zkalb , from New Zealand, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2012.
James Rugg (1830-1918) was from Wales. He arrived into Christchurch on the "MINERVA" as Chief Steward, leaving London 17 Nov 1860, arriving 22 Feb 1861 under Captain Merryman (who was later accused of smuggling
Ann Jones (1842-1901) was from Liverpool. Her sister Ellen Jane Jones, married Alexander John Johnston in Dec 1855 in Liverpool. Sometime after that and before 1860, Alexander arrived at Gabriels Diggings. Within a few months he sent for Ellen. I believe that her sister Ann Jones came with her (and perhaps their sister Margaret - still researching). On 14th April 1863 Alexander married Bridget Maria Flannagan and had 2 children (forgetting to mention that he was already married), this little lapse of memory had him arrested in Dunedin 3 Sep 1864.
On 27 July 1861, James sailed on the Steamer 'Lyttelton' from Christchurch to Dunedin (about 360km south)
... sometime after this is probably when James & Ann meet
On 4 May 1863, JAMES RUGG married ANN JONES in Dunedin
In 1865 James, Ann and new born baby Caroline move over to Greymouth
(about 550km north-east)
A little later, just as the gold rush begins they move to the Greenstone Junction (about 25km south) and James builds a hotel, continues as a carrier by boat on the Teremakau River and as a livery stable keeper
They next moved to Kumara (about 5km west) and there James built the well-known Rugg Hotel and also opened business with a line of coaches, livery stables and later, motor-cars
In May 1901 Ann dies aged 59
In about 1916 James retires and moves back up to Greymouth
In about 1917 he moves back over to Christchurch (about 250km south west) to live with his daughter Martha & her husband John. He dies at their home in 1918 aged 87
- all the joys and tribulations of their lives can be read in the
TIMELINE of James RUGG & Ann JONES
wonderful family not my target but make great reading thanks for sharing.
Hi I am the grandaughter of Martha and John Brown. I would love to make contact with any relations.
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