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Thomas William FOSTER + Mary Ann GREEKS/GRIX - Masterton

Journal by ngairedith

Thomas William FOSTER (1858-1915)
was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England to William Pinder FOSTER (1835-) & Sarah Ann BURGESS (1836-), who married 14 Oct 1857 in Middlesex.
* See his sister at child ... 15

Thomas William Foster married in 1879 to
Mary Ann GRIX (1864-1911)
* Mary Ann was born in Taita, 9 April 1864, to George Greeks (1827-1871) & Louisa Clifton who married in St James, Lower Hutt on 18 June 1852. Her father George was a Soldier with the 65th Regiment which arrived into Auckland on the 'Java' in Nov 1846 with the companies of the 58th & 65th
NOTE On their burial database, Carterton has her aged 49 & BDM also has her aged 49 which is a birth year of 1862. On the birth list at BDM she is recorded as born in 1864.
The spelling of her name & that of her sister Edith, change at marriage to Grix (see her siblings list next)

children of GEORGE & LOUISA GREEKS
(born in Taita, Mary Ann's siblings)
. 1 . 1853 - ? William Greeks
born 2 Jan 1853
William married Mary Ann LONG in 1874 & had 6 children
* William charged Mary Ann of being a dangerous lunatic in the Carterton Court in May 1885. The Court disagreed and the case was dismissed. He was arrested in Kaitoke July 1886 for wife desertion & remanded to Featherston

. 2 . 1854 - 1871 Henry Greeks
born 22 July 1854
Henry died 11 Dec 1871 at Taita aged 17 (3 months after his father)

. 3 . 1856 - 1887 Rayner Greeks
born 21 April 1856
Rayner married Elizabeth Agnes JONES (1858-1938) in 1877
Rayner died 24 Jan 1887 aged 30 in Greytown after a long illness

. 4 . 1857 - 1858 Daniel James Greeks
born 30 May 1857
Daniel died 11 May 1858 aged 11 months

. 5 . 1858 - 1921 George Everfield Greeks
born 19 Sep 1858
George married Sarah Scott STRATTON in 1876 & had 6 children
* Sarah divorced him in 1906 for adultery & married Alexander David Carstairs GOSMAN in 1911
of note, a grandson baby John Greeks
George next married Lena STANDEN in 1912
George died 29 April 1921 aged 62 in Lower Hutt

. 6 . 1860 - 1897 Daniel James Greeks
born 4 May 1860
Daniel married Emily STIRLING in 1890 & had 4 children
Daniel died 3 Aug 1897 aged 37

. 7 . 1861 - 1934 Richard 'Dick' Greeks
born 30 June 1861
Richard married Eliza STOCKBRIDGE in 1882 & had 6 children
Richard died in Wellington, 4 May 1934 aged 72

. 8 . 1862 - 1885 Ellen Winifred Greeks
born 9 Dec 1862
Ellen married Richard Robinson (1854-1938) in 1878
* In 1879 Richard was a cabinet-maker in Carterton
they had 2 children
1881 - 1920 Mary Ann Louisa Robinson (+ Cox)
1882 - 1882? Ernest Robinson
In 1882 they were living in Makino, Manawatu. A Mr William Wakefield had been lodging with them for 8 months, when on 11 Dec 1882, Ellen did a runner from her marriage 'eloping' with Mr Wakefield to Wanganui & Nelson in Dec 1882
* William's real name was Charles William Henry Lechner (1852-1928), born in Waimea East, a son of Christina Elizabeth Maria 'Louisa' nee Lankow (1834-1924) & her partner William Lechner. The Wakefield name was that of his mother's 1st of 2 husbands (her 2nd was Busch)
Ellen died 28 May 1885 in Nelson
Wairarapa Daily Times
ROBINSON
- On 28 May, at Nelson, Ellen, the wife of Richard Robinson, aged 23 years. Manawatu papers please copy
* Richard next married Martha Ellen Stewart (nee Gilbert 1868-1943) in 1901. They are buried together at Feilding.

. 9 . 1864 - 1911 Mary Ann Greeks (as above)
born 9 April 1864
Mary Ann married Thomas William FOSTER in 1879 as Mary Ann Grix & had 16 children (below)

. 10 . 1865 - 1903 Elizabeth Ann 'Lizzie' Greeks
born 22 July 1865
Elizabeth married James George REID in 1884 & had 4 children
Elizabeth died 1903 aged 38

. 11 . 1866 - Esther 'Hettie' Greeks
born 4 Oct 1866
* Esther had a son, James Greeks (1886-1886)
Esther married Henry KING 2 April 1887 at Wellington & had 8? children

. 12 . 1867 - 1959 Robert 'Bob' Greeks
born 1 Nov 1867
Robert married Isabella STEWART (1879-1947) in 1918.
Robert died 5 Aug 1959 in Porirua

. 13 . 1870 - 1966 Edith Ann Greeks
born 19 Dec 1869
Edith married Henry William CLAY (1864-1926) 28 July 1888 in Carterton
Edith died 1966 aged 96

. 14 . 1871 - 1923 John Comley 'Johnnie' Greeks
born 18 Jan 1871
John married Rachel WOODS in 1904
John died 1923 aged 52

