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Max family in New Zealand

Query by j9max

Researching the family of John Max (1879-1963) who married Francesca Iskirka in 1901, had one child (name?) and subsequently deserted her in 1906 then divorced in 1912. Went to Gallipoli in WW1 with the Auckland regiment and met Alice Moore in England, marrying her in 1915 and bringing her back to NZ where they had 9 children, including my father-in-law.
John's father is listed in war records and marriage records as being Anthony Max. What was his mothers name? Siblings? I have no details of the previous generation ?Prussian or where they emigrated from. Also would like birth/death dates of anyone in the family.
Thank you!

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by ngairedith on 2013-07-19 08:03:15

I believe that was Anton Max, born in Poland, served in the Franco-Prussian war and arrived in NZ in 1874
Anton lived in Featherston street, Palmerston North
His wife's name was Katie (this is just a quick reply - more research would find her other details). They had 11 children
Katie died 27 September 1926 aged 79
Anton died 11 December 1926 aged 82
- they are buried together Plot 007, Block 082 at Terrace End.

When Anton died he left 5 sons & 3 daughters:
Joseph Max - at Wellington
August Max - at Palmerston North
John Max - at Taumarunui
Antony Max - at New Plymouth
Mrs Larsen - at Dannevirke (Paulina & Carl Ludwig Larsen)
Mrs Piercy - at Dannevirke (Catherine & James Edward Pearcey)
Mrs Rumble - at Taumarunui (Marie & William Henry Rumble)

by ngairedith on 2013-07-19 08:05:44

so, Katie was really Catarina (or similar spelling)

by j9max on 2013-07-19 08:36:20

That is fantastic! Thanks so much. I suspected he served in the Prussian war because we have a medal from the Battle of Koniggratz in our possession that used to belong to John Max (his son). Awesome!

by j9max on 2013-07-19 08:45:22

What is the relation of this Anton Max to the Antony Max in this family tree:
Great website btw!

by j9max on 2013-07-19 09:04:19

Was Anton Max the brother of Frank (father of Anthony)?

by ngairedith on 2013-07-19 19:44:48

I will spend some time on this family for you today and get back to you

by j9max on 2013-07-20 06:01:45

Thanks Ngaire. I found some evidence that a Franz Max was on the SS Lammershagen with Anton Max and his family when they arrived in NZ in 1875. Could that be Frank? Also the Rosanowski family were on board and I saw a newspaper article mentioning that John Max and Joseph Rosanowski were cousins. Interesting. We're their mothers sisters? Or was Caterina a Rosanowski before marrying Anton?

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 06:22:13

good sleuthing ...
this family has taken me on an adventure today and has taken up all the spare time I could muster
I have some good info and a couple of real tangled webs which I am trying to put down on paper in some sort of order so I can give to you to untangle :)

thought it would be finished by now but will plod on till the wee hours and see where I get to

in the mean time, I have also updated this and some of that should keep you going for awhile MAX marriages New Zealand

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 06:51:29

of interest:
Anton Max lived at 271 Featherston St, Palmerston North
Joseph Rosanowski parents (August & Mary) also lived for a time at Featherston St

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 07:03:56

The Manawatu Evening Standard, Saturday 13 March 1920
DEATH of MARY ROSANOWSKI ( (nee Marit Vetchenski))
... The funeral at the Palmerston North cemetery yesterday afternoon of the late Mrs A. Rosanowski was largely attended, the service being impressively conducted by the Rev. Father McManus. The late Mrs Rosanowski had resided in New Zealand since 1874, and during the past 44 years had made her home in the Manawatu district, being one of the old residents on this coast, and was highly respected by all with whom she came in contact.
She is survived by her husband and a grown-up family of four sons and one daughter. The sons are Messrs:
Michael and John Rosanowski of Palmerston North
Mr Joseph Rosanowski, of Auckland
Mr August Rosanowski of Whangarei
and the daughter, Mrs Devlin, of Taihape (Pauline)
while there are also 25 grandchildren.
Sincere sympathy is felt for the relatives in their affliction.

