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John Owen

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Owen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: Constable
Date of Death: 10th August, 1850
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Manslaughter
Convicted at: Queens County Ireland
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 29th October, 1824
Arrival date: 22nd February, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 116 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm
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Andrew Graham on 22nd September, 2015 wrote:

After gaining hisTOL, he opened a bookmaker’s shop in Bathurst. John’s trade was originally as a bookmaker.

Maureen Withey on 17th August, 2019 wrote:

MARYBOROUGH ASSIZES, MARCH 25. John Kingsmill, Robert Harvey, Robert Bolton, George Walpole, James Hinks, and John Owen, policemen, were indicted for the wilful murder of Richard McDaniel, the l2th of August last, inflicting several bayonet wounds on his person.  W. Boxwell, Esq. M. D. proved he had attended the deceased before his death, and that he had examined his body, upon which he discovered fourteen wounds- one of which was inflicted by a triangular weapon above the navel, and on in the left eye, which had penetrated its orbit, and entered the brain, and which the doctor believed have been the cause of McDaniel’s death. Bridget McDaniel, sister of the deceased, proved that she was in company with her brother, in the house of James Fitzpatrick, of Bullinakill, on the 12th of August last. About the hour of ten o’clock at night the police entered the room where her brother was sitting, and desired him to pay his reckoning and quit the house, which he said he would do as soon as the company the inner room would come out. The policemen said the deceased should not wait for any person, and some of them seized him the breast, upon which deceased desired them not to drag him. One of the police men then struck him with a gun; a number of policemen then immediately rushed into the room from below stairs, and every one then struck her brother with one weapon or another. She saw one of them draw his bayonet and thrust it into the body of the deceased. The defence urged on behalf of the prisoners was, that the Magistrates had caused general instructions to be issued to the police, to clear all public houses of their visitors, at ten o’clock at night, and that, acting in pursuance of these instructions, they had entered Fitzpatrick’s house on the night the deceased lost his life that he had refused to obey the orders of the police on that night, and that in consequence, an altercation and struggle ensued between them and some country men, who were in the house, took part with the deceased which caused a general fight between them and the police, and that in the quarrel the deceased lost his life. The jury acquitted the prisoners murder, and found them guilty of manslaughter. Sentence - Kingsmill, Harvey and Bolton, to be transported for life; Walpole and Hinks to be transported for fourteen years; Owens to be transported for seven years.
Drogheda Journal, 31 Mar 1824.

THE Right Honorable the SECRETARY of STATE for the Colonies has signified to His EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR, in his Despatch, No. 21 dated 27th April, 1828, His MAJESTY’S gracious Approbation and Allowance of the CONDITIONAL PARDONS, respectively dated 26th October,  1827, and granted to the undermentioned Individuals, who arrived by the Ship Asia (4), viz:
By Command of His Excellency the Governor, ALEXANDER McLEAY.
Sydney Gazette, 19 Sept 1828
Robert Harvey and John Owen were both in Moreton Bay penal settlement.

The details on the record there are very brief, compared with those of other convicts.

John Owen, Asia,  Volunteer 4 April 1825. To Sydney 15 Jan 1826
Description: John Owen, native place, Queens county, age 40, 5ft 11, fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes. Catholic.

Maureen Withey on 27th August, 2019 wrote:

Col Sec Letters re Moreton Bay

Letter dated 14/3/1826 mentions overseers Harvey & Owens sent by Sir Thomas Brisband on 27 March 1825 & salary.
Letter dated 19/6/1826 re overseer Owen & loss of his wife on voyage from Scotland – to return to Sydney to arrange for his children – requests Ticket of Leave.
Letter dated 30/6/1826 re H.M. Colonial Schooner Isabella, proceeding to Sydney 17th June 1826 – passenger _ John Owen, prisoner overseer.

Letter dated 10/10 1826, mentions overseer John Owen- now employed at Carters Barracks.

Document listing prisoners, dated 25/12/1825 John Owen- overseer- attending the Lumber Yard.
Robert Harvey- overseer- attending various gangs.

(4/1917.1) A memo: The auditor to prepare warrant for British money – to Logan to pay salary of overseers Harvey and Owens – amounts.

Maureen Withey on 16th September, 2020 wrote:

Male Orphan School Roll book, 1 January 1819 - 18 September 1848 .

162. Name: John Owen
Age: 7
When admitted: May 5 1826
Time of quitting the school: March 24th 1827
Parents’ names: John Owen
Occupation: Government
Residence: Sydney
Remarks: Mother died on the passage, Their Father.

The two other boys are alos listed on this record,
Henry , aged 5 and William, aged 2, otherwise, details are the same.

A year after the boys left the Male orphan school, the whole family were living with their father again, together with the eldest child, Sarah.

1828 Census Index, Page 229/275
John Owen, age 40, C.P., Asia 1825, 7 years, protestant, Shoemaker, at Brickfields, Sydney.
Sarah Owen, age 13, Came free, per Thames 1826, Protestant.
John, 10.
Henry, 6,
William, 3.

Convict Changes History

Keith South on 1st June, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Owens, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: , occupation, crime

Keith South on 1st June, 2014 made the following changes:

surname: Owen (prev. Owens), date of birth: 1786 (prev. 0000), occupation

Andrew Graham on 22nd September, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1783 (prev. 1786), date of death: 10th August, 1850 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 30th October, 2015 made the following changes:


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