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see the 'other' Mary Jane Lovell (1848-1914)

MARY JANE LOVELL (1853-1932)
was born in NSW (possibly Glebe), a daughter of Charles LOVELL & Margaret CROTHERS. Her father Charles Lovell (1804-1870) was originally from Bristol. He was convicted at Jamaica Court Martial for the term of his life. He was 1 of the 240 convicts transported on the 'Portsea' 24 July 1838 into NSW. Her mother Margaret (1843-) was born in Ireland and arrived in Australia on the 'Thetis' in 1850
MARY married FRANK LAWTON (1837-1905) in Hokitika 8 Aug 1874
- Frank was born Rochester, Monroe County, New York
- He was a Master Mariner/Sea Captain

MARY & FRANK had 16 known children:
... 1 ...
1875 - 1953 ROSE Lawton

Rose married Edward NICHOLAS (1873-1959) in Wellington 26 June 1897
the known children of ROSE & EDWARD (possibly more):
1.a 1898 - 1899 INEZ Nicholas
Inez died aged 14 months

1.b 1900 - 1995 VIOLET MARY OLIVE Nicholas
Violet married Colin CAMERON in 1921

1.c 1901 - LORRAINE VICTORIA Nicholas
Lorraine married William Henry 'Harry' HAYTER (1899-1948) in 1923
- son of George Albert HAYTER & Georgina 'Nellie' MILLS of Onehunga, Auckland

1.d 1903 - 1977 ZILLAH ROSE Nicholas
Zillah married Murdoch Hector McKAY (1897-) in 1925
- son of James Donald & Isabella McKAY

1.e 1905 - 1977 HAROLD ROY Nicholas
nothing known

1.f 1906 - 1980 STANLEY Nicholas
nothing known

1.g 1909 - 1995 ALVINA BERNICE MAY Nicholas
Alvina married Andrew William HODGE (1904-1983) in 1926
- son of Roderick McGregor HODGE & Annie Eliza RODDA

1.h 1913 - PHYLLIS RONA Nicholas
Phyllis married Hughie Joyce HODGE (1907-1971) in 1931
- son of Roderick McGregor HODGE & Annie Eliza RODDA
* ROSE NICHOLAS died in 1953 aged 78

... 2 ...
1876 - 1931 FRANK HADFIELD Lawton
- born in Hokitika, Frank was the Chief Mate on the steamer PROGRESS which, in 1931, was blown on to the rocks while un-maneuverable through breaking her tailshaft and losing her propeller. Her recovery was botched by the Wellington Harbour tugs. Scattered pieces of iron littered the area, most unrecognisable apart from the boiler and engine. Four crew drowned, Frank was one of them (but read Peter Sharpe's (7th) comment below). His body was washed up onto the beach at Lyall Bay and was identified by his watch. He was 53
He is buried in Karori Cemetery Wellington, Plot 121 L, Section CH ENG2
FRANK married Matilda May COLEY (1878-1962) in Foxton in 1900
- Matilda was born in Foxton, a daughter of Henry COLEY (1853-1940) from Auckland & Olive SWAFFORD (1855-1937) from Taita. Olive's brother William Edward Swafford married Jane Daysh in 1866, a daughter of John Ings Daysh & Elizabeth CLARK
the known children of FRANK & MATILDA:
2.a 1901 - 1956 CECIL WILFRED 'Ces' Lawton
Ces didn't marry. He died aged 55 & was cremated at Karori, Wellington

2.b 1903 - 1976 GWENDOLINE GLADYS 'Gwen' Lawton
Gwen married Horace William PRINCE in 1930
- a son of William Henry PRINCE (1869-1954) & Frances Amelia BUDD (1871-1948)

2.c 1905 - 1986 REGINALD DUNDAS 'Reg' Lawton
Reg married Winifred Myra 'Win' WALLS (1901-1963)
- daughter of George Leishman WALLS (1874-1938) & Annie Caroline FARLANE (1875-1949)