The Manawatu Evening Standard, Monday 18 July 1932
... There passed away in Palmerston North, late yesterday afternoon, a very highly esteemed citizen, Mr August Rosanowski, who had lived at this centre practically continuously for 56 years. During his long period of residence he had made a host of friends, and his death has caused much regret. The late Mr Rosanowski was in every sense a pioneer, having witnessed the transformation of Palmerston North from a village to a city. He was 85 years of age.
With his wife, the deceased gentleman, who was born in Danzig, arrived in New Zealand in 1874, in response to an appeal made by the British Government for colonists for New Zealand. He arrived on July 17 of that year, and it is a coincidence that his death should have occurred on July 17, 58 years later.
Mr and Mrs Rosanowski landed in the South Island at Jackson's Bay, and after two years on the West Coast, came to Palmerston North. Here the deceased gentleman worked for the sawmilling firm of Richter, Nannestad, Jensen and Company for 17 years, during that time helping in the levelling of the bush on the northern side of the town, around where the Hospital now stands and further out to Kelvin Grove. In those days, from Featherston Street to Boundary Road was a swamp. After the bush in this district had been cut out, the firm which employed Mr Rosanowski transferred its horses and material to Tahoraite, and there deceased worked for a couple of years. He then took up farming at Stoney Creek, and returned to Palmerston North six years later, to live in retirement.
Though he had never participated in public affairs, the late Mr Rosanowski had led a very useful life as a private citizen. He was one of the earliest members of Court Manawatu Lodge. Until some two years ago he had never suffered a day's illness. Last December he suffered a stroke, however, and was removed to the hospital, and had since been an inmate.
The late Mr Rosanowski, who was predeceased by his wife 12 years ago, also by a son and his only daughter, is survived by three sons, Messrs:
August Rosanowski (Kawakawa)
Joseph Rosanowski (Auckland)
Michael Rosanowski (Palmerston North).
There are 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The deepest sympathy has been extended to the bereaved family. The interment will take place at the Palmerston North cemetery on Wednesday afternoon

by j9max on 2013-07-20 07:07:56

Wow good going! Love the Internet... But everything somehow still looks more understandable on paper.

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 07:24:12

yes, I find it easier to 'digest' when written, especially in a time-line. You can also print it off and reread. Everything written here goes straight to the net so other family who may be researching can come in and add or correct

Manawatu Standard, 28 December 1905
... A very pretty wedding was celebrated at St Patrick's Church on Tuesday, 26th December, the contracting parties being Mr Joseph Rosanowski, youngest son of Mr and Mrs A. Rosanowski, of Featherston-street, and Miss Jessie, fourth daughter of Mrs Williams, of this town. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr A. Williams, wore a blue dress trimmed with white satin and lace and hat to match. She also carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids were Miss Katie Kelly and Miss Katie Max (was this Catherine Max, daughter of Anton, who married James Edward Pearcey in 1911?), cousins of the bridegroom. They wore blue dresses trimmed with white satin and lace and hat to match. They also carried bouquets.
The bridesgroom's present to the bride was a handsome gold brooch and gold neck chain and pendant and to the bridesmaids gold brooches.
Mr T. Tonkins acted as best man and Mr J. Kelly as groomsman
The Rev. Father Bowden performed the marriage ceremony.
After the ceremony the guests, numbering about eighty, assembled at the Foresters' Hall where a sumptuous breakfast had been prepared.
The toast of the bride and bridegroom and others were honoured. After the breakfast the hall was cleared and in the evening dancing, singing and games were indulged in.
The presents received were both numerous and costly, including several cheques.
The happy couple left by the Wellington train en route for Christchurch where the honeymoon will be spent

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 07:30:27

New Zealand Herald, 8 August 1913 IN THE SUPREME COURT
SEEKING DIVORCE - Joseph Francis Rosanowski v Jessie Rosanowski and John Max

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 07:34:46
by j9max on 2013-07-20 08:21:16

Haha! Yes that's how I knew they were cousins. Would love to know which of their parents were siblings though. Interesting that John never married Jessie and went to war instead. Colourful characters these Maxes!

