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

1828 - NSW Census.
John Higgs. Age; 43. Ticket of Leave. M. Wellington - 1815 - Life. Parramatta. Protestant.
Esther Higgs. Age; 40. Free by Servitude. Morley - 1820 - 7 years. Wife
John Byrnes. Age; 22. Free by Servitude. Ship; Hindostan - 7 years. Blacksmith. Parramatta. Rom. Catholic
James Hall. Age; 52. Ship; Sidmouth - 1819 - 7 years. 7 years. Blacksmith. Parramatta. Protestant

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

1820 - Permission to Marry at Parramatta. Date; 4 Mar 1822.
Esther Hewitt. Ship; Morley 3 [1820]
John Higgs. Ship; M. Wellington

1828 - NSW Census.
John Higgs. Age; 43. Ticket of Leave. M. Wellington - 1815 - Life. Parramatta. Protestant.
Esther Higgs. Age; 40. Free by Servitude. Morley - 1820 - 7 years. Wife
John Byrnes. Age; 22. Free by Servitude. Ship; Hindostan - 7 years. Blacksmith. Parramatta. Rom. Catholic
James Hall. Age; 52. Ship; Sidmouth - 1819 - 7 years. 7 years. Blacksmith. Parramatta. Protestant

Tony Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of David Sinfield:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851 Granted 20/5/1848
Margaret Jackson (or Lyons) 40 Bond (life) per ship Princess Royal to marry David Sinfield 47 C.P. (life) per ship Dick Rev B Lucas Watson Penrith

BDMs
Marriages
219/1848 V1848219 3B SINFIELD DAVID JACKSON MARGARET MW (Penrith)

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Esther Hewitt:

1820 - Old Bailey On-Line
Born; 1780
Tried; 12 January 1820. Age; 40. Tried at Old Bailey, London. Accused of grand larceny (stealing, on the 20th of December, 200 yards of linen, value 10 l.; one pair of boots, value 1 s., and one table-cloth, value 4 s.).

1828 - NSW Census.
John Higgs. Age; 43. Ticket of Leave. M. Wellington - 1815 - Life. Parramatta. Protestant.
Esther Higgs. Age; 40. Free by Servitude. Morley - 1820 - 7 years. Wife
John Byrnes. Age; 22. Free by Servitude. Ship; Hindostan - 7 years. Blacksmith. Parramatta. Rom. Catholic
James Hall. Age; 52. Ship; Sidmouth - 1819 - 7 years. 7 years. Blacksmith. Parramatta. Protestant

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Esther Hewitt:

1820 - NSW Convict Indents.
Age; 40.
Trade; Servant
Trial; 12 January 1820 - 7 years

1820 - Permission to Marry at Parramatta. Date; 4 Mar 1822.
Esther Hewitt. Ship; Morley 3 [1820]
John Higgs. Ship; M. Wellington

1821 - 1822. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers. On list of persons employed by W Palmer. Assigned to him by Government Stores.
Esther Hewitt.  Period Employed; 1821 to 1822. 1 year. Remarks; Married; John Higgs

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

1801 - 1815. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers. On list of persons employed by W Palmer. Assigned to him by Government Stores.
John Cooper. Period Employed; 1810 to 1815. 5 years; Remarks; DIED

1816 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists.
Name; John Cooper
Ship; Pitt - February 1792.
Trial; Nottingham - March 1791.
Sentence; 7 years Expired; March 1798
Employment/Remarks; DIED; 1815 - Dead

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

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851 granted 20/11/1840 Margaret Lyons 32 Bond (life) per ship Princess Royal to marry John Jackson 40 ToL (life)  per ship Countess of Harcourt. Rev Thomas Markinson Mulgoa

BDMs
Marriages
449/1840 V1840449 24B JACKSON JOHN LYONS MARGARET MG (St Thomas, Mulgoa)

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Sarah Papps:

1807 - 1810. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers. On list of persons employed by W Palmer. Assigned to him by Government Stores.
Sarah Papps. Period Employed; 1807 - 1810. 3 years. Remarks; Married to Gandell the butcher.

1810 - Australia, Marriage Index
Sarah Papes ** & John Gandell
Marriage Date: 1810 - Sydney, New South Wales
Volume Number: V A

1812 - Certificate of Freedom. Date; 25 Sep 1812. No; 42/1186.
Trial; London G. DD. 18 Sept 1805. 7 years
Ship; Sydney Cove - 1807. Time Expired; 18 Sept 1812.

1816 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists.
Employment/Remarks; Wife to Jo. Gandall

1820 & 1821 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists.
Employment/Remarks; LEFT the Colony

Penny-Lyn Beale on 12th October, 2021 wrote of Deborah Treasure:

1804 - 1806. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers. On list of persons employed by W Palmer. Assigned to him by Government Stores.
Deborah Treasure. Period. 1804 to 1806. 2 years.
Remarks; Married to John Harris

1806 -  Australia, Marriage Index
Deborah Treasure & John Harris
Marriage Date: 1806 - Sydney, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1806
Volume Number: V A

1817 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists.
Trial; Bridgewater - Aug 1801. Settler’s Wife in the Colony

1825 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters.
Deborah Treasure. Free by Servitude. Ship; Experiment - 7 years. WIDOW, Richmond.

1828 - 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census
Deborah Treasure alias Harris. Age; 45. [1783] Free by Servitude Protestant. House-keeper to John Worthen, Bathurst

Donna Garland on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Garland:

Thomas had 12 children with Ann (Jones).

Rhel McIntyre on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Michael Sharkett:

Bernard Kilkenny, another convicted and sentenced the same day, 27 Feb 1838, also of Burglary, received the same sentence. Record shows he was removed from the ship, but the convict list aboard the CLYDE, shows him still listed. However, Michael Sharkett [Sharkey] is not shown. A clerical error at the time?

