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James Moore EDMONDS - Wanganui + Wellington 1863-1885

Journal by ngairedith

written for Meri Looking for Edmonds, James Moore ... James Moore Born Black Torrington Devon, arrived in Wellington in 1883. Wife Elizabeth Aynon, born in Wales. Appears to have left NZ 1883-1885 and died in Bourke, Vic 1920.
Can anyone help?

- was born in Black Torrington, Devon, England
JAMES married:
- born in Llysfalen, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales

they arrived in Wellington New Zealand prior to 1866
they died in Victoria, Australia - James in 1920, Elizabeth in 1922

UPDATE 17 Aug 2016
the known children of JAMES & ELIZABETH
* 1853 - 1918 Edwin Edmonds
born in Wales, UK
married Eleanor Flanagan in 1887
known children: 4 sons born in NZ
EDWIN died 6 Feb 1918 in New Zealand aged 65
New Zealand Herald, 7 Feb 1918
DEATH, EDMONDS - On February 6, at his late residence, Glenfield (Auckland), Edwin, dearly-beloved husband of Eleanor Edmonds, in his 65th year. The funeral will leave his late residence at 2.30p.m. to-morrow (Friday), for Birkenhead cemetery

* 1856 - 1908 Henry James Thomas Edmonds
born in South Wales, UK
married Naomi Haynes (1857-1942) in 1877, born Nelson NZ
known children: 4 in NZ & 3 in Victoria, Australia
Henry died Feb 1908 in Chitabin Perth, WA
The Northam Advertiser, 16 Jan 1909 DEATH IN THE BUSH
The adjourned inquest on the remains of the body of a man which was found at Chitabin (near Northam) on December 20 was concluded on Friday last before the Acting Coroner (Mr S. Solomon) and a jury of three. Exhaustive enquiries had been made by the police and the evidence produced were those of a man named Henry James T. Edmonds (some time known as H. Roberts) who had been employed clearing by Mr Hemming of Dowerin and hwo had disappeared suddenly in February of last year. Mr Henning had advertised in the "Northam Advertiser" to the effect that the contract would be re-let, but nothing further had been heard of him. Edmonds description tallied with that of the man found, who was supposed to have been about 50 years of age. The evidence of Dr Hutly was to the effect that the man had been dead for from seven to 12 months, but decomposition was so far advanced that there was nothing on which to found a theory as to the cause of death
Naomi died 1942 in Strathfield NSW, buried Woronora

* 1855 - 1869 William Alfred Edmonds
born in England
died in Wanganui aged 13
15 Dec 1869 DEATH - EDMONDS, At Wanganui, on the 15th inst., Walter William, third son of Mr J. M. Edmonds, late of Turakina, aged 13 years. The Funeral of the above will leave the residence of his Father, Ridgway-street, (Wanganui) to-morrow, the 17th inst., at 4 o'clock p.m. - but buried Sydney Street, Wellington read timeline

* 1858 - 1945 Ernest Edmund Edmonds
born in Portsea, Hampshire, England
married Hannah Morris Price (1864-1892) in 1884, born Victoria, died Victoria
known children: 1 in Wellington NZ, 5 in Victoria, Australia
HANNAH died 1892 in Brunswick, Victoria aged 27
ERNEST died 14 Jan 1945 in Gore Hill, NSW

* 1868 - 1953 Frederick Aynon Edmonds
born in New Zealand
married Mabel Lizette Thomas in NZ 1908 & 1911
their known children
1904 - Margery May Edmonds
1906 - John Frederick Edmonds
1909 - 1981 Richard James Edmonds
1911 - 1913 Mabel Elizabeth Aynon Edmonds
1914 - Edna Edmonds
MABEL died in 1952 in Newtown, NSW
FREDERICK died 1 July 1953 in Burwood, NSW

* 1870 - Elizabeth Rebekah Edmonds
born in New Zealand
married ? Wayne in Sydney between 1921-1922

