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the 'V' names at Masterton, Wairarapa Cemeteries

The 'V' names of those buried in the Masterton, Wairarapa cemeteries

The Masterton District Council manages six cemeteries
* The Pioneer cemetery and Archer Street cemetery both adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park
* Riverside on the east side of Masterton
and public cemeteries at Tinui, Mauriceville and Hastwell

The cemeteries concerned here are:
Archer Street

VALKES JOHN 1866-1920 aged 54 ???
- the surname cannot be verified

VALLANCE Charles Augustus 1819-1882 aged 63
VALLANCE Charles Walker 1881-1906 aged 25
VALLANCE Charles Frederick 1864-1933 aged 69
VALLANCE Charles Hales 1899-1983 aged 83
VALLANCE Elizabeth Laura 1854-1901 aged 47
VALLANCE Frederick Burne 1889-1978 aged 89
VALLANCE Hannah Matilda 1858-1945 aged 87
VALLANCE Henry William "Harry" 1856-1884 aged 28
VALLANCE James Charles 1853-1888 aged 35
VALLANCE Lance Brentwood 1883-1916 aged 33
VALLANCE Lily Ann 1862-1938 aged 76
VALLANCE Norah Mabel 1892-1988 aged 96
VALLANCE Philip Agustus 1867-1903 age 36

VALLER unknown
VALLER Doris 1927-1988 aged 61
VALLER Harriett 1864-1942 aged 78
VALLER Lena Louise 1905-1991 aged 85
VALLER Raymond Claude 1929-2002 aged 73
VALLER William 1864-1922 aged 58

VAN BERLO Johannes Frans 1922-1993 aged 71
VAN BERLO Leona Mary 1930-2007 aged 77

VAN DELFT unknown ?-? aged unknown
VAN DELFT Cornelis 1928-1992 aged 64

VAN DEN BROEK Michael John 1956-1972 aged 16

VAN DER PUIJE Richard Godfrey Calv ?-1959 aged unknown

VAN DER PUT unknown ?-? aged unknown
VAN DER PUT Hendrina 1949-1988 aged 39

VAN DIJK Peter ?-1986 aged ?

VAN DYK Pieter Andre Charl 1968-1991 aged 23

VAN GERVEN Thomas Cornelis 1937-1997 aged 60

VAN PRAAGH Cecil Barnett 1881-1944 aged 63
VAN PRAAGN William 1913-1979 aged 64

VAN RYSEWYK Leonrd Peter 1959-1990 aged 41
VAN RYSEWYK Peter John Baptist Anthony 1918-1981 aged 63

VARCOE Ada Jean 1911-1990 aged 79

VARLINE L ?-? aged unknown

VARLOW Alfred James 1899-1977 aged 78
VARLOW Gertrude Emily 1899-1991 aged 92

VARTY Harold James 1913-1992 aged 78

VAUGHAN unknown ?-1924 aged ?
VAUGHAN Alice 1865-1958 aged 93
VAUGHAN Annie 1888-1956 age 68
VAUGHAN Arthur Frank 1918-1976 aged 58
VAUGHAN Bruce 1920-1920 aged 3 days
VAUGHAN Harry Frank 1884-1973 aged 89
VAUGHAN Henry Cave 1854-1918 aged 64
VAUGHAN Ian Joseph 1956-1976 aged 60
VAUGHAN Jack Cave 1914-1969 aged 55
VAUGHAN Patricia Amy 1927-1993 aged 65
VAUGHAN Victor Anthony 1907-1915 aged 8

*On the Cemetery Datasbase they have:
VALLER VICTOR CLIVE 1899-1972 aged 73
- he was acutally WALLER Victor Clive

George McRAE of Blairich, Scotland - settler of Nelson 1842

This is the 'other' George McRae who was a settler of Nelson the same time (but arriving 8 years earlier) as this George McRae

'This' George McRae was born 1800 in Blairich, Scotland
- a son of Roderick MacRAE & Catherine LESLIE
He emigrated on the MARY ANN, arriving in Nelson on the 8 Feb 1842

With him was:
* his wife Ellen have seen Helen (nee SUTHERLAND 1802-1879) aged 38
- they married 24 Nov 1820 in Red River (now Winnipeg, Manitoba) Canada

* daughter Catherine McRae aged 19
- born in Red River
- she married Charles Augustus VALLANCE (1819-1882) & lived in the Wairarapa
- their known children:
* 1853 - 1888 James Charles Vallance
* 1856 - 1884 Henry William Vallance
* 1858 - 1945 Hannah Matilda Vallance
* 1859 - 1920 Alice Vallance
* 1862 - 1948 Isabella Vallance
* 1863 - 1933 Charles Frederick Vallance
* 1865 - 1965 Eliza Christy Vallance
* 1867 - 1903 Philip Augustus Vallance
- she died Sept 1875 aged 53

* daughter Isabella McRae aged 17
- born in Red River
- she married William HARKNESS in 1849 & lived in Richmond
- she died in Jan 1881 aged 57

* son William McRae aged 15
- possibly born in Scotland
- he married Sarah Fanny HARRISON in 1856 & settled in Waipapa, Kaikoura
- he died in 1870 aged 44

* daughter Margaret McRae aged 13
- she lived in Richmond

* daughter Mary/Marjory McRae aged 11
- she married Alexander MOWAT in 1850 & lived at Altimarlock, Awatere
- they had at least 10 children:
* 1851 - 1926 Helen McRae Mowat
* 1852 - 1896 Barbara Gunn Drummond Mowat
- married John Wickliffe McWhir Daly Nicholson (1848-1883)
* 1854 - 1906 Sarah Mcrae Mowat
* 1856 - 1941 Kenneth Phin Mowat
* 1858 - 1936 Kate McRae Mowat (married Alexander Clarence McRae in 1887)
* 1860 - 1932 Alexander Mowat
* 1863 - John Tinline Mowat
* 1864 - 1897 Henry Mowat
* 1867 - 1915 Thomas Renwick Mowat
* 1869 - ? unnamed Mowat

