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William SPEARINK 1823-1903 (died in Featherston New Zealand)

William Spearnik was born in 1823
- do not know where he was from, can you help?
He was in Wellington by 1860:
17th April 1860

William was on the List Of Names Drawn For the Militia as a labourer in the River Hutt (Hutt Valley, Wellington area)

16th February 1872

The annual meeting of the ratepayers of the Featherston Road District was held at the Court-house, Featherston on the 10th inst.
There was a very good attendance, which is usual when question affecting the breeches-pocket are disicussed.
Mr Pharazyn was voted to the chair and the accounts for the past year were duly audited and passed
The state ment showed that ?157 8s 7d had been received from the Provincial Government and ?87 13s 8d collected in rates; and that there was a balance in hand of ?60 10s 7d, which, it was estimated, with the amount due from the Government, would pay for the works now under construction
The following were elected the Board of Wardens, viz, Messrs
Two or three of the members of the old board were proposed buth they declined to serve on the ground that it was hardly worth while to elect a new board for the short time it would have to act


Christmas Cheer
The customary Christmas show of meat by the butchers (in Wellington) took place last evening and as usual attracted a large number of sight-seers
In Mr Luxford`s shop, Manners-street was to be seen the largest beef in town. One large ox, bred by Isaiah Pureto, weighed 1,760lbs (800kg).
The display in Messrs Barbers` shops was considered by many to be the finest of the night
... in sheep the finest specimans were three Romney marsh breed, averaging 140lbs
... 5 Leicesters, bred by Mr Spearnik of Featherston, averaged 110lbs (50kg)

3rd May 1899

- WAIRARAPA NEWS - Featherston This Day
In the election yesterday for a Commissioner for the vacancy on the Town Board, Mr W. Spearnik was returned by 29 votes to Mr C Burt`s 16. Very little interest was manifested in the election, only 45 votes recorded out of 160
- OF NOTE William`s son in law was a Burt ..

18th October 1899

160 ACRES of FIRST CLASS LAND, with an eight-roomed house, dairy, barn and stables, situate at South Featherston and two miles from the Featherston Railway Staion. Cheese Factory adjoining the property. For full particulars, apply to
Mr M. J. H. JACKSON - South Feathersotn
or to Mr W. SPEARINK - Featherston

7th January 1903

The Friends of the late Mr William Spearnik are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral which will leave the residence of Mr Murray J. H. Jackson, Featherson, on Thursday 8th January 1903; at 1.30pm
- A. DONALD - Undertaker
NOTE Mr Murray James Hamilton Jackson 1849-1935

In April 1903 William`s (deceased) estate was valued at ?1483 - equivalent to April 2009 to $226,910.

William married Harriett Dobson in 1852, in Berkshire, England
- he was aged 29

He married Ellen Jane Dillon in Featherston 1878
- he was aged 55
- he was her 3rd husband
- her 1st was Edward Mathews, married Auckland 1866
- her 2nd was William McNassar, married Auckland 1870
(I would like info on William McNassar)
- Ellen was a daughter of Thomas Dillon and Eleanor Nowell of Bath, Somerset who emigrated to New Zealand

He married Maria Ewart (OR Hewitt) in 1884
- he was aged 61

From correspondence from Peter Dillon it is possible that William was married a 4th time ...
Of his marriages only one child has been found so far - that of Wilhelmina Mary Helena "Polly Spearnik (1881-1917)
- Polly married Kenneth Earl Burt (1876-1943) in 1902
- Kenneth was a son of WIlliam Burt and Rebecca Copelane
- after Wilhelmina's death in 1917, Kenneth remarried to Emma Charlotte Newman in 1919

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local industries of Palmerston North in 1883

From the WANGANUI HERALD on 14th May 1883
Palmerston North Industries

Palmerston (North) embraces quite a large variety of local industries, some of them on an extensive scale and given the outlet, for their manufacturers there is no place on the Coast that could surpass the promoters of these industries in the way of enterprise.

