The Children of Elizabeth Catherine CLIMO and George Whiting POPE
WILLIAM POPE: William, the first child of Elizabeth Catherine and George Whiting POPE was born in Taranaki in 1859 and went on to marry Agnes Cuthbertson MAULE of Christchurch. After working twenty years for Mr. Brownlee at his mill in the Sounds, the couple transferred to Miramar, Wellington, where William stayed with the Brownlee firm for the rest of his working life. William and Agnes raised a family of five sons and two daughters, most of whom inherited a strong sense of family pride. William died in Wellington in 1944 aged 85 years and is buried in Shannon cemetery. William and Agnes’ eldest child, Agnes Cuthbertson POPE went on to marry William PICARD of Shannon and in 1907, bore a son, Francis William PICARD. His birth completed the cycle of 5 generations of CLIMO's within the lifetime of his great-great-grandfather, James.
HARRY POPE: See Journal Titled "Henry POPE and Caroline COTTON"
GEORGE POPE: George was born at Picton in 1866 and was the third son of Elizabeth Catherine CLIMO and George Whiting POPE. He became renowned for his physical strength and determination as well as for his true pioneering spirit. On one occasion, the captain of the timber-ship Clematis which traded to Brownlee’s Mill at Blackball, was anxious to sail for Lyttleton in order to attend a funeral at Christchurch so he asked George for a shipload to be ready in one day. This meant transferring 60,000 ft of green rimu timber, aggregating 126 tonne from the wharf to the scow – a feat George accomplished single-handedly. Also for the modest sum of fifty pounds, George and a friend felled 50 acres of the densest bush in the Rai Valley – an area renowned for its enormous trees. Always a keen sportsman, especially cricket, George once played at Canvastown in a team which were “eight Pope’s and Capt. Collins”, the latter being the captain of the side whom George worked with on Brownlee’s timber tram. George was also a miner on the Mahakipawa goldfields and he once carried on his shoulders to the site, two miles up Collins Creek, all the timber needed for a two-roomed house – done at night after a day’s work on a gold claim. George married Edith TWIDLE, the sister of William TWIDLE, who had married George’s sister, Harriet. George and Edith lived in Canvastown after they married where George acquired the piece of land on which his parents, uncle and grandparents had camped in 1860. Their two children, Edward and Grace were born there before Edith died in 1894 at the age of only 25 years. George re-married to Jane JELLYMAN of Blenheim and they had two daughters, Eileen and Daisy. George died in the Wairau Hospital in Blenheim, on 17 April 1944 at the age of 79 years.
HARRIET POPE: Harriet was Elizabeth Catherine and George POPE’s fourth child, and first-born daughter. She was born at Mahakipawa in 1867. She was at least 10 years old before she acquired a younger sister, though being surrounded by brothers was no drawback to her. She was included in all their pursuits which included boating and fishing and when she was growing up at Kaiuma, Harriet and her brothers thought nothing of rowing up the Havelock to attend a dance or other function and then rowing back again afterwards. They had lots of fun together despite the hard work of those times and soon Harriet found certain attractions in Havelock, for in the course of time she was married to William TWIDLE and went to live on Twidle’s Island, in the lower Pelorus River. There they raised a family of ten children – six sons and four daughters. As farmers, they worked together as a team and when the boys needed some responsibility, they started a milk-run in Havelock in the early 1900’s. Their eldest son, established a tobacconist and barber business with a billiard saloon in Havelock. When World War I started, sons Cecil,Victor, Mason and Lea enlisted. Sadly two lost their lives: Cecil at the landing of Gallipoli and Victor in France. Mason and Lea both returned home. Meanwhile, Harriet and William, along with the girls and son Eric carried on with the farm, but after the war ended, Harriet and William sold the island and it was then divided into three farms and taken over by William Jones, Edward POPE and Mason TWIDLE. With the erection of new homes and the replacement of older ones, the island became a community in itself, only accessible by row-boat. Harriet and William bought a smaller property at Havelock and turned it into a beautiful farm, backed by rolling hills. After a few years, son Lea left to work on his own further South leaving William and his father to run the farm. Eric took a trip to Britain and brought back a Scottish bride by the name of Kitty. Lea married, but had no children. William died in 1939 and Eric took over the farm where he and Kitty remained until 1966, when they retired to Blenheim. Harriet died ten years later, on 03 August 1949, at the age of 81 years.
FRANK POPE: Frank was born at Mahakipawa on 27 May 1870 and apart from his marriage to Lillian THOMAS and their children, little is known of him as he died on 28 March 1902 at the age of 31 years and is buried in Havelock Cemetery.
ELIZABETH ALICE POPE: Elizabeth Alice was born in 1872 after her parents had moved to Hoods Bay. Apart from her marriage to Charles Christian HARRIS and the birth of their son, Christopher, nothing is known of her life. She died in Wellington on 22 June 1951 at the age of 78 years and is buried in Havelock as Elizabeth Alice POPE.
MARY ELLEN (TOPSY) POPE: Mary Ellen – known as Topsy to the family – was born at Blackball, Havelock on 11 April 1881 and was married on 29 June 1909 to Albert John HUNTER, by whom she had a son, Robert the following year. Mary Ellen fell victim to septicaemia that had broken out in the Havelock district and sadly this illness resulted in her premature death on 26 February 1911 at Nelson Hospital.
MARGARET ANN POPE: Margaret Ann POPE was born in Kaiuma, Marlborough in 1882 and was married to William BLAYLOCK in Nelson, where they lived for some years. They had a family of five: Noel William born in 1907; Jack in 1909 who was killed in World War II; Maxwell in 1911; Ngaire Alice in 1914 and lastly Marjorie in 1916. In 1919 the BLAYLOCK family moved into the old POPE nursing home in Havelock, where down the years, relatives from both the North and South Islands and even Australia, were welcomed to what was still known as “Aunt Jane’s house” and where some of her iron and brass bedsteads still remained. Noel BLAYLOCK did not marry but became a champion cheese maker at the Grove Factory near Picton, where he worked most of his life – the famous Grove Factory brand being renowned at A & P shows throughout New Zealand. He retired to look after his mother,Margaret at the old home and after her death in 1972 remained there alone, his father William having died in 1928.
JAMES RICHARD POPE: James Richard POPE was the youngest of the family born at Kaiuma, Marlborough, in 1884 and lived and worked in and around Havelock all his life. He had no children but became “Uncle Jim” of his generation to scores of younger POPES, TWIDLES, BLAYLOCKS and CLIMO's. He is buried in the Havelock Cemetery on 19 December 1959. He was 75 years old when he died.
on 2010-05-16 06:40:00
I have been researching my family tree for over a year now & have a lot of information regarding the Climo's. So I am hoping to connect with any descendants of James and Jane as well as descendants of my 3rd-great-grandfather's family, the Popes. His name was George Whiting Pope. And lastly, I am trying to find information on my 2nd-great-grandmother's family, the Cotton's, who lived in Nelson. I have found some information which I am happy to share here and am ever hopeful that I may connect with descendants of this family also.