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Elijah MILLS + Sarah MANDER - Old Gorge Woodville

Elijah MILLS (1837-1902)
was born at Swinbrooke, Oxfordshire, England
he married in Oxfordshire, England on the 27 November 1857 to:
Sarah MANDER (1840-1894)
Sarah was born at Aldsworth, Gloucester, England

ELIJAH & SARAH had 12 children
... 1
1859 - 1932 George James Mills

- born Oxfordshire
George married Fanny Rosa DAVEY (1870-1940) in 1893
- living in Weber when son George died of his wounds in Belgium WWI
their known children:
* 1893 - 1917 George Elijah James Mills (Private 41838)
* 1895 - 1962 Alick Mander Mills
* 1896 - 1941 Harry Herbert Mills (+ Edith Margaret Cruikshank 1926)
* 1899 - 1973 Hira Charles Mills (buried Napier)
* 1901 - 1992 Allan Robert Mills (+ Lilly Irene Cook 1924)
* 1903 - 1978 Darcy Nelson Mills
* 1905 - 1954 Roger Bryce Mills
* 1907 - 1984 Archibald Norman Mills
* 1909 - 1994 Nancy Rosa Mills (+ Frederick William Sidwell 1920)


... 2
1861 - 1942 John Thomas Mills

- born Oxfordshire
John married Ellen Elizabeth THRUPP (1878-1950) in 1897
- daughter of Thomas THRUPP & Mary WILTSHIRE of Mauriceville (& Manawatu)
(Ellen had a brother, Private 11971, Ernest Thrupp, Killed in Action, Belgium)
their known children:
* 1898 - Violet Pansy Sarah Mary May Mills
- (+ Joseph Thomas Bradshaw Bradnock 1920)
* 1900 - 1969 William 'Willie' Baden Robert Mills
- (+ Alma Margaret Millar 1925)
* 1902 - 1977 Cecil Albert Alick Ernest Elijah Mills
- (+ Janet Wood Peters 1929)
* 1903 - 1966 Minnie Stella Alice Helen Elizabeth Mills
- (+ Arthur Goodare 1922)
* 1906 - Ellen Edna Jessie Mills
- (+ Douglas McDonald 1928)
* 1908 - 1980 Archie Herald Edward Mills
* 1912 - Florrie Irene Maud Mills
JOHN THOMAS Mills died 19 February 1942 aged 81
ELLEN ELIZABETH Mills died 27 Sep 1950 aged 72
- they are buried Grave 9, Plot 14, Block 2 at Mangatainoka Cemetery


... 3
1863 - 1947 Herbert Mills

- born Oxfordshire
Herbert married Gertrude Alice LOUGHER (1881-) in 1909
- 1 of 11 children of David LOUGHER & Eliza BLANK settlers of Mangapapa
their known children:
* 1911 - 1977 Geoffrey Herbert Mills
- graduated from Auckland University with a B.A. in 1937


... 4
1865 - 1901 Mary Ann 'Polly' Mills

- born Oxfordshire
Mary married George BURT in 1885
their known children:
* 1891 - 1972 Arthur Henry Burt (+ Edith Northcott 1919)
* 1894 - 1948 Edith Annie Burt (+ Charles Valentine Fittler 1920)
* 1896 - 1973 Amy Winifred Burt (never married, buried Kelvin Grove)


... 5
1867 - 1945 Thomas Mander Mills

- born Oxfordshire
Thomas married Jane Eliza CRALLAN (1867-1944) in 1894
- daughter of James CRALLAN & Elizabeth RICHARDSON of County Durham
their known children:
* 1895 - 1972 Kenneth Mander Mills (+ Rachel MacDairmid White 1922)
- Rachel died 29 February 2000 aged 102 & buried with Kenneth at Mangatera
* 1900 - 1980 Edna Elizabeth Mills (+ Jack Eaton 1922)
* 1906 - 1971 Clifford Crallan Mills
Bush Advocate, 29 April 1902 Mr T. M. Mills, the popular proprietor of the Dannevirke-Herbertville line of mail coaches, notifies that he has taken over the new stables at Mr J. Halligan's Club Hotel. The stables have been fitted up with every convenience and as Mr Mills has numerous horses and a large plant, he is in a position either to hire out saddle horses or vehicles on the shortest notice. Horses will be broken to saddle or harness as desired and are bought, sold, or exchanged
Bush Advocate, 11 April 1903 Messrs Collett and Edkins, coachbuilders and ironfounders, have just completed to the order of Mr T. N. MILLS, of the Club Hotel Stables, a drag which the latter intends running regularly between Dannevirke and Mangatera for the conveyance of passengers. The vehicle is well-constructed and will seat twenty-four persons. The top of the vehicle has been framed with Australian blackwood and is pannelled with kauri. It has a full-lock platform and under-gear, has six springs, is fitted with Collinge's patent axles and has a removable top, this being suitable for picnic parties. The vehicle has been artistically painted by Mr Horton (one of Messrs Collett and Edkins employees), the colours selected being green for the body with dark lake picked with gold, the fine lines being in orange. The under-gear is painted yellow, picked out with chocolate and fine lined with blue. The seats are upholstered in maroon leather. A feature of the drag is that it is fitted up with a powerful double break which grips both the front and back of the wheels. Mr Mills is to be commended for his enterprise in securing such a useful vehicle and he will, doubtless, meet the reward he deserves
Bush Advocate, 16 February 1907 PROSPECTS of a company to be called
The DANNEVIRKE-HERBERTVILLE Coaching & Carrying Company, Limited
THOMAS MANDER Mills died 11 January 1945 aged 77
- he is buried Grave 32, Block F at Settlers Cemetery, Dannevirke
HEADSTONE READS:
In loving memory of Jane Eliza Mills, died 30th March 1944, aged 77 years
Also Thomas Mander, husband of the above Died 11th Jan. 1945, aged 77 years


... 6
1869 - Elizabeth 'Bessie' Mills

- born Oxfordshire, arrived in New Zealand aged 4
nothing else known about Elizabeth


... 7
1871 - 1912 Elijah Frederick Mills

- born Oxfordshire
Elijah married Alice Marion THOMS in 1905
their known children:
* 1906 - 1938 Frederick James Mills
* 1907 - ? Rema Daphne Mills (+ Henare Te Rere 1924)
* 1909 - 1986 Herbert Harold Mills (+ Anne Mullally 1927)
ELIJAH FREDERICK Mills died 7 April 1912 aged 40
- he is buried Plot 10, Block 11 at Old Gorge cemetery, Woodville
ALICE remarried in 1913 to Leonard Norman LEWER (1893-1937). She applied for a separation order in Hawera in 1917 on the grounds that he failed to provide sufficient means of support for her and their child and on the grounds of persistent cruelty


... 8
1874 - 1874 Annie Laity Banfield Invererne Mills

born on board the Invererne
- the Invererne was originally named the 'Anne Laity Banfield'
ANNIE died aged 2 months


... 9
* 1875 - 1876 William Herbert Mills

WILLIAM HERBERT Mills died aged 6 months


... 10
1877 - 1915 Albert William Mills

Albert married Maria Harriet TOPLISS (1875-1955) in 1899
their known children:
* 1900 - 1918 Eva Jessie Mills (during Flu Pandemic)
* 1903 - 1985 Mary Constance Mills (+ Ernest Hamilton Riseley 1928)
ALBERT WILLIAM Mills died 26 May 1915 aged 38
- he is buried Grave 9, Block 11 at Old Gorge Cemetery, Woodville
Maria next married in 1916 to his brother, Harry Charles Mills


... 11
1879 - 1957 Harry Charles Mills

Harry married Elizabeth Alice HOARE (1884-1908) in 1902
their known children:
* 1903 - Myrtle Myra Mills (+ Vannet Chrichton Millar 1927)
* 1904 - 1995 Ivy Beatrice Mills (+ Albert Fisher 1927)
Harry next married Maria Harriet MILLS (nee TOPLISS) (1875-1955) in 1916
(widow of his brother Albert William Mills, above)
MARIA HARRIET Mills died 14 Jan 1955 aged 82 & buried Old Gorge, Woodville
HARRY CHARLES Mills died 16 Sep 1957 aged 78 & buried Old Gorge, Woodville


... 12
1883 - 1931 Ernest Jesse Mills

Ernest married Margaret Daisy BEST (1886-) in 1906
- born in Tasmania to George BEST (1840-1917) & Esther LAWSON (1843-1903)
their known children:
* 1906 - 1909 Jessie Burnie Mills (aged 2, buried Old Gorge, Woodville)
* 1910 - Esther Lawson Mills (+ James Horace Smith 1928)
* 1911 - 1913 George Ernest Mills (aged 1)
* 1912 - 1984 Aileen Margaret Mills (+ Edward Stephen Redward 1931)


Sarah Mills died 6 July 1894 aged 53
Elijah Mills died 28 Feb 1902 aged 64
- they hare buried Grave 18, Block 8 at Old Gorge Cemetery, Woodville
THEIR HEADSTONE READS:
In loving memory of
Elijah Mills, died Feb 28 1902, aged 64 years
Also Sarah, beloved wife of above, died July 4 1894, aged 53 years


see also:
* MILLS buried Manawatu
* Thomas Mander Mills
* MILLS who served for New Zealand WWI

* WEBER Cemetery Dannevirke


PHOTO
George James Mills
(1893-1917)
Private 41838 of Weber, died of his wounds in Belgium aged 24
son of George James MILLS & Fanny Rosa DAVEY
grandson of Elijah MILLS & Sarah MANDER


unusual names at WESTPORT cemetery

some of the unusual names on the Wesport cemetery database 1867-1873

* database:
George ABER aged 20 (miner)
buried: 1 December 1868 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: drowned
* other:
BDM also has George Aber aged 20 (only Aber surname listed on BDM)
Grey River Argus, 5 December 1868 A miner named George Aber has been drowned at the Ohiki River, Buller District. The Westport Times says that his brother, Edward Aber, reached town on Tuesday evening, 1st instant. Both brothers had been working for some time up the Lyell river. The canoe in which the deceased was crossing is described as having been a most miserable apology for a boat, scarcely deserving the name of boat or canoe. The crossing-place, in anything like ordinary weather, is a very safe one, though the boat at no time was capable of holding two persons with any degree of safety. The only paddle in use also was a make-shift, a short-handled shovel, which was used by the boatman, Fred Moore. We understand the boatmen are subsidised by receiving a free license, which is certainly equal to whatever outlay it would be to have a good boat provided for such a crossing. Either there should be some other kind of subsidy or some penalty enforced on obtaining such subsidy; but these are matters too often only remedied by serious accidents of this kind.
NOTES I believe this was George Albert Aber, born in 1841 at Mint Street, Bermondsey, 9th of 12 children to William ABER (formerly A'Bear, see link) & Hannah BAKER, as on this extensive family tree site ABER. They also seem to think this was 'their' George, the only trouble being an incorrect age. Click all links to discover more


