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Ralph Coles on 17th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Whiteside:

Marriage certificate 268

Ralph Coles on 17th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Whiteside:

Protestant from Galway charged with shoplifting, Sentenced at Garrickfergus Antrim Ireland.

7 years sentence standing no 213-31.
Indent No. 6 31 March 1830.
Height 5ft. 3in. Ruddy/fair complexion, light brown hair, hazel - grey eyes. House maid, Dairy maid
Sailed from Cork aboard Palambam 23 March 1831.
Arrived Sydney 31 July 1831.
Bound to H Pawley Sydney.
Certificate of Freedom 29 April 1837
Married David Williams 13 October 1832 in Sydney.
Her marriage record indicates that she was a widow.
Whiteside is not likely to be her maiden name.
Born ca. 1799.
Descendants of Mary Ann Whiteside
David Williams to Mary Whiteside
  Mary Williams 1832
Robert Fitzgerald to Mary Williams
  Robert Fitzgerald 1860
Robert Fitzgerald to Janet Boyle
  Robert Fitzgerald 1889
Robert Fitzgerald to Dorothy Howling
  Irene Fitzgerald 1916
George Coles to Irene Fitzgerald
  Ralph Coles 1949
Ralph Coles with Franziska Burkart

Aidan McCarthy on 17th October, 2020 wrote of John Fitzgerald:

Deaf and dumb.

David Hunt on 17th October, 2020 wrote of James Jolly:

Buried Sydney 14 May 1832 - age listed as 55

D Wong on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Stapleton:

Thomas Stapleton was listed as 26 years old on arrival.

Birth dates of 1792, 1797, 1803, 1804 listed. (Baptised on 17/7/1797 at St. John’s Parish, Kilkenny.

Son of Samuel Stapleton and Mary Quinn.

Native Place: Kilkenny.

Thomas was literate, RC, 5’10” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, tattoos on both arms.

Assigned to Charles Boydell, Paterson River.

3/8/1830: Absconded from Newcastle barracks.

September 1833: Paterson - Return of Corporal Punishment inflicted by Sentence of the Bench in the presence of P.N. Anley, Magistrate. 50 lashes for absconding. This man had been in the army, and bore the marks of having been frequently punished - suffered greatly

22/5/1834: Married Cecily McCann (Hooghly 1831) at Newcastle. (Listed as Cicily McCann, she was 28 and had arrived with 1 child on board - Thomas was 30 and both were on Bond.

21/8/1835: Admitted to Newcastle gaol from Maitland. Sentenced to 14 days solitary confinement. Returned to his master 5 September 1835.

18/8/1836: COF
31/8/1839: COF Renewed.

No death found for Cilily/Cecily.

15/7/1852: Married Eliza Masters at Paterson, NSW. Eliza was previously married to Charles Roberts on the 13/11/1841 and had 3 children.
Thomas and Eliza had a further 9 children.

At the time of his marriage Thomas was using the surname Stapleton Cotton.

I Thomas STAPLETON COTTON, do hereby declare that I am a member of or hold communion with, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. (signed) Thomas Stapleton Cotton I James Brotherston LAUGHTON, of Paterson, Minister of Saint Ann’s Church, do hereby certify,that Thomas Stapleton Cotton, bachelor, of Paterson, and Eliza Masters, widow of Paterson, were joined together in wedlock by me, on the fifteenth day of July 1852, at Paterson, in the presence of James Smith. (signed) James Smith and Agnes Smith, Witness (signed) Thomas Stapleton Cotton and Eliza Masters. ?? is the only marriage solemnized by me from 1st July to 30th Sept 1852. (signed) James B Laughton.

31/1/1880: Thomas died from ‘Decay of nature’ at West Maitland, and was buried in the RC Cemetery, Campbell’s Hill.

D Wong on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Fergus Cunningham:

22/3/1834: Convict Death Register - Fergus Cunningham was murdered.

25/3/1834 Sydney Gazette:
FURTHER PARTICULARS___CORONER’S INQUEST.__
Since writing the above, we have received the foLlowing additional particulars as elicited upon the inquest, which was held on Saturday evening, at the Irish Arms Inn, kept by Mr. Fitterton.
The name of the deceased was Fergus Cunningham, on old hand in the colony, formerly a government overseer, and for some time-past in the assigned service of Sir John.
He came to Parramatta on Saturday morning, when, he was in the company of the constable, during which some words took place between them. The bullock driver went into the Irish Arms, where he became paRtially intoxicated, and the constable after taking the women he had in charge to the factory, returned to the same house. The former dispute was revived, and the constable then discharged his piece at the unfortunate Cunningham. The contents entered by the right eye, and drove the skull and brains in all directions.
The jury returned a verdict of Wilful murder against the constable, who was accordingly committed to take his trial on the Coroner’s warrant.

