John Allen was tried in Clare on 21 June 1849 and found guilty of the crime of killing a sheep. He received a sentence of seven years transportation.
John Allen was finally sent to Van Diemen's Land in 1853 arriving there on 12 February on board the Rodney. His conduct record stated that he was married with one child and had been convicted at least once before for sheep stealing from "Michael Connell". Prior to transportation, John spent time on Spike Island where his conduct was said to be"middling" and his prison record prior to that was "very bad".
John was said to be about 35 years old on arrival in Van Diemen's Land. He was five feet eight inches tall with a dark complexion, dark brown hair, no whiskers, oval face, blue eyes and a large nose. John's face was also pockmarked. He worked as a labourer.
John's indent record revealed he had two brothers (names illegible but one of them could be Henry) one of whom at least appeared to be living in America and three sisters in his native place at the time of conviction. This record also revealed that his wife, Bridget, had also been transported "5 [years/months] ago".
John was initially placed on 14 months probation. His conduct record is clean - he obtained his ticket of leave in May 1854 and a conditional pardon in July 1855. In July 1856 he obtained a certificate of freedom on his own account.
John's indent record (1853) stated he was married with one child and that his wife had already been transported about "five years ago". Could his wife have been Bridget Allen who was sent to Van Diemen's Land in 1848? This woman was married with a six month old child at the time of conviction. She had also remarried in 1851 claiming to be a widow - could this be the same woman? Like John, she also came from County Clare and her crime (Killing a Calf) was very similar to his.
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