Hi, am looking for any information on the Dinnessen family from around Foxton/Dannevirke New Zealand and beyond. Ane and Dinnis Dinnessen - Originally from Denmark. They were my great grandparents. Any contacts or information would be great. :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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Hi, am looking for any information on the Dinnessen family from around Foxton/Dannevirke New Zealand and beyond. Ane and Dinnis Dinnessen - Originally from Denmark. They were my great grandparents. Any contacts or information would be great.

Query by Jeanne56

We are keen to fill in some gaps - particularly on their children; Gertrude, Hannah Maryann and Kerstin/Caston, Tunnas,Neil (Niels) and family. They landed in the Hawkes Bay NZ directly from Denmark and settled in Foxton then Dannevirke (from our information)

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by ScotNZ on 2019-03-28 10:27:29


Dinnes was Naturalised on 20 July 1887. Is states his date of birth as 1 June 1852 - Denmark.

Dinnes Christian Dinnessen died 1928

Tunnes died on 4 March 1882 as a 1 year old in Napier. Parents named as Dennis Christian and Anne (nee Nelson). Also states Tunnes was born in Porirua.

Hannah Mary Anne Dennesen married George Tapp in 1903.

Neil served in WWI, his service record is available here: http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE14186492

He is buried in Rangatira Cemetery: https://billiongraves.com/grave/person/18721175

Annie (Nelson/Nielsen) Dennesen is buried with daughter Ivy Maria in Dannevirke Settlers Cemetery: https://billiongraves.com/grave/Ane-Nielsen-Dinnesen/21341146

Sies to check:
BDMNZ Online- https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search

by Jeanne56 on 2019-03-28 20:05:00

Thank you so much! We couldn't find anything on Hannah (Ann) or Tunnes. We stayed in Marton (Rangatira area) last weekend, not realizing that Neil (Niels) was just down the road from us in the cemetery. We have since found the grave sites of Dinnis and Anne+Ivy - which we plan to visit when we have compiled more information. Thank you again - new to this and any help is very much appreciated.:-)

by ScotNZ on 2019-03-29 13:22:48

Registered births in NZ to Annie and Dinnes:

1881 Tonnas Dinnesen
1882 Tunnes Samuel Dennesen
1884 Hannah Maryann Dinnesen
1886 Kersten Dinnissen
1888 Neils Christian Dennisen
1896 Alice Gertrude Dennesen
1902 Ivy Maria Dinnesen (No father recorded)

As previous- Tonnas died as a 1 year old so looks like the second child was named after him. There is a Thomas Samuel Dinnesen recorded as marrying Mary Shankland in 1907. Thomas Samuel Dennison died 13 January 1959 and is buried in Palmerston North.

by Jeanne56 on 2019-03-29 19:23:49

Thank you again - I have found a Mabel Dinnesen, born 1890 to Anne and Dinnis but that trail has gone cold. Maybe a still born - don't know. I did find Thomas, born 1882 so that is Tunnes. Doesnt help that Clerks at that time mispelt things. I have letter from Caston to my Mother that hold some history too - will dig them out soon but at least I know who was in the family at this stage and will try and work back from there. Already finding our history different from what we knew (the births around Porirua/Foxton etc) as we believed that they remained in Dannevirke area since landing in NZ through the Hawkes Bay

by ScotNZ on 2019-03-30 10:40:09

Yes just spotted Mabel Dennison, BDMNZ Registration Number:1890/2827. Denis & Ane recorded as parents.

There is a Mabel Dennison recorded marriage to Stedman Stanley Viles in 1915. BDMNZ is offline at present so unable to check the above two dates.

by Jeanne56 on 2019-03-30 19:47:35

Thanks - yes I tried to check BDMNZ last night and noticed it was down.
And yes, re Mabels married name been Viles. (tracked that down yesterday) I worked with a guy once whose surname was Viles - apparently we were related to each other by Mabels marriage. Turns out I knew a couple of the children from our family lineage as well - Staithams, Judds and now Viles. Small World - small country!!! :-)
Thank you again for your help - it has been much appreciated

by ngairedith on 2019-03-30 23:23:00

a family tree of Steadman Stanley 'Stan' Viles & Mabel Dennison (1889-1957) shows 4 daughters and a son but not her parents unfortunately

by Jeanne56 on 2019-03-31 00:00:07

Thank you - record keeping in those days was very poor. But I do know Mabel was one of the 'girls' for sure. And I worked briefly with Ross Vile at Ohakea which I believe is the son of Gordon Viles -Mabels son :-)

by ngairedith on 2019-03-31 00:49:56

hi again Jeanne,
just found this 9 year old journal of mine.
A list of all the burials (to 2010) in the old settlers cemetery in Dannevirke.
It has your family on there - spelt Dinnesen
Settlers Cemetery

by Jeanne56 on 2019-03-31 00:56:47

Awesome - thank you - I will try and find the death Certificate sometime of Ane and Ivy - very curious to see what they died from. Any yes - seems everywhere I look someones name is spelt differently for sure....:-)
We are coming down to Manawatu again in the near future for a family reunion so now we can go and visit some graves and care for them too.

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