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BURGESS family from Sevenoaks, Kent, England to Greatford, Rangitiki, New Zealand

Looking to confirm the details I already have and to add more to my data.

In researching my mother-in-law's HUGHES line, I am now researching the BURGESS family.

Thomas (Tom) HUGHES (son of Stephen HUGHES and Eliza CHEESEMAN/SHORTER)
born 1866 Bearsted, Kent, England
died 22 Aug 1941 Public Hospital, Wanganui, NZ
buried Aramoho
NB Spoke fluent Maori

married Ada Sarah BURGESS
born 5 Nov 1876 Greatford, Rangitiki, NZ
died 11 Mar 1958 20 London St, Aramoho
buried Methodist section, Aramoho

4 children:-

1. Herbert Thomas HUGHES born 2 Jun 1897 20 London St, Aramoho died 28 Dec 1990 unknown location NZ married Connie {unknown}

2. Walter Henry HUGHES born 20 Jan 1903 20 London St, Aramoho, died 7 Jan 1979 unknown location NZ married 1930 Jeanie PHILLIPS born 10 Mar 1909 Gonville, Wanganui NZ died 30 Mar 2002 Porirua NZ buried Whenua Tapu Cemetery, Porirua
(...4 children...) 1) Donald HUGHES born 24 Jul 1932 died Sep 1989, never married, {no other details known}' (2) Living female HUGHES married living male RICHARDSON (3) Living female HUGHES married living male HUGHES (4) Carolyn Joy HUGHES born 17 Apr 1942 NZ died 4 Jun 1982 of cancer aged 40 yrs. Married name IREMONGER {where is she buried?}.

3. male HUGHES born approx. 1905 at residence 20 London St, Aramoho ... {no other details known}

4. Myrtle Maryann Eliza HUGHES born 1908 20 London St, Aramoho died 1 Jul 1979 Wanganui, {burial details not known} married 1929 Folio No.05094 Thomas Gordon CAMPBELL who died in 1980 Wanganui, probate record occ Dyehand.

... Back to the BURGESS family ...

Ada Sarah BURGESS 1876-1958 probably came from a large family. Lately I have managed to find two sisters and her parents names.

Sibling Lillian BURGESS born 1875 NZ died 23 Jul 1958 NZ married unknown male NAGEL who it is known was killed in the railways. She then married Thomas COLEMAN and they had two children, Maisie and Inez. {no other details known}

Sibling Bertha BURGESS born {unknown} died {unknown} married unknown NAGEL who was the brother of Lillian's husband. {no other details known}.

The BURGESS children - their parents were Henry BURGESS and Mary Ann GILES. Henry BURGESS was born 1849 England and died 12 Jun 1917 NZ. Mary Ann GILES was born 1850 England died 16 Nov 1931 NZ. They were from Sevenoaks in Kent, England. I don't know where the couple are buried. But they came out to New Zealand aboard the ship 'Cartvale' in 1874.

Can someone lookup a marriage folio ref of 0982 in 1866 please for BURGESS and GILES?


5 comment(s), latest 11 months, 3 weeks ago

New Zealand: Looking for OLIVER families

Aitchison OLIVER born abt 1808 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, died 21 JUL 1894 in Brookby, Auckland, New Zealand, buried Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand, married 26 Jan 1834 Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland (1) Janet MCKAY born abt 1812 in Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Three children of Aitchison OLIVER and Janet MCKAY:-

1. Elizabeth OLIVER born 13 May 1840 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
2. Janet OLIVER born abt 1836 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
3. Aitchison OLIVER born 1 Apr 1834 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Married (2) 9 Aug 1840 Barony, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland to Jane RICE

