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In particular: Jane Nathan b c. 1832 baptised 1836 In London England.

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on 2009-01-20 23:22:52

pamelab has been a Family Tree Circles member since Apr 2008. is researching the following names: NATHAN, RAPLEY, NATHANHENRY.

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by allycat on 2009-01-21 01:31:27

Dear Pamela,

Hi. You are in luck, I have all those names and surrounding families in my family tree, as Jane NATHAN, eldest daughter of Henry Anthony NATHAN and Jane HEARNE ... well her brother Thomas Wellington NATHAN married into my mother-in-law's HARRIS family.

Please contact me via the private messaging system letting me know your email address, and I shall give you the password for my Lyons and Hughes Family tree at TribalPages where more details are contained.


by historyhead on 2009-10-26 05:14:22


I am related to Henry Nathan & Jane Hearn as well. They were my GGG Grandparents. I have some information regarding his family especially down his daughters - Mary Ann who married Thomas James Bush in 1876 in Wanganui. Mary Ann Bush (Nathan) passed away in 1925 and the following year Thomas James Bush married Mary Ann's sister, Susan Hearn Coker (Nathan). I also have some articles regarding the Rapley, Chavannes families.


by pamelab on 2009-10-26 15:58:06

to historyhead msg: 26.10.2009
I would be interested in articles abt Rapley and Chevannes family, and further info to establish Jane Nathan having been taken by Maoris very early days- after 1845 in Wangnui district.
( Jane(t)Rapley was my great grandmother )maternal side.I am interested in writing something about Jane Nathan !.Rapley 2.Ormsbee and
her life in Wanganui, then Wellington where she owned and managed several hotels.

my email address is [email protected]

by rip1944 on 2011-02-11 02:44:59

I have noticed one or two people looking for details about George ORMSBEE on various old boards, so list it here in case it is of use:

George Wilson ORMSBEE, second husband of Jane NATHAN/RAPLEY died 9 Aug 1904, Providence, Rhode Island.

Evening Post, Volume LXVIII, Issue 131, 30 November 1904, Page 1.

The ORMSBEE family were prominent landowners in Providence from much earlier times.

The story of Jane NATHAN being taken by Maori has been generally discredited, as she was already 13 when the Gilfillan deaths occurred, so not a "little girl" in 1845 parlance. It was a story mentioned in a letter by an old relative in 1939.

The most well-known incident of that nature took place in 1874 after a girl's father contracted to move an urupa to create a railway portage. The girl, named Caroline Perrett, was recognised by her sister in a street (Whakatane, as I recall: I know relatives of hers) 50 years later, but chose to remain with the tribe into which she was married and settled.

by nrthhusk2 on 2015-02-22 09:04:58

you can go to,commonwealth war graves,1914/1921and1939/1947and so on to find what you need on the person that you are looking for

by Shikyna on 2015-06-05 03:53:04

Does anyone have a marriage date for James Rapley and Jane Nathan? I cannot find on on Births Deaths and Marriages for some reason. Also does anyone know anything about Rapley? Am writing a book on the Prince of Wales hotel which the Rapleys had. His wife remarried George Ormsbee. Would be grateful for any information!!

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