Way family on Wennington to NZ in 1874
The England and Wales Census of 1871 lists Henry Way as householder, age 28, Born Lambeth, giving a dob for him of 1871-28=1843.
It lists his wife as Eleanor Way, age 21, born Somers Town, Middlesex; dob is therefore 1871-21=1850.
Also listed is their child Francis E Way age 1, born Westminster, Middlesex; dob is therefore 1870.
The registration district for the Census is given as Shoreditch, the sub-district listed is Hoxton Old Town.
There is no mention of the child Mary Louisa Way, supposedly born 1867.
The England and Wales Census of 1861 lists Henry Way age 15, born St Marylebone Middlesex in 1861-15=1846.
It also lists a Henry Way age 18 born Twickenham, Middlesex, Brentford registration index, dob is therefore 1861-18=1843.
The England and Wales Census of 1881 lists Henry Way age 36, born 1845, Middlesex, London, living 12 Boston Terrace, Hammersmith, Middlesex, a tailor, married to Elizabeth Way, age 33. There are 5 children plus a lodger listed. This family may be the ancestors of the Henry Way on the Wennington.
Another 'Henery' Way in the 1881 census is listed as a carpenter, age 35, therefore dob = 1881-35=1846. He is listed as a widower, lodging at 26 Woodfield Place (owned by 'Carloine' Finch born Dorset). There are four Way children: Beatrice (15), Albert (11), Mary (9) and Walter (6). This cannot be the Mary on the Wennington, which sailed in 1874.
England Births and Christenings 1538-1975 lists Louisa Way, Christened 20 Sept 1878, Hammersmith, Middlesex, father Henry Way, mother Elizabeth. This too is after the sailing of the Wennington in 1874.
The NZ Births Deaths Marriages Register has an entry for Eleanor Way, died 1935, Age 91. Therefore her dob was 1935-91=1844 according to this record. This is six years from the birthdate of the Eleanor Way (b 1850 if she was 21 in 1871) given in the England and Wales Census of 1871.
I cannot find an entry on the NZ BDM Register for the death of anyone called Helena Way in NZ over the relevant period.
Similarly, I cannot find an entry for the death of Eleanor Way in England over the relevant period.
My guess is that the married couple on the Wennington were Henry Way, born Lambeth, South London around 1843-1846, died NZ 1902 (age 56 years on the NZ BDM Register), and married to Eleanor Way born Somers Town, Middlesex 1850, died in NZ in 1935 (age 91 on the NZ BDM Register).
Unresolved is the question of the first-born daughter of the couple, Mary Louisa Way b 1867 and also on the Wennington passenger list.
Also unresolved is the question of the name 'Helena'. Could it possibly be a mis-spelling of 'Eleanor'? (If, for example the name 'Eleanor' was pronounced with the stress or emphasis on the middle syllable, 'Eleanor', then it doesn't sound a lot different from 'Helena').