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Francis William HODGINS + Rachel Grace LAWER Otago

Journal by ngairedith

for gail cook who asked on 6 Dec 2011:
looking for HODGINS and LAWER
Francis William Hodgins, born 1886, died 1963.
Married to Rachel Grace Lawer, born 1892, died 1956.

Francis' parents were George Hodgins and Rosina?
Rachel's parents were Richard Lawer and Rachel?

NASEBY is a small town, formerly a borough, in the Maniototo area of Central Otago, New Zealand. It is named after a village in Northamptonshire, England

Winters in Naseby are very harsh. At its peak, the population of the town was close to 4,000, but by the time administrative boundaries were changed in the 1980s, it had become New Zealand's smallest borough, with a population of only around 100

George HODGINS (1843-1926)
married Marion Rosina WINSTONE (1848-1921) on 21 Dec 1874 Mt Ida Parish, Naseby

their children, born in Naseby, Otago were:

1875 - 1946 Emily Jane Hodgins
- Emily married Robert James THURLOW (1869-1955) 1 March 1897 in Maniototo, Otago
- Robert was born in Mt Pleasant, Otago, the 6th of 13 children of John THURLOW & Susan Jane FROMENT
- they had 4 children:
1897 - 1919 Helen Regina Thurlow
1898 - 1899 John Francis Thurlow
1900 - 1939 Martha Ann Thurlow
1905 - 1980 Walter James Thurlow
- Robert & Emily lived at Josephine St, Dunedin
- Emily died 21 May 1946 aged 70
- she is buried Plot 61, Block 66 at Andersons Bay, Dunedin
- Robert married Frances Emily GEEN (1874-1962 buried Wellington)
- Robert died in Wellington aged 86 and his ashes were scattered over Emily's grave:

1877 - ? Rosina Hodgins
- nothing known

1879 - 1951 Matilda Hodgins
- Matilda had a daughter, Ethel Alice Hodgins, on 7 July 1898
- Ethel became a McKay. She married Charles Edward Stewart ETHON in 1917
- Matilda married Charles McKAY on 2 Nov 1898
- they had at least 3 children:
1899 - 1976 Marion Rosina McKay
1903 - 1985 Charles Sydney McKay
1906 - 1997 Lexina Rubina McKay

1881 - 1954 George Theodore Winstone Hodgins
- no wife found.
- he served in WWI as Private 68883 with the NZEF, 43rd Reinforcements, B Company, embarking from Wellington on the HMNZT 111 on 2 Oct 1918. His next Of Kin was his father George Hodgins at Naseby
- He died 20 Dec 1954 aged 73 in Naseby
- buried Plot 11, Block 425 in Anderson Bay cemetery Dunedin

1884 - ? Ellen/Helen Hodgins
- nothing known

1886 - 1963 Francis William 'Frank' Hodgins
- Francis married Rachel Grace LAWER in 1910
- they had a son, Francis Richard George Hodgins in 1913 in 80 Bay View Rd, Dunedin, who died aged 9 weeks & buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery Dunedin
- they possible had other chilren
- Francis & Rachel died in Balclutha, South Otago

1888 - 1972 Edith Lavinia Hodgins
- Edith married Richard Graham WADE in 1914
- Richard was the 3rd of 6 children of Mann WADE & Catherine HUNTER of Blackstone Hill, Otago

1891 - 1971 Lucy Rubenia Hodgins
- Lucy married Valentine Charles PARKER in 1912

NOTE There is a Samuel Nicholson Hodgins (1844-1879) buried in Southern Cemetery Dunedin.I believe he may have been a brother of George Hodgins. He was a Railway worker in Dunedin. On the morning of 5 June 1879 he was helping to discharge a truck of timber at the Railway Station. When a log, weighing about 100kg, was being slung, the friction brakes on the crane slipped due to being slippery by the rain and Samuel, who was standing directly under the logs, was crushed to the ground

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Richard LAWER (1850-1914)
married Rachel GRACE (1858-1926) in 1875 in Lawrence, Otago

their children, born in Naseby, were:

1882 - 1923 Beatrice Jane Lawer
- Beatrice married Ernest William NEWMAN (1878-?) in 1906
- 1 of 2 sons of William NEWMAN & Lois PRESTON
- they had a son, Percy Lawrence Newman (1907-?)
- possibly had other children

1886 - 1937 Thomas John Vine Lawer
- Thomas married Blanche Eleanor ARCHER (1887-?) in 1908
- 1 of 10 children of Francis ARCHER & Ellen HORGAN
- Thomas and Blanche had Francis Richard Bryan Lawer (1909-2001)
- possibly had other children
- Thomas & Blanche died in Wellington. Buried Plot 410 M at Karori

1892 - 1956 Rachel Grace Lawer
- Rachel married Francis William HODGINS 4 July 1910
- see Hodgins family above

1894 - 1978 Ivy May Lawer
- Ivy married Sydney Albert SALT (1890-?) in 1913
- 1 of 8 children of Samuel Henry Woodhouse SALT & Jessie Marshall GAUL

1901 - 1962 Evalyn Ann Lawer
- Evalyn was not married. She died aged 60

NASEBY in Winter
from the site NASEBY, 2000ft above worry

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by gail_cook on 2011-12-07 15:09:21

Thank you so much for this. A couple of things i can add...

The daughter was definitely Helen, though i don't know anything about her.

Francis William and Rachel Grace did indeed have more children, thankfully, otherwise i would not be here.
They had 7 children, Doris Kathleen, Iris, Margie, Carol, Vera, Val and Eric.
Do not know much about most of these except that Iris, Vera, and Eric are now deceased.

Doris Kathleen is my grandmother.
She was born in 1919 in Balclutha.
She married Alexander Cook in Dunedin, not sure what year.
They had 4 children, all boys, James Alexander, David John, Raymond Noel, and Richard Kelvin, all born in Dunedin.
After Doris and Alexander divorced, Doris married Noel Osborne, whom she had no children with.
It has also been discovered in recent years that while Alexander was away serving in WWII, Doris had a daughter named Nola, whom she adopted out.
No body in my family other than Doris knew about Nola until a few years ago when Nola found the family much to our pleasure.
Nola's father is unknown, possibly a man named Bill Templeton from the south of New Zealand.

by Toolmannz2 on 2012-01-26 18:59:07

I can also add to this Francis and Rachael also had a son Alan who married Esma Pulham, they had 6 children. William, Shirley, Margaret(deceased)Alan,Kevin and myself David.
All of the members of our family now reside in Australia

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