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D Wong on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Francis Warhurst:

Frederick Warhurst was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Manchester, Lancashire.

Frederick could read, was single, protestant, 5’6½” tall.

Father: Elias
Mother: Sarah
Brothers: John, Ellis.
Sisters: Sarah, Maria.

Transported for his part in the 1842 Chartists riots in Cheshire.

His crime was ‘stealing bread from the union work house at the riots’.

26/8/1839: Lancaster County General Sessions, Salford:
Francis Warhurst, aged 18 years, was convicted of larceny & sentenced to three months imprisonment.

29/6/1840: Chester, Cheshire, County Sessions:
Francis Warhurst, aged 19 years, was convicted of receiving stolen goods & sentenced to six months imprisonment.
6/8/1847: Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston:
Longford Police Office - Francis Warhurst, a passholder, in the service of Mr. Mason, was sentenced to six months on the roads for stealing some of his fellow servant’s clothes.

3/2/1855: TOL (Newspaper date)

28/3/1857: CP (Newspaper date)

1/1/1863 Launceston Examiner:
Enquiry having been made for Francis Warhurst, per John Renwick, who took up his conditional pardon at Longford in April, 1857, any person knowing anything of him is requested to communicate the same to the Comptroller-General’s office.

From Founders and Survivors website:
Possibly died as Francis Warhouse, on 19 Mar 1887, of chronic cystitis, aged 77 years, at Launceston Hospital. There are some newspaper references to a Francis Warhouse, in Launceston, mainly in the 1880s, being convicted of drunkenness. No record of his arrival has been located. Conversely, no death for Francis Warhurst can be located.

D Wong on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Frederick Allen:

JOHNSTON - GUILTY. Aged 14.
Fined One Shilling and Discharged.

Frederick Allen was listed as 17 years old on arrival.

Naive Place: Canterbury.

Frederick was 5’2¾” tall, far pale complexion, flaxen hair, hazel eyes, blind of right.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
ALLEN, Frederick. Per “General Stuart”, 1818

1819 Jan 13:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “General Stuart” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.260)

1821 Jun 11:  On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Governor Bligh” (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.85)

1822 May, Jun:  On monthly returns of prisoners punished at Newcastle (Reel 6023; 4/1718 pp.149-52)

1825 Apr 27:  Re sentence and description of (Reel 6014; 4/3514 p.178)

1825 Jul 28:  Servant of Peter Cooke of Windsor. Affidavit re loss of his certificate of freedom (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.124)

5/5/1825: COF
24/6/1825: COF in lieu of 14/3638
28/7/1825: COF in lieu of CF 14/3638

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Catherine Callaghan:

Principal Superintendent of Convicts’ Office, 3rd September, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, namely:
Callanan Catherine, Southworth 2,
The Australian (Sydney), 11 Sept 1838.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Ellen Byrne:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Ellen Byrne,  age 37, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Carlow, 1831, 7 years for vagrancy.  single.  Native of Carlow Co.  Cripple not assignable. Catholic.  DOB 1795.

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Principal Superintendent of Convicts’ Office, 3rd September, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, namely:
Byrne Ellen, Southworth 2,
The Australian (Sydney), 11 Sept 1838.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Catherine Burke:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Catherine Burke,  age 43, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Cork, 1831, 7 years for stealing clothes.  Married 2 children.  Native of Cork Co.  Trade – Dairy maid all work country. Catholic.  DOB 1789.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Catherine Burke:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Catherine Burke,  alias Elizabeth Irwin,  age 19, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Cork, 1831, 7 years for shoplifting.  Single.  Native of Cork Co.  Trade – Nursery maid house maid. Catholic.  DOB 1813.
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Principal Superintendent of Convicts’ Office, 3rd September, 1838.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication, namely:
Burke alias Elizabeth Catharine, Southworth,
The Australian (Sydney), 11 Sept 1838.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Mary Connors:

