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Details for the convict John Devereaux (1802)

Convict Name:John Devereaux
Trial Place:Cork
Trial Date:1799/1800
Notes:aka Devereux
Arrival Details
Ship:Atlas I (1)
Arrival Year:1802
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John Devereux was Captain in a Yeoman Battalion he was charged with treason for aiding and assisting in the 1798 Irish rebellion at Vinegar Hill in Wexford. After a trial in Cork 27 November 1799 he was sentenced to hang but instead transported for life. Departed Cork 30 May 1802 in Atlas 2 (mistakenly recorded as Jno Devneaun) arrived Sydney 30 October 1802.
In NSW he was apparently involved in the Irish Uprising of 4-5 March 1804 at Castle Hill and therefore despatched to Norfolk Island per Lady Nelson in 1804. It seems likely that he was taken on as assistant by settler John McCarty, as Devereux is recorded going off public stores in Feb 1806, shortly before McCarty leaves the island on assignment with the NSW Corps to Port Jackson. There would be nobody else to look after the McCarty Lot besides Devereux, and it was at this time he likely began a relationship with his future wife, Harriet Beazley/McCarty, daughter of First Fleeters John McCarty and Ann Beardsley/Bezeley(born in the first year of NSW settlement and bapt #48 on the St Phillips registers).
John departed Norfolk Island on the Estramina 15 May 1808 arriving at Derwent River 5 June 1808. On 13 June 1808 he married Harriet at St. Davids church, Hobart. John arrived in Tasmania a free man being granted a Conditional Pardon, on the condition he never return to Ireland. He was granted 60 acres of land at Herdsman's Cove near Green Point, Bridgewater in the Derwent Valley, in accordance with the instructions for granting land to ex-convicts; 30 if single, 50 if married, and 10 more for each child. The grant was very closeby to his father-in-law John McCarty. Circa 1832 the family moved to Black Brush, a few miles south of Green Ponds. On 19 June 1832 their house and land at Black Brush was sold for 600 pounds. Nothing is known regarding the death of John Devereux. Some sources say he died enroute to Ireland, while attempting to visit family, which is clearly nonsense and a misapplication of a completely different John Devereux whose death is recorded in New York in the approxixmate era.
Devereux's wife Harriet remarried in Sep 1847 in Hobart. Under British law she had to have been out of communication for 6 years before being allowed to remarry. There is shipping record of a John Devereux traveling with Ann and Wm Hartley Budd to Port Phillip in Nov 1838 which may be Devereux leaving VDL for good. No death record has been found in the colony
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