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Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Farrell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1780
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Bigamy
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 236; Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1 Dec 1813.
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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Robin Sharkey on 25th October, 2016 wrote:

Michael Farrell was tried in December 1813 for bigamy.  Although he married one Elizabeth Cowell in London at the parish church of St. Martin’s in the Fields in April 1813,  it was claimed he was already married, 16 years before, to Mary Featherstone at Nicrome, in the county of Cork, Ireland,

WILLIAM FEATHERSTONE said he was a Protestant, with a sister living in Cork named Mary Feathersotne who was married at Nicrome in Cork, in January 1797 Ireland to Michael Farrell.  William Featherstone had gone with her to the house of Mr Barry who was a neighbour of her employer’s, where she was married by a priest named Father O’Keith, in the presence of William Feathersonte and many other people. His sister is still alive.
Chalr Calaghan labour and antive of Irland gave evidence that he was also present teh marriage.

Three years before [ in 1810], Michael Farrell had gone to Margate and met a young girl named Elizabeth Cowell and represented himself to her as a dragoon, paying her a great deal of attention while she was at Maraget with her mother.  When she came of age in April of this current year (1813) and into possession of “her fortune” he came to her room in Haymarket and proposed marriage. She married him the next day, against her own desire to consult with her aunt and uncle because he said that if she did not marry him he would “put an end to his Existence”.  He proposed going to the bank and withdrawing £200, she thought £100 was sufficient. They went to Ireland but there they quarrelled and he left her in Ireland with no money, he returning to England.

Guilty and transported for seven years.

NSW
Arrived on “Ocean” in January 1816

Robin Sharkey on 25th October, 2016 wrote:

Personal Details - 1816 - Aged 36 Years (frst marriage at about aae 21)
Born Galway, Ireland. Servant.
5ft 7inches tall.
Fair complexion, Brown hair, hazel eyes.

Quickly got a Ticket of LEave
15 Novemerb 1817 - FReE PARDON.

Less than two years after arriving, Michael Farrell was free to return to Ireland .. and he at least went with the Riley family as their servant, although appears to have returned.
15 Nov 1817 - gave notice in Sydney Gazette that he intended departing the Colony as a servant of Alexander Riley and family, with the Riley family, in the ship “Harriett”.

1819 appeasr to be back in NSW. Donation to Benevolent Society.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 25th October, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 236; Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1 Dec 1813. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number

Robin Sharkey on 25th October, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1780 (prev. 0000), occupation

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