Colonial Secretary’s Office.  Sydney, July 24th 1837
TICKETS OF LEAVE CANCELLED.
THE Tickets-of Leave belonging to the undermentioned Prisoners have been Cancelled for
the reasons set against their respective names, namely ,- .
Conner Mary, Southworth 2 ,- sentenced two calendar months third class Factory, drunkenness.
Sydney Monitor, 28 July 1837.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Margaret Carroll:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Margaret Carroll,  age 21, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Wexford, 1830, 7 years for stealing clothes.  Single.  Native of Wexford.  Trade – Nurse girl house maid. Catholic.  DOB 1811.
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Colonial Secretary’s Office,
Sydney ‘October 3rd; 1837.
T HE undermentioned Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Certificates of Freedom since last publication viz :-
Carroll Margaret, Southworth 2
Sydney Monitor, 16 Oct 1837.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Mary Kelly:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Mary Kelly,  age 27, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Dublin, 1831, 7 years for stealing coat.  Former conviction, 12 months. Widow 1 child on board.  Native of Dublin.  Trade – Kitchen maid house maid. Catholic.  DOB 1805.
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Colonial Secretary’s Office,
Sydney, 7th March, 1837.
THE undermentioned Female Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Ticket-of-Leave since the last publication :
SYDNEY.
Kelly Mary, Southworth (2)
Sydney Gazette, 11 Mar 1837.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Anne Fitzgerald:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Anne Fitzgerald,  age 25, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Dublin, 1831, 7 years for stealing money.  Former convictions, 6 months, 2 months. Single.  Native of Limerick.  Trade – Nurse maid. Catholic.  DOB 1807.
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Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 13th March, 1837.
THE undermentioned Female Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Tickets-of-Leave since the last day of publication : —
MAITLAND.
Fitzgerald Ann, Southworth (2)
Sydney Gazette, 18 Mar 1837.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Mary Connors:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Mary Connors,  age 21, ship, Southworth (3)(1832); tried at Limerick, 1831, 7 years for stealing watch.  Single.  Native of Limerick.  Trade – Nurse maid. Catholic.  DOB 1811.
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Colonial Secretary’s Office.  Sydney, 7th February, 1837
THE undermentioned Female Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Tickets-of-Leave since the last publication : —
COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND.
PARRAMATTA.
Connors Mary, Southworth (2)
Sydney Gazette, 14 Feb 1837.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Ann Smith:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 February 2020), September 1821, trial of ANN SMITH (t18210912-51).

ANN SMITH, Royal Offences > coining offences, 12th September 1821.

1096. ANN SMITH was indicted for that she, on the the 29th of June , at St. Mary-le-Bow , feloniously did dispose of, and put away, a certain forged and counterfeit Bank note, (setting it forth, No. 13,725, 5 l., 17th of February, 1821, signed W. R. West,) with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of England , she well knowing it to be forged and counterfeit .

SECOND COUNT the same, only calling the forged instrument, a promissory note for payment of money, instead of a Bank note.

TWO OTHER COUNTS the same, only stating her intention to be to defraud John Shaw .

The prisoner pleaded GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 27.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .

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Government Notice.  Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 14th October, 1831.
THE undermentioned Female Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Tickets of Leave, in compliance with the Regulations of 17th March, 1829, for good conduct in the situations respectively stated ; viz. : —
County of Cumberland.
Smith Ann, Lord Sidmouth (2), in service and married state
Sydney Gazette, 15 Oct 1831.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Samuel Terry:

This article was published inAustralian Dictionary of Biography,  Volume 2, (MUP), 1967
Terry, Samuel (1776–1838)
By Gwyneth Dow.

