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Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of John Reilly:

Jhhn Reilly’s crime was also reported n the Freeman’s Journal, on Tuesday , May 3rd 1791, p.4 where more detail appeared:
“John Reilly, found guilty of stealing, at Newry, five sheep, the property of Joseph Mority (?) of Dundalk. Recommedned as an object of mercy by the Grand Jury — sentenced to be transported pursuant to the statue.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of John Reilly:

john Reilly’s crime was also reported in the Freeman’s Journal, on

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Daniel Leech:

DANIEL LEECH was tried at the County Antrim Assizes held at Carrickfergus in April 1791, ending 19th April, before the Hon Baron Power. He was found guilty of stealing “woollen stuff”, which was probably cloth, and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Freemans Journal Saturday 23 April 1791 page 4
“Carrickfergus Assizes
“DANIEL LEECH for stealing twenty yards of woollen stuff, the property of Robert Getty (?) - to be   transported for seven years.”

The indent of the Boddingtons, prepared before sailing in February 1793, recorded that Daniel Leech was known as alias Daniel Campbell, and to be aged 32 years. He was therefore born about 1760.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of James Saunders:

JAMES SAUNDERS was tried at the County Antrim Assizes held at Carrickfergus in April 1791, ending 19th April, before the Hon Baron Power. He was found guilty of stealing linen and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Freemans Journal Saturday 23 April 1791 page 4
“Carrickfergus Assizes
“James Saunders for feloniously taking 50 yards of linen-cloth from James Haddock of Randallstown:  to be transported for seven years.”

The indent of the Boddingtons, prepared before sailing in February 1793, stated Saunders to be aged 30 years. He was therefore born about 1762.

Robin Sharkey on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Flora Mcdonald:

Flora McDonald was tried at the County Antrim Assizes held at Carrickfergus in April 1791, ending 19th April, before the Hon Baron Power. She was found guilty of stealing linen out of a bleach-yard. It appears the jury reduced the value of the cloth they found she had stolen to an amount that avoided her receiving the death penalty
Freemans Journal Saturday 23 April 1791 page 4
“Carrickfergus Assizes
“FLora McDonald for stealing linen-cloth to the value of 3l, out of the beach-yard of James Leatham:  found guilty to the value of 4s 6d,- to be transported for seven years.”

Poor Flora was noted as being 50 years old on the indent of the Boddingtons, when it sailed in February 1793.

Flora lived only another seven years after arriving in NSW in August 1793. Her burial on 1 October 1800 is recorded in the Burial Register of St Phillips’ church, Sydney.

Jennifer Kohu on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of Lewis Wellard:

Lewis could not have died 1862 as he gave consent to his daughters marriage in 1865, according to my Grandfather he claimed that Lewis disappeared a few years after that, no death record has been found for him in Australia.

Janet Tancred on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of James Long:

Born Maddington, Wiltshire, England. Father: Robert Long, Mother: Sarah Rose.

Nell Murphy on 23rd March, 2019 wrote of John Dunn:

John DUNN was convicted at the London Gaol Delivery on 3 Dec 1829 for stealing a watch.  7 yr transportation sentence.  Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the “Red Rover” ship, arriving 26 March 1831. Gaol report: “orderly”.

Married man, wife a cook & housekeeper, nr Warrington.
2 children - living with wife’s sister.
Aged 36 yrs.

Colony of VDL:
4 March 1834: Charged with killing a cow. Case dismissed.  (circumstances not stated)
Pass Holder status granted.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of George Pile:

1826 Saturday 18th Nov, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
CONDITIONAL PARDONS
To George Pile .. Globe

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Job Bowyer:

Sat 4 Mar 1826, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
TICKET OF LEAVE.
Job Bowyer, N. Town Claudine.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of John Priest:

January 26, 1826, Ticket of Leave granted to John Priest, Claudine
GOVERNMENT PUBLIC NOTICE.
Secretary’s Office, Hobart Town,
THE undermentioned Persons have
obtained Certificates of Freedom,
and Tickets of Leave, during the last
Week.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Edward Griffiths:

