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Lindy on 17th October, 2021 wrote of Jonathan Green:

Report from The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 27 June 1801 re Jonathan Green:
“John Howells, Jonathan Green, and Thos. Beddow charged on the oath of John Haxell, and on the confession of Henry Hall, with feloniously stealing 3 ewe sheep, the property of Mrs Bridget Canning, of Abberton, are fully committed to Chelmsford gaol, by the Rev. N. Corsellis and the Rev. Y. Smythies.”

Records throughout Jonathan Green’s life - and those of his children and descendants - spell the surname ‘Green’ (not ‘Greene’). The name of Jonathan’s youngest child was Spencer Hall (not ‘Hale’).

Dianne Jones on 17th October, 2021 wrote of William Foley:

COURT MARTIAL:

1866, 21 August: Privates William Foley and James Wilson of the 5th Dragoon Guards were tried on the same day, according to a report in the Irish Times, Dublin, p3:

“Courts Martial at the Royal Barracks

Trial of Private Wilson, 5th Dragoon Guards

The Courts Martial under the presidency of Colonel Henry resumed sittings yesterday morning at 11 o’clock in the Victoria Library, Royal Barracks, and proceeded with the trial of James Wilson, 5th Dragoon Guards.

Major Swinfen was examined and deposed that he had been in command of the regiment for a lengthened period, and that the prisoner had never communicated to him any information with reference to an intended mutiny among her Majesty’s forces in Ireland.

The prosecutor then closed his case.

The prisoner declined making any defence.

The Deputy Judge-Advocate summed up the evidence, and the court was cleared to consider their verdict.

On being re-opened, evidence as to the prisoner’s character was called for. It appeared that he had been tried by court martial in Manchester in 1851 for desertion, and sentenced to 56 days’ imprisonment, and to be marked with the letter “D”. His general character was bad. He was seven years and 83 days in the service, and was 32 years of age. He had no medals or decorations…

The court was adjourned until half past two o’clock.

Trial of Private WILLIAM FOLEY, 5th Dragoon Guards

On resuming,

The prisoner was arraigned on charges of having come to the knowledge of an intended mutiny on the 17th January last, and not communicating same to his commanding officer, and of having harboured Private [Martin] Hogan and [James] Wilson, deserters from the 5th Dragoon Guards.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty. He was defended by Mr. O’Loghlen, instructed by Mr. Lawless.

Head Constable Talbot gave evidence as to the nature and objects [sic] of the Fenian conspiracy.

Private Patrick Foley, 5th Dragoon Guards [an informant and no relation to William Foley], repeated the evidence which he had given in the two former cases.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner – Was not Barclay’s house [Barclay’s public house, in James’ Street, Dublin] much frequented by soldiers who were not Fenians? I do not think a soldier could remain long there except he knew something of the conspiracy; to the best of my opinion a soldier could not be there without being a Fenian, as the Fenians have detectives as well as the authorities; I will not swear that I saw you at any other Fenian meeting except the two I have mentioned; no soldier dropped in casually for a drink into the room in which the meeting on the 17th January was held.

The court then adjourned…”

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Dianne Jones on 17th October, 2021 wrote of William Foley:

ARREST:

1866, February: Private William Foley of the 5th Dragoon Guards was arrested for “mutinous conduct” (being a Fenian) and harbouring deserters (Doc refs CRF 1866 H19 & TR 14, p168 at http://findingaids.nationalarchives.ie/). This date is from his obituary and Peter FitzSimons’ (2019) account. He would be court martialled at the Royal Barracks in Dublin about five months later.

In the meantime, according to FitzSimons’ dramatisation (pp39-40), the military Fenians awaiting trial and held in Arbour Hill military prison in the centre of Dublin were put on starvation rations – “just enough to keep them alive” – so their morale was low when they were approached, individually, and offered their freedom if they gave evidence against each other. All refused to betray their comrades.