Eight children of Aitchison OLIVER and 2nd wife Jane RICE:-

1. William OLIVER born 1841/1842 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland died bef 1926
2. Francis OLIVER born 18 Feb 1843 in Auckland, New Zealand died 25 Sep 1926 Auckland, New Zealand
3. James OLIVER born 21 Nov 1844 in Auckland, New Zealand
4. Robert OLIVER born 17 Jul 1846 in Auckland, New Zealand
5. Agnes OLIVER born 28 Feb 1848 in Auckland, New Zealand died 12 Oct 1935 Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand, buried Waikaraka, Auckland, New Zealand
6. John Henry OLIVER born 10 Mar 1858 in Turanga Creek, Auckland, New Zealand died 22 Aug 1943 Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, buried Te Awamutu Cemetery, Waipa, New Zealand.
Married 1896 at Napier, New Zealand Folio #3498 bride Ellena LYONS*** born 3 Oct 1871 Pukekohe East, New Zealand died 7 Apr 1935 Matariki Private Hospital, Te Awamutu, New Zealand buried 8 Apr 1935 Lot 227, Te Awamutu Cemetery, Waikato, New Zealand. She was the daughter of John Newman LYONS and Anastasia FLEMING.
6 Children:-
i) Achison OLIVER born either 1899/1900 New Zealand, no death date
ii) Lawrence OLIVER born 28 Dec 1901 married Evelyn RAINE
iii) Lillian OLIVER born 28 Dec 1904 NZ died 1979 NZ married 31 Dec 1940 NZ to Edward Elijah HANCOCK born abt 1904 died 1968 Auckland NZ
iv) Frederick John OLIVER born Jul 1906, no death date married Eileen O'NEIL
v) Raymond OLIVER born Dec 1908, no death date married Amy WEAL
vi) Arthur OLIVER born 1910 NZ married Una Elizabeth MASON
7. Mary OLIVER born 8 May 1850 in Auckland, New Zealand died 2 Oct 1942 Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand buried 5 Oct 1942 Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
8. Margaret OLIVER born 5 Aug 1861 in Auckland, New Zealand died 1 Jun 1941 Papatoetoe, New Zealand

Q.Can anyone find death details on Jane OLIVER nee RICE?
Q.Can anyone provide spousal names, year and folio number for above children? And/or provide burial data, probate records, electoral roll information etc. otherwise not yet known to me?

Thanks in advance,
***LYONS researcher.

9 comment(s), latest 3 years, 6 months ago

New Zealand: Looking for William Robert SAUNDERS and Agnes Anderson EADIE

Married 1928 New Zealand, Folio #00373.


Agnes Anderson (Nan) EADIE born 19/06/1907 Scotland, emigrated with parents Andrew EADIE and Mary Jane COULTER to NZ in 1926 although I have no record of this, was cremated 5 Apr 1965 Purewa. Last residence: 6 Jellicoe Ave, Mt. Roskill, Auckland.


William Robert SAUNDERS no birth details, parents names not known, cremated 1 Sep 1965 Purewa. Last residence: 89 Atkin Avenue, Mission Bay, Auckland. The couple had a daughter Mavis SAUNDERS who might still be living.

Q.Can anyone find death details?
Q.Any other details?
Q.Can anyone find record of emigration to New Zealand 1926 by bride's parents: Andrew EADIE (or TODD!?!) and Mary Jane nee COULTER with their children: Mary, Margaret, Jean, Agnes, Robina, Georgina, Martha, James, Helen, Andrew and Jessie?

Thanks, Alison.
EADIE researcher.

2 comment(s), latest 3 years, 7 months ago

New Zealand: MCISAAC / MACISAAC family, genealogy, family tree, history

In researching the EADIE# ancestors and their descendants/connections in my tree, I have:-

Donald Wilson MCISAAC born abt 1873 died 1928 New Zealand. He married in 1901 NZ to Lily WADEY, she died 1964 NZ.

