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Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th October, 2021 wrote of David Batty:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents
Name; David Batty
Trial; Sessions for Liberty of Westminster
Date; 5 July 1787 - Sentence; 7 years

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 wrote of Alexander Templeton:

Conduct Record No. 27219: aged 18, Single
Trade: Laborer
Tried 6 July 1850 at Tyrone for Larceny (stated stealing clothes)
Ticket of Leave 17 October 1854
Conditional Pardon 14 August 1855
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-112$init=CON33-1-112P237

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 wrote of Jeremiah Callahan:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
HENRY CAPS, JEREMIAH CALLAHAN, Theft > pocketpicking, 20th February 1822.
529. HENRY CAPS and JEREMIAH CALLAHAN were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of February , one watch, value 15 s., the goods of William Hatherton , from his person .

MR. PRENDERGAST conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM HATHERSTON . On Saturday night, the 17th of February, about half-past twelve o’clock, my business caused me to be in Clare-market. I was coming home, and was going into a public-house in Drury-lane , near the burial ground, to get a pint of beer; the two prisoners came towards me, and as Caps passed, he seized my watch-chain, and took it out. I seized him and called to the watch, Callahan came to his assistance, and got him from me. I then seized Callahan, he pulled me across the road, and as I was calling Watch! he called to Caps for assistance, and said,

“Don’t go away,” Caps, then came and joined him. I was contending with them both, they got off, and my wife and myself called out Watch! the constable came up and rushed among the crowd, and took me into a shop - I was bleeding, I said I should know the man again, and went to look for them in Queen-street, and on coming into Drury-lane, Jones pointed over the way; I saw Caps run over, I said,

“That is the man who robbed me.” Callahan was taken the same night in Drury-lane, about one o’clock - I am certain they are the men.

Cross-examined by MR. ANDREWS. Q. What are you - A. I buy bread of bakers, and carry it about to sell - I deal with several people. Sir Richard Birnie examined me twice on this business.

Q. Did not Sir Richard Birnie say

“I do not like your story, why not call out that you were robbed, instead of not speaking till the watchman came?” He did, and asked me to bring somebody to confirm my story.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You did not take the witnesses who are now to be examined - A. They went to Marlborough-street by mistake, and when they got to Bow-street, it was too late.

DAVID JONES . On Saturday night, between twelve and one o’clock, I was in Drury lane, and saw the prosecutor holding Callahan, who was striking him; Caps was standing by, they came into the middle of the street, when Caps seized the prosecutor and turned him on one side - the prosecutor kept calling for the watchman all the time. They got on the pavement, and the prosecutor seized Caps again, but they escaped, and went down Stewards rents; I followed them, but not knowing the man was robbed, I turned back. After hearing he was robbed, I went after them, and in Wild-street I saw Caps; he saw me, and went into Little Wild-street, then took to his heels and ran off - I followed him across Queen-street, into Drury-lane, and then turned back; the prosecutor and constable then came up - I pointed him out, and the prosecutor said

“That is one of the men who robbed me.”

Cross-examined. Q. What are you - A. A tailor. I did not know the prosecutor, he had cried Watch! but not Stop thief! when the watchman came up, he said,

“I have been robbed of my watch.” I said,

“It is odd you should fight with the man so long, and not say you was robbed.” Caps ran away as soon as he came.

JOHN ELSWORTH . I am a constable of St. Giles’s. About twenty minutes after twelve o’clock, I was going to bed, but heard a violent cry of

“Watch! Watch! I will not let him go;” considering that there was a watchman near, I did not go out immediately; but as the cry continued, I went and found the prosecutor covered with blood - I took him into a baker’s shop, he said he had lost his watch. The people were complaining that no watchman was to be found, there ought to have been three near the spot. As soon as I got up, there was a rush down Stewarts-rents; I ran round into Wild-street, and Drury-lane, and just at the corner, the prosecutor ran across, and stopped Caps, who was going towards Broad-court, he said,

“This is the man,” I immediately collared him, and said,

“Harry, it is you.” The prosecutor said he should know the other man, and Bartlett said he had seen a man with Caps, who he knew; a person fetched us to the corner of Clare-court, where Bartlett took Callahan; he said to Bartlett,

“I’ll go with you, you have been a friend to me, if I had taken your advice, I should not have been in this.”

