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Jasper STEWART from Scotland

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Jasper STEWART born 3 December 1861 in the village of Mersington. Parish of Eccles, Scotland. He was the son of Helen STEWART, agricultural labourer. Declaration of Paternity [CE Vol 1 P8 15/12/1862]by James STARK, farm labourer of Rumbleton. Jasper was raised by his grandmother Agnes MIDDLEMAS.
He arrived in Lyttleton 28 June 1882 on the Wairoa. (I have a conflicting record of arrival on June 1876 - but this does not fit in with other information). He brought with him a horse, a border collie and five pounds. He worked as a shepherd for W A Low of St Helens for 2 years then went to Parnassus Station as head shepherd for 4 years. He married Esther UPRITCHARD [b. 08/12/1870] on 21 June 1888. They had 3 children: Mary Agnes, Charles Gordon [b. 5/06/1892] and Esther.
He worked for a further 4 years at Leslie Hills Station. In 1891 he took up a small grazing run in the Waikari Valley. In 1893 he bought a 450 acre farm at Scargill. This was part of Glenmark Station. He got his first sheep from James Little of Allandale. His first wife Esther died at a young age in 1894. Anecdotally, Jasper did not treat her very well. He married again in August 1897 to Harriet Greig and had 7 more children.
Jasper was a good judge of sheep and judged at shows. He got soaking wet when judging sheep one day and this brought on an illness from which he died in Christchurch 23 March 1912

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Stew50 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jan 2011. is researching the following names: SILVIUS, , STEWART and 11 other(s).

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by djs on 2013-02-20 01:33:48

hi, i have just started looking for information on my husbands family for him.His father was called Jasper Stewart and lived in Rotorua until about 1953 when he left for christchurch.As far as my husband knows the family lived in Morrinsville, but where they came from before that he doesnt know.He has had no contact with the family since his father left when he was about 3yrs old.It may be my imagination but there is a striking resemblence betweeen the picture above and my husband.

by Stew50 on 2013-02-20 04:04:32

Jasper Stewart (your husband's father) was my uncle. He was the oldest of 4 brothers: Jasper, Allan (my father), Gordon and Robert. Robert is still alive and lives in Tauranga. So the potted history I have submitted is relevant to your husband who must be my cousin. As a child I remember travelling to Rotorua just before Christmas with my mother and my grandmother (Jasper's mother)to visit Jasper's ex-wife and family. Her name was Veronica - not sure if this was your husband's mother. So your Jasper was born and raised on a farm in Hoe-o-tainui about 20 km from Morrinsville. His father was Charles Gordon Stewart and his mother was Rebecca Pearl Silvius. Charles died before I was born so I don't remember him. Grandma lived to 84 and I remember her very well. I'm pretty sure Jasper was in the navy for a while but I'm not sure what he did next. I will talk to my Mum about him next time I see her and get some more information for you. I have done quite a bit of work on the family tree if you are interested but you are probably more interested in finding out about Jasper and his life (about which I know very little).

by Stew50 on 2013-02-20 04:22:41

Just looked up some dates: Charles Stewart born in Loburn, Canterbury, 5 June 1892; died 29 July 1943. Rebecca Silvius born in Thames, Waikato, 20 February 1899; died 16 May 1983.

by djs on 2013-02-20 13:56:06

Hi, My husbands mother was called Elinor,[nee Sushames]and had 4 children, Barry charles[my husband], Ian malcom, Robin rebecca, and Jane.Jasper apparantly was prosecuted for bigamy as he was not divorced from Elinor when he married his second wife,dont know her name though. The Stewarts apparantly had a trucking or transport company in morrinsville as well as a farm.We would be interested in the family tree as he knows not much at all as his father left when he was only about 3. Jasper moved to christchurch, and he passed away about 8 years ago from lung cancer.

by djs on 2013-02-20 13:58:06

So how is the Jasper Stewart in the above photo related?

by Stew50 on 2013-02-21 01:04:59

Yes, Elinor rings a bell - not sure why I thought it was Veronica? I was still at Primary school so it is rather a long time ago! Jasper (the second)'s brother Gordon had the trucking company which was based in Tahuna - a few miles down the road from Hoe-o-tainui. My father, Allan, ran the farm at Hoe-o-tainui from 1943 when their father Charlie Stewart died, and he later bought the farm from Grandma Stewart. The Jasper in the photo is Barry's Great Grandfather. He was father of Charlie, who was father of Jasper, who was father of Barry.

by Stew50 on 2013-02-21 01:29:19

If you look at my journal for Uprichard and Silvius these are also branches of Barry's family tree. Henric Silvius was from Sweden - he would be one of Barry's Great, Great Grandfathers. Joseph Uprichard was from Ireland and he would be another one of Barry's Great, Great Grandfathers. The Berrymans are also related. They were from Cornwall in England.

by djs on 2013-02-21 03:11:59

Hi, thanks for that. You would have got the name Veronica because she is the Lady that Jasper married before he was actually divorced from Elinor, According to divorce records Jasper and Veronica were divorced in 1971 in Christchurch.

by Stew50 on 2013-02-21 04:45:27

Probably before he married Mary. He was always kind of the 'interesting' uncle because we hardly ever saw him and of course there was the whole bigamy thing - a bit of a 'lovable rogue' syndrome. There were some lilies at the farm that always bloomed at the time of year that Jasper had his birthday and we called them Jasper's lilies. Funny the things you remember! I tried to upload a family tree in pdf format but it didn't work. I will try to find a solution.

by djs on 2013-02-21 21:36:51

Was wondering if you mum would have any picture of Jasper as Barry has none at all, thanks.

by Stew50 on 2013-02-22 03:57:59

I'm sure she has. Not seeing her this weekend but probably will the weekend after.

by Stew50 on 2013-02-22 04:01:36

I sent a private message with my email address if you want to make contact.

by ngairedith on 2013-02-22 07:32:45

by Stew50 on 2013-02-22 13:13:05

Thanks Ngaire. Good to have that confirmed.

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