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descendants of Alexander RICHES 1815 - Devon UK to Taranaki & Manawatu

Mary Harriet HARRIS married Alexander RICHES in Devon 1836

A son, Alexander RICHES, was born 1834 in Devon
- he emigrated to New Zealand
- he married Emma HARRIS in 1874 in Wanganui
- she was 18, he was 40 they had 6 (known) children

- she was one of 12 children to Samuel Gregory HARRIS of Plymouth Devon and Mary Jane BROWN of Porstmouth, Hampshire.
-- they settled in New Plymouth

Emma's husband, Alexander, died in 1910 and she remarried in 1926 to
- she was 70 he was 79
- she was also HIS second wife
- I would like to know who his first wife was

Emma and Alexander had 6 (known) children:

Alfred Gregory Riches 1875 - 1963
- married Elizabeth PETERSEN in Woodville when he was 23 and she was 17 - they had 9 (known) children
- Elizabeth died in 1923
- he next married her twin sister, Jensina PETERSEN, he was 49 she was 55
- the girls parents, Jens Kristian Pedersen and Madsen Elizabeth MARTIN were from Denmark and were early pioneers of Norsewood

Adeline Gertrude "ADA" Riches 1876 - 1957
- married George BOURNE born 1875 in Masterton

Alexander Riches 1878 - 1956
- married Helen Mabel CARRINGTON of Petone in Taumarunui in 1911

Florence Rosemond "ROSE" Riches 1880 - 1969
- married George Alexander COOPER 1876 - 1937 in 1897 in Taranaki
- he was born in Dunedin, died in Hamilton 32 years before Rose
- I would like to know his parents and siblings ??

Hariette Maude Mary Riches 1882 - 1966
- married Edwin Rainsford Farr MILLER 1880 - 1959 in Taumarunui in 1909

Henry Francis Lionel Riches 1886 - 1960
- married Ruby Fanny Elizabeth BUCHAN in 1920
- I would like her parents and sibling and any children Henry and Ruby may have had

5 comment(s), latest 4 years, 2 months ago

Stephen PILCHER, Wychling Kent to Wellington New Zeland 1840

Stephen Pilcher 1794-1865 Wychling, Kent, married Ann McPharlane 1790-1834 in Wychling, England in 1818.
They had 5 children in Kent:
*George Pilcher 1820-1891 married Helen Harris
*Susan Pilcher 1823-? married George Rowland Cleggett
*Ann Pilcher 1826-1839 ... died aged 13 in England
*John George Pilcher 1829-1895 married #1 Ellen Peck
married #2 Lillian Booth
*Stephen Pilcher 1832-1929 married Mary Jane Rowe
Wife Ann died 3 years after the birth of Stephen.

Son George emigrated to New Zealand in April 1840 on the BOLTON
Stephen snr followed in August 1840 on the COROMANDEL with his 3 remaining children.

Two years later Stephen married Bennett Mather Hook 1809-1865 who had also been a passenger on the Coromandel in 1840 as a widow with 3 children:
*Rachael Hook 1827-1921 married James Taylor
*Emily Hook 1834-1875 married Nathaniel Valentine
*Friend Hook 1835-1928 married Martha Morgan
(A daughter to Stephen and Bennett:
(*Sarah Annis Pilcher 1840-1854,
was conceived during the voyage and born 2 months after arrival in Wellington - she died aged 14)

Stephen and Bennett had another 6 children in the Wellington area:
*Annie Pilcher 1843-1893 married William Henry Poad
*Samuel Pilcher 1846-1854 ... died aged 8
*Elizabeth 1848-1941 married Francis Clarence Greer
*Edward 1851-1933 married Rose Churcher
*Harriet 1853-1943 married Charles Hollard
*Caroline Pilcher 1855-1929 married George Satherley

You can view them here: PILCHERS
and hopefully help me fill in the gaps of the spouses

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

Serge POLTORATZKY 1803 Russia - 1884 France married Ellen Sarah SOUTHEE

Serge Poltoratzky was born 1903 in Kaluga, Russia and died in 1884 in France.
He was the only son of Dimitry Poltoratzky and Anna Khlebnikova - he had 5 sisters.
He was a Russian literary scholar, bibliophile and humanitarian.
His major literary work was the Dictionary of Russian Authors which he worked on for decades.

