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Edward McMENAMIN & Jane BROWN - Ireland - NZ

Journal by ngairedith

Edward McMenamin was born in 1835 in Lifford, County Donegal Ireland
- his parents were Patrick McMENAMIN & Annie McGOWAN
- Patrick was a Stonemason

- Edward emigrated to NZ (date unknown at this time)
- he was a Gold Miner in Thames, Coromandel
- he died aged 83 in Eltham, Taranaki
- buried PLOT 39, BLOCK 1 Eltham General

- he married Jane BROWN in Melbourne, Australia on 3-9-1860
- she was born 1839 in County Tyrone, Ireland
- her parents were Robert BROWN & isobella KNOX
- Robert was a Farmer
- Jane died 2nd Aug 1927 aged 88
- buried PLOT 38 - BLOCK 1 Eltham General Cemetery, Taranaki

- (The 'children' without birth dates were not found on New Zealand BDM so possibly born in Australia as Edward and Jane were married there - also, they married in 1860 and the first birth I have was in 1868)

Mary Jane McMenamin
- born 1868
- never married
- she died 2 Nov 1946 aged 78
- buried PLOT 38 - BLOCK 1 Eltham General Cemetery with her parents

Dorothea McMenamin
- born 1874 in Thames
- she married William John Kneebone 22nd Dec 1897 in Thames
- she died 10th Oct 1954 aged 80
- buried PLOT 28 - BLOCK 1 Eltham General
- William was born 12th July 1871 in Shellback Creek, Kurunui, Thames
- he was 1 of 9 children ofCaleb KNEEBONE and Hannah TRUSCOTT,, Cornwall to Auckland 1862, both died & buried in Eltham
- William died 9th Jan 1921
- buried PLOT 27 - BLOCK 1 Eltham General
Mary Doris Kneebone 20th Aug 1898 in Thames
- she married Leslie DAVIS in 1924 and had 4 known children
- she died 10th June 1961 in Ngarua, buried Te Aroha
Isobel Jane Kneebone 1st Dec 1900 in Karangahake
- she married Patrick Bernard WALSH in 1917 in Eltham and had 11 known children
- she died 21st Sep 1980 in Hawera, buried Okaiawa General
Harold Edward Kneebone 1902 in Thames
- he died Feb 1903 in Thames, buried Shortland Cemetery
William Kneebone 1904 in Stratford, Taranaki
- he died 1904 in Taranaki an infant

Daniel Patrick McMenamin
- born 1875 in Thames
- in 1890 (at the age of 15) Daniel sat the Annual Examiation of the Thames School of Mines and passed Chemistry of Agriculture 83.2%
- he was a member of the Thames Miners Union and he enjoyed playing cricket, his team was the 'Rovers'
- he died aged 18 of measles on the 5th July 1893 at 'Bird-in-Hand Hill' Thames
- his death notice from the EVENING POST of 8th July 1893 read:
... We regret to have to record the death of the only son of Mr Edward McMenamin, of Bird-in-Hand Hill, a promising young man 18 years of age, owing to measles. Much sympathy is expressed for the parents in their bereavement. The funeral will leave the residence at 2.30 o'clock to-morrow afternoon, and as deceased was a member of the Thames Miners' Union, the members are requested to attend ..
- he is buried PLOT 0839 Shortland Cemetery Thames with brother Charles

Charles Edward McMenamin
- born 1878
- died 1st Jan 1879 aged 1
- buried PLOT 0839 Shortland Cemetery Thames with brother Daniel

Annie McMenamin
- born 1879 ?
- she married James Jones in 1911
(NOTE that her sister Sarah also married a James Jones, probably after 1930)

Helen Elizabeth McMenamin
- born 3rd May 1880 at Bird-in-Hand Hill, Thames
- she died in 1954 aged 74
- she married Henry Dyson Shepard on 13th August 1911
- Henry was born in 1869
- he died in 1962 aged 93
- Helen & Henry are buried at Eltham Cemetery, Taranaki
?-? Hone Shepard
- Hone died as a child
1914-1980 Henry Dyson
- Henry died aged 66
1916-1941 William Lindsay 'Dick' Shepard
- Dick served in WWII as Private #37041 with the 25th Reinforcements NZ Infantry Battalion. He died on the Western Desert on 23rd Nov 1941 aged 25. He is buried at the Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Tobruk Libya. His parents were living at 35 Collingwood St Eltham
?-? Joan Russell Shepard
?-? Jessie Shepard

