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Roger (Roderick) Jones & Eliza (Elizabeth) McConaghy - Ireland to NZ

Journal by ngairedith

ROGER (aka Roderick) JONES (1801-1881) and ELIZA (Elizabeth) McCONAGHY (1836-1913) from Ireland to New Zealand. Roger arrived as a Fencible (81st foot?) into Auckland on the 'Ann' in 1848 (see list below). He was accompanied by his (1st) wife Sarah (nee Melville) & 3 children

Researched for katma who wrote 13 March 2019 ..
Roger Jones Fencible Born 1801, Rossory, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland came to Otahuhu, Auckland, NZ aboard the ship Ann in 1848 as a fencible to help protect settlers. He married (2nd wife) Eliza(beth) McConaghy on 25 Oct 1852, and he died in Dunedin in 1881. My GG grandfather was his son .. his name was James Jones .. b circa 1859 and according to marriage & death cert he was born in New Zealand .. I have searched everywhere for details of his birth in NZ but cannot find anything. Its James's actual birth record I cannot find .. it doesnt come up in the New Zealand Births deaths and marriages records .. children found from there are
1853 Mary Elizabeth
1857 Rose Ann
1861 William
1863 Robert
1865 Ellen
1868 Eliza
1870 Susan
1872 Mary Anne
1874 Thomas
1880 William (died the day after Roger 14 mths)
A big gap between 1874 and 1880. Eliza would of been round 44-45 yrs in 1880 - its odd that there would be two Williams maybe William in 1861 changed his name to James .. A distant relative said he was born on 12 Oct 1859, but that was some years ago and have lost his contact details now .. so hoping someone, anyone may be able to help out there ... many thanks

Ten ships brought 721 pensioner soldiers between 1847-1852. The men numbered 721 and, together with their families, comprised a total of over 2,500 new settlers for the villages of Onehunga, Otahuhu, Howick and Panmure.
A large number of the families were from Ireland, which was in the middle of the famine and all would have been leaving for a better life in NZ.
Because of the Potato famine and typhus fever many were suffering from the effects of hunger and malnutrition. Some had found temporary lodgings in densely crowded, unhygienic accommodation weeks before boarding the ship and a number died on board or were sent to the Colonial Hospital on arrival. One of the worst affected were was those who arrived on the 'Sir Robert Sale' which was in dock at the same time as the 'Ramilies & 'Minerva' but as most of the passengers were sick they had to remain on board for 6 weeks.

The promise of owning land would have been a great incentive. When the first contingent arrived it had not been decided where they should settle. The cottages were not built. The families quickly settled into life in NZ building their own houses, growing vegetables and finding work on neighbouring farms.
The men had served in many regiments of the British Army in many parts of the world. They were used to harsh conditions and many were "pensioned out" as being unfit for further active service, largely due to rheumatism. Sometimes wives and children would have marched behind the regiment. The Fencibles were a large group of immigrants who swelled Auckland's population. They created the four villages, now suburbs of Auckland. They were instrumental in the creation of roads, bridges and lines of communication. They shaped the communities with churches, schools, shops and local governing bodies.
The average age of the men was about 40. They settled in the suburbs of Howick, Onehunga, Otahuhu and Panmure. At Howick a redoubt was built on Stockade Hill, a prominent hill at the north end of the village's main street. The position, with its associated earth works, is still there. In the 1849 census one third of Auckland's population were fencibles, half Anglican, half Catholic. Apart from working on their own plots most men were engaged in building roads between the fencible settlements. The material used for road building was scoria from volcanic cones at Pigeon Mountain (then called Pigeon Tree Hill), Mount Richmond and Mount Wellington.

The fencibles were first called to action in 1851 when a large party of about 350–450 Ngāti Pāoa from the Thames and Waiheke Island areas arrived at Auckland's Mechanics Bay in about 20 waka to attack the city. A British regiment at Albert Park Barracks was called out to the hill overlooking the bay. It was reinforced by fencibles who had come from Onehunga, the closest fencible town. Fencibles at Howick and Panmure were stood to in case of further trouble. The frigate 'HMS Fly' trained its guns on the Maori war party from offshore. The cause of the aggression was the arrest of a Ngāti Pāoa chief who had stolen a shift from a shop in Shortland Street. The situation was defused when the attackers were given tobacco and blankets. Later Ngāti Pāoa sent a greenstone mere to the governor.
A group of 121 Ngāti Mahuta under the great Waikato chief Te Wherowhero were also brought to South Auckland to defend the capital. They were given land at Mangere in 1849. They supplied their own arms but had British officers.
During the 1863 war about 75 military pensioners and their sons served in the Auckland Militia to defend Auckland.