* 1872 - Mary Anne Edmonds
born in New Zealand
nothing else known at this time

* 1875 - 1879 Alfred William Edmonds
born in New Zealand
died in Wellington aged 4
27 February 1879 - WELLINGTON
DEATH - EDMONDS, On the 27th February 1879, at College street, Alfred William, youngest son of James Moore and Elizabeth Aynon Edmonds, aged 4 years
- Alfred was buried in Plot 166 P at Sydney street (now Bolton street) cemetery on 1 March 1879. Also buried with him is his brother William Alfred Edmonds who died 10 years before him in Wanganui and was buried 15 Dec 1869 aged 14 - see photo below

NOTE in Elizabeth's death notice in 1922, her children were named as ... loving mother of Harvey (deceased) (not on our list), John (not on our list), Ernest, Edwin (deceased), Charles (not on our list), Frederick and Elizabeth (Mrs Wayne, Sydney)

* following news items taken from New Zealand newspapers of the day (copied from Papers Past), anything in italics is my addition
PROVINCIAL COUNCIL YESTERDAY - A petition from James M. Edmonds, in the Rangitikei District, praying that certain fines inflicted by Major Durie for scabby sheep might be remittted, was received, read, and ordered to be printed

29 June 1869 - MANAWATU
I HEREBY give notice that JAMES MOORE EDMONDS, of Turakina (22km south of Wanganui), in the Province of Wellington, carpenter, did on the 26th day of June, 1869, duly file in the office of the Supreme Court, at Wellington, a declaration that he was unable to meet his engagements with his creditors WILLIAM THOMAS LOCKE TRAVERS, Agents for H. B. Roberts Solicitor, Wanganui

15 Dec 1869 - WANGANUI
DEATH - EDMONDS, At Wanganui, on the 15th inst., Walter William, third son of Mr J. M. Edmonds, late of Turakina, aged 13 years. The Funeral of the above will leave the residence of his Father, Ridgway-street, to-morrow, the 17th inst., at 4 o'clock p.m.
ACCIDENT FROM LIGHTNING - A heavy thunderstorm on Tuesday and another yesterday passed over the district. No damage has been reported from Tuesday's, but yesterday an accident occurred, arising from a horse taking fright at the lightning, attended with fatal consequences. The son of Mr Edmonds, carpenter, of this town, was driving a horse and cart along No 1 line of road, nearly opposite Mr Holder's, on his return from town, and going very quietly. He was sitting on the top of a flax machine when a severe clap of thunder started the horse and it bolted. The lad in his fright tried to get out of the dray and in doing so clung to the shaft, to which he held on for some time, but eventually, losing his hold, and was thrown off on to the road. He was unable to recover himself before the wheel of the cart passed over his neck and caused almost instantaneous death
NOTE... a son of theirs, (named William Alfred Edmonds in the Wellington database), died in Wanganui aged 13, his Funeral service was held on 15 Dec 1869. He is buried Plot 166.P Sydney street Cemetery, Wellington with his brother Alfred William Edmonds (1875-1879). Why does the paper insertion & the cemetery database have 2 different names Walter William & William Alfred??. There is no Edmonds buried in Wanganui for this date

17 April 1871 - WANGANUI
James Moore Edmond v. William Hutchison. Claim 3s, for trespass of three horses on unfenced ground, the property of plaintiff. The defemdant paid 5s into Court under protest.
Plaintiff - I occupy a piece of ground known as the Town Belt, adjoining the Race Course; I have been there six months; about two months ago the Town Board advertised for tenders for this land; I sent in a tender which was accepted; I advertised that all horses, cattle, &c., would be impounded; through some informality the lease was not then granted, and I had to tender again; my tender was again accepted, and I was put in possession on the 1st April; my boundaries were pointed out to me by the clerk of the Town Board.
[A communication from the Town Board was put in by the plaintiff, in which it was stated that they recognised that he was in possession and that his rent commenced on the 1st April] I have not got a lease, but I have signed a draft of a lease
Mr Hutchison - said he defended the case on public grounds; the Town Belt of Wanganui was a commonage, and it was not in the power of the Town Board to give a lease. And again, if the defendant had a lease, which he has not, he could not levy "black mail" on any one's cattle till he had securely fenced in the ground.
Mr Watt here interposed; and said if he had known what the nature of the case was, he would have declined sitting on the case, as he was a member of the Town Board
Mr Edmonds said - Mr Hutchison defends the case from private motives. The ground that I have leased adjoins defendants ground, and it is because he has lost the right of grazing on that round that he defends this action. His public motives were silent while some twenty other leases on the Town Belt had been granted, but this one touching himself so closely, he makes a noise
Mr Hutchison denied this, and said that horses were continually grazing on his ground.
The Bench decided not to go into the case, as it involved too complicated a question of law for them to decide.
This case, with some others of a like nature, were postponed till the 27th inst.

