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Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Sullivan:

1820 - 28 Feb. Returned to Parramatta

1820 - 7 Aug. Re permission to marry at Parramatta

1820 - 4 Sep. New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Marriages, No; 753.
Name: Hugh McCabe. Age: 21 (Est. birth Year: abt 1799) Minerva. Of the Parish of Parramatta
Marriage Date: 4 Sep 1820 .Marriage Place: Parramatta, Cumberland, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse: Mary Sullivan. Age: 22 Of the Parish of Parramatta. Married by Banns on the 4th September 1820
By George Middleton
Witness. John Rogers & Ann England.

1823 - Goal Sydney, Entrance Book. To join her husband at Port Macquarie per Lady Nelson

1828 - Census. No; 67. Mary McCabe. Age; 30. Lord Wellington. 1819. 7 years. 5 Colonial. Catholic, Factory. Parramatta

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th October, 2020 wrote of Hugh Mccabe:

1820. Dec. Govt. Employ. In the Colony

1823 - Assignment and Employment of Convicts, Sawyers Gang. 10 April 1823.

1823 - 5 Apr. On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally”
Where and by whom convicted.  H.G. Douglas. Esq. Parramatta 26th
Sentence: 12 months
Calling; Sawyer
Ship: Minerva
Original Where, When & Sentence. Waterford. Summer 1818. 7 years.

1824 - 4 Apr. Goal Sydney. Entrance Book. Colonial sentence expired 5 April to Barracks

1825 - General Muster. F. S. Sawyer. Sydney

1826 - Certificate of Freedom. 95/4772.
Name: Hugh McCabe
Age: 26, Birth Year: abt 1800
Native Place: County Waterford
Trial; Waterford City
Calling; Painter & Paper Stainer
Height; 5 ft. 6 1/2 inches
Complexion; Ruddy & pock pitted
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Blue
Remarks; Sent to Port Macquarie for 12 months 1823 for Robbery

Iris Dunne on 19th October, 2020 wrote of Frederic King:

Conduct Record: aged 38, Trade Tailor, Tried 28 June 1848, Transported for Felony to Embezzlement, Money 5/3, Single, Protestant, can read & write a little, Cert. 28 June 1855
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-97$init=CON33-1-97P151

Death 31 January 1885, aged 74, in Hospital, Registered in Launceston, Cause: Serious Apoplexy, named Frederick King, Trade Laborer
https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD35-1-54$init=RGD35-1-54P6

Rosemarie on 19th October, 2020 wrote of Esther Thornton:

Mistakenly put George instead of William Sherburd

Lyn Hudson-Williamson on 19th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Craven:

Certificate of Freedom [31/1141]

Gail Robyn Newman on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Patrick Hickey:

He was convicted of being a riotous, seditious and disorderly person - New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: New South Wales Government. Musters and other papers relating to convict ships. Series CGS 1155, Reels 2417-2428. State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.

D Wong on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Maria Taylor:

Listed as 22 years old on arrival in NSW.

30/4/1822: Married John Lynch (Bencoolen 1819 to NSW and Admiral Cockburn to VDL) at Hobart - he was 21 and Maria 24.
Children:
1822: LYNCH GULLIELMUS
1826: LYNCH HENRICUS

6/11/1823: Stealing 2 gowns the property of Captain Maigny - discharged.

21/3/1825: Ux Lynch/leaving her husbands premises and associating with improper persons on Sunday the 20th inst. - reprimanded.

28/4/1825: Leaving Hobart Town without a pass and being found in the bush under suspicious circumstances yesterday in Glenorchy - Factory.