Samuel Terry (1776?-1838), merchant landowner and ‘The Botany Bay Rothschild’, was a labourer at Manchester, England, when on 22 January 1800 at the Salford Quarter Sessions, Lancashire, he was convicted of the theft of 400 pairs of stockings and sentenced to transportation for seven years. In June he was transferred to the unsalubrious hulk Fortunée at Langstone Harbour, and thence to the transport Earl Cornwallis in which he arrived at Sydney in June 1801. He worked under Samuel Marsden’s direction in a stonemasons’ gang on the Parramatta female factory and gaol, and he helped to cut stones for the church; he was both flogged for neglect of duty and rewarded for his industry. Before his sentence expired in 1807 he had served as a private soldier, been self-employed as a stonemason, and had set up a shop at Parramatta. By 1808 he was not only one of the ‘proprietors of landed property’ who asked Governor William Bligh for ‘privileges of trade’ and trial by jury, but also listed as a favoured recipient of government cattle; by 1809 he had a farm on the Hawkesbury River.
Terry moved to Sydney, became an innkeeper, and in February 1810, when liquor licences were curtailed, his was one of the twenty granted. On 27 March 1810 he married the widow variously known as Rosetta (Rosata) Marsh or Madden, née Pracey, a woman of some importance, whose background is as elusive as her age. She had come free to the colony in 1799 in the disease-ridden Hillsborough on which a third of the convict complement had died. It seems probable that she came as the wife of the convict Edward Madden who died in the Hillsborough at Cape Town, and that she later became the widow of another convict, Henry Marsh. She was an innkeeper herself when she married Terry, and he acquired both her Pitt Street property and her three children.
The Terrys prospered rapidly, first through their inn and store but soon by speculation in city and pastoral properties. By 1815 Terry had established a farm, Mount Pleasant, on the Nepean River and also had Illawarra properties; in 1817 Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who granted him city allotments, described him as a ‘wealthy trader’. Terry was also an important supplier of flour and fresh meat to the government. Between 1817 and 1820 he held more than a fifth of the total value of mortgages registered in the colony, a higher proportion than that of the Bank of New South Wales. Commissioner John thomas Bigge reported that in 1820 he had 1450 cattle, 3800 sheep, and 19,000 acres (7689 ha), almost exactly half of the land held by former convicts. He was also one of the largest shareholders in the bank, but when he stood for election as director in 1818, 1819 and 1820 he was unsuccessful; when elected in 1822 he was refused his seat on the pretext that, as an expiree, he was not ‘unconditionally free’.
The means by which Terry prospered were the subject of public gossip but they have never been carefully assessed. Certainly he acquired wealth first by frugality and shrewdness; his enemies were quick to add charges of unscrupulous extortion. The Bigge report gives the gist of the charges, based largely on Marsden’s hostile evidence, that were amplified in the distorted moral homilies of ‘A.L.F.’ (The History of Samuel Terry, in Botany Bay … London, 1838) and Rev. thomas Atkins and in later irresponsible journalism. Bigge alleged that officers and small settlers, after becoming intoxicated at Terry’s public house, signed away rights to their possessions as security for debts. By this means, according to Bigge, Terry accumulated considerable capital, and land second only to D’Arcy Wentworth’s. Edward Eager dismissed such charges as ‘mere naked assertions, unsupported by any fact or any evidence’, and cited the ‘approbation of his good Character’ by Macquarie, who had known Terry for twelve years. Neither his detractors nor his supporters were disinterested.
Terry was a litigious man and had brought at least twenty-eight actions in the Supreme Court by 1821. Though he apparently acted within the law and though his misdeeds were exaggerated by the emancipists’ enemies, public bitterness towards him suggests that he was relentless in his business dealings. But those were litigious times, and some cases brought against him speak less well for his adversaries than for Terry.
In the 1820s Terry consolidated his wealth; he established a bloodstock stud on Illawarra land granted him by Macquarie, built the vast Terry’s Buildings opposite his residence in Pitt Street, established a country seat, Box Hill, and developed his farming properties at Liverpool, on the Nepean, and later at Yass and Bathurst, as well as flour-mills and breweries. When again elected to the board of the Bank of New South Wales in August 1828 by 308 votes to 83 he took office only until December. By that time he had become a leading philanthropist, contributing inter alia to the Benevolent Society, Auxiliary Bible Society, Sydney Public Grammar school, and later to Sydney College, on whose committees he served actively. He supported the Wesleyans and became a trustee for them in 1822.
In the late 1820s Terry was firmly established as a public figure, though still often censured for his methods and for his material success. He became increasingly identified with the political aspirations of the emancipists and at times their spokesman: for example, as treasurer of the committee formed in 1821 to defend their rights. In 1827, 1830 and 1831 he was a leader in organizing petitions for trial by jury and a house of assembly, and also in expressing patriotic feeling through Australia Day celebrations; he was in the chair at the fortieth anniversary dinner in 1828 and again in 1831 as first president of the ‘Australian Society for the Promotion of the Growth and Cultivation of Colonial Produce and Manufactures’. In 1826 he became president of a Masonic Lodge and was prominent in its activities in the following years of his life. Despite criticisms and snubs he had attained a position of public eminence and often of public responsibility.
Terry was also now the patriarch of a large family which he liberally supported, but any dreams of a financial dynasty were to be largely dispelled. His son and principal heir, Edward, died childless soon after Terry himself. Some of the family’s fortune was dissipated in the speculations and bankruptcy of the mercantile firm of Hughes & Hosking. A daughter, Martha, married John Hosking and a step-daughter, Esther Marsh, married Terry’s nephew, John Terry Hughes. At a ceremony performed by Marsden himself, a son, John Terry, married into the respected Rouse family in 1831, and his children were to be active in the colony’s political life.
When Terry died on 22 February 1838, three years after a paralytic seizure, he was buried with Masonic honours and the band of the 50th Regiment led the procession. The funeral, described as the grandest seen in the colony, may be taken as the summation of his life’s striving. He left a personal estate of £250,000, an income of over £10,000 a year from Sydney rentals, and landed property that defies assessment. His will was eventually published by the government as a public document. His wife lived until 5 September 1858. The family sold to the government the land now occupied by Martin Place and the General Post Office, Sydney.
The Terrys, Samuel and Rosetta, may be seen in retrospect as two able, single-minded early colonists who resolved to reverse their unfavourable, brutalizing early fortunes—and succeeded.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Lazarus Chapman:

Joseph son of James & Sarah died in 1880 at Camden, buried at St Johns.