24 April 1871 - WANGANUI
THE RACE COURSE RESERVES - We have received a letter form Mr J. M. Edmonds, respecting the leasing of part of the Town Belt; the letter is much too long for insertion, and we can only briefly refer to the leading points contained in it. Mr Edmonds asserts that he, as well as other residents adjoining this particular portion of the belt, are constantly annoyed and disgusted by the lawless scenes that occur on this commonage. He says - "Myself and several other residents are daily annoyed with a large number of horses and cattle, many of these being the property of parties well able to pay for grazing them elsewhere, while others are owned by the most lawless and immoral of our population. Referring to the scenes that are carried on there he writes:- "Horse-racing and other games are the great business of the Sabbath, and many times within the last six months I have seen from two to twelve horses running a race, at the same time jumping over the fence between the Belt and the Racecourse." He then puts the following question:- "Now, Sir, I will just ask yourself and readers why this part of the Town Belt should not be let on lease as well as any other, seeing the uses and annoyances occasioned by its being a common". He finished his letter by referring to Mr Hutchison's conduct in the matter, and stating that he is always seeking popuarity by one thing or another, and advising him to obtain popularity and a immortal name by taking those Sabboth breakers under his teaching, for many of them he believes are of the same school in politics and possibly in religions himself

10 July 1871 - WANGANUI
James Moore Edmonds v John Armstrong. Claim - 14 2s. Judgment for amount and costs

29 January 1872 - WANGANUI
W. FINNIMORE has received instructions from the Mortgagees to sell by public auction, on Tuesday, 30th instant at 12 o'clock, at his Auction Mart, Taupo Quay, the lease of the premises at Turakina, formerly in the occupation of J. M. Edmonds, having eleven years to run, at a very low ground rent.

James M. Edmonds was charged on the information of William Kells with willfully and feloniously inciting a man of the name of John Woods to commit perjury

