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D Wong on 12th January, 2019 wrote of Henry Cooter:

7/7/1831 Brighton Gazette Sussex, England:
LEWES SESSIONS
Henry Cooler, alias Draper, 32, convicted of stealing at Brighton, 20 years of canvass, one cock fowl, and one hen fowl, the property of Thomas Arnold.

Iris Dunne on 12th January, 2019 wrote of Jane Wilson:

Conduct Record: Tried 1845, Transported for stealing a Handkerchief, previously convicted 8 times for other offences, Single, Trade: Housegirl, aged 17, Absconded 26 February 1850, Died 11 March 1850 in Hobartown
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON41-1-10$init=CON41-1-10P168

**Unsure about records as cannot die March 1850 but given marriage permission June 1850 ??

Marriage Permission dated 18 June 1850 to Daniel Napper from ship Cressy
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON52-1-3$init=CON52-1-3p119

Description List:
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON19-1-5$init=CON19-1-5p210

Convict Indent:
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON15-1-3$init=CON15-1-3p352

Iris Dunne on 12th January, 2019 wrote of Daniel Napper:

Marriage Permission dated 18 June 1850 to Jane Wilson from ship Sea Queen
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON52-1-3$init=CON52-1-3p119

Daniel left Launceeston on ship Yarra Yarra in steerage on 20 May 1853. He was “free by servitude”
https://stors.tas.gov.au/POL220-1-3$init=POL220-1-3P094

Iris Dunne on 12th January, 2019 wrote of Dennis Napper:

Conduct Record: Tried 28 December 1842, Protestant, can read a little, Transported for Larceny, Single, Trade: Sweep, aged 15, Free Certificate 28 December 1852
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-61$init=CON33-1-61p163

Stephen Palmer on 11th January, 2019 wrote of Thomas Palmer:

Baptised Cheswardine,Shropshire 31 Dec 1820 as Thomas Nicklin son of Sarah Nicklin of Lipley Heath Cheswardine. Father Charles Palmer, farmer at Lipley. Charles and Sarah married 1825 at Cheswardine.
Hospital record- Admitted to Hobart hospital Feb 1875 with meningitis.Address 29 Sorrell. Death 14 March 1875. Buried Hobart Cemetery 18 March 1875 -location no 145 compartment A

D Wong on 11th January, 2019 wrote of Stephen Compton:

7/7/1831 Brighton Gazette Sussex, England:
LEWES SESSIONS
Stephen Compton, 34, convicted of stealing at the same place, (Brighton) a bed, bolster, three pillows, one counterpane, and a teakettle, the property of John Philcox.

Stephen Compton was 36 yers old on arrival.
Native Place: Dorsetshire. The son of Robert Compton and Martha Warr, he was born at Tarrant Monkton, Dorset, Eng.

15/1/1822 Married Elizabeth (Betty) Jones in Newport, Isle of Wight, Eng.
Children:
Robert Compton
George Compton
William Compton
Henry Compton - 23/4/1853 Henry committed suicide by cutting his throat at Maitland.

25/3/1853 The Sydney Morning Herald:
SUICIDE FROM INTEMPERANCE -On Wednesday morning, a great sensation was caused in West Maitland by the news that Henry Compton, aged 24 years, the son of Mr. Stephen Compton, plasterer, an old and respected inhabitant of Maitland, had cut his throat while suffering from delirium tremens. An inquest was held on the body the same day, when it appeared that for some days young Compton’s mind had been wandering from continued intemperance, and that his relatives were obliged to keep a watch over him. On Tuesday night he suffered greatly from the horrors, keeping his family up almost all night in dread of his doing something violent. On Wednesday morning he eat a hearty breakfast, but some short time after his father and one brother had left to go to work, he got some hot water, saying he wanted to shave himself, and got a razor by force from his mother ; he refused to shave in her presence, and ran up stairs towards his own room, and although his brother James followed immediately Henry cut his throat on the landing place with the razor, so deeply that he died instantly. The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased killed himself while labouring under temporary insanity from intemperance. The feeling this act treated in Maitland was increased by the statement that one of young Compton’s boon companions was in the same state of mind, having actually been pulled out of the river, after throwing himself in ; and that a third young man was very ill from similar causes.
Maitland Mercury.

John Compton
James Compton
Charles Compton, born 14/2/1849, West Maitland.

