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Jacob Whitfield

Posted: 1216870833000
Classification: Query
Surnames: WHITFIELD
Jacob has vanished. He was of Irish origin arriving as a life sentence convict on the Isabella 2 on 9 March 1922. He left behind his wife Mary Gowrie and four children, Mary, Catherine, Judith and William. Jacob ws born May 1774 in Balyhagen Tyrone, Northern Ireland. His four children followed Jacob to Australia a few years later. Jacob received his Ticket of Leave in 1834 No. 34/270. Jacob married Jean Connell on 2/4/1832. Jean died 21/9/1832 in HMG Hospital. Jacob married Elizabeth Smith on 11/4/1840. Elizabeth died on 12/8/1851 in the Darlinghurst Gaol. The last known location of Jacob is in the 1841 Census. Whether he was alive when Elizabeth died is unknow. So after 1841, Jacob's whereabouts is a mystery. As he had a conditinal pardon on 1/7/1841, he could not have left Australia. No death of Jacob can be traced in any Australian death indexes. Being a convict and possibly dieing before 1856 (official BDM registration commencement)would his death have been recorded in a church record? Also being a convict would he be buried in consecreated burial grounds or elsewhere? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Bob Starling - Whitfield Family Historian.

Re: Jacob Whitfield

Posted: 1222077093000
Classification: Query
Hi, The Sydney rate assessment books are online and can be a great people finder. There are 2 entries for a Jacob Whitfield, one in 1845 and one in 1852 both at Market Lane. http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/assessmentbooks/

Would your Jacob have been a "notorious receiver of stolen goods"? The NLA are digitizing early newspapers, and there is a mention of a Jacob Whitfield in the Sydney Gazette - 3 October 1839 (page 2)and 8 Oct 1839 (page 2)
http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home
The Sydney Gazette has only been done to 1842 so far, with the Sydney Herald to follow (post 1842) So perhaps keep checking back for any mentions.

I have Police Gazettes 1862 - 1900, maybe a bit late for Jacob, but I had a look and only found William Whitfield of Picton whose stolen horse was recovered.

From experience, NSW indexes are not complete. I have found events in original registers that have not been indexed, and have no idea why. Also pre 1856, no body, no burial, so no record!! This is particularly so for marine deaths, and sometimes the only way to find them is through the newspapers. Finally, I would check out the James Whitfield who died in 1856 - you never know!

Good luck

Re: Jacob Whitfield

Posted: 1222146900000
Classification: Query
Surnames: WHITFIELD
Many thanks to dj72green for the information on Jacob Whitfield. Jacob did reside at Market Place. The Assessment Books for 1845 and 1852 cetertainly seem to relate to the same Jacob as do the Sydney Gazette articles with his involvement with theft. The outcome of a court case subsequent to 8 October 1839 may give some clue as to what may have happend to him if found guilty but as he appeared in the 1841 Census living in Market Lane now Wentworth Avenue. As Jacob had been given permission to marry Elizabeth Smith on 11/4/1840, it was unlikely that he would have had a conviction hanging over him. The James Whitfield that died n 25/12/1856 at Eastern Creek Windsor, is not the Jacob Whitfield that I am trying to trace. Many thanks again for this additional data. There are many long living Whitfields with many going into the 90s and at least two past 100 so Jacob if his birth year of 1774 is correct, I would not have expected him to go much past the 1860s considering the average length of a life in those days. More research required!! William Whitfield was Jacob's son.
Regards
Bob Starling
Whitfield Family Historian
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