* database:
John CACICK aged 30
buried: 14 October 1868 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: drowned
* other: nothing on BDM or newspapers


* database:
Margaret A. COUBROUGH aged 7
buried: 25 February 1869 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: general debility
* other: nothing on BDM or newspapers

* database:
James ERWINE accountant aged 30
buried: 21 August 1867 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: consumption
* other: nothing on BDM or newspapers


* database:
William EVERTE aged 33
buried:28 November 1867 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: land slip
* other:
Colonist, 3 December 1867 Fatal Accident Near Westport A very melancholy accident occurred about one o'clock on the morning of November 26th, at the Caledonian Lead by which two men met with a most sudden death... at the inquest the verdict by the jury:- "That the said Thomas KILBURN and William EVERESTE were by misfortune killed by an accidental fall of earth, attributable solely to natural causes and not to any negligence or carelessness of themselves or others" The funeral of the two unfortunate men to place on Nov 28th. There was between 400 and 500 miners and others present, the mates of the deceased being next to the corpse


* database:
Michael HENIG aged 32
buried: 13 November 1869 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: natural
* other:
BDM has Michael HENIG aged 82 (only Henig recorded death on BDM)


* database:
James Batman HILBECK aged 27
buried: 16 Dec 1868 in mass grave at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: accident at Giles Terrace
* other:
JAMES BALMAN HILDECK was killed on December 16 at Giles Terrace, Buller district. The deceased was standing near the wash-boxes at the side of the creek, a stone weighing about three or four hundred-weight, and which took two men to lift, fell from a truck at the mouth of the tunnel, a distance of sixty feet, and struck the deceased on the side. Driver was attempting to hold the stone when it slipped on to the shoot. Driver and Griffiths (deceased's mates) called "Look out," and the deceased jumped a distance of eight feet, but the stone caught him on the right shoulder, broke his arm, almost severing it, and crushing him so severely about the chest that he died on the spot. The Coroner's jury added "great carelessness was attributable to Griffiths and Driver"


* database:
John HOFFREN aged 42
buried: 10 January 1871 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: abscess of brain
* other:
West Coast Times, 16 January 1871 John Hoffren, a native of Belgium, died on the 9th inst., at the District Hospital, Westport. He was admitted about three months ago, with symptoms of disease of the brain, which he attributed to injuries of the head, received some two or three years back, when he was the subject of a violent assault at Hokitika, An examination after death disclosed the existence of extensive disease of the base of the skull and of abscess of the brain. Deceased was well-known as a prospector both in this province and in other parts of New Zealand, and was much respected by all who knew hi,

* database:
Alfred JEPHCOTE aged 19 months (born in NZ)
buried: 31 August 1872 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: catarrh
* other:
BDM also has Alfred Jephcote aged 19 months


* database:
Anne KAPLER aged 31 (from Germany)
buried: 22 November 1871 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: cerebral disease
* other: nothing on BDM or newspapers


* database:
Ellen KOPINAM aged 6 days
buried: 4 April 1869 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: convulsions
* other: nothing on BDM or newspapers


* database:
John LEECE aged 33 (baker from Isle of Man)
buried: 5 February 1871 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: drowned near the old school
* other:
West Coast Times, 7 February 1871 John Leece, baker, was drowned at Westport this morning while bathing


* database:
Lucritia MARRIS aged 39 (wife of William)
buried: 7 December 1872 at Charleston cemetery
reason: known given
* other:
BDM has Lauretta Marris aged 89 which is incorrect
she was born Lauretta HORE 1833 in Devon, England & married William Marris in Melbourne in 1853
their children were:
* 1854 - Annie Lauretta Marris (born Melbourne)
* 1855 - James Barmby Marris
* 1856 - John Marris
* 1858 - William Percival Marris
* 1859 - Thomas Marris
* 1860 - Albert Edward Marris
* 1862 - Emma Jane Marris
* 1864 - Elizabeth Marris (born Dunedin, Otago)
* 1866 - Samuel Arthur Marris
* 1868 - Amelia Marris (born Charleston, West Coast)
* 1870 - Lauretta Marris
NOTE Grey River Argus, 18 May 1904 Another old and esteemed resident of the district has passed away (says the Westport Times). Mr William Marris, senior, of the firm of W. and J. Marris, timber merchants, died at 7 o'clock this morning, at his residence, Waimangaroa. The deceased was in his seventy-sixth year and death resulted from general break-up of the system. Mr Marris was a native of Nottingham, England. Deceased was a man of most kindly nature, beloved by all who knew him. He was always a conscientious church worker and was a Past master of the Phoenix Masonic Lodge, Westport. He leaves four daughters and three sons - all grown up. His wife predeceased him at Charleston in 1872.


* database:
Mary McGOOLVEN aged 43 (from Ireland)
buried:30 May 1869 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: apoplexy
* other: nothing on BDM or newspapers


* database:
Ellen NOICE aged 27
buried: 13 July 1868 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: luamp fever ??
* other:
BDM has Ellen NOICE aged 27 (only 3 other recorded deaths of this name)


* database:
Charles OSTERLAND aged 51 (miner from Germany)
buried: 5 June 1872 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: drowned
* other:
BDM has Charles Osterland aged 51
Daily Southern Cross, 8 June 1872 A well-known miner, named Charles osterland, or German Charlie, is missing from Deaman's Creek, Westport. It is feared that he has been drowned


* database:
Joseph PUFFLETT aged 27 (born Essex, England)
buried: 19 August 1870 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: killed by fall of earth, iron fence
* other:
BDM has Joseph PUFFLETT aged 27 (only 1 other recorded death of this spelling)
Colonist, 9 September 1870 On August 29, at the Caledonia Terrace, Joseph Pufflett was killed through the fall of a large mass of earth in his claim. Deceased's brother, Robert Pufflett, was buried up to the throat, and was very much crushed and bruised
The Westport Times informs us that a melancholy and fatal accident occurred near Caledonia Terrace on the 29th ult., resulting in the death of a miner named Joseph Pufflett, and the serious injury of his brother Robert Pufflett. From what we can gather, there were three men in the claim, which is situate on a spur leading to Donovan's Creek, and within a short distance of Caledonia Terrace. The party were working by ground-sluicing, the two brothers being engaged at the face, while a third attended to the boxes some distance away. The deceased, when the accident occurred, had charge of the hose, and the elder with a shovel was easing down the face, when a large mass of earth gave way unexpectedly, completely burying the deceased, and covering the survivor to the throat. The third mate, owing to the position of the boxes, was not in view of the accident, which fortunately witnessed by Peter Gray and another man, who immediately made for the scene, and who succeeded, after half an hour's labor, in extricating the surviving brother. Joseph Pufflett, when discovered, was found to be dead, and, but for the timely assistance, Robert must have met with a similar fate, on man, while the work of extrication proceeded, being fully engaged keeping him free from the debris that continued to fall. The survivor is very much crushed and bruised, and it was deemed expedient by Dr Thorpe, who was quickly in attendance, not to remove him


* database:
William David RUSZ aged 26
buried: 8 April 1873 at Charleston cemetery
reason: accidentally drowned, Incumbent of St Marks Church, Charleston
* other:
BDM has nothing recorded on any event for this name
Colonist, 11 April 1873 Another name has just been added to the terrible list of persons who have lost their lives by drowning in that of the Rev W. D. Rusz, who lost his life while bathing in the surf at Charleston, in company with Mr Montague Browne, editor of the Charleston Herald. This gentleman was educated at King's College, London and was associated with the Bishop of Nelson in the very active labors in the east of London, which preceded their arrival here. We can well believe that the sudden loss of one whom he had so carefully trained, and then intimately connected with, almost from childhood, will be a sad blow to his Lordship now absent in England, and now the less so that this is the second of his protegees who has been drowned within the space of a few months, the Rev Mr Guskin having met his death in crossing the Aorere river (the funeral was attended by 400 persons)


* database:
Henry TIBBY aged 47 (from England - Publican)
buried: 20 December 1867 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: liver complaint
* other:
Colonist, 3 January 1868 TIBBY - December 20, at the Westport Hotel, Westport, Nelson Province, Mr Henry Tibby
NOTE Grey River Argus, 25 October 1866
DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP - The Partnership hitherto existing between John Dick and Henry Tibby, Bakers and Publicans, Twelve-Mile and North Beach, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. The business in future will be carried on by John Dick, to whom all debts must be paid


* database:
John WITTLESEA aged 59
buried: 20 March 1868 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: jaundice
* other:
BDM has John WHITTLESEA aged 59 (only person in NZ recorded with that name)


* database:
Anne WORMALL aged 30 (from Ireland)
buried: 4 January 1869 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: accidentally burnt
* other:
BDM has Annie Wormall aged 30
Colonist, 8 January 1869 a Mrs WARMOLL, who burnt herself severely at Giles Terrace a few weeks ago, has died in the Westport Hospital from the injuries she received


* database:
Romana ZALA aged 51 (miner from Italy)
buried: 18 August 1872 at Orowaiti cemetery
reason: drowned, Lyell
* other:
BDM has Romana ZALA aged 17
Grey River Argus, 26 August 1872 On Sunday evening last, a melancholy accident took place below the Lyell Junction, resulting in the death by drowning of Roseno Zala and James Edmondson (database has Edminson), both residents of Lyell. Zala was a cousin of the prospector of the same name who opened the now famous reef in that district. The accident occurred by the canoe being swamped on the rip of a fall and it adds greatly to the distressing character of the affliction that one at least, if not both lives would have been saved had a boar been available. On the intelligence reaching Antonio Zala at the reef on Sunday evening, all the workmen in the Alpine Company volunteered to search for the bodies, but up to Tuesday morning their efforts had been unsuccessful. The deceased Zala leaves a wife and children in Europe. Edmondson is well known on the Coast, having been in the employ of Mr McBeath, draper, Hokitia and Messrs Thomas and McBeach, Charleston. His friends are resident in Lancashire
NOTES a week earlier ... 'Highly favorable news has come to hand from the Lyell district. Affairs in the Little Wonder and Excelsior claims are progressing most satisfactorily. A report is current that in Zala's claim, twenty pounds weight of nearly pure gold has been obtained (a value in NZ$ as I write this of $449,218)
* Charles Zala (1848-1900) is also buried at Orowaiti. Database has him from Switzerland
Press, 26 February 1900 Charles Zala, who sustained a compound fracture of his skull while working on his claim at German Gully on Wednesday, died on Friday night. He never regained consciousness. At the inquest, a verdict of 'Accidental Death' was returned