It is estimated that there are over a quarter of a million descendants of Fencible families living today spread around the world. The villages are now bustling communities. The Fencibles came for a better life, they committed themselves to developing their communities with their labour and their limited resources. They are to be remembered with respect, for without their service the shape of Auckland would have been a very different place to what it is today.

* 'Ramilies' 5 Aug 1847
- Royal Engineers, 12 Sappers & Miners. 67 Pensioners, 57 Women, 123 Children. Apparently the Fencibles/Pensioners on the Ramilies were not located in Auckland. Also arrived in Van Dieman's land (Hobart), Dec 1845 with 233 rank & file of the 11th, 58th, 96th and 99th regiments and officers

* 'Minerva' 8 Oct 1847
- 80 Pensioners, 67 Women, 145 children. 6 births & 7 deaths. The fencibles of the Minerva mainly settled Howick

* 'Sir Robert Sale' 11 Oct 1847
- 74 Pensioners, 69 Women, 142 children. 5 births & 12 deaths. The fencibles of the Sir Robert Sale mainly settled Howick

* 'Sir George Seymour' 26 Nov 1847
- 78 Pensioners, 63 Women, 114 children. 14 deaths. The fencibles of the Sir George Seymour mainly settled Howick

* 'Clifton' 23 Jan 1848
- 79 Pensioners, 72 Women, 161 children. 46 deaths. The fencibles of the Clifton mainly settled Panmure

* 'Ann' 16 May 1848
- 74 Pensioners, 70 Women, 153 children. The fencibles of the Ann mainly settled Otahuhu
New Zealander, 17 May 1848
Yesterday afternoon the bargue Ann, 800 tons, Captain S. C. Walker, arrived from Belfast, whence she sailed on the 25th Dec. She left the land on the 7th January; arrived at Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, on the 12th April and sailed again on the 17th. She brings a detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps, comprising Assistant Surgeon F. W. Bacot and seventy-seven men under the command of Captain Hickson, whose lady and family are amongst her passengers. There are, likewise, sixty-six of the pensioner's wives and one hundred and forty-five of their children, thirty-seven of whom are adults.
The Ann has not escaped the all prevailing influenza, that trying epidemic having carried off a few victims. The deaths were twelve and the births four.
We are greatly pleased with the general appearance of the new comers. The men seem to be hale, hearty fellows and with their wives and families likely to prove a valuable accession to our population. They are chiefly from the north of Ireland.
The Ann sailed originally from London and in consequence of her having touched the Arklow bank, without damage, on her passage down the Irish Channel, was erroneously reported to have put back. She has a variety of government stores on board.

* 'Berhampore' 16 June 1848
- 80 Pensioners, 67 Women, 101 children. 7 births. The fencibles of the Berhampore mainly settled Otahuhu

* 'Oriental Queen' 18 Sep 1848
- 71 Pensioners, 62 Women, 108 children. 5 births. The fencibles of the Oriental Queen mainly settled Onehunga, Papakura & Howick

* Inchannan' 27 May 1852
- 78 Pensioners, 68 Women, 113 children. 10 births & 22 deaths, mostly measles and chicken pox

* Berwick Castle 13 Dec 1852
- 40 Pensioners, 37 Women, 68 children. 6 births & 9 deaths. The fencibles of the Berwick Castle mainly settled Onehunga, Panmure, Otahuhu & Howick

At some stage Roger moved south and is buried in the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin. This journal is an endeavour to trace his steps and therefore his family around NZ for his descendants.

Roger Jones (1801-1881) was born in Rossory, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland.
he married Sarah Melville (1805-1849) in Ireland
* At Roger's death in 1881 it is reported that 2 male & 5 female children were still living. In a process of elimination any of the children marked with died before him.
* Be aware that many births (& sometimes marriages) were often only registered with one name even though they may have also been given a middle name (or two), which, back in the day was usually used as their first name anyway!. For some reason women who married for a second time often only registered with the one name they used most, even if they had 2-3-4 names. This may help you in your searches.
their children
(born Ireland, to be found)
Sarah died 17 March 1849 in childbirth in Otahuhu, 10 months after their arrival. She was 44 years old

Roger next married Elizabeth 'Eliza' McConaghy in 1852.
* Roger was 51 ~ Eliza was 16
* Eliza McConaghy (1836-1913) was also born in Ireland
their known children
.. 1 1853 - Mary Elizabeth Jones
born in Auckland 1 October 1853
* parents registered as Elizabeth & Roger
* Eliza aged 17 ~ Roger aged 52

