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Iris Dunne on 4th June, 2019 wrote of James Burgess:

Convict Index: aged 37, Married with 1 child, Occupation Carpenter railway guard

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
William Pierce, James Burgess, William George Tester
Theft: Stealing from master
5th January 1857
Lots of details on court proceedings in link below:-
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18570105-250

Heather Stevens on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Thomas Andlezack:

The following comes from the book “The Anlezarks”, researched by Teresa Anlezark and Shirley Carmody, written in conjunction with Peter Duffy. Published Sydney 1988:

“In 1789, aged 18, he enlisted and was posted as a Private in the 3rd Dragoon Guards ... From December 1789 to June 1790, he was at Exeter with Major Richard Brooks’ troop. He moved around with his regiment, being at Poole, Dorset, in 1791 and at Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1792. When a review of the regiment was held at Salisbury on 18th May 1792, the age and height of each man was recorded and Thomas was shown as aged twenty, 5 feet 10 3/4 inches tall. In April 1793, he was marked as promoted to Corporal but this was not confirmed and he remained a private for the term of his service. Between 1793 and 1795, he is shown on “F” Service (Foreign Service); the 3rd Dragoon Guards took part in a campaign in Flanders about this time and obviously Thomas was with them. We know that he was wounded in the head and in 1810 he mentioned that the wound was giving him trouble. We found no further information about his army career before his discharge on 16th August 1797.”

Heather Stevens on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Thomas Andlezack:

Some publications have described him as a member of the NSW Corps, however there is no evidence that he was in the Corps. He was a member of the Governor’s Body Guard, also known as the Governor’s Guard of Light Horse. Governor King had formed the mounted body guard in October 1802, consisting of five prisoners of good character, granted provisional conditional emancipation. [HRNSW p852]

Governor King did not name the men, so we don’t know for sure if he was one of the original troopers, however he was referred to as one of His Excellency’s Bodyguard after the Castle Hill uprising, in the court martial of the rebels: ‘Thomas Andlesack, One of H.E. Bodyguard’ gave evidence. [King to Hobart, 12 March 1804, Enclosure 7 ‘Court Marshall on the Irish Insurgents’, HRA Series 1 Vol IV p574]

He was ‘appointed Corporal of the Troop of Cavalry’  May 3rd 1804 by Governor King (AO NSW Reel 6037; SZ992 p.47) 

In his memorial asking Governor Macquarie for a renewal of his 30 acre grant (granted May 1809 by Lt Governor Paterson) he said he had previously been a ‘Trooper In the Horse’ about 2 years and 7 months, before discharged by Governor King ‘who ordered him a farm to Settell, But times Being very Bussy’ he could not get his farm until the previous year. [AO NSW Fiche 3004; 4/1821 No.131]

Heather Stevens on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Thomas Andlezack:

He was on the ‘Portland’ Hulk which was moored at Langston Harbour: (Thomas ‘Andelzack’, age 33) There is a comment that he was transferred to the ship ‘Coromandel’, but he was actually placed on the ‘Perseus’. The ships ‘Coromandel’ and ‘Perseus’ with convicts on board for New South Wales both departed Portsmouth harbour on 12th February 1802 [Report of convicts on board the ‘Portland’ Hulk 1 Jan 1802 Ancestry.com. UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849;  https://www.jenwilletts.com/convict_ship_perseus_1802.htm  ]

Iris Dunne on 4th June, 2019 wrote of Judith Sweeney:

Criminal Registers: cannot read or write, aged 49, Offence: Larceny

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Theft: simple larceny
12th June 1843
1729. JUDITH SWEENEY was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of May, 1 horse-collar, value 10s.; and 1 bridle, 5s.; the goods of William Hedges.—2nd Count, stating them to be the goods of William Denue.

JOHN WILLIAMS . I live in Praed-street, Paddington, and am in the employof William Hedges, a sadler, of No. 109, Edgware-road. About six o’clock in the morning, on the 20th of May, I went to the shop and put a collar, bridle, and saddle outside the door for a few minutes—about half-past six o’clock I missed the collar and bridle—the saddle was left—they belong to a Mr. Denue, but were in Mr. Hedge’s possession.

GEORGE THORNTON . I am a policeman. I stopped the prisoner with the bridle and collar, about twenty minutes to seven o’clock, a quarter of a mile from the prosecutor’s—she had been drinking, but was not very drunk—I liked where she got them from—she said Williams had hove them over her head—she then said she stole the collar, and meant to get a pony for the bridle.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I was very drunk, and did not know I had them—I never to them.

