Private John Randall (Reynolds) (c.1764........1817.)


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  • Born : circa 1764
  • Where Born : New Haven, Connecticut
  • Occupation : Soldier / "oyster pedlar"
  • Date Arrived : 26th January. 1788
  • Ship Arrived on :"Alexander"
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 17 November 1800
  • Where Enlisted : Sydney
  • Date of Discharge : 24 April 1810
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 1817
  • Where Died / Buried : Georgetown in Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania),
  • Parents Names :
  • 1st Spouse's Name : Esther Howard. (Harwood) She was 38, (he would have been around 24)
  • Date Married : February the 21st, 1788
  • Where Married : Sydney
  • Born : circa.1750
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation : Home duties
  • Date Arrived :
  • Ship Arrived on : Lady Penthyn. "Ester "otherwise Howard"
  • Died : buried on 11 October 1789"
  • Where Died / Buried : Sydney Burial Grounds
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • 2nd Spouse's Name : Mary Butler
  • Date Married : September the 5th, 1790
  • Where Married : Rosehill (Parramatta).
  • Born :
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation : Home duties
  • Date Arrived : Sydney 27 June 1790
  • Ship Arrived on : Neptune (Second Fleet)
  • Died : 28 July 1802
  • Where Died / Buried : buried on 29 July 1802 Sydney Buried at S Phillips Church ,C/D
  • Spouse's Parents :

  • Descendants
    Information was supplied by Gina Pinkas E-mail: gpinkas@webone.com.au
    Information was supplied by Ray Fairall his web site address http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~johnrandall2/index.html
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    Area Settled :
    Children :
    1 . Lydia (b.1791......d.13 th February 1793)
    2 . Mary (b.1793 St Johns Parramatta.....d)
    3 . John (b.1797.....d.)

    History & Achievements :

    John Randall was a Afro-American (often refered to as "a black" or "a Negro" in the records) from New Haven, Connecticut. He was born about 1764. Given the social conditions in America at the time it is almost certain that John and his parents would have been slaves. He was convicted in Manchester on 14 Th. April, 1785 for stealing a steel watch chain and sentenced to seven years transportation. How or why he turned up in the North of England is not known, however at the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1782, many of the British troops and (perhaps) some of their auxiliaries, were repatriated to the Lancashire area. There is no direct evidence that he had been a soldier, but there are a few intriguing hints of a familiarity with things military.

    Randall was sent to the Hulk "Ceres" early in 1786 and transferred to the Convict Transport "Alexander" on January the 6th 1787. His name was recorded as Reynolds when he was mustered aboard even though he had been arrested and tried as Randall. These names may have been just convenient "slave names" in an era when Black men and women were known solely by their firstnames.

    .John Randall was subsequently murdered when acting sup of police in George Town in VDL (1817) and in the reports he is referred to alternately as John or Tommy
    John was also recorded as John Reynolds. John was 5 foot 9 inches tall born New Haven. enlisted RNSW corps 17/11/1800 From then till 1804 was in Townson's company. Transferred to Grosser's company 1804 till 1808 Transferred to Lewis's company 1808 then to number 8 company in 1809 He discharged on the 24 4 1810
    Reference R.S.T & R.M
    History And Archives/Old Sydney Burial  Ground.
     -Inventory of Burials 1792-1820  City of Sydney Historical Program
    Researched Cathy Dunn C/D
    Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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