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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
James LOMAX
- 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 5 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 1 year, 5 months ago

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
DEATH OF WELL-KNOWN SEAFARER - CAPTAIN F. HOLM
... 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


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

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.

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 4 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 8 years, 8 months ago

"D" names - OLD GORGE Cemetery, Woodville

the 'Residents' of
OLD GORGE CEMETERY
, Woodville, New Zealand

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W

D
DANIEL
- Careline 1886-1887

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

DAVIES
- Cradoc 1851-1896
- Lindsay Duff 1944-1944

DAVIS
- Alice 1870-1938
- Henry 1885-1888

DAY
- Edward 1848-19 32

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

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

de MALMANCHE
- Mary Ann 1872-1940

DEADMAN
- Arnold Henry 1903-1904

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

DICKINS
- Emma 1851-1925
- James 1841-1916

DOBBIE
- Martha Grace 1881-1906

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

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

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

DOOREY
- unnamed baby boy 1946-1946

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

DOUGLAS
- William 1846-1881

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

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

DRAGER
- Louis 1839-1915
- Helen 1840-1916

DRINKALL
- Frances 1871-1910

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

DRISCOLL
- Charles Cornelius 1848-1892

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

DUFF
- David James 1860-1899

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

DUMBLETON
- Eliza 1829-1911

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

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