GUILTY . * Aged 49.— Transported for Seven Years.

(The prisoner has been about 150 times in custody.)
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18430612-1729
https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/life?id=obpdef1-1729-18430612

Conduct Record shows Judith Sweeney Tried 12 June 1843, Transported for Larceny on the Woodbridge 1843, Single, called “Insane”, Died 27 December 1844 at Hospital New Norfolk
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON40-1-10$init=CON40-1-10p102

Description List: Trade House Servant, aged 49
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON19-1-2$init=CON19-1-2p220

Indent No.591, aged 49, Insane, Native Place Ireland, cannot read or write, “cannot obtain any information from her”
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON15-1-2$init=CON15-1-2P253

Susan Walker on 4th June, 2019 wrote of William Hampton:

Tried 16 Jul 1836 for stealing firewood. Former conviction: 1 month. 5’ 3 3/4” tall; brown hair and dark grey eyes.  His wife, Mary Ann Muckaway, whom he married 11 Dec 1815, was left in Kent with 11 children.  He received a Ticket of Leave on 8 Aug 1841 at Port Stephens, Newcastle, NSW, for good conduct after serving 5 years.

Heather Stevens on 3rd June, 2019 wrote of Denis Murphy:

Born Queens County (County Laois), Ireland, parents Patrick Murphy and Anne Heale, according to his record at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum.

He was tried at Queens County Assizes 28 July 1827 and sentenced to death for horse stealing according to a newspaper report, and apparently this sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. [Tipperary Free Press 8 August 1827]

Transported on the ‘Borodino’, which arrived Port Jackson in July 1828.

According to his convict indent he was a ploughman, 25, Roman Catholic, could read and write, single, 5 ft 6 3/4in, ruddy and freckled, red to sandy hair, light hazel eyes, tattoos DM left arm and a crucifix IHS on right arm. He was assigned to Arthur Hart of Concord, where he was in the 1828 census as a servant.

Certificate of Freedom 20 Oct 1834

Marriage 1843 Melbourne to Julia Ryan, and according to his record at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum, had children -  Anne (1843), Mary (1845), Timothy (1852), Margaret (1853) and ‘3 girls dead’.

Admitted to Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 29 Dec 1881, age 79, due to Senile Debility

The Asylum record has the information:
Labourer, born Queens County, son of Patrick Murphy, farmer and Anne Heale.
Married at Melbourne, husband of Julia Ryan - ‘wife believed to be living in Victoria’
‘Came to Sydney ship “Borodino” in 1828. Have been off and on in the Colony for many years. Was employed 14 years at Fassifern.’

Date of death 15 Nov 1884 at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum,
Dunwich, Redland City, Queensland.
Buried 16 Nov 1884
 
The Dunwich Benevolent Asylum record is scanned at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180922934/denis-murphy

D Wong on 3rd June, 2019 wrote of Edward Slater:

Edward Slater was 18 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Lancashire.

Occupation: Engine maker.

Edward was illiterate, protestant, single, 5’4¼” tall, ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, small scar on inner corner of left eyebrow, four small burnt marks on breast, large brown natural mark on back of right wrist, mark of a burn and seven dots on back of right hand, mark of a burn inside lower left arm.

1846: TOL Bungonia
1848: TOL Windsor
1852: TOL Sydney
21/2/1853: COF

Wendy Smith on 3rd June, 2019 wrote of John Magennis:

Convicted at age of 12 on 15 March 1835 for stealing a waistcoat for seven years.  Had no previous convictions.  Description - Religion Roman Catholic; Status single; Education Could neither read or write; Native place Louth; Height 4 feet 4 1/2 inches; Complexion Ruddy and freckled; Hair Brown and Eyes Bluish.  Prisoner number 35-2566; Ship number 187.  Government Gazette indicates that he absconded from John Hosking, Molonglo since December 14 1838.  John Hosking became first mayor of Sydney in 1840.  Molonglo near Queanbeyan NSW.  Obtained Ticket of Leave in 1841 - Number 41/2246.  Certificate of Freedom in 1843 - number 43/380.

Wendy Smith on 3rd June, 2019 wrote of James Nelson:

Convicted on 15 March 1835 for sheep stealing.  Sentenced to Life with no previous convictions: Single, Religion Protestant: Could neither read nor write; Age 26 Height 5 feet 7 inches: Complexion brown; Hair Brown and Eyes Hazel.  Ticket of Leave obtained in 1842.  Allowed to remain in the district of Paterson dated July 1842.  Note included on Annotated Printed Indentures 21 October 1845 absent from district.  Charged with cattle stealing.