James M. Edmonds was again brought up on remand, charged by William Kells with having feloniously and willfully incited one John Woods to commit Perjury
Mr Roberts appeared for the prosecution and Mr Betts for the defence
The information having been read, the accused pleaded not guilty
Mr Roberts called William John Wood, who deposed - I am a laborer; I have been cutting flax by contract for William Kells; I know the accused; on the 24th Dec. I saw him at the whare where I lived; this whare is about two miles from the mill, and is on Mr Pharazyn's run; the month was January not December; I made a mistake of a month; Thursday, 24th Jan., Mr Edmonds came to my whare on horseback and called me out; he asked me where Tom Williams was; I told him I thought he was at the mill; he then called away, and asked me if my mates knew what was going on; I told him "no, they did not"; he then told me that if I would turn around on Mr Kells and Tom Williams, he would give me the whole reward he had offered at first; I told him that I would tell all that I knew; he had a cheque in his hand, which he said was for 1,000 (the equivalent in Feb 2012 of $134,500. I believe this is a misprint, see further along) and also that Mr Pharazyn had sent it out for the reward; he showed me also other money - both gold and notes; I could not say how much there was, but I think about 150 altogether, including the cheque (this appears then that the 1000 was a misprint and should read, 100 / $13,500); he told me that if I went in front of the two men who were close by, I should have the money at once; he said that if I stick to him and carry him through with it, Mr Pharazyn would make a man of me; the accused and I then went out into the road where Sergeant Reid and Constable Ritchie were; he then told me to tell Sergt. Reid about the hides; I told him that I heard about a hide at the mill, and that there was a beast lying dead on the flat; he then asked me whether I had been told where nine or ten hides were; I told him I had not; he then asked me if I drank grog, and showed me some grog in a kit; I said I did not; he then asked me if Tom Williams drank; I said he did; he then asked me if I could bring him out of the mill without Kells or anyone knowing; the accused and Sergeant Reid then agreed to go halfway to the mill, and lay in the fern, while I brought out Williams; I did so; when William came out, Sergt. Reid remained in the fern, and the accused gave some grog to him; the accused then asked him if he had heard anything more of the affair, and on being asked what affair he meant, the accused said, "About the killing of the sheep"; Williams said, "What sheep," and the accused answered, "It is not sheep, it is cattle I mean"; Williams said he did not know about it, and the accused then abused him; Williams asked for another drink, and the accused said he would give it to him if he thought it would choke him; Williams and I turned to go back to the mill, and we were about 300 or 400 yards along the road, when the Sergt. rode up and said, it is a pretty game you chaps are playing with the cattle; Sergt. Reid pulled out a bottle of grog, and offered it to Williams [Mr Roberts - Very liberal police]. Nothing more occurred on that day; three or four days previously, I had another conversation; it was on Saturday, the 20th; I was cutting flax on Mr Pharazyn's land; the accused rode up and talked about the flax; after talking a little time he called me on one side and said the was going to tell me something very serious; he said if I would mind myself he would give me 25, and that would not half pay me as he would give me 25 more when the case came on; he spoke about some cattle that had been made away with by Mr Kells; he said he was sure Mr Kells had done it as no one else would do it; I said that I did not know anything about the matter, nor did I want to know; he told me to go amongst my mates and bring the softest of my mate to him; I said I did not want to be mixed up in the affair; he said "don't be a fool," and that Mr Pharazyn would give me any amount of money I wanted; I was to bring one up one wet day, and he would try and settle this affair. He told me not to tell Kells as Kells would not give me any money, and that he (the accused) would give me any amount. I told him that I would not tell Kells. I saw him next on Sunday. On the Saturday night Williams and I told Kells all about it. On the Sunday morning Kells sent both of us to accused. We went up, and he received us very cordially. He said he was losing a great deal of his cattle. I called Edmonds outside and told him that the man I had brought with me had been with Mr Kells since the mill had started, and that if anything had occurred, he would know all about it. We went back inside, and the other young man that was there was sent outside to dig some potatoes. When we were alone, he said to us that he would not keep the secret from us any longer; that he knew that Billy Kells had been killing cattle; he would prove that Kells had killed a beast some few days previously, and that if I would stick to him and swear in court that Kells had made away with the cattle and buried the hides, he would give us 100 each, and pay our passage out of the country. He also said that Kells had stolen posts and rails from him. He said that if we did not wish to leave the country, we were to have a run, which would be stocked for us. Williams then told him that he helped to kill one beast, and that Mr John Kells had sot it close by the mill. He also told him that he would show him where there was another beast lying dead. The accused said that would be quite sufficient, and that he would settle Mr Kells very soon; he then said the man was coming back with the potatoes, and that we would have to drop it; we had dinner; after dinner he took us down to were his house had been burnt; on the road there he said that if we would swear to everything he would ask us in court, he would put a settler on Mr Kells that he would not get over for a while; William told him hat he wold not be bribed by money, to which the accused replied "don't be a fool, and stand in your own light;" we returned to the whare and got our horses; the accused asked us to come up again on Tuesday, to meet Mr Pharazyn, and Mr Pharazyn would bring out the money with him; we then went to Mr Kells and told him all about it; on Monday evening he came to me when I was cutting flax and asked me if I thought the fellow, meaning Williams, would stick to him; I said he was the likeliest about the mill; he told me that a young farmer had told him that Mr Kells was making pabulum vitae (food for thought; intellectual or spiritual nourishment or support), and said that if I would swear that, I was to have 10 more to my reward; I was to have the money on the following day; he then asked me it I had seen any pabulum vitae used at the mill I said I had not; he told me to be sure to come up on the following day, as Mr Pharazyn was not coming as he did not wish to go into court, but that he (Edmonds) was to take it through; I went on Tuesday with Williams, but did not see the accused as he had not arrived; we saw him when he came out in the evening; I got up to the whare first, and he told me to go back to tell Williams that the money was all right; I did do, and we all walked out together; on the flat, the accused stopped and pulled out a roll of notes and gold, and said if we intended to stick to him the money was out; he told us to go and get ten hides, and that we were to have 10, and 1 a hide; we said we could not do it, and he wanted us to show him where the hides were; Williams said he would show him a hide at the mill if he would give him (Williams) the 5 he had in his hand; the accused said that one hide would be of very little account; he asked Williams what he would do with the money if he got it; Williams replied that he would either fling it away or else put it in his pocket; We told him that Kells knew all about this, and that he would have a chance of proving that Kells had made away with the cattle; we got on our horses and left; before we went he offered me a sovereign to buy some grog to give to Williams. The accused came to me again the next morning and said he thought the scoundrel had not told Kells anything about it, but was trying to frighten the money out of him; he then told me that it I would turn on Williams and Kells, I would receive more money than ever I had been offered; I told him that I would tell in Court everything, and he was sure that God would carry him through; I said I would not tell any falsehoods; I then went away
Cross-examined by Mr Betts - I agreed to go with prisoner in front of two men; I did not speak to anyone except Williams about the offer made; it is about two miles from my whare to that of Edmonds'; Edmonds' whare is about three miles from Nukumaru; I told Mr Kells about the money being offered to me; he said it was an awful affair, and that he should send us away the next day; I told Mr Kells the substance of the conversation held with Edmonds; I have been eleven years in the Wanganui district; I have been imprisoned for one month for tin-kettling a minister when he was married (laughter).
At this stage, the Court adjourned till 11 o'clock on Monday morning
Mr Betts applied for bail.
Bail was allowed the accused in 200, and one surety of 100, Mr Pharazyn becoming the surety