1822 Saturday 18th April Hobart Town Gazette entry:
Edward Griffiths No. 256, 5 feet 1¼ inches high,
brown hair, brown eyes, 21 years of age, a coach painter and harness maker by trade, was tried in London,6th June. 1821, and sentenced to be transported for 7 years, he arrived in this country in the ship Claudine,
and was born at Westminster.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of John Gunn:

1827 Saturday April 24th Hobart Town Gazette entry:
Feb. 19th 1827.
262. John Gunn, Claudine, five feet four
and a-half, light brown hair, light hazel eyes,
aged 22, horse-breaker, tried at Inverness,
April, 1221, 14 years, native place Dunnoch,
absconded from the service of Mr. Hugh
Murray.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Thomas Wright:

1827 January 24th,Colonial Secretary’s Office, GOVERNMENT NOTICE:
THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR has
been pleased to grant the following
Indulgences: TICKETS OF LEAVE.
Thomas Foden ..... Competitor
Thomas Wright . ... . . Claudine
By Command of His Excellency.
J. BURNETT

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of John Jubb:

1827 Saturday 27th January, Runaway Notice entry Hobart Town Gazette:
157. John Jubb, 5 ft 7 in height, flaxen hair, grey eyes, age 24, farmer’s labourer. Tried at Cumberland Aug 12th 1820. Native place Martin, Lincolnshire, Britannia crucifix I H on left arm, two figures on right arm.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of George Herring:

1825 Sat 18th November, Hobart Town Gazette entry:
Government Notice,TICKETS OF LEAVE
To George Herring, Claudine

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of James Hopkins:

1825 Hobart October 29th, Town Gazette entry:
RUNAWAY NOTICE.
Police Office, Hobart Town,
October 29 1825
The undermentioned Persons, in addition to those advertised in last week’s Gazette, having absented themselves from their usual Places of Residence, all Constables and Others are hereby required to use their utmost Exertions to apprehend and lodge them in safe Custody. A. W. H. HUMPHREY
Superintendent of Police,
368. James Hopkins, 5 feet 3½ inches,
brown hair, grey eyes, 20 years of age, a
stocking weaver, tried at Gloucester,
April 1821, sentence life, arrived by the
Claudine, bom at Chasedale, Gloucester,
a scar on the right cheek, absconded from
Port Dalrymple, March 7, 1825.—£2
Reward.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Samuel Fletcher:

1825 25th Feb Hobart Town Gazette entry:
Samuel Fletcher, 165, light brown hair,
grey eyes, 17 years of age, tried at
Nottingham Oct. 1820, sentence 7 years,
arrived here per Claudine, native of Not-
tingham, scar in the middle of forehead,
ditto right side of upper lip, absconded
from the service of C. Jeffery, Esq. begin-
ning of April 1824, apprehended at Laun-
ceston and absconded from thence Jan. 24,
1825.—£2 Reward.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Richard Brown:

1825, 25th Feb, entry Hobart Town Gazette:
Richard Brown, 445, 5 ft. 3½ in. brown
hair, light hazel eyes, 21 years of age, far-
mers’ labourer and ploughman, tried at
Nottingham March 16, 1821, sentence 7
years, arrived in this Colony per Claudine
1821, native place Bullwell, Notts, pock-
pitted, man, woman, love, and heart on right
arm, absconded from the Prisoners’ Bar-
racks Feb. 3, 1825.—£2 Reward.

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Peter Adamson:

Feb 25th 1825 Hobart Town Gazette entry:
Peter Adamson, 119, light brown hair,
light grey eyes, 19 years of age, cabin boy,
tried at York in January 1821, sentence 7
years, native place Lerwick, Shetland,
scar on left eye-brow, arrived in this Colo-
ny per Claudine, absconded from the Public
Works January 12,1824. - £2 Reward

Greg Petersen on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of George Pile:

1824 April 30th, Ticket Of Leave granted to George Pyle

Nell Murphy on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Jane Arnott:

Although there are many persons named “John DUNN” in the Colony at this time, research on his wife, Jane ARNOTT, reveals that he was charged with the death of her. (ref. convict conduct record, inquest.)