Wendy Smith on 3rd June, 2019 wrote of Thomas Coffee:

Convicted on 18 July 1834 at Sligo for violent assault. Had a previous conviction for which he served 14 days. Description of Thomas Coffee - Aged 25; could neither read or write; Religion Roman Catholic;married and had one child; Native of County Sligo; Occupation farm Labourer; Height 5 feet 2 1/2 inches; Complexion Ruddy and Freckled; Hair Dark Brown and Eyes Light Hazel.  Worked for James Wright, Lanyon NSW near Queanbeyan from November 1835.  Lanyon is now in southern Canberra. 1837 Muster indicates that he was working for William Wright (James brother) at Yass.  Application for Free Passage for families of Convicts was submitted by James Wright Esq. on 15 September 1841.  This was seeking permission for Thomas Coffee to be able to bring his wife Eleanor (Ellen) Coffee nee Hargeton (hope spelling is correct) aged 32 and daughter Mary Coffee aged 9 to come to Australia. Also signed by Rev. Edward Smith and Alured Tusker Faunce JP.  Respectable persons to whom petitioner family are know are:
William Gethin or Getkin Esq Percy Mount County of Sligo; Gowen Gilmore Esq JP Bally Glass and the Rev James Danlarcy Parish Priest of the Parish of St. John’s Sligo.  Information on permission request.  Permission granted by Governor George Gibbs on 27 September 1841. Reference: Application for free passage for families of convicts 1835-1842 Volume 4/2550 and Volume 4/4492.  Certificate of Freedom given in 1843.  Number 43/1645.

Michael Richards on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of Judith Sweeney:

I believe Judith was born in 1805, she was sent to Australia in 1829 ( The Edward) and married William frost and died in Ryde NSW - Nov 1851

D Wong on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of Obadiah Beaumont:

Sheffield Independent Yorkshire, England
11 Jan 1845:
CHRISTMAS QUARTER SESSIONS
GEO. BEAUMONT, alias ALLOTT. OBADIAH alias DYER BEAUMONT, and JAS. BEAUMONT, (father and two sons) were charged with stealing a quantity of linen yarn, at Barnsley, the property of John Becks Pigott and another.
Mr. OVEREND for the prosecution.
It appeared that the father had been employed by the prosecutor, and was frequently employed all night on the premises, in making gas.  Suspicion arising, he was watched, and on the 22d November, was taken, with his two sons, carrying a quantity of yarn, some of which Mr. Pigott identified.
Other yarn, similar in kind, but not identified, was found in the father’s house.
The Jury found the prisoners Guilty.
A previous conviction was proved against Obadiah Beaumont, and two others were recorded against him.
Mr. Overend, on behalf of the prosecutor, recommended that youngest prisoner (a mere boy) to mercy.  The father had been several times imprisoned, but never before actually convicted of felony.  George and Obadiah Beaumont were each sentenced to transportation for 15 years, and James Beaumont was ordered to be whipped and discharged.

George Beaumont arrived VDL per ‘Theresa’ 1845.

Son of George Beaumont and Isabel (Atkinson) Beaumont.

Obadiah was 27 years old on arrival.
Native place: Bower Hill, Yorkshire.

Crime: Burglary - stealing yarn.

Obadiah was 5’5” tall, sallow complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, reads and writes a little, single, scar on left arm below elbow, arms freckled.

Father: George
Brothers: James, Joseph, Thomas.
Sisters: Jane Beaumont/Bradley, Ellen Beaumont/Squires.

1/10/1850: CP approved.

No mentions of Obadiah after 1850.

D Wong on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of George Beaumont:

Sheffield Independent Yorkshire, England
11 Jan 1845:
CHRISTMAS QUARTER SESSIONS
GEO. BEAUMONT, alias ALLOTT. OBADIAH alias DYER BEAUMONT, and JAS. BEAUMONT, (father and two sons) were charged with stealing a quantity of linen yarn, at Barnsley, the property of John Becks Pigott and another.
Mr. OVEREND for the prosecution.
It appeared that the father had been employed by the prosecutor, and was frequently employed all night on the premises, in making gas.  Suspicion arising, he was watched, and on the 22d November, was taken, with his two sons, carrying a quantity of yarn, some of which Mr. Pigott identified.
Other yarn, similar in kind, but not identified, was found in the father’s house.
The Jury found the prisoners Guilty.
A previous conviction was proved against Obadiah Beaumont, and two others were recorded against him.
Mr. Overend, on behalf of the prosecutor, recommended that youngest prisoner (a mere boy) to mercy.  The father had been several times imprisoned, but never before actually convicted of felony.  George and Obadiah Beaumont were each sentenced to transportation for 15 years, and James Beaumont was ordered to be whipped and discharged.

