John Rogan, 17801830 (aged 50 years)

Name
John /Rogan/
Given names
John
Surname
Rogan
Birth about 1780

Note: John was probably born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. His family is probably of Irish origin as the surname Rogan can be a variant of 'Regan'.
Immigration July 17, 1806 (aged 26 years)
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John was tried and convicted at thge General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the Borough of Liverpool on 15 Jan 1805. Since records of all Liverpool Borough Sessions prior to 1846 were destroyed by enemy bombing during World War II, we have to rely on contemporary newspaper reports for details of John's crime. Their is a discrepancy in their reporting. The 'Liverpool Chronicle' of Wed 30 Jan 1805 named John as one of the prisoners convicted at the Quarter Sessions two weeks earlier. The Chronicle states that John was charged on the oath of William Fawcett and others with stealing ten pounds weight of lead, the property of Fawcett. 'Gore's General Advertiser' of Thursday 31 Jan 1805 records that John and a man named William King where convicted of 'stealing a large quantity of sugar from overboard a ship' and sentenced to seven years transportation. The 'Advertiser' refers to John as an 'old offender'. John was sent to the convict hulks at Portsmouth. The log book of the hulk 'Laurel', moored at Portsmouth records John's name in a list of 6 prisoners from Liverpool. His age was given as 32. John was transported aboard the ship 'Fortune' which set sail from London on 28 Jan 1806 and reached Sydney via Rio de Janiero on 17 Jul 1806.

Occupation between 1806 and December 28, 1812 (aged 32 years)

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John was assigned to Gregory Blaxland and probably lived at the Blaxland estate. The genral muster taken in 1806, one month after John's arrival, states that he was the servant of 'Mr Blaxland'. He also worked for John Blaxland, Gregory's brother from 3 Apr 1807 until 14 Sep 1808. John may have worked for the Blaxlands as a carpenter, as this is how he described himself upon his marriage in 1812. His sentence expired in Jan 1812.

MarriageSusannah FarningView this family
December 28, 1812 (aged 32 years)
Address: St. Philip's Church of England
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This marriage was bigamous. Although Susannah had little choice but to retain her married name of Brookshaw, under which she had been convicted and transported, she was described in the church register as a spinster. The register describes John as a widower, although no record of a marriage ceremony has been found prior to his marriage to Susannah.

Census 1814 (aged 34 years)

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The 1814 General Muster of New South Wales records Susannah and John as being off stores, although their location is not given. John was recorded as working as a carpenter. It did reveal that John employed two convicts: Ferdinand Hane transported on the ship'Surry' and Benjamin Gillham transported on the ship 'Guildford'. Both were also off stores.

Residence between 1816 and 1818 (aged 38 years)
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By 1816 they were living at Castle Hill, where John received some horned cattle on credit from the Government herds, and where he received a 50 acre grant formally granted on 13 Jan 1818, and registered at the Colonial Secretary's Office on 15 Aug of the same year. The Rogan's neighbours were John and James Duff and Stephen Hunter. On 18 Jul 1818, the Sydney Gazette carried a public apology from John to James Smith. John 'Did, in the most wanton manner, make an Attack upon the Person and Property of Mr James Smith, of Sydney, Builder, by driving my cart against his One-horse chaise, in the King's Public Highway, to the imminent Danger of Mrs and Mrs Smith who were therein...' He had also used 'the most opprobrious and insulting language' to Mr Smith, who agreed to forego prosecution of John, in return for expressing 'my Sorrow for having so extremely misconducted myself (and) solemnly promising never again to violate the King's Peace in a similar manner.'

Occupation
Constable
1821 (aged 41 years)
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On 21 Ape 1821 the Sydney Gazette recorded the Colonial Secretary's appointment of John as a constable in the districts of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills, in place of Mr William Smith who had resigned. On 8 Sep 1821 the Gazette noted his dismissal from the position for 'drunkenness and neglect of duty'. On the recommendation of the Parramatta Bench, John was replaced by William Fishburn, whose son William later married John's daughter Jane.

Census 1822 (aged 42 years)
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The general muster of Sep 1822 recorded John as a landholder at Parramatta (actually Castle Hill) with a wife and five children. On his 5o acre grant, 35 acres were cleared. Among these were 18 acres of wheat, 12 of maize, one of barley, half an acre of 'pease' and beans and one acre of garden or orchard. Ten bushels of wheat and 100 bushels of grain were on hand. The farm's livestock consisted of one horse, four cattle and ten hogs.

Property
Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1826 (aged 46 years)

Text:

On about 18 Apr and 18 Jul 1826 John purchased 60 acres at Castle Hill.

Census 1828 (aged 48 years)
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The 1828 census records John as aged 45 and Susannah as aged 48. Their family, now complete, included 7 children aged between 5 months and 15 years. The family's landholdings comprised 200 acres at Castle Hill, of which 100 were cleared and 50 cultivated. The family possessed four horses and 30 horned cattle. The site of John's farm is today known as Rogan's Hill. Although the name was not officially gazetted until 1973, it had been in popular use for more than a century earlier and probably since John's lifetime.

