of Edinburgh in 1828.

Peter Prichard on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Mary Mcmahon:

Married Ebenezer Bowen (New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828-1830, 1838-1839) in 1829. Ebenezer Bowen was transported in 1820 on the Earl St Vincent.

Nell Murphy on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Rose Mcquade:

Rose McQUADE was convicted at Fermanagh, Ireland on 15 July 1842 for stealing a cow. 10 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘East London’ arriving 1843.

Married woman, widowed; country servant; aged 35 yrs; 4’10” height; Roman Catholic; can read.
One child accompanied her on the voyage, Thomas aged 9 yrs.
Brothers: James, Charles, Pat
Sisters: Ann & Ellen

VDL:
Assigned to work services
1843: at Brickfields
31 July 1847: Application for permission to marry - to Joseph HAGEN (per Marquis de Hastings)
30 Aug 1847: Marriage - at Church of St. Joseph, Hobart - Rose McQuade to Joseph Hagen.
24 Oct 1848: Ticket of Leave granted.
16 April 1850: Conditional Pardon approved.

D Wong on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Richard Edwards:

19/3/1833 South Eastern Gazette Kent, England:
RICHARD EDWARDS, 18 ; HENRY BARKER, 24 ; and HENRY STEEBE, 20, indicted for assaulting Mary Westbrook, at St. Paul’s, Deptford, and taking from her between 18s and 19s. .....The prisoners in their defence, stated that the young woman dropped the glove__that they picked it up, and found it to contain only 5s 2d.  The three had been convicted of felony.__Death recorded.

Richard Edwards was listed as 19 years old on arrival in VDL - he was born at Deptford.

Richard was 5’3” tall, fair complexio n, brown hair, dark grey eyes, slightly pockpitted, single, E.C. on left are R.E.J.C on right arm, Pot glass pipe hearts and darts on same arm.

6/1/1843: TOL
15/1/1846: CP

Founders and Survivors website list this marriage as the above Richard Edwards - however no proof found:-
20/5/1846: Married Mary Ann Smith, aged 24 - Richard was 30, a sawyer - at Glenorchy.

6/10/1846: Tried Hobart QS -
Richard Edwards convicted of assaulting, on the 1st day of September last, Mary Ann Edwards (his wife). To be imprisoned in Her Majesty’s Gaol at Hobart Town, and kept to hard labor, for two years at H.M. Gaol.

20/8/1852: Steerage passenger, Launceston to Melbourne per ‘Yarra Yarra’ - Free by Servitude - ship to colony: Southworth.

Nell Murphy on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Jane Rickards:

Not sure if the above Contribution information refers to this same person.
This information is sourced from the official Tasmanian Archive records.  She is listed on index as “Richards”.

Jane RICHARDS (or RICKARDS) was convicted at Warwick, England on 27 March 1849 for robbery, with violence. 10 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “St. Vincent” arriving 4 April 1850.

Aged 19 yrs; single woman; nurse girl; 4’10 3/4” height; Protestant; can read & write; fresh complexion; light brown hair; light Hazel eyes.
Native place of birth: Montgomaryshire
Mother: Ann (ref. Convict Indent record)
Brothers: Edmund, Robert & R….
Sisters: Ann & Louisa

VDL:
Assigned to work services in the Hobart district.
26 March 1851: Delivered of a male child, Frederick, at the Cascades Female Factory, south Hobart. (ref. noted in Conduct record)
30 March 1853: Application for permission to marry - Jane RICHARDS (St. Vincent) to John REID (free). Approved.
2 May 1853: Marriage - Jane RICKARDS, aged 22 yrs to John READ, aged 25 yrs, a groom. At St. George’s Church, Hobart. (ref. 37/1/12 no. 355).
23 Jan 1855: Ticket of Leave granted.
25 Nov 1856: Conditional Pardon approved.

D Wong on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Henry Barker:

19/3/1833 South Eastern Gazette Kent, England:
RICHARD EDWARDS, 18 ; HENRY BARKER, 24 ; and HENRY STEEBE, 20, indicted for assaulting Mary Westbrook, at St. Paul’s, Deptford, and taking from her between 18s and 19s. .....The prisoners in their defence, stated that the young woman dropped the glove__that they picked it up, and found it to contain only 5s 2d.  The three had been convicted of felony.__Death recorded.