2.d 1907 - 1951 VIOLET OLIVE 'Vi' Lawton
Vi married Leslie Charles WHINHAM (1906-1987) in 1928
- son of William Thomas WHINHAM (1877-1951) & Rosanna Ellen DRYDEN (1882-1935)
Vi next married William Griffith David DAVIES (1903-1982) from Adelaide
Vi & William had a son:
* 1945 - David Michael Davies (read Peter Sharpe's comments below)

2.e 1914 - 1998 LEOPOLD HECTOR FRANCIS 'Leo' Lawton
(born 19 April 1914, twin)
Leo married Dorothy Evelyn FISHER (1921-2003) & had 2 children

2.f 1914 - 1980 ALEXANDER HENRY 'Lex' Lawton
(born 19 April 1914, twin)
Lex married Mary Elizabeth JONES (1915-1997) & had 2 daughters

2.g 1919 - 1984 PATRICIA EDITH 'Pat' Lawton
Pat married Herbert 'Lionel' Arthur SHARPE (1920-1978)
- they had 2 sons:
* 1943 - John Francis Sharpe
* 1958 - Peter James Sharpe (see Peter's comments below)

... 3 ...
1877 - 1915 CLAUDE HERBERT Lawton
- nothing known
CLAUDE died 3 August 1915 aged 37

... 4 ...
1879 - 1947 CHARLES THOMAS Lawton
Charles married Harriett Elizabeth SPENCER (1881-1952) in 1905
the known children of CHARLES & HARRIETT:
4.a 1908 - 1972 SYDNEY WALLACE Lawton
- nothing known
Sydney died 23 May 1972 in Wellington aged 63 & cremated Karori

4.b 1909 - 1970 CHRISTOPHER CHARLES Lawton
- nothing known
Christopher died 6 February 1970 in Wellington aged 60 & cremated Karori

CHARLES THOMAS Lawton died 25 Jan 1947 in Wellington aged 67
HARRIETT ELIZABETH Lawton died 8 July 1952 in Wellington aged 71
they were cremated at Karori

... 5 ...
1881 - 1883 VIOLET MARY Lawton
VIOLET died aged 2

... 6 ...
1882 - 1883 LILY JANE Lawton
LILY died aged 10 months

... 7 ...
1883 - 1971 ETHEL Lawton
Ethel married Ernest George FEATONBY (1881-1956) in 1905
the known children of ETHEL & ERNEST:
7.a 1905 - 1980 ERNEST OGILVIE Featonby
Ernest married Ivy EYRE (1912-1971) in 1930

7.b 1908 - 1994 PEARL ETHEL MAY Featonby
Pearl married Kenneth Gordon SCOTT in 1928

ERNEST GEORGE Featonby died 4 Jan 1956 aged 75 in Wellington
he was cremated at karori
ETHEL Featonby died aged 89

... 8 ...
1884 - 1962 MAY Lawton
May married James TANNER (1882-1964) 19 Feb 1906 in Wellington
- son of Samuel TANNER & Elizabeth TAYLOR (both from Lancashire, died Queensland)
the known children of MAY & JAMES:
8.a 1907 - HAROLD JAMES Tanner
- born in Wellington

8.b 1908 - DAISY LILLIAN MAY Tanner
- born in Wellington

8.c 1911 - CYRIL CHARLES Tanner
- born in Brisbane

8.d 1913 - 1975 GLADYS Tanner
- born in Brisbane
- married Victor NAGEL

8.e 1916 - 1993 CECIL WILLIAM Tanner
- born (& died) in Brisbane
- married Ivy Sarah KEEN 8 Aug 1936 in Cooparoo, Queensland