PHOTO
JOHN MARRIS
(1830-1904)


TWOMEY marriages New Zealand - Grooms

known TWOMEY GROOMS in New Zealand 1880 - 1932

* Brian Leo Twomey (1894-1975)
...married Hilda Myra KEMBLE (1890-1987) in 1923
- daughter of Charles John KEMBLE & Katherine MORGAN

* Daniel Twomey
...married Sarah Ann DURHAM in 1880
their known children:
* 1882 - John William Twomey
* 1883 - Mary Twomey
* 1885 - Sarah Ann Caldwell Twomey
* 1887 - 1966 Horace Mace Twomey
* 1889 - 1900 Daniel George Twomey (aged 7 months)
* 1892 - Olive Maud Sibyls Twomey
* 1894 - Rosina May Twomey
* 1897 - Daniel Denis Twomey
* 1900 - George Twomey
* 1902 - Eileen May Twomey

* Frederick George Twomey (1866-1893)
- born Wellington to Michael Henry TWOMEY & Elizabeth COOPER
...married Louisa Caroline HODGSON (1869-1923) in Wellington 1885
- born Dunedin to Robert HODGSON & Martha HAYES
their known children:
* 1886 - 1948 Louisa Isabel Twomey (born Wellington)
* 1888 - 1961 Walter Frederick Twomey (born Sydney)
* 1893 - 1974 William George Twomey (born Sydney)
Frederick married Emily Rosa HENNING (1867-1913) NSW 1891 (2 children)
He married Ada Marianne REID-ROBERTSON (1872-1938) NSW 1915 (5 children)
FREDERICK died 8 July 1933 in Chatswood, New South Wales

* Jeremiah Matthew Twomey (1847-1921)
The Honorable Jeremiah Matthew Twomey, Member of the Legislative Council, was employed on the Wellington Chronicle, Evening Post, Wanganui Herald, Timaru Herald, and Press, Christchurch and purchased the Temuka Leader in 1881
...married Teresa Mary HUGHES in 1882
their known children:
* 1883 - Mary Josephine Twomey
* 1885 - Ernest Matthew Towmey
* 1886 - Emily Teresa Towmey
* 1889 - Kathleen Julia Twomey
* 1891 - Margaret Melbourne Twomey
* 1892 - 1917 Francis Hugh Twomey (killed in Palestine)
* 1894 - Brian Leo Twomey

* John Twomey (1859-1908)
...married Kate Edith NEWSHAM (1859-1927) in 1885
- daughter of Thomas NEWSHAM & Mary Louisa LETHBRIDGE
their known children:
* 1886 - 1899 Ada Mary Twomey
* 1888 - 1972 Thomas Gerald Twomey
* 1889 - 1903 Una Julia Twomey
* 1889 - 1889 Ina Kate Twomey
* 1891 - 1974 John Newsham Twomey
* 1892 - 1968 Fleta Constance Twomey
* 1894 - 1960 William Royden Twomey
* 1896 - 1918 Hugh Michael Twomey (killed in France)
* 1897 - 1873 Louisa Kathleen Twomey
* 1899 - 1899 Frederick Twomey

* John Christopher Twomey (1889-1962)
...married Ellen Margaret COLLINS (1896-1974) in 1926

* John Newsham Twomey (1891-1974)
...married Kathleen CHADWICK (1900-1970) in 1932

* John Patrick Twomey (1894-1936)
...married Mabel Irene SMITH (1903-2002) in 1921

* John Thomas Twomey
...married Ethel Muriel BENNETT (1896-1938) in 1927

* John Thomas Matthew Twomey
...married Doris May VEEVERS in 1918
Evening Post, 26 January 1918 A pretty wedding was solemnised by the Rev Father Campbell at St Anne's Church, Newtown, on Tuesday last, the bride being Miss Doris May Veever, daughter of Mr and Mrs P. Veevers, of Liverpool, England, and Mr J. T. Twomey (well known in sporting circles), eldest son of Mr and Mrs P. M. Twomey of bay View-raod, Lyall Bay. The bridesmaids were Miss Monica Twomey (sister of the bridegroom) and Miss Nellie Lang. The bride, who was given away by Pte J. Flannagan, wore a white silk dress, veril and orange blossoms, and cattied a beautiful bouquet of white roses and sweet peas. The bridesmaids were in white embroidery dresses, with black tulle hats, and each carried shower bouquets of pink sweet peas. The bridegroom's present to the bridesmaids was a gold brooch each. Mr and Mrs J. Twomey left for the north the same day

* John William Twomey
...married Nellie GARDENER (1883-1971) in 1909
their known children:
* 1910 - Olive May Twomey
* 1913 - William Thomas Twomey

* Joseph Henry Twomey (1888-1964)
...married Freda Arline Blanche HOLMES (1897-1972) in 1928

* Joseph Thomas Twomey (1865-1915)
...married Emma DURRANT (1859-1916) in 1887
their known children:
* 1888 - 1917 Joseph Oscar Twomey (killed in Belgium)
* 1889 - James Henry Twomey
* 1891 - Henry John Twomey
* 1893 - 1951 Emma Ada Twomey
* 1895 - Ruby Grace Twomey
* 1907 - James Daniel Twomey
JOSEPH died 8 Sep 1915 aged 50
EMMA died 3 Sep 1916 aged 57
- they are buried Plot 157, PUBLIC2 at Karori, Wellington

* Maurice Twomey (1891-1959)
...married Margaret Rose TWOMEY (1902-1995) in 1930
their known children:
* 1931 - 2011 Eileen Margaret Mary Twomey (spinster)

* Michael Twomey
...married Ellen CASEY in 1884
their known children:
* 1887 - Ellen Twomey
* 1890 - Daniel Twomey
* 1893 - Patrick Twomey

* Patrick Twomey
...married Mary Adelia RIVERS (1892-1977) in 1923

* Patrick Joseph Twomey (18921963)
... driven by an intense religious concern to work for the relief of suffering among lepers in the Pacific islands, as well as raising money to help eradicate leprosy in the Pacific, Patrick Twomey travelled there frequently to assess needs and oversee the expenditure of the Lepers' Trust Board
...married Christine Margaret FARROW in 1924
... PATRICK Twomey took ill in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) in 1963 and was transferred to Suva, where he died on 1 August, aged 71. Christine Twomey predeceased him in 1962. They were survived by three sons, one of them a Marist priest, and one daughter, a Dominican nun. He was buried in Bromley cemetery, Christchurch.

* Patrick Martin Twomey (1886-1920)
married Elsie Grant McKAY (1885-1972) in 1913
- daughter of Donald McKAY & Barbara McGREGOR
Press, 17 August 1920 TWOMEY - On August 13th, 1920, at Taumarunui, Patrick Twomey, dearly beloved son of Patrick & Margaret Twomey, Ashburton; aged 34 years. R.I.P.
ELSIE next married Henry Wilcox in 1929

* Patrick Michael Twomey
- Irish born, he was a grocer in Wellington
...married Mary WALSHE in 1884
their known children:
* 1886 - 1972 Abigail Rose Twomey (spinster, Karori)
* 1888 - Margaret Twomey
* 1890 - John Thomas Twomey
* 1892 - 1963 Patrick Joseph Twomey (see his link above)
* 1894 - Mary Twomey
* 1901 - Monica Julia Twomey
MARY Twomey died 8 April 1926 aged 60 in Wellington
PATRICK MICHAEL Twomey died 26 Sep 1929 aged 73
- they are buried Plot 13 S, ROM CATH at Karori

* Thomas Twomey
...married Bridget BRADLEY in 1886

* William Royden Twomey (1895-1960)
...married Bertha Henrietta MEDLEYS (1895-1986) in 1925


the TWOMEY BRIDES

PHOTO
The Honorable JEREMIAH MATTHEW TWOMEY


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Benjamin Ede had 16 grandsons serving in WWI

Benjamin EDE (1833-1925)
...married 24 April 1853 in Reigate, Surrey to:
Amy BREWER (1831-1912)
...they had 12 children
* 2 children were born in Surrey
* in 1856 they emigrated to Geelong, Victoria on the 'Arabian' & had 3 children
* they moved to New Zealand in 1861 on the Omeo
* in 1862 they moved to Mount Peel with 5 children
* in 1863 they settled in Ashburton & had a further 7 children
* at Amy's death in 1912 they had 10 children living & 90 grandchildren
* in 1921 Benjamin said he had 92 grandchildren

In 1917 a news article appeared in their local paper
Ashburton Guardian, 30 July 1917
A remarkable record of war service is held by the family of Mr Benjamin Ede, of Hampstead, (Ashburton) no less than 16 of his grandsons having enlisted and gone to the front.