Henry Barker was 24 years old on arrival in NSW.

1842: TOL Parramatta
1/7/1843: Recommended for a CP
31/12/1847: CP

D Wong on 19th August, 2018 wrote of George Langridge:

5/8/1838 Bell’s Weekly Messenger London, England:
Thomas Funnell and Edward Elliott, were indicted, charged with burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Pitt, at Ticehurst and stealing therein 1200 yards of printed cotton and other articles ; and George Langridge was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, knowing them to be the property of the said William Pitt.
.....Evidence was produced to show that Langridge had been a party to the robbery. Guilty.

Edward Elliott was also on board the Canton - no ship found for Thomas Funnell.

George Langridge was 25 years old on arrival, 5’9” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, reddish wiskers, grey eyes, single.

8/8/1846: TOL
16/3/1847: Recommended for a CP
16/1/1849: CP

24/4/1851: Married Jane Horton, of full age, at the Independent Chapel, Brisbane Street, Hobart. 
28/6/1851: Elvina Langridge born at Spring Bay, mother: Jane Duncomb??.

5/8/1856: The Tasmanian Daily News, Hobart:
RICHMOND.
(From a Correspondent.)
4th August, 1856.
A murder of a most revolting character was perpetrated in this district on Saturday afternoon last.
A passholder named George Langridge appeared at the police office at eight o;clock in the evening of that day, and reported that his wife was lying dead on the Sorell Road.  As he could give no account of the cause of her death upon being closely questioned, and from the circumstance of both of them having left
the district in not very friendly terms, the suspicion of the police was aroused, and they detained him in custody.

On examining the body marks of external violence were discovered about her neck, of such a character as to leave no room for doubt that her death had been caused by strangulation, the husband as it was suspected having been the perpetrator of this most unnatural deed.

19/9/1856: George Langridge was executed for the murder of his wife.

22/9/1856 The Hobarton Mercury:
Execution.-On Friday last the extreme penalty of the law was carried into effect within the precincts of the gaol upon the bodies of George Langridge and John O’Neill who had been convicted - the former for the murder of his wife, and the latter for an assault under arms, at the last sittings of the Supreme Court. The Reverend Mr Miller had been indefatiguable in his attendance upon Langridge since his conviction; and it is gratifying to know, if anything relating to so painful a subject can be so - that the unhappy man deeply felt the awful position in which his crimes had placed him; and showed a deep interest in the untiring solicitude evinced by his religious instructor, for his eternal welfare O’Neill was a young man of only 26 years of age. He was attended by the Reverend Mr Irwin and the Reverend Mr Drew. The body of Langridge was, subsequently, handed over for dissection.

Nell Murphy on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Jane Armstrong:

Jane ARMSTRONG was convicted at Kildare, Ireland on 31 Oct 1849 for arson - house burning (probably politically motivated), no previous convictions. 7 yr transportation sentence.  Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Duke of Cornwall’ arriving 27 Oct 1850.

Single woman, aged 20 yrs; kitchen maid; 4’9 1/2” height; Protestant; fresh complexion; sandy brown hair; blue eyes; can read & write.
Native place of birth: Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
Brother: John
Sister: Sarah, at Dublin. (ref. Convict Indent record)

VDL:
Assigned to work services in the Colony.
9 March 1852: Refusing to work. 3 mths hard labour.
24 May 1853: Ticket of Leave granted.
21 Feb 1854: Application for permission to marry - to Richard JAMES. Approved. (ref. 52/1/7)
17 April 1854: Marriage to Richard James at St. George’s Church, Hobart. Jane aged 21 yrs; Richard aged 41 yrs, a mariner. (ref. noted on Convict Conduct record & registration 37/1/13 no. 338 )
18 Dec 1855: Conditional Pardon approved.
31 Oct 1856: Free Certificate issued.