8.f 1918 - GEORGE SAMUEL Tanner
- born in Greenslopes, Brisbane

8.g 1922 - BERYL AUDREY Tanner
- born in Greenslpes, Brisband

8.h 1924 - SYDNEY EDWARD Tanner
- born in Greenslopes, Brisbane

... 9 ...
1886 - 1961 MAUDE ALICE Lawton
Maude married Ernest Mark MINIFIE (1884-1968) in 1905
Ernest was born in Richmond, Victoria to Henry MINIFIE & Mary Jane HILL. He was the corporation beach custodian at Lyall Bay, Wellington in 1918. Four of his brothers served at the front. One was killed
the known children of MAUDE & ERNEST:
9.a 1906 - 1961 CECIL ERNEST Minifie

MAUDE ALICE Minifie died aged 75

... 10 ...
1888 - DAISY Lawton
Daisy married Alfred Allen WILTON (1885-1963) in 1906
the known children of DAISY & ALFRED: (possibly more)
10.a 1907 - 1982 CYRIL ALFRED Wilton
Cyril married Ola Gauletta BARWICK in Sydney in 1937

10.b 1908 - 2008 CLIFFORD HENRY Wilton
Clifford married Jean GANDY (1911-2006) in 1929
- daughter of Kenneth Scott GANDY & Ethel Harriett STUART

10.c 1910 - 1910 LESLIE OLIVER Wilton
Leslie died aged 27 days

ALFRED divorced DAISY for desertion in Wellington in Feb 1929
- Daisy next married William Steven OWEN in 1929
- Alfred next married Myra FIELDING in 1930

... 11 ...
1889 - 1889 MARGARET Lawton
Margaret Lawton died aged 2 months

... 12 ...
1890 - 1891 EVA FLORENCE Lawton
EVA Lawton died aged 6 months

... 13 ...
1892 - 1957 WILLIAM HENRY Lawton
William first married Alice Zeliah NEWLAND (1892-1964) in 1911
- Alice was a daughter of Edmund NEWLAND & Minnie Ellen/Elizabeth WELLS
William next married Ruth Elizabeth BENNETT (1898-?) in 1916
- Ruth was a daughter of William John BENNETT & Agnes SHELLAM

WILLIAM HENRY Lawton died aged 65

... 14 ...
1893 - 1941 CECIL JOHN Lawton
Cecil married Lillian Ethel Daisy NOOT in 1919
- daughter of William Charles NOOT & Ellen HUNTER of Wellington

CECIL JOHN Lawton died 3 June 1941 in Wellington aged 47
he was cremated at Karori

... 15 ...
1895 - 1895 RUBY Lawton
RUBY Lawton died 28 Jan 1895 aged 3 weeks
she is buried Plot 46 D, PUBLIC Section at Karori

... 16 ...
1897 - 1912 ROY Lawton
ROY died aged 14

FRANK LAWTON died 23 Aug 1906 in Wellington aged 69
Evening Post, 23 August 1906 LAWTON - On the 23rd August, at his residence, No. 10 Buckle-street, Captain Frank lawton, dearly beloved husband of Mary Jane Lawton, in his 70th year. Gone to rest. No flowers, by request.
MARY JANE LAWTON died 16 June 1932 in Wellington aged 79
Evening Post, 17 June 1932 LAWTON - On 16th June, 1932, at the Wellington Hospital, Mary Jane Lawton, relict of the late Captain Frank Lawton and dearly beloved mother of mr Charles Lawton, 6 Glenmore street; Mr William Lawton, Nelson; Mr Cecil Lawton, 71 Tirangi road, Rongotai; Mrs E. Nicholas. Coriglen; Mrs M. Minifie, Coriglen; Mrs G. Featony, Melrose; Mrs J. Tanner, Brisbane; and Mrs W. S. Owen, Sydney; in her 80th year. At Rest.
- they are buried PLOT 58L, SECTION PUBLIC2 at Karori Wellington

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by franklawton on 2010-05-18 17:42:52