Stephen was Protestant, married with 5 children, 5’3½” tall, ruddy complexion, brown to grey hair, blue eyes, deep scar in left jaw.

Assigned to William Dangar, Scone.

1839: Petitioned Governor Gipps for his family to be brought to Australia…They arrived in 1840 and then lived at Maitland, NSW.

1840: TOL: Invermein.
12/5/1841: TOL Passport, by Captain Maclean’s Orders.

1842: TOL, Maitland.
31/12/1847: CP

3/9/1878: Stephen Compton died at West Maitland, NSW, aged 83.

Wife Elizabeth died 14/2/1880 at West Maitland.

Melissa Saxton on 11th January, 2019 wrote of Stephen Compton:

He Stole a Bed

Chrissy on 11th January, 2019 wrote of Timothy Mannix:

Married Mary ann Birnie in Tasmania. they resided at East Devonport. Mary Ann was born in Ireland, 1833 and died 14.12.1924 East Devonport They had 3 sons 6 daughters.  One daughter Elizabeth married my 2nd Great Uncle James Robert Donald aka Donaldson from Westbury.

Elizabeth born 1867 died 1950.  They had 2 sons and 7 daughters.  James sister Alice was my Great Grandmother.  Chrissy

Gregg R on 11th January, 2019 wrote of Martha Purl:

In 1838, Martha Devlin (nee Purl/Pearl) gave Hugh a son.  Martha was 54 years old.
John William Devlin grew into a wise and gentle man, and married Charlotte Freeman in 1862.  He fathered nine children, and a large family grew. John did well in business, and was a strong supporter and contributor in the community, a trait he passed to his children.  He died aged 85.
New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945
Registration number: 5330; Record set: New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945; Subcategory: Civil Deaths & Burials; Category: Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Collections from: Australia & New Zealand;
Obituary
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/85873970?browse=ndp:browse/title/W/title/192/1923/06/01/page/8933574/article/85873970#

Gregg R on 11th January, 2019 wrote of Hugh Devlin:

In 1838, Martha Devlin (nee Purl/Pearl) gave Hugh a son.  Martha was 54 years old.
John William Devlin grew into a wise and gentle man, and married Charlotte Freeman in 1862.  He fathered nine children, and a large family grew. John did well in business, and was a strong supporter and contributor in the community, a trait he passed to his children.  He died aged 85.
New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945
Registration number: 5330; Record set: New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945; Subcategory: Civil Deaths & Burials; Category: Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Collections from: Australia & New Zealand;
Obituary
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/85873970?browse=ndp:browse/title/W/title/192/1923/06/01/page/8933574/article/85873970#

D Wong on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Timothy Troy:

Free Certificate: 1851

30/9/1851: Steerage Passenger per ‘Gem’ Launceston to Morton Bay - had a Conditional Pardon.

D Wong on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Timothy Mannix:

Timothy Mannix/Manix was 26 years old on arrival.
Native Place: County Cork.

Timothy was transported for ‘Lamb Stealing’.

Timothy was 5’2½” tall, fair complexion, dark brown hair, black whiskers, black eyes, crucifix on inside right arm, anchor inside left arm, left arm has been broken, illiterate, single.

Mother: Mary
Brothers: Michael, Daniel, county Waterford.

21/11/1854: Free Certificate.

5/6/1854: Married Mary Ann Birnie at Westbury, Tasmania.
Children:
5/4/1855: Alexander Mannix - died 18/8/1917 and was buried at the East Devonport Cemetery.

2/8/1857: Unnamed female, born Port Sorell.

18/5/1860: Sarah ‘Maddox’ - married Alfred Forslund at Port Sorell 21/7/1887.

9/8/1862: Henry ‘Maddox’ - died Port Sorell 15/3/1863 of Inflamation of the Lungs.  Timothy Manix listed as a farmer.

1/4/1864: Mary Mannix - married Charles Johnson at Mersey 13/8/1890.
Mary died 26/4/1942 and was buried at Devonport Cemetery.

10/5/1867: Elizabeth Mannix - Married James Robert Donaldson at Mersey 25/4/1892.
Elizabeth died 3/11/1950 and was buried at Devonport Cemetery.

16/2/1870: Margaret Mannix - married Thomas Savage at Mersey 25/12/1895.
Margaret died 1944, buried at Devonport Cemetery.

11/3/1873: Frances Mannix.

