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Lillian Hope EXTON + Stephen Joseph GEARY

I would like information on Lillian Hope Exton who married Stephen Joseph Geary
- son of William George GEARY and Selina Hannah HOBBS from Wellington, New Zealand

William and Selina had 7 (known) children GEARYs and I need more info about spouses, death, burials etc.

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

Looking for any info on IDA MYRTLE HARRIS who married KENNETH EDWARDS in NZ

Ida was the daughter - the only child I have found at this time - of Arthur Harris and LeBanna Annica Bernard who married possibly in the Wairarapa.
You can see them here on my tree ARTHUR HARRIS and hopefully can help.
I would also love to know more on her mother and where she was from.

1 comment(s), latest 3 years, 10 months ago

Elizabeth Ann DAPSON + Thomas AVERY - Taita New Zealand

Elizabeth Ann DAPSON was born in 1798 in England
- she married Thomas AVERY in Staplehurst, Cranbrooke, England about 1820. Thomas was born 5 August 1802 in Staplehurst, one of at least 12 children of James AVERY & his 2nd wife Ann KITE

In November 1839 they boarded the "BOLTON" with 8 children, arriving in New Zealand in April 1840 - see them on this site:
Thomas AVERY.

Their last child Eliza, was born in New Zealand in 1840 not long after arriving. Eliza died as an infant

Their 1st child, Elizabeth, (1820-1877) was 19 when they emigrated and she stayed behind - maybe she was married or was about to be

Their 2nd child, Harriet, (1822) married Dr Jonathan MANNING/MANNERING

Their 3rd child, George, (1824-1903) married Charlotte TANDY

Their 4th child, Charles, (1826-1866) did not marry

Their 5th child, Ann, (1828-1906) married Peter HUME

Their 6th child, Mary, (1830-1912) married Isaac Mason HILL

Their 7th child, Sarah, (1832-1871) married James Baberfeild JACKSON

Thier 8th child, Ellen, (1834-1919) married Charles SAYWELL

Their 9th child, Stephen, (1839-1902)
- he partnered with Eliza HOOPER (1832-1912)
- read her 'colouful life' at her link above
- he married Marion STEWART (1834-1895) in 1869
- he next married Sarah Jane COLLARD (1854-1931)

Any further information on Thomas and Elizabeth and their extensive family is always appreciated
REMEMBER to visit the above site from time to time to view their family tree and check what info is required

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

DRYDEN from Linlithgow, Scotland to Wellington, NZ

* Henry DRYDEN (1841-1918) was from Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, a son of John Dryden & Janet Riddell
He married in Wellington, NZ on 30 May 1865 to
* Mary Ann EAGLE (1843-1880). Mary Ann was born 7 July 1843 in Poplar, West London, a daughter of Robert Eagle & Hannah Blanche Puttenham
Wellington Independent, 13 June 1865 DRYDEN-EAGLE - On May 30, by the Rev J. S Muir, of St Andrew's Church, Henry Dryden, of Wellington, to Mary Ann Eagle, of Karori

Mary Ann died aged 35, leaving 6 children aged 5 to 14
28 March 1880 Death of Mary Ann DRYDEN - On the 28th March, at Karori, Mary Ann, the beloved wife of Henry Dryden, aged 35 years; deeply regretted

Henry remarried on 14 August 1880 to
* Frances Sarah 'Granny' Rouse, formerly McCredie (1847-1921)