* son Phillip Roderick McRae aged 4
- he married Bertha SCOTT in 1861 & settled in Blairich, Awatere
- their 2 known children:
* 1862 - 1957 Laura Beatrice McRae
* 1864 - 1944 George Richard McRae
- Phillip died in July 1888 aged 51

* son Nehemiah McRae aged 2
- he was drowned while attempting to cross the Awatere river in 1872 aged 33
Nelson Examiner & NZ Chronicle, 25 May 1872
... The Marlborough Express, of Saturday last, gives the following evidence taken at the inquest held at Blainch on the body of the deceased, on Thursday', the 16th instant, before H. Williams, Esq., Coroner; Mr C. Canning was foreman:
Richard Jackson, a shepherd in the employ of deceased, deposed: That he left home in company with Mr. McRae, William Shearman, and Samuel Schutter on Wednesday, the 15th instant, for the purpose of pig-hunting; they afterwards returned to Weld's Hill cutting for the purpose of returning home to Weld's Hill. Having crossed the ford in the morning, witness suggested to Mr. McRae that the river was very high, and he had better unsling his rifle, to which he replied there was no fear, but they must follow him, as he would take the lead. They went up the steam till the water came over their saddles, the deceased then made straight for the landing on the other side, when the horse went suddenly head first under water, and rolled heels up; when witness saw the deceased again, he had one foot in the stirrup iron over the saddle, and one hand holding the bridle; he was pulling the horse round and round, and that was the last he saw of him until he had pulled the horse round on the other side of the bank. Deceased called out, "Farewell, remember me."
No assistance could be rendered to him. The horse came out about two chains higher up the river than witness. He could not render the deceased any assistance. He saw him let go his hold of the horse. He was sensible at the time, and his rifle was still over his shoulder. He did not know whether the deceased was injured or not. He believed the water must have been fully twelve feet deep. The other men had been left killing pigs. Mr. M'Rae was drowned about a hundred yards from where witness was standing. The horse was a quiet one, and accustomed to the ford. Both horses had to swim, as the river was flooded. Witness did not succeed in crossing, but returned. Did not know whether the deceased could swim or not, but was sure nothing could have been done to save him. Edwin Trolove (brother-in-law), sheepfarmer, residing at Woodbank, Clarence, deposed, that having heard that Nehemiah M'Rae had been washed off his horse on Wednesday, the 15th instant, he went to the river and rode down the bank until he saw the body of deceased in the water; he dragged it out, and some men coming up, they rubbed the body to restore animation. Witness then went to Mr. Mowatt's (another brother-in-law) for a horse and trap to convey the body home; he found deceased about a quarter of a mile below the ford; it was quite cold, as he supposed it to have been in the water about an hour and a-half; it was not much bruised, the rifle was not on the body ; his watch was in his pocket, and his ring on his finger. The time by the watch was twenty minutes to two; did not think the deceased could swim, or that anything could have been done to save him.
The verdict was " Accidentally Drowned."

* daughter Sarah McRae aged 7 months on arrival
- she married Edwin TROLOVE 12 August 1862 in Blairich, Awatere & lived in Nelson
- their known children:
* 1863 - 1949 John William Trolove
* 1865 - 1928 George McRae Trolove
* 1867 - 1939 Frank Richard Trolove
* 1869 - 1939 Frederick Edwin Trolove
* 1871 - 1936 Helen Elizabeth Trolove
* 1874 - 1879 Thomas Shaw Trolove
* 1876 - 1877 Emma Sarah Trolove
* 1879 - 1942 Adelaide Mary Trolove
* 1881 - 1962 Isabella May Trolove
* 1884 - 1953 Frances Louise Trolove

* the youngest son, Richard England McRae (1846-1910), was born in Nelson
- named after his father's employer, Richard England, who was killed in the Wairau Massacre
- he married Florence MacSHANE in 1872 at Christ church, Nelson & lived in Manaia
- their first born was Richard 'Nelson' McRae, who was killed from a fall from his horse that he was riding in the Hunters Hack Hurdle Race at the Rangitikei races in September 1899 (again, both families involved with race horses !!)
- In the newspaper report of the accident it states that Nelson was a relative of Mr Roderick McRae (who was a son of the 'other' George) so there is definately a link to be found .... maybe you can help
- their known children were:
* 1875 - 1899 Richard Nelson McRae
* 1879 - 1941 Philip Alexander McRae
* 1881 - 1953 Sydney Charles McRae
* 1884 - 1971 Florence Hilda McRae
* 1891 - 1971 Gordon Egmont McRae

