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Richard Hennessy

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Hennessy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 27th November, 1839
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: County Kilkenny
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 21st June, 1822
Arrival date: 8th November, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 14 other convicts


Primary source: Mangles 1822 http://www.frankmurray.com.au
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Jill Davy on 31st May, 2012 wrote:

Mangles sailed from Cork June 1822 via Rio and arrived Sydney November 1822.
Richard Hennessy was convicted of horse stealing at Spring Assizes 1822 in County Kilkenny and was sentenced to Life.  He was assigned to John Bowman at Richmond.  He received his Ticket of Leave in 1834 No34/629.  Some of his children were also transported to NSW ie daughters Mary and Catherine.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

Irish Convict Database by Peter Mayberry.
Richard Hennessy, age 44, ship Mangles (2) 1822, tried 1822 at Kilkenny Co. sentence - Life, native of Clonmel Tipperary Co. trade- milkman ploughman. B 1778.

D Wong on 22nd February, 2020 wrote:

Son Maurice Hennessy was transported per ‘Castle Forbes’ 1824.

Son William Hennessy was transported per ‘Larkins’ 1829.

Michelle Leihn on 4th August, 2020 wrote:

Richard Hennessy – (1778 – 1839) – Convict “Mangles 1822”

Born:    1778 – Clonmel, South Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland
Died:      1839 – November 27th 1839 – Mudgee, NSW Australia

Married:  1795 – County Tipperary, Ireland to Mary Fogarty (1780 – 1865).

Richard Hennessy was born in 1778, Clonmel, South Tipperary, Ireland to Parents
Richard Hennessy and Ann Hennessy.

Richard’s wife Mary Hennessy was born Fogarty in Circa 1780 in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland.
Mary was baptised on November 20th, 1781 in Cahir, Ireland.

Richard Hennessy’s Death is recorded as - Cudgegong (Mudgee) 27th November 1839.

His Occupation states he was a Ploughman, Milkman & Ireland Sheppard – Ireland.

Notes – Found online:
Richard Hennessy and his brother in law Michael Fogarty (Wife Mary’s Brother) came to Port Jackson on the Convict Ship “Mangles”. Both were tried at the 1822 Spring Assizes in Kilkenny Town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Their crime – Richard Hennessy, charged with “Horse Stealing”.  Michael Fogarty charged with “Snapping a Loaded Pistol at a Mr John Doyle”.  Both were sentenced to Death.  They were subsequently pardoned by the Executive on condition they accept Transportation for Life.  They both travelled on the Convict Ship “MANGLES” to Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia. The “Mangles” sailed from Cork on June 1822 via Rio and arrived 8th November 1822.  Richard was aged 44, Michael Fogarty aged 37. 

We can see why the Hennessy side of the family all ended up coming over as convicts to Australia. Things were in a shocking state in Ireland, there was no work, there was famine and farmers were being charged outrageous rents. I think a lot of people who came to Australia as convicts could see their lives would be better here and after 7 years they would get their ticket of leave. Richard Hennessy was deported to Australia in 1822, the children were left to their own devices and had to fend for themselves, so they were obviously very resilient to have withstood what happened to them, all were transported

Richard Hennessy was assigned to John Bowman at Richmond, NSW

Hennessy, Richard – Windsor John Bowman, Richmond – 34/629

Richard Hennessy received his ticket of Leave in 1834 Number 34/629.

Richard seems to have been in trouble again in 1836, see below:

Richard Hennessy en route from Windsor to Hyde Park Barracks, presumably breached his Ticket of Leave conditions. Parramatta Gaol NSW – September 23rd 1836.

Children of Richard & Mary Hennessy (nee Fogarty)

1. Maurice Hennessy     (1804 – 1863)  Convict (Forbes 1824) – Born Ireland
2. William Hennessy     (1809 - 1845)    Convict (Larkins 1829)
3. Mary Ann Hennessy   (1810 – 1878)  Convict (Asia 1830) – Born Ireland
4. James Hennessy     (1811 – 1838)  Convict (Royal Admiral 1833) - Ireland
5. John Hennessy       (1812 – 1866)  Convict (Royal Admiral 1833) – Ireland
6. Catherine Hennessy   (1814 – 1864)  Convict (Asia 1830) – Ireland

Richard and his wife Mary were never reunited. 

Richard Hennessy’s wife Mary remained in Ireland, having lost her husband, her Brother Michael Fogarty and all her children to the British Convict Transportation System.

Richard Died November 27 1839 in Cudgegong (NSW,near Mudgee). He was buried in Cudgegong Cemetery, but a dam was built over the area. His headstone was removed and relocated to a place called The Cairn. It is located near Rylstone, NSW.

Convict Changes History

Jill Davy on 31st May, 2012 made the following changes:

new convict, voyage 107, convicted at 951, crime 28, firstname Richard, surname Hennessy, source Mangles 1822 www.frankmurray.com.au, date of death 1839-11-27, gender m

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 made the following changes:

term: 99 years, voyage, source: Mangles 1822 www.frankmurray.com.au (prev. Mangles 1822 www.frankmurray.com.au), date of birth: 1778 (prev. 0000), occupation

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