28/1/1877: Robert James Mannix - died 12/12/1949, buried at Devonport Cemetery.

30/11/1880: Augusta Mannix - died 20/6/1935 at Devonport.

15/5/1898: Timothy Manix died of Acute Bronchitis, at Devonport, he was listed as 69 years old, a tailor.

17/5/1898 The North West Post (Formby, Tasmania):
Funeral Notice.
The FUNERAL of the late TIMOTHY MANIX will leave his son’s residence, East Devonport, for the Catholic Cemetery, East Davenport, at 3 o’clock THIS (Tuesday) AFTERNOON.
H. WELLER, Undertaker.

16/12/1924: The Advocate, Tasmania:
The death took place on Sunday night of Mrs. Mary Ann Manix at the advanced age of 91 years.  Deceased was born in the North of Ireland, and came to Tasmania about 70 years ago, most of which time was spent on the North-West Coast.  It is believed she was one of the oldest coastal residents.  Mrs. Manix was the wife of the late Timothy Manix, who died over 25 years ago.  She had a large family, the sons’ being Mr. James Manix and the late Mr. Alex Manix, whilst among the daughters are Mesdames C. Johnson, A. Forsland, T. Savage, and J. Donaldson, East Devonport.  There are numerous descendants, including grandchildren and great grandchildren.  The funeral takes place this afternoon.

Jan Horton on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Edward Kimberley:

Edward and wife Mary Cavenaugh (convict) arrived on Norfolk Island aboard the ‘Atlantic’ in November 1791.
Edward became a free settler on 2 December 1791, and was given a 12 acre land grant at Mount Pitt Path Queensborough Town (Lot 60). On 19 February 1796 Edward bought another 60 acres (Lot 67). Edward became a class 2 landholder. With 35 acres cleared and 28.75 uncleared. He built 3 shingled and boarded two story houses, a large barn and 9 out houses. He sold swine, maize, wheat and mutton to the government stores. Edward was also made Constable of Norfolk Island in 1805.
Edward Mary and their children left Norfolk Island in September 1808, aboard the ‘City of Edinborough’ bound for the Derwent.
In May 1810, Edward and some other settlers complained at not having received any remuneration for the property, livestock and grain that they had left behind on Norfolk Island. In June 1810 a petition was provided to NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie, he instructed Captain John Murray ‘commandant of Hobart to “be particularly desirous to liquidate the claims of all the Norfolk Islander Settlers now residing at the Derwent"Murray obtained certificates for houses, grain and livestock so that Macquarie could finalise and discharge the claims in the format of cash and cattle.
In 1819 Edward was made Constable of Clarence Plains.
Edward died 24 November 1829 at Clarence Plains
Mary died 11 September 1851 at Clarence Plains.
They are my direct ancestors x 6

Dianne Kaye on 10th January, 2019 wrote of William Tee:

Date of trial:7 Jan 1836. Charged with stealing some pots of preserves and other articles from the larder of Mr John Clark, of Little Weldon.
Height: 5 feet 6 1/4 inches. Complexion: ruddy.
Hair: Dk Brown. Eyes: Bluish.
Small scar left side of lower lip, two hearts in a wreath on upper, woman & mermaid inside lower right arm, tree, bird, man and gun, RT, anchor and scar lower left arm, ring middle finger of left land.
1837 Convict Muster: Name of Master, Charles Whalan of Parramatta.
Ticket of Leave: No:41/1047 16 May 1841. Prisoner No: 37/608. Allowed to remain in the district of Bathurst.
Certificate of Freedom: No:43/0884. 2 Jun 1843.
Marriage 699 V27C: 9 Aug 1843 to Eliza/Elizabeth Slack @ O’Connell Plains, Parish of Bathurst by Minister Thomas Sharpe.
Died: 18 Feb 1890. George Street Asylum, Parramatta. aged 75. Cause of death: Senectus. (old age). Buried: 19 Feb 1890, C/E Cemetery, Rookwood.

Frances Myles on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Edward Bell:

Convicted of “Receiving stolen money”.
Born Queens County, Ireland 1812
Married- 2 children Unknown boy and Eliza Bell
2 Children born Maitland-Rebecca m. Field and Edward Bell with spouse Sarah BROMHEAD.
Died Muswellbrook 1858 from head injury following a fall from a horse.
20 years in the colony of NSW

Iris Dunne on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Ann Cotterell:

Convicted: 10 January 1810

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Ann Cotterell
Theft: grand larceny
10th January 1810
79. ANN COTTERELL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of December , part of a bed furniture, value 4 s. a sheet, value 5 s. a petticoat, value 2 s. and an apron, value 1 s. the property of Elizabeth Williams , widow .

