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Theophilus 'John' Abbott MELLSOP - Waiuku from 1855

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Theophilus 'John' Abbott MELLSOP was born 1803 in Parsonstown,
now Birr, County Offaly, Ireland

London Gazette, 22 May 1842
... 66th Foot, Theophilus John Abbott Mellsop, Gent, to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Newdigate, promoted in the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards

The Tablet, 1st March 1845
NAVAL AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
WAR OFFICE, Feb., 25
... 66th Foot-Ensign Theophilus John Abbott Mellsop to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Coates, whose promotion has been cancelled

Anna 'Maria' Sophia SPEEDY was born 1803 in Dublin, Ireland

John & Maria married in Ireland in 1832
they had 6 known children & then emigrated to New Zealand

Maria left Drumcondira, Dublin, Ireland with their 6 children, on the Carnatic which left London 3 Sep 1855 and arrived into Auckland 28 Dec 1855. A possible brother, James Speedy, accompanied her but not seen on passenger list
John appears to have taken a different route (via America) and arrived 1856 or early 1857. More research needed.
The family settled in Glenbrook (near Waiuku/Pukekohe), Auckland

THEIR CHILDREN
... 1
1834 - 1896 John Thomas Mellsop
- John married Charlotte Elizabeth CRISPE 4 Sep 1862 in Mauku Church in a double wedding with sister Maria
Daily Southern Cross, 6 September 1862
... On the 14th ultimo, at the Mauku church, by the Rev A. G. Purchase, Mr J. T. Mellsop, of Knockmaroon, to Charlotte Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Mr Crispe, of Stanlake. No cards sent
ALSO, at the same time and place, Mr Francis Stevens, of Auckland, to Maria, second daughter of Mr J. Mellsop, of Mauku. No cards sent
- daughter of Joseph CRISPE & Jane HEYWOOD
their 10 known children:
* 1863 - 1934 Mary Theodora Heywood Mellsop
* 1864 - 1930 Harold Crispe Mellsop
* 1866 - 1884 Leonora Mellsop
* 1867 - 1938 Charles Heywood Mellsop
* 1869 - 1913 Arthur Ethelbert Mellsop
* 1870 - 1960 Kathleen Mellsop
* 1874 - 1952 Florence Lillian Mellsop
* 1875 - 1924 Jane Octavia Ida Mellsop
* 1877 - 1963 Harry Oswald Mellsop
* 1879 - 1914 Laurence Lionel Mellsop


... 2
1837 - 1883 Annie Elizabeth Mellsop
- Annie married John WHEELER in 1866
their 10 known children:
* 1867 - 1891 Katherine Elizabeth Wheeler
* 1868 - 1940 Charlotte Maria Wheeler
* 1870 - 1947 William Edward Wheeler
* 1871 - Ernest Wheeler
* 1873 - 1938 Edith Wheeler
* 1874 - 1968 Thomas Ochold Wheeler
* 1876 - 1941 Gertrude Wheeler
* 1879 - 1945 Arthur Octavius Wheeler
* 1881 - 1977 Olive Clair Wheeler
* 1882 - 1954 Harry Cecil Wheeler


... 3
1839 - 1865 Maria Mellsop
- Maria married Francis STEVENS (1835-1911) 14 Sep 1862 at Mauku Church in a double wedding with brother John
their 2 known children:
* 1863 - 1865 Ada Minnie Stevens
* 1865 - 1932 Clara Elizabeth Stevens
New Zealand Herald, 25 March 1865
... STEVENS - On the 11th March, at Bolton-street, Wellington, Maria, the beloved wife of Francis Stevens, Esq., late of Auckland, aged 26½ years
- Francis next married Lydia Emma SLADEN (1835-1871) in Wellington 9 Jan 1867
- he next married Ellen MacLURCAN (1837-1916) in Wellington 30 Dec 1871


