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Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Elizabeth Brennan:

Aged 35yrs; grey eyes; brown hair; 5’2 3/4”; can read & write; married, 3 children; Protestant; housemaid. Native Place: Dublin.

1st husband: James Coffey (Coffee)married 1836 Ireland.
Children: Robert Coffey b. 1836 - transported with mother. Placed in Queens Orphanage Hobart (no. 464) aged 13yrs - discharged 15/08/1850 to M.Carter, New Town.
      : Mary Coffey b. 1848. Died aged 3mths at Grangegorman Gaol.
      : Sarah (k/a Daisy or Dolly) Coffey b. 1841 - transported with mother, 9yrs of age. Admitted to Queens Orphanage, Hobart (no. 451). Discharged to mother 09/06/1851 Elizabeth Brennan/Hughes.

2nd Husband: Joseph Hughes (prev. Duckers)married 21/04/1851 Hobart (ref. 201/1851-37). Joseph was transported as ‘Joseph Duckers’ on the ‘John’ in 1830. Previously married to Ann Cook. He left VDL and went to Victoria and took on the name Joseph Hughes’, however he was charged there 18/10/1845 with Forgery and given a 7yr sentence and transported back to Van Diemen’s Land.

Elizabeth received her Ticket of Leave 24/06/1851; Conditional Pardon 18/10/1853 and Free Certificate 26/01/1855.

Elizabeth Brennan/Hughes died 11/05/1864 Hobart (ref. 4442/1864-35) aged 50yrs (cancer of the womb).

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Elizabeth Brennan:

Convicted at Wexford for stealing 2 geese. 7 yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the ‘Lord Auckland’.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Joseph Duckers:

Another child: Isabella Jane Duckers b. 1837 Campbell Town, VDL. (She married Charles Hart 1876 in Victoria. Died 1929 Vic, aged 92yrs.)

Joseph Duckers moved to Victoria but was tried and convicted 18/10/1845 in Melbourne for forgery - but under the alias name of JOSEPH HUGHES. He was found guilty and retransported for 7yrs - back to Van Diemen’s Land - on the ship ‘Flying Fish’ 1845.

(Details of what happened to wife Ann Cook, not known at this stage.)

He remarried - to Elizabeth Brennan (convict per Lord Auckland) 21/04/1851 Hobart. ref. 201/1851-37, Elizabeth recorded as “Brenend”.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Ann Cook:

07/04/1846: Supreme Court - Ann Duckers was indicted for stealinig three gowns the property of Maria Vowells. Mrs. Vowells deposed that the prisoner was at her house on a certain day ; that they left in com puny, and went to a public house, where they re mained drinking, and then proceeded to another, until she became intoxicated. The prisoner left her, and it was afterwards discovered the house had been entered, and a large quantity of clothes stolen, which the prisoner was proved to have of fered in pledge. Mr. Knight appeared for the prisoner, and succeeded in raising a doubt, as to whether the prosecatrix had not authorised the prisoner to pawn the goods, upon which she was acquitted.

Kathie Harrison on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Joseph Harrison:

Departed London 5 April 1832
Sailed via Sheerness
Arrived Van Diemen’s Land 19 July 1832

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Ann Cook:

Ann Cook was convicted at Middlesex on 29/11/1832 for stealing a shawl. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the ‘Jane’, arriving 30/06/1833.

Gaol Report: very orderly
Ship Surgeon’s Report: very good, good character.

b. abt 1809/1810 Bury St. Edmunds.
Single; reads; plain cook & laundress; dk hazel eyes; dk brown hair; 5’4”.

1833: Assigned to Mr. Beaford.
1835: Assigned to Lt. Friend.
1836-1839: Assigned to Mr. Duckers.

12/02/1836: Application for permission to marry Joseph Duckers. Approved.
16/03/1836: Married Joseph Duckers (convict per ‘John’), Launceston (ref. 3381/1836-36).

25/10/1836: Duckers - Drunk. 7days solitary, bread & water only.
29/11/1836: Duckers - Disorderly. Crime class 1mth.
Ticket of Leave granted (no date recorded)

Child Mary Anne Duckers born. Baptised 19/03/1838 Launceston. (ref. 3381/1838)

06/05/1839: Duckers - Drunk & disorderly - 2mths imprisonment at Female Factory, Hobart. Ticket of Leave suspended during that period.
28/05/1845: Lt. Gov. pleased to remit remainder of hard labour from sentence.
09/06/1845: to be sent to Female Factory Launceston.

Free Certificate granted (no. 824) 1845.

