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DEAN of Portchester, Hampshire, England

I am trying to find more information about my 3rd great grandmother Frances Dean who was born in Portchester about 1791 and died in 1876 in Aston, Birmingham, England. Frances married Gustavus Ware in Portsea, Hampshire on the 27 December 1811. They had 10 children - Richard, Maria, Frances, Gustavus (who were born in Cannock, Staffordshire); Matilda (born in St Werburgh, Derby); John, Henry (both born St Thomas, Dudley, Worcester); Elijah, Emma and Rosanna(who were born in Birmingham). I have no information on both her parents and the information I had about where Frances was born was from census records (1851 1861 1871)
Hoping someone may be able to help with who were Frances's parents etc. Frances and Gustavus's marriage information I got from England Select Marriages but there was no information regarding father or mother.
Kind Regards, Judy

2 comment(s), latest 2 weeks ago

TURNER of Middlesex, England

Am trying to find more information about my 4th great grandmother Henrietta Maria Turner who was born about 1745 in Middlesex and married Richard Ware (who was born about 1745 in Birmingham) at St Andrews, Holborn, London on the 10 February 1772. About a year after their marriage their first child Richard John was born in Birmingham and it appears that was where they remained living as the rest of their children - Charles Edward, Sarah, Richard Hoddinor, Henrietta Maria, Gustavus, Amelia and William were born and Henrietta died in Birmingham in May, 1834. Her father was John Turner born about 1720 in Stafford ?. I have no information on who her mother was and I did try searching under the name Hoddinor but drew a blank. Their son Gustavus is my 3rd great grandfather and he married Frances Dean in Portsea but they lived in Birmingham most of their lives. Gustavus was a diamond cutter. Hoping somebody out there may be able to help.
Kind Regards, Judy

Thomas WILSON master baker of Christchurch, NZ

I am researching Thomas Wilson who immigrated to Christchurch, NZ in 1855 with his wife Helen McHarg and young son Thomas jnr. Thomas was born in Kelton, Kirkcudbright, Scotland and his parents were William and Jean(Jane)Thompson who were both born in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. One of Thomas's brothers William Wilson, was the first mayor of Christchurch (1868)and who also was a very successful nurseryman in Christchurch and owned and operated "The Bricks". Thomas Wilson's occupation was a master baker and he owned and operated the "Caledonian Bakery" in Gloucester St, Christchurch and was also in partnership with his brother-in-law John McHarg as fell mongers and tanners. In 1864 his bakery business consisted of a dwelling house, bake-house, a six-stalled stable, out-house, gardens, etc. In 1882 Thomas sold his tannery business as well as a large amount of land that was subdivided into 21 building sites from 11/2 acres to 20 perches. The land was classed as prime land and the River Heathcote flowed in front. All of the information about what Thomas Wilson owned came from Papers Past and I am wondering if anyone has any information about Thomas Wilson and his businesses (for example photos of old Christchurch, books to recommend on the history and making of Christchurch) whilst residing in Christchurch up till his death. His marriage to Helen McHarg produced two sons Thomas jnr and Allan McNeal and five daughters Jane, Margaret, Helen (Ellen), Jessie Brown and Mary. Thomas died on the 21st June 1900 at Regent St, Woolston, and Helen died on the 5th August 1915 at Jubilee Home, Woolston. Thanking you in advance for any help, information, etc, etc that you may be able to share.
Kind Regards, Judy


Trying to find passenger lists from NSW to Lyttelton in 1850's

Trying to find passenger listings for John McHarg aka John Irvin McHarg born Portpatrick, Scotland about 1832 and died in Christchurch 5 September 1908. He would have left somewhere in the UK around mid 1850's and sailed to NSW and then eventually to Lyttelton. He married in Christchurch in 1860 to Jane Dyke so would have arrived in Lyttelton between 1856-1858 thereabouts. The Victoria government site is excellent for finding passenger listings for immigrants/passengers from Victoria only to NZ but am having problems trying to search for passenger listings from NSW to NZ and am hoping someone may know where to search. John McHarg's sister Helen and her husband Thomas Wilson were already settled in Christchurch having sailed out in 1855 from London on the "Caroline Agnes". Thomas Wilson had his own business "Caledonian Bakery" in Colombo St and eventually John McHarg went into business with him as tree-fellers and also a tannery business. John McHarg's occupation was a skinner.
Thanking in advance for any help.
Cheers, Judy