D Wong on 16th October, 2020 wrote of William Smith:

William Smith was 42 years old, a brickmaker, literate, married - no children listed, 5’3Ā¾” tall, light brown hair, hazel eyes, sallow complexion, slight build, Anchor, F K, woman right arm, “I cannot see God, but God” left arm, W S, 1861, within heart, star and dots left hand, right leg diseased.

21/6/1873: William Smith died at the Fremantle lunatic asylum of dysentery.

Tristan Alfaro on 16th October, 2020 wrote of William Voss:

Records of Quarter Sessions at Leicester, December 30 1850 state William Voss was sentenced to 15 years transportation for “Horse stealing before convicted of felony”.

Tristan Alfaro on 16th October, 2020 wrote of William Voss:

Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol on the 9th of January 1862.

Brett Beattie on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Steel:

The above from Phil hands is correct except:
Mary did not marry convict John Hockey
Mary Steel that married John Hockey was a free settler that arrived on the Parland in 1838

Wendy Smith on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Lawrence Mcenerney:

The convict indentures state that Lawrence McEnerney was 22 years old.  He could read and write; religion Roman Catholic; status single and a native of County Limerick.  He was a baker.  Lawrence was convicted of stealing silver spoon on 4 January 1836 at Limerick City and sentenced to 7 years. He had one prior conviction and served 6 months.  Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 6 inches; complexion fair ruddy and a little pock pitted; hair light brown and eyes light hazel.  Transport number 139.  Prisoner number 36-1942.
Received Certificate of Freedom on 11 January 1843 (number 43/63).
NSW 1837 Census states that Thomas McEnerney was assigned to Government in Sydney.

Wendy Smith on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Hogan:

The convict indentures state that Thomas Hogan was 25 years old.  He could neither read nor write; religion Roman Catholic; status single and a native of County Limerick.  He was a farm labourer.  Thomas was convicted of sheep stealing on 4 January 1836 at Limerick City and sentenced to life.  Physical attributes: Height 5 feet 4 inches; complexion dark sallow; hair brown and eyes grey.  Transport number 138.  Prisoner number 36-1941.
Received ticket of leave on 1 June 1847 (number 47/486) at Goulburn.
Received Conditional Pardon on 13 February 1856 (number 56/10).

David Aitchison on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Miles Horan:

Transported along with his brother Peter (Patrick)

David Aitchison on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Peter Horan:

Transported along with his brother, Miles.

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Fergus Cunningham:

From Co Galway Ireland convicted of abduction 5’ 10 1/2” fresh florid complexion light hair grey eyes

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of William Ballard:

1828 - 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (Australian Copy) (NRS 1273) 1828 Census: HouseholdersĀ“ Returns
Parramatta

Timothy Ballard, Age; 41. (Est year of birth; 1787) F. S. Duke of Portland 1807. 14 years, Sawyer. Parramatta. Protestant.
Ann Ballard, Age; 35. Convict. Lord Wellington 1819. 14 years. Wife of above
Thomas Ballard, Age; 7 Born Colony. Son of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18225899 1B
Mary Ballard, Age; 7 Born Colony. Daughter of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18225900 1B
Maria Ballard, Age; 4.  Born Colony. Daughter of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18236338 1B
Joseph Ballard, Age; 3. Born Colony. Son of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18251664 148
Martha Ballard, Age; 1. Born Colony. Daughter of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Baptized St John’s Parramatta. No; 123 August 12th 1827. Born July 25th. Fathers Occupation: Sawyer. BY Samuel Marsden
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1841 - Census. Timothy Ballard. return No; 630. Residence; Parramatta, No of persons; 5. Location x 948 of 59.
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1847 - Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index.
Name: Timothy Ballard
Death Date: 22 Dec 1847
Cemetery: All Saints Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Parramatta, City of Parramatta Council, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011

