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SILVIUS, Henric Gustaf Wilhelm from Stockholm, Sweden

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Henric(also called Henrik, Henry and Harry)was born in Stockholm in 1839. I would like details of how and when he arrived in New Zealand if anyone has that information. And any information about his parents? I do know he was married to Mary Ann Berryman in 1864 at the Church of the Nativity in Blenheim. He was a telegraph linesman and was stationed at White's Bay in Marlborough. He and Mary had a son, Bernhard Silvius, who was born at Whites Bay 1 September 1878. According to a newspaper article in the Marlborough Express, "In 1873 the staff and equipment were moved to Blenheim". The Silvius family were stationed in Kekerengu for a period and finally lived in Blenheim. He was a member of the Callout of the Blenheim Fire Brigade from 1870 to 1895 and again from 1900 to 1901. Henric was naturalised 26 August 1885 and the naturalisation papers say he had lived in the province for 22 years at that time. He died 1 December 1904 aged 66 and is buried at Omaka cemetery in Blenheim.

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on 2011-01-04 01:27:52

Stew50 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jan 2011. is researching the following names: SILVIUS, , STEWART and 11 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2011-01-04 05:13:22

hi Stew50,

Im doing more research for you about Bernard & Wilhelina and you asked if there were other siblings. Yes, I have found some others and will list them here when done

also on this tree (which needs to be updated)
Henric & Mary Ann Silvius

put these here to keep them all together & so others can read:
Walter Richard COWARD & Wilhelmina SILVIUS

FISSENDEN marriages in New Zealand


will be in touch

by colleenr on 2011-01-07 20:09:40

Walter Coward and Wilhelmina were my great grandparents. Yes there were many more children Louisa was drowned at 16 months on 26 feb 1873. James drowned falling out of a dingy and he could not swim at 14years in 1890, Adelina born 1885 dies 1917, Hilma born 1883 Whilemina dies 1949 ( Cannot work out if there is any connection between those two names) Anne born 1880, Bernhard born 1878, Henry born 1874 dies 1915,
just seen that ngaire edith has them on the site already

by Stew50 on 2011-01-08 20:36:15

Bernhard Silvius was my great grandfather so I guess you and I are distant cousins.
I've found a bit more information: Henric was baptised 11 September 1839 in Katarina, Stockholm. His father was (Gustaf) Fredrik Silvius born 26 Jan 1808 and his mother was Sofia Wilhelmina Svedberg born 20 Nov 1815. They were married 26 Oct 1836 in Stockholm. Sofia's parents were Samuel Svedberg and Katarina Karlsdotter. I got this from the LDS website

by Stew50 on 2011-01-08 21:08:55

I wonder if you have any information about Mary Ann Berryman (wife of Henric G W Silvius). Bernhard's birth cetificate says she was 30 (this is in 1878), and that she is from Wisconsin, America. I've found an M A Berryman aged 3 years in the 1850 US Census, residence: Mineral Point, Iowa, Wisconsin,(born in England). She would be the right age but difficult to make a definite connection. I thought you may already investigated?

by ngairedith on 2011-01-08 21:14:03

hi Stew50,
I am adding info as I find it, and as time permits :) to the above links so keep checking back there

by Kellym on 2011-10-16 06:32:12

Mary Ann Berryman 1847 Illinois -
1863 May 9 George MORCOM (26), mining & farming, b Cornwall
Nanny (39), Mary Ann BERRYMAN step-dau (16)
George and Thomas MORCOM (2 twins)
[Colonist 24 Nov 1863: Mr and Mrs MORCOM and 2 sons and Miss
BERRYMAN arrived at Nelson on the ship 'Magna Bona']

The above is from th NZ archives :)

From what I was told, James Berryman is Mary Ann's father, he was a miner. Nanny Berryman married George Morcom who was 13yrs her junior, as a widow.

by Stew50 on 2011-10-17 03:41:47

So now I have a whole new direction to go in - it gets quite addictive doen't it?