George spent 8 years in Nelson, farming at Waimea South
In 1850 he removed to the Awatere and took up Blairich, and Braes of Sutherland
He died on 3rd September 1864, aged 64, due to an accident (scalded in sheep dip)

from The Awatere
... Mr. George McRae , sometime of Blairich, Scotland, settled in the Awatere in 1850. He was born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, in 1800. In response to a call made by Lord Selkirk, for volunteers for a Free Company, he and 200 young men set sail in 1816 for Hudson's Bay, North America. Mr. McRae remained there for six years, during which he was married. In 1822 he returned to the North of Scotland, and took charge of a sheep farm for Major Gilchrist. He had about 9000 sheep under his control, and was in the position for six or seven years, when he left to manage Blairich, where he remained till the first Duke of Sutherland gave him the adjoining farm. On the death of his father, in 1841, Mr. McRae set sail for New Zealand, and landed at Nelson, in 1842, by the ship Mary Ann, on which he brought with him his family of three sons and five daughters. Mr. McRae was for eight years in Nelson, and farmed two sections at Waimea South, and had the whole of 88 Valley for cattle rearing. In 1848, he acquired Lake Roto-iti station, which he sold to Mr. Charles Christie, two years afterwards. In 1850, he removed to the Awatere, and took up Blairich, and Braes of Sutherland.
Mr. McRae died on the 3rd of September, 1864, in consequence of an accident he met whilst dipping sheep. He took great interest in all public affairs, and was one of the founders of the Nelson Institute. His widow died in 1879. Mr. and Mrs McRae had four sons and five daughters.
* The eldest son, Mr. William McRae, of Waipapa, Kaikoura, died in 1870;
* the second, Mr. Phillip McRae, of Blairich, Awatere, in 1888;
* and the third, Mr. Nehemiah McRae, was drowned while attempting to cross the Awatere river in 1872.
* The youngest son, Mr. R. E. McRae, of Manaia, was born in Nelson.
* The eldest daughter, Mrs Vallance, of Wairarapa, died in September, 1875,
* and the second, Mrs Harkness, of Richmond, Nelson, died in January, 1881.
* The third daughter, Miss Margaret McRae, is living in Richmond, Nelson.
* Mrs Mowat, of Altimarlock, Awatere, was the fourth daughter,
* and Mrs Trolove, of Nelson, the fifth and youngest.


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George Wilsden McRAE County Clare - settler of Nelson 1850

If you are researching George McRae of Nelson PLEASE NOTE that there was another George McRae in Nelson at the same time as this George, some of his children having the same names as this George, both families were even involved with race horses.
So it would pay to visit this site for explainations as extensive research has been done to differentiate between the two

The George Wilsden McRae this journal is about was from County Clare, Ireland
- (the other George was from Blairich, Scotland)
- 'our' George emigrated to New Zealand on the LADY NUGENT in 1850, 8 years later than the other George. He was 11 years old & was with his parents, William McRAE (1802-1867) & Sarah Burns (nee CORRIE/CURRIE 1805-1879) and 2 siblings, Kate aged 9 and Roderick aged 7

His father William owned GLENS OF TEKOE sheep station in Amuri district - the above link (downloads 5.49MB) is a brilliantly descriptive site with photos, paintings and stories on the Mandamus, which was the original name of the Glen of Tekoe and surrounding districts. It also has poems by Shona McRae
It is the story of the life of William McRae, his sons and descendents and the property with photos and even the station diaries and account books from 1863 which record, that in 1886, Stanley Fowler commenced as head shepherd with a salary of 80 per year ($13,618 in 2009) to be found in flour and mutton only until 1890-91 when he received a rise, as head shepherd in the cottage, with firewood also provided ...
- their home was built in Home Gully near the Blue Rock and Silver Brook Streams and was occupied for 2 years before the sod homestead was built
William, along with his sons George Wildsen and Roderick, built the second house of sod in 1859. It is now a registered historic building. The third homestead built in 1865 is still lived in today and is also a registered historic building

* George was one of the 1st pupils at Nelson College for boys which opened on the 7th April 1856 (the day before his 18th birthday) with eight students. It`s premises were in Trafalgar Square, Nelson, but shortly thereafter moved to a site in Manuka Street. In 1861, the school moved again to its current site in Waimea Road.

George was
* a Justice of the Peace
- he was CHAIRMAN of:
* the Amuri County Council and Road Board
* the Hurunui Rabbit Board
* the Council of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association
* the Hurunui and Culverden Racing Clubs
* the Canterbury and Northern Coursing Clubs

George married Mary MOORE in Nelson in 1868 when he was 30 and she was 22
- Mary was one of 10 known children of Daniel MOORE of Mirfield, Kirkless, West Yorkshire & Helen ALEXANDER of Dundee, Angus, Scotland (they were also early settlers of Nelson)

George and Mary had 10 (known) children:
... 1
1870 - 1960 Sarah Helen McRae
- born 23 September 1870 Huranui River, Amuri, Canterbury
- she married Alexander McFARLANE (1863-1913) 27 Oct 1896 Tekoa, Marlborough
- a son of John McFARLANE & Catherine CAMERON
- no children
- they owned a sheepstation in Cheviot (reportedly first to have electricity in NZ)
SARAH died in 1960 aged 80

... 2
1873 - 1958 Kate Mary McRae
- born 25 April 1873 in Richmond, Nelson
- she married John DAMPIER-CROSSLEY (1873-1913) 19 April 1900 in Nelson
- their known children:
* 1901 - 1935 Croslegh Dampier-Crossley (drowned Hurunui River)
* 1907 - 1992 Wilsden Dampier-Crossley
* 1908 - 2004 Shona Dampier-Crossley
KATE died in 1969 aged 96
NOTE Kate`s granddaughter, Mary Ethel McRae, (of son Croslegh) married William Wilsden McRae, her brother George`s son

... 3
1874 - 1961 William Wilsden McRae
- born 18 May 1874
- he married Mary Ethel DAMPIER-CROSSLEY (1874-1949) 25 April 1900 Woodend, Canterbury
- their known children:
* 1901 - Mary Maud McRae
* 1903 - 1979 Helen Dampier McRae
* 1905 - 1949 Jean Palin McRae
* 1908 - 1960 William Dampier McRae
* 1911 - 1998 Cara McRae
WILLIAM died in 1961 aged 87

