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Matthew Sheridan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Matthew Sheridan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Ireland, Kilkdare
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Rolla
Departure date: 4th November, 1802
Arrival date: 12th May, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Freemans Journal, Tues 22 Dec 1801 p 4, NSW Archives office - 1831 Sydney Gaol Records; 1828 Census, convocts approvals ot marry. Musters of 1822, 1825
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Robin Sharkey on 24th March, 2016 wrote:

Matthew Sheridan and Thomas Bealea [Bailey] were convicted of horse stealing”. per Freemans Journal, Tues 22 Dec 1801 p 4

Arrived on Rolla in 1803
Native Place - Kildare. Naas trial place was in Kildare.

1806 Muster - “Employed by Bean”

Certificate of Freedom April 1810 - tried at Naas in May 1803. 7 yr sentence.

Stayed in NSW:

Oct 1818 granted approval to marry Ann Kennington. Did not marry until 1827.
1822 Ann Kennington recorded as wife of M Sheridan (perhaps hadn’t made it official). She had Had arrived per “Canada” in 1810

1825 recored (as “Kinnagan”) as housekeeper to Mr Sheridan

June 1827 married at Castlereagh to Ann Kennington (where both resided).. Witnesses were John and Hannah Crowley, no one could sign their nameNo party could sign their names.

1828 Census - at Evan district. has 18 acres, all cleared and cultivated (no stock)
60 years of age (therefore born in 1772). FS. per ‘Rolla 1803’
Residing at Regency Villa, Farmer. Catholic. Could not sign his name.
*Wife - Protestant Ann Sheridan age 40, TL per Canada 1811
* Had a newly minted servant, Patrick Donagh age 23 arrived in 1828 per marquis of Hastings. Laborere, Roman Catholic

This may have been a different Matthew Sheridan??
Sydney Gazette 15 January 1831
Matthew Sheridan was indicted for stealing in the dwelling-house of Daniel Ivy, above the value of £5, at Port Stephens, on the 18th of July last.
The jury found the prisoner guilty, and the Court passed sentence of death upon him, to be carried into execution on such day as His Excellency the
Governor may be pleased to appoint.

Recorded entering Sydney Gaol in early 1831:
Description: Born 1771, (meaning 60 in 1831, but was already recorded as 60 in 1828)
5’ 5&1/2” tall, slender, swarthy, brown hair and grey eyes

Sydney Gaol 2nd June 1831 Now Free, arrived per “Rolla” , entered 2nd June by T E Wright Esq J.P. Charge: Cattle stealing or receiving. For trial 27th August. DISCHARGED.

Same charge, dates & outcome against Ann Sheridan and John Taylor per “England”. Ann was recorded as born 1789 (i.e. aged 42) and 5ft 1 &1/2 inches,  slender, ruddy complexion, brown hair and grey eyes.

John Taylor, their co-accused, was born 1795 (age 36)  5ft 4, stout, with fair complexion, lt brown hair and dark eyes

Sydney Gazette 18 August 1831
Mr Therry, at the sitting of the Court this morning, applied for the discharge of Matthew Sheridan nnd wife, and James Taylor who had been confined in jail on a charge of felony from the early part of the month of May, and who were entitled to be discharged on the Last day of the last session.
Nevertheless they were still confined in jail; had received no notice of trial, and, he believed, would receive no notice of trial, as he was assured that no prosecution could be sustained on the depositions taken against them.
Mr. Justice Stephen asked the Acting Attorney General, Mr. Moore, if there was any objection to the application. If the men were entitled to their discharge on the last day of the Iast session he wished to know why they might not be discharged now”! Mr. Moore said he would inquire into the case, and the Court directed Mr. Therry to mention the case to the Court on Saturday next.

Maureen Withey on 6th October, 2020 wrote:

THE Persons whose Names are inserted underneath, and who arrived in this Colony in the several recorded Ships under which their names respectively appear, have obtained Certificates from His Excellency the Governor, of their being restored to all the Rights of Free Subjects in consequence of their Terms of Transportation being expired; they are therefore henceforth to be respected accordingly.
By Command of His Excellency
Rolla, 1803.
Matthew Sheridan
Sydney Gazette, 16 June 1810.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 24th March, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Freemans Journal, Tues 22 Dec 1801 p 4, NSW Archives office - 1831 Sydney Gaol Records; 1828 Census, convocts approvals ot marry. Musters of 1822, 1825 (prev. ), firstname: Matthew, surname: Sheridan, alias1: ,

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