WHERE DID JOHN KENNEDY (CONVICT – COME FROM IN IRELAND IN 1815 (SHEEP STEALING)? POTENTIALLY ALSO HIS FATHER, HUGH KENNEDY, CONVICTED OF FORGERY)
4.JOHN2 KENNEDY (HUGH1) was born Abt. 1791 in Antrim, Northern Ireland, and died 12 November 1857 in Marulan, NSW, Australia. He married MATILDA MILLER, daughter of JOHN MILLER and JANE HOWELL.
Notes for JOHN KENNEDY:
Arrived in colony in 1816 on " Guildford" (14 Years sheep stealing)
John Kennedy was born about 1792 in Ireland, probably Antrim, he was convicted at 22 yrs of age of sheep stealing and sentenced to seven years transportation. He arrived in Sydney Cove in April 1816 per "Guildford". After serving his sentence he appears to have worked in the Illawarra area and acquired some property. Farmed at "Fairview" Dapto. Fathered eight children to Matilda Miller although there is no record of the marriage, some of the children were christened in both names of Kennedy and Miller. For some reason he seemed reluctant to marry Matilda.
His death is a mystery, although the record of the Register of Coroner's Inquests and Magisterial Enquiries states - Name- John Kennedy
(unknown has been crossed out) found dead on 14 November1857, supposed to have died on the 12th. Place - Marulan, NSW. Age- 61. Place of Birth - unknown. Time in NSW - 39 years. Date of burial - 15 November 1857. (Reference Reel 2921, piece 4/6611, 1-6613 #10673. Death certificate reference #1857/2871).
So the 'unknown man' found dead at Marulan and later recognised by a fellow named Watt (who could have been a relative of Hercules Watt married to John's sister), could have been John Kennedy who probably fell from his horse when intoxicated. Archives Office advises that the actual reports of the Coroner's Inquest for that year have not survived.
Following in his father Hugh's footprints, John committed a felony and finished up a convict on Australian shores. Such was the incident reported in the Belfast Newsletter on Friday 31st March 1815 under the heading "SHEEP STEALING" thus:- "John Kennedy, for stealing six sheep, the property of James White on the 27th October last. James White lost the six sheep as laid in the indictment and following their tract form his own house to Belfast; went to Simon McAnally's and found two of his sheep alive, the rest were killed; is sure they were his sheep; he had a mark upon them and he could not be mistaken, for he had them in his possession for eight or nine years, they were breeding ewes, had generally two lambs every year.
Simon McAnally, butcher, bought six sheep from a man who called himself John Kennedy; is not positive that prisoner is the man; was to pay D1 7s 6d for them but did not pay him till he could bring some person to answer for him that they were honestly come by; paid part of the money and prisoner said he would bring one Wm Campbell, who would answer for him. When White came, witness showed him the four sheep and the skins of the two that had been killed; witness afterwards paid White for four of the sheep and James Dugan, another butcher, bought the remaining two from him."
"James Dugan accompanied McAnally when the prisoner was taken before the Sovereign. Bought two of the sheep from White the owner. Andrew Carril, the Constable, recognises the prisoner as the man he was employed to take before the Magistrate. The learned Judge summed up the evidence, after which the prisoner was found Guilty. Sentenced to 7 yrs transportation."
1843 Belfast / Ulster Street Directory
Gentry, Merchants, Manufacturers, Traders, etc., etc., In Belfast.