... 4
1879 - 1960 Georgina Alice Constance McRae
- married William Barr SCOTT (1863-1908) in 1899
- their known children:
* 1900 - 1988 George Douglas Scott
* 1901 - 1979 Elva Mary Scott
* 1903 - 1961 Barbara McRae Scott
* 1905 - 1985 John Herbert Scott
* 1908 - 1919 Constance Sheilah Scott
GEORGINA died in 1960 aged 81

... 5
1881 - 1970 Roderica Maud "Curl" McRae
- no spouse found
RODERICA died in 1970 age 89

... 6
1882 - 1958 George Richmond "Budge" McRae
- married Kathleen Isobel RUSSELL (1886-1955) in 1914
- Farmed "Island Hills" 1911 - 1928 & moved to Dannervirke
- their known children:
* 1915 - 2002 Russell Richmond McRae
* 1917 - 1996 George Alexander McRae
* 1918 - 2000 Ian McRae
* 1920 - Nancy Sare McRae
* 1922 - 1924 Kathleen Mary McRae
* 1924 - 2000 Ada Doris McRae
* 1927 - 2010 Stuart Wilsden McRae
* 1929 - 1995 John Raymond McRae
* 1932 - 1935 Derek Pritchard McRae
GEORGE died 12 Nov 1958 aged 76 & buried Mangatera

... 7
1884 - 1966 Violet McRae
- no spouse found
VIOLET died in 1966 aged 82

... 8
1884 - 1884 Herbert McRae
HERBERT died in 1884 at Tekoe, Nelson, age not recorded

... 9
1886 - 1886 John Roderick McRae
JOHN died in 1886 at Tekoe, Nelson aged 2 months

... 10
1888 - 1888 Mary McRae
MARY died in 1888 at Tekoe, Nelson, aged 4 days

GEORGE WILSDEN McRAE died 13 Sep 1897 aged 59
MARY McRAE died 18 Nov 1918 in Christchurch aged 72
- they are buried at Waiau Cemetery, Nelson

* William McRae, along with his sons George Wildsen and Roderick, built the second house of sod in 1859 AT hOME gULLY. It is now a registered historic building. The third homestead built in 1865 is still lived in today and is also a registered historic building

* In a report by Professor Hutton on the earthquake in the Amuri (pdf file) which took place 1st September 1888 he reports (32 pages) to the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury that "the earthquake was felt from Invercargill in the south to New Plymouth and Masterton in the north, a distance of about 600 miles, but was most severe in the neighbourhood of the Hamner Springs.
The shock commenced soon after 4am with a rumbling noise and slight shakes for a second or two followed by the main shock lasting from forty to sixty seconds or even more in some places.
... it was followed with the next quarter of an hour by two much smaller quakes. All Saturday, Sunday and Monday the ground at Hamner Springs was quivering.

GLYNN WYE - The manager's home, a wooden building, was pushed several degrees out of the perpendicular to the east and the chimneys were thrown down. The men's cottage, also wood, was shifted bodily 15in to the north. The woodshed was also damaged. It will be seen that Glynn Wye appears to have sustained the greatest shock. It is the only place where wooden houses have been wrenched out of shape. The epicentre would probably be somewhere to the west of the meridian of Glynn Wye and Mr O. Thompson, the manager, says that the shock passed to the eastward down the valley with a hoarse crashing sound which gradually died away in the distance, while things were quiet at the place where he stood.
HOPEFIELD - Chimneys thrown down and roof twisted out of shape
JONES, WAIAU STATION - Woolshed and house badly damaged. Mens cob hut destroyed. A shepherd who was in Jones's hut in the Upper Hope, also reported that dead branches were shaken from the trees and it appears that many dead trees were also broken off about 10t from the ground, some at least a foot in diameter. In some places near here green trees 25ft t 30ft in height have been torn up by the roots
WOODBANK - Partly brick and partly wood. The brick portion, which was very old, had two walls thrown down. The wooden building was not much damaged but shifted bodily 2in to the east. The chimney fell to the west. A concrete chimney between the two parts of the house was broken off at the roof and the upper portion was thrown upwards and fell to the east. A cob hut has the south-west corner knocked out; the west end would have fallen but was held up
HOT SPRINGS - No damage was done; but the only chimney is low and of concrete
JACKS'S PASS HOTEL - No damage done and very little breakage of glass
ST JAMES - Chimney-tops fell on earthquake of the 38th September; but it is thought that they were cracked through by the shock of the 1st September but did not then fall
JOLLIES PASS HOTEL - No damage done and very little breakage of glass
ST HELENS - The three chimneys were thrown down. They fell in different directions. Hams were thrown off hooks and also a birdcage
FERRY HOTEL, Upper Waiau-ua (sc) - This is an old cob building but it was not much damaged
TEKOE - A brick house. The upper portions of the walls fell, it is thought because they were not so well built as the lower portions. Noises like the falling of avalanches or the firing of cannon were very frequent and loud on the Saturday and Sunday and were heard faintly for many months before the quake. More than 25 loud booms being counted within an hour after the first shock and these booms continued for two days... At Tekoa Station, on the Mandamus River, numerous and large blocks of the rock fell from the cliffs making a great noise. The earthquake wave spread for a distance of three hundred miles from the epicentre. It travelled at about 11 miles per minute. The size of the centrum we have no means of estimating. The conclusion that may be drawn from this statement of facts are1 - that, except in the neighbourhood of the centre of impulse, the only damage was to buildings put up with bad mortar or faulty in constructuin2 - that cob stands the shock better than brick or stone with bad mortar and 3 - that houses on alluvial gravels &c., suffered more pari passu, than those in solid rock

* SHONA McRAE (wife of William Dampier McRae of Tekoa, (George`s grandson, son of William Wilsden McRae), wrote a number of books. They are available at the Rangiora Public library and possibly elsewhere if you ask.
One of the them was entitled The GLENS of TEKOA first edition published in 1968