Their names are:
* Arthur Edward Aldridge (1886-1970)
* Benjamin Ede Aldridge (1889-1965)
* Frederick James Aldridge (1892-1962)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter Mary Jane Ede (1859-1948)
married Arthur Wheeler ALDRIDGE 10 March 1884 & had 7 children


* Alfred James Ede (1890-1961)
* Thomas Edward Ede (1883-1951)
* Walter Henry Ede (1893-1962)
...~~~
Benjamin's son Edward Ede (1854-1912)
married Clara Elizabeth ALSOP (1855-1930) in 1878 & had 18 children


* Eldrick McRae Ede (1892-1952)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter, Elizabeth Ede's (1874-1949), base born son
(Eldrick McRae Ede married Alice Evelyn 'Eva' MARSDEN in 1915. A son, Pilot Officer Raymond Benjamin Ede (1922-1944), was killed in action in Germany. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross)
Elizabeth Ede married Walter Albert HILLYER (1870-1906) in 1895 & had 6 children
- one of their sons was another of the 16 grandchildren:
* James Benjamin Hillyer (1896-1972)


* Joseph Henry Ede (1896-1937)
...~~~
Benjamin's son Benjamin EDE (1866-1927)
married Bessie KING (1873-1960) in 1890 & had 14 children


* Arthur William Osborne (1884-)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter Fanny Ede (1861-1922)
married James OSBORNE in 1878 & had 13 children


* Benjamin Alfred Scott (1877-1942)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter Margaret 'Maggie' Ede (1856-1901)
married James SCOTT (1842-1911) in 1874 & had 6 children


* Stephen Alexander Skilling (1892-1947)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter Lucy Amelia Ede (1869-1939)
married William Cochrane SKILLING (1870-1934) in 1890 & had 12 children
(Another son, William James Skilling, married Jane Ellison MILLER in 1913. A son, Victor David Skilling (1913-1945) served with the Fiji Guerillas in WWII. He was Mentioned In Despatches)


* Arthur Herbert Yaxley (1894-1961)
* Albert 'Reginald' Yaxley (1896-1979)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter Annie Ede (1871-)
married Arthur YAXLEY (1868-1931) in 1893 & had 8 children


* Robert Stanley Young (1895-)
* William James Young (1893-1927)
...~~~
Benjamin's daughter Amy EDE (1864-1927)
married William YOUNG (1864-1939) in 1888 & had 11 children


AMY EDE died 4 January 1912 aged 80
BENJAMIN EDE died 30 June 1925 aged 92
- they are buried together Plots 17 & 18, Area 101 at Ashburton cemetery

NOTE
Ashburton Guardian, 25 May 1921
Benjamin Ede looks back - Ashburton 1864-1921


PHOTO
Pilot Officer NA425973, Raymond Benjamin Ede

Killed In Action 26 April 1944 in Budenbach, Germany aged 22
* son of Eldrick McRae Ede (1892-1952)
* grandson of Elizabeth Ede (1874-1949)
* great grandson of Benjamin Ede (1833-1925)


Benjamin EDE + Bessie KING - Ashburton

Benjamin EDE (1866-1927)
born in Ashburton to Benjamin EDE & Amy BREWER, married in 1890 to:
Bessie KING (1873-1960)
born in Devon, England to Richard KING & Elizabeth LIDDLE

BENJAMIN & BESSIE had 14 children:
(born in Ashburton, South Canterbury)
... 1
1892 - 1967 Amy Elizabeth Ede

Amy married Henry George CAMERON in 1910


... 2
1893 - 1956 Ernest Edward Ede

Ernest married Elizabeth HAAR (1891-1969) in 1912
daughter of Johann Diedrich HAAR & Mary McCLELLAND


... 3
1895 - 1897 Laura Helena Ede

LAURA died 17 March 1897 aged 18 months in Ashburton


... 4
1896 - 1937 Joseph Henry Ede

Joseph married Eileen Dorothy SHUKER (1897-1991) in 1920


... 5
1898 - 1983 Ruby Jane Ede

Ruby married Cecil Thomas HUNT (1902-1966) in 1928


... 6
1899 - 1952 Harold James Ede

Harold married Elizabeth LUSK (1896-1974) in 1924
daughter of John LUSK & Annie RANNINGTON


... 7
1901 - ? Maud Irene Ede

Maud married John McCONNOCHIE in 1927


... 8
1902 - 1991 Florence Mabel Ede

Florence married Richard Newton HUGHES (1903-1984) in 1923
son of George Henry Jackson HUGHES & Ada Jane WILLS

... 9
1904 - 1974 William Robert Ede

William married Effie Florence WOOD (1905-1999) in 1924
daughter of Stephen Henry WOOD & Margaret 'Maggie' CREAMER


... 10
1905 - 1974 Gerald Ede

Gerald married Muriel May PHELPS (1905-1969) in 1931
daughter of John PHELPS & Florence Evelyn May WAY


... 11
1906 - 1995 Benjamin Raymond Ede

spouse not found


... 12
1908 - 1994 Arthur Edgar Ede
(twin)
married Margaret Wallace PURDIE (1912-1978) in 1932
ARTHUR died 24 April 1994, his 86th birthday


... 13
1908 - 1994 Percival 'Percy' Stephen Ede
(twin)
Percy married Mabel Emily Mary REDDECLIFFE (1908-1974) in 1930
PERCY died 7 May 1994 aged 86, 13 days after his twin Arthur


... 14
1911 - 1989 Gladys Bessie Ede

Gladys married James Felix BURROWS (1911-2002) in 1931
son of James BURROWS & Bernice GOOD


Benjamin EDE died 11 June 1927 aged 61
Bessie EDE died 10 Aug 1960 aged 87
- they are buried together Plot 19, Area 20 at Ashburton cemetery


PHOTO
HEADSTONE of Gerald & Muriel May Ede

Plot 561, Old Lawn Area Ashburton cemetery


Benjamin Ede looks back - Ashburton 1864-1921

Benjamin Ede (1833-1925) married Amy Brewer (1831-1912) 24 April 1853 in Reigate, Surrey. (journal in progress for Ben & Amy and their 11 children -

Mr BEN EDE's EXPERIENCES
...(taken from Papers Past)
Ashburton Guardian, 25 May 1921 - LIFE'S LONG SPAN


ASHBURTON IN THE 'SIXTIES
...To few people is it given to be able to look back over a life extending to 88 years and still be able to remember clearly and discourse interestingly of the varied experiences that go to make up that lengthy span.
This is found, however, in the case of Mr Ben Ede, of Wellington Street, Hampstead, who chatted to a "Guardian" reporter yesterday. Cheery and contented, the old man was a mine of reminiscences, and he related a great deal of the history of Ashburton from its early days. He saw Ashburton first in 1862, and has lived here since 1864, a stretch of 57 years.
"Out of my lifetime of 88 years I have been working for 80 years," said Mr Ede with pardonable pride, "and I can say I have done plenty for the country but not much for myself. As for New Zealand, I have helped to people it. I am the father of 11 children, and have 92 grandchildren and over 100 great-grandchildren."

BORN IN SURREY
...Born in Surrey in 1833, Mr Ede commenced life's long labours at the early age of eight years. His first job was keeping birds off the crops, at the munificent wage of fourpence a day and "find" himself. It was not long before the 'young shaver' was promoted to a job driving horses. The horses were then harnessed in front of each other, so that the three in a team could walk in the furrow with a boy to drive them.
...Mr Ede spoke with scorn of the rising generation whom it was proposed to keep at school till they were 16 beacuse they could not stand work. "Look at me, at 88 years. I have been working for 80 years, and am none the worse for it," he exclaimed. "Children were not pampered with fine food in my young days, either. I never saw a leg of mutton in my father's house. Threepennyworth of 'pieces' was all we saw of meat, and that only twice a week. I believe a lot of the ills among the rising generation are due to 'fine' feeding. We were more contented and happy in those days than the great majority today."
...The early Victorian days are well remembered by Mr Ede. He touched interestingly on Queen Victoria's marriage and the celebrations at that time, which included a 'treat' in the park near his home town. There were few railways in those days, and Mr Ede recounts the story of how Queen Victoria made a triumphal progress from London to Brighton in her carriage. Very shortly afterwards the railway was opened between these two places

ARRIVAL IN DOMINION
...When as a young man Mr Ede left the Homeland, Australia was his goal. He came out on the Arabian, with his wife and two infant boys, to Geelong, where he settled for some time. While in Australia his family was increased by the addition of three girls. From Australia the family set sail to Dunedin on a ship packed with men eager to get to the gold diggings at Gabriel's Gully. Of the 300 men on the ship not one was over 30 years old, said Mr Ede. Included in the cargo were 30 stowaways, the two first Cobb's coaches, and the first inspector of police in Otago. Mr Robert Alcorn, once a well-known resident of Ashburton, was among the passengers. "Food was scarce on the boat," said Mr Ede, "although I was not consuming much of it, and when the steward appeared with the meals there was a rush for the viands. I remember the steward appearing once at the head of the companion way and, evidently in disgust at the rush of people who surrounded him, tipped the contents of the dish on the deck and let the passengers scramble for it like dogs. I think it was the exceptional number of stowaways which caused the shortage of provisions."
...It was in 1862 that Mr Ede first came to Canterbury, and was engaged by Mr Acland to go to Mount Peel and engage in making bricks for the homestead there. Mr Acland lent Mr Ede a Sydney tip-dray (the size used for carting a yard of shingle) and a single horse to transport his wife and five children with all their belongings to Mount Peel. The dray's load was increased by the addition of another man, his wife, and two children. "You can guess how much of the world's goods were in our possession when so small a dray accommodated so large a party," said Mr Ede.

FIRST GLIMPSE OF ASHBURTON
...It was on this journey that Mr Ede had his first glimpse of Ashburton, destined to be his home for so many years. There was not much to see in those days - tussock and 'wild Irishman' everywhere, with a good deal of flax where the railway line now runs. The bed of the river, according to Mr Ede, is four or five feet higher to-day than in those days, owing to the constant accumulation of shingle from the hills.
...Turton's accommodation house stood near the river, but the ford was two or three miles up, just above the intake of the present Wakanui Creek. It was called the Timaru crossing, and the regular bullock track to it over the plains left out Ashburton, breaking off from Dromore. There was an accommodation house at Dromore later, and no doubt its position as a break on the main road caused the cutting up into town sections of an acre at Dromore. Many people never considered the site of Ashburton as the coming centre, and Mr Ede, like Mr Andrew McFarlane, was among the number, and neglected the opportunity to buy cheaply the town sections made available by Mr Park's survey at a later date.
...Before finally settling in Ashburton in 1864 Mr Ede spent some time at Mount Peel, and later on Longbeach. Here he was again engaged in brick-making for Mr John Grigg. The first load moved was a crop of rye which Mr Grigg took off the southern terrace of the Ashburton River near the spot now named Wheatstone. Even after the railway came through, Mr Ede carted grain to Christchurch for Mr Grigg at the same price as the railway freight. It was not that freights were so high, but that labour was cheap. Mr Ede got 1s a mile each way for this work, loading on both outward and return journeys

THE GREAT FLOOD OF 1868
...The great flood of 1868 was the interesting subject raised by Mr Ben Ede in speaking of his recollections of Ashburton during the past three score years. He was living just below Digby's Bridge at the time, and he gives a graphic account of the heavy two days' rain that preceded the deluge. This had the effect of melting the record snow that preceded the downpour, and the two sources combined to let three separate torrents loose upon Ashburton.
...
Mr Ede tells how his wife and himself watched the rapid rise in the waters of the Ashburton River. Higher and higher rose the flood, bearing on it turgid waters "any quantity of sheep" from the up-country stations. Presently Mr and Mrs Ede saw a bed floating past, which Mrs Ede recognised as belonging to Mrs Williamson, living higher up the river. It transpired later that the Williamson's sod house was completely washed away by the flood, and Mrs Williamson almost accompanied it. With great presence of mind she tied herself to a post in the sheepyards until rescued and taken to higher ground.

