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I am researching the Hennessy family from Tullow County of Carlow pre 1829. Michael Hennessy was tried at Carlow on the 26th March 1829 for stealing bank notes and was sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia. He arrived in Sydney onboard 'Larkins' 22nd December 1829. I think his parents were Andrew and Bridget Hennessy. I would like to trace this line. Thank you.

Frances Cairns


Monday 11th May 2020, 01:07AM

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  • Frances:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I assume your Michael was Roman Catholic.

    I searched on the subscription site Roots Ireland and did not find a baptismal record for Michael Hennessy even though the Tullow RC records go back to 1739. However, there appears to be a gap in the baptismal records for 1802 thru May 1807 and possibly Michael was born in the gap period and his record would not be available  I also did not find baptismal records for any children of Andrew Hennessy and a wife Bridget. Also did not see a marriage record. Perhaps the marriage and baptisms occurred in another parish which does not have records back to 1830 and earlier.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 11th May 2020, 12:33PM
  • Thank you Roger,

    The information about Michael Hennessy was passed to me by Orange NSW Family History Group with a typed report from the Carlow Morning Post dated Monday March 30 1829 regarding the stealing offence.

    Is there anyway to check the conviction recorded at the Carlow Assizes on Thursday 26th March 1829 and transportation details in August 1829?

    Yes, Michael Hennessy was Roman Catholic.

    Would it be possible to find out what became of his mother, Bridget after imprisonment in Carlow Gaol?



    Monday 11th May 2020, 09:36PM
  • Frances:

    I checked the subscription site FindMyPast and the earliest court records they show for a Michael Hennessy in Carlow was in 1857. You don't see many court records back to 1829. I don't have any suggestions on Bridget.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 12th May 2020, 03:55PM
  • Thank you Roger. I will look into it.



    Thursday 14th May 2020, 11:24AM