George Wilsden McRae
taken from "Old Colonists' (go to link)

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John "Smith" FURNESS was a carpenter from Halifax, West Yorkshire
- son of William FOURNESS (Cordswainer) and Hannah KING

He emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

He married Mary PATTERSON in St Pauls Wellington in 1846
- Mary was a daughter of William and Ellen Patterson from London. She had emigrated with them and her siblings on the 'BIRMAN', also in 1842

Smith died in 1884 aged 59 by drowning in the Nelson Harbour
- he left a note
... Grey River Argus, 3 March 1884 - LOVE and INSANITY, Nelson, March 2
At the inquest on the body of John Smith Furness, found drowned, the following letter, posted on Friday evening to Mrs Furness, and which had been obtained from the post office by a son-in-law with permission of the widow, who is in Wellington, was read:- "Mary, when you receive this I will be no more. Sam and Sarah are as Judas Iscariot. They betrayed a man by saying 'Whomever I put my finger on, take him.' I forgive all your unkindness to me - Signed, S. Furness." The jury returned a verdict of drowned while suffering from temporary insanity.
(the Sarah & Sam mentioned in the note was his daughter & son-in-law)
- he is buried PLOT 261.R - SECTION: PUBLIC at Bolton St., Cemetery Wellington

Mary died 7 July 1902 in Palmerston North
COLONIST, 11 July 1902 DEATH - FURNESS - At Palmerston North, on the 7th inst., Mary, relict of the late Smith Furness, aged 82 years. (Deceased was mother of Mr S. J. Furness, of the "Marlborough Express")
BUSH ADVOCATE, 8 July 1902 Mrs Mary Furness, one of New Zealand`s early pioneers, died at Palmerston North last night. Deceased was aged 82 years, and was the mother of Mr J.S. Furness, proprietor of the Marlborough Express

The children of SMITH & MARY
... 1
1846 - 1868 William Furness
- he died aged 22 in Wellington

... 2
1848 - 1894 Robert Cole Furness
- he was also a carpenter
- he married Sohpia Jane BILLS from Stepney Middlesex
- he died in Thorndon Wellington aged 46

... 3
1849 - John Edward Furness
- John died as an infant

... 4
1850 - 1926 Mary Furness
- she married Edwin Walter WOODHOUSE IN 1871
- she married John HOLMES in 1885
- she died in Wellington in 1926 aged 75

... 5
1852 - 1921 Smith James Furness
- he was the proprietor of the BLENHEIM EXPRESS (or Marlborough Express) newspaper in Marlborough
- In 1905 he was in court with a libel action - George Edwards v. S.J. Furness for a claim of 1000 damages for the publication of a paragraph reproducing from the "Mercantile Gazette" the notice of a mortgage of 250, transacted by the plaintiff.
The case took all day and when the jury returned it was a verdict of one farthing damages, each party to pay its own cost - In November of 2009, exactly 104 years later, that one farthing damages cost was worth about 35 cents!
- Smith married Emily Eva HOUGH in Nelson in 1870 & had 6 children
- he died in 1921 in Wellington aged 69

1853 - 1953 Emma Furness
- Emma died aged 10 days

... 7
1856 - 1938 John Furness
- he married Ellen Louisa GREY in Wellington in 1877
- they had 5 sons in Wellington then moved to Auckland
Ellen died in Auckland 17 Dec 1928 (see John's link)
John later moved to Sydney, Australia & died in Newtown, Sydney in 1938 aged 81

... 8
1857 - 1906 Robert Henry Furness
- he was on the Wellington City Council
- he was married to Elizabetha Martha ASHBRIDGE in St Peters Church Wellington in 1881 by the Venerable Archdeacon Arthur Stock
- he died in Wellington in 1906 aged 49

... 9
1859 - 1936 Sarah Jane Furness
- she was married on Xmas Day 1876 to Samuel READ
- they had 8 children, 7 boys & a daughter
- she died in 1936 aged 77

... 10
1863 - 1945 Albert George Furness
- Albert married Amelia Mahala 'Minnie' GRANDIN in 1894 Victoria, Australia
Minnie was born in 1868 in Emerald Hill, Victoria, a daughter of Andrew GRANDIN & Amelia Jane BATES
AMELIA Furness died the following year in Essendon, Victoria aged 27
(big thanks to Tonkin for that info, see comments at FURNESS on PECK of Taita)
ALBERT next married Emma GEORGE (1871-1955) in 1899 in Victoria
- born in Flemington to Thomas GEORGE & Mary Paul LARCOMBE
ALBERT Furness died in Blackburn, Victoria in 1945 aged 81
EMMA Furness died in Caulfield, Victoria in 1955 aged 83

... 11
1867 - 1949 Arthur Edward Furness
- he married Miriam TOWNSEND in 1893
- Miriam died giving birth in Oct 1893
- he next married Margaret LOW in 1896
- he died in 1949 aged 82

see also: the FURNESS on PECK of Taita

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William KENDRICK & Maria HUNT - Manawatu 1870s

William John KENDRICK was a son of James KENDRICK & Mary GOODER, immigrants from England to Wellington and Wanganui

William married Maria Eleanor HUNT in New Zealand in 1874

- their known children were:

1875 Sarah Maria Kendrick
- she married Robert Alexander Andrew HASTIE

1876 Mary Elizabeth Kendrick
- she married Martin ANSO
- Martin was from Abja-Paluoja, Viljandimaa, Estonia

1877 William James Kendrick
- he married Mary MATHER
- sister of James Mather who married his sister Ada

1879 Eleanor Kendrick
- she married Arthur John THEOBALD

1881 Charlotte Kendrick
- she married James Stewart SEAY

1883 Charles Kendrick
- he married Hannah Maria WALTON

1884 John Edward Kendrick
- he died in 1918 aged 34 (flu pandemic?)

1885 Maria Eleanor Kendrick
- she married Ernest GILBERT

1886 Olive Ann Kendrick
- she married James Henry SIMONS

1888 Eliza Kendrick
- she married John Saunders Leo RINDBERG

1889 Ada May Kendrick
- she married James MATHER
- brother of Mary Mather who married her brother William

1890 Stephen Alfred Kendrick
- he died aged 10 months

1892 Alfred Stephen Henry Kendrick
- he died in 1975 aged 82

1893 Edward John Kendrick
- he was killed in action in Havrincourt, France aged 25
- he is buried Bancourt

1896 David Kendrick
- he died in 1984 aged 87

1897 Lavinia Olga Kendrick
- she married Arthur CHAPMAN

Auckland, New Zealand rate payers 1866 and the value of their properties

The following are the names of the ratepayers in Auckland, New Zealand in November 1866
This shows some of the earliest settlers in that area

Their properties were valued for the amount of rates payable

The list is:

(my calculation of value, as it would be in November 2009 using CPI calculations, is underneath selected names)

ABSOLUM, William (Otahuhu) 810 - 1 13s 9d
- $76,785 - $107
ANDREWS, H.S. - 1,214 - 2 10s 7d

BADLEY Robert, 2,719 - 5 13s 3d
BOWDEN, 3,066 - 6 7s 9d
- $290,645 - $635
BROWN & CAMPBELL, 3,550 - 7 7s 11d
BUCHANAN William, 328 - 13s 8d
BUCKLAND, Alfred, 3,211 - 6 13s 9d

CONDER, Joseph, 195 - 8s 1d
COOPER Edward, 1,534 - 3 3s 11d

DALTON Thomas, 270 - 11s 2d
- $19,907 - $1.60
DOUGLAS, 1,494 - 3 2s 3d

ELLET James, 1,845 - 3 16s 10d

FARMER Robert, 2,153 - 4 9s 8d
FLEMING Mathew, 2,738 - 5 14s 1d
FLEMING Samuel, 1,224 - 2 11s

GIBSON John, 1,989 - 4 2s 10d
GORDON Captain, 1,134 - 2 7s 3d
GREENWOOD, 126 - 5s 3d
- $1,809

HALL John, 922 - 1 18s 5d
HALL Robert, 3,085 - 6 8s 6d
HALL William, 3,213 - 6 13s 10d
HAWKE George, 792 - 1 13s
- $75,078 - $104
HENWOOD Thomas, 1,800 - 3 15s
HOBSON & JOHNSON, 594 - 1 4s 9d

KILGOUR Thomas, 477 - 19s

McLAUGHLIN John, 1,040 - 2 3s 4d
McMANUS Hugh, 1,404 - 2 18s 5d
McMILLAN Colin, 990 - 2 1s 3d
MURPHY Mathew, 278 - 11s 7d

NEWMAN Joseph, 5,670 - 11 16s 3d
NICHOLLS William, 1,900 - 3 15s

RAE William, 178 - 7s 5d
ROBERTSON David, 6,583 - 13 14s 4d
- $624,043 - $1,245
ROBERTSON James, 5,400 - 11 5s
ROBERTSON Robert, 3,814 - 7 18s 11d
ROBINSON John, 450 - 18s 9d
- $43,072
RUNCIMAN James, 8,489 - 17 13s 8d
RUNCIMAN Robert, 2,754 - 5 14s 9d

SCHOLES John, 180 - 7s 6d
SCOTT John, 8,199 - 17 1s 7d
SHEPHERD T & C, 10,466 - 21 16s 1d
- $1,001,771 - $2,025
SHEPHERD Thomas, sen 99 - 4s 1d
SMITH Jonas, 900 - 1 17s 6d

TICKLEPENNY Samuel, 1,305 - 2 14s 4d
TUCK James, 1,458 - 3 0s 9d
TWIDLE George, 2,852 - 5 18s 10d

VERCOE H. W., 10,494 - 21 17s 3d
VERCOE Joseph, 4,446 - 9 5s 3d

WALLACE Archibald, 3,759 - 7 16s 7d
WALLACE Gavin S, 948 - 1 19s 6d
- $90,739 - $113.90

WALLACE James, 4,568 - 9 10s 4d
WALLACE John, 3,402 - 7 1s 9d
WALLACE Robert, 1,772 - 3 13s 10d
WALMSLEY James, 1,215 - 2 10s 7d
WALTERS William, 16,118 - 33 11s 6d
WESTNEY William, 1,728 - 3 12s

family of David James MABEY & Esther DAYSH - Taita New Zealand

David James MABEY was born in Taita in 1843
- he married Esther DAYSH in 1865
- David was killed in a ploughing accident aged 35

the children of David and Esther were:

George Henry Mabey 1868-1877
- he drowned in the Hutt River when he was 8

James Richmond Mabey 1870-1965
- he married Frances YORK
- James died in Motueka ged 94

Annie Mabey 1871-1904
- she married Charles ASHTON
- Annie died in Taita aged 33
- Charles remarried to Elizabeth WILSON

Elizabeth Mabey 1872-1960
- she married Charles ELLIOT
- Charles was a son of Edward Elliot & Mary Ann PECK
- Elizabeth died in Featherston aged 87

Robert Thomas Mabey 1873-1945
- he married Mary KNIGHT
- he died in Woodville aged 71

Ellen Mabey 1876-1963
- she married Jmes Alfred SHORT
- she died in Karori, Wellington aged 87