The couple had four children that I can find on the NZ Historical BDMs online:-

1. Vera Lilian MCISAAC born 13 Jul 1902 NZ, died 1991 NZ
married 1925 NZ Frank Semple JOHNSON born 1 Jan 1902 NZ died 1987 NZ. Frank was the son of George Semple JOHNSON and Alice Katherine SCHENKEL. His siblings names were: Myra (married Thomas GULLERY), Stanley (married Janet JACKSON), Leonard (married 1 Myrtle RUTHERFORD and 2) Alice Mary Phoebe WAIDE) and Eric (who probably married Dorothy Frances MAFEKING).

2. Juanita Muriel MCISAAC born 1903 NZ
married 1927 NZ James Samuel SULLIVAN born 27 Jan 1905 NZ died 1982 NZ

3. Gordon Coleman MCISAAC born 20 Nov 1904 NZ died 1972 NZ cremated Purewa married 1928 NZ Robina Coulter EADIE# (known to family as Ruby) born 8 Feb 1909 Harhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland died 1987 NZ, cremated Purewa. The EADIE family emigrated to New Zealand in 1926. Ruby was my late mother in law's (Mary Coulter Eadie HUGHES 1912~2008) aunt.

4. Noel Charles MCISAAC born 14 Jul 1908 NZ died 1984 NZ.
Can only search for marriages up to 1929.

MCISAAC burials that I haven't found connections with my tree as yet:-

Eliza Carlisle McISAAC buried Purewa 1959
George Harold McISAAC buried Purewa 1966
Keith Robert McISAAC cremated Purewa 1974
Leila Mavis McISAAC cremated Purewa 1962
Marjorie Dulcie Robertina McISAAC cremated Purewa 1986
Richard Harold McISAAC cremated Purewa aged 66 yrs

(EADIE researcher).

9 comment(s), latest 2 years, 11 months ago

New Zealand: Looking for MAXFIELD and HARRIS families

Herbert William MAXFIELD born 1886 (birth location unknown, death/burial unknown), Probate Record Carpenter, Tauranga, will filed 1928. I have found an entry that has a MAXFIELD Herbert William, 23 Nov 1941, Death, Western Desert (WW2), CTF35381 - not sure if it's the same fellow though...

Married 1909 Folio #6185 Mary Agnes HARRIS* born 9 Jan 1889 NZ
death/burial unknown
Parents: Alfred George HARRIS 1860-1955 NZ
and Jane Nichol PENDER 1869-1937

7 Children:

1. Lawrence Edgecombe MAXFIELD born 1901 NZ died 23 Nov 1941 Western Desert WWII buried Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Source: Casualty Details
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Spouse: Alma Alice (that's all I have)

2. female MAXFIELD married 1929 male JENNER, married male MOSS

3. female MAXFIELD married male MACDERMOTT

4. female MAXFIELD married male ADAM

5. John Samuel Anzac MAXFIELD born 9 Feb 1916 Tauranga NZ died 28 Mar 1958 Raglan NZ. Probate Record: occ Builder. Will filed 1959. Family say he was drowned in Raglan and his body was never recovered from the sea. Married female GREEN, 5 children.

6. female MAXFIELD married male BRYSON

7. male MAXFIELD married female HARDING

Can anyone add to my information please? Thanks.

HARRIS* researcher.

1 comment(s), latest 5 years, 1 month ago

New Zealand: Looking for John FULLJAMES and Emily DOULLER

Can anybody find a marriage / intention to marry for John FULLJAMES and Emily DOULLER?

Their first child was Mabel May Eliza FULLJAMES and she was born 14 Nov 1889 (unknown location, hoping it was NZ).

She married 28 Aug 1905 Whitely Memorial Church, New Plymouth, New Zealand Folio #4448 Harry Hewlett EDGECOMBE born 1876 Omata died 1956. Son of Charles EDGECOMBE and Julia Sophia MOYLE.

Mabel EDGECOMBE nee FULLJAMES died 1953 NZ. They had 4 children: Rita May EDGECOMBE born 1907 New Plymouth, Eric Moyle EDGECOMBE 1912-1985, Richard (Dick) EDGECOMBE 1913-1988, and Betty b 1918.

