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Private Edward Quinn (c1768...........)

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  • Born : c1798
  • Where Born : Tullamore, County Offally, Ireland
  • Occupation : Soldier / Shoemaker
  • Date Arrived : 28th October 1826
  • Ship Arrived on : The Boyne
  • Port Arrived : Sydney
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Army Enlistment :  3th January 1817
  • Regiment : 94th  Regiment of Foot
  • Where Enlisted Army : , Kilkenny, Ireland
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  • Description: 5’6”. Age 21 complexion sallow. Eyes brown, hair light brown, Marks-
  • Discharged  :  13th December, Belfast, Ireland
  • Reason :94th Regiment Disbanded in Belfast.
  • Regiment Enlisted   :39th Regiment of Foot
  • Date Enlisted  : 31st October 1820, Dublin, Ireland
  • Company :  9
  • Date Discharged Army : 30 June 1832
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  • Where Discharged :  Sydney
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  • Where Died / Buried : Unknown
  • Parents Names :  Edward
  • Spouse's Name : Johannah Pike
  • Date Married :
  • Where Married :Ireland
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  • Descendants
    some information supplied by Maureen;
    some information supplied by  Dasha Brandt



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    Mary Ann b 1823, Dingle, Ireland m John Nelson 1840, Sydney NSW died 1900 Armadale NSW, buried Rookwood Cemetery.
    For further information see link :
    History & Achievements :
    Edward arrived with his three year old daughter Mary Ann who was said to have been bought up with Irish friends. This may have been Private Ben Roden and family as they both applied for a town allotment together on discharge and were shown living at the same address. This was refused and Edward Quinn received a grant of land at Bathurst, but sold it two years later, maybe he wasn’t equipped to be  a farmer. He is listed in the Sydney directories in Kent Street as a shoemaker in 1835 and 1836 when he then disappears from the records. As a number of the 39th enlisted in the 4th Regiment he may well have sailed back to Ireland as a passenger when  the  4th regiment  left Australia in 1837. He was not listed as a witness on his daughters marriage in 1840 so he either left Australia or died before then.
    During his time in Australia
     Edward was stationed  on garrison duty at Bathurst and Parramatta and Emu Plains.
    It is not known what happened to Edwards’ wife Johanna ,or  if she even arrived in Australia  as no records have been found for her death either here or in Ireland.