Glen on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Jane Huggins:

Jane Huggins was witness to the marriage of Benjamin Cusley (former first fleet Marine) and Phoebe Pendarick on 31 March, 1795, by the Rev. Samuel Marsden at St. John’s Church, Parramatta. The other witness was Pvt Joseph Cocking of the NSW Corps, suggesting he and Jane Huggins were a couple. Cocking was also on HMS Glatton returning to England in 1803, recorded as accompanied by a wife but no children.

Sarah on 19th August, 2018 wrote of Maria Israel:

Just a thought.  Some convicts used a false name to protect their families.  Women sometimes reverted to their maiden names.

There is a Maria FOUCAR, born 1762, a Huguenot, daughter of Jean FOUCAR and Susanne d’ISRAEL. (FamilySearch)

She’s the right age, has the right first name, and a maiden name that fits the circumstances.  Plus, she’s of foreign extraction, which supports the observation that Israel is not an English name.

D Wong on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Henry Steebe:

19/3/1833 South Eastern Gazette Kent, England:
RICHARD EDWARDS, 18 ; HENRY BARKER, 24 ; and HENRY STEEBE, 20, indicted for assaulting Mary Westbrook, at St. Paul’s, Deptford, and taking from her nbetween 18s and 19s. .....The prisoners in their defence, stated that the young woman dropped the glove__that they picked it up, and found it to contain only 5s 2d.  The three had been convicted of felony.__Death recorded.

Henry Steebe/or Steele -
8/9/1841: Sydney Herald: MAITLAND ASSIZES.-The Maitland Circuit
Court was opened on Monday by Mr. Justice
Stephen with the usual ceremonies. Charles Vout and Henry Steele were convicted of a robbery in the dwelling-house, of Mr. J. H. Garven, and sentenced to be transported for life.

1843: Arrived VDL per ‘Sir John Byng’.
Now using the name Henry Steele.

Henry was then described as: 30 years old, swarthy complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, brown eyes, breast hairy, several moles above left elbow.

25/5/1844: Was a Port Arthur - Removed from Port Arthur to serve six months probation at Jericho Station.

23/7/1850: TOL
14/12/1852: Recommended for a CP
27/6/1854: CP

Nell Murphy on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Mary Davis:

Mary DAVIS or FURY was convicted at the CCC, London on 22 Oct 1838 for burglary. Life sentence. To be transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Hindostan’ 1839.

Married woman.

Died on the voyage, 1839.  (ref. convict record)

Nell Murphy on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Norah (honora) Denny:

Death: Honora ALBISTON died 5 Dec 1860 at Launceston, Tasmania. Aged 59yrs, dealer’s wife. Cause - consumption. Informant: Thomas Albiston. (ref. 35/1/29 no. 316)

Nell Murphy on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Norah (honora) Denny:

Norah DENNY was convicted at London Gaol on 3 July 1834 for receiving stolen goods from her 16 yr old son. 14 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘New Grove’ arriving 27 March 1835.

Son Joseph DENNY was also convicted and transported for life.
Married woman, a widow, 2 children. (Maiden name not stated on record)
Aged 34yrs; plain cook & housemaid; 5’1/2” height; fresh freckled complexion; black hair; blue eyes.
Native place of birth: Limerick, Ireland. (ref. convict record)

VDL:
Assigned to work services.
1835: at Campbell Town, VDL.
7 March 1836: Application for permission to marry - Norah Denny per New Grove to John Pawley (free or free by servitude).
18 Aug 1836: Marriage - Norah Denny, widow,  to John Pawley, bachelor,  at Campbell Town, VDL. (ref. 36/1/3 no. 3561)
Aug 1836: death of John Pawley/Pauley at River ...., Campbell Town. Aged 41yrs, a sawyer.
8 Aug 1837: Application for permission to marry - Norah Denny per New Grove to Thomas Albister (free).
18 Sept 1837: Marriage - Norah Pawley (Denny) to Thomas Albiston at Campbell Town, VDL.
30 Aug 1839: Ticket of Leave granted.
18 Nov 1841: Conditional Pardon approved.
1841 & 1843: at Launceston, VDL.
1 June 1849: Free Certificate issued.