Can anyone assist pls?

EDGECOMBE researcher.

2 comment(s), latest 1 year, 11 months ago

New Zealand: Looking for Joseph Walter STURMEY and Maude Charlotte EDGECOMBE

Joseph Walter STURMEY married Maude Charlotte EDGECOMBE, both of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. The couple had five children:-

1. Walter Joseph STURMEY born 1890 New Plymouth married 1913 Folio #0862 Ethel Maud ADDISON.

2. Maud Olive STURMEY born 1891 New Plymouth married 1916 Folio #2617 Thomas Hugh BOOTH.

3. Clarice STURMEY born 1894 New Plymouth died 1969 New Plymouth married 1914 Folio #9229 Bernard JULIAN

4. Lionel Waldemar STURMEY born 1896 NZ, wife's name not known.

5. Doris May STURMEY b 1899 New Plymouth married 1929 Folio# 04710 Ernest Gordon FORBES.

Q.Where are they all buried please if at all possible?
Q.Any other details would also be gratefully accepted, i.e. school records, electoral rolls, etc.


1 comment(s), latest 4 years, 11 months ago

New Zealand: Looking for Walter STURMEY and Ripeka ROBINSON

Can anyone find a marriage C1860 'ish of Rebecca (Ripeka !) ROBINSON to Walter STURMEY?

This couple had 11 known children:-

1. Eleanor Robison STURMEY b 4 Apr 1861 New Plymouth d 1949 unknown location, no known spouse

2. Annie Susannah STURMEY b 18 Dec 1864 New Plymouth d 1947 unknown location, married 1886 Robert SMITH

3. James Alfred STURMEY b 9 Aug 1866 New Plymouth d 17 Aug 1866

4. Joseph Walter STURMEY b 1867 married Maude Charlotte EDGECOMBE* (lookup for this family is covered in previous request).

5. Rebecca Eva STURMEY b 1869 New Plymouth, no known spouse

6. Alice Ada STURMEY b 1871 New Plymouth, d 26 Jun 1947 Hawera, buried Hawera married 22 Nov 1889 James PERROTT b 1861 Nelson d 30 Dec 1939 Hawera, buried Hawera. Source: IGI

7. William Henry STURMEY b 1873 New Plymouth, no death, burial or marriage details known

8. Amelia Frederick STURMEY (? sounds a bit strange) b 1875 New Plymouth (source: IGI)

9. Arthur Lewis STURMEY b 1877 New Plymouth

10. Walter STURMEY b 1879 New Plymouth

11. John George Sheppel STURMEY b 1882 New Plymouth

Q.Can anyone find death/burial records for these children, and/or spousal names, anything really. Thanks.

*EDGECOMBE etc researcher.

2 comment(s), latest 2 years, 3 months ago

New Zealand: Looking for William COTTIER and Mary Jane GRYLLS ... updated

Looking to fill in some blanks in my family tree. I have:-

William COTTIER born 1840 Isle of Man, England
married 26 Jun 1867 New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand (source: IGI) Mary Jane GRYLLS (IGI has CRYLLS!) born 1846 New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. Parents names not yet known for the couple. William COTTIER died aged 65 years and was buried 1905 New Plymouth Cemetery, New Zealand. Details of wife's death/burial not yet known.

Seven (7) Children:-
1. Henry William COTTIER born 10 Feb 1868 New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand died 11 Nov 1947 New Plymouth (source: IGI), buried 1947 aged 79 years New Plymouth Cemetery, New Zealand, married 1895 Priscilla Ida COWLING born 1871 New Plymouth died 1948 New Plymouth, daughter of William COWLING and Mary HAWK. No children yet known of, but possibly there were. I have found a burial record for an infant Henry William COTTIER that died in 1906 aged 11 months, buried New Plymouth Cemetery. Wondering if this was Henry William COTTIER Junior?.

2. Charles Percy COTTIER christened 13 Jan 1873 New Plymouth (source: IGI). Death/burial records not yet found. Search June 2008.