Arthur William son of Joseph/Sevira Jane joined the Australian Army in 1940 & became corporal NX27779 2/20th Battalion
& died as a Prisoner of War in 1945 at Labuan/Sandakan Borneo-no known grave.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Joseph Chapman:

Joseph was from Grantham Lincolnshire & may have been tried in 1849.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Joseph Chapman:

In 1833 convict John (Chapman) received 25 lashes at Sydney for being absent without leave from (dwellingplace?).  His skin became lacerated on 12th lash, blood appeared-it is reported.

Amanda Uren on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Thomas Barrett:

married Jane Whiting - 1811 at St Johns Parramatta.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of John Chapman:

At the age of 35 in 1850 John (Chapman), a farm labourer, stole a bushel of barley, for which he was sentenced to 7years.
He was granted Conditional Pardon in 1855, possibly at Norfolk Island.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of John Chapman:

A John (Chapman), born 1817, is recorded as sentenced to 7yrs on LEVIATHAN at Kingston Surrey in 1838.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Jemima Chapman:

A Jemima (Chapman) was recorded as charged at Police Court Bathurst in 1850; as a result of which her Ticket of Leave was cancelled.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of James Chapman:

It is possible that our James had an earlier marriage.
A James (Chapman) was a member of Lord Hobarts staff in Newcastle in 1803.
Then a James (Chapman) married Elizabeth (Forrester) in NSW in 1813 producing 0ch.
Elizabeth (Forrester was born at Hawkesbury about 1794.  She died at Windsor in 1814 age20.

Kate Winks on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Jane Charlton:

Sometimes known as ‘Matilda Jane’.

Iain Frazier on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Henry Chapman:

The child of Henry & Elizabeth was George (sometimes entered as George (Clapton)) who was born at Penrith about 1827 & baptised at Christ Church Castlereagh.
He is recorded in the census in 1828.
In 1847 he married Ellen (Wilcox) at CofE Penrith & produced 10children.  He died at Dubbo CofE in 1887 age60.
Ellen (Wilcox) was born at Castlereagh about 1833; she married at quite an early age.
George & Ellen’s children were:-
1.Henry was born at Windsor about 1848.
2.Jane was born about 1850.  In 1871 she married John Thomas (Piddington) at Tambaroora.
3.Ellen was born at Windsor about 1851.
4.Elizabeth was born at Windsor about 1861.
5.Annie Mary Johanne was born at Bathurst about 1862.  She is recorded as marrying William (Fennell) in 1877.  In 1880 she married Thomas William (Smith) at Tamworth.  She died in 1947 age85 at Lewisham.  A person of the same name is recorded as dying in 1950 age88.
6.George was born about 1863.  He married Eizabeth (Thomas) at Sunny Corner.
7.Thomas was born about 1862 at Penrith.
8.William was born & died at Penrith in 1867.
9.James was born about 1872, perhaps at Hartley.
10.Emily was born about 1874, perhaps at Gulgong.  In 1895 she married ??? (Trefry) at Orange.

Elizabeth (Burnham) has an entry on this Website.

D Wong on 26th February, 2020 wrote of Frederick Allen:

Old Bailey:
FREDERICK ALLEN, WILLIAM JOHNSON.
Theft: grand larceny.
1st April 1818
Verdict Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation; Miscellaneous > fine

FREDERICK ALLEN and WILLIAM JOHNSON were indicted for stealing, on the 22d of February two jackets, value 10s., and two waistcoats, value 5s., the goods of our Lord the King.

SECOND COUNT, the same, only stating them to be the property of Edward Green.

ALLEN - GUILTY. Aged 16.
Transported for Seven Years.

D Wong on 26th February, 2020 wrote of John Eyres:

Lancaster Gazette Lancashire, England
15 Nov 1817:
Committed to our Castle, since our last.— John Eyres, Thomas Warhurst, Daniel Laycock and James Barker, charged with a highway robbery, at Manchester.

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