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Funeral Notice George Scotcher May 1914

From: The Morrinsville Star, Friday 5 June 1914
The Late G. Scotcher
The district has been thrown into mourning by the death of Mr. G. Scotcher, which occurred suddenly on May 27 [1914]. The funeral took place at Thames on Saturday last, attended by the majority of Patetonga inhabitants, and many other friends of the deceased. He will be sadly missed in the district, in the affairs of which he took a prominent part, and where he held large interests.
One of the last public acts of the late G. Scotcher was the loan of a building for six months to be used as a temporary school, while the Education Board proceeded with the building of a large new one. The board has appointed Mr. McIntyre, late of Huntly district, as schoolmaster, and he hopes to have the school open this week.

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The Uprichards of Tullyish

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George Scotcher from Guilford to Patetonga

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Joseph UPRICHARD from County Down, Ireland

Joseph Uprichard came from Bleary, County Down in Northern Ireland. His father had some kind of spinning mill but died when Joseph was only 12. He was the youngest of the family. He married Mary and they sailed to New Zealand with their first three children, Rebekah, John and baby Ellin, in the sailing ship Zealandia, reaching Lyttleton on May 24th 1862. From Lyttleton they trekked over the hill to what was then the small town of Christchurch. From Christchurch the family went to Akaroa on Banks Peninsular. Their they had Joseph (Jnr) and Mary. They had sufficient capital to establish themselves on good farming land but lacked any farming experience. Instead of settling in Akaroa, in 1865 they bought land at Loburn becasue it was flat and looked easy to work. However it had poor soil. But there were nieghbours and less isolation. Their house was a whitewashed sod house with seven large rooms and they raised 10 children who all established themselves in and around the district. Three of the girls married shepherds who had sailed out from Scotland on the Wairoa in 1882: William Elliot married Belle Uprichard, William Anderson married Mary Uprichard and Jasper Stewart married Esther Uprichard. The Uprichard name underwent changes around 1870 becoming Upritchard and U'Prichard used by some members of the family.

Jasper STEWART from Scotland

Jasper STEWART born 3 December 1861 in the village of Mersington. Parish of Eccles, Scotland. He was the son of Helen STEWART, agricultural labourer. Declaration of Paternity [CE Vol 1 P8 15/12/1862]by James STARK, farm labourer of Rumbleton. Jasper was raised by his grandmother Agnes MIDDLEMAS.
He arrived in Lyttleton 28 June 1882 on the Wairoa. (I have a conflicting record of arrival on June 1876 - but this does not fit in with other information). He brought with him a horse, a border collie and five pounds. He worked as a shepherd for W A Low of St Helens for 2 years then went to Parnassus Station as head shepherd for 4 years. He married Esther UPRITCHARD [b. 08/12/1870] on 21 June 1888. They had 3 children: Mary Agnes, Charles Gordon [b. 5/06/1892] and Esther.
He worked for a further 4 years at Leslie Hills Station. In 1891 he took up a small grazing run in the Waikari Valley. In 1893 he bought a 450 acre farm at Scargill. This was part of Glenmark Station. He got his first sheep from James Little of Allandale. His first wife Esther died at a young age in 1894. Anecdotally, Jasper did not treat her very well. He married again in August 1897 to Harriet Greig and had 7 more children.
Jasper was a good judge of sheep and judged at shows. He got soaking wet when judging sheep one day and this brought on an illness from which he died in Christchurch 23 March 1912


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Looking for MIDDLEMAS of Scotland

Jasper STEWART born 3 December 1861 in the village of Mersington. Parish of Eccles, Scotland. He was the son of Helen STEWART, agricultural labourer. Declaration of Paternity [CE Vol 1 P8 15/12/1862]by James STARK, farm labourer of Rumbleton. Jasper was raised by his grandmother Agnes MIDDLEMAS and I would like to know more about this side of the family. Jasper was my great grandfather.

Do you have any hints for researching family trees in Scandinavia

I am looking for the family of Hendric Gustaf Wilhelm Silvius (born 1839) from Stockholm and Hilda Emilie Hansen (born 1857)from Christiansen, Norway.

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I'm looking for the forebears of Mary Ann Berryman

She married Henric Silvius 15 May 1864 in Blenheim. In 1878 she had a son, Bernhard. The Birth Certificate states she was 30 years old (which makes birth date 1847 to 1848) and from Wisconson, America. I would like to know more about her parentage and how she come to New Zealand. Bernhard was my great grandfather

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SILVIUS, Henric Gustaf Wilhelm from Stockholm, Sweden

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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