O’CONNOR – John HEIC Bengal Artillery

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EAST INDIA COMPANY

NameO’CONNOR – John
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company  Bengal Artillery
Regiment Number (s) Discharge No. 61
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th April 1840 / 21 years / Limerick
Stone Cutter
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 feet 7 inches
Fresh/Blue/Brown/none mentioned
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies
Length of Service3 years 4 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 10th July 1844 / Madras India
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not known
Pension Districts1844 Wolverhampton
1850-1854 Western Australia
April 1854 -75 Melbourne
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of BirthC 1819 Kilfinosa Clare Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
WALES / HEALS Sarah
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeSarah B 10th August 1848 North Staffordshire England
Bp 16th August 1848 St Mary Leek North Staffordshire England (Mother Sarah Hales)
D 29 June 1850 Fremantle Western Australia
Buried Skinner St Cemetery Fremantle WA
Sarah B 1850 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Jane B 1852 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
John George B 2nd May 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
August 1850 assigned Lot P15 South Perth: 1851 resigned this land
1st December 1851 assigned and occupied Lot P17 North Fremantle.
SROWA Cons 36 Volume 334 Folio 41-3 – Series of letter regarding Sarah O’Conner the wife of Pensioner John O’Conner and his grant of land at North Fremantle. John deserted the EF and went to the Eastern States in an effort to obtain work leaving his wife Sarah and their children living at North Fremantle. In due course Lt Col Bruce advised her she would have to leave the village, she wrote to him and said that in the 3 years they had occupied the cottage they had made changes amounting to £42/12/10 and requested to be reimbursed for the said amount. The Governor (Hampton) said as her husband had violated the condition under which he had obtained the cottage she was not entitled to receive any money outlaid.
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 7th November 1855 page 2 Departure of Vivid for South Australia
Departure from Western
Australia
1st April 1854 pension paid in Melbourne
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known: death in 1875 or later and possibly in Melbourne Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to a hernia
14th April 1850 Daughter Sarah received medical treatment aboard the Scindian
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private John O’Connor, general labourer, 9d, 17th January, married 2 children.
Wife Sarah and 3 children left Western Australia on 1st November 1855 per Vivid for Adelaide.