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John HEDGELAND.

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Sadly he died, drowning in a river near Ica Station. Wairarapa. am searching for anything on him, especially how he came to be one armed. He died 1883. Have located the site he is buried at, next to get up there to see it. John was a shepherd. about 49 years old. Names of Hedgeland comes from Devon.

Any one recognise the name please, or is related, please get in touch, am helping a friend in OZ also a Gt. Grandson.. more hands make light work! Thank you.

Surnames: HEDGELAND
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on 2013-10-05 02:50:01

neich has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2009. is researching the following names: PENTONY, PENTONYLIVERPOOLDUBLINNOR, LINDOP and 1 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2013-10-05 03:30:37

hi neich,
John Hedgeland, (often spelt without the E), the one armed shepherd was drowned in the Whareama River and his body caught on a snag near Ica Station. They seem to think that he 'was despondent' at the time. He was buried near the homestead at Ica Station (formed in 1864 by the Rev J. C. Andrew)

He was the 4th of 9 known children of William HEDGELAND (1792-1867, died Tiverton) & of Mary SYMES (1796-1885, died Exeter)
John married on 14 April 1866 in Wairau, Blenheim to Janet McNAUGHT (1844-1924) and had 9 (known) children, some in Wellington I think. The youngest, Reuben Bramwell Hedgland, was born 14 Dec 1883, 2 months after his fathers death

* Janet remarried in Sep 1844 to Ward PARKER (1828-1893)

I will write a journal on him and let you know what I find

by neich on 2013-10-05 14:55:51

many thanks, hope to meet up with the Gt Grandson to join me to Ica, oddily enough, my late husband used to work on this station long before I came to NZ.. have visited it, now have a better reason to go... I may go on Devon rootsweb site never know may be some relations still over there!!! All I had to go on to find the grave was, buried near a Water Tank on a hill possibly near Alfredton! No wonder the family never found him at Pori or other places... was at Ica.. thanks.

by ngairedith on 2013-10-05 19:42:58

hi again,
the journal is now done (can add to it as info comes to light)
click here to see: John HEDGLAND died Ica Station, Whareama 1883

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