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 08:23:38

yes, enjoying this
we'll get to the bottom of it sooner or later

by j9max on 2013-07-20 08:31:08

Disappointing that neither the Max name or Rosanowski name can be found here:
I wonder why?

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 08:50:50

yes, I went there and the link is no longer working on this site either. Looked for a list of names on paperspast so I could transcribe them (all 400 of them!) but couldn't find them there either
Just another job I will look into later ...

by j9max on 2013-07-20 09:12:19

Shipping jackpot:

by ngairedith on 2013-07-20 09:23:42

Have to finish what I'm doing at the moment (or I'll never get back to it) but so looking forward to going through that

going to add the link here also so we can just click

by ngairedith on 2013-07-21 05:52:34

hi, finally:
John MAX + Francesca Marta ISKIRKA

now working on the Rosanowski line

by ngairedith on 2013-07-28 03:06:32
by HKayClark on 2014-03-21 22:58:42

Hi there I have just read your blog and I am very intrigued, I have been trying to trace a Frank Max whose parents are named as Anton and Annie Max. He was born in Palmerston North in 1879 (or there about) and died in Wellington in 1944.
He married Elizabeth Kinsey in Featherston, New Zealand in 190If anyone reads this and can help in any way I would appreciate it. The Max family appears to be rather confusing. Kay

by j9max on 2014-03-23 07:03:41

Hi Kay
I replied to your query on ancestry - send me a private email. I believe I have a lot of information to answer your query including recent gravesite visit photos etc. Frank was a brother to John Max.

by looo on 2014-08-07 20:36:38

To Ngairedith- I have in my hand the registration certificate for the birth in 1905 of Patrick Joseph Devlin, son of Joseph Henry Devlin and Paulina Rosanowski. This was given to me by my mother in law Isobel Devlin who was married to Jo Devlin - they lived in Utiku and Taihape. I married the late Lawrence Devlin and we have a daughter.I am interested in the family history on her behalf. I think that the marriage certificate for Joseph and Paulina may also be among the papers I have.looo

by packdog on 2014-11-08 04:11:27

Anton Max was my GReat Grandfather he had a son not mentioned Francois who married Elizabeth Kinsey born 1088 in Pririnoa my mother Ivy Max stayed with them in Palmerston North this branch of the family tree has Maxs living in Upper Hutt Paraparaumu and Waipawa I thank you to know what ship they came on please contact me Ngaire

by packdog on 2014-11-08 04:23:16

Anton Max son Francois had 6 children who had offspring FRances married Charile Fletc her William Max married Gertrude Beavis Ivy my mother married Victor Hill Ruby married ?? Corlett Masterton Eileen married Norman Clark Featherston Leonard married Hilda ? and Mona (monalisa?) married George Auckram Upper Hutt

by ngairedith on 2014-11-08 04:36:07

hi Bryan,
we all know you really meant to type 'born 1988 in Pirinoa' right? :)
you can private message me by clicking on my highlighted name if you don't want to ask questions here

by ngairedith on 2014-11-08 04:39:07

ps, Ruby Malcolm MAX (1910-1974) was born in Featherston. She married Victor Norman John CORLETT (1904-1962) in 1930. They lived in High St., Masterton. They are both buried at Archer Street cemetery, masterton

by t_parker23 on 2015-11-17 19:57:52

Wow, interesting! I was doing some research on my family tree, Norman James Clark and Eileen Rose Max are my great grandparents, their daughter Norma is my grandmother.
I'd love to find out some more info on the Max side, as my grandmother told me Norman was adopted by the Clark side? But would like to find out more about my ancestors if there's pictures or websites I can visit?
thanks :)

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