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Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Harriet Sleigh:

My Great Great Great Grandmother,Harriet was married and had 2 sons at the time of her sentencing, her husband seems to have abandoned the family, leaving them in financial hardship, leading to theft and transportation. harriet married George Kenniwell and raised a family, she died 4/10/1849.

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of George Kenniwell:

My Great Great Great Grandfather, George had a relationship with Rebecca Hodge, resulting in a son being born, he then hmarried Harriet Sleigh and raised a family, he seemed to have a problem with drink, and met his end during a fight with a drunken Irishman, Hugh Bannon at Newcastle, NSW, died as a result of the fight, on 2nd Jan 1842.

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Henry Copas:

My Great Great Grandfather received Ticket of leave, married Sarah Carroll in 1841 at Scone Courthouse, NSW, had 4 children, and has disappeared along with his eldest daughter, Mary, sometime between around 1850 and 1852, when Sarah began a family with a new husband, John Hopkinson at Hillgrove, NSW

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Thomas Hiden:

Thomas was born in Bengeworth, near Evesham, Worcestershire, England, in about August 1830.  His he was the eldest child of Thomas Hiden (b1804) and Sarah Hiden (nee Ballard b1805).  He was an apprentice cooper in Evesham in the early 1850s, and was transported for the attempted murder of his master’s daughter, whom he had ‘courted’ for a period.

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of George Priestley:

George priestly and Maryann Hills had a child born 25/4 /1845 The child my gg grandmother Sarah Priestly. They lived in upton st Launceston .
l have wondered why on her birth registration father name George , occupation gardener ,
but on her wedding certificate and death record lists her fathers name as Samuel .
Samuel was his Given name . I dont know if George and Maryann ever married .
l have discovered he was married with 2 children in Britain before being transported .

Dont know what happened to him , Maryann Married then to John Humphreys. Her first marriage to James Smith

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Ann Vernon:

Ann Veron was born in Cheshire, Ireland.
She was married to Charles Vernon and had seven children when she received a 10 year sentence and was transported onboard the Sir Robert Sippings in 1852. Her crime; sending a threatening letter, making an accusation of rape and demanding a gold soveriegn from a nobalman.
A son was born to Ann Vernon in Hobart Goal. The birth was registered by the Goaler in November, 1853.  Father unknown. Fate of child, unknown.
A daughter, Eliza Ann, was born to Ann Vernon at Hamilton, Tasmania, 13 November, 1854.
Ann Vernon was granted her ticket of leave on the 19 December, 1854.
Ann Vernon married a John Hutton in April, 1855.

(Above information researched by Suzanne Byron, Australia; the great, great grand daughter of Ann Vernon)

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Peter McKean:

alias was william mcdonald

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of William Yates:

I have possession of William Yates conditional pardon with official seal attached signed by Major General Richard Bourke (I can’t remember the date of the pardon).

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Benjamin Hodgson:

Appears that Benjamin also had a brother deported to Australia called William

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of William Ogle:

sentanced to life for holding up a policeman and eventually stealing his bread…thats what happens when you mess with Lahiff

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Martha Capon:

I found that the 1st Husbands surname was Cowell and then married James Stevens Senior

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Jane Hargreaves:

Jane (nee Crompton) was convicted in 1844 along with her husband Henry, sons John, Howarth and Holden and all except Holden were transported to Van Diemans Land.  Holden re-offended and was transported in 1850.
There is a death of a Jane Hargreaves from Lancashire in Hobart Hospital, 1860.

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of Holden Hargreaves:

Holden Hargreaves was the son of Henry and Jane (nee Crompton) Hargreaves.
Henry, Jane and two of their sons (John and Howarth) were convicted in 1844 and transported to Van Diemans Land.  Holden was involved, but due to his age was not transported at that time, but committed another crime and was transported later.  According to the Tasmanian records, he absconded;
Victorian Police Gazatte 31/7/1856
(Absconding prisoners)
“From Mr Fieldwick, Swansea, on 7th Instant, 22,171.  Holden Hargreaves, per Blenheim 3.  Tried at Preston G.S., 27th August, 1847, 10 yrs, extended 18th Months, miner, 5ft5ins, age 25, complexion fresh, hair reddish, eyes hazel, native place nr Preston, two dot back of left hand, scar over left eyebrow”
Cannot find him after this, although there is a Holden Hargreaves (father Henry) married to a Sarah Ann Riley back in Rochdale, Lancs, in 1858.  They do not appear on UK census after 1861.

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote of John Light:

Granted a ticket of leave.  Arrived in Melbourne on the "Shamrock".  Married Emma Goddard in Scots Church, Collins Street Melbourne 1851, and had 14 children.  Eventually John & Emma settled in Kyneton where John worked as a flour miller.  He died 19.4.1889 in Kyneton and is buried in an unmarked grave in Kyneton Cemetery.