2 Dec 1918 Death of Henry DRYDEN - On the 30th November 1918, at his residence, "Craigielea" Karori, Henry, dearly beloved husband of Frances Sarah Dryden, in his 76th year. Deeply regretted. No flowers by request.
.. The death is announced of an early settler in the person of Mr Henry Dryden, of Wellington, who passed away at his residence, "Craigielea" Karori, on Saturday afternoon. The late Mr Dryden will be greatly missed by a very large circle of friends throughout the Dominion. Born in Linlithgow, Scotland, he, after receiving his education and serving his apprenticeship to his trade, came to New Zealand in the ship 'Pladda' in April 1860, arriving at Port Chalmers in August of that year. After spending some time in Dunedin and the Otago goldfields, he came to Wellington, where has resided practically ever since. In the year 1874, when the well-known firm of W. Booth and Co., timber merchants, started business in Wellington, Mr Dryden was appointed manager and representative and remained in their service until 1904, when he retired from business. Mr Dryden for some years was a member of the Karori Borough Council and also interested himself in educational matters, being a member of the committee of the Karori School for many years. He was also an early member of the Karori Bowling Club. Mr Dryden, who was twice married, has left a widow and family of five. His family, all of whom are children of his first wife, are: Mr H. E. Dryden, Wallace street, Karori; Mrs Alec Ramsay, Hastings; Mrs Wakeford Cox, Shanghai; Mrs Zoe Simpson, Bournemouth, England and Mrs F. Young, Rotorua. His youngest daughter, Miss Lena Dryden, died six years ago. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren. His funeral will leave his residence at 10 a.m. to-morrow for St Mary's Anglican Churchyard, Karori.

1 July 1921 Death of Frances Sarah DRYDEN - A very old and respected resident of Karori passed away yesterday in the person of Mrs Henry Dryden, sen., widow of the late Mr Henry Dryden, "Craigielea" Karori. Mrs Dryden, who was 75 years of age, had been in poor health for some weeks past and took to her bed on Saturday last, but her death yesterday came as a shock to her immediate friends. The late Mr Henry Dryden, who died in 1918, was for many years manager of Messrs W. Booth and Company's timber yard in the city and he and Mrs Dryden, who was his second wife, had been well-known residents of Karori for many years. There were no children of the marriage, but a step-son, Mr Harry Dryden, is a resident of Karori and there are four step-daughters - Mrs Cox of Shanghai; Mrs Simpson in England; Mrs Young of Rotorua and Mrs Ramsay of Hastings. The funeral took place this afternoon
See their lineage here HENRY DRYDEN

the children of Henry & Mary Ann
.. 1
1866 - 1958 Henry Ernest 'Harry' Dryden

Henry married Mary Louisa Dryden (1866-1943) in 1890
* Mary was born in Picton 26 Nov 1866, a daughter of Simon Dryden (1824-1913) & Mary Ann Repper (1830-1919)
Read NOTES below on the death of Mary's parents
the known children of Henry & Mary
* 1891 - 1971 Orlando Dryden
Orlando married Edith Mary Lynott (1875-1932) in 1916
He married Doris Elsie 'Dorrie' Tustin (1910-2003) of Willesden, Surrey, in 1934
* 1893 - 1959 Leslie Roy Dryden
Leslie married Dorothy Helen Hammon (1899-1952) in 1920
He married Uline Edith Patching (1904-1986) in 1957. Daughter of Richard Patching & Lucy Cooper
* 1896 - 1973 Hilda May Dryden
Hilda did not marry, she was cremated at Karori, Wellington
* 1898 - 1976 Daphne Mary Dryden
Daphne married John Hamilton Miles (1880-1947)
* 1899 - 1977 Edwin Gilbert Dryden
no spouse found

.. 2
1867 - 1949 Janet Hannah Dryden

Janet married Alexander Ramsay in 1892
their known children
* 1894 - Inez Dorothy Ramsay
* 1897 - Eric Alexander Ramsay
* 1903 - Kenneth Percival Ramsay
Evening Post, 9 Dec 1918 RAMSAY - On the 8th December 1918, at Hastings, Alexander (acting Postmaster), beloved husband of Janet Ransay, daughter of the late Henry Dryden, Karori; aged 53 years
NOTE Janet's husband died 8 days after her father Henry

.. 3
1869 - 1953 Alice Mary Dryden

Alice married William Wakeford Cox in 1895
NZ Times, 16 Aug 1895 A large number of friends of Mr Henry Dryden (manager if Booth and Co., sawmillers), assembled on the wharf yesterday to wish his daughter, Miss Alice Dryden, bon voyage. Miss Dryden is on her way to Shanghai to be married to Mr W. W. Cox, of the South British Insurance Company, who will be remembered in Wellington in connection with the Hunt Club. Miss Dryden will be accompanied as far as Sydney by her father, As the Manapouri moved away from the wharf the expressions for her future happiness were very cordial. Miss Dryden will be much missed, as she was exceedingly popular with a large circle of acquaintances
Evening Post, 4 Dec 1895 COX-DRYDEN - On Monday 7th October 1895, at the Peak Church, Hongkong, by the Rev R. F. Cobbold, William Wakeford, eldest son of William Cox Esq., of Auckland, late of Southampton, England, to Alice Mary, second daughter of Henry Dryden, Esq., of Karori, Wellington
their known children
* 1899 - Zeala Wakeford Cox