Cross-examined. Q. The prosecutor said he was ill used - A. Yes. I asked if he had lost any thing, he said his watch; he was confused. The people thought it was a fight.

THOMAS BARTLETT . I am a street-keeper. I saw Elsworth having Caps in custody - the prosecutor said he was concerned in robbing him of his watch; he described the other man; I said I thought I knew him, and went down Clare-court, and saw Callahan, I secured him, and said,

“Caps is in custody, charged with a robbery, with you;” he said,

“Bartlett if I had taken your advice, and gone home, this would not have happened.”

Cross-examined. Q. How far is the burial ground from Broad-court - A. Thirty or forty yards. Callahan was all over dirt. Sir R. Birnie said the prosecutor’s wife need not come here.

PHILIP SMITH . I am a patrol. On Sunday morning, I saw the prosecutor turning out of a public-house, in Drury-lane - I heard of this affair, and saw Caps in Broad-court, the prosecutor said,

“That is one of them,” he said that he had nothing to do with it.

WILLIAM JACKSON . I am a patten maker, and live in Wych-street. I was coming down Drury-lane, and by the burial ground, I saw the prosecutor and Callahan wrestling, he got away; Caps came between them, and forced them, apart and both ran down the court - I went with the constable after them round Wild-street; he went over the way and collared Caps. I went with them to the watch-house, and saw Callahan standing near Clare-court - I knew him directly, and pointed him out; I had heard the prosecutor calling out,

“Watch! You shall not go;” they were struggling together - Callahan said nothing when he was taken.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you hear him charged with a robbery - A. No. The impression on my mind was that it was a robbery. The prosecutor was holding the man, not fighting with him. Elsworth came up just as the men got away.

CAPS - GUILTY . Aged 18.

CALLAHAN - GUILTY . Aged 26.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before W. Arabin, Esq.
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18220220-206-defend1835&div=t18220220-206#highlight

Death 6 June 1889 at 1 Egan Street, Richmond, Victoria
Cause: Senile decay, exhaustion

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 wrote of Jeremiah Callahan:

Tried 20 February 1822 for Stealing from the Person
Conditional Pardon No. 995 dated 1 September 1836
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-6$init=CON31-1-6P171

Description List: aged 24
Trade: Groom
Native Place: Bloomsbury
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON23-1-1$init=CON23-1-1-P075

Marriage Permission dated 30 June 1832 to Hannah Ryles (ship Sovereign)
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON45-1-1$init=CON45-1-1P023

Muster Roll:
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-2$init=CON13-1-2P216

Kay Barham on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Bentlem Douglas:

Old Bailey trial no. 1962, 20 Aug 1838 age 13 stealing to pawn from his widowed Mum, Mary Gordon of Bethnal Green. In Newgate, Parkhurst Prisons, Hulk Ships moored Chatham, Gosport, transported at 18, earned Free Cert 1845. London 1850 Merchant Seaman 478072, married Hannah Elliott (from Arundel) 1851 Bethnal Green. Moved Liverpool, became Rigger and had 5 children, died Toxteth at 40, Gangrene of Lungs. Born Edinburgh to sailor, George and Mary Douglas, eldest of 4, had 2 brothers and sister. Proud of our 2x Paternal Great-Grandfather who a hard life, lost father young, was boy sailor at 12, spent 7 years imprisoned but went on to turn life round. He named 2 children after parents George and Mary, even though Mary was witness and victim son’s prosecution. (Often name misspelt Bentlum). Twin Descendants

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of James Batters:

1817 - Possible Death Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground.
James Batters. Age; 36
Burial; 18 October 1817.

Remarks; Convict

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of James Batters:

1821 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
Remarks; Ticket of Leave. Labourer in the Colony

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of James Batters:

Old Bailey On-Line
Born; 1768
Tried; 24 April 1805. Age; 37. Tried at Old Bailey, London. Accused of highway robbery (feloniously assaulting William Jaggers , on the king’s highway, on the 8th of April, putting him in fear, and forcibly taking from his person and against his will a hat, value 2 s. and 6 s. 6 d. the property of William Jaggers).

Tony Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of John Potter:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1834 Elizabeth Jones 23 Bond (life) per ship Princess Royal to marry John Potter 30 free (7yrs) per ship Eliza Rev Richard Hill Sydney

Tony Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Elizabeth Jones:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1829. From London Single protestant who could read and write. Convicted 31/7/1828. 5’ Ruddy freckled and pock pitted complexion, black hair dark brown eyes. Assigned to R Harvey 35 Pitt Street.

