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Jane Keenan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jane Keenan
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1779
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 17th April, 1851
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Ireland, Fermanagh
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Phoebe
Departure date: 25th September, 1844
Arrival date: 2nd January, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 14 other convicts

References

Primary source: Tasmanian Records--0-- Piper, AKS (2003), Chapter 2 “The dregs of a criminal population”, pp32-33 & 35, at https://eprints.utas.edu.au/8306/3/02_ch2_Piper_Thesis.pdf
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Maureen Withey on 4th January, 2022 wrote:

https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON15-1-3$init=CON15-1-3p116 and https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON15-1-3$init=CON15-1-3p117
269. Jane Keenan, age 63, height 5ft 2 ½, Ho. Maid. Tried at Fermanagh 4 April 1844, 7 years, native place, Fermanagh. Widow, 3 children catholic, can neither read nor write. Relations: 1B, James McMahan, in Enniskillen. Children, Mary on board, transported. John, Alice & Ann at N.P.  Offences: Stg butter 4/½  worth, - Wilson at near Enniskillen.

Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON41-1-5$init=CON41-1-5p64
Jane Keenan, Transported for Larceny. Gaol Report, Never convicted before. Indifferent. Widow. Stated this offence: Stg 4/ ½ worth of butter, pr. Wilson near Enniskillen. Widow, 3 children.
T. of L. 22/8/48.

Death of Jane Keenan. Registered at Launceston district. https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD35-1-17p5j2k
Date of death, 17 April 1851, Jane Keenan, age 72 years, widow, Cause of death, Injuries from falling downstairs, Informant; William Lamb, Elizabeth St, son-in-law.

Marriage Permissions https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON52-1-2p230j2k
William Stitchfield, free and Jane Keenan, 269, Phoebe, Approved 28 May 1848.
Marriage not found.

Maureen Withey on 4th January, 2022 wrote:

Jane Keenan was the mother of Mary Keenan, aged 18, also transported on Phoebe in 1844, for 7 years for stealing two frocks in Enniskillen. On Mary’s sstatement on her indent she says that she committed this crime to get transported with her mother.  Her mother, Jane Keenan, was a 63 year old widow, who was tried at Fermanagh in April 1844 for stealing butter worth 4 shillings and ½ d, and she was sentenced to 7 years transportation.
Jane Keenan died 17 April 1851, as a result of falling down the stairs. The informant on her death registration was William Lamb, her son-in-law.

Dianne Jones on 13th May, 2022 wrote:

MORE ABOUT JANE KEENAN:

“Transportation spawned invalids directly and indirectly. Invalid prisoners, or prisoners likely to become infirm, were transported to Van Diemen’s Land…

This policy of conveying disabled and infirm convicts continued in Van Diemen’s Land in the 1840s and 1850s. Transportation to Van Diemen’s Land operated on the principle that every convict ‘who could bear the voyage, and who was able to support himself by his labour on his arrival there, was sent abroad.’

The proviso of being able to support oneself was very liberally interpreted…

In 1845, the female convict transports Lloyds and Phoebe docked in Hobart Town. Following inspection Lieutenant-Governor Eardley-Wilmot wrote to the Secretary of State complaining about the physical condition of these new arrivals. The Comptroller General had reported that amongst their complement there were women who were unfit for work as a result of their age or infirmities. In particular, two prisoners, Mary McAlister and Jane Keenan, were said to be both old and unfit for labour. McAlister was aged
75 and was blind, and Keenan was 63.” (Piper, AKS (2003), Chapter 2 “The dregs of a criminal population”, pp32-33 & 35, at https://eprints.utas.edu.au/8306/3/02_ch2_Piper_Thesis.pdf)

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Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 4th January, 2022 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Records (prev. ), firstname: Jane, surname: Keenan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1779, date of death: 17th April, 1751, gender: f, occupation, crime

Maureen Withey on 4th January, 2022 made the following changes:

date of death: 17th April, 1851 (prev. 17th April, 1751)

Dianne Jones on 13th May, 2022 made the following changes:

source: Tasmanian Records--0-- Piper, AKS (2003), Chapter 2 “The dregs of a criminal population”, pp32-33 & 35, at https://eprints.utas.edu.au/8306/3/02_ch2_Piper_Thesis.pdf (prev. Tasmanian Records)

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