28 Feb 1872 - WANGANUI
James Moore Edmonds has been committed for trial by the Magistrates of Wanganui for inciting to commit perjury

There is not a chance that the time honored custom of presenting the Judge with a pair of white gloves on the occasion of a blank list of criminal cases, will ever be observed in Wanganui. The first criminal session will be held in April next, and already six cases are down for hearing. This black list commences with James Ryan, charged with larceny from the person on board the s.s. Wanganui, followed by John Danderson, larceny from the person; Harvey Thompson, embezzlement of public funds; Daniel McCoy, murder; James M. Edmonds, subornation of perjury; and Patrick Duffy, stabbing a constable while in the execution of his duty

... We have been informed that Mr William Kells will have to bear the expense of the prosecution against James M. Edmonds for subornation of perjury, himself. A crown prosecutor will not be allowed, the law drawing a line between private prosecutions and crown prosecutions

Sir, We the undersigned electors of the Wanganui and Waitotara Educational District, request that you will allow yourself to be nominated as our representative on the Educational Board. Believing that you would watch our interests with unflagging energy, we promise, in the event of your acceding to our request to use our utmost endeavor to secure your return.
William E. GRIFFIN
George R. HORNER
William HUSTON
Thomas KELLS
David LIND
William J. MULLIN
Phillip MUSSEN
Charles PARKES
Henry L. PEAKE
Thomas ROOTS
George WATT
George WHITE
G. WRIGHT, sen

James M. Edmonds was charged by Contable Coakley with a breach of the above Act, by obstructing the public thoroughfare with tar barrels. Fined 5s and costs 9s