Obadiah Beaumont arrived VDL per ‘Neptune’ 1849.

12/11/1845 The Courier (Hobart):
GOVERNMENT NOTICE. No. 152.
Colonial Secretary’s Office, lOth Nov., 1845.
The Queen has been pleased to commute the sentence passed upon George Beaumont at the Sheffield Assizes, in January, 1845, from fifteen years to seven years’ transportation.
By His Excellency’s Command,
J. E. Bicheno.

George Beaumont was listed as 51 years old on arrival in VDL.
Place of Birth: Pussington.

“My son Obadiah transported for same went to Bermuda”.

Occupations: Stonecutter and well sinker.

George was 5’5¾” tall, brown hair and whiskers, sallow complexion, blue eyes, married, protestant, literate, Has been a Soldier - musket wound on outside left arm, G Abbot - bugle mermaid and anchor on left arm below elbow, GB Beumont 95th on right arm below elbow, pockpitted, several faint blue marks on back of left hand.

3/7/1849: TOL

22/10/1850: Permission to marry Grace Bruce (Free).

22/10/1851: Married at St. John, Hobart. George listed as a gardener and a widower.

6/1/1852: Free Certificate.

Did not find date of death.

Grace Bruce arrived VDL per ‘Margaret’ 1843.
Grace died 3/8/1863, she had been living with a man as his wife for the last 8 years (man was not named) - do not know what happened to George - no death dates listed in the 1860’s.

D Wong on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of George Cranfield:

Old Bailey:
GEORGE CRANFIELD.
Theft: simple larceny.
27th November 1843
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

GEORGE CRANFIELD was indicted for stealing 1 coat, value 1l., the goods of Joseph Thorn; and that he bad been before convicted of felony.

JOSEPH THOM. I live at New Brentford. On the 15th of Nov. I had my cart on the road—I stopped at the Crown public-house, and went into the house on business—the horse and cart were taken into the yard, and the gate shut—I had a Macintosh coat in the cart, and, while I was in the house, I saw the prisoner and two others leave the house, and go towards London—I went to my cart, and missed my coat—I drove after them—I overtook the other two first, and they whistled—the prisoner was about 150 yards before them—he turned, and dropped a part of my coat from under his jacket—I called, “Stop thief,” and got out of my cart—he ran down a bye lane—I followed, crying, “Stop thief”—I returned to my cart, and drove along the road—the prisoner came out again, and ran along the road—I overtook him, by his running into a coal-shed, and hiding himself—I said, “You have got something of mine”—he said, “D—your eyes, I have not”—I collared him—he said he would throw me into the mud, and if he could not get rid of me that way be would do something worse—I kept him till a constable came, and gave him in charge—I then went in the way he had run, and a gardener gave me my coat—this is it—it is the one that had been in my cart.

JOHN HEAVER. I live with my father, in Angel-lane, Hammersmith. On the morning of the 15th of Nov. I was standing, buying some apples, opposite Beaver-lane—I saw the prisoner run down Beaver-lane, with the Macintosh under his arm—I afterwards saw him again—he is the person.

JAMES PITT. I was at work in Mr. Clark’s garden, in Hampshire Hog-lane, which comes up to Beaver-lane, on the 15th of Nov., between eleven and twelve o’clock in the morning, and found a Macintosh coat just over the pales in my master’s garden, within a few yards of Beaver-lane—Mr. Thom inquired if I had found anything, and I delivered it up—this is it.

CHARLES DUPOUR (policeman.) I received the prisoner from Mr. Thom—I went to Beaver-lane, and received this coat.

Prisoner’s Defence. I know nothing about the coat; there were several others in the public-house; I came out, and was crossing the road, when I was taken; I had not seen the coat.

HENRY MOUNT (policeman.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark’s office—(read)—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY. Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

George Cranfield was listed as 20 years old on arrival.
Place of Birth: Kensington, Middlesex.