Dianne Jones on 17th October, 2021 wrote of William Foley:

BACKGROUND:

From Peter FitzSimons’s “The Catalpa rescue” (2019, p11):

“… Private William Foley… hails from Tipperary and is a superb physical specimen, standing nearly six feet tall. A veteran of the Bombay Horse Artillery that had seen action in India’s Sepoy Mutiny, he returned to Ireland in 1859, where he remained for a few months before joining one of the crack cavalry regiments of the British Army, the 5th Dragoon Guards – quietly taking the Fenian oath in 1864… Right now he is an orderly with the Englishman in charge of quelling this growing insurrection [the Fenian movement for Irish independence], General Sir Hugh Rose… William Foley in that key position [is] right at the heart of the English command…”

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1861: William Foley, service number 413, a Private/Trooper in the 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales) Dragoon Guards (https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/).

Iris Dunne on 17th October, 2021 wrote of John Hearne:

Date of birth cannot be 1979, assume should be 1779

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Griffiths:

Old Bailey On-Line
Tried - 15th September 1784
Tried at Old Bailey, London. Accused of grand larceny (stealing, on the 16th of august, one hundred and forty yards of black gauze, value 4 l.). Found guilty. Sentenced to transportation.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Griffiths:

Australia, Convict Index
Name: Thomas Griffiths
Age: 29 [1759]
Ship: Scarborough - 1788

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th October, 2021 wrote of Joseph Grain:

1810 - 18 Aug. Certificate of Freedom. No; 25/313
Trial; Maidstone - 29 July 1802. 7 years
Remarks; Reported by Mr Quinn to be dead and certificate destroyed this 12 Oct 1824

** Last mentioned on 1821 -New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists **

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th October, 2021 wrote of Christopher Griffin:

1810 - Certificate of Freedom. Date; 11 Aug 1810.
No; 13/301

1812 -  Burial Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground – Inventory
Name; Christopher Griffin
Age; 79 years
Burial; 24 June 1812
Remarks; Free by Servitude

1818 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
Trial; Cambridge - July 1796
Remarks; Dead - 1811 **

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th October, 2021 wrote of John Griffin:

Name: John Griffin
Age: 14 [1784]
Trial: 11 Jan 1798 - Portsmouth
Ship; Minorca Canada and Nile
Date of Arrival: 18 Jun 1801

Lindy on 17th October, 2021 wrote of John Hearne:

John was a glass cutter working as a tradesman in St Paul’s Yard, next to the cathedral in London. Over an extended period John would smuggle glass drops (specially cut to be part of chandeliers) to a skilled accomplice who lived nearby, presumably with the aim to create a chandelier together to sell.  The teenage daughter of John’s accomplice - after having a row with her father about meeting a boy - informed the authorities of what they had been doing. John’s accomplice hanged himself, John went before the old bailey and was sentenced to seven years transportation. Aged 34 when he was convicted, he left behind a wife and three daughters, never to see them again. On arrival in NSW he was assigned to Rev Samuel Marsden at Parramatta. By age 41 in 1820 he had started a new family with 18 year old Faith Cooper, the daughter of a member of the NSW Corp. They married in 1821 however John died suddenly in 1822. They had a son and daughter (John Robert and Jane); after John’s death Faith admitted the children to the orphanage in Parramatta as she was unable to support them. The story ends well as by 1823 Faith had met and married ex convict John Matthews and went on to become one of the early settlers in Gouldburn with a big family including John Hearne’s children.

Lindy on 17th October, 2021 wrote of William Robertson:

Records show William was sentenced with another 15 year old - Thomas Ogden - for stealing boots and shoes (also reported in the Manchester Guardian - Saturday 31 July 1824). His name was recorded as Robertson. In NSW William worked as a baker and a brickmaker. After receiving his ticket of leave he married and settled in the Oberon district of NSW, where he had a large family. William contributed financially and helped to build Oberon’s Methodist Church.