by Kellym on 2013-03-12 02:35:50

Stew, you have said that Hendric is buried in Omaka, do you have the plot numbers? I am going for a trip down that way and would love to photograph it.

by ngairedith on 2013-03-12 03:00:08

hello Kellym,
The only Silvius recorded on the Omaka database is that of Frederick James Silvius (1866-1944) and he is buried in Picton. They do not have ANY recorded (on the net) Henric, Henrick, Henry or Harry of any surname buried in all of 1904. So unless the family know the plot numbers you may have to enquire at the cemetery

by ngairedith on 2013-03-12 03:08:28

from the MARLBOROUGH EXPRESS 1 December 1904
... The Friends of the late Mr HENRY SILVIUS are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will leave his residence, Maxwell Road, for the Omaka Cemetery at 2.30 o'clock to-morrow (Friday). Bythell & Co., Undertakers

... LOYAL MARLBOROUGH LODGE, I.O.O.F., MU. Members of the above Lodge are requested to meet at the Institute at 2 o'clock to-morrow (Friday), to attend the funeral of their late Bro. H. Silvius. C. F. Gillet, Secretary

by Stew50 on 2013-03-12 04:20:07

My information came from the Marlborough Historical Society - they also provided the photo I have posted on this site. I have been to Omaka Cemetery but I had no luck finding his grave - the words "needle" and "haystack" come to mind. You could see if there is any more information held by the historical society - their address is PO Box 303, Blenheim. (Well, it was when I wrote to them in May 2000)

by ngairedith on 2013-03-12 04:31:39

the Marlborough Historical Society is a very interesting site with lots of news and photos etc
Brayshaw Park
26 Arthur Baker Place, Blenheim, New Zealand
Ph +64 3 578 1712
there is a link at the above site where you can email them direct

the Marlborough District Council may also be of help, with a link to their cemetery database

by Stew50 on 2013-03-12 05:33:05

Kelly, when you go to Blenheim do try to get out to White's Bay. Part of the telegraph station is still there as a museum. I'm not sure what the opening hours are. This is where Henric was stationed for a time as a telegraph linesman. My great grandfather, Bernhard Silvius was born there and probably some of the other children as well. Its very picturesque as well.

by Kellym on 2013-03-25 17:36:02

Thanks Stew50, looking forward to catching up.
ngairedith Wilhelmina is the elsest daughter b 1869 at Kererangu. she married Walter R Coward in 1888, they had 4 daughters and 2 sons.

The information above for Mary Ann is confusing. The church of nativity in Blenhiem doesn't have a cemetery. and the Mary Ann Silvius who died in 1956 was only 79yo and was buried in Dunedin. It looks like a Mary married Fredrick James in 1913(going by memory)

If our Mary Silvius died 1956 she would have been 109yo!

I have contacted the coucil and they have Henrics death on the right date, but as Henry. but there is no plot details.

by Kellym on 2013-03-25 18:00:22

I have now found that Mary was still alive in 1911 when her mother died.

by Kellym on 2013-03-25 18:58:18

OK, I have now got it confirmed from the NZSG Cemetery Fiche that Henry is there and Mary Ann is under the name SYLVIUS (1928!!!!) aged 81yo. THat makes more sense than 109 :)

by Kellym on 2013-03-25 23:18:34

I thought I would share the information I got today.

*Elsest son, Fredrick james' first wife (Charlotte) died 1913 He remarried Mary Ann Tucker 1917, she died 1956 in Dunedin. Given the years, it is possible here a still children of this marriage still alive.

*Mary Ann Silvius in buried under SYLVIUS. she is at Omaka, old cemetery, block 8 plot 24
*Henric is buried under Henry, at Omaka, Old cemetery, block 9, plot 24

by Stew50 on 2013-03-26 01:29:21

Hi Kelly - Well done. So satisfying when you get to the answer.

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