Jane (b1816.....d) Jane was paid the balance of Michaels pay Jane was sent at Major Druitts request to the Orphan House at Parramatta in 22 February 1822 Major Druitt later took Jane to be a servant with in his home
With the loss of his wife Jane at sea. Michael began a down would slide. Obversely never got over her loss. In Sydney April 1818 he was reduced in rank to Sergeant then to Private by Regimental Court Martial. Transfered from Head Quarters to Major Bell's company. Sent to Hobart town. While on Guard duty at the government stores he and other Guards allowed convicts to remove spirits and other stores. 5 convicts were charged along with 2 soldiers of the guard. Privates Gorman and Maycock. In a twist of fate convicts could not give evidence against soldiers . Soldiers could give evidence against soldiers and that was now impossible to give evidence Michael and the others as Gorman and Maycock were now convicts. There for Michael as luck had it was pardoned.
Michael was to give evidence against other soldiers but had virtually fallen to the bottom of the barrel of life. On July 24th 1819. he placed his rife but on the ground and pulled the trigger with his foot . Thus ending his life. One can only feel sorrow as he had lost so much and ended life so tragically