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John Lace

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Lace
Aliases: John Lacey
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1779
Occupation: Iron founder
Date of Death: 1842
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Irish rebel
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 24th August, 1799
Arrival date: 11th January, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 233 other convicts

References

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Denis Pember on 24th February, 2017 wrote:

John Lacey was born in Dublin in about 1778 and was described as an iron founder. He was convicted in Dublin Court in Dec 1798 as a results of his involvement in the 1798 Irish rebellion. He was sentenced to seven years in gaol but surrendered himself for transportation instead of serving a prison sentence. In the history of the rebellion, John is listed as a leader and his name appears on the Banishment Act that had been established to deal with the rebels. John was transported aboard the ship “Minerva”.

Denis Pember on 24th February, 2017 wrote:

John had a relationship with Mary Smith (AKA Flaherty).  Mary was also transported on the “Minerva”.  She was tried in Dublin in 1797 and sentenced to transportation for 7 years.  It may be because of this that John surrendered himself for transportation. On arrival in the colony, Mary aged 23 was described as ‘married’ and with a daughter born in 1800. Marriage possibly to John Lacey but no details recorded on daughter.

Denis Pember on 24th February, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, John and Mary had at least 4 children.
They are recorded in the 1825 muster…
Lacey, John, free by servitude, Minverva, 1800 7 years publican Parramatta.
Lacey, Mary free by servitude, Minerva 1800 7 years, wife of John Lacey.
Lacey, Timothy born in the colony, son of John Lacey Parramatta.
Lacey, Sarah born in the colony, wife of A Harris Sydney.

Denis Pember on 24th February, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 228…
[Ref L0024] Lacy, John, 50, free by servitude, Minerva, 1800, 7 years, Catholic, householder, Parramatta, 1080 acres, 415 acres cleared, 25 acres cultivated, 2 horses, 7 horned cattle.
[Ref L0025] Lacy, Mary, 42, free by servitude, Minerva 1800, 7 years.
[Ref L0026] Lacy, Elizabeth 16 born in the colony, daughter of John and Mary Lacy Parramatta.
[Ref L0027] Lacy, Alicia, 14 born in the colony, daughter of John and Mary Lacy Parramatta.

# Also page 228… son Timothy and his wife..
[Ref L0002] Lacey, Timothy, 22, BC, Publican, Parramatta.
[Ref L0003] Lacey, Sophia, 17, BC.
(Timothy had married Sophia Rigby in 1827. Sophia was the daughter of Peter Hough (Convict, 1799, “Hillsborough”) and Catherine Rigby (Convict, 1801, “Canada”).

## Page 178… Also daughter Sarah and her husband…
[Ref H0493] Harris, Alexander, 31, FS, Tottenham, 1818, 7, Labourer at Kent Street Sydney.
[Ref H0494] Harris, Sarah, 21, BC.
(Sarah had married Alexander Harris (Convict, 1818, “Tottenham”) in 1824, aged only 17.

Phil Hands on 30th March, 2017 wrote:

John, an iron founder by trade, was tried and convicted in Dublin in December 1798 as a result of his involvement in the 1798 Irish Rebellion. He was sentenced to seven years in gaol but surrendered himself for transportation instead of serving a prison sentence. In the history of the rebellion, John is listed as a leader and his name appears on the Banishment Act that had been established to deal with the rebels.
Left Cork on 24th August 1799.
Ship:- the ‘Minerva’ sailed with 165 male and 26 female convicts on board of which 3 males died during the voyage.
Arrived on 11th January 1800.

John was loaded on the Convict Ship “Minerva” at the port of Cork and transported to New South Wales, the ship indent indicating that John had accepted to be transported.
A letter from Lord Castlereagh to the Lord Lieutenant General and Governor General of Ireland Lord Cornwallis indicated an annexed list of persons who surrendered for Self-Transportation.
The “Minerva” sailed from Cork on the 24th of August 1799 in a small convoy. On The 4th of September two ships flying Portuguese colours fired upon the “Minerva”. The ship arrived in Rio de Janeiro on the 20th of October where she resupplied before sailing on the 8th of November arriving in Port Jackson on the 11th of January 1800 at 11am, sixty-four days out from Rio.

The Norfolk Island Victualling book of 1802 records John on the Island.
The muster of 1805-06 indicates he had been set free by servitude and was self-employed as a sawyer. Records show John
John had a defacto relationship with convict Mary Smith aka Flaherty (also ‘Minerva’ 1800), a Hospital Nurse. Four children were born from this union; his son Timothy in 1806 and daughters Sarah in 1808, Elizabeth in 1812 and Alice in 1814.
After selling the Parrott’s Farm to his son Timothy, John Lacy moved to the Lower Burragorang Valley, in the parish of Bimlow and on the bank of Lacy’s Creek John being one of the first settlers in the valley.
The Muster of 1828 showed John had 1000 acres in the Valley. He had established a dairy, and was listed in the muster as a supplier of food to the Government.

John died in 1842 and Mary in 1834. They are buried together at St Patrick’s Cemetery, Parramatta NSW.

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 30th December, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1779, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Denis Pember on 12th February, 2017 made the following changes:

crime

Phil Hands on 30th March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1842 (prev. 0000)

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