THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

John Rogan
 

Born: c1780 at Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
Arrived: 17th July 1806.
Vessel: Fortune.
Status: Convict, 7 Years.

Married: Susannah Farning on the 28th December 1812 at St Phillips Church, Sydney.
Occupation: Carpenter, Farmer, Constable.
Died: 15th May 1830 at Castle Hill, N.S.W.
Buried: St Patrick’s Cemetery Parramatta, N.S.W.

Profile:
During the Macquarie era the following children were born to Susannah and John Rogan:-
Margaret born c1813.
John born c1816.
Sarah born c1819.
Susannah born c1821.

Following the Macquarie era the following children was born to John and Susannah:-
Mary born c1822.
Jane born c1826.
Rosetta c1828.

John was tried and convicted at the General Quarter Sessions for the Borough of Liverpool 15th January 1805. All Liverpool Borough Sessions prior to 1846 were destroyed by enemy bombing during the second world war.
We have to rely on newspaper reports of the time for details of John's crime. The Liverpool Chronicle of Wednesday 30th January 1805, names John as one of the prisoners convicted at the Quarter Sessions two weeks earlier.
The Chronicle states that John was charged on the oath of William Fawcett and others of stealing ten pounds weight of lead. Gore's General Advertiser of the following day Thursday 31st January 1805, records that John and a man named William King were convicted of stealing a large quantity of sugar from a ship.

On arrival at Port Jackson, John was assigned to Gregory Blaxland at 'Brush Farm'. The Sydney Gazette 18th July 1818 carried a public apology from John to one James Smith.  John...."did in the most wanton manner, make an attack upon the person and property of Mr. James Smith, of Sydney, builder; by driving my cart against his one-horse Chaise, in the King's Public Highway, to the imminent danger of Mr. and Mrs. Smith who was therein...." He had also used "the most opprobrious and insulting language" to Mr Smith who agreed to forgo prosecution, in return for John expressing "my sorrow for having so extremely misconducted myself and solemnly promising never again to violate the King's peace in a similar manner".

The site of John's farm is to-day known as Rogan's Hill.

Contributed by Association Member, Rex Webb.

Reference:
Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record Series l, 1788-1841.
Musters of NSW.

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