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John Donovan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Donovan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1786
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 24th July, 1855
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Ireland, Wexford
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Southworth
Departure date: 18th November, 1821
Arrival date: 9th March, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 72 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm
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Community Contributions

D Wong on 1st April, 2019 wrote:

John Donovan was 35 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Cork.

John was 5’5” tall, well made, dark hair, grey eyes, speaks rather hastily, has an anchor on both arms.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DONOVAN, John. Per “Southworth”, 1822

1824 c.Apr, Oct 8:  Shoemaker. Assigned convict mechanic whose master was a defaulter in payment for (Reel 6061, 4/1778 p.265c; Fiche 3293, 5/3821.1 p.2)

1824 Nov 1:  Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.690).

**John had married Elizabeth Mahoney in Ireland in 1807.  They had a child, Mary Ann.
In 1824, John, believing Elizabeth to have died, married Mary McIlvee (Woodman 1823).  Mary was married to John McIlvee who arrived on the ‘Almorah 1820’.  Mary and John had both made enquiries about each other’s whereabouts - as per the Colonial Secretary Papers reports.**

Wife Elizabeth arrived in NSW in 1826 per ‘Lady Rowena’ and John went on to live with her.  Do not know what happened to Mary McIlvee after that.**

1827: Ticket of Exemption from Govt. Labor - wife Eliza, free per ‘Lady Rowena’.

1828 Census: John and Elizabeth were living in Castle Hill with three children. (Mary, John and Eliza). They went on to have another 4 children James, Catherine, Margaret and Ellen.

1834: Elizabeth leased 640 acres of land at Mangrove Creek.

21/7/1834: COF
21/5/1839: COF renewed.

24/7/1855: John died and was buried in a lone grave on private property on Wisemans Ferry Road, Greengrove, NSW.

Elizabeth died 30/1/1891 when she drowned in the Mangrove Creek, Brisbane Water, now Gosford, NSW.

Elizabeth was honoured as a Pioneer of the district, and they named a park after her.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st April, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Donovan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1786, date of death: 24th July, 1855, gender: m, occupation, cr

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