He married Ellen Sarah Southee, born 1819 in Kent, England and died 1908 in Italy.
She was the daughter of John Edward Southee who was born 1772 in Canterbury, Kent and emigrated to Russia, her mother was Mary Spencer.
Her grandfather was Thomas Southee 1745 - 1828 whose brother William 1760 - 1802 had a son John Southee who emigrated to New Zealand on the LADY NUGENT in 1840 and died n Taita. John married twice - 1st to Ann Brooks who died aged 27 after 3 children and then to Sophia Sharpe with whom he had 9 children, the last 3 were born in New Zealand ...
They can be viewed at this link

Serge Poltoratzky (alternate spellings: Sergei or Sergey and Poltoratsky, Poltoratskii or Poltoratskiy), 1803-1884, was a Russian literary scholar, bibliophile and humanitarian.
His major literary work was the Dictionary of Russian Authors, which he worked on for decades.
He travelled extensively in Europe to find books and manuscripts needed for this work.
He was also interested in the letters of Voltaire and in Franco-Russian cultural relations.
He wrote articles for the French press on these and other literary topics, often under the pseudonym R.E. According to Yuri Druzhnikov,

Poltoratzky was the first to introduce Pushkin`s work to a western European audience, in the October 1821 issue of Revue encyclopedieque (published in Paris).

Serge Poltoratzky was the only son of Dimitry Poltoratzky and Anna Khlebnikova, who also had five daughters.
Serge was primarily educated by tutors at the family home, Avchurino, on the east bank of the Oka River in Kaluga Province (Kaluzhskaya Oblast), but he also spent a year at the Richelieu Lyceum in Odessa.
His parents were deeply interested in improving the material and social conditions of Russian serfs and peasants, and Serge inherited their commitment.
In 1812 the family hid in Avchurinos attics as Napoleons army looted the estate during their retreat from Moscow.

Serge came into his inheritance at the age of 15, when his father died in 1818.
At this time Serge was serving at court as a page to the Tsarina Elizaveta, wife of Tsar Alexander I. He later served in the Preobrazhensky Life Guards, according to his fathers and uncles wishes, but military life was not to his liking, and he soon resigned his commission, having reached only the lowly rank of praporshchik (often translated as ensign).
Thereafter he devoted himself primarily to literary pursuits.
Druzhnikov relates that after Poltoratzky`s 1921 article, which mentioned Pushkin`s poems Liberty and The Village and their criticism of Russian social conditions, appeared in France, he "was fired from his job and sent to live in the country under police supervision".
This job may have been the Life Guards position, and the episode glossed for his children as a voluntary resignation.

Poltoratzky was one of the wealthiest men in Russia.
He owned seven large estates, at least two houses in Moscow, and various smaller properties and investments.
All this wealth had been accumulated in a mere two generations, as both his grandfathers were commoners ennobled to the rank of potomstvenniy dvorianin (hereditary untitled gentleman), Piotr Khlebnikov for service to Russian literature, and Mark Poltoratzky for his singing voice.

All Serge Poltoratzkys paternal uncles married into the titled nobility.
His only aunt married Alexey Olenin, the first director of the Russian Imperial Library.
His mothers brother emigrated to the US, and the family lost touch with him during the 1796-1801 reign of Tsar Pavel I, who banned all foreign correspondence.

Poltoratzky married in 1831, but within a few years his wife mysteriously disappeared, having been last seen leaving their Moscow house on foot.
In 1843 he became engaged to Ellen Sarah Southee, 16 years his junior, and the daughter of an English gentleman farmer. She was related to poet Robert Southey.
Later that year Poltoratzkys first wife was legally declared dead, his mother died, and his second marriage took place.

From 1843 Poltoratzky made his home at Avchurino when not engaged in literary travels.
There he and his wife had three daughters and two sons, the eldest of whom died in infancy.

After the accession of the reform-minded Tsar Alexander II in 1855, many of the legal impediments to landowners freeing their serfs were removed.
Poltoratzky took advantage of these changes to free his thousands of serfs between the years 1856 and 1859.
In addition, he gave them land, livestock, tools and other goods to help them become self-supporting.
He also advised the Tsars Emancipation Committee, which was developing the terms of serf emancipation that would be enacted in 1861.

