James (Jim) ANDREW (b. about 1880 in Blenheim N.Z.), married Elizabeth GOLDSMITH in Wairoa N.Z. about 1917. Alfred and Helen WATSON are given as Jims birth parents on his death certificate. Does anyone know of these WATSONS or of the name change? :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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James (Jim) ANDREW (b. about 1880 in Blenheim N.Z.), married Elizabeth GOLDSMITH in Wairoa N.Z. about 1917. Alfred and Helen WATSON are given as Jims birth parents on his death certificate. Does anyone know of these WATSONS or of the name change?

Question by 1947Child

James Andrew died on 5th July 1969 at Gisborne N.Z., but to find 'Watson' given as his birth parents name is quite a surprise. I have checked newspapers and NZ BDM but nothing immediately evident. Am researching this for grandchild of Alfred and Helen Watson. Am also interested in the Elizabeth Goldsmiths family - she may have previously been married and known as Heni Te Whata.

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by ngairedith on 2017-02-16 08:16:54

Poverty Bay Herald, 26 April 1917
WAIROA this day ... At the Court this morning Alfred Watson, alias James Andrew, was charged with stealing four pigs, the property of P. H. Summerfield, North Clyde, and was remanded to May 2nd. Bail being allowed of £200

by ngairedith on 2017-02-16 08:43:35

Hastings Standard, 8 June 1917
CRIMINAL CASES ... King v Alfred Watson, alias James Andrew, theft of cattle and goods

Hastings Standard, 21 June 1917
THREE YEARS REFORMATIVE TREATMENT
... prisoner had been at Wairoa for some time and during his corss-examination it had been suggested that he had committed some breaches of social conventions
... during the last 5 years accused had enjoyed a position of trust and confidence, namely a mail contractor
... accused might not be a first offended but counsel said that since being found guilty the prisoner had been in gaol and he suggested that he might be let off without further imprisonment. The prisoner had intimated his intention of joining the Reinforcements
...

by 1947Child on 2017-02-17 21:27:46

That was most helpful thank you, however it has thrown a cat amongst the pigeons somewhat, although in a manner that excites imagination to find out what really is happening.
Grandsons of Jim ANDREW had thought quite a different story, even suggesting that there must be a duplicate Jim ANDREW born WATSON from the same area - or that Watson parents given on Jim's death certificate may be not correct. Need to find a birth certificate of Alfred/Jim's if in existance, or Alfred WATSON's death cert. What an interesting situation.

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