Reuben SHORT & Mary Ann SOUTHEE - New Zealand
REUBEN SHORT was born 1832 in Donhead, Wiltshire, England
- 1 of 10 children of James SHORT (1811-1889) & Charlotte TRIM (1810-1888)
MARY ANN SOUTHEE was born in Birchington, Kent in 1924
- she was a daughter of John SOUTHEE (1798-1892) & Sophia SHARPE (1803-1876)
Reuben Short & Mary Ann Southee married in April 1862 in New Zealand
- (Mary Ann was then the widow of Richard Clifton who had died in 1858 during the big flood in the Hutt Valley)
About Reuben Short
From the WELLINGTON INDEPENDENT - 13 December 1850
An Inquest was held on view of the body of Edward Head, Ohiro, on Monday, Dec. 9, before J. Fitzgerald, Esq., M.D., Coroner, and a highly respectable Jury.
The Coroner and Jury having gone to Ohiro to view the body, adjourned to the house of J. Pimble, Manners-street ... more at Reuben's link above
From the WELLINGTON INDEPENDENT - 28 February 1865
RESIDENT MAGISTRATES COURT, WELLINGTON
(Before C. D. R. Ward, Esq., R.M.)
Job Short v Reuben Short - Debt, £7 32. Amount and costs paid into Court
From the WELLINGTON INDEPENDENT - 28 March 1873
NOTICE TO THE INHABITANTS OF WELLINGTON
In consequence of the unprecedented dry weather, and the scarcity of feed, we, the undersigned Milkmen, give notice that the price of milk will be 6d per quart on and after the 1st day of April, 1873
W. J. Tabor
* Reuben Short
From the EVENING POST - 27 December 1876
VOGELTOWN TEA GARDENS BY REUBEN SHORT, OHIRO
These delightful grounds will be open to the Public on and after New Years Day, for the purpose of recreation and refreshment (Devonshire junkets, cream, milk, tea, and coffee, &c). Picnic parties and others will find the Vogeltown Tea Gardens a most pleasing resort - commanding scenery unsurpassed near Wellington
The Gardens are within a short walk of the Adelaide Road by the Hutchison Road and the Ohiro Road, and no spot can be more pleasing for an outing; fresh air, invigorating, healthy, and an entire change of scenery
From the EVENING POST - 5 January 1877
VOGELTOWN TEA GARDENS - These gardens will be open on Saturday an Sunda afternoons. The dancing platform is now ready. The road is through Mr. Wright`s gate. REUBEN SHORT
From the EVENING POST - 23 May 1882
IN THE SUPREME COURT - WELLINGTON DISTRICT
In the matter of REUBEN SHORT, of Ohiro, dairyman, a bankrupt.
At the request of the Debtor, I hereby convene a meeting of the Creditors, at the Supreme Courthouse, Wellington, for Friday, 26th day of May inst., at the hour of half-past two p.m., to consider his discharge,. HENRY TODD, Creditors` Trustee
From the EVENING POST - 10 February 1883
A horse ridden by a son of Mr Reuben Short, Ohiro Valley, stumbled whilst cantering up Cuba-street between 5 and 6 o`clock yesterday evening, and threw its off shoulder out of joint. The accident occurred opposite Mr. Logan`s store, and the disabled animal was dragged into the lane near that establishment, where it was allowed to remain until 9 o`clock, at which hour it was put out of its misery by having its throat cut. The horse was the propery of Mr. J. H. Cate, butcher, Adelaide-road, and was about to be purchased by Mr. Short for the sum of £2
From the EVENING POST - 12 September 1844 to 13 June 1885
FOR SALE - a small Farm, of about 9 acres, situated in the Ohiro-road, about two miles from Wellington, and only a short distance from Upper Willis-street. The property is on sections Nos 16 and 20 on the plan of the city. Part of the ground is level; it is all fenced and laid down in good English grass and a running stream through it. There is a large frontage to the main road, as well as a side road. The land is now occupied by Mr. Reuben Short on a weekly tenancy, and can be inspected on application to Mrs. Stockbridge on the adjoining section. Price £200; terms easy - A. A. BARNETT, Land Agent, 38, Lambton-quay
From the EVENING POST - 4 August 1885
CHARGE OF WOUNDING A COW
James Patterson was charged with shooting at and wounding a cow, the property of one Reuben Short, with a shot gun, on the 30th July last. Mr. E. Shaw appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Gully for the defence. The evidence of Reuben Short, dairyman, of Ohiro, went to show that the defendant, who resided at Vogeltown, had complained of witness`s cows trespassing on his property, and had threatened to shoot them. On the evening of the 30th July he saw one of his cows was suffering pain, and he sent for a neighbour, whom he saw extract 14 pellets of lead out of the animal`s shoulder and neck. At this stage the information was withdrawn at the request of the complainant, who did not desire to jeopardise the defendant`s liberty on a charge of felony.