THE ACCOMMODATION HOUSE
...The serious nature of the rise of the river was borne home on Mr Ede, and he mounted his horse to go into Ashburton to discover what was happening at Turton's accommodation house. When he came to the Mill Creek he found that the river had here burst its banks, and was rolling along an old course towards the town. It may be stated here that this branch of the flood waters found its way through the Domain ponds and across the present site of the post office, landing up at the rear of the High School grounds before pushing through the Netherby of to-day to join the old Wakanui Creek. Still another torrent broke through at Winchmore and flowed down the plains, passing Ashburton beyond the present cemetery.
...When Mr Ede reached Ashburton he found Turton's house was fairly safe. Certainly a little water was getting in, but it was perched on a little knob near the present bridge which may be seen to this day. The stables were on lower ground, and the horses were standing in water trace-high. The main flood reached to the present site of Robertson's mill, and extended over hundreds of acres at Tinwald. There was not a thing to be seen above the roaring flood, and yet there was flax and other growth 9ft high thereabouts.
..."It would be a bad job if we had another flood like that to-day," Mr Ede pertinently remarked. "The riverbed itself is three or four feet shallower than in those days owing to its own action in bringing down shingle; also, its course is choked with willows, gorse, and other growth, and about Ashburton its bed has been narrowed and its course obstructed by the rubbish dumps of 50 years."

THE HEN'S EXPERIENCES
...An amusing incident in connection with the flood was related by Mr Ede. The waters swept the homestead of a Mr C. Reid on the river terrace at Westerfield, and, of course, did great damage. Among other flotsam which the deluge bore away on its bosom was a small haystack, which was later found miraculously intact where it had grounded a mile away. A hen had been sitting on this new style of Noah's Ark, and it was the only fowl remaining to Mr Reid after the flood. The story ends triumphantly by the hen hatching out a full brood of chickens from the eggs, which, like her, had defied the fury of the elements. Talk about the luck of the wet hen!
...Stories such as the foregoing naturally led to an enquiry as to what other 'amusements' the pioneers had. Mr Ede could not think of any off-hand, but brightened up when horse-racing was suggested. Yes, there was some very comical horse-racing in those days, and he could remember a kind of super-steeplechase which lasted about an hour. There was one 'old grey nag' which on one occasion "jibbed and would not start for a long time," but when at length he was got going he went so fast that he was still in time to win the race.
...Pig-hunting was another sport which Mr Ede recalled with great pleasure. There were "any amount" of wild pigs between Ashburton and Digby's Bridge in those days and great were the hunts to bring these fellows down. Even the golden glamour that falls upon events long past could not induce Mr Ede to speak appreciatively of the eating qualities of wild pig, especially the old ones; "and we were well used to hard tack in those day," he added.

WEATHER LESS SEVERE NOW
...The weather in Canterbury has sobered down since former days, in the opinion of Mr Ede. This was especially the case with the prevailing winds, both nor'-west and sou'-west. The latter used to blow with great violence and piercingly cold for three days at a time, rain being continuous. As for the nor'-westers, it was hard to believe to-day the ravages which they wrought 30 and 40 years ago. They would literally lift the whole surface soil off land prepared for sowing and deposit it lower down. Gorse hedges three feet in height were obliterated from the landscape in these big blows, and one could ride for miles without knowing that any such obstruction existed. Mr Ede recalled that on one occasion he and his son were ploughing land for cropping near Methven, and Mr Andrew McFarlane, riding across from Alford Forest, stopped to speak to them. He asked what had become of the hedges; but, of course, he knew they had acted as dams to collect the flying soil and were themselves 'snowed under' in the process. Mr Ede believed that tree-planting had been mainly responsible for the lessened violence of nor'-westers in recent years.

COMIC OPERA JUSTICE
...The majesty of the law was little regarded in the early days of Ashburton's history, as Mr B. Ede's account of judicial procedure will show. In fact, the justice had more of that rough and ready style which nowadays is associated with the court-rooms of the Western States of America. Mr Ede says for the matter of that the charges were seldom any more serious than the procedure, drunkenness being the staple on which the magistrates had to adjudicate.
...The first policeman in Ashburton was Constable Horniman, and his equipment was so scanty that he had not even a lock-up, says Mr Ede. A small lean-to was the make-shift for this inseparable adjunct of the law, and the intrepid Horniman was not long before he secured a lodger. Drunkenness was the cause of the arrest and the prisoner was an old man from the bush who had previously followed the more exciting pastime of a whalers in the Southern Seas. The magistrate in those days was Mr Moorhouse, of Greenstreet and Shepherd's Bush, and he was duly sent for to try the old man.

MERCY FOR MALEFACTOR
..."Now, Mr Moorhouse was a thorough sport," said Mr Ede, kindled to enthusiasm by the memory, "and when he arrived at the 'gaol' the prisoner was lying on the broad of his back, snoring. Horniman went to awaken him, but Mr Moorhouse protested against this treatment of the offender. 'Let him lie,' he said, 'But what will I do with him?' asked the perplexed Horniman, baulked of the glories of giving evidence at the trial. From Mr Moorhouse came the generous reply: 'Let the old fellow alone till he wakes, then give him a pint of beer and send him home.'" Evidently the quality of mercy was not strained in those days, even if justice was not held too rigidly.
...Later on the lock-up attained a new dignity, continued Mr Ede, offenders against the law being accommodated in some stables. The stables were anything but gaol-bird proof, and the policeman was obliged to chain up his charges. On one occasion when the narrator was in the tap-room at Turton's accommodation house, a drunk managed to break his chains to come over to the house for a mug of beer. Having received this solace, the disciple of Bacchus returned of his own accord to 'durance vile' to await his sentence in the morning. With regard to Mr Andrew McFarlane's escapade in appearing as proxy for an escaped drunk, Mr Ede remembered the occasion and chuckled over it with great good humour.

SOME STERN REALITIES
...Turning from the comic opera of justice, Mr Ede related some of the stern realities of life when he first settled at Ashburton in 1864. For the first three months his diet made up of wild pig which, as Mr Ede stated previously, was not an attractive diet at the best of times. His first house he built of sods with his own hands just below the present site of Digby's Bridge. He stated that the excavation made to obtain the sods may still be found near the Timaru crossing of the Ashburton River.
...This modest little roof-tree, the first home of this pioneer in his adopted country, consisted of two rooms, no chimney, no windows and no doors, except such as were covered with sacking. To this house he brought his wife and seven children, and was troubled no more by the "housing problem." To the kind-hearted as expression of pity for this humble home circle naturally springs to the lips, but Mr Ede banishes any such sentiment by his sturdy declaration that he and his were quite as happy in their two rooms of sod as any of the young people in bungalows to-day with chimneys, doors, windows and electric light, all complete.
...Having settled his family in this "Englishman's Castle," Mr Ede went off to Orari to work for Mr Tripp. The Rangitata Crossing was then about two miles above the present railway bridge and people were punted across. The bullock teams, often with their wagons hitched on behind, were let go to swim across as best they might. Mr Ede remembers the spectacle of their swim across as an exciting event and often very amusing, especially when the leaders struck ground and stupidly halted while the tail of the team were still in the swirl of the current.
...While Mr Ede was away at Orari, his wife had the charge of a household of seven little ones at the two-roomed sod house near Digby's. In addition to these cares she walked the three miles to Turton's to do a day's washing, carrying a three-months' old baby with her. (The infant is still alive and working in Ashburton.) This she did several days in the week. Like Mr McFarlane, Mr Ede asked what the women of now-a-days would do in like circumstances.

FOUNDING OF ASHBURTON
...Of the founding of Hampstead, Mr Ede could say very little, except that the Chalmers' family was settled there very early. The first two farmers at Ashburton were Mr Hunt and himself. Mr Ede's first crops were oats and potatoes, and later, wheat. His first crop of wheat he carted all the way to Geraldine to have it ground. Geraldine then was called Rakapuki from the name of the bush in the neighbourhood.
...Settlement was slower on the plains than up towards the hills, although the latter was then, as now, only the lightest grazing country, said Mr Ede. The reason why all the big families seemed to gravitate at that time towards the hills was that the timber was there to provide buildings. Ashburton did not really begin to grow until the railway came through and "from then on, as you know, its extension has been steady and its days prosperous," concluded Mr Ede


NOTES
from NZETC written 1903, with early photos: ASHBURTON was first surveyed and partly pegged out in 1863, by Mr. Robert Park
... The first settlers of the Ashburton district went there in the early fifties as squatters and flockowners. Mr. Thomas Moorhouse took up a large run near the present town, and Mr. Moore, of Glenmark, settled similarly at Wakanui. Other settlers arrived gradually, and it was those sturdy, persevering pioneers who began the efforts, which, having been worthily continued by their successors, have transformed the wilderness into a veritable agricultural paradise.
* Mr. William Turton acted as fordsman on the river
* Mr. Louis Berliner established the first store
* John Grigg took up the (later famous) Longbeach run in 1865
* Mr Fooks constructed a water-race 6 miles long on Mr Reid's farm in 1869
* Mr Mainwaring was appointed clerk to the Council in 1877
* Mr Thomas Bullock was the first mayor
Others later were: Hugo Friedlander, Donald Williamson, Rudolph Friedlander, Thomas Sealy, Joseph Sealy, Alfred Harrison. David Thomas, John Orr, Charles Reid and William Henry Collins
* the first Ashburton Borough Council met in 1878. The first councillors were:
Donald Williamson, Weymouth Roberts, Robert Shearman, James Campbell, Andrew Orr, George Parkin, Edward Saunders, Rudolph Friedlander and Joseph Ivess

* The first building in Ashburton was an accommodation house built on a ferry reserve on the northern bank of the Ashburton River in 1858 by William Turton. William Turton also ran a ferry service and was the Postmaster