LARCENY. Edward Penfold was charged with felonously stealing two tar brushes of the value 6s 6d, of the goods and chattels of James Moore Edmonds.
The accused pleaded not guilty
Inspector Atcheson conducted the case for the prosecution, and Mr Hutchinson appeared for the accused
James M. Edmonds, contractor, deposed - The accused was in my employ about a fortnight ago; I missed an axe and two tar brushes about ten days ago from the rear of Mr Willamson's store I demanded the articles from prisoner's wife
Cross-examined By Mr Hutchison - The prisoner was not discharged from my service; he had told me that he wanted to tar his house, but did not ask for the loan of the brushes; had he done so I would have lent them; his wife came on Tuesday last and asked for the few shillings due for wages; she did not offer to return the brushes, but said she thought they were at her place; I told her to send her husband, or he would hear more about it
Sergeant Reid deposed - On Friday evening last Mr Edmonds informed me that he had lost two brushes and an axe from his works, and that he had given no person any authority to take them; on Saturday morning I went to prisoner's residence and found the two brushes produced; Mr Edmonds identified them as his property; the brushes were found on the top of a fowl house
Cross-examined by Mr Hutchison - I noticed that the brushes had been used about the house for tarring; they were not concealed
Constable Hogan deposed - I arrested the prisoner on 17th May; he said he did not steal the brushes, but had got a loan of them from Mr Edmonds; he said he had been in the country
Henry Williamson deposed - Mr Edmonds did some asphalting on my property; he left two tar brushes there; the prisoner came afterwards and said he had come for the loan of the brushes to do a job at his own place; I gave them to him as he had been in Mr Edmonds's employ
Mr Hutchison addressed the Court on behalf of the prisoner, contending that no felonious taking had been shown. The brushes had been borrowed for a purpose, and would have been returned had not the accused met with an accident causing him to go into the country for a time. No attempt had been made to conceal the brushes, and they were given up immediately they were asked for
The R.M. concurred with the learned counsel, but warned the accused against taking things without first having autority so to do.
Case dismissed, and the accused discharged

Account from J. M. Edmonds, 57 3s for asphalting on Taupo Quay. Moved by Cr Nathan and seconded by Cr Beaven, "That the account be paid". Carried. Account from J. M. Edmonds, 20 9s, for asphalting portion of Victoria Avenue from Barraud's to Bank of Australasia. Passed for payment on condition that the Engineer pass the work as satisfactory

McLELLAN & SYMES have received instructions from Mr James M. Edmonds, to sell by Public Auction, at the Wanganui Sale Yards, adjoining the Freemasons' Hall, St Hill Street, on the 12th June, 1875
Also, after the above, a lot of Good
Terms at sale. To commence at 12 o'clock

In the matter of "The Debtors and creditors Act, 1876" and in the matter of the Bankruptcy of JAMES MOORE EDMONDS, of the City of Wellington, builder, a debtor
This is to notify that James Moore Edmonds, of the City of Wellington, builder, had this day filed a statement that he is unable to meet his engagements with his creditors. The first meeting of creditors to be held at the Grand Jury Room, Supreme Court House, Wellington, on WEDNESDAY, the 22nd day of AUGUST, 1877, at 12 o'clock noon. Dated this 15th day of August, 1877 (signed) H. C. WILMER, Deputy Registrar. HART & BUCKLEY, Solicitors for the Debtor

23 August 1877 - WELLINGTON
A meeting of creditors was held yesterday at the Supreme Court in the insolvent estate of James Moore Edmonds, builder, Wellington. About twenty creditors were present, the chair being occupied by Mr Dawson, ironmonger. The following creditors proved their claims to the extent stated, making a total of 559 15s 6d (the equivalent in 2012 of $78,775):-
Nash and Napleson, 3 5s
Booth & Co., 10 16s
R. Gardner & Co., 34 10s 9d
J. E. Hayes, 17 18s
J. A. Boardman, 25
Halley and Ewing, 180
W. Dawson, 159 4s 10d
Stevenson and Stuart, 50 3s 1d
Matthew McCredie, 24 16s 11d
Greenfield and Stuart, 43 15s 11d
T. K. MacDonald, 2 2s
McMurrin, 8 3s
The liabilities were set down at 1018 2s and the assets, comprising freehold property and debts, at 836 8s. After some discussion regarding the best method of realising on the estate, Mr T. K. MacDonald was appointed trustee, and empowered to call a special meeting should the insolvent make any offer of a composition with a guarantee of payment

24 August 1877 - To the Editor of the Evening Post WELLINGTON
J. M. EDMONDS ESTATE, Sir - We are curious to know by what right or on what principle of propriety, you venture to publish a list, with respective claims, of the creditors in above estate. We protest against such an invasion of private affairs, which can be of no concern to the general public. Appending our names for your information only, and requesting you will permit this letter to appear in an early issue, We are, &c., EIGHT CREDITORS

21 September 1877 - WELLINGTON
A meeting of the creditors of James Moore Edmonds will be held in the Supreme Court on Monday, the 1st day of October next, for the purpose of considering a proposal of the said bankrupt to close the liquidation of his estate. T. KENNEDY MacDONALD, Creditors Trustee