DEATH of wife Jane DUNN:
1867: Killed by husband John DUNN.  Coronor’s inquest and memo 30 August 1867.  (ref. noted on her Conduct Record, Tasmanian Archives & Inquest ref 195/1/51 no. 6274)
Inquest statement: “that John DUNN of Little Oyster Cove, did inflict one mortal wound on the forehead of the said Jane DUNN on the sixth day of August 1867 from which she died”.

COURT CASE:
Hobart Supreme Court 9 Sept 1867 - John DUNN appeared, charged with wilful murder of his wife, Jane DUNN.  Full details of the case in the newspaper “The Tasmanian Times” 10 Sept 1867. A group of friends had spent the day together at the Dunn’s hut and there was some doubt as to whether he had deliberately thrown the hammer at his wife or just across the room. The prisoner claimed he was innocent. The Jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter.
Verdict, at Supreme Court - 8 years imprisonment. (The Tasmanian Times 14 Sept 1867)

Nell Murphy on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of John Dunn:

COURT CASE:
Hobart Supreme Court 9 Sept 1867 - John DUNN appeared, charged with wilful murder of his wife, Jane DUNN.  Full details of the case in the newspaper “The Tasmanian Times” 10 Sept 1867. A group of friends had spent the day together at the Dunn’s hut and there was some doubt as to whether he had deliberately thrown the hammer at his wife or just across the room. The prisoner claimed he was innocent. The Jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter.
Verdict, at Supreme Court - 8 years imprisonment. (The Tasmanian Times 14 Sept 1867)

Robin Sharkey on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Robert Flanagan:

_______________________________________________
FROM
Ireland-Australia Transportation Database, item no PPC3880.
The database notes that Robert FLANAGAN had been given a sentence of death at Armagh Assizes for highway Robbery.
This document is described as a letter dated 29 April 1791 from the inhabitants of Newry, Co Down, “requesting that the convict is not granted a pardon or a reprieve of his sentence other than transportation.”
“States the convict, who resides in Newry Town, is a villain and a robber and has often been in Downpatrick Gaol for various offences.”

Robin Sharkey on 22nd March, 2019 wrote of Robert Flanagan:

DAUGHTER SUSANNAH
Robert & Ann Flanagan’s daughter Susannah married in 1817 also, to John Hunter who came free. In 1817 he was a crew member of the colonial brig “Active” and went on to trade at Tahiti and have many children with Susannah. The ship he later built, “Ulitea” traded between Sydney and Tahiti, and Susannah and children were reported arriving on it (Mrs Hunter and children) in Sydney in December 1832.

ROBERT FLANAGAN’s CHARACTER
Back in Armagh county, Robert Flanagan was known to the law before he appeared at teh 1791Assizes.

Reserch done by Con Costello and appearing on the “Inside ireland” website states that Flanagan was from Newry. This town straddles both County Armagh and County down, and is 18 miles south of Armagh city.

Quoting Con Costello’s research:
“[Robert Flanagan’s]  case was unusual in that there had been a public subscription to pay the prosecutor, and five gentlemen wrote to the authorities requesting that Flanagan should be transported. Their letter, dated April 1791, stated that he was ‘a desperate, riotous and lawless villain, and a robber of most infamous character.’ 

This petition letter may have been the reason that consideration of Flanagan’s sentence was respited at the time of his trial.

Many family history websites report that Flanagan absconded in NSW, probably in 1798 and did not reappear again. Unfortunately no references or direct sources are given for this information. It would however explain why his wife Ann set up with William Chapman, probably during that same year 1798 given the birth of a child with him in 1799.

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