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RANSOM GARBUTT - Captain Salvation Army 1865-1943 New Zealand & Australia

Journal by ngairedith

PLEASE NOTE, this journal was orignally written in Dec '09 but because of a comment attached it has been rewritten

Ransom Garbutt was born about 1865 - unknown where

The earliest record I can find for him is in 1885 (at above link) when he was already a Captain in the Salvation Army in Hawke's Bay

He was living in Wanaganui in at least 1889

15th January 1890
... We understand that Captain Garbutt and Cadet TARRANT of the Salvation Army will have a farewell service next Sunday and a farewell supper is to be given them on Wednesday evening when they will be bidden good bye on their journey to Wellington

They then went to Blenheim

9th August 1890
... The local corps of the Salvation Army shortly loses Cadet LINKHORN, an energetic and able "lassie" and the charge of the Gisborne station will be taken by Captain and Mrs Garbutt of Blenheim Marlboough

He married Susan Saywell TARRABT on 27th January 1890 and they moved to [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gisborne,_New_Zealand]Gisborne[/url

They were in Gisborne in 1891 when they had to move
16th April 1891
... Captain Garbutt is likely to leave Gisborne soon on account of the bad state of Mrs Garbutt`s health

In November 1891 they/he moved to New Plymouth
7th November 1891
The War Cry publishes amongst others these appointments
..Captain Arthur STEVENS to Gisborne
..Captain Ransom Garbutt to New Plymouth
..Lieutenant Egerton Ward to Palmerston North
..Captain Minnie Linkhorn to Sydenham (Corps)

In September 1893 he was in Milton Otago - no mention of Susan
*In trouble for a procession in the borough of Milton without having previously obtained permission from the Borough Council

By May 1924 he was living in Melbourne, Victoria Australia
19th May 1924
... Ransom Garbutt, Tirigadier of 75 Haines street, Glenferrie was a Minister of Religion registered to celebrate marriages in Victoria under the Marriage Act of 1915

He died in Bethesda Hospital on 26th February 1943 as Brigadier Ransom Garbutt and was buried in the Box Hill Cemetery, (395 Middleborough Rd) Victoria
*From the ARGUS (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - which means he/they moved to Australia at some stage and he remarried

26th February 1943
... GARBUTT - On February 24 at *Bethesda Hospital ? Brigadier Ransom Garbutt (Salvation Army) of 59 Rowell avenue, Camberwell, loving husband of Lily, - Until the day breaks
GARBUTT - On February 24, Brigadier Ransom Garbutt - beloved guardian of Amy (Mrs Brigadier Dusting) - In God`s care

From the ARGUS - Melbourne, Victoria
Friday 2th February 1943
... GARBUTT - Officers and soldiers of the Salvation Army and friends of the late Brigadier RANSOM GARBUTT are informed that the Funeral will leave the Camberwell Citadel, Burke road, THIS DAY, at the conclusion of service conduted by Commissioner HAY, commencing 2.30pm, arriving Box Hill Cemetery 3.45pm
J. FERGUSON & SON, Funeral Directors, 712 High str pt. Thornby. Tel JW3037

His obit says he was the loving husband of Lily ..

So I would like to know
# - where was Ransom born and who were his parents and siblings
# - what happened to Susan Saywell Tarrant - when did she die, where is she buried
# - when did he move to Melbourne
# - what was his 2nd wife Lily's other name, who was she
# - were there any children of either marriage
# - his plot number etc at Box Hill Cemetery

While researching Ransom Garbutt a name kept appearing.
That of Ransom Garbutt Ward - this is the connection:

Ransom Wards father was Edward William WARD
1835 Suffolk, England - 1902 Christchurch, New Zealand.
He was a brickmaker in 1872 and a market gardener of Norman`s Lane Papanui, in 1876.
He spent some time in the King Country before moving South.
He was very friendly with the Maori there and they may have given him some land. A story tells of him drinking it away.
These stories also tell of him jumping ship, or deserting, and fighting on the Maori side during the Maori Wars.
He was friendly with the Maori in Christchurch and would give them vegetables.
He married Sarah Maria Agnes LARKMAN on 9 Jan 1872 at Mr Stewart`s house in Madras Street.
Mr Stewart was a publican of the hotel which became the Grenadier Hotel in later life on Oxford Terrace.
Sarah was a servant, probably to the Stewarts.
It appears that Edward William was a hard drinking, man of the world.
He married and then found religion with the Salvation Army.
He was also a bandsman.