    The below article was supplied by Dasha Brandt

    Edward Quinn was born at Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland on 18 December 1800.[1]  Nothing is known of his parents or of his childhood. 
    At the age of 21, Edward Quinn enlisted as a Private in the 94th Regiment on 13 January 1817, at Kilkenny. The enlistment papers describe him as 5'6" tall, with a sallow complexion, light brown hair and brown eyes. His native place is given as Kings Co. Parish, Tullamore, and his trade that of a shoemaker. He was discharged from the 94th regiment on 20 November 1818 at Belfast due to disbandment of regiment.[2]
    On 3 October 1820, Edward Quinn enlisted in the 6th Company, 39th Regiment of Foot and transferred to the 9th Company, 39th Regiment of Foot on 10th May 1825[3].   The Musters for 39th Regiment show Edward Quinn as being stationed at Dingle, Kerry 1821 – 1823; Tralee, Kerry Oct 1823 – Mar 1824; Kilfirron Mar 1824 – May 1824; Avignon, France May 1824 – Dec 1824; Buttingieg, Cork Dec 1824 – Nov 1825.  He departed from Cork on the "Zephyr" on 14 November, 1825, and on 26 November, 1825 he is in Chatham Barracks. 
    Edward Quinn appears to have left for Australia from Chatham Barracks and is recorded in the colony on 26 May 1826.  The regiment arrived in Australia in 18 separate ships, but as rank and file were not listed individually, there will never be proof of the actual ship on which he arrived.  There is only one likely ship arriving in Port Jackson in May 1826, this being the "Lady Rowena", which arrived 17 May 1826 from Ireland, carrying 100 female prisoners & 13 children, 2 free women & 4 children.  The Master on board was Bourne Russell, and the Surgeon Superintendent was Dr. Robert Espie RN. The “Lady Rowena” was a ship of 320 tons, built at Montreal 1825, and she sailed from Cork on 19 January 1826 arriving in Port Jackson 118 days later. [4] 
    On arriving in the colony, Private Edward Quinn was stationed at Emu Plains until his discharge in June 1832. On the 30 June 1832 he paid £10 to discharge himself and foregoes £8/4/6 in pay.  He has had 4 days in hospital.[5]
    In September, 1832, Benjamin Roden and Edward Quinn, recently discharged from the 39th Regiment of Foot, applied to use their remission money to jointly purchase a town allotment.  Address listed at the time of application - 36 York Street, Sydney.  The application was denied.[6] 
    On 14 November, 1832, Edward Quinn purchased a block of 100 acres of land in the County of Roxborough, Parish of Melrose.  The land is advertised for sale as Lot No. 9 in the Government Notice of 4 September 1832.  (Appears on the map of the area as Lot 30).[7]  The transmission of the deeds of grant of the portion purchased from the Crown is listed on p.507 in the NSW Government Gazette of 14 Aug 1833.  The land is near Bathurst, but there is no evidence that Edward Quinn ever developed or lived on it. 
    Edward Quinn is listed in the Post Office Directories for 1833, 1836 and 1837, as a Boot and Shoemaker.  Although there are at least 3 other Edward Quin(n)s in the colony about that time, it is safe to assume that the directory entries refer to Private Edward Quinn, as this is his trade listed at the time of enlistment into the 94th Regiment, and they coincide with his date of discharge in June, 1832. His address for each of these listings is Clarence Street, Sydney.  
    At some point, probably during the time that he was stationed in Ireland, Edward Quinn married Johanna Pike.  Contradicting stories are given out by different members of the family, with one branch stating that Johanna was born into a well known Dublin family of bankers, another branch stating that her family were wealthy Quaker ship builders in Cork.  Both versions of the story indicate that in marrying Edward, who was Roman Catholic, she went against the wishes of her family.  Another story, tells that they married because she was pregnant with a child whom they called Thomas, and that she agreed to leave him in Ireland with her parents, to be brought up by them, when she and Edward left for Australia.  To date, none of this has been verified.  As Parish records for Dingle do not exist prior to 1826, the facts will probably never be proved.
    Edward Quinn and Johanna Pike had one child – Mary Ann, born Dingle, Kerry 15 August 1823.[8]  No details of arrival in the colony have been found for Johanna Pike or their daughter Mary Ann.  Mary Ann’s death certificate dated April 1900 states that she had been in NSW for 75 years, so it is probable that she and her mother traveled aboard the “Lady Rowena” and were one of the “2 free women & 4 children” listed as free passengers on board the vessel.  No record of Johanna has been found in colonial records, so if she did board the ship, she could well have died on the voyage, or very soon after her arrival.  Mary Ann is said to have been brought up by an Irish family in Sydney, as Edward was in barracks. 
    There is no evidence of Edward’s death in NSW, nor has he been traced as having left Australia.  However, there is a mention of an Edward Quinn in Griffiths valuation for Tullamore for 1854.  One wonders if Edward returned to Ireland.  If so, it would seem he returned to the county of his birth.
    [1] Enlistment details[2] From “Description Book of the 94th Regiment“.  (Maureen Mitchell)[3] Redcoats Journal – Maureen Mitchell[4] "Shipping Arrivals & Departures, Sydney 1826-40" by Ian Hawkins & "The Convict Ships" Charles Bateson [5] Mitchell Library; Reel 5266[6] Colonial Secretary’s correspondence[7] Archives Office of NSW. Reel No. 1174. [8] NSW Death Certificate 1900 #4593
    Land Grant Parish Melrose 1832 (1)
    (1) NSW Department of Lands, Parish Map Preservation Project
    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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