.. 4
1871 - 1954 Zoe Dryden

* In Dec 1892 Zoe was in Standard IV at Karori School and won 2nd prize for writing. She was also voted the most popular girl. In Feb 1890 she was a 4th year Pupil Teacher at Karori. She had a 'sweet voice' and in Sep 1894 she sang 'Auld Robin Gray' at the Wellington Opera House with the Wellington Caledonian Society at their annual concert. She resigned from teaching in 1894 just prior to her marriage.
Zoe married Percy Simpson in 1894
NZ Times, 3 Nov 1894 SIMPSON-DRYDEN - At St Mary's Church, Karori, by the Rev A. Dasent, Percy Simpson, of Pahiatua, son of Henry Simpson, Clapham, Surrey, England, to Zoe, third daughter of Henry Dryden of Karori
their known children
* 1896 - Maria Idalian Simpson

.. 5
1873 - 1949 Minnie Hannah Blanche Dryden

(maternal grandmother's names)
Minnie married Frank Hall Young (1876-1950) in 1899
their known children
* 1899 - 1966 Sefton Henry Young
* 1908 - 1975 Stanley Young

.. 6
1875 - 1912 Lena Dryden

Lena did not marry. She died in Craigielea, Karori, Wellington after a long illness aged 37 and is buried with her mother Mary Ann at St Mary's Anglican burial ground, Karori

4 Dec 1886 - Death of Henry's brother
DRYDEN - On 4th December, at 77 Taylor-street, Glasgow, John Dryden, aged 53 years, fourth son of the late John Dryden, Sub-collector, Linlithgow Basin, and brother of Henry Dryden, Karori

Evening Post, 3 Oct 1890 Mr Henry Dryden (Booth and Co), Craigie lee House, Karori, is the latest addition to the Telephone Exchange

29 Sep 1894 - Death of Henry's brother
DRYDEN - On the 29th September, at Russell street, Dunedin, George Dryden, brother of Henry Dryden, Karori, aged 70 years

NZ Times, 7 Dec 1903 Mr Henry Dryden of Karori, has returned from a trip round the world. He proceeded to England via Suez and returned by way of America and the Orient.Mr Dryden's daughter, Mrs Wakeford Cox and her two children, accompanied him to Wellington from Shanghai

25 Nov 1913 - Death of Simon Dryden (Mary Louisa's father)
Mr Simon Dryden, an old Wellington resident, who had been working in his Bidwell street, greenhouse in Bidwell-street yesterday morning and appeared then to be in his usual health, died suddenly in a tramcar in the afternoon. His body was conveyed home and Dr Mackin, who was immediately summoned, found that death was in all probability due to heart failure, there being no signs of any other disease.
For some years Mr Dryden had been attended for heart trouble by Dr McGavin, who told his sons that he might due suddenly at any time. Mr Dryden, who was born in Sunderland on 29th June 1824, arrived in Wellington in 1855 and started in business with the late Mr Edward Thirkell, as shipwrights, laying down a small slip on the beach from Old Customhouse-street, just in front of where Robertson's foundry now stands. After some years of successful business operation, he sold out and took up land in Queen Charlotte Sound, where he carried on farming for ten or twelve years, returning to Wellington in 1879, where h has since resided.
In the early days, with his friend Mr Thirkell, he walked down from Wanganui, before the time of coaches or trains, to look at land, but did not take up any, although the best was there on offer at 10s per acre, because there were no roads and the land in the Sound was chosen in preference as it could be reached by boat. He aquired some properties before leaving Wellington; among others, a section in Cuba-street, where Mr W. P. Barber;s shop now is, but eventually sold it cut.
Mr Dryden leaves a widow, three sons, Arthur (Picton) (Arthur William 1857-1941), C. H. (Brooklyn) (Charles Henry 1860-1943), F. A. (Karori) (Frederick Albert 1862-1947) and two daughters, Mrs H. E. Dryden (Karori) (Mary Louisa as above) and Mrs C. E. Tustin (Christchurch), seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild

Dominion, 28 Feb 1916 - marriage of Henry's grandson A quiet wedding was performed at the Thorndon Methodist Church on Saturday, February 12, by the Rev C. S. Cook, when Mr Orland Dryden (manager of the Excelsior Supply Co., Ltd) and eldest son of H. E. Dryden of Karori, was married to Miss E. M. Lynott, second daughter of the late mr Charles Lynott of St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria. The bride, who wore a travelling costume of brown cloth, trimmed with pink applique and a hat of shell pink crepe de chene, with black panne, was given away by Mr Henry Dryden of "Craigielea" Karori. The groomsman was Mr Leslie Dryden, brother of the bridegroom and the bridesmaid was miss Dryden, sister of the bridegroom. After the wedding ceremony was performed the wedding party left for Miss Tendall's tea rooms, where morning tea was served and later the bride and bridegroom left for their future home

Dominion, 4 Dec 1918 - Henry's Burial The remains of the late Mr Henry Dryden were interred in St Mary's churchyard, Karori, yesterday morning. The chief mourners were Messrs H. E. Dryden (son), Orlando Dryden (grandson) and A. P. Dryden (Chief Postmaster, Wellington, nephew) and among those who attended to pay a last tribute of respect to their old friend and associate were the Mayor of Karori (Mr Burn), members of the Borough COuncil and staff and members of the Karori Bowling Club. The Rev G. Y. Woodward officiated at the church and at the graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs Burns, Dix, laurenson and Randall

24 May 1919 - Death of Mary Ann Dryden (Mary Louisa's mother)
The death is announced of an old and respected Wellington resident in the person of Mrs S. Dryden, who passed away at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr H. E. Dryden, Karori. The late Mrs Dryden came to New Zealand from Sunderland, England, in the year 1855 and after residing for some years in Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound, went to Wellington, where she had resided ever since.
Mrs Dryden has left a family of three sons and two daughters, all of whom are married, also sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Mr Simon Dryden, predeceased her about six years ago.

Grave of Mary Ann 'Mother' nee Eagle and daughter Lena Dryden at St Mary's Anglican, Karori

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ALEXANDER RAMSAY - father and son - New Zealand

Any information please on Alexander Ramsay born about 1834, don't know where, emigrated to New Zealand. don't know when.

His wife Elizabeth Woodman was born on board the BOLTON in 1839 on the way to New Zealand.
Her parents were Thomas Woodman born about 1810 in Farleigh, Maidstone Kent and Mary Lovelock born 1809 in East Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent.
Elizabeth was also married to Frederick Russell - unknown in which order...
Alexander and Elizabeth's son Alexander Ramsay was born about 1860 in New Zealand.
He married Janet Dryden at St Mary's Church in Karori, Wellington in 1892
Janet's parents were Henry Dyrden from Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland and Mary Ann Eagle form Poplar, West London

Do you have any info please on the Ramsay line of descendants

See them here on my tree and maybe you could contact me with more


Thomas WOODMAN was born 1809 in ,Kent,England, and died 19 NOV 1849 in Tawa,New Zealnd
- He was the son of Robert WOODMAN and Elizabeth.

5. Mary LOVELOCK was born 20 NOV 1808 in Tonbridge,Kent,England, was christened 9 APR 1809 in Tonbridge, Kent, England and died 24 FEB 1883 in Tawa, New Zealnd
- She was the daughter of Levi LOVELOCK and Charlotte BRISENDEN.

Children of Mary LOVELOCK and Thomas WOODMAN are:

John WOODMAN LOVELOCK was born 29 AUG 1831 in Kent, England, was christened 23 OCT 1831 in East Farleigh, Kent, England and died 9 FEB 1911 in Pauatahanui, NZ.