Michael went by the surname Sharkey sometime after his arrival in Australia.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Richard Lewis:

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers.
List of prisoners employed by Wm Palmer
Name; Richard Lewis.
Period; 1805 - 1808.
Number of years; 3. Remarks; Died

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of William Organ:

1796 - New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents
Age; 40
Trial Date;11 March 1796

1804 to 1805. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers
Employed by W Palmer form 1804 - 1805
Noted in the remarks column; Hanged for Sheep Stealing

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of George Carpenter:

1805 to 1808. Employed by W Palmer.

1811 - Certificate of Freedom.
No; 22/459?
George Carpenter. Westminster - Jan 1798. 7 years.
When time expired; Date of Certificate Jan 1805. 28 Jan 1811

1813 - Possible Burial Record
George Carpenter. Age; 45.
Burial; 28 Jun 1813

Tony Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Margaret Mahoney:

Old Bailey Online (states DoB 1779)

1669. MARGARET MAHONEY was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of September , 2lbs. of bacon, value 1s. 6d. , the goods of John Wilson .

CHARLES TUCKFIELD . I am shopman to John Wilson, who lives in Aldersgate-street . On the 7th of September, the prisoner came and asked the price of a piece of bacon; I saw her take a piece off the counter and put it about her, into a basket - she then came back to where I stood and offered me half-price for the piece she had asked about: she walked away - I followed and took her about three yards from the door, and found the bacon on her; she begged for mercy.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I had the money in my hand - I put the bacon into my basket and he took me directly.

GUILTY . Aged 49.

Transported for Seven Years .

Tony Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Margaret Mahoney:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for Margaret Mahoney Bound Indentures 1829
From County Sligo Ireland Married protestant who could not read or write. 3 children. C35/1206 and 33/536 (in Bathurst). Convicted 11/9/1827 2 previous convictions. 5’ dark freckled and pock pitted brown hair and blue eyes. Assigned to Rose Lasey Hunter street Sydney

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Margaret Mahony
Bathurst 1846-1854
22/10/1847 Fined or cells for drunkeness at Bathurst

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of William Carney:

Trial; Athy, Ireland

1814 - 29 Apr. Sent to Newcastle per Endeavour

1814 - 23 Mar. Absconded from Newcastle

1816 - Old Sydney Burial Record
Name; William Carney
Age; 45
Burial; 10 April 1816.

Remarks; Convict

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of William Carney:

New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists,
Name; William Carney
Ship; Boyd - Aug 1809
Trial; July 1806
Sentence; Life - Emancipated
Remarks; DEAD

Tony Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Mahoney:

Old bailey Online
1867. MARY MAHONEY was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July , 13 shillings, 60 pence, and 120 halfpence, the monies of Samuel Richards , her master .

SAMUEL RICHARDS. I keep a public-house in Great Wild-street, Lincoln’s Inn-fields . On the 7th of June, the prisoner came into my service, and on the 17th of July, I marked a shilling and put it on the bar floor with a basket on it; there was a crooked halfpenny, and another with two holes in it, in a 5s. paper on the sideboard - I missed them and two half-crowns off the shelf. On the 22d of July I found this shilling and the marked copper in the officer’s possession - I had directed him to search for my daughter’s cap, which was missing; a key of my bar was found in her room - Rawlings called me up stairs; I went up and called the prisoner - she was coming up, and when she got about half-way, she ran down; two women caught her and brought her up - I shewed her the money, and said “Now Mary, are you honest?” she fell on her knees and begged my pardon.
ELIZABETH RAWLINGS . I lodge at Richards. There was a search for the cap; I went into the prisoner’s room and found a key of the bar, concealed in a rug in the cupboard - it opened the bar.

PHILIP RILEY . I am a beadle. I have a quantity of halfpence and silver which I found on the sacking of the bedstead in the prisoner’s room; Richards pointed out these two halfpence and a shilling, which he said he had marked; I found another parcel of halfpence and a sixpence.

Prisoner’s Defence. I often found money, and gave it him; I took this copper, and said I would frighten him, because he should not put money in my way any more; there was no key in my room, but his niece said to me,“There is a key in my room” - I took a key from there, it would not open my door, and I put it into the cupboard - they often mislaid keys; I did not know what door it would open - I found this copper on the club-room table.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Tony Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Mahoney:

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Mary Mahony
Sydney 1825-1832
24/12/1829 Convicted of stealing tea 12 months penal settlement Moreton Bay

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Caples:

1819 -Possible Burial Record
Name; Thomas Capless. **
Age; 60
Burial; 10 March 1819

Remarks; Convict

Tony Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Mahoney:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for Mary Mahoney Bound Indentures 1829
From County Cork Ireland Single catholic who could read. convicted of Robbing employer. C40/1904 33/637. Convicted 18/9/1838 5’ 1 1/2” Ruddy freckled and pock pitted brown hair and hazel eyes. Assigned to Elizabeth Clayton George Street Sydney

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851 Granted 26/3/1839
Mary Mahoney 29 Bond (14yrs) per ship Princess Royal to marry Patrick McGrath 28 Free Magistrate. Rev F Murphy R C

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Caples:

New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls Age; 48.
Trial; Aug 1817 - County of Cork
Offence; Coining

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Chandler:

1819 - Possible Burial Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground
Mary Candler
Age; 40
Burial; 30 Dec 1819

Remarks; Died; 29 Dec 1819

Penny-Lyn Beale on 11th October, 2021 wrote of Mary Cane:

1796 - Old Sydney Burial Ground
Name; Mary Cane.
Burial; 20 March 1796.

Remarks; Convict

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