3. Emma May COTTIER christened 25 Jan 1874 New Plymouth (source: IGI)

4. Sydney Mason COTTIER christened 3 Feb 1876 New Plymouth (source: IGI). Died 1953 aged 77 years, buried New Plymouth Cemetery.

5. Richard Grylls COTTIER born 1877 NZ died 1940 Stratford, Taranaki married 1904 Folio #2147 Ella Sophia EDGECOMBE born 1879 New Plymouth died 1964, 5 children. Ella was the daughter of Charles EDGECOMBE and Julia Sophia MOYLE. Five children: William b 1905, James b 1906, Howard b 1911, Kenneth 1914-1981 and Joan b 1918.

6. Jessie Black COTTIER christened 15 May 1879 New Plymouth (source: IGI)

7. Ivy Gertrude COTTIER christened 24 Mar 1881 New Plymouth (source: IGI)

a) Can anyone find when/where William & Mary COTTIER died or are buried?
b) I have spousal names for two of their children. Can anyone find marriage records for their other five children?
c) When did the COTTIERs and GRYLLs come to New Zealand?

Interesting websites:-

'Amelia Thompson' arrived New Plymouth 3 Sept 1841 mentions a GRYLLS family.

New Zealand Yesteryears - Passenger Lists - 'Earl Stanhope' mentions passenger the Reverend J.C. GRYLLS 20 Feb 1840.

Cottier Family NZ website

Cottier Estate 2005 Wairarapa Pinot Noir

GRYLLS family burial records New Plymouth, New Zealand

A Roll of Honour : Book Collectors mentions a Rev. William GRYLLS, Vicar of Crowen, Cornwall Bequeathed to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1863. The Grylls family appear to have belonged to Tavistock, Devonshire, where they were found in the reign of Elizabeth. But the name and stock are traceable back to Edward I.


8 comment(s), latest 3 years, 1 month ago

The HUGHES family from Kent to New Zealand by John Stephen Hughes Oct 1996

"...Our pedigree of the Hughes family originated in Kent, England. It was at Molash, Kent, that Stephen HUGHES married Sarah WILLIAMS on 7 Aug 1826. Molash is a small village between Maidstone and Canterbury just east of Charing.

Stephen was born in 1799 and worked as a labourer at Molash. Sarah was a widow and was formerly Sarah GREENSTREET. Sarah and her former husband John WILLIAMS had three children before John died on 10 Aug 1825 aged 29 at Molash. First born was son William baptised 22 Oct 1820, then daughter Maryann, baptised 14 Jul 1822, and daughter Sarah baptised 14 Jan 1824. Sarah died seven days later 11 Jan 1824.

Stephen and Sarah had three daughters and a son all born at Molash during the years of the marriage. Daughter Sarah Ann was baptised 29 Sep 1829, daughter Elizabeth baptised 3 Apr 1836, son Stephen baptised 20 May 1838 and daughter Grace baptised 17 Jan 1841. Grace died at 16 months of age on 26 May 1843.

Father Stephen died 4 Jul 1846 aged 47 years and is buried at Molash. Sometime prior to 1864 son Stephen had moved to Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, where he worked as a bootmaker and on 29 Feb 1864 he married Eliza CHEESEMAN at Bearsted. Stephen being 26 and Eliza 20 when they married. Eliza was born in 1844 and was the daughter of William and Eliza CHEESEMAN.

William was an artisan (Craftsman) and in 1861 they lived at Bearsted Street, Bearsted Kent. William's three brothers and their families, a sister and his father were all living in Bearsted at this time too.

Brother Charles was a carpenter and he and his wife Fanny lived in Bearsted Street with their daughter, Elizabeth, agred three.

Brother George, a carpenter, and his wife Ellen lived in Roseacre Street with their daughter Kate, aged one.

Brother Henry, a carpenter also, and his wife Emma lived in Roseacre Street with their daughter Isabella, aged one.