Elizabeth Knox McMenamin
- born 1887
- she married Henry McNeil FLYGER in 1913
- she died 1966 aged 79
- burial unknown at this time
- he was born 1889
- he was a carpenter
- he died 1931, buried Te Henui, Taranaki
Joyce Flyger
Elizabeth Flyger
Nora Flyger
Fay Flyger

Isabella Margaret McMenamin
- born ?
- she married Stanislaus John WHITEFORD in 1905
- he may have been a hotel proprietor at the Post Office Hotel in Palmerston North and the Central Hotel, Lambton Quay, Wellington
Stanislaus John Whiteford 1906
Mary Margot Whiteford 1908
Norton Bede Whiteford born 29th Sept 1909
- inventor, (scroll past ads at above link)
- he died 29th Jan 1981 aged 71, cremated Karori
Jack Whiteford
William Whiteford

Sarah Winifred McMenamin
- born ?
- she married James Jones
(NOTE that her sister Ann also married a James Jones)
James Jones
Isabel Jones
Jack Jones
Dora Jones
Gilbert Jones
Winnie Jone
Charles Jones

In 1892 Edward said that when he first came to the goldfield a miner's right entitled its possessor to a residence site and also the powr to mine on the goldfield. Mr Cadman replied that this was the law at present

In 1899 Edward was on the Committe of the Miners Union.
Also in 1899 he and 7 other resident's complaned of the deplorable state of the roadway being in an impassable condition near Mr Morrison's residences due to the drain being choked up and there being no proper outlet for the water

On the 27th February 1908 Edward had a 4 roomed house for sale at 'Bird-in-Hand Hill' Thames

Some photos and info of Thames - Old & New including a photo taken about 1900 from Bird-in-hand Hill

Edward's obituary taken from the THAMES STAR 10-6-1918

... We regret to report the death on June 4th of Mr E. McMenamin, who for over 40 years was a resident of Thames, but who lately resided at Eltham.
At about 7.15 on Saturday evening (June 1) an accident happened to Mr E. McMenamin, of Mills St., Eltham. It appears that the old gentleman was walking along when he was knocked down by either a cyclist or motor car. The culprit did not stop to ascertain the result of the collision or to render any aid that might be necessary, but proceeded on his way. After obtaining asistance, Mr McMenanin was removed to his home, and Dr. Cooper was speedily summoned. The doctor found that although there were no bones broken, Mr McMenamin was badly bruised on the back and left leg. As the victim's age is eighty-three years he is naturally suffering severely from shock. It is to be regretted that so far, no trace of the offender has been discovered. Apparently Mr McMenamin's death was the result of the accident ...

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on 2009-11-17 03:47:02

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by ashbal on 2010-08-03 04:16:44

Dear ngairedith

I am researching the McMenamins and was very excited to find your research on Edward McMenamin and Jane Brown. They are my maternal great grandparents. Helen Elizabeth McMenamin is my grandmother. I'm pretty sure my grandfather's name is Henry Dyson Shepard.(Please note Shepard is the correct spelling.) My mother was Joan Russell Shepard. Hone Shepard died when he was a child. Patrick Shepard's name was Henry Dyson Shepard who we called Uncle Pat. Richard Shepard was William Lindsay Shepard who was known as Dick. He was killed in action during WWII.

Do you have any earlier information on Edward Mcmenamin and Jane Brown eg their parents.

Many thanks


by pjod on 2011-05-20 02:56:53


My sons are descended from Annie Dorothea (Dora) Jones, daughter of James Wilson Jones and Sarah Winifred McMenamin. I am having a blitz on getting their family tree together and I was delighted to find your page. I Would be pleased to hear from you. By now you will probably have found details of Sarah's birth in Australia, her marriage etc but, if not, I would be happy to give them to you.

Best wishes

by pjod on 2011-05-20 18:16:11

In matching up bmd info with family names I find :

Sarah Winifred McMenamin = James Wilson Jones

1886 William James / James
1889 Annie Dorothea / Dora
1892 Edward / Jack
1896 Charles / Charles
1898 Daniel Gilbert / Gilbert
1900 Winifred Millicent / Winnie
1906 Isabel Margaret Jane / Isabel

I would be grateful if you (or anyone else researching this tree)could confirm that Edward was called Jack.


by aw22 on 2015-04-09 05:32:30


I am a descendant of Isobel Kneebone, which was a daughter of Dorothea Mcmenamin and William John Kneebone. I have been researching my connection to Ireland these past months and I have now finally made a connection. I am the seventh generation to Dorothea Mcmenamin and my great grand-mother was Dorothea Bailey (nee Walsh), who was the daughter of Isobel J Kneebone.
Any further information about our history in Ireland would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards.

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