To this indictment the prisoner pleaded GUILTY.

Transported for seven years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18100110-7

Criminal Registers: aged 29, Crime Larceny

Pru W on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Ann Cotterell:

This Ann Cotterall/Cotterell was likely not briefly married to James Steele, the convict musters list her as free by servitude, 7 years, and wife of W Davis, Sydney. If she had been married to James Steel, would she not be thereafter listed as Ann Steel?

Robin Hyland on 10th January, 2019 wrote of George Ireland:

Ellen Alford married John Longford on 9 June 1829 at St. Lukes Church, Liverpool. V1829 45593B/V1829 740 13. No 1002. Volume 16. no. 38. They had two children, John Longford b. 1828 and Mary Longford b. 1830. John Longford (sen) died in 1831.

Iris Dunne on 10th January, 2019 wrote of Ann Kent:

Transportation Registers:- Convicted 14 January 1824

Convict Indents No.42:- Trade: House Maid, Tried 23 January in London, Native Place: London, aged 22, Height 4 feet 10 inches, Eyes: Gray, Hair: Flaxen, Complexion: Fresh pock pitted, Single

Convict Indents:- Date of Conviction 14 January 1824

1828 NSW Australia Census (TNA Copy - Piece HO10/28):- Est. Birth Year about 1801, aged 24, Employed in Factory at Parramatta, Protestant

Certificate of Freedom No.31/77 dated 7 February 1831, Trade: Servant, Native Place: London, Date of Trial 14 January 1824, Height 4 feet 11 inches, General Remarks: Wife of John Smith, Year of Birth 1803

Frances Margaret Gregory on 9th January, 2019 wrote of Ann Kent:

Married convict John Smith 1828 had children Elizabeth,
George. Sarah   Mary and John. this John married Sarah Ann Rathbone convicts daughter from Hobart. They married in Mudgee NSW.

D Wong on 9th January, 2019 wrote of James Goff:

James Goff was 18 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Wexford, Ireland.

James was Transported for ‘Stealing money and shoes’.

24/7/1844: TOL

13/10/1845: Married Sarah McDonald (Mexborough 1841) at St. Joseph’s, Hobart.  Listed as Gough.
Children:
18/3/1855: Female child, name not listed - could be Margaret.  Father James Goff, shoemaker, mother Sarah McDonald, residence Goulburn Street.
(Margaret Gough was admitted to the Queens Orphan School, aged 10 years and 8 months, in 1865 - notation: not admitted to Queens Orphan School, but allowance of 5/- week for 3 months.

21/3/1857: Female child, name not recorded - could be Catherine Gough - admitted to the Orphan School in 1865, notation: not admitted to Queens Orphan School, but allowance of 5/- week for 3 months.

4/7/1859: Eliza Goff - parents were resident in Watchorn Street.  Also admitted to the Orphan School, aged 6 years and 4 months -  notation: not admitted to Queens Orphan School, but allowance of 5/- week for 3 months.

14/7/1861: Christina Gough - Parents resident in Molle Street.

C1862: James Gough, born Hobart - died 15/1/1863 of Hooping cough and diarrhoea.

30/3/1865: James Gough, shoemaker, aged 32, died of Disease of the kidneys - Sarah Gough, wife, was the informant.

Sarah McDonnell/Gough, died at the General Hospital, Hobart 16/1/1867.

17/2/1873: Margaret Gough, aged 18, married William Scanlon, aged 30, a Clerk, at Hobart.

D Wong on 9th January, 2019 wrote of James Delaney:

James Delaney was 20 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Kerry.

James was 5’5” tall, slender build, dark hair, hazel eyes, pockmarked and swarthy complexion.

Listed as a Butcher/Servant.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DELANY, James. Per “Brampton”, 1823

1823 Apr 28:  On list of convicts landed from the “Brampton” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.196)

1824 Mar 17:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.116, 468-9)

1891: James Delaney reportedly died at the Parramatta Asylum (Irish Convicts to NSW website - no record on the NSW BDM).