Sister Elizabeth was unmarried at 31 years and lived with her brother Charles as did their father, Mr Thomas CHEESEMAN.

Thomas was 71 years and was a carpenter, which obviously influenced the careers of his sons. He was born in Thoruham, Kent, as was sons William, Charles, George, Henry and daughter Elizabeth.

As at 1861 William and Eliza had the largest of the CHEESEMAN families at Bearsted. Daughter Eliza was the eldest at 17 years, followed by Ann 10, William 9, Frank 8, Frederick 7, Kate 6, Lucy 4, Henry 3 and George 1.

Daughter Eliza was not living at home as she was employed as a houseservant for the family of Mr Charles T. MOHUN. They owned a residence known as Snowfield House in an area called Bearsted Green. Mr MOHUN and his wife Mary were retired farmers from East Moulsey in Surrey. Charles being 68 years old and Mary 67. Their unmarried daughters Francis aged 30 and Mary aged 28 lived with them also.

When the 1871 Census was taken, William and Eliza had added four more children to their family. They were Lewis 10, MaryAnn 7, Minnie 5 and Alice aged 2.

It was at Bearsted on 11 Jun 1864 that Stephen and Eliza's HUGHES eldest son Stephen was born. His birth was at a place in Roseacre Street and it is assumed that this is the residence of where Stephen and Eliza lived.

After the arrival of their five boys: Stephen, Thomas, John, William and George, Sarah Ann was born and baptised 3 Aug 1873. Sadly, she died at 7 months of age and was buried at Bearsted, Kent on 28 Dec 1873. Youngest son George was only two years old when they paid their fares for a passage aboard the ship "The Avalanche" to migrate to New Zealand. The total family fare for them for the voyage was 72.10/- $145 today) and on 22 Oct 1874 they departed from Gravesend on the Thames River for New Plymouth, New Zealand. The Avalanche was classed as a comfortable ship weighing 1,160 tons and had a reputation as a fast sailer on the London to New Zealand run. There was a total number of 250 souls on board plus crew with English folk making up the majority and a total of 47 souls of that number from Kent.

Though Stephen HUGHES was a bootmaker, on the ships documentation he had listed his occupation for migration purposes as a farm labourer. At the time of departure he was 36 years old, Eliza 30, Stephen 11, Thomas 9, John 7, William 4, and George 2.

They arrived at New Plymouth on 21 Jan 1875 after a voyage of 92 days, the Avalanche being the first immigrant ship to berth at New Plymouth for 20 years. All immigrant voyages to New Plymouth had been suspended for that time due to the situation posed by the land wars in Taranaki.

As a family, they settled into the communities around the New Plymouth area where Stephen was employed as a farmer.

In the following years, Stephen and Eliza added to their family with a daughter Ada Emma Jane, born 10 Dec 1878 in Fitzroy District, New Plymouth. Son Alfred, born 4 Feb 1881 at Bell Block, New Plymouth. Daughter Alice, born 7 May 1883 at New Plymouth and Ellen May born 24 May 1885 at Taruruitanga, New Plymouth.

On 6 May 1888 Stephen HUGHES died at age 50 years after suffering illness for two years. He is buried in the Te Henui cemetery at New Plymouth.

Of Stephen and Eliza HUGHES' children, John married first on 10 Feb 1893 to Christina Blanche O'CONNELL at Auckland. He was 26 and Christina 20. John was employed as a barman at the time and had been living at Palmerston North sometime previous to their marriage. After their marriage at Auckland, they moved south to Wanganui returning to Auckland sometime around 1902. Christina was the daughter of William and Ann (Honora) O'CONNELL and was born at Grahamstown Thames 6 May 1872. William was employed as a poster at the time of their marriage.