Tony Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Martin Prindiville:

From Co Kerry Ireland 5’ 5 1/2” dark pockpitted complexion black hair and hazel eyes

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1823 assigned to William Alexander of Sydney

New South Wales, Census and Population Books, 1811-1825 for Martin Prentible Liverpool Population Book, 1822 Assigned to Capt William Campbell

New South Wales, Census and Population Books, 1811-1825 for Martin Prindable
Cawdor Population and Stock, 1824 Still with Mr Alexander

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 25/3/1827 no 40/6115 Note 18/1/1850 cleared out in the Orator for California

The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (NSW : 1838 - 1841) View title info Fri 3 May 1839
Page 2
Caution to Constables.
I hereby Caution all Constables and others from
molesting me after this notice, I having lost
my Certificate of Freedom.-Name, Martin Prindible; Lord Sidmouth (2) ; sentence, 7 years,
age, 36; complexion sallow; hair, dark; eyes,
gray; pitted with the small-pox; marks, none;
height, 5ft, 7in.; arrived 23rd February, 1821.
MARTIN PRINDIBLE.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)  Tue 1 Jan 1850 Page 1
PACKET FOR CALIFORNIA.
THE SHIP ORATOR
Has room only for two cabin and fourteen steerage passengers. Passengers are requested to pay up their balances and obtain printed receipts at once, aa this teasel will get away positively on the day first advertised.
Early application is necessary to Captain
Tayt, on board, a . the Circular Wharf ; to
1. AND S. SPYER;

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Maria Taylor:

1820 - 22 Aug. On list of female convicts embarked on “Princess Charlotte” for the public service in Van Diemen’s Land

1822 - Convict Lists. Ticket of Leave.

Tony Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Daniel Hannon:

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers
2/2/1825 Letter from Asst Chaplin Rob Cartwright to Colonial Secretary Re Daniel Hannon’s character in support of his application for a ToL. He was employed by John Oxley Esq since his arrival up to and including the time of writing
6/1825 On a return of convicts maintained by John Oxley Esq in 1824
28/10/1825 on a list of convicts maintained by John Oxley Esq. Last 2 musters

1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (Australian Copy) for Danl Hannan Age 30 and a catholic

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Catherine Terrier:

1822 - 1 May. In the Factory on complaint of her husband and son. Petition by her son Alexander for her release from the Factory. in factory for misconduct towards her husband ... allow her to return to her anxious husband and child.

1822 - 6 May. Re release of from the Factory at Parramatta

1822 - 26 Jul. Re her delivery to the Factory, Parramatta

1822 - 6 Nov. Request from Caleb Wilson to marry her. Caleb. Free settler.

1822 - 22 Dec. Petition for mitigation of sentence on her behalf by employer Robert Martin & son Alexander

1824 - 8 Jan. Petition for enquiry into Robert Stewart’s claim that she was his wife. Father to her child.

1824 - 30 Apr. Re marriage legalities

1824 - Wife of Robert Stewart. Complaint laid against her by her husband that she was cohabiting with Caleb Wilson

1826 - Australia, Marriage Index,
Name: Caleb Wilson & Spouse Name: Catherine Ferrier
Marriage Date: 1826. Marriage Place: New South Wales. Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1826. Volume Number: V A

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1828 - Census.
No; 1850. Wilson, Caleb. Age; 59. C. F. Experiment. 1804. Protestant. General Dealer. George Street.
No; 1851. Wilson, Cathe. Age; 47. G. S. Lord Wellington 1820. Life. Protestant
No; 1852. Wilson, Felix. Age; 26. C. F. Experiment. 1804. Protestant.
No; 1853. Wilson, Elizabeth. Age; 5. B. C. . Protestant.
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1830 - 11 Mar. New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons,
Conditional Pardon. No; 29
Name: Catherine Terrier. [Catherine Stewart]
Age: 51. Birth Year: 1779
Origin Place: Edinburgh. Conviction Date: 8 Jun 1818
Conviction Place: Edinburgh Court
Trade or calling; Ladies maid.
Offence; Robbery
Height; 5 ft. 4 inches
Complexion: Fair
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Brown

Tony Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Grady:

From Co Galway Ireland 5’ 10” fair florid complexion brown hair and hazel eyes

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1822 for Thomas Grady (11/3/1824) assigned to James Flynn of Princes Street. date in margin 27/4/1824

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers 30/4/1824 assigned to John Eyre of Parramatta.