1 October 1877 - WELLINGTON
A meeting of creditors was held this afternoon, in the estate of James Moore Edmonds, builder, Wellington, to consider a proposal of liquidation on the part of the insolvent. After some consideration the meeting was adjourned for a week, to enable the insolvent to make some positive offer

EDMONDS-HAYNES - On November 24th, at the residence of J. M. Edmonds, *Lorne-street, Wellington by the Rev. James Paterson, Henry James Thomas, eldest son of James M. Edmonds, to Naomi, second daughter of Thomas Haynes, of Hardy-street, Nelson (* Lorne street is in Te Aro)
- Henry & Naomi had 3 known children between 1878 & 1883
1878 - Mabel Aynon Edmonds
1882 - Gertrude Emily Edmonds
1883 - Harry Norman Edmonds
- none of these children's marriage or deaths can be found in NZ

10 October 1878 - WELLINGTON
... TO LET, 2 new 6-roomed Cottages, with gas and water laid on having a splendid view of the harbour; also a 10-roomed House in College-street. Rent very low. Apply to J. M. Edmonds, Lorne-street, Te Aro

27 February 1879 - WELLINGTON
DEATH - EDMONDS, On the 27th February 1879, at College street, Alfred William, youngest son of James Moore and Elizabeth Aynon Edmonds, aged 4 years
- Alfred was buried in Plot 166 P at Sydney street (now Bolton street) cemetery on 1 March 1879. Also buried with him is his brother William Alfred Edmonds who died 10 years before him in Wanganui and was buried 15 Dec 1869 aged 14

18 October 1879 - WELLINGTON
TO LET, several well-finished 8 roomed Houses, situated in the most respectable part of Te Aro, and close to the tramway, superior bath-room; gas and water laid on, rent will be very low to good tenants. Apply to J. M. Edmonds, Builder, &c., College street

20 September 1880 - WELLINGTON
Two new insolvencies are announced, viz., Edgar Austin, plasterer, and James Moore Edmonds, builder, both of Wellington

12 October 1880 - WELLINGTON
In the matter of the bankruptcy of JAMES MOORE EDMONDS, of the City of Wellington, Builder, a debtor
This is to notify that at an adjournment of the first meeting of the creditors of the abovenamed debtor, James Moore Edmonds, held at the Supreme Court House, Wellington, 1880, Rowland Skipsey Waterhouse, of the City of Wellington, Merchant, was elected to be the Creditors' trustee in the above bankruptcy and that the said Rowland Skipsey Waterhouse has signified to me in writing this acceptance of such office. Dated at Wellington this 12th day of October, 1880. HENRY HALL, Deputy Registrar BULLER, LEWIS and GULLY, Solicitors for the said debtor

1 November 1880 - WELLINGTON
The following is the list of cases set down for disposal at the bankruptcy Court tomorrow:- Re John Tompkin, Francis Power, James Moore Edmonds and Richard Edward Kearse, debtors, all application for orders of discharge

2 November 1880 - WELLINGTON
There was a short sitting of the Supreme Court in bankruptcy this afternoon, when orders of discharge were granted to the following debtors:- John Tompkins, Thomas Power, and James Moore Edmonds. Mr Quick represented the first two debtors and Mr Gully the last

12 April 1881 - WELLINGTON
FREEHOLD LAND AND DWELLING HOUSES, KENT TERRACE. Messrs J. H. BETHUNE & CO., have been favored with instructions to sell by public auction, at their rooms, on Wednesday, the 13th day of April, at 2 o'clock, all that piece of land, being allotment No 2 and part of allotments Nos 1 and 3 on a plan of Section No 288, in the City of Wellington having a frontage of 80 feet to Kent Terrace, by a depth of 100 feet, together with four eight-roomed superior Dwelling Houses, recently erected thereon by Mr J. M. EDMONDS. The above will be sold in one or more lots, to suit purchasers. Cards to view may be obtained at the office of the Auctioneers. For further particulars apply to Messrs IZARD & BELL