One of the most enterprising firms is that of Messrs RICHSTER, NANSTEAD and Co ... 2 saw mills, Terrace End

Mr STRATFORD has erected one of the best carriage factories since his arrival from Marton

Mr William COOK, of Main street is gradually developing an increasing cooperage business

A large woodware factory carried on by Mr VENN

Mr WOODROOFE's cabinet warehouse is one of the besk known

new Justices of the Peace 1904 New Zealand

On Christmas Eve 1904 the new Justices of the Peace were:

Solomon ABRAHAMS - Palmerston North
Edward BOULTON - Pahautanui
W. G. CARRUTHERS - Kimbolton
Philip DAVIS - Upper Hutt
John GLOVER - Rongotea
John HARRIS - Woodville
Robert LEE - Lower Hutt
William Wilson McCARDLE - Pahiatua
A, McCORMICK - Woodville
James PROUSE - Levin
A QUINLAN - Mangatainoka
Leopold SIMMONS - Palmerston North
James SMITH - Taihape
George WATSON - Homebush, Masterton
James D. WILSON - Pahiatua
James WOOD - Wainuiomata
George WOODROOFE - Palmerston North

Arthur John BENSON 1876-1931 - Woodville New Zealand

Arthur John Benson was a son of:
George & Mary Ann Benson
- they married in NZ in 1876
- their known children were:
1876 - 1931 Arthur John Benson

1881 - 1957 Edward James Benson
- married Helen Naomi Warner (1882-1954) in 1908

1883 - 1953 Edward Charles Benson
- married Jane Thamzine Reardon (1884-1973) in 1906

1885 - 1948 Walter Venus Benson
- married Lena Mary Crawshaw in 1910

1888 - 1966 Albert Frank Benson
- married Ethel Dorothy Tasker (1896-1989) in 1917 in Wanganui
- Ethel remarried to Eric Keith Sargeant in 1933

Arthur married Anna Sophie Margaretha Evers in 1899
(daughter of Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Johann Evers and Sophia Maria ? (1842-1915)
- Arthur & Anna's known children were:
1900 - 1960 Ernest John Benson

1904 - 1980 Percy Walter Benson

1909 - 1909 Alfred Edward Benson
- died aged 6 months

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Gavin William Wardrop at Woodville New Zealand 1932

Gavin was in the NEW ZEALAND RIFLE BRIGADE from 1st October 1915 as Captain Gavin William Wardrop, 17th (Ruahine) Regiment
- the 17th (Ruahine) Regiment was formed on the 27th March 1914. It saw action at Gallipoli France & Egypt as part of the Auckland Regiment. It was absorbed into the Hawke's Bay Regiment in 1923. It was reformed from 2nd Battalion Hawke's Bay Regiment to help form the 3rd NZ Division and saw service in the Pacific.

Gavin was the son of
- William Wardrop and
- Margaret Edwards

His siblings were:
1880 - 1892 David John
- born in Dunedin
- died aged 11
- buried with Albert, Percy & Isabella at Dunedin

1882 - 1881 Albert Edwards
- died aged 1 month
- born in Dunedin
- buried with David, Percy & Isabella at Dunedin

1884 - 1899 Isabella Margaret
- born in Dunedin
- died aged 15
- buried with Albert, Percy & Albert at Dunedin

1888 - Herbert Wilson

1889 - 1892 Percy James
- born in Dunedin
- died aged 2
- buried with David, Albert & Isabella at Dunedin

1893 - Vera Rose Ann

1896 - Hilda Miriam Maud

Gavin married Annie Elizabeth Newman in 1905

He died on 17th October 1932
his details were provided by
- Ernest Roden Grinlinton on 17-10-1932

Funeral Officiator: Rev Stephenson

he is buried in the Old Gorge Cemetery in Woodville
- plot 12 - block 18

Can you add any further details to this family

I believe his father may have een a dentist/chemist in Dunedin

Robert YEARBURY & Emma ARMER - Tirau

read the comments below for a lot more helpful info on this family

Robert YEARBURY (1868-1946)
married Emma Annie ARMER (1871-1950) in 1888

Their known children:

... 1
1889 - 1975 Zedekiah Andrew Yearbury
- spouse not found. he had no children
- cremated in the North Shore Cemetery Auckland

... 2
1892 - 1932 Robert Theophilus Yearbury
- as Private 51811, Robert served with the NZEF, 26th Reinforcements, E company. He embarked from Wellington 12 June 1917 for Plymouth, England. He was wounded & admitted to hospital in August 1918. HIs father was listed as living at Hoteo, north Auckland (which was near Wellsford)
- read comments below

... 3
1898 - 1968 Emma Susan 'Susie' Yearbury
- married Harold Richard 'Eric' HANHAM (1899-1980) in 1924
- they had 4 children (see comments below)
* Ray Hanham
* Daphne Hanham
* Valerie Hanham
* Colin Hanham