George was 5’8½” tall, fresh complexion, black hair, no whiskers, brown eyes, mole on right side of chin, scar on right thumb, small scar on right arm above elbow, scar on thumb, 3 scars on forefinger left hand, single, protestant, reads a little.

Father: James
Brothers: William, 56 regiment, James.
Sisters: Sarah, Jane - at native place.

21/11/1848: TOL
9/1/1849: TOL revoked.

28/2/1852: Free Certificate.

19/10/1863: Married Esther Walters nee Coleman at New Norfolk, Tas. (Esther married Thomas Walter 1858, New Norfolk, Thomas died 23/6/1861, aged 37, a labourer, of Disease of Heart and Bronchitis.)
Children of Esther and George:
19/7/1864: James
9/9/1869: George Francis
5/7/1873L Hannah Eliza
28/10/1876: Eliza Frances
5/11/1879: Martha Harriett
6/7/1882: William John
All children born New Norfolk, Tas.

30/7/1895: George Cranfield died at New Norfolk, aged 74, listed as a farmer, died of paralysis.

Zelda Cranfield on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of George Cranfield:

Convict no : 17243
Convict record : con 33/56
Indent Con : 14/28
Appropriation List con : 27/10

Rowena Anne Curtin on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of John Paton:

John Paton was born and baptised on the 7th June, 1792 at the Church of Scotland, Sorn Ayrshire Scotland. The parish records read:
“Was born and bap- June 7th John Paton lawfully procreal betwixt Mr John Paton of Saurston and Margaret Muir Spouses at Saurston.”
Sawerston Farm is in the Parish of Sorn, Ayrshire and the Patons lived there as early as 1702 when they were “heritors” of the parish.
On the 24th September, 1816 John Paton appeared before the Right Honourable Lord Pitmilly at the Ayr Circuit Court of Justiciary accused of “the crimes of falsehood, fraud, and wilful imposition, as also forgery, and feloniously using and uttering false or forged letters, for the purpose of obtaining good under false pretences.” He pleaded Guilty. After receiving “a suitable admonition from the learned Judge, who took occasion to point out the enormity of such a crime in this commercial country, he was sentenced to transportation for life.”
However, a written, physical description of John Paton was captured in his convict record:
“Ayr 25/9/1816 sentenced to life? Ayr (residence?) gardener age 29 hght 5’9 1/2” complexion fair? Pale hair brown eyes hazel.”
His convict record states:
“Ayr 25/9/1816 sentenced to life? Ayr (residence?) gardener age 29 hght 5’9 1/2” complexion fair? Pale hair brown eyes hazel.”
1817 sentenced to transportation for life at Ayr, Scotland later commuted to 7 years ‘as he was infirmed?’
1817- 1821 working for Captain Piper
1821 Captain Piper petition to Governor Macquarie on basis of good conduct for this period Capt Pipe requests extension of the Royal Mercy
Biography of Captain Piper   http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/piper-john-2552

1828 census
Name age F/B ship year R Occupation employer remarks
Paton, John 36 FS L. Eldon 1817 P gardener   at Sarah Adams
Residence Reference
Goulburn St, Sydney PO311

John Paton (registered as “Patten”) died on the 11th January, 1843 in Maitland NSW and was buried on the 13th January, 1843 at the Campbell’s Hill Cemetery, NSW.

Pam on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of John Rourke:

Convict Indent, Convict Records, Certificate of Freedom

John travelled with his brother Patrick, same conviction and sentence.

Conditional Freedom received 7 July 1845

Roger Clisdell on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of Joseph Ince:

Born 14 February 1773 at Stepney Middlesex

Real name INCH

Roger Clisdell on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of George Turner:

Born May 30 1790 at Rochester, Kent, England

Roger Clisdell on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of George Turner:

Married Mary Rogers at Parramatta 1821.

Pam on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of Patrick Rourke:

Convict Index, Convict Indent, Certificate of Freedom, NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books.

Patrick travelled with his brother John who also had the same conviction and sentence.

On the Convict Indent 1838, shows Patrick was Married and had a previous conviction of 12 months.

3 Gaol and Entrance Books show Patrick in North Parramatta 1841, Berrima and Cockatoo Island 1843. 

Patrick received his Certificate of Freedom on 26 June 1845.

Patrick next appears in Maitland with Catherine Purcell having 5 children, Bridget 1855, Mary Anne 1858, Catherine 1859, unnamed 1862, Patrick 1864.

Patrick jnr was born in Goulburn and this is the last known residence of Patrick snr. Death details are unknown.