Hi Ngairedith,
dont know much and will post a few itm
ems as I renber more that may be of help/interster. cover i do know in a fuller post ie about my DAD and his brothers sisters and the very little bit about his mother.
I note though for his Father ie the Frank Lawton 1876-1931 that drowned and was married in Foxton the children your list is incomplete and may be a bit wrong.
I understood he had Cecil, Reginald as listed but have never heard of the others though it may be that they were not around ie not in WEllington in the 1950s when my memory dates from. Anyhow in addition are Leopold ( my father) and Alexenader (twin brother) and Patricia - the youngest. I also assumed there were only these 5 and maybe 1 other sister _ Violet???

by GLC on 2010-06-08 10:54:15

Hello Ngaireedith,
James LOVELL and Ann nee BROWN are my GGG Grandparents.
Their daughter Mary Ann Emily LOVELL was bap 1837 St James Parish Church, Mangotsfield, Bristol, GLS, ENG
Cheers, Glen

by figikk on 2010-06-12 18:16:00

Hi Ngaireedith
I am the gg grandaughter of a Mary Jane Lovell from Motueka. She is definitly the daughter of Benjamin and Hester and the sister of Christine. I have just been playing about on the internet and not doing this seriously at present but here are some facts about her that I have gleaned. She appears to be a character!
She must have been born about 1845 because she married Charles Woolcock aged 20 in ?1865 from memory. She was staying with Christine in Nelson when she found a dead baby in the harbour.
She moved to Greymouth and Charles Woolcock became an MP. She had 6 children to him and divorced about 1877. In 1880 she married Frederick Bullot in New Plymouth and had more children. She too died in Wellington.(My ggrandfather was her eldest son Charles who took his mother's maiden name.)

I have gleaned this from papers past at the NZ National Library.
This may open up some interesting questions for you.

by ngairedith on 2011-01-03 08:25:16

please read the ** NOTES at the end of the above journal and see if you can help us with the Albert Victor Kings and their marriages ..

by catteeya on 2011-02-05 15:35:45

I'm a gg grandaughter of Mary Jane and Frank Lawton and am looking for any information on Frank - we know he was born Rochester (New York?) 1837 and that's about it. Any info on his origins would be much appreciated..... from anyone.

Also, am g grandaughter of Rose Lawton who married Edward (Ted) Nicholas. Update on your entry on them is that Inez died in infancy (I think) and also they had another daughter Phyllis after Alvina - not sure of dates, but can get them if anyone interested. And am looking for info on Ted - he disappeared in the 1920s and no-one knows what happened to him......

Their daughter Zillah Rose was my grandmother - she married Murdoch Hector McKay of Coroglen, and died 1977 in Auckland.


by figikk on 2011-06-02 01:31:44

Was your Mary Jane Lovell called Jane? There is an article in Papers Past which refers to Jane Lovell as the younger sister of Mary Jane Lovell Woolcock. She is definitely a daughter of Benjamin and Hester and must have been born some time between 1845 and 1847. At her wedding she stated she was 20 according to the divorce comments in the press, but I suspect she was only 18.

Did you also know that Christina Spicer Lovell was the first female child christened in the Nelson Province?



by ngairedith on 2011-12-03 06:15:09

a very big 'thank you' to Peter Sharpe for his message received 3 Dec 2011;
(concerning child 2 in above journal, 1876-1931 Frank Lawton)

... My name is Peter Sharpe and Frank Lawton was my Grandfather.
There are a few things I can help you with.
My Mother's name was Patricia Edith Lawton, born 26/4/1919 - died 15th August 1984 (Her Dad's Birthday).
She married Lionel Sharpe - born 26th October 1920 - died 15th March 1978.
They had 2 boys - John Francis Sharpe - born 9/11/43 and Peter James (me) - born 14/12/58.

On other members of the family -
Spot - on with Uncle Ces' information. He never married, as he was a chronic asthmatic (although he smoked like a train & eventually died of Throat Cancer) and didn't want to burden a woman with looking after him. He worked in the Bond Store in Wellington.

