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Jeremiah Callahan

Jeremiah Callahan, one of 156 convicts transported on the Arab, 03 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jeremiah Callahan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: 6th June, 1889
Age: 91 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Arab
Departure date: 3rd July, 1822
Arrival date: 6th November, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Old Bailey - online. Libraries Tasmania. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 180
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Anonymous on 4th August, 2011 wrote:

Jeremiah married convict Hannah Ryles.  I have put the marriage and children on her link

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 wrote:

Tried 20 February 1822 for Stealing from the Person
Conditional Pardon No. 995 dated 1 September 1836

Description List: aged 24
Trade: Groom
Native Place: Bloomsbury

Marriage Permission dated 30 June 1832 to Hannah Ryles (ship Sovereign)

Muster Roll:

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 wrote:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
HENRY CAPS, JEREMIAH CALLAHAN, Theft > pocketpicking, 20th February 1822.
529. HENRY CAPS and JEREMIAH CALLAHAN were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of February , one watch, value 15 s., the goods of William Hatherton , from his person .

MR. PRENDERGAST conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM HATHERSTON . On Saturday night, the 17th of February, about half-past twelve o’clock, my business caused me to be in Clare-market. I was coming home, and was going into a public-house in Drury-lane , near the burial ground, to get a pint of beer; the two prisoners came towards me, and as Caps passed, he seized my watch-chain, and took it out. I seized him and called to the watch, Callahan came to his assistance, and got him from me. I then seized Callahan, he pulled me across the road, and as I was calling Watch! he called to Caps for assistance, and said,

“Don’t go away,” Caps, then came and joined him. I was contending with them both, they got off, and my wife and myself called out Watch! the constable came up and rushed among the crowd, and took me into a shop - I was bleeding, I said I should know the man again, and went to look for them in Queen-street, and on coming into Drury-lane, Jones pointed over the way; I saw Caps run over, I said,

“That is the man who robbed me.” Callahan was taken the same night in Drury-lane, about one o’clock - I am certain they are the men.

Cross-examined by MR. ANDREWS. Q. What are you - A. I buy bread of bakers, and carry it about to sell - I deal with several people. Sir Richard Birnie examined me twice on this business.

Q. Did not Sir Richard Birnie say

“I do not like your story, why not call out that you were robbed, instead of not speaking till the watchman came?” He did, and asked me to bring somebody to confirm my story.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You did not take the witnesses who are now to be examined - A. They went to Marlborough-street by mistake, and when they got to Bow-street, it was too late.

DAVID JONES . On Saturday night, between twelve and one o’clock, I was in Drury lane, and saw the prosecutor holding Callahan, who was striking him; Caps was standing by, they came into the middle of the street, when Caps seized the prosecutor and turned him on one side - the prosecutor kept calling for the watchman all the time. They got on the pavement, and the prosecutor seized Caps again, but they escaped, and went down Stewards rents; I followed them, but not knowing the man was robbed, I turned back. After hearing he was robbed, I went after them, and in Wild-street I saw Caps; he saw me, and went into Little Wild-street, then took to his heels and ran off - I followed him across Queen-street, into Drury-lane, and then turned back; the prosecutor and constable then came up - I pointed him out, and the prosecutor said

“That is one of the men who robbed me.”

Cross-examined. Q. What are you - A. A tailor. I did not know the prosecutor, he had cried Watch! but not Stop thief! when the watchman came up, he said,

“I have been robbed of my watch.” I said,

“It is odd you should fight with the man so long, and not say you was robbed.” Caps ran away as soon as he came.

JOHN ELSWORTH . I am a constable of St. Giles’s. About twenty minutes after twelve o’clock, I was going to bed, but heard a violent cry of

“Watch! Watch! I will not let him go;” considering that there was a watchman near, I did not go out immediately; but as the cry continued, I went and found the prosecutor covered with blood - I took him into a baker’s shop, he said he had lost his watch. The people were complaining that no watchman was to be found, there ought to have been three near the spot. As soon as I got up, there was a rush down Stewarts-rents; I ran round into Wild-street, and Drury-lane, and just at the corner, the prosecutor ran across, and stopped Caps, who was going towards Broad-court, he said,

“This is the man,” I immediately collared him, and said,

“Harry, it is you.” The prosecutor said he should know the other man, and Bartlett said he had seen a man with Caps, who he knew; a person fetched us to the corner of Clare-court, where Bartlett took Callahan; he said to Bartlett,

“I’ll go with you, you have been a friend to me, if I had taken your advice, I should not have been in this.”

Cross-examined. Q. The prosecutor said he was ill used - A. Yes. I asked if he had lost any thing, he said his watch; he was confused. The people thought it was a fight.

THOMAS BARTLETT . I am a street-keeper. I saw Elsworth having Caps in custody - the prosecutor said he was concerned in robbing him of his watch; he described the other man; I said I thought I knew him, and went down Clare-court, and saw Callahan, I secured him, and said,

“Caps is in custody, charged with a robbery, with you;” he said,

“Bartlett if I had taken your advice, and gone home, this would not have happened.”

Cross-examined. Q. How far is the burial ground from Broad-court - A. Thirty or forty yards. Callahan was all over dirt. Sir R. Birnie said the prosecutor’s wife need not come here.

PHILIP SMITH . I am a patrol. On Sunday morning, I saw the prosecutor turning out of a public-house, in Drury-lane - I heard of this affair, and saw Caps in Broad-court, the prosecutor said,

“That is one of them,” he said that he had nothing to do with it.

WILLIAM JACKSON . I am a patten maker, and live in Wych-street. I was coming down Drury-lane, and by the burial ground, I saw the prosecutor and Callahan wrestling, he got away; Caps came between them, and forced them, apart and both ran down the court - I went with the constable after them round Wild-street; he went over the way and collared Caps. I went with them to the watch-house, and saw Callahan standing near Clare-court - I knew him directly, and pointed him out; I had heard the prosecutor calling out,

“Watch! You shall not go;” they were struggling together - Callahan said nothing when he was taken.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you hear him charged with a robbery - A. No. The impression on my mind was that it was a robbery. The prosecutor was holding the man, not fighting with him. Elsworth came up just as the men got away.

CAPS - GUILTY . Aged 18.


Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before W. Arabin, Esq.

Death 6 June 1889 at 1 Egan Street, Richmond, Victoria
Cause: Senile decay, exhaustion

Convict Changes History

Lord Cox on 12th October, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Libraries Tasmania. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 180 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 180), date of birth: 189

Iris Dunne on 13th October, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Old Bailey - online. Libraries Tasmania. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 180 (prev. Libraries Tasmania. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO1

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