George Henry Mabey 1877-1877
- he died aged 9 months in Taita

Sydney MASON + Mary Anne PARKER - England, Picton, Wellington

Sydney MASON was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1827
- he died in Wellington in 1864 aged 37
- he married Mary Anne PARKER in 1847

Anne Parker was from Kent, England a daughter of Edward Parker and Ruth EVANS
- she died in 1894 aged 66

Sydney and Mary Anne's daughter Jane Elizabeth Mason married William ANNISS in Karori, Wellington in 1872
- William's parents were Freeman ANNISS and Millicent VYE

- Jane and William were settlers at Burkes Pass Mackenzie Country
- thier children were:

Annie Maud Anniss who married Malcom KERR
- Malcolm was from Scotland, he died in the Waikato

May Anniss who died aged 3

Lillian Anniss who marred John McLEOD
- John was from the Island of Skye, he was the headmaster at Woodbury School

Percy John Anniss who married Frances Minnie MARTIN
- Minnie was 1 of 11 children to Henry Thomas MARTIN & Sarah Kibbler MARSHALL

Frederick Herbert Anniss who married Mary MORONEY

Hild Rose Anniss who married Frederick BURROWS

Clarence Anniss who married Isabella REID

William Anniss who died aged 93

William ABSOLUM + Catherine LESLIE, Otahuhu 1860s

...... the family of
William ABSOLUM (1822-1900) of Berkshire England
...........and of
Catherine 'Kate' LESLIE (1833-1899) of County Sligio, Ireland

William Absolum was a sailor (especially whaling boats) and had been to New Zealand a number of times.
As he married in Auckland in 1850 he was a settler prior to that date ..

Catherine 'Kate' Leslie was a daughter of William LESLIE and Ann CORRIGAN of Ireland who emigrated into Auckland on the ANN, leaving Gravesend 5 Oct 1847, Belfast Xmas Day 1847, and arriving 18 May 1848

William and Kate married in Otahuhu in 1850 - making them very early settlers

Their children, all born in Otahuhu, were:
... 1
1851 - 1905 Sarah Anne Absolum
- married Henry James BELL in 1872
their known children:
* 1873 - Clara Elizabeth Bell
* 1876 - William James Bell
* 1878 - Walter Henry Bell
* 1880 - Harold Leslie Bell
* 1881 - Kate Bell
* 1884 - Alice Bell
* 1886 - Frank Norman Bell
* 1887 - Ernest Bell
SARAH ANNE Bell died in Mangapiko, Te Awamutu aged 54
- she is buried in Pirongia

... 2
1852 - 1852 Robert Absolum
- died an infant

... 3
1855 - 1924 Annie Absolum
- married John William SOMMER in 1884
their known children:
* 1891 - Carl William Leslie Sommer
- they moved to Sydney, Australia
ANNIE Sommer died in St Peters, Sydney 7 June 1924 aged 69

... 4
1857 - 1924 Abraham Absolum
- married Georgina BAKER in 1882
their known children:
* 1887 - Harry Hunt Absolum (+ Eileen Annie Perrin Owens)
* 1889 - 1952 Adelaide Margaret Absolum (+ William Platt)
* 1892 - 1985 Dorothy Georgina Absolum (+ Benjamin Bousfield Creagh)
ABRAHAM Absolum died in Otahuhu 19 June 1924 aged 67

... 5
1859 - 1945 William Absolum
- married Mary HASLETT in 1887
their known children:
* 1889 - Walter Russell Absolum
* 1893 - 1973 William Leonard Absolum
* 1899 - 1985 Nellie Mildred Absolum (+ Frank Leslie Kneebone)
WILLIAM Absolum died in Otahuhu 7 October 1945 aged 86

... 6
1862 - 1940 Kate Absolum
- married John HUNT in 1882
their known children:
* 1891 - Henry Farley Hunt
* 1893 - Marjorie Christina Hunt
* 1897 - Marianne Yvonne Hunt
* 1901 - Farley John Hunt
KATE Hunt died 1940 aged 78

... 7
1864 - 1933 Robert Leslie Absolum
- married Charlotte Mary HUXTABLE in 1884
- daughter of John Reid Huxtable & Charlotte Mary JEWILL
their known children:
* 1885 - 1957 Reginald Oswald Absolum
* 1887 - 1943 Olive Kate Absolum
* 1889 - 1890 Fanny Gertrude Absolum (aged 11 months)
* 1890 - 1959 William John Absolum
* 1893 - 1974 Hilda Gertrude Absolum
* 1900 - 1924 Alice Roberta Absolum
* 1902 - 1953 Rita Leslie Absolum
* 1905 - 1987 Clarice Elva Absolum
* 1908 - 109 Elsie Jewel Absolum (aged 3 months)
ROBERT LESLIE Absolum died in Otahuhu 19 December 1933 aged 69

... 8
1867 - 1960 George Latimer Absolum
- married Ida Violet LENNARD in 1903
their known children:
* 1906 - Ida Absolum
* 1908 - Iris Tangiwai Absolum
* 1910 - John Lennard Absolum
GEORGE LATIMER Absolum died 7 June 1960 in Otahuhu aged 93

... 9
1868 - 1869 Fanny Gertrude Absolum
FANNY GERTRUDE Absolum died in Otahuhu 12 April 1869 aged 9 months

... 10
1870 - 1920 Walter Ernest Absolum
- married Kathleen Agaha GILLIES in 1898
their known children:
* 1899 - 1969 Leslie Hubert Absolum
* 1901 - Kathleen Marjorie Mary Absolum
* 1903 - 1980 Walter Ernest Absolum
* 1906 - 1996 Raymond Gillies Absolum
WALTER ERNEST Absolum died aged 2 weeks from 50

