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Cotton Family of Nelson NZ & Phillips (Climo) Family of Bodmin, Cornwall (and New Plymouth, NZ)

Journal by amber27

I am trying to find more information on the Cotton family of Nelson, New Zealand.

My great-great grandmother was Caroline Cotton, born 06 Nov 1864. Her parents were James Henry Cotton & Mary Ann Nye or Ney. James & Mary Ann arrived in Nelson on the ship the Emma Colvin in the mid-1850's along with their first-born children. Caroline married Henry (Harry) Pope on 06 Nov 1884 and she died on 10 Mar 1947 in Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand. It would be nice to find where James & Mary Ann were descended from & to find out more about their life in England before they emigrated to Nelson.

I would also like to try and find information on my great-great-great-great-grandmother's family. Her name was Jane Phillips and she married James B(r)ooking Climo in St Kew Cornwall on 30 Oct 1840, 5 months before they sailed to NZ on the William Bryan. Jane's mother Ann (nee Cocks) was a widow (husband John died in 1840), and Jane's younger siblings: Richard, Mary, Emma, John, and Ann who all emigrated with Jane & James. I have found Emma's relatives who were based in Napier. I have also discovered that John Phillips emigrated to Victoria, Australia, and Richard Phillips lived in Havelock, but died after unfortunately catching hypothermia after a fishing trip. What I really would like now is to find out what happened to Ann Phillips Snr and her second husband, Arthur Dawe. They married in July 1840 (he was also a passenger on the William Bryan, but nothing more is known of Ann and Arthur after their marriage. Jane's sister Ann married John James aboard the William Bryan en route to New Zealand in Jan 1841. I have found records of her family and she and John are buried somewhere in Te Henui Cemetery, along with some of their children. We have not found their whereabouts yet but have spent a few days already searching the old cemetery!

If anyone has any information, please feel free to contact me at any time; I am always happy to share the information that I have so far ... :)

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by amber27 Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2010-04-14 02:10:28

I have been researching my family tree for over a year now & have a lot of information regarding the Climo's. So I am hoping to connect with any descendants of James and Jane as well as descendants of my 3rd-great-grandfather's family, the Popes. His name was George Whiting Pope. And lastly, I am trying to find information on my 2nd-great-grandmother's family, the Cotton's, who lived in Nelson. I have found some information which I am happy to share here and am ever hopeful that I may connect with descendants of this family also.

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by allycat on 2010-04-14 03:49:44

Passenger List William Bryan Sailed Plymouth 19th November 1840 - arrived New Plymouth 30th March 1841

It's a small world because your ancestor James Climo and my late mother-in-law's gg grandmother, Mary Brown, although not related, came to NZ on the same ship.

Search First Families Index at the NZSG ... lots of Cotton surnames listed. If any information interests you, please consider becoming a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.


by SH_SG0 on 2010-05-09 04:31:57

I am a 3rd great grandson of Emma Phillips I have some information of Emma and Jane's siblings if it is of interest?

by amber27 on 2010-05-09 07:53:35

That would be wonderful :)Thank you so much!!
I have found some information on Emma & Mary Phillip's respective families, i.e descendancy records.
I have tried looking up records in regards to Anne Phillips Snr & her second husband - I don't know where they went after their marriage as no cemetery records exist in New Plymouth for either of them. I have found Ann Phillips' cemetery record along with her husband, John James, but to find them would be a huge mission. Their burial plots are unknown, and Te Henui is a big cemetery!! We have visited Jane Climo's (nee Phillips) grave at Inglewood.
Would love to be able to trace the Cornish roots one day of both the Phillips & Cocks families.

by reidb18 on 2010-11-17 17:52:23

I am the Great Great Great Grandson of Robert Climo and get this I wanted to find out where his grave was well you can imagine my shock when I found he was buried in my home town, some coincidence?
It turns out he had 11 siblings he was the son of James Climo & Jane Phillips. Robert was the last of them to die in 1951 aged 94, and I don't know if this is true or not but rumor has it he married his sister (16 years his senior).
One of their children my Great Great Grandmother (Eva) who died in 1983 aged 95, had 7 daughters and lived on The Great Barrier Island from 1919 until 1970 when she moved to Auckland to live with her Daughter (Thelma). I don't know but I think Thelma is still alive in Auckland somewhere.

by amber27 on 2010-11-18 00:17:48

I have some info on Robert Climo - his second marriage was to a 1st or 2nd cousin. If you're interested in a little more info, feel free to email me at [email protected]

by Dindos on 2011-03-18 07:24:06

I am also a descendant of James and Jane and have in my possession a copy of the Climo Chronicle full of photos and genealogy plus a lot of history..I am the grand daughter of Alice Maud Cotton and William Joseph Hiscox. If you are interested in a copy i am sure we can get it photo copied by a print shop..Email me if you have any questions...Nana always wanted me to find out about her Mother etc and by reading this page i finally have the answer..she always said her Mums name was Ney and i see you have Nye..She also said her Grand mother was a famous ballet dancer but alas no name other than off to do some more research now..Dianne

by Dindos on 2011-10-27 08:34:24

My email address has changed [email protected]

by Dindos on 2011-10-27 08:38:14

My email address has changed [email protected]

by Mazie on 2013-01-17 22:41:17

Re Cotton of Nelson. James Henry & Mary Ann Nye are buried in the Nelson Cemetary. The were married in London, I have a copy of the marriage plus other interesting facts. Also James parents and his Baptism record. The had 3 children when the came out to Nelson and had another 7 in Nelson. One thing I cannot find is when Mary came out as she is not on the passenger list of the Emma Colvin only James and he is listed as single. Does anyone know how she came out.

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