. 15 . 1872 - Matilda Susan 'Tilly' Greeks
born 9 March 1872
* Matilda had a leg amputated in the Masterton Hospital in April 1880, when she was 8. Her brothers were ordered in court (on a couple of instances) to pay towards for her support
Matilda married Frank Walker in 1906

Wellington Independent, 27 Sep 1871
GREEKS
- At the Taita, Hutt, on September 25, George Greeks, aged 44 years

Mary Ann Greeks was 15 when she married & Thomas William Foster was 21.
They had 16 children in 27 years.
They lived in Masterton & Carterton where William was a Cabinet Maker.
*In August 1887 Thomas & Daniel Thomas King (another local Carterton cabinet-maker) invented & patented a clothes-horse that they called "The Nursery Folding Clothes-horse"
*In 1905 Thomas owned 26 perches of land as part of Section 142, Taratahi Plain Block
Mary Ann died 14 March 1911 in Carterton, when she was 46, leaving the youngest, May Waereti Foster, aged 5. Some of the older children were married by then

the children of THOMAS & MARY
[color=fuchsia].. 1
1879 - 1879 Sarah Elizabeth Foster
Sarah died aged 15 days (burial not found in Carterton)

.. 2
1880 - 1974 Herbert Henry Foster
born 18 August 1880 in Carterton
married Violet Kate Grace BUTLER (1886-1962) in 1903
3rd of 6 children (4 daughters) of Edwin BUTLER & Alice Emily REID
known children of Herbert & Violet
* 1904 - Edwin Mercer Foster
* 1906 - Neville Raymond Foster
* 1907 - 1907 Howard Cecil Gibb Foster (aged 3 months)
VIOLET died Christmas Eve 1962 aged 76
HERBERT died 28 August 1974 in Greytown aged 94
- he was cremated at Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North

.. 3
1881 - 1963 William Pinder 'Bill' Foster
(named after his paternal grandfather)
married Constance Mary Ellen McGREGOR (1880-1951) in 1907
* first of 5 children of Alexander McGREGOR & Martha Matilda EVANSON
known daughters of William & Constance
* 1908 - 1989 Waereti Ngai Constance Foster
* 1910 - Zena Beatrice Foster
* 1912 - Eileen Matilda Foster
* 1915 - 1977 Thomas William Foster
* 1917 - 1993 Clarence Christian McGregor Foster
- married Elizabeth O'Reilly (1928-2015)
* 1919 - 1990 William Pinder 'Laddie' Foster
CONSTANCE died 1 October 1951 aged 71
WILLIAM died 25 March 1963 aged 80
they are buried Plot 222A, Block SUC 2 at Clareville Cemetery, Carterton

.. 4
1883 - 1962 Eva Jane Foster
married James Robert JONES in 1904
their known children
* 1905 - 1973 Archer Jones
married Elizabeth Steel MORGAN
* 1906 - 1971 Eva Louisa Jones
married Lionel Cyril RUTHERFURD (brother of Norman below)
* sons of Thomas Henry RUTHERFURD & Edith Kathleen DAGG
* 1907 - 1907 Thomas Charles Jones
died aged 2 weeks
* 1908 - 1963 Clarence Robert Jones
married Violet DAKEN in 1928
* 1910 - 2006 Monica Eileen
married Norman Douglas RUTHERFURD (brother of Lionel above)
JAMES died 20 June 1959 aged 78
EVA died 31 January 1962 aged 78
* they are buried PLOT JRJ, ROW 14, AREA Plan VII at Archer St, Masterton

.. 5
1886 - 1888 Arthur Stuart Foster
ARTHUR died 2 Feb 1888 aged 1.11
Wairarapa Daily Times, 9 February 1888 FOSTER - On the 7th February, at Carterton, Arthur Stuart, youngest son of Thomas W. and M. A. Foster, aged 1 year and 11 months - "Gone to be with Jesus"
He is buried Plot 115 at Clareville Cemetery with sister Beatrice

.. 6
1889 - 1973 Ernest Stuart Foster
married Mary Gertrude FRY (1886-?) in 1918

... 7
1891 - 1982 Isabella Elizabeth Agnes Foster
born 28 March 1891
married James Henry 'Jim' FRYER (1890-1929) in 1912
* 5th of 5 children of John FRYER (1832-1902) & Sarah Ann CLIFTON (1855-1919, remarried to Archibald Alfred McNeil RICE in 1906 & lived Lower Hutt)
Wairarapa Daily Times, 2 Feb 1912
At the Methodist Church, Carterton, on Wednesday afternoon, Mr James Henry Fryer, of Wellington, was married to Miss Isabel Foster, second daughter of Mr T. W. Foster, of Carterton. The bride was attended by Misses Nellie and Mabel Foster (sisters of the bride) and two little dots, Nihera Foster and Florrie Booth. Mr E. Tunnicliffe, of Dalefield, was best man. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. H. Standage.
* In 1919 James & Isabel were living in Greytown
JAMES died in Featherston 8 January 1929 aged 38
Evening Post, 9 January 1929 FRYER - On the 8th January 1929, at Featherston, James Fryer, in his 39th year, beloved brother of Mrs Leer (Annie Charlotte Fryer), Mrs Bainbridge (*Eva Matilda), Mrs Randell (Myrtle Alice) and Mrs Doherty (Dorothy)
*Eva Matilda had first married Henry Joseph LEPPER (1878-1908)
ISABELLA ELIZABETH AGNES remarried in 1934 to Hector COE (1889-1969)

