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James Farrell

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Farrell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Three Bees
Departure date: 8th December, 1813
Arrival date: 6th May, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. NSW 1828 Census Index. Colonial Secretary Index.
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Maureen Withey on 9th August, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
James Farrell, age on arrival, 19, Three Bees (1814), Tried Dublin City, 1812, Life. DOB, 1795, Native place, Drogheda Louth Co. Trade, Weaver.


NSW 1828 Census Index.
James Farrell, age 28, T.L Three Bees, 1814, Life, catholic, Labourer, Gloucester St, Sydney.
Jane Farrell, age 30, F.S. Catherine, 1814, 7 years, protestant.

Colonial Secretary Index.

FARRELL, James. Per “Three Bees”, 1814.

1825 Nov - To be granted a conditional pardon (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 pp.48, 75)


Before his honor Mr. Justice Dickinson, and a jury of four.
This was an action of ejectment, brought to recover five perches of land in the parish of St. Phillip, Sydney. The defendant pleaded the general issue.
Mr. Michie appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Foster for the defendant.
It appeared from the evidence that the lessor of the plaintiff bought of one Hanslow, who purchased of one Jane Farrell, the wife, as it was said, of the present defendant, who at the time she parted with the property, was a prisoner of the Crown for life.
The grant from the Crown to the said Jane Farrell, the deed of conveyance from her to Hanslow, and
Hanslow’s deed to the present plaintiff, were then proved and read in evidence; and, lastly, the indent, to prove that the defendant, James Farrell, came out to the colony a prisoner for life in the year 1814, in the ship The Three Bees. The latter was also identified by a fellow-prisoner.
Mr. Foster moved for a nonsuit, on the ground that the conveyance from Mrs. Farrell was void for
uncertainty, but after some argument his Honor over-ruled the objection.
Mr. Foster then proceeded to address the jury, contending as before that the deed was void for uncertainty, being neither a bargain and sale nor a feoffment, and that the indent was not made out
according to the terms of the statute which authorised its admission in evidence. A witness was then called, who proved the marriage of Mrs. Farrell to the present defendant, twenty-seven years ago.
His Honor, in summing up, told the Jury that he considered the deed from Mrs. Farrell to Hanslow
as a bargain and sale; and this being the case, the documentary part of the plaintiff’s case had been clearly made out. Also; that the indent was sufficient in his opinion to prove that the defendant was a convict, though it did not state the offence for which he was transported : for it was the punishment and not the offence, that would show whether a man was a prisoner or not. And there being satisfactory evidence, therefore, that the defendant was a prisoner at the time of the grant being made to Mrs. Jane Farrell, and that she conveyed in her own name to Hanslow, in accordance with the late Sir Francis Forbe’s judgment in the case of Doe Dem Smithers v. Clark (1831), Mrs. Jane Farrell was, in the eye of the law, a “feme sole”, and could therefore alone convey her property.
The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, damages 1s.
Sydney Chronicle, 14 Aug 1847.

Maureen Withey on 26th February, 2021 wrote:

The Tickets of Leave granted to the following Persons have been cancelled : -
Three Bees, JAMES FARRELL. For harbouring a Prisoner of the Crown and keeping a disorderly

By Command of His Excellency the Governor,
Colonial Secretary’s Office, 18th April, 1829.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 9th August, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry. NSW 1828 Census Index. Colonial Secretary Index. (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Farrell, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1795, date of dea

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