* Benjamin Ede was the first farmer in the county of Ashburton

* Benjamin Ede had 16 grandsons serving in WWI

The following text (and photo) was taken from the very interesting story on early Ashburton which was originally written in the Ashburton Guardian 30 August 1918 from the reminiscences of Alexander Hewson and mentions many of the names and facts as has Benjamin Ede's reminiscences above
See the link for the full story and more photos at:
Back Country Musterers - behind Geraldine
* ... There were no sheep on Orari Gorge Station when the Smiths went there, but 2000 sheep were brought from Mount Peel shortly afterwards. There being no woolshed on the place, the shearing was done on a tarpaulin the first season. The terms Smith had Orari Gorge from Mr Tripp was a fixed price per year, with a percentage on the increase of sheep and the wool per sheep. The first house built at Orari Gorge was built of totara slabs, cobbed with clay, and roofed with snowgrass tussock. The first part of the present woolshed (the first woolshed) was built in 1860. The first shearers in the shed were Tom Burgess, Harry Sorby, Jim Kimber, Charley Weddell, James Pithie, and Charlie Rippingale. The first five miles of fencing done on Orari Gorge were posts and four rails; there were no wires or standards to be had in those days. The winter of 1862 was the hardest ever experienced at Orari Gorge Station, the snow around the woolshed being four feet deep. No sheep were seen for six weeks, all, being under snow, but the losses were light on account of the sheep being able to get snowgrass tussocks to eat beneath the snow. The losses on the plains were four or five times heavier than on the hills. The summer of 1864 was the driest ever experienced in the district, no rain falling for nine months. The Orari River was dry as far up as tie Black Birch Creek. Ben Ede went to Orari Gorge in 1863, and burned a kiln of bricks to build a large station house, but the bricks were used to build a shearer's hut and sheep-dip. The big house was built of wood taken from the bush, most of the timber being hand-sawn...
* ... Among the instances of animals returning to where they were bred, I recall that when Ben Ede (now living in Hampstead) left Mount Peel, after making and burning the bricks for the present Mount Peel House in 1865, he and Mrs Ede and family were coming from Mount Peel to near Digby's Bridge, the first place Ben Ede settled in Ashburton. They came by bullock dray. When they were having their lunch they had brought a cat from Mount Peel over the Rangitata, they let the cat out of the box while they had lunch. When they looked for pussy she had disappeared. The cat returned to Mount Peel three weeks later. How it crossed the Rangitata no one knows, but we surmised it swam, as there were no bridges over the river then. I know a horse that was ridden from Rangiora to Mount Peel a two days' journey, fording all the rivers. It was turned out at Mount Peel with the other horses. In the morning the horse was gone, and 48 hours after the horse was in Rangiora...

* WILLOWBY, is a farming locality 11km south west of Ashburton.
Early settler, Ben Ede, obtained willow cuttings from the banks of the River Avon in Christchurch and planted them by the stream that passed close to his homestead. From these tress the district got its name

PHOTO
ORARI GORGE STATION, Canterbury
where Ben worked for a time for Mr Tripp

This is a similar hut as the first home of Ben & Amy where they lived and raised 7 of their 11 children. Theirs had no windows or doors and was made of sod.

Photograph taken in 1943 by John Dobree Pascoe
Sheep musterers and dogs standing in front of a hut on Orari Gorge Station, Canterbury. The musterers are, from left:
Fred Stevenson, Alec McLeod and Dan Scully.
The hut had been the home of a boundary rider and was known as the Devonshire Arms. It was originally built of cob with a stone chimney and a thatched roof.


William BEAUMONT + Frances Polynesia JAGGER

William BEAUMONT (1844-1920)
was born in Portadown, Armagh, Ireland 9 March 1844
he died in Auckland 19 January 1920 aged 75
Auckland Star, 19 January 1920 An old and highly-esteemed resident of Auckland, Mr William Beaumont, died at his residence, Argyle Street, Ponsonby, after a very brief illness early this morning, aged 74 years. Mr Beaumont was for very many years an active member of the Methodist Church, and in his earlier days did good work as a local preacher. He was associated with the late Mr W. H. Smith in founding the Helping hand Mission in Freeman's Bay, which subsequently was taken over by the Methodist Church. Mr Beaumont was a native of the North of Ireland, and came to Auckland in the early sixties. After being employed in various business capacities, he was engaged by Messrs Reed and Brett in 1871, on the staff of the 'Auckland Star," and continued in the capacity of business manager until failing health resulted in his retirement on superannuation at the end of 1913. Mr Beaumont was present at the Jubilee gathering of the staff of the "Auckland Star" last Thursday week, and on their behalf presented the congratulatory address to the proprietors. Mr Beaumont then appeared to be in good health and spirits. Last week, however, he over-exerted himself in the garden, and suffered a collapse from which he never recovered, gradually sinking, until death tool place peacefully this morning. Mr Beaumont married Miss Jagger, and is survived by his widow and an adult family. A thoroughly upright man, and a faithful friend, Mr Beaumont was very popular, both in business circles as manager of the "Auckland Star," and also with his fellow-members of the Staff

Frances Polynesia JAGGER (1844-1925)
was born in Rewa, Fiji
she died in Auckland 21 February 1925 aged 80
Auckland Star, 23 February 1925 An old resident of Ponsonby, Mrs Frances Polynesia Beaumont, died at her residence, Argyle Street, Herne Bay, on Saturday, in the 81st year of her age. The interment took place at Waikaraka Cemetery this afternoon. She was the widow of the late Mr William Beaumont, who was for many years commercial manager of the Auckland 'Star'. He was connected with the 'Star' form early days, and only retired when advancing years rendered rest imperative. An adult family survive their parents.

William & Frances married in New Zealand 17 May 1867
they had 11 children:

... 1
1868 - 1949 Richard Wentworth Beaumont
Richard was a Gardener
spouse not found
RICHARD WENTWORTH Beaumont died 1 September 1949 in Auckland aged 81
- his ashes were scattered from Waikumete

... 2
1870 - 1875 Evelyn Frances Beaumont
born in Auckland 12 April 1870
EVELYN FRANCES Beaumont died 10 March 1875 aged 4.11
Daily Southern Cross, 12 March 1875 BEAUMONT - On March 10, at her father's residence, Collingwood-street, Evelyn Frances, eldest daughter of Wm. Beaumont; aged 4 years and 11 months. The funeral will take place this (Friday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited.

... 3
1872 - 1930 Edith Mary Beaumont
born in Auckland 18 April 1872
Edith didn't marry
EDITH MARY Beaumont died 28 December 1930 aged 58

... 4
1874 - 1942 Leona May Beaumont
born in Collingwood street, Freemans Bay, Auckland 5 May 1874
Leona married Albert Victor FURNESS (1882-1932) in 1907
ALBERT died 14 July 1932 in Auckland aged 50
Auckland Star, 18 July 1932 The funeral of Mr Albert V. Furness at Waikumete on Saturday afternoon was very largely attended by commercial men of the city. The family has had many letters and telegrams expressing sympathy from all parts of the province. Mr Furness was in France for about two and a half years, and was wounded at the battle of Ypres. On his return he resumed his position with Messrs A. J. Entrican, Ltd., and had been a director of the firm for several years past. His wife was Miss Leona Beaumont, daughter of the late Mr William Beaumont, the former business manager of the 'Auckland Star'
LEONA MAY Furness died 22 October 1942 aged 68
- they are buried WESLEY DIVISION C Row 2, Plot 18 at Waikumete

... 5
1876 - William Melville Beaumont
born in Auckland
William Melville Beaumont possibly died in Orange, NSW

... 6
1878 - 1943 Alfred Leslie Beaumont
Alfred was a Draper
spouse not found
In July 1910 Alfred was a visitor to the NZ pavilion at Shepherd's Bush, London
Alfred served in WWI as Private 26771 with the NZEF, 17th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company. He embarked from Wellington 25 Sep 1916 (with brother Harold) listing his next of kin as his sister Evelyn of 18 Argyle Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Auckland Star, 9 September 1931 Knocked down by a motor car near Wallace Street, Herne Bay, yesterday afternoon, Mr A. L. Beaumont, aged 54 of 18 Argyle Street, Herne Bay, had his arm broken. he was taken to Auckland Hospital
New Zealand Herald, 20 March 1939 Mr Alfred Leslie Beaumont, aged 61, of 28 Argyle Street, Herne Bay, suffered an injury to the shoulder when he slipped and fell at a picnic at Pine Island yesterday
ALFRED LESLIE Beaumont died 1 September 1943 in Auckland aged 65
he is buried SOLDIERS BURIAL A Row 4a, Plot 16 at Waikumete

... 7
1880 - 1944 Ethel Madge Beaumont
born in Auckland 27 April 1880, Madge was her the name of her paternal grandmother
Ethel married Joshua Cobden KEESING (1865-1945) in 1900
Ethel next married Thomas? LUXTON
ETHEL MADGE Luxton died 19 August 1944 aged 64
- they were cremated at Waikumete

... 8
1882 - 1965 Evelyn Florence Beaumont
born in Auckland 29 April 1882
spouse not found
EVELYN FLORENCE Beaumont died 8 December 1966 aged 84

... 9
1884 - 1972 Muriel Constance Beaumont
born in Auckland 30 June 1884
Muriel married Edward Lester METHERELL Christmas Eve 1914
Auckland Star, 16 January 1915 METHERELL-BEAUMONT - On December 24 1914, at the residence of the brides parents, Edward Lester, son of the late William Edward Metherell of South Norwood, England and Auckland, to Muriel Constance, daughter of William Beaumont, of Argyle Street, Ponsonby
MURIEL CONSTANCE Metherell died 2 May 1972 aged 87 (a widow)
- she was cremated at Waikumete

... 10
1887 - 1976 Clara Lillian Beaumont
born in Auckland 22 December 1887
Clara married Keith Anthony Wallace MacKENZIE (1892-Oct 1976) in 1919
Auckland Star, 13 August 1919 MACKENZIE-BEAUMONT - On July 21, at St Peter's Church, by the Rev Haselden, Keith Anthony Wallace, son of Dr. F. Wallace Mackenzie of Wellington, to Clara Lillian, daughter of William Beaumont of Auckland
CLARA LILLIAN MacKenzie died 25 June 1976 aged 88

... 11
1890 - 1943 Harold Leonard 'Sam' Beaumont
Harold was a Clerk, he didn't marry
he served in WWI as Private 26770 with the NZEF, 17th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company. He embarked from Wellington 25 Sep 1916 (with brother Alfred) listing his next of kin as his sister Edith of 18 Argyle Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
HAROLD LEONARD 'Sam' Beaumont died 6 August 1943 in Auckland aged 53
Auckland Star, 7 August 1943 BEAUMONT - On August 6, at his residence, 28 Argyle Street, Herne bay, Harold Leonard (Sam), son of the late William and Frances beaumont. Funeral leaves the above address 11 a.m., Monday for Waikumete
he is buried SOLDIERS BURIAL G Row 3, Plot 2A at Waikumete

NOTES
Mr Arthur R. BRETT reminiscences: earliest days of the 'Auckland Star' when the press was a primitive little machine of the flat-bed type, operated by hand ...