.. 8
1892 - 1984 Clarence Rayner Foster
married Iris Evelyn COMPTON in 1927
* daughter of Thomas 'Tom' COMPTON & Helen Elizabeth Bland RAYNER of Masterton
Clarence & Iris divorced in Auckland in 1949
IRIS died 28 Oct 1977 in Auckland, cremated Purewa
CLARENCE died 20 June 1984 in Levin aged 92 & buried Levin

.. 9
1894 - ? Ellen Louisa Foster
married Charles Henry SMITH in 1915

.. 10
1895 - 1951 Mabel Rose Foster
married Hilton George 'Skelly' OLLIVER (1890-1966) 3 April 1916, Palmerston North & had 12 children
* Hilton was born in Parkes, New South Wales to Henry OLLIVER & Mary Jane NICHOLSON. He first married Jessie TUFT in Sydney in 1909
* He served in WWI as Trooper 54578, with the NZEF, 30th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade (Cairo Camel Corps) & his letters & diary are archived

.. 11
1896 - 1985 Harold George Foster
- born 10 July 1896, a twin with Alfred

.. 12
1896 - 1987 Alfred Daniel James Foster
born 10 July 1896, twin with Harold
married Marjorie Estherbell Bertha GASKIN in 1922
* daughter of Percival William 'Percy' GASKIN & Bertha Mary ZABELL of Carterton

.. 13
1898 - 1920 Beatrice Holly Foster
born 1 December 1898
BEATRICE died 2 November 1920 aged 31 and is buried Plot 115 at Clareville Cemetery with brother Arthur

.. 14
1900 - 1975 Roy Marryatt Herman Foster
married Emily Ida COE (1901-1992) in 1924
ROY died 2 March 1975 in Masterton aged 75
EMILY died 24 September 1992 aged 91
* they are buried Plot RHMF, Row 13, Area: Ex Servicemen at Archer St Cemetery

.. 15
1902 - 1988 Ngaio Edna Foster
born 14 July 1902
married Francis Andrew BAXTER (1895-1944) in 1921
* 6th of 8 children of Henry 'Harry' BAXTER (1850-1923) & Sarah Jane FOSTER (1860-1926)
NOTE Sarah Jane Foster was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England to William Pinder FOSTER (1835-) & Sarah Ann BURGESS (1836-) & was a sister of Thomas William Foster (featured person). Sarah Jane married Henry Baxter in Nelson 20 Oct 1877 (30 years & 1 week after her parents) & died in Queen Charlotte Sounds aged 65 She & husband Henry are buried Plot 12, Row O, Block 17 at Picton cemetery. Their son Francis Andrew Baxter, married her brother's daughter, Ngaio Edna Foster
NGAIO died 24 April 1988 at 'Homelands' Levin, aged 86
her prior address had been 12 Union St., Foxton
she was cremated at Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North

.. 16
1906 - 1907 May Waereti Foster
MAY died 30 December 1906 aged 5 months (burial not found in Carterton)


Mary Ann Foster died 14 March 1911 aged 46 after a lingering illness
Evening Post, 17 March 1911 CARTERTON - The funeral of the late Mrs T. W. Foster took place at the Clareville cemetery yesterday afternoon, and was largely attended, the cortege including brethren of the Masterton and Carterton Rechabite Lodges. Bros. F. E. Tyler, E. King, W. H. Partridge and W. H. Whyte were the pall-bearers. The Rev C. H. Standage officiated at the graveside
Thomas William FOSTER died 3 April 1915 aged 57
* they are buried together in Plots 113 & 114 at Clareville Cemetery, Carterton

see also FOSTER buried Masterton

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by ngairedith on 2010-08-14 11:39:05

by warrenkj on 2010-08-16 14:50:54

Thanks. That's some family. Where in Oz are you? I'll be in Sydney in Sept for my Mum's 93rd birthday and hopefully catch up with some long lost cousins to compare trees.
Warren

by wattie58 on 2011-04-11 02:23:52

Hi are you researching the Foster family.
I have a sister of Thomas Sarah Jane Foster who married Henry Baxter in Oct 1877. Witnesses to the wedding were Sarah Ann Foster (Sister to Sarah Jane) and Arthur Baxter (assume to be a brother of Henry).
I am trying to find information on Henry Baxter and hhis family. I note that a Francis Andrew Baxter married Ngaio Foster in 1921. Do you know who his ancestors were?
Thanks
Melanie

by wattie58 on 2011-04-11 02:29:49

I have just had another look at my family tree information. The Francis Andrew Baxter that married Ngaio Foster is the son of Henry Baxter and Sarah Foster that would make Francis & Ngaio first cousins.
Melanie

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