They had 9 children

Albert Edward William WARD
Charles Arthur WARD
George Frederick WARD
William Joseph WARD
Mary Rebecca WARD
Beatrice Louisa WARD
Eva Martha WARD
Ransom Garbutt WARD
Herbert te Rangi WARD


* Named for Captain Ransom GARBUTT of the Salvation Army. Corp Officer
* Lived on the West Coast and may have died in Wellington.
* Known as Bob.
* Enrolled at Victoria University for BA Music in 1953.(provisional admission)
* Did not return in 1954.
* Three times NZ Champion bandsman. Played the cornet.
* Admitted Normal School Christchurch 31 Jan 1893.
* Member Salvation Army Christchurch 1905-1911.
* Member of numerous Wellington area bands

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on 2011-05-27 06:38:32

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by ngairedith on 2011-05-27 06:44:42

a big thank you to Paula for her message on 27 May 2011:

... I saw your notes on Ransom Garbutt and wondered if there is some connection with one of 'my' Garbutts here in England?

Lately I've been perplexed by a lack of documentation for a Ramsom Garbutt b.1863 in Malton, Yorkshire, England. He appears in the 1881 census as living in York as a young apprentice joiner but then disappears, no marriages or deaths can be found.

I wonder if he is your man?

I also came across an obituary in the The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania 1860-1954) for Friday 26 February 1943 which makes reference to him entering SA training in 'Walton' England (possibly Malton?) in 1884, the very year that the Salvation Army was inaugurated in Malton, 'my' Ransom's home town.

This is a long shot of course but this could be the same person. I'm willing to share what I have on the family if you think it worthwhile

Thank you VERY MUCH Paula. Yes, we would like the info you have - it is ALWAYS worthwhile ...

Please add what you want to share in the comment box below so that eveyone researching Ransom Garbutt will have all this info in one place

by sunshinegirl on 2011-05-30 13:56:52

Here is the info.

Ransom Garbutt was the youngest child of Edward Garbutt and Ann Arnott. The family lived in Malton, Yorkshire (North Riding), England. His mother died when he was only five months old and his father passed when he was only 6 years old (see below). With the death of both parents the siblings appeared to have scattered around the region.
That young Ransom eventually chose to follow the path of the Salvation Army is perhaps an odd choice given that his father was an innkeeper. Perhaps he had seen too much!

Note: He appears to have been named after his uncle, Ransom Garbutt , b. Aug 1823, Hawnby, Yorkshire (NR), baptised 6 Aug 1823, All Saints Church, Hawnby son of William Garbutt and Sarah Dawson (see later). Uncle Ransom worked as a coachman to the Jervoise family at Herriard House, Hampshire as recorded in the Census return of 1851 before marrying Ann Knight, housemaid at Herriard House, in Basingstoke, Hampshire 21 April 1851. Uncle Ransom is thought to have spent time abroad before passing away at the age of 41 years back in Malton during the 2nd Qtr 1865 (Malton BMDs Vol 9d page 255).

Ransom Garbutt
Born: 2nd Quarter 1863, Malton, Yorkshire (North Riding) (Malton BMDs, Volume 9d Page 329)
Baptism: 24th April 1863, St. Michael?s Church, Malton. Son of Edward Garbutt and Ann Arnott
1871 Census: residing in Malton, aged 7 years.
1881 Census: 16 Elmwood Street, Walmgate, York, Yorkshire.
Aged 17 years, apprentice joiner to James Thompson, joiner and cabinet maker. Staying with the Thompson family. James Thompson was probably a family contact as he was born in nearby Helmsley (a neighbouring town to Malton).
Source: Family Search: https://www.familysearch.org/search/recordDetails/show?uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fpal%3A%2FMM9.1.r%2F1LZW-S56%2Fp_10291532176

So far I?ve been unable to find any further records in the UK.