DENNISTON soldiers of New Zealand

some DENNISTON young men served in war for New Zealand

ARTHUR Denniston
served as: Private 46310
unit: 26th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
occupation: tanner
next of kin: R. Denniston (brother), Great South Road, Ellerslie, Auckland
embarked: from Wellington 9 June 1917


CHARLES PITT Denniston (1883-1966)
served as: Lance Corporal 14402
unit: 14th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company
occupation: orchardist
next of kin: Mrs Jeanne Eugene Mabel Denniston (wife), Waikumete
embarked: from Wellington 26 June 1916


DAVID BRUNTON Denniston (1896-1977)
served as: Rifleman 24/114
unit: 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, A Company
enlistment address: c/o McDonald, Annat, Canterbury
next of kin: Reverend A.E. Axelsen (guardian), 41 Clyde Street, Dunedin
embarked: from Wellington 9 Oct 1915
born: Fremantle, WA to Robert Archibald DENNISTON & Susan Jane BRUNTON
- an older brother, Robert Blair Denniston was also born in Perth, WA, the 6 younger siblings were born in Otago


FRED Denniston
served as: Sapper 4/1255
enlisted from: Box 7, Hamilton
unit: Headquarters (available for transfer), Tunnelling Company
next of kin: Fred Dennison (nephew), Hamilton
embarked: from Auckland 18 Dec 1915


GEORGE GORDON Denniston (1885-1958)
served as: Second Lieutenant 9/918
unit: Otago Mounted Rifles, 4th Reinforcements
enlisted from: 36 Melville Street, Dunedi
next of kin: Mrs Frances Dorothea Denniston (wife), care of Hon. Justice Sim, Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin
embarked: from Wellington 17 April 1915
- George married Frances Dorothea SIM in 1915
he also served in 1918:
GEORGE GORDON Denniston
served as: Lieutenant 9/997
unit: Headquarters Staff, Officer Commanding Troops
occupation: auctioneer
next of kin: Mrs F. D. Denniston (wife), c/o Mr Justice Sim, Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin
embarked: from Wellington 16 May 1918
son of: George Lyon DENNISTON & Eleanor Bissell REYNOLDS


JAMES ARCHIBALD Denniston (1898-1917)
served as: Rifleman 24/115
unit: 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, A Company
enlisted from: c/o G. L. Rutherford, McDonald Downs, Hawarden
next of kin: Reverend A. E. Axelsen (guardian), 41 Clyde Street, Dunedin
embarked: from Wellington 9 October 1915
son of: Robert Archibald DENNISTON & Susan Jane
JAMES ARCHIBALD Denniston was KILLED IN ACTION 12 Oct 1917 at Ypres


JAMES Denniston
served as: private 4520
unit: No 25 Company, Otago Section, South African War
occupation: blacksmith in Southland
enlisted from: Fox St., Avenal
nest of kin: Samuel Edward Denniston, father, Fox Street, Avenal
embarked: 27 Feb 1901


LESLIE HUNTER Denniston (1890-1965)
served as: 14538
unit: 9th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company
occupation: Judge's associate
next of kin: G. L. Denniston (father), Bond Street, Dunedin
embarked: from Wellington 11 October 1916
son of: George Lyon DENNISTON & Eleanor Bissell REYNOLDS


MAURICE EDWARD Denniston (1879-1935)
served as: Captain 3/1810
unit: Hospital Ship No. 1, "Maheno" (Second Charter)
occupation: surgeon dentist
next of kin: Mrs M. Denniston (wife), Pendarves, Lower Hutt, Wellington
embarked: from Wellington 25 January 1916
son of: John Edward DENNISTON & Mary Helen BATHGATE


THOMAS GIBSON Denniston
served as: Private 8/3890
unit: 10th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
occupation: bank clerk
next of kin: Mrs M. I. Denniston (mother), Glasgow Street, Balclutha,
embarked: from Wellington 4 March 1916


THOMAS HILLIER Denniston (1892-1915)
son of: George Lyon DENNISTON & Eleanor Bissell REYNOLDS
served as: Sergeant 3/195
unit: New Zealand Medical Corps, Field Ambulance
enlisted from: 36 Melville Street, Dunedin,
next of kin: G. L. Denniston, Noble Street, Dunedin,
embarked: from Auckland 16 October 1914
THOMAS HILLIER DENNISTON died of enteric fever 28 July 1915 in Malta, aged 23

TWOMEY marriages New Zealand - Brides

known TWOMEY BRIDES in New Zealand 1879 - 1932

* Alice Iris Twomey
...married Joseph Henry FINNERTY in 1921

* Bridget Twomey
...married Cornelius O'NEILL in 1889
their known children:
* 1890 - Thomas Morris O'Neill
* 1894 - Margaret Teresa O'Neill
* 1895 - Cornelius O'Neill
* 1897 - Bridget O'Neill
* 1899 - Morris O'Neill
* 1901 - Mary Ann O'Neill
* 1903 - Martin O'Neill

* Catherine Twomey
...married Patrick Joseph SMITH in 1912

* Doris May Twomey
...married William Francis Albert RATHBONE in 1925

* Eileen May Twomey (1902-1993)
...married Herbert Henry GRAEFF (1905-1962) in 1929

* Ellen Twomey
...married John CAHILL in 1885

* Ellen Twomey
...married John Roger TRYON (1892-1977) in 1915
- son of Paul & Bridget TRYON
- John was a 'Traveller' in Greymouth in 1918 when 'called up'

* Elsie Grant Twomey (nee McKAY, 1885-1972)
- daughter of Donald McKAY & Barbara McGREGOR
...married Henry WILCOX in 1929
Elsie first married Patrick Martin Twomey (1887-1920) in 1913
- Patrick died in Taumarunui aged 34

* Emma Ada Twomey (1893-1951)
- daughter of Joseph Thomas TWOMEY & Emma DURRANT
...married Harry Leopold TOLLEY (1889-1965) in 1914
- son of Thomas James TOLLEY & Rebbeca LEWERS of Wellington

* Fleta Constance Twomey (1893-1968)
- daughter of John TWOMEY & Kate Edith NEWSHAM
...married Timothy Stack HICKEY (1889-1974) in 1918
- son of John Cornelius HICKEY & Hannah STACK

* Hanora Patricia Twomey (1886-1944)
...married Roderick Macleod STEVENS (1884-1973) in 1916
- lived at Bloomfield Terrace, Lower Hutt

* Helena Ada Twomey (1862-1912)
...married William Reid LENNIE (1862-1888) in 1888
Evening Post, 14 January 1888 On the 4th January, at the Baptist Church, Vivian-street, (Wellington) by the Rev H. H. Driver, William Reid Lennie, of Hokitika, to Helena Ada, youngest daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Twomey, of Wellington. Hokitika and Nelson papers please copy
their known children:
* 1888 - 1969 William Michael Reid Lennie
Evening Post, 11 September 1888 On 11th September, at Molesworth-street, William Reid Lennie, aged 26 years; deeply regretted. Hokitika and Westport papers please copy
- William is buried at Bolton street
HELENA next married John RORRISON (?-1911) in 1896 & they farmed in Kaikoura
- Helena is buried at Karori
The interpretation of the Will of John Rorrison was held in the Supreme Court in May 1916 and said in part:- the testator died on 23rd February 1911, leaving a will dated 8th August, 1910, in the terms of which he bequeathed five acres of land to Dr William McAra, of Gore, and another five acres to William Lennie, his stepson

* Johanna Twomey (1852-1922)
- born in County Cork, Ireland
married James Usher CLUNAN (1843-1916) in Wanganui 17 July 1879
- born Galway, Ireland to Joseph CLUNAN & Honor USHER
they settled in Cape Foulwind, Westport
their known children:
* 1880 - 1976 Nora Teresa Clunan (born Greymouth, buried Orowaitu, Wesport)
* 1881 - 1959 Ellen Mary Clunan (born West Coast)
* 1884 - 1959 Johanna Catherine Clunan (teacher, didn't marry)
* 1886 - 1963 Joseph Usher Clunan
* 1887 - 1915 Matthew Edward Clunan
Grey River Argus, 12 March 1915 Matthew E. Clunan, second son of Mr and Mrs J. Clunan, died at Cape Foulwind on Saturday, aged 27, owing to an injury he had suffered from epileptic fits for some years
* 1889 - 1959 Margaret Mary Clunan
* 1890 - 1892 Mary Honor Clunan (19 months, buried with brother Charles)
* 1892 - 1970 Patrick John Clunan
* 1894 - 1894 Charles James Clunan (aged 10 days, buried Plot 152 Westport)
JAMES USHER Clunan died 18 March 1916 in Westport
JOHANNA Clunan died 22 September 1922 in Westport
- they are buried with sons Matthew, Joseph & Patrick, Plot 292, Block E Orowaiti

* Johannah Twomey
...married Hugh McSWIGAN (1888-1961) in 1913
- son of John & Mary McSWIGAN of Christchurch

* Julia Gabriel Twomey
...married Robert Sinclair SUTHERLAND in 1905
their known children:
* 1908 - Robert Sinclair Sutherland
* 1910 - Phillis Mary Sutherland
* 1913 - Joan Sutherland

* Kathleen Louisa Twomey
...married James Alexander GRAYSON in 1928

* Margaret Mary Twomey (1891-1937)
...married Maurice Joseph HASLER (1881-1952) in 1908
their known children:
* 1909 - Edward George Maurice hasler
* 1910 - Margaret Mary Eileen Hasler
* 1913 - Francis Thomas Augustin Hasler

* Margaret Mary Twomey (1889-1985)
...married Victor Constantine MEEHAN (1890-1946) in Timaru 1921
- born Timaru to James MEEHAN & Christina MARTIN from Bendigo, Australia
their known children:
* 1822 - 1978 Victor James Meehan
* 1923 - 1989 Marie Meehan
* 1926 - Margaret Christine Meehan
* 1929 - Gerard Patrick Meehan
VICTOR died 20 April 1946 in Timaru & buried Plot 196, Row 99 at Timaru
The Argus, 18 September 1946 AFTER fourteen clear days the PUBLIC TRUSTEE for Victoria, the duly constituted attorney under power of the Public Trustee of New Zealand, the executor of the will of VICTOR CONSTANTINE MEEHAN, late of Timaru. New Zealand, merchant, deceased, will APPLY to the Registrar of Probates of the Supreme Court to have its SEAL AFFIXED to an exemplification of probate of the said will, granted by the Supreme Court of New Zealand at Wellington on the 17th May, 1946, to the said executor.
MARGARET Meehan died 20 July 1985 in Timaru & buried with Victor & his parents in Timaru