... 4
1904 - 1989 Harold Augustus Yearbury
- Harold married Frances Valma SPEAK (nee HYDE 1918-?) (thanks to comments below). Frances was born in Gisborne. She had first married Josephus Speak (1893-1970) on 6 Aug 1946
HAROLD died 29 Nov 1989 aged 85
- he is buried in Plot 155, Block N at Tirau Cemetery
- he is the only Yearbury buried in the Tirau area

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KAITAWA, Pahiatua New Zealand

KAITAWA is a small farming district situated 8km south east of Pahiatua along Kaitawa and Tiraumea Roads

Pahiatua is usually regarded as being in the Wairarapa, but for local government purposes it is in the Tararua District, which encompasses Eketahuna, Pahiatua, Woodville and Dannevirke.

The areas of Pahiatua, Kaitawa and surrounding areas were not initiated by the government, but rather their origins were in land speculation.
Several subdivisions were established by private landholders including W. W. McCardle, H. Manns, A. W. and Henry Sedcole, and W. Wakeman.
It is claimed that the first settlers were John Hall who arrived on 28 February 1882, followed by John Hughes the next day.
These men, plus the brothers of Hughes and their families, comprised Pahiatua's population the first summer.

The first school was opened in Kaitawa about 1890 with Mrs Swan (a widow from Tipperary) and 23 children. The mail arrived every Tuesday, Thursay and Saturdays at 3.45pm from Wellington

The Kaitawa Butter Factory was erected and fitted up in November 1894 under the direction of the manager and engineer Mr. Olson

There are about 19-20 settlers and descendants buried in the Kaitawa Cemetery

- Eva 1894-1903
- Charlotte Helen 1866-1929
- George Thomas 1854-1923
- Martha 1832-1916
- Murray Geddis Harrod 1922-1923
- Thomas George ?-1892
- Thomas Tyvie 1914-1914
- May 1879-1892
- Arthur Robert 1874-1943
- Sarah Ann 1839-1891
- Susan 1876-1901
- Anna (nee Haddas/Hadack) 1833-1892
- Johann "John" 1829-1900
- unnkown infant
- Ernest Albert 1878-1906
- Florence Eveline 1880-1904
- Hugh Cecil 1895-1896
- John 1905-1905
- Ethel Eleatha/Elithia 1902-1902

some WOODVILLE New Zealand folk in September 1893

From the BUSH ADVOCATE on 26th September 1893:

Some WOODVILLE ITEMS in the above newspaper includes the names of:

Mr Amundsen
T. Gilbert
Mr Hislop
E.J. Smith

FIREMEN Committee members were:
Captin Barkwith

The (Rugby ?) team playing against Dannevirke/Makotuku was:

Music at the fancy dress ball was provided by:
Mr Firzsimmons & Mr Havell

Joseph SOWRY & Marthe MORTENSEN - Woodville New Zealand

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Alfred Francis/Frederick WIGZELL, Woodville NZ

Alfred Francis Wigzell was born in 1863
his parents were Charles Samuel Wigzell (1823-1898)
and Hannah Lee (1825-1894)

He married Margaret Peavoy (1853-1916) in 1889
they settled in Woodville and were living in Grey St, Woodville in 1918

their (known) children were:
* 1891-1962 Percy George Alfred Wigzell
buried Old Gorge Cemetery Woodville

* 1892 - 1976 Richard Alexander St Lyons Wigzell
born on Christmas Day
married Agnes Eliza Troup (1896-1958) July 1914
- both buried Hamilton Park cemetery

* 1894 - 1918 James Oliver Francis Wigzell
Serial Number 28055
killed in action Somme, France 5 April 1918
buried Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France

* 1896 - 1952 Gladys Muriel Wigzell
married James Bryson (1894-1949) March 1914
both buried Old Gorge cemetery

* 1900 - 1900 Walter Henry Wigzell
died 1 April 1900 aged 14 days
buried Old Gorge Cemetery, Woodville

Alfred died in 1935 aged 72
Margaret died 29 Sep 1916
they are both buried in Old Gorge Cemetery, Woodville

Alfred had other siblings
(most of them not yet verified)
- he had a sister:
Sarah Ann Wigzell (1856-?)
she married George William Jacobs in 1886
they had:
1889-1956 Hilda Jane Williams Jacobs
- Hilda did not marry


Rifleman 28055 (later Sergeant)
12th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company, New Zealand Rifle Brigade