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 1834 Elizabeth Jones 23 Bond (life) per ship Princess Royal to marry John Potter 30 free (7yrs) per ship Eliza Rev Richard Hill Sydney

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of James Batters:

1813 - 30 Jan. Constable in Sydney. Dismissed for improper and fraudulent conduct

1816 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
Remarks; Overseer of Sydney Town Gang - In the Colony

1817 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
Remarks; Ticket of Leave. Labourer in the Colony

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of James Batters:

Trial; 14 Sept 1791. Sentence; 7 years
Offence; Felony

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Robert Bates:

1814 - 31 Jan. Certificate of Freedom. No; 266.

1814 - Possible Death Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground
Name; Robert Bates.
Age; 45.
Burial; 3 April 1814

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of George Bodkins:

1810 - Old Sydney Burial Ground
Name; George Batkins **
Age; 60
Burial 25 Feb 1810

Remarks; Convict

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of George Bodkins:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
George Betkins
Age; 44

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Hawkins:

New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Burials.
Name; Mary Roe. Ship; Mary Ann; 1791
When buried; 27 August 1811
Age; 53 years

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of William Philip Forber:

New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Burials.
Name; William Furber ** Spelling as per Register **. Per Ship; Neptune
When buried; 23 July 1811
Age; 45 years
By Whom Ceremony was preformed;

Iris Dunne on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Daniel Higgins:

Certificate of Freedom No. 32/620 dated 18 July 1832
Trade; Weaver
Year of Birth: 1804
Native Place: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Offence Pig Stealing
Tried 13 March 1824 in Armagh
Had a Ticket of Leave No. 29/586 dated 5 August 1829, lost by the swamping of his boat

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Michael Wallace:

New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Burials, 1835
Name; Michael Wallis. Ship; Britannia
When buried; 3 February 1812
Age; 45 [1767]

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Michael Wallace:

1797 - New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents,
Name; Michael Wallis
Trial; Roscommon. Spring 1794. Sentence; 7 years crossed out. Life

1806 - Michael Wallis.
Michael Wallis. Ship; 1. Britannia. Govt. Free by Servitude. Castle Hill

1812 - 2 Feb. Name; Michael Wallis
Inquest on body of held at Parramatta

1816 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
Michael Wallace
Vessel: Britannia - Jul 1796
Fleet: Third
Place of Conviction: Roscommon
Employment/Remarks; Dead

Iris Dunne on 12th October, 2021 wrote of John Skelton:

Prison Hulk ship Retribution moored at Woolwich
Received 2 May 1812
Offence Robbery

Index: aged 21, Trade Gunsmith

Bound Indentures: aged 21
Tried 3 March 1812

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Edmund White:

New South Wales, Australia, St. John’s Parramatta, Burials,
Name; Edward White ** As per Register **
Ship; Ad. Gambier 2nd
Age; 18 years Of the Parish of St John’s Parramatta. Buried 10 January 1812

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of John Benn:

1815 - Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index.
Name: John Benn
Death Date: 10 Dec 1815
Cemetery: Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Windsor, Hawkesbury City, New South Wales, Australia

https://images.findagrave.com/photos/2020/46/UNCEM_2505509_e0927dee-c2bb-40db-9cfa-ca02d551c27d.jpeg

1817 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters. 1822
Name; John Benn
Ship; Gordon - Sept 1791
Trial; Salisbury - Sept 1789. Sentence; 7 years. Expired; 1796
Employment/Remarks; DEAD; 1815

1822 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters. 1822
Name; John Benn
Ship; Gordon - Sept 1791
Trial; Salisbury - Sept 1789. Sentence; 7 years. Expired; 1796
Employment/Remarks; DEAD

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Lawrence Brady:

1822 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters. 1822
Name; Lawrence Brady
Ship; Hercules - June 1802
Trial; Monaghan - April 1800
Sentence; 7 years - Expired; 1807

Old Sydney Burial Ground.
Lawrence Brady. Age; 33
Burial; 8 Oct 1815
Employment/Remarks; DIED; 1815

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Lawrence Brady:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Trial; Spring 1801 - 7 years

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