.. 2 1857 - 1864 Rose Ann Jones
born in Auckland 29 July 1857
* parents registered as Eliza & Roger
* Eliza aged 21 ~ Roger aged 56
died 6 March 1864 aged 6.8 and is possibly 1 of the 3 unnamed children buried in Plot 4, Block 29R with her parents (see photo)

.. 3 1859 - 1931 James Jones
born in Otago? 12 Oct 1859
* James not registered. Birth date from family records
* Eliza aged 23 ~ Roger aged 58
James married Margaret Ann Pratt (1863-) from Wollongong, in Newcastle, NSW in 1882. He has 'in NSW about 60 years'? this would mean he arrived aged 11? (see his obit below)
their known children
* 1882 - Thomas R.(Roderick?) J. P. Jones (born Walcha)
* 1885 - James 'Richard' Jones (Newcastle)
* 1887 - William Jones (Hamilton)
1890 - 1918 Herbert Jones (Hamilton)
Newcastle Sun, 31 July 1918
Mr James Jones, of Railway-street, Cook's Hill, formerly of Hamilton Park, has received advice that his son, Private (6616) Herbert Jones, of the 20th battalion, was killed in action (Villers-Brettoneaux, France) on July 9.
* Herbert was exhumed from Hamelet Australian Cemetery (the village of Hamelet was behind the Australian lines) and reburied in Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneaux, France
1891 - Frederick C. Jones (Hamilton)
* 1894 - Margaret E. Jones (Newcastle)
* 1896 - Elsie M. Jones (Newcastle)
* 1899 - Susan Jones (Newcastle)
* 1902 - Albert E. Jones (Newcastle)
* 1903 - Ellemena 'Ella' Jones (Newcastle)
1905 - 1906 Clifford V. Jones (Hamilton)
James died 7 May 1931 aged 71 at Newcastle Hospital, NSW, of chronic myocarditis
Newcastle Morning Herald, 14 May 1931
The funeral of Mr James Jones, who died in the Newcastle Hospital, took place to the Methodist Cemetery at Sandgate. Mr Jones was an old identity of new Castle, and watched its progress for the last 51 years (arrived 1880 aged 21). He was born in Otago, New Zealand, in 1860, and came to Australia in his early days. He married at the age of 22 and settled in Newcastle districts. He was employed by the A. A. Company at the old Hamilton pit and was a volunteer at the time of the disaster. He lived in the Old Pit Row, which is now the major part of Hamilton South. He next went to the old Sea Pit, then to the chutes at the wharf. The he became a carter for the company, until the big flood, when he suffered from am electric shock and one of his horses was killed outright. He had to find other work suitable for him and took the position of watchman for T. Burnage and Son, in Darby-street. Later he settled with his daughter, Mrs J. Bartley, in the Merewether district.
Mr Jones lost his third oldest son in the war with the 20th battalion. He is survived by four sons and four daughters and 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Wreaths were laid on the grave on behalf of: The employees of R. Hall, employees Hawkins Ltd., Uncle Jim and Auntie, Jones family, Merewether Football Club, parents and Citizens' Association, Grandma and family
- 8 issue living at time of his death:
* Thomas aged 49
* Richard aged 47
* William aged 45
* Margaret aged 39
* Elsie age 36
* Susan aged 34
* Albert aged 29
* Ella aged 26
- 3 infants deceased
Buried Lot 50, NSE, Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery, Sandgate

.. 4 1861 - 1864 William Jones
born 2 October 1861
* parents registered as Elizabeth & Roger
* Eliza aged 25 ~ Roger aged 60
died 12 March 1864 aged 2.5 and is possibly 1 of the 3 unnamed children buried in Plot 4, Block 29R with his parents (see photo)

.. 5 1863 - Robert Jones
born 2 Sep 1863
* parents registered as Eliza & Rodger
* Eliza aged 27 ~ Roger aged 62

.. 6 1865 - Ellen Jones
born 3 Dec 1865
* parents registered as Eliza & Roger
* Eliza aged 29 ~ Roger aged 64

.. 7 1868 - 1938 Eliza Jones
born 18 Sep 1868
* parents registered as Eliza & Rodger
* Eliza aged 32 ~ Roger aged 67
Eliza had a daughter born in Dunedin
* 1887 - 1955 Catherine Jones
Eliza married John Fleming Johnston (?-1895 died NSW) in 1890 at St Joseph's Dunedin
their known children
* 1891 - Christina Johnston
Eliza died 2 Nov 1938 in Wellington aged 70