In 1859 Poltoratzky discovered that two of his estate managers had massively defrauded him. The men were tried and convicted, which might have enabled Poltoratzky to gain legal redress from the debts incurred on his behalf, but he did not pursue this possibility.
Around the same time it became known to the imperial government that Poltoratzky`s English wife had never converted to the Russian Orthodox church, and furthermore, that their children were being raised in the Anglican church.
While this was perhaps technically legal, so soon after the Crimean War it was utterly unacceptable socially, and in imperial Russia, social-political favor would have been essential to the family`s economic recovery.
Poltoratzky liquidated his assets in Russia, paid off his debts, and prepared to emigrate to France, where he had some untouched funds.

In 1860 the Poltoratzky family left Russia for good.
They went first to Charlottenburg, Prussia, where another son was born.
They then proceeded to Paris, where Serge had long maintained a pied--terre for use on his literary trips.
Thereafter the family divided their time between Paris and England, where the youngest son was born. P>Poltoratzky died in Neuilly, France in 1884.

Mariner Tucker HOLM & Grace Eileen THOMPSON - buried Taita New Zealand

In PLOT 57 at Christ Church Taita Cemetery New Zealand is Captain Mariner Tucker HOLM (1894-1972) & his wife Grace Eileen (nee THOMPSON) (1903-1973)

Mariner and Grace married 26 February 1929

Mariner was a son of Pehr Ferdinand Holm, master mariner from Sweden, who was also a son of a master mariner, Johan HOLM and Brita Christina JANSDOTTER
Ferdinand and his wife, Mary Alexander CALLAN were married at St Paul's Cathedral in Wellington in 1870

Mariner Tucker was one of their 4 sons & 5 daughters
- He was named after his fahter's barque the Genevie M. Tucker in which he traded as far afield as Madagascar and Mauritius.

Ferdinand's interesting biography can be read here
Pehr Ferdinand Holm

From the EVENING POST, 11 August 1916
... Mr Marine Holm, son of Captain F. Holm, of Wellington, who went to England some months ago to offer his services to the Admiralty, has been gazetted a first lieutenant of H.M.S. Ascot, one of the big Admiralty minesweepers

From the EVENING POST, 31 March 1917
... One of the best-known and most popular shipping men in the Dominion, Captain Ferdinand Holm, died at Wellington last night; aged 73 years. Deceased, who had been confined to his bed for the last three weeks, had a relapse yesterday.
Captain Holm was born at Stockholm. He took up the seafaring life when he was fourteen years of age, and was afterwards placed in charge of a small schooner belonging to his father and trading on the Swedish lakes.
He came out to Australia before the mast in a sailing ship called 'Queen of the North'. This was about the year 1865, and the gold rush was then on in Victoria. He left the sea temporarily to try his luck on the goldfields. Later however, he again took up the seafaring life, and as a seaman joined the 'Annie Melhuish', a barque owned by the late Captain W. Williams, of Wellington. Afterwards, he joined the New Zealand Government steamer 'Sturt', under Captain FAIRCHILD. The Sturt was then running during the excitement of the Maori War.
He acted as pilot at Wellington later, an his first command was the barque 'Ladybird'. He was also in charge of the 'Gleaner', and the intercolonial ships 'Sea Ripple', 'Malay', 'Neptune', 'Kentish Lass', 'G. M. Tucker' and 'Frowning Beauty'.
Then he became owner of the well-known barque 'Helen Denny', after which he commanded the 'Holmdale', and later went Home and brought out the steamer 'Ennerdale' for the Maoriland Steamship Company.
Following on this he took charge of the same company's largest stearer, 'Lauderdale' (now the Union Company's 'Kokiri').
On severing his connection with this company, he went to England and brought out the steamer 'John' for himself and his sons. Later he assumed command of the sailing ship 'Titania', but that vessel was accidentally wrecked at New Caledonia owing to the lights being extinguished there. This meant a serious loss to Captain Holm, as he was the principal owner.
The late Captain Holm leaves a widow and a grown-up family.
* Captain Sydney Holm, his eldest son, resides at Wanganui, where he has acted as agent of the 'John'.
* Another son, who has been chief engineer of the 'John', recently went into camp
* and the third son, Mariner Holm, proceeded to England some months ago and joined the British Navy