John and Christina lived at Cameron Street, Armoho, Wanganui until their move to Auckland about 1902. They had adopted into their family two children by the name of Len and May and then son John Stephen was born in May 1899. At this time John was working as a cook. After moving to Auckland, Pauline Sarah was born 9 Feb 1903, Ross Norman 13 Jul 1906, and Richard Hellaby 25 Dec 1908. Through their years at Auckland, John worked as a machinist engineer until his retirement at which time they were living at 178 Victoria Street West. Christina died after a short illness on 27 Jul 1947, and John sometime after moved to 91 Clarence Street, Ponsonby to the home of this son John Stephen and Alfreda. Suffering from health problems in his latter years, John died 5 Oct 1952, at 91 Clarence Street.

Stephen HUGHES married on 1 Jul 1896 to Mary SCOWN at Wanganui. Stephen being 32 and Mary 20. He lived at a place called Moumahaki just south of Waverley and was employed as a railway hand where his job was as a plate-layer. Mary was born at Wanganui to William and Mary SCOWN. William, her father, worked as a carpenter. Stephen and Mary lived ion Waihou in the Te Aroha district of Waikato for many years. Having retired from a civil servant position some years earlier, Stephen died 7 Jul 1941 after having suffered heart illness for many years. He is buried with his son Owen Victor and a daughter Alma Francis at Te Aroha. Mary died in 1952 and is buried communally with them at Te Aroha. Stephen and Mary were survived by a son and three daughters.

Thomas HUGHES married on 30 Apr 1897 to Ada Sarah BURGESS at Wanganui at the age of 31 and Ada 21. Thomas lived at Aramoho. Aramoho is a suburb on the bank of the Wanganui river and it was here where Thomas lived at worked as a cook a the time of their marriage. Ada was born at Greatford and was living at Aramoho prior to their marriage. He parents were Henry and Mary Ann BURGESS. Henry was employed as a plate-layer on the railway. Thomas' brother George signed as witness to their marriage.

During their marriage they lived at 20 London Street, Aramoho raising three sons and a daughter at this home. Thomas became ill and died 22 Aug 1941. He is buried at Aramoho Cemetery, Aramoho, Wanganui. Ada Sarah died on 11 Mar 1958 at Wanganui after a time of illness and is buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

William HUGHES married Amabel ELLIOT in 1897 at New Plymouth. Amabel was born 29 Dec 1876 and was the daughter of William ELLIOT and Emmalena MOON who had married at Fitzroy, New Plymouth on 26 Aug 1871. William and Amabel had seven children during their marriage. Son William Leslie born 25 Jan 1898, daughter Veta Emmalena born 15 Nov 1899, son Mervyn born 7 Apr 1904, son Clarence Hector born 6 May 1906, daugther Lilia Royce born 8 Feb 1908, daughter Keitha May born 24 Sep 1911, and Hedley Trevor born 13 May 1917. Amabel passed away 2 Jan 1929 and Wiliam 27 Nov 1945 and are buried at Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth.

George never married and was working as a civil servant at the time of his retirement. He died after a short illness on 10 Aug 1941 at New Plymouth Hospital and is buried at Te Henui Cemetery.

Ada Emma Jane HUGHES married on 16 Dec 1897 to Frank PETCH at New Plymouth. Ada was 19 and Frank 23. He was a settler from Killingholm, England and the son of Charles and Mary PETCH. Charles was a farmer. Ada's brother William signed as witness to their marriage.

Ada Emma Jane experienced ill health for a number of years before she died on 31 Aug 1946. At that time she was living at Hobsonville, Auckland.

Her husband Frank lived to the age of 92 before his passing on 20 Dec 1965 at Mt. Maunganui. Ada is buried at Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth and Frank was cremated at Rotorua.

Alice HUGHES married on 21 Oct 1906 to Frank Ernest Emilo BRENMUHL at Wanganui. Alice was 22 and Frank 24. Frank was born in Wellington, was a carpenter, and the son of Ernest Charles and Eugenis Catherine BRENMUHL who was a foreman in charge of building railway bridges. Ada, the wife of Thomas and brother Alfred, signed as witnesses to their marriage.

