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Bernard Fitzsimmons

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Bernard Fitzsimmons
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Shop man
Date of Death: 1888
Age: 92 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Ireland, Kings County
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Elphinstone
Departure date: 8th September, 1838
Arrival date: 29th December, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 69 other convicts

References

Primary source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. State Records NSW - Ship List Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924
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Dennis Nightingale on 21st June, 2015 wrote:

Born - Cavan County Ireland. Crime -  in possession of Forged Notes.  Single - son Thomas Fitzsimmons aged 13 years came free arrived per same ship.  Grocer - CF 52/84.

Dennis Nightingale on 21st June, 2015 wrote:

18113 Fitzsimmons Bernard - Elphinstone 1838.
  1845 26 July County of Gloucester MM.
  Obtained Ticket of Leave.

Iris Dunne on 29th November, 2016 wrote:

No.114 on ship list, Aged 42
Tried 19 July 1838 at Kings
Crime “Having forged notes in possession”
Height 5 feet 6, Eyes Grey, Hair Brown, Complexion Fresh
Catholic
Occupation Grocer
Native place: Cavan Co.

D Wong on 29th November, 2016 wrote:

1845: TOL Port Stephens
14/9/1846: TOL Passport - Dungog Bench.

13/9/1848 Maitland Mercury:
UTTERING FORGED ORDERS.
Before the witnesses in the preceding case
had been sworn, Mr. Purefoy made application
to the court that £11, which had been taken
from the person of Bernard Fitzsimmons, charged with uttering forged orders, when he was apprehended, might be handed over to his attorney for his defence ; rounding the application on an affidavit by Fitzsimmons that the money was necessary for his defence : and stating that the money was not, he believed, at all connected with the offence with which Fitzsimmons was charged.
The Attorney General, in answer to a question from his Honor, said he was not prepared to reply, until he had enquired into the circumstances. At a later hour the Attorney General informed the Court that he had made enquiry, and should not oppose the application, as it appeared the money was in no way connected with
the offence charged against Fitzsimmons.
His Honor then ordered the money to be handed over by the police, which was done.

16/9/1848 Maitland Mercury:
On the application of Mr. Purefoy, Bernard Fitzsimmons, in custody on a charge of
forgery, was directed to be admitted to bail to appear at the next Circuit Court, if he
could procure it.

17/2/1849 Maitland Mercury - found guilty - sentenced to 3 years at Maitland goal.

Julie Hicks on 18th January, 2017 wrote:

After release lived in Dungog area and married Hannah, who is buried in Dongog Cemetary. Does any one have anymore info.

D Wong on 18th January, 2017 wrote:

NSW BDM: Bernard Fitzsimmons died at Gladesville/Ryde, aged 75.

He married Hannah/Ann Bevans - she came from Leicester and was born in 1823 and died 13/9/1883.
Could not find the marriage listed on the BDM.

Son James was born 1858, Dungog - he is on the NSW BDM - another son, Michael who married Mary Jane Smith - he was not on the BDM.

Julie Hicks on 30th January, 2017 wrote:

Bernard Fitzsimmons arrived in NSW with his 13 yr old son Thomas. Anyone have anything further on this?

petrina toll on 30th May, 2017 wrote:

my bernard fitzsimmons was not a convict he came over the hannah they were married in 1840 in Leciester and arrived in nsw with five children. The details that you have for the above bernard fitzsimmons are not correct wrong bernard

Greg Smith on 21st May, 2019 wrote:

It seems there are two Bernard Fitzsimmons. One a settler, born Arthurstown, Tallanstown Co Louth 1811. This Fitzsimmons emigrated on board the Ben Nevis in 1856. Lived In Dungog. Married to Anna (or Hannah) Bevans 25 Dec 1840 at Holy Cross, Leicester. She died in Dungog (Sep 1883). They had two children James & Elizabeth.

There also is the Irish convict of this name. Date of Birth: 1803 in County Cavan. Occupation: Shop man. He was convicted for forgery and arrived in Aust in 1838. SO he could not have married in the UK in 1840.

The puzzle is that there’s only one recorded death I can find in NSW, which is Dec 1887.

Fitzsimmons interests me as he could be my “missing” GG grandfather, who had two children with Sarah Fitt, the widow of James Stephenson. He is recorded as having been convicted of forgery against James Stephenson and sentenced to three years in Maitland jail.

Puzzling all around.

Paul Burke on 1st July, 2019 wrote:

Death Certificate of this name in Victoria corresponds to origin and birth but gives ‘farmer’ as occupation

Greg Smith on 28th September, 2019 wrote:

The Victorian death in 1879 seems plausible. However, there is a record in the NSW Police Gazette (2 June 1880) which lists a John Fitzsimmons being charged with the attempted shooting of his father Bernard at Dungog. I am not sure if the second Bernard Fitzsimmons (married to Hannah) is the one involved in this.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 21st June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: Bernard, surname: Fitzsimmons, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1803, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 21st June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 29th November, 2016 made the following changes:

source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. State Records NSW - Ship List (prev. NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts.)

D Wong on 18th January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1888 (prev. 0000)

Paul Burke on 1st July, 2019 made the following changes:

source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. State Records NSW - Ship List Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924 (prev. NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. State Records NSW - Ship List), date of birth: 1796 (prev. 1803)

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