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1825 States died at Sydney

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Elizabeth Tomkisson:

1820 Convict Indent;
Name; Elizabeth Tomkisson. Age; 30. Est. birth year; 1790. Trial Place; Salop

1820 - 17 Mar. Elizth Tomlinson. Goal Sydney. Entrance Book. Bench. Factory

1821 - Jan. Elizabeth Tomlinson. Servant to Mrs Hazard.

1823 - 1 Dec. Event Description: Ill used by keepers, Inmate, Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum. Page: 82

1825 - Elizabeth Tomkisson. Convict. L. Wellington. Lunatic Asylum. Parramatta

1828 - No; 33. Elizth Tomkins Age; 35. L. Wellington. Lunatic Asylum. Liverpool

1852 - 6 Jan. New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879
L. Wellington. Lunatic . Hospital Parramatta

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Chittenden:

1822 - 7 Jan. Re permission to marry at Parramatta;
Thomas Chittington. Convict per ship Atlas 3 and Elizabeth Tilliving. Convict per ship Ld. Wellington

1822 - 4 Feb. New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Marriages,
No; 860.
Thomas Chittington. Age; 28. Prisoner. Atlas 3 of the parish of Parramatta and
Elizabeth Tilleving. Age: 24. (Birth Year: abt 1798) Ld Wellington of the parish of Parramatta married in this church by Banns
Samuel Marsden
Witness; George Gilbert and Jane Gilbert

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Chittenden:

1816 - 29 Jul. On list of convicts disembarked from the “Atlas” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution

1818 - Petition for mitigation of sentence

1822 - Thomas Chittington. T. L. Atlas 3. Life.  L.pool

1825- General Muster. Gov’t Employee. Port Macquarie

1825 - 31 Mar. To be transported for 14 years. On return of prisoners tried before the Supreme Court of New South Wales
Offence; Receiving. Guilty

1825 - Convicted of receiving; sentence commuted to transportation for five years. On return of prisoners convicted and sentenced by the Supreme Court

1830 - Phoenix Hulk. Phoenix Hulk: Discharge Book, 1825-1830 No; 2979.

1836 - 11 May. Ticket of Leave. 36/929
Name: Thomas Chittenden
Birth Year: 1793
Native Place; Maidstone
Trade or calling; Labourer and Sawyer
Offence; No Details
Trail; 17 July 1815
Height; 5 ft. 11 1/4 inches
Complexion: Fair
Hair; Brown & thin
Eyes; Hazel

1838 - 1 Nov, Conditional Pardon. No; 39/331

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Elizabeth Treliving:

1821 -  Servant to Mrs McDonald. In the Colony

1821 - 16 Apr. Goal Sydney. Entrance Book. By order of Mr Hutchinson ? Supt recently returned from N.C. - Factory

1822 - General Muster. Wife to T. Chittenden

1822 - 7 Jan. Re permission to marry at Parramatta;
Thomas Chittington. Convict per ship Atlas 3 and Elizabeth Tilliving. Convict per ship Ld. Wellington

1822 - 4 Feb. New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Marriages,
No; 860.
Thomas Chittington. Age; 28. Prisoner. Atlas 3 of the parish of Parramatta and
Elizabeth Tilleving. Age: 24. (Birth Year: abt 1798) Ld Wellington of the parish of Parramatta married in this church by Banns
Samuel Marsden
Witness; George Gilbert and Jane Gilbert

1825 - 17 Mar. New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, No; 117/3345

Name: Elizabeth Treliving
Age: 28. Birth Year: abt 1797
Native Place:  Plymouth
Arrival year: 1820. Vessel: Lord Wellington
Date of Trial; 16 March 1818
Sentence: 7 years
Trade or calling; Servant
4 ft. 11 3/4 inches Height;
Complexion: Fair Ruddy
Hair; Dark Brown
Eyes; Hazel

1825 - F. S. With her husband. Port Macquarie

Penny-Lyn Beale on 18th October, 2020 wrote of Letitia Waddle:

1822 - 11 Jan. Nurse in the Hospital; to be sent to the Factory. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta. Charged with leaving her Employment without leave a assaulting a free woman. To be sent to the Factory have her head shaved and wear a log until further orders

1822 - Wife of James, the scourger and constable at Newcastle; resident with Mr Mudie of Patricks Plains. Refused to join her husband “on account of the peculiarity of his Employment”; 

Scourger - a person who whips someone

1828 - Census. No; 1417. Age 35. Employment; Mrs Wylde. Cabramatta. G. S,

1828 - Census Householders Return. Employed as a Housemaid. Religion; Protestant

1835 - 17 March. Certificate of Freedom. 35/141.
Name: Letitia Waddle
Age: 41. Birth Year: 1794
Native Place: County Down, Northern Ireland
Offence: Uttering Forged Notes
Date of Trial; 15 August 1818
Trade or Calling; Servant
Sentence: 14 years
Height; 5 ft. 5 1/2 inches
Complexion: Ruddy
Hair; Dark Brown
Eyes; Haze.
General Remarks; Scar on right check bone

Iris Dunne on 18th October, 2020 wrote of John Allen:

24 Aug. 1824 Petition to have his wife & children sent out at Government expense (Names of family: Martha Allan, married, Rebecca 19 years of Age, Elizabeth 17, Mary 15, residing at Staincross near Barnsley - Yorkshire).

Absolute Pardon dated 5 June 1815, Tried 10 March 1810, Trade Labourer

Julie Croucher on 18th October, 2020 wrote of John Allen:

John was given a term of life for horse theft in York. He was held aboard the Prison Hulk, the Laural in Portsmouth Harbour from the 13th June, 1810 until he was transported aboard the Admiral Gambier on 12 May, 1811.
in 1815 he was given an unconditional pardon and purchased land in the Hawkesbury area around Windsor, NSW. He became a land owner and horse trader and at one time owned the White Hart Inn on the Paramatta Road.
He wrote to the Governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane, in 1824 asking to be allowed to bring his wife and three daughters out to New South Wales.
This did not happen at this time, however the daughters and families later emmigrated to the colony.

Iris Dunne on 17th October, 2020 wrote of Jonathan Beale:

Conduct Record: Tried 9th March 1829
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-4$init=CON31-1-4P17

Description List No. 1299: aged 19, Trade Parchment Maker
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-15$init=CON18-1-15P84

Wendy Smith on 17th October, 2020 wrote of Patrick Donovan:

The Convict indentures state that Patrick Donovan was 30 years old.  He could neither read or write; religion Roman Catholic; status married with one daughter and a native of County Limerick.  He was a Violin player.  (No occupation code exists for either musician or violin player, hence this field has been left blank.) Patrick was convicted of stealing a watch on 4 January 1836 in Limerick City and sentenced to seven years.  He had no prior convictions.  Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 6 3/4 inches; complexion dark sallow and freckled; hair brown mixed with grey and eyes grey.  Indenture comment that he was crippled in left foot. Transport number 137.  Prisoner number 36-1940.
NSW 1837 General Muster states that Patrick Donovan was assigned to Hyde Park Barracks.
Received ticket of leave on 8 October 1840 (number 40/2089) at Wellington, NSW.

Wendy Smith on 17th October, 2020 wrote of Thady Hickey:

The Convict indentures state that Thady or Timothy Hickey was 18 years old.  He could neither read or write; religion Roman Catholic; status single and a native of County Tipperary.  He was a farmer’s boy.  (No occupation code exist for solely this occupation, hence the other trades he may or may not have been.) Thady was convicted of manslaughter on 17 March 1836 in Tipperary and sentenced to life.  He had no prior convictions.  Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 4 inches; complexion dark and freckled; hair dark brown and eyes dark hazel.  Transport number 201.  Prisoner number 36-2004.  Comment on indenture entry that he was a brother to 36-2005 (Patrick Hickey).  It appears that they have been involved in the same crime.
Received ticket of leave on 26 March 1845 (number 45/659) at Cassilis.  On 29 August 1845 issued with a ticket of leave passport to proceed to Melville Plains with Mr Alfred Dennison for 12 months issued on 29 August 1845 (number 45/755).
Received Conditional Pardon in 1848 and this was issued on 1 May 1849 (number 49/962)

Cynthia Cheney on 17th October, 2020 wrote of Jonathan Beale:

Correction on place of birth: Leighton Buzzard is
  a town in Bedfordshire not in Leicestershire.

