Re: Rafferty, 1840-1900, SW Scotland
I have a James RAFFERTY (b. ABT 1799) that came from Belfast Ireland, I'll list following the story as myself and fellow CALLANDER family researchers have put it together.Please note the jury is still out as to whether our William James CALLANDER was born in Dumfries or Belfast. Obviously if we could establish where William's 1/2 sibling RAFFERTY'S were born we will know, but we are unsure as to whether Jane/Jean met James RAFFERTY in Belfast or Dumfries.
William James CALLANDERwas born in about 1824 in Belfast(not proven may have been Dumfries). His mother is sometimes recorded as Jane and at other times Jean, his father as Arthur. To date no official birth record has been found for William and his father’s name is only recorded in information given by William himself at one of his trials. Is not known if Jane/Jean and Arthur were married, nor whether CALLANDER was his mother’s name or his father’s. It is believed that Arthur, a sailor either died at sea or abadoned his family.Later, Jane/Jean married (whether officially or defacto is not known), James RAFFERTY (born Belfast, Northern Ireland) and had three more children whose names are unknown. The RAFFERTY family apparently was of unsavoury character, as the Police Prosecutor in the later trials of both James RAFFERTY and William James CALLANDER makes comment to this effect.
When the family (or just James RAFFERTY) left Belfast for Dumfries, Scotland is not known, however going by the Dumfries court appearances of William James, it would appear to be some time in the early 1830’s.
James RAFFERTY stood trial in Dumfries, the charge was “Housebreaking and Breaking into Locked Safe Area and Stealing Liquor” belonging to Mrs. Gilchrist. Charged with the crime were – William CALLANDER aged 12, Michael Reid aged 14, Bernard McQuade aged 35 and James RAFFERTY aged 37.After the four were arrested they were held at the Tolbooth (presumably a jail) while awaiting trial at Dumfries.The trial commenced on the 20th January 1836 and the verdict was handed down on the 28th January 1836, (court did not sit on Sunday.) The charges were not proven against the two younger boys and were dismissed with the courts apologies.However McQuade and James RAFFERTY were found guilty, McQuade received 14 years transportation and James RAFFERTY 7 years transportation (no records have yet been found to show James RAFFERTY was transported to any of the Australian settlements.)William’s mother Jane was also charged with receiving stolen goods, as some of the stolen liquor was recovered from the family home.
Jean/Jane RAFFERTY died ABT March 1837 and William James CALLANDER was again arrested and convicted this time, being transported to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania Australia)what happened to his little brothers and sister RAFFERTY'S with their mother dead and their father and brother transported I don't know.These RAFFERTY'S may belong to you.
I do know that on William James's court records his last listed address in Dumfries was that he was living at THRESSES CLOP, which is where I assume his 3 RAFFERTY siblings lived as well.(I would really appreciate any information on this place as well as I have been unable to find it)
I do have more information and I'd love to hear from yourself or anyone that can fill me in on the gaps in this story.