Frank and Alice BRENMUHL raised three children. Daughter Ruby, born 1906, son Cecil born 1909 and Ronald Stephen born 1914.

In 1914 Frank and Alice were living at Smiths Road, New Plymouth where they operated a carrier business. By 1918 they had moved to Victoria Road, New Plymouth and operated the business from there.

Alice died 27 Apr 1948 and husband Frank on 6 March 1953. They are buried at Te Henui Cemetery.

Alfred HUGHES like George never married. He was 62 years of age when he died 7 Apr 1942 in New Plymouth Hospital and had been very ill for some time prior to his passing. He is buried at Te Henui Cemetery also.

Ellen May HUGHES married 7 Jun 1906 to James HASLER. Ellen being 21 and James 22. They both were working in Eastown, Wanganui, where Ellen was employed in domestic duties and James as a fireman, possibly on locomotives or in boiler houses of industries that were becoming established around the district. James was the son of John George and Susannah Elizabeth HASLER. Ellen May and James were living at 25 Somme Parade, Wanganui, at the time of Ellen's sickness and her passing on 14 Jul 1940. She is buried at Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui with James.

Eliza HUGHES nee CHEESEMAN still had a young family to care for when Stephen died in 1888 and she herself was 41 when Ellen May was born in 1885. Sometime after 1888 it appears that most of the family had moved to Wanganui and lived in Cameron Street, Aramoho. It is not known if they all resided in the same house or not but possibly some of them did to assist Eliza with the children. As at 1899, Christina and John lived there, where John worked as a cook. Thomas was labouring and he and Ada were there. George, who laboured also and Eliza and Alfred, Alice and Ellen May all made up the Hughes family in Cameron Street.

By 1911, John and Christina had moved to Auckland, Thomas and Ada were stillat Aramoho, Alice and Ellen May had married, and Eliza, George and Alfred had moved to 12 Argyle Street, Wanganui.

By 1918, Alfred and Eliza were still living in 12 Argyle Street. It appears that Eliza had good health for most of her life and it was only in the latter few days before she died that she became ill. On her passing 22 May 1923, she was being cared for in a private hospital at Manaia, Taranaki. Eliza is also buried at the Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth with Stephen.

Children of Stephen and Eliza HUGHES:-

Stephen born Maidstone, Kent 11 Jun 1864 baptised 7 Aug 1864
Thomas born Maidstone, Kent 1865 baptised 3 Jun 1866
John born Maidstone, Kent 1867 baptised 8 Nov 1867
William born Maidstone, Kent 1870 baptised 7 Aug 1870
George born Maidstone, Kent 1872 baptised 3 Mar 1872
Sarah Ann born Maidstone, Kent 1873 baptised 3 Aug 1873
Ada Emma Jane born New Plymouth 10 Dec 1878
Alfred born New Plymouth 4 Feb 1881
Alice born New Plymouth 7 May 1883
Ellen May born New Plymouth 24 May 1885

Note: I have endeavoured here to write a little on each of the foundation members of the HUGHES family in New Zealand to establish the beginnings of the distinct family branches, i.e. Stephen and Eliza and their children. This is by no means complete as it is more of an introduction at present so it would be nice to have a little of the known history of these foundation branches recorded and their 'family trees' as the families expanded. If folk are interested in helping along these lines, please write down what you can and pass it onto me so we can add to our knowledge of our origins and learn something of the personalities of our people so they are not just names to us from days gone by..."

Compiled by John Stephen HUGHES October 1996, grandson of Stephen HUGHES and Eliza CHEESEMAN.


Over the past couple of years I have been researching the HUGHES family tree on behalf of my late mother-in-law Mary HUGHES. I have created a family tree online and hosted it at TribalPages. My tree is password protected and no details on the living are displayed.

Please contact me if you are a descendant and/or see my other HUGHES journals with more up-to-date details on their ancestors and descendants.