Patricia McGufficke on 17th October, 2020 wrote of John Mansell:

Received onto the prison hulk Ganymede from Horsemonger Lane Gaol, Surrey, 30 Oct 1828.  Departed England 24 Mar 1829 per the Lady Harewood.
  John may be the husband of Grace Mansfield/Mansell born 1771 sentenced to 7 years transportation at The Devon Lent Assizes at Exeter Castle on 16 Mar 1801:
  Grace Mansell, aged 30, wife of John Mansell, late of the Parish of Tawstock in the County of Devon, a labourer, charged with stealing several plow chains, the property of William Burrows and Daniel Ware, on 27 February last at Tawstock, also for stealing three iron chains, value 3 shillings, the property of Daniel Ware - Found guilty of stealing goods to the value of 10 pence only.  Grace arrived Sydney 1803 per the Glatton Grace married George Richards 1826 in Sydney and died 2 weeks after she married.  They had four children together.

D Wong on 17th October, 2020 wrote of John Fitzgerald:

Old Bailey:
JOHN FITZGERALD.
Violent Theft: highway robbery.
9th September 1818
Verdict Guilty > lesser offence
Sentence Transportation

JOHN FITZGERALD was indicted for feloniously assaulting George Davis, on the 26th of May, on the King’s highway, at St. Giles’s in the Fields, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 7l.; three seals, value 3l., and one key, value 7s. , his property.

GEORGE DAVIS. On the 26th of May, a little after twelve o’clock at night, I was in George-street, Bloomsbury I was going along the street two women were quarrelling, I stopped a moment or two to hear what passed, the prisoner and two other men were standing by, I then went on; the three men followed me very close, I gave way for them to pass me, when the prisoner hustled me off the curb stone, and then knocked my hat off I was rather alarmed - I caught my hat in my hand, while I was catching it one of the men took my watch from me in an instant, I felt it going, they then ran off as fast as possible; I called the watchman, he came up immediately and took the prisoner; the prisoner made a motion with his hand, which made me conclude that he was deaf and dumb. One of the other men, named John Davis, was taken and convicted last Sessions. I heard by their conversation that the prisoner had been fighting. Davis made some motion to the prisoner, and sparred at him. I am certain the prisoner is the man who knocked my hat off.

JAMES SULLIVAN. I am a watchman. On the 26th of May the prosecutor called watch, I went up, I was only thirty yards off, I saw them together; the prosecutor gave the prisoner into my charge, and we took him to the watch-house.

The prisoner being deaf and dumb, had the evidence communicated to him by an interpreter, and made the following

Defence. I am innocent. I was with a woman, the watchman collared me, and I struck the prosecutor.

JAMES DAVIS re-examined. I believe a woman was passing at the time, but she was not with the prisoner. I am sure he was one of the party I never lost sight of him.

GUILTY. Aged 25.

Of stealing from the person, but not with force and violence.

Transported for Life.

John Fitzgerald was listed as 26 years old on arrival.

John was 5’6¾” tall, dark pale complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

Assigned to the government stores as a shoemaker.

Sent to work in an Iron Gang on the construction of the Great North Road, Wiseman’s Ferry area.

1822: Petitioned for a TOL in consideration of his being deaf and dumb - not successful.

17/4/1839: Shoemaker aged 46.  Deaf and dumb.  Absconded from service of Percy Simpson 4th April.

26//7/1843: TOL Patricks Plains

10/7/1848: CP

No date of death found.

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