William Lovelock WOODMAN was born 1 AUG 1833 in Kent, England, was christened 13 OCT 1833 in East Farleigh, Kent, England, and died 25 AUG 1900 in Wellington
- He married Elizabeth SMITH 5 APR 1862 in Wellington,NZ. She was born 1837 and died 31 MAR 1920.

Thomas WOODMAN was born 26 APR 1835 in East Farleigh, Kent, England, was christened 26 APR 1835 in East Farleigh, Kent, England, and died 13 NOV 1902 in Wellington, New Zealand..
- He married Jane MITCHELL(NEE STAGG) 1859. She was born ABT 1819 in Wellington, New Zealand..

Susannah WOODMAN was born 1838 in Kent, England, was christened 4 FEB 1838 in East Farleigh, Kent, England and died 1854 in New Zealand
- She married Edward HUNT 19 JAN 1840 in Bearsted, Kent, England, son of Henry & Ann HUNT
- He was christened 17 APR 1818 in All Saints, Maidstone, Kent, England
- died ABT 1860 in Reefton

Elizabeth WOODMAN was born 1840 in at sea enroute to NZ and died 25 JUL 1910 in NZ.
- She married Alex RAMSAY. He was born ABT 1835 in
- She married Frederick RUSSELL. He was born ABT 1835 .

Eleanor WOODMAN was born ABT 1835 in Wellington
- She married John JONES 1870 in Wellington
- He was born ABT 1835 and died 25 APR 1891 in Pauatahanui

Richard WOODMAN was born ABT 1835
- He married Elizabeth MUIR. She was born ABT 1835.

Robert WOODMAN was born ABT 1850
- He married Selina FURSE. She was born 1856 and died 17 JUN 1938.

PRICE: Ezekial Hartridge (1826 of Kent, England) son Stephen John Price 1851-1918 emigrated to New Zealand

Ezekial Hartridge Price was born 1826 in Kent, England
- he married Sarah SIMS in 1851

Their son Stephen John Price was born about 1851 in Brabourne - 18km W of Folkstone, Kent
- he married Evelina Carolyn Dryland
- Evelina was also born in Brabourne

They emigrated to New Zealand on the WENNINGTON on 21st January 1874 and arrived 28th April 1872 in Wellington.
They decided to settle in Masterton and took the wagon ride which took 2 to 3 days back in 1874, (today it takes less than 2 hours)

Their first residence was in Opaki Rd., then Upper Plain Rd., then Cornwall St., where they remained

Their known children were:

... Ezekial George Price 1873 - 1946
- born in Brabourne, England
- emigrated when he was 1 year old
- he married Elizabeth Ellen Cade in 1895
- they had 9 children

... Esther Marsh Price 1876 - 1958
- she married Martin Casy Andrew in 1898
- they lived for a time in Te Awamutu
- they were living in Cobden St Auckland in 1954
- they had 12 children

... Annie Price 1877 - ?
- she had Leonard Charles Price in 1898
- she married Reginald Shaw in 1900
- they had 3 (known) children

... John "Jack" Price 1879 - 1904
- he died in Masterton Hospital from injuries received in the Boer War

... Stephen John Price 1879 - ?
- he married Lucy Brown in 1902

... William Alfred Price 1883 - 1898
- he died aged 15 in Masterton

... Beatrice Louisa Price 1884 - ?
- she married William Dally
- they lived for a time in Dannevirke
- they moved to Australia
- they did not have children

... Rose Evelyn Price 1885 - 1967
- she married Patrick William Reardon in 1902
- in 1918 they were in Palmerston North
- in 1938 they were in Taumarunui

... Charles Frederick Price 1887 - 1965
- he married Muriel Fayen in 1917 in Masterton
- he served in France in 1918

... Benjamin Thomas Price 1891 - 1978
- he was in in Upper Plain, Masterton
- he married Nina Reece in 1921
- they had 7 children
- At the time of his father`s death in 1918 Private Benjamin was in a hospital in Glasgow
- In 1938 he was living in Mamaku, Rotorua
- then later moved to Thames

Check these people on this site PRICEs in NZ
and all their descendants to see if you recognise anyone.