Anonymous on 21st September, 2011 wrote of William Millis:

WILLIAM MILLIS - FATHER THOMAS MILLIS
            MOTHER SARAH HOOK

TICKET OF LEAVE GRANTED TO WILLIAM 12.11.1845. ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN DISTRICTED OF PORT MAQUARIE N.S.W.ON RECOMMENDATION OF PORT MAQUARIE BENCH.
ON 10.1.1849 ISSUED WITH TICKET OF LEAVE PASSPORT TO REMAIN AT NEW ENGLAND FOR SERVICES OF MR. G. EVERETT.
MARRIED ELIZABETH TYSOE 20.11.1851
THREE CHILDEN JAMES, SARAH, ELIZA.
LICENSEE OF GOLD DIGGERS ARMS HOTEL -LATER KNOWN AS WHITE HORSE INN.
LICENSEE OF GUYRA HOTEL ON GREAT NORTHERN ROAD
OWNED BOTH HOTELS TILL HIS DEATH.
THE GENERAL STORE, BUTCHER SHOP, BLACKSMITH ALL AT GUYRA UNDER PROPRIETORSHIP OF WILLIAM MILLIS.
OPENED FIRST POST OFFICE IN GUYRA 1.5.1877 - DAUGHTER SARAH PUT IN CHARGE
SARAH RESIGNED IN JANUARY 1879 AND RECOMMENDED WILLIAM AS POSTMASTER WITH SISTER ELIZA TO HELP. WILLIAM TOOK OVER THE BUSINESS ON I.2.1879. WHEN HE PASSED AWAY ELIZA RAN THE POST OFFICE -HER SALARY 20 POUNDS.
WILLIAM SEEMED TO BE VERY GOOD FRIENDS WITH FATHER-IN-LAW JAMES TYSOE [WELL KNOWN ARMIDALE IDENTITY] AND MADE JAMES THE EXECUTOR IN HIS WILL.
WILLIAM DIED 18.1.1883 GUYRA
HIS WIFE ELIZABETH MOVED TO QUEENSLAND AND DIED IN 1923.
THERE’S A MENTION IN MAITLAND MERCURY 11.3.1868- ABOUT YOUNG JAMES MILLIS
‘YOUNG MILLIS CAME UPON THUNDERBOLT AND BOY AT THEIR CAMP ON HIS FATHER’S GUYRA RUN’ - ‘BOY’ WAS WILLIAM MONKTON.

Anonymous on 21st September, 2011 wrote of Hannah Howard:

Hannah Howard was an ancestor of mine on my mother’s side. After arriving in 1803 she co-habited with another convict, Isaac Phillips, who arrived on the Royal Admiral in 1800. From this union came a son, William Howard. Later Hannah and Isaac parted ways and Hannah then co-habited with another convict, Samuel Stevens, who arrived on the Second Fleet. In 1810 Hannah was granted her freedom, having served her 7 years. Sometime between 1817 and 1820, Hannah and her son, William, took passage back to England but then came back to Australia. In other words, Hannah and William arrived in Australia (a second time) and therefore their status became that of free settlers. Hannah died in 1824. William, having shed the convict stigma, then married the daughter of a soldier, Elizabeth Stewart whose father Robert arrived with a contingent of the 46th Regiment of Foot. A son of a convict coul;d never have married a daughter of a soldier!

Anonymous on 20th September, 2011 wrote of John Potaskee:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Potaski

Anonymous on 20th September, 2011 wrote of Eliza Thomas:

She was 25 when she was sentenced. Her remarks was she had hair on upper lip.She worked as a flower dresser.

Anonymous on 20th September, 2011 wrote of William Hack:

William Hack married Elizabeth Williams of Port Adelaide 21st March 1858.

Anonymous on 20th September, 2011 wrote of Barnard Williams:

Arrived Sydney on 27 July 1807. Met convict Ann Ralph who already had a daughter, Elizabeth Eldridge and they were married on the
9th April 1810. Barnard was the Government Coxswain and a
favourite of Governor Macquarie.

Anonymous on 19th September, 2011 wrote of John Matthews:

His full name is John Matthew Pittman, arrived 1814 per SurryI, Life sentence, Crime horse stealing

Anonymous on 18th September, 2011 wrote of Charles Morrell:

Charles Morrell worked as a baker to Dr Desailles. He completed his 7 years in 1840.  In 1844 left Tasmania on the ship Deborah for South Australia.  He continued to work as a baker in Adelaide and married Jane Bradford Webber 1850. They had two children before Charles died in the Adelaide Hospital 1855.

Anonymous on 18th September, 2011 wrote of Thomas Bryant:

He was 18 years old
His job was a labourer
His Crime was Highway Robberey he stole a watch and chain and Half a guinea coin. He originlly was going to have the sentence to death but was lowered to transportation for 7 years.

Anonymous on 18th September, 2011 wrote of Mary Mccann:

Born: Circa 1816 in Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Died: 3 November 1857 in Goulburn NSW.  Cause of death was cancer.

Convicted: 26 May 1834 - Larceny, before convicted of felony - Easter Session adjourned to May, Lancashire, England.

Arrived in Sydney on 1 December 1834.

Marriages:
1. Samuel Jolly, convict per Katherine Stewart Forbes, on 15 June 1836 C of E, Bathurst NSW.
(She is listed as absconding from S. Jolly of Bathurst in the Government Gazette of 27.7.1836 Page 582. On page 606 of August 10th she is listed as recaptured.)
2.  John Howarth, Private in H.M. 80th regt of foot.  He was also a Mounted Trooper for several months.  They may not have actually married - their first child was born while Jolly was still alive.
3.  William Gardener on 15 April 1845, Roman Catholic Church, Goulburn NSW. (Marriage Register: V1845186 94/1845.  Name is listed as Mary Anne McCann alias Howarth.)

Anonymous on 18th September, 2011 wrote of Samuel Jolly:

Born: Manchester, England.

Occupation: Shoemaker.

Trial:  1829, January Session, Lancashire, England.  Crime:  Larceny, before convicted of felony.

Arrived in Sydney on Katherine Stewart Forbes which sailed from Spithead (Portsmouth), England 14 October 1829 and arrived 18 February 1830. 

Obtained his Certificate of Freedom on 20 May 1836.

Married Mary Ann McCann, convict per George Hibbert, on 15 June 1836 at Bathurst NSW.

Died on 27 March 1839 at Bathurst NSW, aged 30 years. NSWBDM regn V18391204 23A.

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