5 comment(s), latest 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Walter family from Maidstone, Kent, England

Hi and hoping someone may be able to help me find any information about the Walter family. My husband's great grandmother was Hannah Walter who was born about 1864 in Maidstone, Kent, England and around 1872 Hannah then aged about 7-8 years of age came out to NZ. As yet I do not know what port she arrived in let alone what ship she sailed out on. On her death certificate it states her parents were John Walter and mother Elizabeth Walter (also her maiden name was Walter)and that Hannah had lived in NZ for 76 years at time of her death, Hannah was 85 when she died. Hannah (known as Annie in NZ)married Erick Victor Lundqvist (born in Sweden) in Wellington when she was age 21. They had five children, sons Leonard Victor; Walter Stanley, Louis Edward and Albert Thomas and one daughter Eveline Helen and all children were born in Wellington. Hannah died in the Wellington hospital in 1948 and her residence for many years was 55 Hanson Street, Wellington. I have been unable to trace any death information on her parents John and Elizabeth in the NZBDM or any NZ city libraries indexes and NZ Archives. I received a message from a gentleman via ancestry who researches the Walter family from Kent and he mentioned that he thinks "my" Hannah was the daughter of Mary Elisabeth Walter and that Mary E was only about 18 and single when she had Hannah and that Hannah lived with her grandparents John and Elizabeth Walter and Hannah may have come out to NZ with two of her mother's sisters Emma (married name Sears) and Ruth Walter but unfortunately with that information have not been able to find any passenger lists for Hannah and her two aunties and her uncle in law Henry Sears. I have found a couple of census for a John and Elizabeth Walter and a 1871 census for a Hannah Walter living with her mother Mary and grandmother Elizabeth in Maidstone but am not sure if they "belong" on my husbands tree. Thanking you and Cheers, Judy


5 comment(s), latest 1 year ago

BERRY Family from Caton (?) Lancashire to Auckland, NZ - 1907

Hi, I know just a little bit about my father's fathers side that came from England to settle in NZ back in 1907. My g/father - John Edward 'Ted' Berry was about 15 yrs old when he made the trip on the 'SS Dover" with his parents Edward Thomas 'Ned' and Clara (nee Herrick) Berry and his 8 brothers and sisters. Also when they landed in Auckland there were some family waiting for them but not sure if it was Berry or Herrick family that were already living there. Is there anyone who knows of a Edward Thomas Berry (born abt 1868) and his wife Clara (nee Herrick)(born abt 1867) family that came from Caton (?) or the Lancashire areas. The photo i have added is of the Berry family when living in Auckland as the youngest child (Eva?) was born in Auckland. Also the gentleman on the left top is a brother to either Ned or Clara. Thanks


3 comment(s), latest 3 years, 11 months ago

Looking for any info of Alfred Edward PRIME of Hawera, NZ

My g/father Alfred Prime snr was born around 1869 in either Wales or NZ. He was married to Charlotte Rosanna (nee deMALMANCHE)and they lived in Wellington. Hawera, Levin and Auckland. They had 5 children - Ivy Adeline, Grace, Irene, Josephine (Jo) and Alfred (Alf) jnr. Alfred Prime died in Auckland on May 15th, 1957. Am hoping to find out if he was born in Wales or NZ, the names of his parents and if he had any siblings etc. My late mother and her siblings did not know much about their father but on their mother's side (deMalmanche)they knew plenty!. Thanks if anyone can help. Regards, Judy


10 comment(s), latest 3 years, 11 months ago