I would appreciate any help with any more info or mistakes

Information please on JOSEPH POLGLASE b.1847 at ? d.1929 at Pahiatua NZ

Joseph Polgalse b.1847, married Caroline Tannant b.1851, in 1873 near Motueka New Zealand.
I would like some information on how they got to NZ - where they were from - (someone was from the Channel Islands) and their children and childrens spouses etc.
Can you help?

2 comment(s), latest 10 years, 4 months ago

GIUSEPPE AMADIO - Piedimonte d'Alife, Italy - Northampton - Wellington

GIUSEPPE AMADIO was born 1705 in Piedimonte d'Alife by Piedemonte di Matese - 41km north of Caserta, Italy
- He married ISABELLA MALATESTA on 19 Oct 1738
- He married Giovanna Giacoboni on 9 Dec 1759

Giuseppe and Isabella had
- Angelo married DEMENICA LUCIA GERTRUDE SANTAFEDE on 23 June 1790
- the children of Angelo and Demenica:
FORTUNATO GIUSEPPE LUIGI (Antonio) AMADIO b.14 Oct 1801 in Rome, Italy.
- He emigrated to England and married twice
- his second wife, ANN MORRIS he married on 31 Aug 1840 in Northampton, England.

Fortunato and Ann had
FORTUNATO ANTONIO AMADIO born 13 Apr 1847 in Castle Ashby, Northampton, England - died 11 August 1885 in Wellington
[of interest: Fortunato is buried in Bolton St Cemetery along with the BLISS family - do you know who they were ??]
- He married FRANCES CAROLINE PHIPPS on 14 May 1866 in Birmingham, England.

Fortunato and Frances had 4 children then emigrated to New Zealand (with the surviving 3 children), sometime between 1876 and 1879

... 1
1886 - 1943 Henry Antonio Amadio
- he married Jean Hogarth
- he married Elia Helen Wilson

... 2
1870 - 1963 Lucy Anne Amadio
- she married Rob Coltman in 1890

... 3
1872 - ? unknown child Amadio

... 4
1876 - 1963 Albert Fortunato Amadio
- (died 3 weeks after sister Lucy)
- he married Marie Louise Tarr in 1899
- he married Elizabeth Keen in 1920

They had 4 more children in Wellington:
... 5
* Frances Maude Amadio b.1879 - d.1973
- she married William Bowick in 1898

... 6
1881 - 1963 Samuel Clement Amadio
- (died 2 months after brother Albert & 3 months after sister Lucy)
- he married Lucy Norman in 1904

... 7
- born 22 April 1883 in Wellington died 19th August 1874
- She married *EDWARD STENT on 6 Oct 1908

... 8
1885 - 1960 Florence May Amadio
- she married Frank Howie

* Edward Stent's parents were
- Emma was the daughter of the mariner-whaler
JAMES HAYTER one of the first 50 settlers in New Zealand
- He spent the early years on Kapiti Island, Wellington with the Maori chief, Te RAUPARAHA before setting up his own whaling station in Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel, Marlborough, New Zealand

Emma's first husband was John LYNDS - they had 3 children, the first 2 were a set of twins, Thomas and Louisa Lynds
Their third child, William James Lynds, died aged 16 in Jericho, Queensland, Australia, from wounds received in the Boer War

Emma Lynds-Jacksonand her 2nd husband, Charles Stent had 11 children from 1876 to 1896 before they married in 1904,
(1896 was also the year Emma's first husband John Lynd died)

Their last child, Richard Stent b.1896 was killed aged 20 in WW1.

Charles Stent was the 1st child of 8 children to
Charles STENT and Sarah PECK of England.

See all these names and their spouses, ancestors and descendents on

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Two young men from Martinborough killed the same day

William Holditch RADCLIFFE born 1897 and
George Pain Hutchisen HARRIS born 1891

Both born in Martinborough, Wairarapa, New Zealand.
Both sent to fight in the SOMME, FRANCE
Both killed in action on the same day, 15th September 1916 - on the same field ...
Both buried in Caterpillar Valley, Somme, France.

Letter of thanks written to the Captain of the "KATHERINE STEWART FORBES' that arrived in Port Nicholson (Wellington NZ) in 1841

A number of people sent a letter of thanks to Captain Hobbs through the Evening Post newspaper, dated 10th July 1841