George Jesse NEAL & Elizabeth CRAWFORD - Cambridge, Waikato
GEORGE JESSE NEAL
... also read on: NZETC
George was born at Sweet Briar Farm near Biggleswade, Bedford, England in 1840 and came to New Zealand on the ship 'Ulcoates' in 1864, landing in Auckland where he was employed in mercantile pursuits for some years, and for some months during 1867 was on the Thames goldfields. After serving as providore in coastal steamers, he proceeded to Cambridge in 1874 and for ten years acted as agent for the Waikato Steamship Company, besides being employed in other commercial occupations.
In 1878 George married ELIZABETH (nee CRAWFORD) and lived by the maxim of 'a healthy mind - a healthy body'
About 1890, he commenced business as a seed-merchant, and on being burned out, moved to a block of buildings, which he purchased, and also erected a bakery. He owned a small farm of forty acres near the town, including eight acres of orchard
About 1884 George commenced business as a seed-merchant which he sold to G E Clark in 1898. George also ran a bakery then drew a 160 acre farm in the Karapiro ballot of 1898. He developed an eight acre orchard.
He was interested in the study of phrenology and lectured on the subject
The family left for Auckland in 1907 and the residents of Karapiro gave them a silver tea kettle, sugar basin and tongs. Their daughter, who had been a Sunday School teacher at the Presbyterian Church for many years, was given a writing desk.
the children of George & Elizabeth were:
1880 - Mary Selina Neal
- spouse unknown
2 October 1883 - 1972 Charles Crawford Neal
- Charles married Elizabeth SANDERS in 1925
17 March 1893 - 1986 Marion Jacob Wilkins Neal
- spouse unknown
George Jesse Neal died 12 January 1909
George Jesse Neal taken about 1902
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