From the EVENING POST - 11 October 1899
LABOUR DAY - SUCCESSFUL DEMONSTRATION IN WELLINGTON ... but interest in this exhibit was eclipsed by the Union`s display (arranged by Mr. A. Orr) recalling the days of long ago in the presence of a bullock team of eight cattle drawing a dray. The team, which came from Mr. Fitchett`s farm, was driven by Mr. Reuben Short, who, it is interesting to learn, drove bullock teams from Wellington into the backblocks 50 years ago...
From the EVENING POST - 27 April 1912
OLD IDENTITIES - GOLDEN WEDDING
A golden wedding is not an event of frequent occurrence, and therefore of more than passing interest, particularly so when representatives of four generations are present at the gatering. Such an event - a family reunion - took place in the Masonic Hall, Berthampore, last evening, in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Short`s golden wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Short are now residing at Palmerston North, but were for forty-three years residents of Brooklyn. They are still enjoying the best of health, although both are over the age of eighty (Mrs. Short being eighty-three and her husband eighty-one). They are among our earliest pioneers, when our city was in its infancy.
Mrs. Short (nee Mary Ann Southy sic) arrived in Wellington on the 17th March, 1841, in the Lady Nugent, and Mr. Short in the Big London a year later.
Life in the old pioneer days was not all sunshine, and, though they shared the hardships which were the common lot of the sturdy pioneer, the old couple are hale and hearty. Mrs. Short was married in 1855 to Richard Clifton, at the Taita, Lower Hutt, where Mr. Clifton met his death about five years later by the fall of a tree at the time of the big flood at the Hutt. There were two daughters and a son by this marriage - Mrs. G. Key, Tasman-street, Wellington, Mrs. A. Rice, Happy Valley, and Mr. S. Clifton, Waikanae.
In 1862, at Lower Hutt, Mrs. Clifton married Mr. Reuben Short, eldest son of the late Mr. James Short, of Happy Valley. By this marriage there were two daughters and one son (deceased). Mrs. J. Tremain, of Palmerston North, and Mrs. C. Rasmussen, of Brooklyn. Except for a few years on the Ballarat diggings, Mr. Short spent the best part of his life in this city. He was a prominent figure in Wellington`s first Labour Day demonstration, being in charge of a team of bullocks. Earlier still he was a dairy farmer at Ohiro.
Mrs. Short was born in Berkshire, England, and was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Southy, of Lower Hutt. Mr. Short`s native place was Wiltshire.
Besides being in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Short`s golden wedding, the reunion was also in celebration of the thirty-ninth anniversary of Mr. G. Key`s wedding with Mr. Short`s eldest daughter. In all, there are sixty-six descendants of Mrs. Short surviving, there being four daughters, one son, twenty-nine grandchildren, and, with the exception of three or four, all were present last evening, the youngest in the gathering being three weeks old.
On behalf of the grandchildren, Mr. T. R. Key, the eldest grandchild, (Thomas Richard Key 1875-1963, then aged 37) presented Mrs. Short with a purse of sovereigns. During the evening musical items were given, and, with dances and games, a very pleasant time was spent.
From the EVENING POST - 24 May 1915
Mr. Isaac Short, an old and respected settler, passed away last week at his residence, Ohiro-road, Brookyn. Deceased was born in Wellington in 1947, his parents having arrived in the Big London in 1842. The family consisted of seven sons and three daughters, of whom there is only one son, Mr Reuben Short, of Palmerston North (the eldest), living, and two daughters, Mrs. Dockery, of Greytown, and Mrs. Wright, of West Oxford, Canterbury. Mr. Short was formerly in the carrying business, but retired about twelve years ago. He was one of the oldest members of the Brooklyn Baptist Church.
He is survived by a widow, three sons, six daughters, and eleven grandchilden.
The funeral took place at Karori on Friday
From the EVENING POST - 17 March 1919
A well-known and respected resident of the Lower Hutt, Mrs Sara Ann Rice, passed away last Wednesday, at her residence in the Hutt. Mrs. Rice, who was twice married, was the daughter of Mrs. Reuben Short, of Palmerston North, and sister of Mrs. George Key, of Tasman-street, Wellington. She is survived by her husband, one son, and four daughters, and numerous grandchildren
From the EVENING POST - 12 July 1922
Another old colonist, Mr. Reuben Short, of Roy-street, Palmerston North, has passed away. Mr Short, who was 94 years of age, arrived in the Dominion in the ship London in 1842. He lived in Wellington, and worked here for many years, being the last man to regularly drive a team of bullocks through the streets. The late Mr. Short had resided in Palmerston North for the last twenty years, and for some thirty eight years had been a member of the Salavation Army. He leaves a widow and three daughters, Mrs. Key, Wellington, Mrs. Rasmussen, Brooklyn, Mrs. Tremain, of Feilding, and one son, Mr. Clifton, of Waikanae (read Mary Ann`s notes re this son)
Headstone reads ... aged 96 which would have been a birth year of 1826. This is incorrect.
In the 1841 census, Parish of Walcot, Somerset:
* James Short 30
* Charlotte Wife 30
* Reuben son 9
* Job son 7
* Elijah son 3
* Rian son 10 months
headstone of Reuben Short & Mary Ann (nee Southee) at Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North