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Looking for family blood lines of Thomas Lewis Le Comte, born 1930 or there abouts, Christchurch New Zealand. Thomas Lewis Le Comte married Gwen Jones and together they had five children, Richard, Gay, Peter, David and Simon.

Question by pklc1960

I wish to research my fathers (Thomas Lewis Le Comte) bloodlines going back into the 1800's. I am told the family was one of the first to settle Akoroa in the South Island of New Zealand. Settlement was between 1840 and 1880's with a Henry Le Comte being born in 1881 (not sure if he is connected).

I was told my father was one of 13 children (he and his brother John were identical twins and the last of the thirteen), their mother died giving birth to them and they were adopted or fostered out to a family called Stribling in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am trying therefore to confirm if this information is true, and if so what was my fathers bloodlines are going back with his father, and his fathers father etc.

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on 2010-07-10 23:58:28

pklc1960 , from Houston Texas, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2010. is researching the following names: LECOMTE.

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by ngairedith on 2010-07-11 01:38:15

Hi pklce,

In the early 1800s the French had plans to make the South Island a French Colony. The North Island was becoming a British Colony and the problem was how to annexe the South Island without provoking the British. It was hoped that the Commissioner of the King of France, Captain Lavaud, would simply be able to take the South Island in the name of France, but it was decided a more diplomatic solution would be to simply buy up land from the Maori. Future French settlers would be installed over the South Island, which would then eventually be claimed for France.
Langlois bought most of Banks Peninsula. The goods the Maori received initially were: 2 cloaks, 6 pairs of trousers, 12 hats, 2 pairs of shoes, some pistols, axes and 2 shirts.
A convoy of French settlers left the port of Rochefort in March 1840 on board the Comte de Paris, one month after the warship "L'Aube " had set sail, under the command of Captain Lavaud. Captain Lavaud had instructions to represent the French Government until the arrival of a Governor. However, just one month before the "Comte de Paris" left France, the British signed the Treaty of Waitangi with Maori Chieftains, at the Bay of Islands in the North Island, on 6th February 1840.
The South Island Maori chiefs signed the treaty a little later, on 30th May of the same year.
The unknowing French duly arrived at Akaroa in August 1840 to discover they would be settling in a British colony.
After the signing of The Treaty a British warship had sailed to Akaroa and planted the Union Jack.

The French also discovered that the land bought by Langlois (Jean Francois Langlois, born 28th June 1808 at La Luzerne, Normandy, France) had been resold again, several times since, as was often Maori custom. Some British settlers laid claim to certain areas of land which had originally been bought by Langlois. Fortunately, due to much diplomacy, no major incident arose from this event.
The French Government requested the British Government to protect the rights of French landowners in New Zealand, and this was agreed upon in 1841.

More interesting reading about the French Colonists in Akaroa.
It does not mention the Le Comtes but it does mention Malmanche and Henry Moody Fletcher Le Comte married Leontine Victorie de Malmanche in 1879 in Canterbury
- their children were:
1881 - Henry Robert Le Comte
1882 - Eliza Jane Le Comte
1883 - Ada Elizabeth Le Comte
1885 - Henry Frederick Le Comte
1888 - John Peter David Le Comte
1891 - Ettie Caroline Le Comte
1902 - Stephen Francoise Le Comte
Leontine died on 13th April 1905 aged 43 (birth year of 1862). She was born in New Zealand. She is buried in Plot 68, Block 20C of the Sydenham Cemetery.
- Henry remarried to Eliza Jane Jeffreys in 1920
- Henry died on 29th October 1932 age 81 (birth year of 1851) and is buried with Leontine. He had been living at 14 Belfour Tce, Christchurch.


What I am really writing for is to ask if you know the names of your grandparents, parents of the 13 children which included your father so I can do some research and hoepfully help you trace your father's bloodline
- was it by any chance Herbert Le Comte & Harriett Sarah Coombe

kind regards

by pklc1960 on 2010-07-11 10:54:46

Ah, your question and mine are one of the same. Who were my fathers parents, the parents to the thirteeen children. I believe my father was born November 1st, 1930 or 1932. He married Gwen Jones in either 1955 or 1956. My oldest brother Richard was born 1956, my sister Gay was born 1958 and I was born 1960. My two younger brothers were born 1967 and 1972.

My father is still alive and lives in Christchurch, but we have not talked for 25 years and this will not change.My quest/search is to know my bloodlines before my father and if those bloodlines are the Le Comte's from England or France. Did we settle New Zealand in Akaroa on the first ships or am I a decendant of a David Le Comte, cabinetmaker who settled in Akaroa from Wellington?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

by wendyking1951 on 2011-09-01 19:25:59

Hi pklc, I am assisting a friend with some research into his family and came across your request. I have some information in relation to your father Thomas. Thomas and his twin brother John were not the last of 13 children. Their mother passed away at the time of their birth and they were raised by her sister Emily Gertrude STRIBLING. Thomas' father was the youngest of 13 children. I am happy to pass on all informatin that I have if you wish. I am happy for you to contact me directly on the following email address as it is a fair amount to put onto this site,
aki26547@bigpond.net.au.
Hope this helps a little.
Wendy King

by lattetude on 2014-02-01 17:10:33

see your private mail for some info. thx. Cam

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