Convict Connections – McCosker’s

A Work in Progress – Are there any Missing Convicts ?

There is the question – were there any McCosker’s transported to Australia during the Convict era ? And were they related to Bernard Henry McCusker/McCosker ?

In fact  a  number of convicts named McCosker or of a similar name have been identified .. several were from County Tyrone in Ireland, so perhaps there may have been a connection long ago with Bernard Henry McCusker. But there’s nothing definite to show any connections to these convicts as yet.

  • Patrick McCasker/McCusker/ McCosker aka Paddy McCaskey – of Armagh, Ireland – transported Life on the Chapman (I) and arrived in the Colony in 1817 – 1, 2,. Patrick was sent to Van Diemans Land on the “Jupiter” and married Mary Ann Carr Hobson there. He was granted a conditional pardon in 1833 – 1,  . Patrick and Mary Ann had two or three children including two sons, William and Daniel. Their mother was reportedly murdered by Aboriginals in the Deloraine area of Van Dieman’s Land in 1831 –1, 2, 3, . Daniel is said to have died at about 3 months old, and the other son William McCasker moved northwards and died in Boggabilla in 1899 (NSW BDM 9993/1899).
  • Robert McCosker – transported on Hooghley – arrived in 1825 – was forwarded to Windsor for Distribution – 1, was also known as Cosker, – no other information available from sources such as Trove and Biographical Database of Australia
  • Alexander McCusker – of the 94th Regiment,  was tried and convicted with his fellow regimental soldier, Patrick Ryan, of robbery of an inhabitant in a Gibraltar Court Martial on April 26, 1830. They were both sentenced to be hung, but this was commuted to transport for Life on Larkins (III), was sent to Van Dieman’s Land,  and arrived in 1831 – 1, 2, . His conditional pardon in 1843 was reported in The Courier (Hobart) –1,
  • Hugh McCosker – born about 1817 of Inverness, tried at Glasgow, Scotland in 1830 – transported for 14 years on the Exmouth and arrived in 1831 – he would have only been 14 years old. On arrival he was assigned to Andrew Newton of Williams River and Australian Agricultural Company –1, 2,. He gained a Ticket of Leave  for the district of Port Stephens in 1842, but in 1844 he was charged with being absent from his district under suspicious circumstances at Dungog Court – 1, . However in 1846 he was granted a Certificate of Freedom. There is no evidence of him marrying nor of his death – unless he changed his name – no other information is available from sources such as Trove or the Biographical Dictionary of Australia. 
  • Patrick McCusker – of County Tyrone, Ireland – transported for 7 years on the  Waterloo (II) and arrived in the Colony in 1831 – 1, . He appears to have gained a certificate of freedom in 1840 – no other information is available from sources such as Trove or the Biographical Dictionary of Australia. 
  • Thomas McKusker – of Meath in County Tyrone, Ireland – transported for 7 years on the Countess of Harcourt (IV) and arrived in the Colony in 1827 – 1, 2, 3, ,. He was assigned to G L Brown in Jerry’s Plain and was at Blackfield, Patrick’s Plains  in 1828 – 4. His name was variously spelled as Thomas McCusker, Thomas McClusker and Thomas McKusker – no other information is available from sources such as Trove or the Biographical Dictionary of Australia. 
  • Peter McCosker – born 1813 in Renfrewshire. He had enlisted in 1832, and was in the 71st Foot Soldiers, 1st Battalion. He was tried in a Lower Canada Court Martial on January 11th 1839, with prior convictions for drunkenness in 1835 and 1836 in Edinburgh.  His crime was being absent and stealing in a dwelling house. He was transported for 14 years on the Mangles (IX) and arrived in the Colony in 1840. This was at the time of rebellion in Canada, and a number of soldiers were sentenced to transportation for 14 years for the  combined crimes of “desertion and robbery”. He seems to have been allocated to a Mr Lambie in Queanbeyan, but was a difficult convict with multiple offences in the Colony. By 1842 he was granted a Ticket of Leave in 1849 for the district of Moreton Bay. However in 1852 it was cancelled and he was placed on probation for 6 months. He may have been pardoned in the mid – late 1850’s. However beyond 1853, there seems to be little information on his whereabouts.


What about other Convict Connections – of those who have married into the McCosker family? 

Some  of Bernard McCosker and Ellen McAllina’s ten children married descendants of convicts – and all of their ten children had some descendants who married descendants of convicts. So far nearly 70 convict connections have been found … some dating back to the First, Second and Third Fleets …. but there’s bound to be more …

Bernard and Ellen McCosker’s Descendants – Convict Connections

Note – Convict connections of the other McCosker families have yet to be investigated.