Nell Murphy on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Mary Dimoline:

Mary DIMOLINE was convicted at Lincoln, England on 2 Jan 1840 for stealing a watch. 14 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Navarino’ arriving 17 Jan 1841.

Married woman, aged 55 yrs, a servant, 4’11” height, crippled.
Native place of birth: Lincolnshire (ref. convict record)
3 children.
Husband - Valentine DIMOLINE, a cabinet maker.

VDL:
Work assignements.
Several records of misconduct. Servered time at the House of Correction, Hobart and Ross.
18 Feb 1845: Ticket of Leave granted.
21 Sept 1847: Conditional Pardon approved.
3 Jan 1854: Certificate of Freedom issued.

Iris Dunne on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Bridget Cassack:

Details from Peter Prichard: 2 spellings of the last name - Cusack and Cassack
Certificate of Freedom 20 June 1835. Wife of James Holt, ship Grenada, holding a Certificate of Leave for Sydney. Date of Death: 28th April, 1883

D Wong on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Frederick Osborne:

19/3/1833 South Eastern Gazette Kent, England:
SHEEP STEALING.
George Illman, 28, and Frederick Osborne, were charged with stealing sheep, the property of Edward Collins, Esq. at Grenwich.

George Illman was also onboard Southworth 1833.

Frederick Osborne was 38 years old on arrival in VDL - George Illman disembarked in NSW.

George was 5’4” tall, dark complexion, Dark brown hair and whiskers, dark hazel eyes.

Born: St. Albans.

6/6/1838: Was a Constable.

27/1/1842: TOL

31/10/1843: Permission to marry Mary Ann Hull (Garland Grove).

29/1/1844: Married Mary Ann Hull at Hobart - He was 46, a gardener, batchelor - she was 36, a widow.

25/2/1845: Recommended for a CP

15/1/1846: CP

No death date or children found.

D Wong on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Bridget Cassack:

Bridget Cassack was 23 years old on arrival in NSW.  She was transported for ‘Stealing corduroy.

Bridget was single, her native place was Mayo County.

19/3/1832: Permmission to marry James Holt (Grenada 1819) he was 43 with a TOL - Bridget was 26 and on Bond.

1832: Married at Scots Church, Sydney.
Children listed:
1833: James
1834: Mary A
1835: Edwin
1837: Edwin
1839: Catherine
1840: Catharine

D Wong on 18th August, 2018 wrote of James Holt:

Old Bailey:
JAMES HOLT.
Violent Theft: highway robbery.
28th October 1818
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Death

JAMES HOLT was indicted for feloniously assaulting William Luker on the King’s highway, on the 20th of September, at St. Mary le Strand, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, the sum of 14s., in monies numbered, his property.
Prisoner’s Defence. The prosecutor said he knew me very well, for he had served me with oysters-that he thought I was one of the men, but if I would give him some money he would discharge me. He did not appear before the magistrate until he was summoned.
GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 20.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
HOLT, James. Per “Grenada”
1824 Mar 12:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.57)

19/3/1832: Permission to marry Bridget Cassack (City of Edinburgh), aged 26 on bond - James was 34, had TOL.

1832: Married at Scots Church, Sydney.
Children listed:
1833: James
1834: Mary A
1835: Edwin
1837: Edwin
1839: Catherine
1840: Catharine

1829: TOL Bathurst, Born London.
1834: TOL Sydney.
19/5/1836: COF

Glen on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Sarah Walker:

Sarah Walker is recorded as a convict of expired sentence, having arrived per Albermarle, resident in Sydney in the List of Expired or Emancipated convicts and free persons off the Stores in 1801

Glen on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Sarah Walker:

A Sarah Walker was one of 8 women without children having the Governor’s Permission to embark on board HMS Glatton in April 1803 as the partner of one of the reduced soldiers of the NSW Corps returning to England. It has not been determined which soldier was her partner.

Glen on 18th August, 2018 wrote of Mary Kendall:

Mary Kendall is recorded as one of 8 women without children having the Governor’s Permission to embark on board HMS Glatton in April 1803 as the partner of one of the reduced soldiers of the NSW Corps returning to England. It has not been determined which soldier was her partner.

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