Margaret Kennedy and some of her brothers are believed to have traveled from Tipperary to New Orleans in the early 1850’s. Oral tradition is one of her brothers got into trouble in New Orleans, boxing and murder were believed to be involved.Her other relatives, who had immigrated to Australia, told her to leave the USA and join them in the gold fields in Victoria. In ‘testing’ this oral tradition I found the New Orleans Times Picayune of Feb 1856 reported that a John Kennedy was arrested for shooting a Thomas Pilkinton in the neck. Subsequent editions indicated the incident "grew out of a pugilistic meeting” between John Kennedy and a man named Donnelly. The fight evidently lasted 26 rounds until Kennedy quit. Pilkinton was Donnelly’s second. John Kennedy was committed for trial and his wife (Margaret) was later arrested for being an ‘abettor’ to the attempted murder. The gunshot did not initially kill Pilkinton and I have been unable to confirm if in fact he recovered or what was the verdict from the eventual trial. Does anyone have additional information?