From the FEILDING STAR, 10 May 1917
... Lieut. Mariner Holm, whose name appears in the ballot list, left Wellington 18 months ago to join the Royal Navy. He was appointed to one of his Majesty's ships, and has been on active service ever since

From the EVENING POST, 11 June 1917
... Advice has been receive in Wellington that Lieut. Mariner Holm, of Wellington, son of the late Captain F. Holm, has received his full lieutenancy in the Navy. He is only 24 years of age

a big thank you to annesfam, daughter of Mariner & Grace, for her message
Subject: Grace Holm (nee Thompson)
To: ngairedith
From: annesfam
Date: 2012-01-16 00:27:08

... Grace Holm is the direct descendant of Mary Jane Mabey and James Harris the first couple married at Christ Church. It is because of her and not my father as to why they are buried there. My father wished to be buried with my mother and, although he died first he wanted to be where she wished to be buried.
I don't really think the information about my grandfather Ferdinand Holm (he was never referred to as Pehr) is really relevant to Christ Church.
It should be about my mother and father's contribution to NZ - which was major.
I also note in another place my father is called Tucker Holm. Tucker was his middle name - Mariner was his first Christian name.

Mariner travelled the world many, many times not just to Madagascar. He was one of only eight Cape Horners alive in the world when he died and in WW1 was a commander for the British Navy in charge of one of the largest flotilla of mine sweepers in the North Sea.

the totara to build the chuch was supplied by John Ings Daysh - taken by bullock trail to the sawmill of Abraham Harris' farm (where the Taita railway station now is) who pitsawed it in his sawmill for free. The totara was given free also.

Looking forward to hearing from annesfam again and that she contributes more information about her parents.
Will be added as soon as received

the photo of CHRIST CHURCH TAITA - taken 1971
from the original newspaper cutting in my possession

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JOHN COLEY - Nelson, New Zealand 1849

There was a John COLEY in Nelson, New Zealand in 1849 ...

I cannot find anything about John, which ship he arrived on, the date, his family, his career -
if you can help add some info for him please leave a comment.

"K" names - OLD GORGE Cemetery, Woodville

the 'Residents' of
, Woodville, New Zealand


- Ethel 1888-1972
- Frederick William 1886-1964

- Meri Ana 1970-1970

- Henry Wheatley 1861-1901
- John 1815-1901

- Elizabeth 1846-1894
- Elizabeth Louisa 1870-1943
- Patrick 1864-1928
- Sydney James 1899-1901

- Edward 1855-1932
- Louisa 1899-1899

- Thomas 1866-1921

- Eleanor Julia 1867-1921
- Frank Martin 1870-1953

- David 1870-1953

- Francis John 1856-1932
- Louisa 1855-1911

- Richard James 1895-1976
- Una Chesterton 1903-1996

- Anne 1784-1963
- Debra Louisa 1908-1933
- John 1872-1947

- Samuel Leonard 1891-1918

- Albert William 1875-1938
- Isaac Thomas 1848-1922

- John 1837-1889
- Robert 1888-1888
- William 1889-1889

- Alexander 1862-1912
- Catherine 1869-1954

- Lillian Ann Ngararoro 1915-1918

- Douglas Charles 1931-1931
- Edith Maida 1903-1989
- Edward Stanley 1897-1973
- Murray Edward 1933-1951

- Bridget Theresa 1885-1969
- Frederick Joseph 1889-1969

Frederick William Gooding 1891-1952
Milton Ernest 1907-1907
- son of Ernest Harvey KNAPP & Augusta Olive AULIN. No headstone
Stella Margaret 1897-1970
In loving memory of Frederick W. G. Knapp
beloved husband of Stella Margaret
Died 13th July 1952, aged 61 years
Also Stella Margaret, died 22nd Jan 1970, aged 74 years

John 1844-1914
Margaret 1846-1921
In loving memory of John Knight
died September 16 1914 aged 70 years
Also Margaret, beloved wife of above, aged 76 years

Myrtle (nee HARRINGTON) 1894-1968
- 1st wife of Norman Albert, married in 1916
- Grave 31, Block Ext 2
In remembrance of our dear mother Myrtle Kopke
died 10th March 1968 aged 75 years
Margaret Ellen 1919-1949
- 2nd wife of Norman Albert
Norman Albert 1893-1946
- Grave 32, Ext 2
In loving memory of Margaret Ellen
beloved wife of Norman Kopke
Died 7th Aug 1949, aged 30 years

