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Great Great Uncle Harris and his 8 Sons of the Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand

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My great great Gandad HARRIS, Alfred and Great Great Gandma Maria Jane Harris (nee PREBBLE)are buried at the Waimati North Church in Northland. I am trying to find his brother and his brothers 8 sons that came out from England with him.. I don't have name as the family don't seem to know. My Great Great Gandfather went south and his brother moved north to the Hokianga Harbour. I heard stories that he started a ship building yard and worked the land. I would love to find out about them and their decendent.

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on 2010-06-15 05:35:25

cliftonpcra has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2010. is researching the following names: HARRIS, FENWICK, .

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by ngairedith on 2010-06-15 09:54:54

Alfred HARRIS (aged 48) & Mary Ann WALTON (aged 41) of Oxfordshire, England emigrated to New Zealand on the STONEHOUSE which left Plymouth on 19th April 1874 and arrived in Lyttelton on 29th June 1874
- Alfred's name is incorrectly spelt Harriss on the passenger list

With Alfred & Mary were their 6 children:

1855-1933 Alfred William Harris (then aged 18)
- this was your great great Gandad who married:
- Maria Jane PREBBLE in Christchurch in 1883
- their children born in Christchurch were:
1884-1968 Mary Ann Harris
1885-1974 Elsie Harris
1887-1971 James Richard Harris
1889-1916 Alfred Leonard Harris (died of wounds in WWI, by which time Alfred & Maria were living in Ohaeawai, Whangarei and his brother Henry Cecil was cited as his next of kin as living in Paenga, Ariki, Murchison)
1890-1891 Ernest Herbert Harris
- possibly born in Tauranga, he died aged 12 months
1891-1976 Albert Oscar Harris
1895-1981 Henry Cecil Harris
- Albert & Henry were possibly born in Matawai, Gisborne
- Henry is buried in the Maunu Cemetery, Whangarei
1901-1979 Harold Walter Harris

1858-1956 George Harris (then aged 16)
- George married Bridget Flannery in 1878 in Ashburton
- Bridget was from Ireland, she died aged 72 in Christchurch
- they had 3 sons & 2 daughters
- they lived for a time in 20 Park Lane, Christchurch
- George was a Railway Signalman in Ashburton
- he died aged 98 and is buried in the Ruru Lawn Cemetery

1860-? Hannah Anne Harris (then aged 14)

1863-? Henry Harris (then aged 10)

1867-? Emma Harris (then aged 7)

{b]1872-? Louisa (then aged 2)


- Also travelling with them on the Stonehouse was:
Charles Thomas Harris aged 30
- Charles was possibly a brother or nephew of Alfred
Lydia Louisa Larner Harris aged 31 (Charles's wife)
- Lydia died aged 54 in 1897
Ada J Harris aged 3 (Charles & Lydia's daughter)
.. Charles & Lydia had at least 4 more children in New Zealand:
1878 - Algernon Charles Harris
1880 - Reginald Charles William Harris
1883 - Lydia Louisa Florence Harris
1886 - Charles Henry Harris

by cliftonpcra on 2010-06-18 02:53:04

Thank you ngairedith, this is awsome. It has filled a couple of gaps.
I have heard that Hecter Harris is the Harris that went to the Hokianga. The family believe that Hector may have been an Uncle to Alfred Harris. So now I will have to track down them.
I was wondering are you related to me? It would be cool to make contact.

by mareeannwad on 2011-05-27 05:19:45

Hi, Just been researching my dads side and have found that my gtgtgt grandparents are Emma maud Harris her parents Alfred Harris and Mary Ann Walton .
My infor has it they were down in Woodbury 8kmfrom geraldine canterbury. Just been down there to see what I could find not much but the excerise was great.
Emma maud married William henry Healey 29 nov 1884 Woodbury,
emma was born 9 sept 1866 islip Oxfordshire England.
That is about all I new of the harris family so finding what you have entered has been great look forward to hereing from you . maree

by mareeannwad on 2011-05-27 05:50:00

Also have got a copy of one of the Harris family homested in Woodbury.
found it at the old library down there.
Also was noted on the ,marriage cert that Alfred Harris was a labourer
Emma and William are buried down in the ashburton cemetary with there son Edward, who was killed at fairton by a passing train going into Ashburton .

William was a miner and had moved up to Mount somers and i know that one of the Harris boys was mining with him will check my records. regards maree

by cliftonpcra on 2011-05-29 04:22:40

Hi Mareeannwad thank you for that.
My GtGrandfater was Alfread William Harris who married Maria Jane Prebble in Christchurch on 1883 and they had my grandad (1887-1971)James Richard Harris who married Evelyn Winifred (nee Langley)Harris.
My granddads brothers and sisters were: 1884-1933 Mary Ann Harris
1885-1974 Elsie Harris.
1889-1916 Alfred Leonard Harris (died in WW1 of his wounds),
1890-1976 Alber Oscar Harris,
1890-1891 Ernest Herbert Harris (died aged 12 months)
1895-1981 Henry Cecil Harris.
1901-1979 Harold Walter Harris..
My email address is cliftonpcra@hotmail.com if you would like to contact me.

by Lrprice on 2014-05-16 20:12:34

I am also a descendant of Alfred William Harris as his eldest daughter Mary Ann was my paternal Grandmother. I am pleased to find the info on this site, so thanks to all. I have a story written by my Grandmother about her childhood; if it is of any interest I could send a copy. Anyone who would like to make contact my email is: andylinley7@hotmail.com (Please put 'Harris Family' in the comment line.)

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