Iris Dunne on 16th October, 2021 wrote of John Woolf Walklate:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
JOHN WOLFE WALKLATE, ELIZA WALKLATE, Theft > stealing from master, 23rd August 1841.
2026. JOHN WOLFE WALKLATE and ELIZA WALKLATE were indicted for stealing, on the 10th of March, 36 salt-cellars, value 9l.; 11 pairs of decanters, value 18l.; 18 wine-glasses, value 15s.; the goods of John Allsup, the master of the said John Wolfe Walklate.

JOHN ALLSUP . I am a glass and china-manufacturer, and live in St. Paul’s Church-yard. The prisoner, John Wolfe Walklate, was my carman and packer for four or five months—I have lost these salts and other articles —they were found at different pawnbrokers—some have my private marks on them.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Has the decanter you have in your hand a private mark on it? A. Yes, and these salts also, which proves I had not sold them.

— RUSSELL. I am a pawnbroker. On the 31st of July, the prisoner Eliza Walklate, offered these decanters to pledge—I questioned her about them—she said they were her own, and her husband was in the trade—I called the officer.

Cross-examined. Q. Did not she say she had been sent by her husband, and say where her husband would be found? A. Not in my presence.

COURT. Q. Was any property pawned by the man? A. I have a pair of salts pawned by a man on the 31st of May, in the name of John Walklate, for 2s.—I do not know by whom.

GEORGE KING (police-constable H 111.) I went and searched the box of John Wolfe Walklate—he was in the room, and stated that he lived there—I found these two duplicates in a drawer in the room—he said they were his own property.

JAMES MASTERS HOWIE . I am a pawnbroker. I produce some decanters and a pair of salts pawned by the female prisoner—the duplicates found at the prisoners’ lodgings are what I gave her.

MR. ALLSUP. I never saw the female prisoner on my premises but once, when I gave her a part of his wages.

JOHN WOLFE WALKLATE— GUILTY . Aged 23.—

ELIZA WALKLATE— NOT GUILTY .
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-2026-18410823&div=t18410823-2026#highlight

2027. JOHN WOLFE WALKLATE and ELIZA WALKLATE were again indicted for stealing, on the 31st of July, 1 pair of decanters, value 2l. 2s., the goods of John Allsup, the master of John Wolfe Walklate.

JOHN ALLSUP . I lost a pair of decanters—I believe these to be mine.

— RUSSELL. I am a pawnbroker. The female prisoner brought these decanters to me to pledge—I gave her in charge.

GEORGE FREW (police-constable H 125.) I took the female prisoner—I asked her where she got them—she said her husband gave them to her—I apprehended the man, and asked him whose they were—he said they were his—I asked him where he got them—he said he should answer me no further questions—he asked where his wife was—I said she was in the station—he said, “I am sorry, she is innocent.”

JOHN WOLFE WALKLATE— GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Fourteen Years.

ELIZA WALKLATE— NOT GUILTY .
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-2027-18410823&div=t18410823-2027#highlight

Iris Dunne on 16th October, 2021 wrote of John Woolf Walklate:

Description List: aged 24
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-33$init=CON18-1-33P63

Iris Dunne on 16th October, 2021 wrote of John Woolf Walklate:

Conduct Record No. 7050: aged 24, Protestant
Trade: Potter, has been a gents servant
Tried: 23 August 1841 for Larceny by Servant
Married, wife Eliza at Enfield Highway
Conditional Pardon 6 September 1855
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-29$init=CON33-1-29P219

Robert O'Reilly on 16th October, 2021 wrote of John Woolf Walklate:

2 Nov 1840: Married Eliza DUKE in London, England
5 Nov 1849: Married Ann Dorothy GANGELL in Hobart, Tasmania
25 Jun 1893: Died at Launceston, Tasmania.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Greenbank:

1789 - Old Bailey On-Line
Tried
22nd April 1789 - Tried at Old Bailey, London. Accused of theft from a specified place (stealing, on the 19th of March, one cotton counterpane, value 3 s. two pair of sheets, value 12 s. one linen pillow case, value 1 s. the property of Edward White , being in a lodging room let to Thomas Greenbank as his lodging).