... 4
1840 - 1924 Bessie Allen Mellsop
- Bessie married Heywood Melville CRISPE 14 may 1874 in Auckland
- son of Joseph CRISPE & Jane HEYWOOD
their 4 known children:
* 1876 - 1953 Heywood Melville Crispe
* 1880 - 1880 Joseph Leslie Crispe
* 1881 - 1962 Clarence Augustus Crispe
* 1886 - 1948 Colin Raymond Russell Crispe
New Zealand Herald, 26 February 1924
OBITUARY of Mrs Heywood Crispe
... ... The death of Mrs Heywood Crispe, which occurred at the residence of her son, Mr H. M. Crispe, at Mauku, last Friday, removes the last of the original settlers of Mauku still remaining in the district. The only tow survivors of the band of pioneers who originally came to Mauku 67 years ago are now Dr J. Giles and Mr. W. Gearson, of Auckland.
Mrs Crispe was the youngest daughter of the late Mr John Mellsop, who, with his family, arrived at Auckland by the Carnatic on December 27, 1855. A few months later they proceeded to Mauku where settlement was just beginning, and took up land. All communication with the outside world was then by way of an arm of the Manukau, there being no roads. One of the difficulties of frontier life then was to obtain an education for children, and in Mrs Crispe's case it was solved by sending her to be taught with the children of the Rev. John Morgan at Te Awamutu. This meant a canoe journey of three days up the Waikato and Waipa Rivers, with halts at Kohanga, where the Rev. Dr. Maunsell had a mission station, and at Rev. Mr. Ashwell's mission at Taupiri. During the two or three years she spent at Te Awamutu Mrs Crispe witnessed the birth of the "King" movement and the coronation of Potatau (Te Wherowhero), the first "King"
In the year 1861 the natives of Patumahoe, who had always been unfriendly toward the adjacent Mauku settlers, became so threatening that the Government deemed it prudent to remove the woman and children to a place of safety and arm the men. The immediate cause of the crisis was the finding of the dead body of a native named Eriota, who the Maoris chose to believe had been shot by a white man. The non-combatants were all taken aboard a schooner en route for Onehunga, and the men garrisoned Major Speedy's house. The next day the natives, having given satisfactory assurances of their pacific intentions, the fugitives returned to their homes. Later it was proved beyond all reasonable doubt that Eriota had been murdered by a slave named Pukapuka.
Two years later, when the Waikato war broke out, there was another hurried flight of the settlers from their homes. This time, after spending three days and nights in the church, guarded by the rifles of the Mauku volunteers, the women and children were conveyed to Auckland, not to return for nearly a year. The men, under the command of the late Major D. H. Lusk, remained, and put up a record for bush-fighting only exceeded by Jackson's and Von Tempsky's redoubtable Forest Rangers. Of the, only two are known to be still living. Mr James Finlay, of Auckland, and Mr Charles Dromgool, ot Tuakau.
In 1874 Mrs Crispe married, her husband being the late Mr Heywood Crispe, one of the original settlers, and a member of the Forest Rifles, who died about 15 years ago. There are three sons, Messrs H. M. and Clarence Crispe, of Mauku, and Mr Colin Crispe, of Clevedon


... 5
1841 - 1900 James Mellsop
- James married Emma Lascelles WILY in 1882
their 4 known children:
* 1883 - 1883 Henry Arthur John Mellsop
* 1886 - 1969 Winifred Lascelles Jenner Mellsop
* 1888 - 1916 Geoffrey Henry Jenner Mellsop
* 1891 - 1965 Dorothy Speedy Jenner Mellsop
New Zealand Herald, 10 April 1900
SUDDEN DEATH AT MANGERE
... Quite a shock was experienced through the Mangere district yesterday morning when it became known that Mr James Mellsop, head teacher of the Mangere school, had died suddenly at his residence about midnight on Sunday. Mr Mellsop was enjoying the best of health until 10 o'clock on Sunday night, when, as he was preparing to retire, he was seized with an apoplectic stroke. Dr Scott, of Onehunga, was summoned by telephone, and arrived within three-quarters of an hour, and stayed by his patient till death took place. Mr Mellsop has been head teacher of the Mangere school since June, 1884, a period of nearly 16 years. His death is not only a great loss to the Mangere district, but a distinct loss to the teaching staff of the Auckland Education Board. During his term of office at the Mangere school the annual high percentage of passes, the number of scholarships and honours taken by his pupils, as well as the tome and discipline of the school, show a splendid record.
Mr Mellsop leaves a widow and three children, the youngest of whom is eight years of age. They are assured of the deepest sympathy of the residents of Mangere in their great bereavement


... 6
1843 - 1925 Charles William Mellsop
- Charles married Mary Ellen BAYLIS in 1871
their 4 known children:
* 1871 - 1968 Charles William Mellsop
* 1874 - Henry Mellsop
* 1877 - Elinor Mellsop
* 1880 - John Mellsop


JOHN MELLSOP died 4 August 1887 aged 83
Auckland Star, 12 August 1887

... MELLSOP - On August 4, at the residence of his son, J. T. Mellsop, Knockmaroon, Waiuku East, John Mellsop, late of Dublin, Ireland, in the 84th year of his age

MARIA MELLSOP died 4 July 1892 aged 88
New Zealand Herald, 8 July 1892

... MELLSOP - On July 4, at Waiuku, Maria, relict of the late John Mellsop, in her 89th year


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from the site Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Auckland District)
(which mentions a mumber of the above)

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