Xena Ish on 9th January, 2019 wrote of Jonathan Beswick:

After his conviction Jonathan was held on the prison hulk Warrior awaiting transportation.  He left behind a wife, Susannah and children, possible names James, Sarah, and Ellen. Jonathan was 5’ 8” with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.  Beswick remarried 13 Jul 1858 to Charlotte Bryant at Port Sorell, Tasmania. They had 9 children.

Heather Stevens on 9th January, 2019 wrote of Richard Stratton:

Place of birth: Herefordshire

Crime: stealing money. He stole 3 1/2d from a basket carried by a seven year old boy at Hempel Hempsted.

Trial: Hertfordshire assizes, sentenced to 7 years transportation. “The Learned Judge inquired about the prisoner’s parents, and finding that they were unlikely to take much care of him ...” [County Chronicle, Surrey Herald and Weekly Advertiser for Kent 4 March 1834]

Hulk: Euryalus hulk at Chatham, received from Hertford 13 March 1834, age 14, stealing 3 1/2d, to NSW 30 June 1835 per Mary Ann. Character from Gaoler: ‘character good, connexions indifferent’

Transported on the ‘Mary Ann’ arrived Port Jackson 26 October 1835

Description in indent: 15, cannot read or write, Protestant, single, native place Herefordshire, no previous conviction, 4ft 3 1/4in, ruddy and slightly pockpitted, light hair, blue eyes, scar on top of head, nail of left thumb split, mark of a scald near right elbow, scar inside top of forefinger of right hand

1837 he is at Paterson, assigned to W. Owen.

1840 23 September Absconded from William Dun of Paterson. Admitted to 4 October 1840 Newcastle Gaol from Sydney for being illegally at large. To be sent to the Bench at Paterson.  [Gov Gaz 7 Oct,  Newcastle Gaol Entrance and Description books]

Description in 1840: from Newcastle Gaol Description Book: 5ft 1 1/2 in ; slight make, fresh complexion, light hair, hazel eyes, scar lower and upper right arm

Heather Stevens on 9th January, 2019 wrote of James Stuart:

Place of birth: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (Renfrewshire in indent; Paisley in the Sydney Gaol entrance book 1836)

Crime: in the indent for the ‘Henry Porcher’, the crime was ‘picking pockets’; in the Criminal Register ‘Larceny from a person’; and in the hulk register ‘stealing a purse containing £1.7.6.’

‘Archibald Thompson and James Stuart were indicted for feloniously stealing from the person of Catherine Norwood, at Hempel Hempsted on the 9th of January last, a purse containing a sovereign, and 7s, 6d. in silver, her property. The prosecutrix was standing a a stall in Hempel Hempsted Market’. Witnesses saw Thompson steal her purse from her pocket and pass it to Stuart, who was pursued and caught 3 miles away on the road to St Albans. [County Chronicle, Surrey Herald and Weekly Advertiser for Kent 4 March 1834]

Trial: Archibald Thompson and James Stuart, Hertfordshire Assizes, 26 February 1834 found guilty and sentenced to transportation for life.

Hulk: Fortitude Moored at Chatham: James Stuart Age 18, Date Received: 13 Mar 1834, transferred for transportation to NSW 25 Aug 1834

Convict transport: the barque ‘Henry Porcher’ arrived 1 January 1835 Port Jackson

Printed Indent: 19, cannot read or write, Protestant, single, native place Renfrewshire, weaver, tried Hertfordshire Assizes 26 Feb 1834, picking pockets, 5 ft 9 in, ruddy and freckled, brown hair, hazel eyes, three small moles back of lower right arm, scar knuckle of fore finger of left hand, scar on each shin

1836 September 14: admitted Sydney Gaol. Entrance book has James Stewart H.Porcher ‘1824’ native place Paisley, Presbyterian, iron founder, Sydney Police trial, Iron’d Gang to Berrima 28 Nov 1836. Sydney Gaol Description Book has James Stewart H.Porcher 1834, year of birth 1816, height 6 ft 0 in, slender, pale, brown hair, grey eyes. Sydney Morning Herald 7 November 1836 reports Sydney Quarter Sessions: James Stewart stealing, two years in an ironed gang

1837 muster: he is listed twice: James Stewart age 20 Henry Porcher 1834: John Cheers Sydney, and Gaol Sydney

20 July 1844, obtains a Ticket of Leave, no place mentioned on butt

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