Adolphus Henrych 1830-1896
- Grave 49, Block 21

Edward John 1901-1954
- married Elsie DEATH in 1920
In loving memory of Edward John Krivan
beloved husband of Elsie
Died 1st Nov 1954 aged 53 years
Also a plaque: Loved parents of Arthur, Ivan, Joyce, Owen & Grahame

Alice (nee BROTHERSTONE) 1899-1925
- married James Kyle in 1920
In loving memory of Alice, beloved wife of James Kyle.
Died Jan 18 1925 aged 26 years

Frank Hamilton McIlwraith - Taita, New Zealand

Frank Hamilton McILWRAITH is buried alone in Plot 140 of Christ Church Taita Cemetery ..

Do you know ANYTHING about him:
Where he was born, who he married, any children, his career etc etc

Atlantic English THOMSEN + Charles PECK + Archibald Albert BOSWELL

Alexandria Thomsen was aka Atlantic English Thomas. She was born 14 December 1870 on board the England which departed Gravesend on the 3 Dec, 1870 and arrived in Wellington on the 19 March 1871

Alexandria married 18 April 1889 to Charles Peck
- 1st born of 11 children of Charles PECK and Annie GASKIN
He was born in Lower Hutt 1863 and died in Palmerston North 1958

they had 6 known children (see link)

They separated and she then 'married' Archibald Albert Boswell (1883-1969)
- he was born in Auckland 1883, 1 of 12 children to Charles Llewellyn Boswell and Annie Elizabeth White

6 comment(s), latest 3 years, 4 months ago

Looking for West Walmsley, West Australia

I am looking for descendants of West Walmsley in West Australia.

All I have is a West Walmsley b.1900, unknown where, d.October 1963 in Perth, ashes at Karrakatta

Also a West Walmsley b.1865, inknown where, d.December 1940 in Perth, buried Karrakatta

I believe one is probably the father of the other - I would like information on the wives and children etc...

5 comment(s), latest 7 years, 8 months ago

"D" names - OLD GORGE Cemetery, Woodville

the 'Residents' of
, Woodville, New Zealand


- Careline 1886-1887

- Fanny Raphael (nee Holmes) 1882-1937
- Gerald Walkinshaw 1872-1948

- Cradoc 1851-1896
- Lindsay Duff 1944-1944

- Alice 1870-1938
- Henry 1885-1888

- Edward 1848-19 32

- Cecil Augustus Victor Hotezzi 1843-1921
- Reginald 1871-1896

- Jeannie Kerrick/Carrick (nee Lees) 1886-1896
- Theodore Frances 1885-1954

- Mary Ann 1872-1940

- Arnold Henry 1903-1904

- Herbert Noel 1908-1929
- Jane Eliza (nee Spackman) 1875-1937
- Thomas William 1867-1953

- Emma 1851-1925
- James 1841-1916

- Martha Grace 1881-1906

- Eileen May 1900-1901
- Lawrence Joseph 1854-1926
- Margaret Mary (nee Enright) 1860-1947

- Charles Freeman 1861-1944
- Lily Alice May (nee Ruff) 1882-1945

- Charles 1819-1886
- Jane 1822-1904
- Mary Ann 1848 1898

- unnamed baby boy 1946-1946

- Dorothy Elizabeth 1829-1911
- George Karl August 1842-1917

- William 1846-1881

- Susannah (nee Morris) 1884-1926
- William 1871-1948

- Ernest George Percival 1882-1940
- Janie Elizabeth Banfill (nee Alexander) 1887-1968

- Louis 1839-1915
- Helen 1840-1916

- Frances 1871-1910

- Rose Ann 1846-1884
- Joseph Parry 1838-1912
- Thomas George 1866-1947
- Walter Joseph 1901-190

- Charles Cornelius 1848-1892

- Beatrix Helena Hindmarsh (nee Bolton) 1895-1937
- Helen Constance (nee Little) 1924-1991
- Oscar Herbert 1878-1966

- David James 1860-1899

- A. James 1899-1900
- James Welsh 1866-1937

- Eliza 1829-1911

- Arnold David 1905-1984
- Frances Ethelwyn 1904-1978
- Thelma Lily 1906-1943

2 comment(s), latest 5 years, 3 months ago