Name: Timothy Ballard
Death Age: 67. Profession, Labourer,
Event Type: Burial. Birth Date: abt 1780. Burial Date: 24 Dec 1847
Burial Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Parish;  Marsfield
Abode Palmer Street, Died 22nd December.
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Wife: Ann Ward.
1820 - 27 Jan.  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Lord Wellington” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution; with male child (Thomas Ward)
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Ann Ward:

1820 - 5 Jun. Re permission to marry at Parramatta.
James Martin. Prisoner per Ship; Chapman &
Ann Ward. Prisoner per Ship; Lord Wellington

No marriage record found.
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Marriage Index.
Name: Timothy Bellard. [Timothy Ballard]
Spouse Name: Ann Ward
Marriage Date: 1821. Marriage Place: New South Wales. Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1821. Volume Number: V B
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1825 - General Muster
Ward, Ann, WIFE: OF Bollard, Parramatta
Ward, Thomas. Age; 4. B.C. Son of Ann Ward, Parramatta
Ward, Mary. Age; 2. B.C. Daughter of Ann Ward, Parramatta
Ward, Thomas, Came Free, Lord Wellington 1820. Son of Ann Ward, Parramatta
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1828 - 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (Australian Copy) (NRS 1273) 1828 Census: HouseholdersĀ“ Returns
Parramatta

Timothy Ballard, Age; 41. (Est year of birth; 1787) F. S. Duke of Portland 1807. 14 years, Sawyer. Parramatta. Protestant.
Ann Ballard, Age; 35. Convict. Lord Wellington 1819. 14 years. Wife of above
Thomas Ballard, Age; 7 Born Colony. Son of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18225899 1B
Mary Ballard, Age; 7 Born Colony. Daughter of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18225900 1B
Maria Ballard, Age; 4.  Born Colony. Daughter of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18236338 1B
Joseph Ballard, Age; 3. Born Colony. Son of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Volume No;  V18251664 148
Martha Ballard, Age; 1. Born Colony. Daughter of the above, Parramatta. Protestant. Baptized St John’s Parramatta. No; 123 August 12th 1827. Born July 25th. Fathers Occupation: Sawyer. BY Samuel Marsdem
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1832 - 16 April. Certificate of Freedom.
Native Place; Manchester
Year of birth 1793.
Calling; Servant
Offence; Receiving stolen Property
Date of Trial: 21 March 1818
Sentence; 14 years
Height; 4 ft. 10 1/2
Complexion; Fair
Hair; Brown
Eyes; hazel
Noted against name; WIFE of Timothy Ballard of Parramatta

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Thomas Murray:

From Co Galway Ireland 5’ 0 3/4” dark sallow complexion black hair and hazel eyes.

Thomas Murray
Melville and Bathurst Population Book, 1824. Assigned to John Harris Esq

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 22/3/1827 no 136/6210

1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (Australian Copy) for Thomas Murray works for John Harris at Bathurst

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Patrick King:

From Co Galway Ireland aged 50 5’ 8 1/4” florid freckled complexion dark grey hair and hazel eyes Cert 31/747 noted in indent.

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 18/6/1824 assigned to William Noah Phillip Street

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1825 assigned to William Knowles Sydney

1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (Australian Copy) for Patk King Assigned to the no 12 Quarry gang

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 29/9/1831 ToL no 31/747 for Patrick King. Allowed to stay in Goulburn Plains district.
Cancelled for receiving stolen mutton. To be worked in irons for 6 calendar months 7/4/1837

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for Patrick King 1842 ToL No 42/2281 Allowed to stay in the Illawarra District. Altered to Campbelltown 2/12/1842.
ToL torn up as King received a pardon in 31/12/1847

Patrick King in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons. 31/12/1847 He was 76 and was a conditional pardon no 48/302

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) View title info Mon 6 Mar 1848 Page 3
CONDITIONAL PARDONS. - His Excellency
the Governor has directed it to be notified, that
Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to
authorise the issue, in conformity with the
provisions of the Act of Parliament, 6 Vic, c.
7, of pardons to the undermentioned persons,
Patrick King Lord Sidmouth2

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Mary Ward:

Mary Ward

1820 - Age; 21. Est birth year; 1799

1820 - Re assignment to Mrs Rickards;

1822 - Re assignment to John Richards

1822 - Petition of William Marsh for permission to marry Mary Ann Ward, a prisoner in the Parramatta Factory
William Marsh. Free man by trade a farmer, able to support a wife and family (if any)