Death May 15, 1830 (aged 50 years)
Burial May 16, 1830 (1 day after death)
Cemetery: St. patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Family with Susannah Farning
himself
17801830
Birth: about 1780
Death: May 15, 1830Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
17801853
Birth: about 1780Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 16, 1853Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: December 28, 1812Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
daughter
18131854
Birth: December 1, 1813 33 33
Death: May 25, 1854Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18161854
Birth: 1816 36 36Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 20, 1854Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
18191906
Birth: 1819 39 39Rogan's Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 11, 1906Wollombi, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18211901
Birth: about 1821 41 41Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1901
3 years
daughter
18231903
Birth: about 1823 43 43Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 25, 1903Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
18261913
Birth: about 1826 46 46Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 26, 1913Leichhardt, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Rogan, Rosetta (1828-1903)
18281903
Birth: about June 1828 48 48Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 22, 1903
John Brookshaw + Susannah Farning
partner’s partner
17911826
Birth: about 1791
Death: December 31, 1826Fort Dundas, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
wife
17801853
Birth: about 1780Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 16, 1853Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 30, 1810Manchester, Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
Richard Donnelly + Susannah Farning
partner’s partner
wife
17801853
Birth: about 1780Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 16, 1853Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: March 6, 1832Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
ImmigrationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

John was tried and convicted at thge General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the Borough of Liverpool on 15 Jan 1805. Since records of all Liverpool Borough Sessions prior to 1846 were destroyed by enemy bombing during World War II, we have to rely on contemporary newspaper reports for details of John's crime. Their is a discrepancy in their reporting. The 'Liverpool Chronicle' of Wed 30 Jan 1805 named John as one of the prisoners convicted at the Quarter Sessions two weeks earlier. The Chronicle states that John was charged on the oath of William Fawcett and others with stealing ten pounds weight of lead, the property of Fawcett. 'Gore's General Advertiser' of Thursday 31 Jan 1805 records that John and a man named William King where convicted of 'stealing a large quantity of sugar from overboard a ship' and sentenced to seven years transportation. The 'Advertiser' refers to John as an 'old offender'. John was sent to the convict hulks at Portsmouth. The log book of the hulk 'Laurel', moored at Portsmouth records John's name in a list of 6 prisoners from Liverpool. His age was given as 32. John was transported aboard the ship 'Fortune' which set sail from London on 28 Jan 1806 and reached Sydney via Rio de Janiero on 17 Jul 1806.

OccupationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

John was assigned to Gregory Blaxland and probably lived at the Blaxland estate. The genral muster taken in 1806, one month after John's arrival, states that he was the servant of 'Mr Blaxland'. He also worked for John Blaxland, Gregory's brother from 3 Apr 1807 until 14 Sep 1808. John may have worked for the Blaxlands as a carpenter, as this is how he described himself upon his marriage in 1812. His sentence expired in Jan 1812.

MarriageHunt, Philip, Hunt Beeston Family Tree [database online]
Text:

This marriage was bigamous. Although Susannah had little choice but to retain her married name of Brookshaw, under which she had been convicted and transported, she was described in the church register as a spinster. The register describes John as a widower, although no record of a marriage ceremony has been found prior to his marriage to Susannah.

CensusSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

The 1814 General Muster of New South Wales records Susannah and John as being off stores, although their location is not given. John was recorded as working as a carpenter. It did reveal that John employed two convicts: Ferdinand Hane transported on the ship'Surry' and Benjamin Gillham transported on the ship 'Guildford'. Both were also off stores.

ResidenceSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

By 1816 they were living at Castle Hill, where John received some horned cattle on credit from the Government herds, and where he received a 50 acre grant formally granted on 13 Jan 1818, and registered at the Colonial Secretary's Office on 15 Aug of the same year. The Rogan's neighbours were John and James Duff and Stephen Hunter. On 18 Jul 1818, the Sydney Gazette carried a public apology from John to James Smith. John 'Did, in the most wanton manner, make an Attack upon the Person and Property of Mr James Smith, of Sydney, Builder, by driving my cart against his One-horse chaise, in the King's Public Highway, to the imminent Danger of Mrs and Mrs Smith who were therein...' He had also used 'the most opprobrious and insulting language' to Mr Smith, who agreed to forego prosecution of John, in return for expressing 'my Sorrow for having so extremely misconducted myself (and) solemnly promising never again to violate the King's Peace in a similar manner.'

OccupationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

On 21 Ape 1821 the Sydney Gazette recorded the Colonial Secretary's appointment of John as a constable in the districts of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills, in place of Mr William Smith who had resigned. On 8 Sep 1821 the Gazette noted his dismissal from the position for 'drunkenness and neglect of duty'. On the recommendation of the Parramatta Bench, John was replaced by William Fishburn, whose son William later married John's daughter Jane.

CensusSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

The general muster of Sep 1822 recorded John as a landholder at Parramatta (actually Castle Hill) with a wife and five children. On his 5o acre grant, 35 acres were cleared. Among these were 18 acres of wheat, 12 of maize, one of barley, half an acre of 'pease' and beans and one acre of garden or orchard. Ten bushels of wheat and 100 bushels of grain were on hand. The farm's livestock consisted of one horse, four cattle and ten hogs.

PropertySpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

On about 18 Apr and 18 Jul 1826 John purchased 60 acres at Castle Hill.

CensusSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

The 1828 census records John as aged 45 and Susannah as aged 48. Their family, now complete, included 7 children aged between 5 months and 15 years. The family's landholdings comprised 200 acres at Castle Hill, of which 100 were cleared and 50 cultivated. The family possessed four horses and 30 horned cattle. The site of John's farm is today known as Rogan's Hill. Although the name was not officially gazetted until 1973, it had been in popular use for more than a century earlier and probably since John's lifetime.

DeathHunt, Philip, Hunt Beeston Family Tree [database online]
DeathSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
BurialSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Birth

John was probably born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. His family is probably of Irish origin as the surname Rogan can be a variant of 'Regan'.