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descendants of Alexander RICHES 1815 - Devon UK to Taranaki & Manawatu

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Mary Harriet HARRIS married Alexander RICHES in Devon 1836

A son, Alexander RICHES, was born 1834 in Devon
- he emigrated to New Zealand
- he married Emma HARRIS in 1874 in Wanganui
- she was 18, he was 40 they had 6 (known) children

- she was one of 12 children to Samuel Gregory HARRIS of Plymouth Devon and Mary Jane BROWN of Porstmouth, Hampshire.
-- they settled in New Plymouth

Emma's husband, Alexander, died in 1910 and she remarried in 1926 to
- she was 70 he was 79
- she was also HIS second wife
- I would like to know who his first wife was

Emma and Alexander had 6 (known) children:

Alfred Gregory Riches 1875 - 1963
- married Elizabeth PETERSEN in Woodville when he was 23 and she was 17 - they had 9 (known) children
- Elizabeth died in 1923
- he next married her twin sister, Jensina PETERSEN, he was 49 she was 55
- the girls parents, Jens Kristian Pedersen and Madsen Elizabeth MARTIN were from Denmark and were early pioneers of Norsewood

Adeline Gertrude "ADA" Riches 1876 - 1957
- married George BOURNE born 1875 in Masterton

Alexander Riches 1878 - 1956
- married Helen Mabel CARRINGTON of Petone in Taumarunui in 1911

Florence Rosemond "ROSE" Riches 1880 - 1969
- married George Alexander COOPER 1876 - 1937 in 1897 in Taranaki
- he was born in Dunedin, died in Hamilton 32 years before Rose
- I would like to know his parents and siblings ??

Hariette Maude Mary Riches 1882 - 1966
- married Edwin Rainsford Farr MILLER 1880 - 1959 in Taumarunui in 1909

Henry Francis Lionel Riches 1886 - 1960
- married Ruby Fanny Elizabeth BUCHAN in 1920
- I would like her parents and sibling and any children Henry and Ruby may have had

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by rip1944 on 2010-05-30 21:28:13

Hi Ngaire (a lovely Kiwi name!),

I'm following this Harris line because Samuel Gregory HARRIS, who was involved in the survey of New Plymouth, is my grandson's 4th great grandfather. To add to the confusion, I believe that this family is also tied into my own maternal line.

The Alexander Riches who died in 1910 was said to be 74, giving a birth date of 1836, not 1834.

Have you seen this website: ? In particular, his age at enlistment into the Taranaki Militia, 27 in Jan 1864, fits an 1836 birth. It also gives his birthplace as Dartmouth, Devon. He was unmarried at that time.

His intention to marry Emma Harris listed him as a batchelor, as well.

The names given for his parents at death were Alexander Riches/Mary Harriet Harris (so same as yours).

That site also includes a story about a pregnant lover who arrived in NZ with him, the fiancee of the Duke of Wellington, who may be who you have in mind.

Robert (Auckland) [email protected]

by rip1944 on 2010-05-30 21:50:27

Additional bit: I now see from the Whittington site that this also ties in with a birth registered in the St Lukes District, Middlesex (which is not Dartmouth), in the June qtr of 1839, seen by them to be 24th March 1839!

Gets more and more puzzling: perhaps a spot of identity theft? Or an extremely late registration (which was not compulsory in 1836).

James LOMAX: I am wondering whether he is this one, but haven't time to check it out, yet: James LOMAX, born 1855, married 1879 Anne Elizabeth READ, born 16 Apr 1855, died 1912 <NZBDM 1912/6061>, buried Karori (Wellington, where the READ families first settled). This would make James 71 on marriage to Emma HARRIS/RICHES.


by rip1944 on 2010-06-01 00:22:27

Bit more:

James LOMAX: died 1948, buried Old Wanganui Cemetery (Heads Rd);
Emma HARRIS/RICHES/LOMAX died 1950, buried Purewa, Auckland.

by titch277 on 2011-12-17 10:35:54

Hi I am related to Ruby Elizabeth Buchan who Married Henry Riches, please contact me direct if you need any more info


by KPTREE on 2012-07-17 01:23:17

Hello Ngaire

My name is Karlo Potic and I am a Great Great Grandson of George COOPER and Florence Rosemond RICHES.

As far as I can tell George was an only child.His parents were George COOPER and Isabella WALKER.

George COOPER senior was born February 17th 1834 at Longside,Aberdeen,Scotland to parents Peter COOPER and Margaret McKENZIE.They had a least one other child I am aware of - Margaret COOPER born circa September 1837 also at Longside,Aberdeen in Scotland.I know nothing more of her line.

George COOPER married Isabella WALKER on June 30th 1856 at Monquitter,Aberdeen,Scotland. Isabella was the daughter of John WALKER and Ann SMITH.They had at least 8 children including Isabella.Some others of this WALKER line came to NZ and I have a family tree of this line my Grandmother got many years ago.

If you would like more info,let me know.


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