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Emma Jane AMES + Levi BUCK - 1869 Wellington

Journal by ngairedith

Who was Emma Jane Ames

She married Levi Buck - he was from a family of early pioneers in Wellington, Henry Gregory BUCK & Elizabeth Frances COOSE who had originally emigrated from Somerset on the BIRMAN

Time line for Levi Buck

* In October 1841 when he was 2 months from his 3rd birthday, Levi left for New Zealand on the BIRMAN with his father, stepmother Elizabeth, 4 of 7 step siblings, his father`s brother, George and family

* In March 1860, aged 22 he played in the first interprovincial cricket match ever played in the colony. In the eleven aside teams he played for Wellington, the Auckland team travelling down - a long and difficult journey in those days... Auckland won with four wickets left in a 32 overs match held near the Mount Cook Barracks...I will post a list of the Wellington players on this site at a later date as a lot of them are on this tree

* In January 1867 aged 29 he was working as a Post Office Clerk, he was also at this time the Treasurer of the Central Fire Brigade in Wellington

* In October 1869 aged 31 he married Emma in St Paul`s Church, Wellington, she was 27.

* 2 months after marriage, in December 1869 he was made the Postmaster at Lawrence, Otago ... see notes under daughter May

* In July 1870 aged 31 his first child, May was born in Lawrence, Otago

* In October 1872 aged 33 his second child, Percy was born in Wellington

* In September 1873 aged 34 he was `removed` to Westport - which is in the South Island, 392 kilometres south west of Wellington .. he was given a gold watch as a testimonial from his well wishes in the district

* In 1875 aged 37 his 3rd child, Alice was born in Wellington

* In 1877 aged 39 his 4th child, Nellie was born in Wellington

* On 1st November 1878 aged 39 Sub-Inspector Goodall and others found an illicit still in the bush at Mongonui Creek near Karere - which is 134km north of Wellington, near Palmerston North. The still was on Mr Walker`s land and was traced to the possession of Fritz Von Schluter and Levi Buck, who were fined 100 pounds each or twelve months imprisonment. According to an article in the Wanganui Herald, what they found was only part of the apparatus and a few days later Mr Walker was burning some fallen bush when he found the rest of the plant and handed it to Constable Gillespie at Palmerston.
In about 1880 aged 42 his 5th child Ernest was born, town unknown

* In the 1880-1881 (aged 42/43) City of Wellington Electrol Roll he was living in Molesworth Street, which is in Thorndon, a kilometre north of Wellington City. He was recorded as a clerk

* In about 1881 when he was aged about 43 he went to the
KING COUNTRY, which is an area of about 7,000 square miles that today contains Taumurunui, Pio Pio, Te Kuiti and many other towns near the Waikato ..

In 1881 the King Country was isolated, uncivilised and without roads - HE WAS NEVER SEEN NOR HEARD OF AGAIN


But what of his wife Emma ? - she lived for another 50 years.
Did she remarry? Who were her parents? siblings? etc

They had 5 children at the time of his disappearance:
May Maud Buck 1870
Percy Ames Buck 1872 - married Jessie Harris
Alice Mary Buck 1875 married George Keeling
Nellie Ames Buck 1877
Ernest Buck 1880

thank you to angelbaby69nz (see 2nd comment below)
Burial of Emma Jane:
Last Name: BUCK
First Name: EMMA JANE
Age: 88
Deceased Date: 00-00-0000
Occupation: Widow
Service Date: 13-11-1930
Service Provided: Burial
Cemetery: Karori
Section: CH ENG2
Plot Number: 15 B
Record Number: 76283

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by angelbaby69nz on 2011-04-05 04:57:37

Hi there,

im pretty sure i have a a NZ BDM certificate of George Keeling and Ms Buck....ill look for it if you are interested...?

Keeling is my family.


by angelbaby69nz on 2011-04-05 05:15:21

You prob have all this..but this is her burial im in wellington if you want a picture....

Last Name: BUCK
First Name: EMMA JANE
Age: 88
Deceased Date: 00-00-0000
Occupation: Widow
Service Date: 13-11-1930
Service Provided: Burial
Cemetery: Karori
Section: CH ENG2
Plot Number: 15 B
Record Number: 76283

by Aussie1947 on 2011-04-05 08:42:30


I see that Levi shows up on some Electoral Rolls until he heads to King's County but the NZ PO Directory 1890 still has a Levi Buck residing in Wellington at Sydney St.


by ngairedith on 2011-04-05 09:20:54

thank you very much to both of you

I have added a little more info on the joural above for anyone researching this family

by angelbaby69nz on 2011-04-16 05:56:58

lol you are not going to believe this...lol, my William john Keelings mother was Alice Mary, not the same one as above..but curiosity got the better of me the other day and i ordered her probate!!! and then i see this post...if you want it i have it :) cheers.

by angelbaby69nz on 2011-04-16 05:59:10

Noeline Lewer was Alice's daughter....as per probate...

by kinkers on 2013-08-13 19:07:09

Dear All,
I have a picture of Emma Jane's grave at Karori Cemetery, and a picture of her parents' grave in the Pioneers' Section at Bolton Street. I am Noeline Lewer's grandson.
Kind regards
Andrew Kincaid

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