JOHN SAMUEL EDMONDS --DEATH RECORD -- PART 2
edmondsallan- I have had my morning cuppa , chockie Biscuit , am recharged , and hitting the key board again to complete this Journal - " John Samuel Edmonds -- Death record -- Part 2 "
Dear reader . ** Note the name of the Witness ** Louis C ( clifford ) Goffe , John's son in law married - husband of Sarah Gammond - nee Edmonds ,-Louis , had a store at Haruru Falls , Paihia and a very run down Hotel ." John " was staying with him for a few weeks. John was visiting them , when he collapsed & died suddenly . John Edmonds , he had mentioned the marriage problems he was having in his second Marriage to " Ellen " He needed to get away for a while from a baby who cried all night & day & the sharp tongue of Ellen . This why he went to stay with his daughter , without Ellen & 2 children ( the youngest being around 4 months old )They remained at the Edmonds Homestead , kerikeri
At this particular time & date , unloading cargo at Kerikeri , was one of his Eldest son's( Samuel John Edmonds ) small cargo coastal vessel , the " Sea Breeze "-- Louis C Goffe & the captain of the " Sea Breeze" Having got past the shock of his father in law's Sudden Death ( although his wife Sarah , knew he was seriously ill , from the carbuncle , but John would not go to the doctor ) - agreed to have the deceased prepared quickly , placed in a coffin , and return to Auckland as fast as possible. The crew unloaded other cargo due to go northward , took on board the deceased on the evening of the 16th of July 1865 at Kerikeri--( this is how the rumour got started , that he died & was buried somewhere in Kerikeri ) and sailed all night to Auckland . His Son , Samuel first heard of his father's death and that his coffin was on board his vessel, the " Sea Breeze " from the signal station at Northhead . Auckland on the morning of the 17th The ship finally docked at 10.20 am on the morning of the 17th of July 1865 after battling heavy winds and making tack after tack up the Hauraki Gulf & Waitemata harbour , during a local storm .The crew were exhausted. But they all stood in line with their captain as a mark of respect to their employer . " Samuel John Edmonds " who with the Official Death Registrar -" R L Boulton " came on board the " Sea Breeze " After viewing the deceased & certified by Samuel , that the body in the coffin , was his father ,- John Samuel Edmonds - The first death certificate was written out after the registrar read the witnesses note ( Louis C Goffe ) also signed in the prescence of a assistant store Keeper at Haruru & later on , the captain of the " Sea Breeze . I think we will have to start another journal. " Part 3 " coming up -- Patience !!- regards -- edmondsallan