Warren Maloney on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Margaret Mackintosh:

Married Edward Chaplin 12 April 1841 in Hobart

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Francis Woodcock:

Francis Woodcock was tried at Shrewsbury, Shropshire on 13 March 1784 for stealing livestock (a sheep) with a value of 25 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 14 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 48 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as labourer.
Report from Dunkirk hulk was “tolerably decent and orderly”, he died in 1788.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Mark Wood:

Mark Wood was tried at Old Bailey, London on 29 October 1783 for stealing clothing with a value of 39 shillings.
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17831029-35-defend608&div=t17831029-35#highlight
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “Troublesome at times”.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of John Wisehammer:

John Wisehammer was tried at Gloucester, Gloucestershire on 10 February 1785 for stealing snuff. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 18 at that time (May 1787).
Report from Dunkirk hulk was “tolerably decent and orderly”.On 8 January 1790 sentenced to receive 50 lashes for neglect of work, but fainted after 8. The remainder was forgiven

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Daniel Williams:

Daniel Williams was tried at Radnor, Wales on 23 March 1785 for stealing livestock (cattle - 2 oxen, 2 heifers) of unknown value. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 48 at that time (May 1787).
Did not embark.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Mary Watkins:

Mary Watkins was tried at Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Wales on 25 April 1786 for robbery with a value if 1 shilling. She was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 21 at that time (May 1787).

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Charlotte Ware:

Charlotte Ware was tried at Old Bailey, London on 10 December 1783 for assault and robbery with a value of 10 shillings.
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17831210-34-defend411&div=t17831210-34#highlight
She was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 25 at that time (May 1787), she died in 1839.
She had previous convictions for theft. Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was that she was behaving “better than formerly”.On the journey, held in irons for 10 days for breaking through the bulkhead to reach the seamen.On 9 February 1789 ordered 30 lashes for beating another woman, and received 20 more for insolence. Owned property in her own right by 1805.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Roger Twyfield:

Roger Twyfield was tried at Shrewsbury, Shropshire on 12 March 1785 for burglary with a value of 10 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 27 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as labourer. He died in 1842.
Report from Dunkirk hulk was “tolerably decent and orderly”.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Thomas Turner:

Thomas Turner was tried at Oxford, Oxfordshire on 6 March 1782 for assault and highway robbery with a value of 52 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 47 at that time (May 1787).
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “troublesome at times”. He died in 1788.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of John Turner:

John Turner was tried at Maidstone, Kent on 16 April 1783 for stealing a cask of beer with a value of 18 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 47 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as shipwright.He left NSW in 1793.
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was that he had behaved “remarkably well”.Ordered a passage home with two other elderly convicts.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Moses Tucker:

Moses Tucker was tried at Plymouth, Devon on 7 June 1786 for fraud (false pretences). He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 35 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as labourer or carpenter.He left NSW in 1793.
Was press ganged into the navy at St Kitts, Leeward Islands in 1785.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “tolerably decent and orderly”. On 1 November 1788 sentenced to receive 200 lashes for stealing some boards, but later forgiven part of the punishment.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of James Thodie:

James Thodie was tried at Old Bailey, London on 23 July 1782 for stealing clothing with a value of 130 shillings.
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17820703-31-defend331&div=t17820703-31#highlight
He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 28 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as plasterer. He died in 1795.
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “troublesome at times”.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Elizabeth Thackery:

Elizabeth Thackery was tried at Manchester, Lancashire on 4 May 1786 for stealing handkerchiefs with a value if 1 shilling. She was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 20 at that time (May 1787), she died in 1856.
Sent to the Dunkirk hulk.Placed in irons a number of times while on the journey.Received 25 lashes on 14 July 1791 for coming in from her settlement without permission.Lived with James Dodding. Married Samuel King on 28 January 1810.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of John Tenhel:

John Tenhil was tried at Old Bailey, London on 14 January 1784 for stealing spices with a value of 17 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 19 at that time (May 1787).
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “very quiet”.The spelling of his name varies considerably in records.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Henry Taylor:

Henry Taylor was tried at Old Bailey, London on 14 January 1784 for stealing iron bars and railing with a value of 15 shillings.
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17840114-41-defend408&div=t17840114-41#highlight
He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 33 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as stocking weaver. He died in 1806.
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “troublesome at times”.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Thomas Stretch:

Thomas Stretch was tried at Shrewsbury, Shropshire on 16 August 1783 for burglary with a value of 3 shillings. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years having been originally sentenced to death, and left England on the Friendship aged about 33 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as labourer or miller. He died in 1819.
Report from Dunkirk hulk was “tolerably decent and orderly”. Sentenced to receive 100 lashes for idleness in February 1789

Grace O Malley on 14th January, 2013 wrote of Robert Gilchrist:

WEAVER,aged 18 yrs ,previous convictions for theft. “Pannel cannot write”.
Convicted along with Charles McGarvie of housebreaking and reset.
victim: Mary Rankin

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of John Spence:

John Spence was tried at Old Bailey, London on 10 December 1783 for stealing tea with a value of 39 shillings.
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17831210-41-defend490&div=t17831210-41#highlight
He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 28 at that time (May 1787).
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “troublesome at times”. Received 50 lashes in November 1790 for stealing potatoes.

Eric Harry Daly on 14th January, 2013 wrote of John Ryan:

John Ryan was tried at Old Bailey, London on 14 January 1784 for stealing clothing with a value of 13 shilling.
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t17840114-7-defend135&div=t17840114-7#highlight
He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on the Friendship aged about 23 at that time (May 1787). His occupation was listed as silk weaver. He died in 1815
Guilty of return from transport following the Mercury mutiny.Report from Dunkirk hulk was “in general tolerably well behaved but troublesome at times”.Accused of theft of food and sentenced on 27 February 1788 to receive 300 lashes, but was forgiven.

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