... 11
1872 - 1955 Nellie Christina Absolum
- married Harry Woodward WILLIAMS in 1901
NELLIE CHRISTINA Williams died 11 October 1955 aged 82

... 12
1875 - 1963 Hubert Graham Absolum
- married Violet Beatrice May BENSON in 1911
HUBERT GRAHAM Absolum died 23 March 1963 in Papakura aged 88

DAILY SOUTHERN CROSS 8th February 1859
IMPOUNDED at the Public Pound Otahuhu, by W. Absolum, for trespass in his Grass Paddock at Otahuhu, 1 Yellow Poley Cow, Grey Face, White Belly. Branded EL off ribbs, R (in diamond) near Rump x near Ribs. Owner unknown. No damages claimed. If not claimed within 11 days after the date of this notice, application will be made to a Justice of the Peace for an order for the Sale of the above mentioned Cow, agreeably to the provisions of the Impounding Act, 1856J. HALL, Pound Keeper

STRAYED, from Flat Bush, and last seen at Scotch Church, four EWES and three LAMBS - Apply to MR ABSOLUM, Otahuhu

TENDERS will be received on SATURDAY next and until WEDNESDAY, the 11th inst., for the ERECTION of a DWELLING-HOUSE, at Otahuhu for Mr W. Absolum.
Plans and pecifications can be seen at Mr W. McCAUL'S, High-street
R.S. ANDERSON, Architect. N.B.- Not bound to receive the lowest tender

LOST, a Chestnut PONY, about 14 hands high - marked on the near shoulder black, like an N - on the 21st August, at Papakura, the property of Sergeant MAXWELL, C.T.C.. - 1 reward will be given to any one who will leave the same with Mr WM. ABSOLUM, Otahuhu

DAILY SOUTHERN CROSS 15 September 1863
An Auckland Provincial Gazette was published yesterday. There is a proclamation setting apart land for immigrants expected to arrive. There is a notification declaring the Highways Act to be in full force in the North Tamaki district. Sailing directions for entering the port of Invercargill are published. The Supreme Court is to sit on the 29th inst. under the Debtors and Creditors' Act for the hearing of petition in the matters of William Pritchard; Sir Samuel Osborne Gibbes; and Richard Jame Hunt. The following accepted tenders are published:-
Carting scoria ash to Otahuhu, William Absolum 3s 8d per cubic yard
cutting bush road (six miles), Great North Road, Burns and Chaplin, 5s per chain
erecting toll house at Newmarket, John Booth, 187 15s ($18,587 in Sept 2009)
working and keeping repair in the Panmure punt and boat from the 1st September till 31st December, Robert Robertson, 15 10s per month

The following are the names of the ratepayers, with the assessed value of property and amount of rate
W. Absolum 810 - 1 13s 9d
(In November 2009) this was: property value $76,784 - annual rates of $107

A PUBLIC MEETING of COUNTRY SETTLERS of the Electoral Districts of Raglan and Franklin will be held at 4 o'clock on TUESDAY, the 14th instant, at the Criterion Hotel, Otahuhu, for the purpose of taking into consideration the working of Provincial Government, so far as regards the Country InteresT of the Province
John Scott
William Absolum
Mathew Fleming
H. S. Andrews
Richard McGee
J. Gordon
C. A. Bowden
W. T. Bassett
H. W. Vercoe
Charles Shepherd
William Hall
Samuel Luke
E. P. Donnelly
John Wallace

THE TRIANGLE For sale on Tuesday, December, at two o'clock, unless previously disposed of, 20 ACRES of MOWING GRASS, in one or more lots (a heavy crop), now growing on Mr J. W. Hall's Farm at Mangere. - Apply to Mr WILLIAM ABSOLUM, or to ALFRED BUCKLAND

In common with the other country villages, Otahuhu held out sport and entertainments of no mean order on Monday to all who willed to visit the charming village of the South ... the various events were duly announced and successflly carried out under the able and energetic management of Messrs. C. Goodwill, W. Absolum, H. Scurrah and T. Rogers, in the ground known as the Village Green, situated between the Star and Criterion Hotels. Seldom has Otahuhu been graced with so much beauty and fashion as on this occasion ...

The first attempt at boiling down in this province took place at the company's establishment on Tuesday last. .. The mustering-yards and killing-house are so arranged and situated that there is no time lost, or unnecessary labour employed, in placing the meat in the boiling-down vat ... the building is well ventilated to allow the fat to cool as quickly as possible ... the company have entered into an agreement with Mr W. Absolum to take all the hind legs, at 2 per lb ...

see also Pirongia Bells posted 21 Jan 2014 by David Bell, includes photo of William

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examination results at HIWINUI SCHOOL, Manawatu 1901 & 1903

14th May 1901 - HIWINUI SCHOOL
The following is a list of the pupils who passed at the recent examination:-

Allan Greenhow
Rulf (sic) Rowling
Annie Henaghan
Mary Henaghan
Lily Nissen
Franzy Gerusehkat
John Greenhow
Robert Suisted
Mary Moffatt
Pearl Rowling
Edward Henahjan
Thomas Hurry
Hetty Geruschkat
letty Nissen
Ivy Smith
Elsie Suisted
Cyril Olsson
Violet Hills
Violet Moffatt
May Basset
Lucy Hockley
Conny Moffatt


Claude Page
Janet Henson
Pearl Rowling
John Greenhow
Robert Suisted
Arnold Ollson
Ellen Suisted
Cyril Ollson
Joseph Anderson
Doris Argyle
Robert Henson
Lucy Hockley
Herbert Geruschkat
Stanley Suisted
Alfred Entwisle
Edward Hockly
Henry Maul
Milly Hills
Fanny Hockley
Grave Anderson
Cyril Entwisle
Albert Geruschkat