.. 8 1870 - 1899 Susan Jones
born 14 June 1870
* parents registered as Eliza & Rodger
* Eliza aged 34 ~ Roger aged 69
Susan died 7 April 1899 aged 28
Evening Star, 8 April 1899 JONES - On the 8th inst., at her parents' residence, Upper Duncan street, Susan Jones; aged 28 years. Deeply regretted. R.I.P.
buried with parents & siblings in Dunedin (see photo)

.. 9 1872 - 1945 Mary Anne Jones
born 24 June 1872
* parents registered as Eliza & Roger
* Eliza aged 36 ~ Roger aged 71
married William Whitehouse Blair (1856-1914) in Dunedin 27 July 1910
* Son of William Blair (1835-1903) & Sarah Whitehouse (1834-1910), buried Dunedin. William had first married Martha Reid (1863-1889)
the known children of Mary Anne & William
* 1913 - 1978 Cyril William Whitehouse Blair
* William died 25 Aug 1914 at Dunedin Hospital aged 58
Mary Ann died 21 April 1945 aged 73
They are buried with her parents & siblings in Dunedin (see photo)

.. 10 1874 - 1950 Thomas William Jones
born 25 Aug 1874
* parents registered as Eliza & Roger
* Eliza aged 38 ~ Roger aged 73
Thomas married Laura Violet Hall (1887-1967) in 1912
* daughter of William Hall & Louisa Richardson
Evening Post, 14 May 1912 JONES-HALL On the 10th April 1912, at St Joseph's Church, Buckle-street, by the Rev Father Hurley, Thomas W. Jones, youngest son of the late Roderick Jones, of Dunedin, to Laura Violet, fourth daughter of William Hall, Newtown, Wellington
their known children
* 1912 - 1912 Louisa Elizabeth Jones (aged 24 hours)
* 1913 - Laura Phyllis Ursula Jones
Thomas died 1 March 1950 in New Plymouth aged 76
Laura died 19 Aug 1967 in New Plymouth
They are buried Plot 1, Row 23, Lot 4 at Te Henui
NOTE BDM has Thomas aged 70

.. 11 1877 - 1956 Margaret Jones
born 10 January 1877
* parents registered as Eliza & Roddie
* Eliza aged 41 ~ Roger aged 76
Margaret married Leo Charles Carroll (1883-1962) in 1915
Margaret died 30 May 1956 in Christchurch

.. 12 1880 - 1881 William Jones
born 15 March 1880
* Eliza aged 44 ~ Roger aged 79
William died 13 Aug 1881 aged 17 months (the day after Roger)
buried with parents & siblings in Dunedin (see photo)

Roger died 12 Aug 1881.
Four years later, Eliza remarried, to Thomas Sullivan (1840-1909) (see more below)

* On 22 April 1853 Roger, along with many other Electors of Auckland, signed a 'petition' requesting Lieut-Colonel Robert Henry Wynyard (1802-1864), to allow himself to be put in nomination for the office of Superintendent of the Province of Auckland. He had performed the duties of the Lieutenant-Governorship of New Ulster for the previous two years.
* New Ulster was a province of the Colony. It was named after the Irish province of Ulster. Between 1841 and 1846 the province included all the North Island north of the Patea River. With the passing of the NZ Constitution Act 1846, the province came to include all of the North Island. Like the other province of NZ at the time, New Munster Province was headed by a Lieutenant-Governor who reported to the Governor of NZ

On 7 Dec 1855 Roger was one of many Electors of Auckland who signed the petition against Dr John Logan Campbell's (1817-1912) return to the Superintendency, that the election of the said John Logan Campbell be declared null and void and that Frederick Whitaker (1812-1891) be duly elected as Superintendent of the Province of Auckland

Sarah Jones (Roger's 1st wife) died in Auckland, 17 March 1849 aged 44. Her burial not yet found
Roger Jones died in Dunedin, 12 Aug 1881 aged 80 (cemetery database has aged 74, also has his name as Roderick). He is buried Plot 4, Block 29R at Southern Cemetery with 3 unnamed children (2 possibly Rose & William 1864), his son William (1881), his daughter Susan Jones (1899), daughter Mary Ann Blair (1945) & her husband William (1914)
Thomas Sullivan (Eliza's 2nd husband) died 19 Oct 1909
Eliza Sullivan (nee McConaghy, formerly Jones) died 16 Sep 1913 aged 77
* Thomas is buried Plot 2, Block 28R Southern cemetery
* Eliza is buried Plot 5, Block 29R, Southern Cemetery, with the other members of her family, but she is on the headstone as Eliza Jones?

Plot 4, Block 29R, Southern Cemetery
, Dunedin
* see The Burials above for those interred

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