SMITH Jeremh. Private

Private Jeremiah Smith ( 1775........1848..)


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Information collated and Kindly Supplied by Ron MacKenzie (great-great-great-great-grandson)

Some information SuppliedKris & Warren Incher
Area Settled :
Leumeah (near Campbelltown
Children :
1 . Sophia Smith (b......d.) died at 2 years of age.
2 . Thomas Smith (b......d.)
3 . Ann Smith (b......d.)
4 . Eliza Smith (b......d.)
5 . John Smith (b......d.)
6 . Jeremiah Smith (b......d.)
7 . Mary Ann Smith (b......d.) , married John Gowen (b.1810.....d)son of Marine Private GOWEN John
8 . Joseph Smith (b......d.)
9 . Margaret Smith (b......d.)
10 . William Smith (b......d.)
11 . Henry Smith (b......d.)

History & Achievements :
On 12th March 1787 Jeremiah, aged 13 years and described as a labourer, was convicted of stealing goods and money to the value of one pound, sixteen shillings and eleven and a half pence.

The transcript from the Felony File states
" The jurors for our Lord the King upon their oath present That Jeremiah Smith late of the Parish of High Easter in the County of Essex Labourer on the Eleventh day of August in the twenty sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third now King of Great Britain etc about the hour of nine in the forenoon of the same day with force and arms at the Parish aforesaid in the County aforesaid the dwelling House of one James Beard there situate feloniously did break and enter (no person in the said dwelling there being) and one Canvas Purse of the value of six pence three pieces of the Gold Coin of the Realm called half Guineas of the value of one pound eleven shillings and six pence and four shillings and ten pence halfpenny in Monies numbered of the Goods Chattels and Monies of James Young in the same dwelling then and there being found then and there feloniously did steal take and carry away against the Peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity. "
This page was further annotated with the following:
" Not guilty of breaking and entering. Guilty of that goods and money no chattels. To be transported beyond the seas for the term of seven years to such place etc "
Elsewhere in records held by the Public Records Office (PRO) in Chancery Lane London is further mention of Jeremiah:
" Jeremiah Smith House breaking daytime (no person therein) of James Board and stealing goods and money v 1.16.11 1/2 of James Young puts himself guilty. No chattels fined 1/-. Imprisoned in the House of Correction at Chelmsford 6 calendar months. "
The above documents also note that Jeremiah was " Sent to the Hulks 24th April 1788. " The prison hulk was the 'Justitia' and according to PRO document TI/654 RC/6554, Jeremiah, convict No. 241 was employed with others " in raising gravel from Barking and Woolwich shoals and washing the same for the purpose of raising the ground level. They were also employed in repairing the Thames Wall, and on the new works at His majesty's Dock Yard at Woolwich. "
The above document is a report from Duncan Campbell, contractor for the Thames Hulks, for convicts ordered for hard labour for the period 12.7.1788 to 12.10.1788.

On ship 27th March 1791 and after a period of almost three years on the hulk, he was embarked on the

convict March 1791, as part of the third fleet and following a voyage of some 154 days, arrived at Port Jackson on 28th August 1791, having sailed direct from Rio de Janeiro.:'William and Ann' with 187 other convicts.The 'William and Ann' set sail from Plymouth on 7th

Jeremiah joined the NSW Corps on 4th December 1797 and served until his discharge on 6th April 1810.

He was listed as a deserter from the Corps, for a 10-month period, from February to December 1801.

While serving with the NSW Corps, Jeremiah was detached to Port Dalrymple in Van Diemen's Land, (now

known as Launceston, Tasmania), from 1803 to 1809. He initially served there under Major Johnston (until 1804) then under Lieutenant Colonel Paterson until returning to Sydney.

While serving at Port Dalrymple Jeremiah had a lucky escape while fighting a barn fire. The barn had

belonged to Anthony Kemp, who had been a Captain with the NSW Corps. In a routine despatch to Paterson, Captain Brabyn, commanding at Port Dalrymple, wrote:"I am sorry to say Capt Kemp's barn with all the grain is burnt, Jerry Smith had a narrow escape, he contended with flames until his G..... (illegible) took fire he had been thrashing sometime."the Johnston later commanded the detachment to Castle Hill (Parramatta) on 4 March 1804 to put down the uprising by Irish convicts that later became known as the Vinegar Hill Uprising; the only rebellion of convicts on the mainland.

On 23rd September 1811, Jeremiah married Sophia ACRES at St John's Church of England at Parramatta.

Sophia was the daughter of Thomas AKERS and Ann GUY, both convicts who arrived with the First and Third Fleets respectively.

By the 1822 general muster of settlers in NSW, Jeremiah Smith, 'free by servitude', was a landholder at

Liverpool. He had received a grant of 10 acres and took up residence. 2 acres were under wheat and he also owned 5 hogs.

In the 1828 Census, Jeremiah was described as a sawyer. He was a protestant and was granted purchase of

10 acres of land at Campbelltown (County Airds). He later purchased Portion 11, Parish of Mongarlowe, near Braidwood. This land was both farmed and mined by his son Jeremiah and his grandson.

Jeremiah also had a land grant at Leumeah (near Campbelltown) and also worked as a sawyer at Burnt

Forest. Jeremiah and Sophia raised a family of 11 children, namely: Sophia, Thomas, Ann, Eliza, John, Jeremiah, Mary Ann, Joseph, Margaret, William and Henry. Daughter Sophia died at 2 years of age.

Jeremiah and Sophia's 6th child, Jeremiah, married Catherine GRADY, the daughter of Martin GRADY

and Mary KNIGHT, both convicts who had arrived in the colony in 1822 and 1833 respectively.

Jeremiah died on 30th May 1848 at Camden and is buried at St Peter's Church of England at

Campbelltown, NSW

Kris Incher, married to Warren, and we live in Canberra.
Warren's GGG Grandparents are Jeremiah Smith and Sophie Acres, coming from their son, John. John had a daughter, Sophia Mary, who married into the Shiels/Sheil family.a little bit in the form of a note written by Warren's Grandfather, Septimus Shiels(b. 1878), regarding the son, John.

It reads:
"John Smith, Leigh's Great Great Grandfather had ring made from some of the
first gold got from Kiandra in 1860. It was given me for my 21st birthday
and I want it given to Leigh on his 21st. S Shiels."
Septimus would have received the ring in 1899.
Leigh, Warren's brother still wears the ring to this day.
The other bit of info that I found is Sophia Mary Smith(nee Acres)is
reported to be "Granny Smith" of Granny Smith apple fame. Attached is the

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