Frank's daughter was Gwendoline Gladys Lawton (not Gladys Gwendoline). She became estranged to the family, for what reason I'm not completely clear.

Violet Olive, who's occupation was Milliner, remarried to William Griffith David Davies and they had a son - David,
born in 1945, I believe, now living in Sydney.
She died of complications after a botched Appendectomy when David was young & he went to live with his Uncle Reginald Dundas - born 12/7/1905 - died 15/5/1986. his trade was a Painer & Paperhanger and his wife Winifred, who died of Cancer in the early 1960s. Whereupon, David's father reclaimed him.

The names of Frank's other children were:-

Twin brothers - Leopold Hector Francis Lawton (also a Painter & Paperhanger) and Alexander Henry Lawton (Qualified as a signwriter).
Leo married Dorothy Evelyn Fisher, Lex married Mary Elizabeth Jones. I'm sorry, I don't have the dates.
They both had 2 children - Leo a son & daughter - Leigh Frances and Frank Murray.
Lex 2 girls - Jennifer and Vivienne Glynis.

On Frank's death - the gravestone says he drowned... he didn't. He was one of the last to abandon ship. Eye witness accounts tell of him being picked up by a large wave and smashed against the side of the ship, a large bloodstain appeared in the water and that was the last the crewmen saw of him. In those days it was kinder & easier to say he 'drowned'.

by dawn17 on 2012-02-20 19:24:21

Hi there I just wondering if anyone has any information about frank Lawton and Mary Jane lovell son William Henry Lawton? My grandmother past and she handed down old war metals and letters of his to me.. And now that I acquire them I'm curious to know his history.. Any information would be much appreciated I know he is my relation some how but don't really know how. I also want to know if he has kids/grandkids I can pass these metals on to. Thankyou.

by Robynz on 2012-02-29 00:46:49

by robynandgraham@gmail.com
Hi i recently did a search for my father in law : Alfred William Henry Lovell-father William Lovell and grandfather Charles Woolcock
MHR who's wife was Mary Jane Woolcock/Lovell married 1865 In Nelson. We were seeking information regarding Alfreds Father William Henry Lovell- born Woolcock and his siblings as I?m finding their whereabouts elusive.

by daviddavies on 2014-03-08 22:49:38

Very accurate details provided by my cousin, Peter Sharpe, as above.
Violet Olive Davies was my mother. She died on 15 April,1951 in Wellington from complications following the removal of gall stones.

by figikk on 2014-03-15 22:26:34

Mary Jane Lovell is a very confusing character genealogically as there are two of them. Many trees and the information here have Mary Jane Lovell, the wife of Frank Lawton, as the daughter of Hester and Benjamin Lovell. I am certain that Mary Jane Lovell born is Nelson Province between 1845/1847 and married to Charles Woolcock in 1865 is the daughter of Hester and Benjamin who arrived on The Lord Auckland in 1842.

Although I have not found her christening record, there are several facts that make this clear
1. She names her daughter born in 1866 Mary HESTER Thirza
2. She names her brother Thomas Lovell as surety for her children at the Wallis orphanage in Motueka when she is planning to leave the country
3. Paper past notes that her son Lionel James who drowns in 1899 in New Plymouth is with his cousin Alfred Bliss, the son of her sister, Angelina. It is clear from NZBDM that Angelina is the daughter of Benjamin and Hester.