DOUGLAS OXENDALE on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of Elizabeth Ruttleton:

According to my research ELIZABETH RUTTLETON is my 4 TIMES GREAT GRANDMOTHER. You have her Husband Thomas Ruttleton’s profession listed as ‘WATERMAN’ and explain that the job entailed working with horses.  I beleive this to be incorrect. A waterman is a boat worker, possibly a ferryman.

Heather Stevens on 2nd June, 2019 wrote of Henry Spiller:

Somerset Lent Assizes, Taunton, 1 April 1848: William Spiller and Henry Spiller were indicted for stealing a ram sheep, the property of J. Norcott in the neighbourhood of Taunton.  ‘The case occupied several hours, but was devoid of interest’ according to the local newspaper (Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 05 April 1848). William was acquitted but Henry was found guilty and was sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Wilton Gaol Description Register: Henry Spiller age 35, 5ft 4 1/2 in, fresh complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair, scar across the nose, born Corfe, married, last residence Hatch, labourer. He was received into the gaol on January 14th 1848 with William Spiller 58, born Taunton, last residence Hatch, labourer.

Henry was transported on the ship “Adelaide” which arrived Sydney 24 December 1849.

Obtained 30 Dec 1849 Ticket of Leave 1849 49/1373 for the Yass district

16 June 1850 obtained a Ticket of Leave Passport 50/244: ‘Allowed to remain in the service of John Peter Esq Murrumbidgee - 12 months same as preceding’

Family:

Henry Spiller was born in Corfe, Somerset about 1813 according to his prison record.

8th April 1833: Henry married Sarah Jennings (b.1813 Clayhidon, Devon) at Bishops Hull, Somerset and they had the following known children:

Sarah Ann b. 1833 Taunton, Somerset d. 1851 West Hatch, Somerset
John Henry b. 1835 Corfe, Somerset d. 1907 Melbourne, Victoria
Eli b.1838 Corfe, Somerset d. 1855 West Hatch, Somerset
Edward William b.1841 Corfe, Somerset d. 1854 West Hatch, Somerset
Mary Hope b.1843 West Hatch, Somerset d. 1883 Paddington, NSW
Elizabeth b.1847 West Hatch, Somerset d.1935 St Kilda, Victoria

His occupation was a shoemaker or cordwainer in his children’s baptisms of 1833, 1835, 1838 and in the 1841 census. Henry, his wife Sarah and their children were at Corfe in the 1841 census.

However in his children’s baptisms of 1841, 1843 and 1847 his occupation was labourer. By 1843 they had moved to West Hatch.

23 May 1856 His wife Sarah and children John Henry 20, Mary Hope 12, Elizabeth 9 arrived as assisted immigrants on the ship ‘Robert Small’. It was noted in the immigration record that her husband was at Wagga Wagga.

29 Oct 1859 Henry’s wife Sarah died of ‘debility’, and the informant was her husband but he was ‘John’ Spiller, farmer of Gumly Gumly near Wagga Wagga in the death certificate.

Henry Spiller was a farmer of Wagga Wagga when he married again in 1863 to Sarah Baker (nee Richey), widow. They separated and Henry, in the mistaken belief that she had died, married Bridget Hogan in 1872. Unfortunately his second wife was still alive and Henry was convicted of bigamy and sentenced to 3 months in gaol. A divorce was obtained in 1874 and he married Bridget Hogan again in 1875.

Henry Spiller died 26 August 1881 at his residence at Lake Albert and was buried 27 August at Wagga Wagga Cemetery.

D Wong on 1st June, 2019 wrote of John Brannon:

National Records of Scotland
Precognition against Thomas Shanon, John Brannon, Jean Fisher for the crime of robbery
Dates 1844

Accused Thomas Shanon, labourer, Address: Saltmarket Street, Glasgow
John Brannon, farm worker, Address: St Andrew’s Square, Glasgow
Jean Fisher, mill worker, Address: Saltmarket, Glasgow.

National Records of Scotland
Trial papers relating to Thomas Shanon, John Brannon, Jean Fisher for the crime of robbery. Tried at High Court, Glasgow
Dates 3 Oct 1844

Accused Thomas Shanon, Verdict: Not proven, Sentence: Assoilzied simpliciter and dismissed. Note: Sentencing delayed until 7 Oct 1844 (see JC13/87, f.13v).
John Brannon, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 10 years. Note: Sentencing delayed until 7 Oct 1844 (see JC13/87, f.13v).

On arrival: Recommended for a CP.

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