1811 - Possible Burial Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground – Inventory
Name; Thomas Greenbank
Age; 40
Burial; 26 Nov 1811
Remarks; Free by Servitude

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Thomas Greenbank:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents
Name: Thomas Greenbank
Trial: 22 Apr 1789 - Old Bailey - London
Vessel: Salamander - 21 Aug 1791
Sentence; 7 years

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Isaac Green:

1813 - New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners’ Inquests. Cause of death by a boat accidently upsetting and filling with water and turning upwards

1813 - Possible Burial Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground – Inventory
Name; Isaac Green
Age; 36 years
Burial; 16 October 1813
Remarks; Convict

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Ann Clark:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1829 From Bath England. 31/862. Single protestant who could read. tried 5/9/1828 5’ 1” ruddy complexion brown hair and hazel eyes. William Baldie Crown Street Sydney

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Francis Keefe:

Francis Keefe in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828-1830, 1838-1839
Name: Sarah Clarke
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1808
Age: 22
Arrival year: 1829
Arriving Vessel: Isabella
Spouse Name: Francis Keefe
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1794
Spouse Age: 36
Spouse Arrival Year: 1823
Spouse Vessel: Princess Royal 2
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 29 May 1830
Application Place: St Phillips Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

(Sarah ended up refusing to marry. She married a Richard Turton 1830 and on that record Rev William Cowper stated that Sarah refused to marry another on account of his misconduct and imprisonment)

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Gilbert Grant:

1813 - Possible Burial Record
Old Sydney Burial Ground – Inventory
Name; Gilbert Grant
Age; 60 years
Burial;22 Nov 1813
Remarks; Free by Servitude

1816 - New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists
Trial; Old Bailey - Jan 1788.
Sentence; 7 years - Expired; 1792
Remarks; DEAD

Iris Dunne on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Catherine Caddle:

Applications to Marry granted 2 November 1837 to William Powley (Rawley) in Maitland
Catherine Caddle (bond), aged 20, birth about 1817
Remarks: Stated Spinster - No such prisoner as Catherine Caddly per Margaret 1837

Note: there is a Catherine Grogan on same ship with same age

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Richard William Arthur Turton:

Old Bailey Online

273. RICHARD WILLIAM ARTHUR TURTON was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of December , one pair of shoes, value 4 s. , the goods of Jonathan Murray and Thomas Burlton .

JOSEPH HALL . I am shopman to Jonathan Murray and Thomas Burlton , pawnbrokers , East Smithfield . On the 13th of December, about ten o’clock, these shoes hung outside the door - I saw the prisoner come to the window, and stand there two minutes looking through; he then went to the door, cut down a pair of shoes, and walked away; I pursued and took him with them under his jacket, he said,

“You **** let me go, or I will knock you down, he struck me a violent blow on the head; but was secured.

JOHN GLEED . I assisted in securing him, he used coarse language, and threatened to strike Hall.

The prisoner pleaded distress.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before W. Arabin, Esq.

Tony Beale on 16th October, 2021 wrote of Sarah Clark:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1829. From Stroud…. Single protestant who could read and writeToL 35/1337 and C42/396. Tried 13/8/1828. two previous convictions. 5’ 5 1/2” Pale and pock pitted complexion, brown hair, grey eyes. Not assignable. Sickly and scrofulous (TB)

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1829
Name: Sarah Clark
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1809
Age: 21
Arrival year: 1829
Arriving Vessel: Henry 1
Spouse Name: Richard William Arthur Turton
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1803
Spouse Age: 27
Spouse Arrival Year: 1824
Spouse Vessel: Princess Royal 2
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 6 Sep 1830
Application Place: St Phillips Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sarah: Assigned to Mrs Jane Morgan. Well behaved Permission given by mistress
Richard: free, industrious.
Rev William Cowper.

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