Edward Garbutt (b. Abt. June 1818, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding), died 1st Qtr 1869, Malton, Yorkshire (North Riding), baptised 18 June 1818, All Saints Church, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding) son of William Garbutt (b. 20 Sep 1785, bap. 24 Jan 1786, Hawnby ? 9 March 1866, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding) and Sarah Dawson, b. 17 Dec 1784, Hawnby, died 30 Sep 1871, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding), married: 8 May 1807, All Saints Church, Hawnby.

Edward was one of several children, including Ann b. 4 Feb 1808, bap. 4 March 1808 ? 30 April 1870 Hawnby, Ransom the elder b. Aug Aug 1823, Hawnby - 1865 Malton and John b. 26 Nov 1810, bap. 27 Dec 1810, All Saints, Hawnby, died 12 March 1854, Australia.

Ann Arnott married Edward Garbutt in the 3rd Qtr, 1852, St Michael?s Church, Malton, Yorkshire (North Riding). Ann, born abt. 1830, Flaxton, Yorkshire (more research required) died 30 Sep 1863, Malton, only five months after the birth of Ransom Garbutt.

The family appeared to have been hard working and prosperous as Edward Garbutt was the innkeeper of the Blue Ball Inn, Newbiggin, Malton from 1855 until his death in 1869, at 50 years of age, where it was run by his executors until at least 1872. He also had other business interests in the town, eg., 1861 Census shows him farming 38 acres and employing three men, while White?s Trade Directory 1867 shows him as also running livery stables at Newbiggin, Malton. An image of the Blue Ball Inn can be found at: http://www.worldwideshoppingmall.co.uk/malton/history/blue-ball.asp

Ransom was the youngest of at least 7 children
Jane Garbutt, b. 4th Qtr 1852, Malton
John Edward Garbutt, b. 2nd Qtr 1854, Malton
Sarah Ann Garbutt, b. 1st Qtr 1856, Malton
Mary Hannah Garbutt, b. 4th Qtr 1856, Malton, died 6 Jan 1861, aged 2 years.
Mariana Garbutt, b. 1st Qtr. 1859, Malton
George Garbutt, b. April 1861, Malton
Also: a still born brother mentioned in the BMD section of the local newspaper ?The Malton Messenger?: 11 Dec 1857 MALTON MESSENGER - Published 19 December 1857
BIRTHS On the 11th inst., Mrs GARBUTT, Blue Ball Inn, Malton, of a son - still born.

William Garbutt (father of Edward, Ann, Ransome the elder and John)
Born: 20 Sep 1785, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding)
Bap: 24 Jan 1786, All Saints church, Hawnby, Yorkshire (NR)

Parents of William Garbutt (1785)
John Garbutt (son of William Garbutt (1694 -1792) and Mary Meggison (1698-?) see below)
Born: 1727 Bilsdale, Yorkshire (North Riding)
Baptised: 28 Nov 1727 Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding)
Married: 8 May 1784 Sarah Boyes , Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding)
Death: 26 Nov 1800 Bilsdale, North Yorkshire
Sarah Boyes ? mother of William Garbutt (1785)
Married 8 May 1784, All Saints Church, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding)

William Garbutt father of John Garbutt (1727)
Born: 1694 Bilsdale, North Yorkshire
Married 5 Oct 1725 Mary Meggison , Helmsley, Yorkshire (North Riding)
Children: John (b. 1727)
Death: 7 May 1782 Bilsdale, Yorkshire (North Riding)

Mary Meggison mother of John Garbutt (b. 1727)
Born: 1 Jan 1698 Snilesworth, Hawnby, Yorkshire (North Riding)

Hope this helps.

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