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William CHALLIS - Wairarapa

Journal by ngairedith

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WILLIAM CHALLIS (1822-1897) of Donyatt, Somerset
- married 3 times:

... 1
- he married JULIA STRINGER
in England
- their children were:
* 1848 - 1935 William Charles Challis
- born in St George, London
- Christened 5 Nov 1848 in Donyatt, Somerset
1851 - 1921 Frederick Challis
... Julia died of TB in London

... 2
- William next married ELIZA ELLEN DALEY
(a widow, nee EDWARDS)
- they emigrated to New Zealand in 1858 on the OLIVER LANG with his 2 sons & Eliza's daughter
- they had James Challis 1858-1939 shortly after arrival (James married Phoebe Emma Chittenden)
... a few months later Eliza died

... 3
(nee WILLSHIRE 1825-1893) in 1864
- Caroline had also travelled on the Oliver Lang with her 4 children
- (her husband stayed behind)
- Caroline died 17 February 1893 aged 67
- she is buried Plot 60, Block NEW INSEC at Clareville, Carterton

* William CHALLIS jnr (1848-1935) married twice
- he married CHARLOTTE ENGLAND in 1869

1873 - 1951 Julia Ann Challis
- Julia had a base born daughter, Elsie Lavinia Challis (1893-1894)
- Elsie died 11 Feb 1894 aged 15 months
- she is buried PLOT ELC - ROW 4 - AREA Plan VI, Archer St, Masterton
- Julia married John COTTER in 1900
- they lived at 40 Victoria St, Petone
- their known children:
1900 - 1990 Edwin Percy Cotter
1901 - 1987 John William Cotter

1874 - 1885 Sarah Emily Challis
- Sarah died aged 10 (possibly in Carterton)

1876 - 1963 Kate Sophia Challis
- married Levi Walter JEFFERIES (1874-1954) in 1902
- they lived in Feilding
- the known children of Levi & Kate
1905 - 1986 William John Jefferies
1907 - 1924 Agnes Amelia Jefferies
1908 - 2001 Charlotte Edina Jefferies
- Charlotte married ? ELLIS
1909 - 2002 Emily Ilene Jefferies
- Emily married ? CRESSY
In Sep 1901 Levi was offered ?10 (Sep 2011 equivalent of $1680) from Mathew Barr of the Pohangina Council, for the land cut off his (Levi's) section for the road deviation. In Nov that year Mathew Barr asked the Council to refund ?2 10 as he thought he had been charged too much for the land
In Jan 1911 Levi (Farmer, of Taonui) applied for a discharge of Bankruptcy in the Palmerston North Supreme Court

... Charlotte Challis died in 1877

* William CHALLIS jnr
CHALLIS - TUCKWELL, On the 17th April 1879, at St James' Church, Lower Hutt, by the Rev Mr Fancourt, William Challis, of the Wairarapa, to Eliza Matilda Tuckwell, the eldest daughter of the late Thomas Tuckwell
- her father was Thomas Tuckwell (1822-1870) from Burford, Oxfordshire. Her mother was Adelaide Sarah BARNES - married in Burford about 1854. Thomas & Adelaide emigrated to New Zealand on the NEW ERA (with his brother Richard Tuckwell who married Eliza Collier in Wellington & had 14 children).
- Thomas Tuckwell died 11 Jan 1870. His widow, Adelaide, remarried the following year to Joseph BROWNE (1826-1897) on 26 April 1871 in Lower Hutt. They remained in the Eastern Hutt Valley where Joseph died 24 July 1897

1880 - 1958 Adelaide Elizabeth Challis
- married Frank James LINDOP (1880-1960) in 1903
- Frank was a son of Walter Joseph & Josepha LINDOP, a Pharmacist in Carterton
- the known children of Frank & Adelaide:
1905 - Frederick William James Lindop
1906 - Walter D'Mountford Lindop
1908 - 1999 Warick Frank Lindop
- they lived in Petone
note .. the name D'Mountford runs through a number of Lindop families

1881 - 1948 Eveline/Eveleen Maude Challis
- married Charles WOODLEY (1884-1928) in 1907
- they lived in Carterton, Masterton & Petone (as far as is known at this time)
- Charles was the 9th of 11 (5th of 7 NZ born) children of John (1847-1916) & Martha Ann (1847-1903) Woodley who arrived on the CRUSADER in 1874
- Charles & Eveline's known children (being added as found)
1908 - 1978 Bazil Roy Woodley
- Charles's mother, Martha Ann Woodley, died 25 Oct 1902 aged 55
- Charles's father, John Woodley, died 1 August 1916 aged 69
- they are buried Plot 160 at Clareville, Carterton
note .. Charles's brother, John Woodley (1868-1952), & his wife Eliza Oaks AUSTIN (1861-1946) lived in Carterton where John had a "Thresher, Chaffcutter and Hay-Presser" business. They are also buried in Carterton with their 10 month old daughter Reta Woodley (1902-1902) who died of teething problems
- Charles died 11 May 1928
In MEMORIUM - 11 May 1931
WOODLEY, In loving memory of Charles Woodley, who died on 11th May 1928
In our hearts your memory lingers,
Though to weep we know is vain,
God will some day cure the heartache,
When He links the golden chain.
- Inserted by his loving wife and family