I hope this may clear up the confusion and numerous people who have the Lawton, Benjamin and Hester Lovell connection incorrectly on their family trees will correct this error.

by ngairedith on 2014-03-15 22:51:49

thank you to figikk for the following message:
Subject: Mary Jane Lovell Lawton
To: ngairedith
From: figikk
Date: 2014-03-15 22:34:46
I am convinced that Mary...Lawton is in no way connected with the Lovell family who came to NZ on The Lord Auckland. This error seems to be all over the internet. Are you able to edit your journal in some way to make it clear that this Lawton/Lovell connection is inaccurate?

thank you figikk, I am sure this will be of great help to others of this family who are trying to decipher the branches of this tree

by PAS on 2014-06-05 05:06:13

Thought it was about time I joined in the fun.Haven't done much rellie stalking for a while but here goes;Re Benjamin b22/5/1808,d26/8/1873+Hester b1812,d1898.Their children:Frances b27/5/1831/32,Benjaminb16/12/1834,Sarah Spicer b28/5/1840,Mary Jane b1853? d1932,Christina Spicer b24/5/1842,ALFRED b19/2/1840 d12/12/1888,(H)Ester b13/3/1850/51,Angelina b24/3/1852,Thomas Spicer b1845?
ALFRED as above is my GRANDMOTHERS FATHERS Father......ALFRED m Mary Ann Pope 28/12/1862 and their children were;George William 28/12/1863,Alfred George 21/8/1865,Mary Ann Crista 15/11/1868,Emily 16/9/1871,JAMES BENJAMIN 14/6/1874,Thomas Edward 9/9/1878/79,Rose Isabel 28/2/1885.JAMES BENJAMIN is my great-grandfather.He died 1/1/1945,before I was born.His wife Jessie(Gran Lovell to us)passed away in 1968.Feel free to comment + cc any mistakes re dates.Cheers.

by boompsa on 2014-08-24 01:15:00

My grandmother May Lawton born Westport NZ 2/11/1884.She married my gfather James Tanner in Welligton19/2/1906.Her father Frank Lawton died 23/8/1906.He was naturalised 17/12/1904.I know he was born in Rochester New York1837c but cant get Rochester birth records yet. Mary Jane was born in NSW March 5th 1853.All her children's birth certs say mother born NSW.Her father Charles Lovell I think was a convict.Her mother came out from Ireland on the Thetis in 1850.She was Margaret Crothers.My gparents children were Harold James b 1907 NZ.Daisy Lillian May b 1908 NZ.Then Cyril Charles b1911c.Gladysb1913,Cecil William,my father Feb 6th 1918.George Samuel 1918.Beryl Audrey b 1922,and Sydney Edward 1924.Nana and Pop lived at 39 Henry st Greenslopes.Pop had an iron foundry.Nanas death cert.20/5/1962 has Frank Lawton as her father.

by jessiewessie1 on 2015-10-21 23:53:14

Hi. Ive just started researching for relatives of my family. My parents were Earnest Ogilvy Featonby and Ivy Eyre. Earnests parents were Ethel Lawton and George Featonby. Ethels parents were Mary Jane Lovell and Frank Lovett.
My Mum Ivy Featonby passed away when I was only 15 and I have no info regarding my family tree. I would love to have contact and meet any decenants of the above
Sharon Wilson nee Featonby
email sharon.wilson467@gmail.com

by jessiewessie1 on 2015-10-21 23:53:42

Hi. Ive just started researching for relatives of my family. My parents were Earnest Ogilvy Featonby and Ivy Eyre. Earnests parents were Ethel Lawton and George Featonby. Ethels parents were Mary Jane Lovell and Frank Lovett.
My Mum Ivy Featonby passed away when I was only 15 and I have no info regarding my family tree. I would love to have contact and meet any decenants of the above
Sharon Wilson nee Featonby
email sharon.wilson467@gmail.com

by suehall on 2016-01-29 19:44:10

Hi, Ethel Lawton was my great grandmother though it is her brother William Henry Lawton that I would like to research. I have his war medals and would love to know his story. I believe he had a son Cecil and spent some time in an asylum after the war. I have found out a bit more about him and he seemed to be quite a character. Im not sure if Cecil had children and if he did it would be nice to pass his medals on though I would really like his story. If anyone has more information on him I would love to hear it, thanks

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