... From this date all connection between Mr James M. Edmonds, of *College-street, and C. (Caleb) Edmonds & Co., Brewers, of Petone, will cease. All moneys due and owing will be received and paid by the said C. Edmonds & Co.
*College-street is in Te Aro
- NOTE Caleb Edmonds (1834-1904) was from Monmouthshire, England (145 miles south of Black Torrington). Whilst in England he owned the Ivor Castle Hotel. He arrived in Wellington in 1879 and built his steam brewery in Petone using all the best English appliances. His wife Elizabeth died in July 1897 aged 63, Caleb died in March 1904 aged 70 & they are both buried in Taita cemetery. His date of birth makes him a possible brother of James

19 April 1883 - NEW PLYMOUTH
IN BANKRUPTCY - JAMES MOORE EDMONDS. NOTICE, Persons having Claims in this Estate are requested to furnish the same, duly proved, at my office, not later that 21 May; and persons indebted to the Estate are requested to settle their Accounts forthwith. P. C. MORTON, Trustee, Devon-street, New Plymouth

27 May 1885 - AUCKLAND
Mr M. Henderson has received the following tenders for two cottages in Grey-street:-
F. M. DAWSON, 400
James M. EDMONDS, 255
W. GRANT, 288
Thomas HAYNES 312
James LYE, 297
C. P. ROWALL, 297
J. SHEARER 111 12S
W. VARNEY, 397
J. R. WOODS, 346

in 1914
James was on the 1914 Electoral Roll in the County of Bourke, Victoria, Australia
He died 19 May 1921 in Northcote, Victoria, Australia
The Age, 19 May 1922
EDMONDS - In loving memory of James Moore Edmonds, who passed to a higher life on 19th May 1921. Peaceful be they sleep and sweet. Inserted by E. A. and E. R. Edmonds, Northcote

18 July 1922 from "The Angus", Melborrne, Victoria
EDMONDS - On the 17th July, at 5 Alexander street, Northcote, Elizabeth Aynon, dearly beloved wife of the late James Moore Edmonds, and loving mother of Harvey (deceased), John, Ernest, Edwin (deceased), Charles, Frederick, and Elizabeth (Mrs. Wayne, Sydney), aged 91 years.

Meri said that James & Elizabeth 'lost' 4 children while living in New Zealand (I only have 2), therefore a lot more can be added to the journal above. If you can help please leave a comment below

the EDMONDS FAMILY Grave, Plot 166.P at Sydney Street Cemetery. It was photographed in the late 1960s by the City Sexton, P J E Shotter, prior to its being dismantled to make way for the Wellington motorway.
Burial place of 2 sons of James & Elizabeth:
William Alfred (1855-1869) & Alfred William (1875-1879)

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by MeriNZ on 2012-05-12 17:07:00

I am absolutely amazed at all this information
I cant thank you enough for all your help

Meri Low

by MeriNZ on 2012-05-12 21:47:32

Frederick Aynon is my grandfather.
I am also trying to trace James father Edmund Edmonds..his parents and back further.
Somewhere in 1600..there is a record of a Gideon Edmonds who was a minister of the Exeter Church. It is mentioned in the Doomsday book..but I am very anxious to find any other info about him and especially who his parents were.

by MeriNZ on 2012-05-14 19:40:51

Can anyone help on the location of the Ivor Castle Hotel in England please
Also, any history on Edmonds & Co Brewers in Wellington NZ

by ALV on 2012-05-15 00:42:53

MeriNZ - There is a Castle Ivor pub in Hopkinstown near Pontypridd in Wales.

by ngairedith on 2012-05-15 05:20:53

HI Meri,

contact the Petone Settlers Museum and ask if they have any info (they may even have photos if you're lucky)

by holdenfa on 2016-08-16 05:41:36


Is this the same family as Ernest Edmund Edmonds who married Hannah Price in 1883 in Wellington, in the marriage notice it said son of Mr J M Edmonds.

Thank you

by ngairedith on 2016-08-17 07:32:46

yes he is a son ...
Ernest Edmund Edmonds was born in May 1858 in Portsea, Hampshire, England to James Moore & Elizabeth Anyon Edmonds.
He died 14 Jan 1945 in Gore Hill, NSW, Australia
I will update the above journal shortly and add the known children of James & Elizabeth

by MsSinclair on 2017-04-09 13:25:54

Thank you

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