1823 - 7 Jan. Re permission to marry at Parramatta
William Marshall - Free &
Mary Ann Ward, Convict per L. Wellington
Rev Samuel Marsden

1823 - 18 Jan. Reply

1825 - Convict Muster. Ward, Mary. Lord Wellington 1820. 7 years. Wife of William Marshall, Parramatta

1839 - 13 Goal Parramatta. Entrance Book. No; 972. Bond. Native Place; Durham. Religion: Protestant. Trade or calling; None.
Year Born; 1798.
Height; 5 ft. 4 inches. Stout.
Complexion; Ruddy,
Hair; Dark
Eyes; Hazel

1839 - 20 Feb. Free. Committed. Admitted to Bail 17 March.

1839 - 21 May. Goal Sydney. Entrance Book. No; 1183. Mary Marshall. Offence; Larceny. Transported. Penal. Settlement. 7 years

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of William Gibbons:

From Dublin convicted of Robbery and burglary. 5’ 8” dark complexion and hair hazel eyes 34/1119

1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (Australian Copy) for William Gibbons Occupation surveyor catholic employed by Rev R Cartwright of Cabramatta.

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1834 cert 34/1119 Pockpitted allowed to stay in Bathurst district. Stated born 1800

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1837 employed by Mr D Maxwell Irving Bathurst

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for William Gibbons 12/6/1838 ToL no 38/934 occ surveyor and still in bathurst

D Wong on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Frederick Ritterspack:

Listed on WA Convict records as RITTERFACK - Frederick was 50 years old, a general stationer, (also listed as a letter carrier) a widower with 4 children, he was 5’5” tall, grey hair, light blue eyes, fair complexion, healthy build.

14/10/1851: TOL
6/8/1853: CP

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Benjamin Tathan Willis:

1818 - Old Bailey - On line
1107. JANE WILLIAMS , MARY PENDLETON , WILLIAM WILKS , MARIA WILKS . WILLIAM CHALKER , CHARLES HANSCOMBE , JOHN ANDERSON , SARAH IRELAND , HANNAH GILBERT , TIMOTHY LANE , JAMES YEOELL , JAMES DALAS , JOHN DUNN , JOHN WATSON , BENJAMIN TATHAN WILLIS , THOMAS OWEN , HENRY WAY , JOSEPH TURNER , THOMAS SEENEY , WILLIAM QUIN , JAMES WOOLE , EDWARD NEW , and JOSEPH LONGWOOD , were severally and separately indicted for feloniously and unlawfully having in their custody and possession forged bank notes, they well knowing them to be forged .
To which indictments they severally pleaded
GUILTY . Transported for Fourteen Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of Joseph Longwood:

1818 - Old Bailey - On line
1107. JANE WILLIAMS , MARY PENDLETON , WILLIAM WILKS , MARIA WILKS . WILLIAM CHALKER , CHARLES HANSCOMBE , JOHN ANDERSON , SARAH IRELAND , HANNAH GILBERT , TIMOTHY LANE , JAMES YEOELL , JAMES DALAS , JOHN DUNN , JOHN WATSON , BENJAMIN TATHAN WILLIS , THOMAS OWEN , HENRY WAY , JOSEPH TURNER , THOMAS SEENEY , WILLIAM QUIN , JAMES WOOLE , EDWARD NEW , and JOSEPH LONGWOOD , were severally and separately indicted for feloniously and unlawfully having in their custody and possession forged bank notes, they well knowing them to be forged .
To which indictments they severally pleaded
GUILTY . Transported for Fourteen Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2020 wrote of James Wolfe:

1818 - Old Bailey - On line
1107. JANE WILLIAMS , MARY PENDLETON , WILLIAM WILKS , MARIA WILKS . WILLIAM CHALKER , CHARLES HANSCOMBE , JOHN ANDERSON , SARAH IRELAND , HANNAH GILBERT , TIMOTHY LANE , JAMES YEOELL , JAMES DALAS , JOHN DUNN , JOHN WATSON , BENJAMIN TATHAN WILLIS , THOMAS OWEN , HENRY WAY , JOSEPH TURNER , THOMAS SEENEY , WILLIAM QUIN , JAMES WOOLE , EDWARD NEW , and JOSEPH LONGWOOD , were severally and separately indicted for feloniously and unlawfully having in their custody and possession forged bank notes, they well knowing them to be forged .
To which indictments they severally pleaded
GUILTY . Transported for Fourteen Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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