DANIEL QUIN/QUINN

Born 1809 - Died ?

20th September 1809 Born in [Hawke Street?], Portsea, Hampshire.
1st July 1824 First entry aged 16 into Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class. Joined HMS Albion.
7th January 1825 Age 16, promoted to Boy 1st Class on HMS Albion.
17th October 1830 Married Mary Ann Nicholson Martin at St Thomas's, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
29th May 1833 First son, Henry, born. Baptised on 26th June 1833 at St Mary's, Portsea, Hampshire.
11th June 1833 Age 24, volunteered to join the Royal Navy. Joined HMS Fair Rosamund as an Ordinary Seaman.
26th June 1833 Promoted to Able Seaman on board HMS Fair Rosamund.
19th October 1833 Demoted to Ordinary Seaman on board HMS Fair Rosamund.
1st January 1834 Promoted to Armourer's Mate on board HMS Fair Rosamund.
7th August 1834 Demoted to Ordinary Seaman on board HMS Fair Rosamund.
1st June 1835 Promoted to Armourer's Mate on board HMS Fair Rosamund.
25th August 1835 Second son, John Madagascar, born at sea.
27th January 1836 Demoted to Ordinary Seaman on board HMS Fair Rosamund.
9th February 1836 Discharged from service on HMS Fair Rosamund and joined HMS Trinculo.
1st June 1836 Paid off and discharged from HMS Trinculo.
1st July 1836 Age 27, volunteered for service and joined HMS Madagascar as an Able Seaman.
5th October 1836 Deserted service in Kingston, Jamaica.
8th December 1836 Using the alias James Martin, volunteered for service and joined HMS Victory as an Able Seaman. His age is given as 25.
6th February 1838 Deserted service.
10th April 1838 Using the alias James Martin, volunteered for service and joined HMS Victory as an Able Seaman. His age is given as 26.
17th April 2838 Use of an alias must have been uncovered as he was returned to HMS Madagascar as an Able Seaman.
14th October 1838 Third son, Jacob, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
12th September 1839 How he ieft service on HMS Madagascar is not clear from the records - he may just have been discharged.
3rd January 1841 Fourth son, James, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
31st October 1842 Fifth son, Thomas, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
14th August 1843 Age 34, volunteered at Valpo [Valparaiso, Chile?] and joined HMS Champion as an Able Seaman.
28th November 1844 Paid off and discharged from HMS Champion.
18th December 1844 Age 35, volunteered at Devonport and joined HMS Acorn as a Captain's Coxswain. Was imprisoned at some point during his service on HMS Acorn - details of when and why are not known.
21st January 1845 Sixth son, Anthony, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
31st August 1845 Demoted to Able Seaman on board HMS Acorn.
26th March 1848 Discharged from service on board HMS Acorn.
10th March 1849 First daughter, Hannah, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
1851 Census Possible entry as a visitor at Chapel Path, Alverstoke, Hampshire. Age 41. Occupation given as 'Sailor' and Condition given as 'M'.
21st November 1851 Second daughter, Mary Ann Charlotte, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
14th January 1854 Third daughter, Caroline, born. Occupation given as 'Seaman'.
7th March 1854 Age 43, volunteered for 10 years' Continuous Service. Joined HMS Neptune as an Able Seaman.
4th November 1854 Discharged from HMS Neptune.
10th September 1857 Uncertain entry as this could be for a different Daniel Quinn (date of birth given as 20th September 1815). Joined HMS Diadem as an Able Seaman.
18th April 1858 Discharged from service on HMS Diadem.
19th April 1858 Joined HMS Hannibal. No other details known.
23rd March 1861 Joined HMS Marlborough as a Leading Seaman. HMS Marlborough was commissioned for service in the Mediterranean.
7th April 1861 Census HMS Marlborough was berthed in Portsmouth undergoing repairs. Age 51. Condition 'M'. Resident at Moore's Square with Mary Ann (daughter-in-law - possibly married to Henry Quinn - age 27, occupation given as 'Seaman's wife') and grandson Henry (age 2, occupation given as 'Scholar'). Occupation given as 'Seaman RN'.
18th March 1862 Discharged from service on HMS Marlborough in St Vincent (Caribbean).
19th March 1862 Joined HMS Victor Emanuel. His son John was also on board at this time.
6th May 1862 Paid off and discharged from service on HMS Victor Emanuel.
7th May 1862 Joined HMS Asia.
24th February 1863 Discharged to Haslar (the Naval Hospital at Gosport, Hampshire). Reasons not known.
1871 Census It appears that Daniel may well have died before this census was taken. The entry has the Head's name as 'Jacob'. Age 65. This is the Polish man who was living at 21 Lower Canal Walk, Southampton, Hampshire with Mary Ann Quinn (age 63 - no occupation given) and Caroline Quinn (age 17 - occupation 'Needle woman'). Occupation given as 'Shoemaker'. It would appear that he took the Quinn surname so as to appear 'respectable'.

It is unlikely that Daniel fathered the children born from 1838 onwards as he spent most of his time at sea. His wife was, by this time, living with a Polish lodger whose first name was Jacob. Even though Daniel's name is on all of the birth certificates, it is probable that only Henry and John are his children.

Lauretta Harris is currently trying to unravel Daniel's Naval service. It looks like he joined up as a boy aged 15 but he has used two aliases (that we know of!) and there are gaps in the record where it will be nigh impossible to find the information relating to what he was doing. There is also the complication that his second Continuing Service number has been muddled over the years (I've seen 35,905, 38,905 and 38,985) and this, coupled with the aliases, has made it very difficult to work out which records relate to him. His service will be added to this page when it has been untangled to our satisfaction. It might take a while!

There are gaps in the records from 1825-1833, 1839-1843, 1848-1854, 1854-1857 and 1858-1861.

Details of the training and duties of various ranks can be seen on Paul Benyon's site here.