* Margaret Rose Twomey
...married Maurice TWOMEY in 1930

* Mary Twomey
...married Timothy MOYNAHAN in 1884

* Mary Twomey
...married Wallace William LARAMAN in 1906
their known children:
* 1909 - Mary Constance Laraman

* Mary Agnes Twomey
...married Wright VICKERS in 1894
their known children:
* 1895 - Walter Joseph Vickers
* 1897 - Rowland Vickers
* 1899 - Leslie Wright Vickers

* Mary Ann Twomey
...married Daniel O'BRIEN in 1887
their known children:
* 1888 - Michael O'Brien
* 1894 - John Francis O'Brien

* Mary Ann Twomey
...married Henry Victor ARMSTRONG in 1912

* Mary Margaret Twomey
...married James Rea WYLIE in 1924

* Maud Olive Twomey
...married Albert Woods JACKSON in 1919

* Mavis Audrey Twomey
...married Terence Peter O'FLAHERTY in 1932

* Ruby Grace Twomey
...married Aubrey Milton AUSTIN in 1915

* Theresa Gertrude Twomey
...married Cecil Alphonsus CASSIN in 1917

* Violet Cathline Meria Twomey
...married Albert Charles DEAN in 1923

* Whanna Twomey
...married Thomas McARTHUR in 1925

* Winifred Twomey
...married James Guthrie STEVENS in 1916


the TWOMEY GROOMS



PHOTO
Grave of Victor Constantine Meehan
& his wife and parents
Plot 196, Row 99 at Timaru Cemetery


GIDDENS marriages New Zealand 1863-1933

the known GIDDENS marriages New Zealand 1863 - 1933

the GIDDENS GROOMS
Arthur Joseph Giddens (1883-1970)
married Ann Maud BURTON (1885-1924) in 1915
Arthur served in WWI as Corporal 64200
JOSEPH next married Mary Anne QUINN (nee STEWART) in 1925
- Mary Ann first married Thomas Henry Quinn (1870-1922) in 1920
MARY MAUD died 15 March 1924 aged 39
MARY ANN died 24 Sep 1959 aged 86
ARTHUR is buried Plot 568H, PUBLIC2 at Karori cemetery, Wellington
- with his first wife

Claude Leo Giddens (1908-1978)
married Dorothy BROWN (1899-1979) in 1933

David Giddens (1878-1949)
married Clara Gladys BROWN in 1913

Ernest Giddens (1878-1966)
married May Calder ROGERS (1890-1953) in 1914

Ernest Heather Giddens (1900-1977)
married Victoria Marjory BEHRNS (1902-1965) in 1926
In 1933 the partnership of SMITH & GIDDENS, between himself & John Digby Smith of Akaroa Motor Garage Proprietors, was dissolved
ERNEST died 11 May 1977 aged 77 & buried Rakaia

George Giddens (1836-1913)
married Maria/Myra Kate HAWTHORNE (1846-1929) in 1863
their known children:
* 1864 - William Giddens
* 1872 - Joseph Giddens
* 1898 - Ernest Giddens

George Giddens
married Helena HUNT in 1890
their known children:
* 1891 - Henry Martin Giddens
* 1892 - Lawrence George Giddens
* 1895 - Elsie Phoebe Giddens
* 1898 - Reginald Allen Giddens
* 1900 - Stephen Spencer Giddens
* 1904 - Percival Hubert Giddens
* 1908 - Gladys Doreen Giddens

Henry Giddens
married Sarah HOLMES in 1913

Inna Clement George Giddens (1885-1923)
married Winnifred Louisa HAWTHORNE in 1910

James Joseph Austin Giddens (1898-1972)
married Muriel Elsie Henrietta LEWIS (1901-1967) in 1929

John Leonard Giddens (1878-1940)
married Phoebe HUNT (1875-1969) in 1904
- Phoebe was born in French Farm, Banks Peninsula
their known children:
* 1905 - Leslie William Allan Giddens
* 1908 - Claude Leo Giddens
* 1912 - Isabel Giddens

John Thomas Giddens (1870-1951)
married Emily Edith SAMUELS (1877-1944) in 1906
their known children:
* 1907 - Lily Rebecca Giddens
* 1910 - Marjorie Gertrude Giddens

Joseph Giddens
married Ellen Hannah WRIGHT (1879-1952) in 1898
their known children:
* 1898 - Joseph James Austin Giddens
* 1900 - Ernest Heather Giddens
* 1904 - Ellen Venetta Hawthorne Giddens
* 1907 - Walter Steven Osborne 'Buster' Giddens
* 1913 - Beatrice Elizabeth Wright Giddens

Lawrence George Giddens (1893-1953)
married Edith Olive Le VAILLANT in 1924

Leslie William Allen Giddens (1907-1968)
married Ellen Hilda BRYANT (1906-1993) in 1931

Martin Henry Giddens (1892-1960)
married Emma Elizabeth PLAISTED (1898-1959) in 1920

Montague Frank Giddens (1905-1978)
married Edith LUNT (1905-1984) in 1928

Percival Hubert Giddens (1904-1967)
married Beryl Grace KERR in 1929

Reginald Allen Giddens (1898-1986)
married Olga TAYLOR (1901-1989) in 1931

Richard Frank Giddens (1877-1963)
married Harriet HUNT (1871-1930) in 1899
their known children:
* 1904 - Clarice Lelia Florence Giddens
* 1905 - Montague Frank Giddens
* 1909 - Edward Laurance Giddens
* 1912 - Myrtle Edna Giddens

Stephen Spencer Giddens (1900-1978)
married Georgina Sarah Jane WILSON (1909-1969) in 1929

Thomas Giddens (1871-1944)
married Edith NEALE in 1901
their known children:
* 1906 - Edith Frances Giddens
* 1908 - Thomas Edmund Giddens
* 1911 - Annie Ina Muriel Giddens
* 1914 - Mavis Rose Giddens

Thomas Edmond Giddens (1908-1969)
married Maisel Thelma TIBBLES (1912-1978) in 1933

Walter Algie Giddens (1899-1981)
married Norrie Edna DIXON (1907-1989) in 1924
WATLER died 21 Jan 1981 aged 81. His last address was Manuka St., Otaki Beach

William Giddens
married Elizabeth WAKELIN in 1871
their known children:
1874 - William Charles Giddens
1877 - Richard Frank Giddens
1878 - John Leonard Giddens
1880 - Ada Elizabeth Giddens
1885 - Inna Clemence George Giddens
1888 - Christina Bessy Giddens

William Giddens (1864-1957)
married Louisa Charlotte EVERETT (1867-1943) in 1886
- they were living on the Maori Pa at Little River in the early 1900s
their known children:
* 1887 - William Giddens
* 1888 - Louisa Caroline Giddens
* 1891 - John Thomas Giddens
* 1892 - Charles James Giddens
* 1894 - Edith Alice Giddens
* 1897 - Mary Catherine Giddens
* 1899 - Walter Algie Giddens
* 1901 - Annie Maude Giddens
* 1903 - Violet May Giddens

William Giddens
married Eva Bertha LAUDALL (1892-1918) in 1914

William Giddens
married Muriel Grace WILLIS (1900-1973) in 1919

William Charles Giddens (1875-1963)
married Fanny Amelia HAMMOND (1874-1920) in 1900
WILLIAM next married Elizabeth WILSON in 1921


the GIDDENS BRIDES
Ada Elizabeth Giddens
married Alexander Jack THOMSON in 1903
their known children:
* 1904 - Alexander Thomson
* 1906 - Ida Mildred Thomson
* 1907 - Inna Alexander Thomson
* 1911 - Marjorie Olive Thomson

Annie Maud Giddens
married Thomas Samuel William JOHNSON in 1905

Annie Maude Giddens (1901-1976)
married George Royston WINTERBURN (1897-1937) in 1918

Christina Bessie Giddens
married Arundel Stoyle WEBSTER (1875-1916) in 1910
- son of Arundel WEBSTER & Emilie STOYLE
Arundel Stoyle Webster and Edward John Cusdin had the partnerhip of WEBSTER & CUSDIN, Livery Stable Keepers at Little River, Ducauchelle & Akaroa. The partnership was dissolved in 1913

Edith Alice Giddens (1894-1966)
daughter of William GIDDENS & Louisa Charlotte
married Claude Vincent PIKE (1891-1960) in 1910

Ellen Vennetta Hawthorne Giddens (1905-1967)
married Arthur Cyril PARRIS (1902-1987) in 1927
- son of Arthur John PARRIS & Alice WEBLEY

Elsie Phoebe Giddens (1896-1968)
married James JOYCE in 1915

Hilda Beatrice Giddens (1914-1985)
married Archibald 'Archie' James Samuel WEILY (1910-1989) in 1933
- born in Ashburton, a son of Samuel Henry WEILY & Edith KELTY (married Longford, Tasmania)

Louisa Caroline 'Carrie' Giddens (1889-1918)
married John Horton 'Jack' BILLS (1867-1920) 13 Feb 1907
their known children:
* 1907 - Grace Irene Bills
* 1909 - Madeline Mary Bills
* 1910 - Ida Louisa Bills
* 1914 - Gordon Horton Bills

Marjorie Gertrude Giddens (1910-1987)
married Alexander George Kenneth MacKAY (1903-1956) in 1933

Mary Kathleen Giddens (1897-1975)
married William Henry COOTES (1875-1948) in 1928

Mavis Rose Giddens (1913-1983)
married Andrew Clarence KIMBER (1908-1986) in 1933
- son of Robert George & Lily Ann KIMBER

Myra Giddens
married George Edgar WELLS (1873-1945) in 1906
their known children:
* 1898 - Ethel Gwendoline Wells
* 1900 - Ida Pretoria Wells
* 1900 - Ella Marguerite Wells
* 1906 - Verna Alice Wells
* 1910 - Marjorie Maude Wells

Myrtle Edna Giddens
married Ronald Leslie CHICK (1904-1966) in 1929

Victoria Harriet Elizabeth Giddens (1901-1987)
married John MALONEY in 1925

Violet May Giddens
married Albert Edward Herbert VINCE 6 Sep 1923 in Otaki
Violet left 3 months later
Albert remarried to Emily Marion JEWELL (using the name Hubert Allan Burns), of Hamilton and became a chef at the Kohukohu Hotel. However he was still married to Violet

Winnifred Louisa Giddens (1890-1962)
married Robert Edward LANKEY (1880-1963) in 1928
- Robert served in WWI as Trooper 64531
- he was in Waitomo 1938-1949 & later in Tauranga