1883 - 1913 Frederick William Challis
- married Margaret Eleanor HALL in 1911
- they had a son:
1912 - 1956 Frederick Bertram Challis
- Frederick died 26 January 1913. He was 1 of 4 men who lost their lives when a party of 7 men in a punt capsized on Saltwater Creek.
- he was a Painter and had been living in St Asaph street, Christchurch
- he is buried Plot 104, Block 25 at Linwood cemetery

1885 - 1957 Bertram Thomas Challis
- married Annie FARMER (1890-1969) 7 Feb 1912
- they lived in Carterton
- Bertram died 22 April 1957
- he is buried Plot 58 at Clareville, Carterton
- Annie died 30th April 1969 aged 79
- she is buried PLOT 9 - ROW R - AREA Lawn A-X at Archer St, Masterton
- she is buried with Gordon William Challis (1911-1990)

1887 - 1887 Winifred Myrtle Challis
- Winifred died aged 4 months

1890 - 1947 Winifred Myrtle Challis
- married Harry GOODIN (1878-1948) in 1908
- 3rd of 8 children of Enoch GOODIN & Kate Sophia WESTCOTT
- they lived in Petone
- the known children of Harry & Winifred
1910 - 1910 Ronald Harry Goodin
- Ronald died aged 4 months
1911 - 1994 Ina Myrtle Goodin
- 28 Oct 1939 - The engagement is announced of Ina, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Harry Goodin, of Petone, to Mervyn, (Mervyn Wiliam 1912-1988) second son of Mr and Mrs W. R. Patrick, of Christchurch
- this was (William Robert PATRICK 1885-1946 & Alice Catherine Keith WILSON 1888-1963)

1892 - 1972 Lilian Millicent Alice Challis
- married Frederick HAXTON (1898-1983) in 1922
- 4th of 8 known children of Armond HAXTON & Emma Elizabeth KEMP
note .. 2 of Frederick's sisters were killed in the 1931 Napier Earthquake
- they lived in Palmerston North where Frederick was a Garage Proprietor
- Lilian died 22 March 1972 aged 78
- her last address was 18 Karaka st
- she is buried Plot 057, BLock 015, Area Q at Kelvin Grove
- Frederick died 31 Aug 1983 age 84
- his last address was 18 Karaka st
- his ashes are buried Plot 055, Block 015, Area Q at Kelvin Grove

1894 - 1961 Gordon Leslie Challis
- married Bertha ?
- Bertha was born 13 August 1905
- they lived in Masterton
- Gordon died 3 December 1961 aged 67
- he is buried Plot C, Row 10, Area Lawn A-X at Archer St, Masterton
- Bertha died 26 February 1980 aged 74
- they are buried Plot C, Row 11, Area Lawn A-X at Archer St, Masterton

1896 - 1967 Elsie Doris Challis
- married Horace Milton 'Joe' CATT (1898-1983) in 1917
- 3rd of 6 known children of Henry (1867-1952) & Annie (1872-1950) Catt
- Henry Catt died 29 Oct 1952 age 85. Annie died 20 Jan 1950 aged 78
- they are buried Plots 117 & 118 at Clareville cemetery
- Horace & Elise also lived in Carterton
- Elsie died 22 July 1967 aged 69
- she is buried Plot 424, Block 1 at Clarville
- Horace died 16 years later, 15 Nov 1983, aged 86
- he is buried beside Elsie

ELIZABETH MATILDA Challis died 18 May 1904
WILLIAM Challis died in Petone at his daughter Julia's home
- they are buried in Plot 51, Block OLD UNSEC at Clareville, Carterton

William's Obituary
- EVENING POST 30 Nov 1935 -
... the death of Mr WILLIAM CHALLIS, of Petone, and formerly of Carterton, occurred recently at the age of 89 years. The late Mr Challis left England on June 18, 1858, by the ship "Oliver Lang", and arrived in Wellington on September 18, 1858, at the age of twelve. It took the settler four days to cross the **Rimutakas to Carterton. They rode on a cart as far as Kaitoke and walked or rode on bullocks for the remainder of the journey. Mr James Challis, the late Mr Challis's' uncle, kept the Pioneer Hotel at Carterton. Mr Challis took up his residence at Clareville, Carterton. He was a volunteer during the Maori Wars. He left the district about 21 years ago to reside with his daughter, Mrs Cotter, of Petone.
He was twice married, his second wife predeceasing him shortly before he left Clareville. He is survived by a family of nine sons and daughters. They are:
... Mesdames ..
JEFFRIES (Kate Sophia, Feilding)
H. M. CATT (Elsie Doris, Carterton)
F. HAXTON (Lilian Millicent Alice, Palmerston North)
J. COTTER (Julia Ann, Petone)
H. WOODLEY (Eveline Maude, Petone)
H. GOODIN (Winifred Myrtle, Petone)
F. LINDOP (Adelaide Elizabeth, Petone)
... Messrs ...
G. CHALLIS (Gordon, Masterton)
B. CHALLIS (Bertram Thomas, Carterton)
There are 25 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

other CHALLIS buried in Archer St Cemetery, Masterton
BRUCE Challis
- born 18th June 1920
- died 20th September 1982 aged 62
- buried PLOT 296 - ROW 7 - BLOCK Z - AREA Lawn Z with Clare

- born 1927
- died 28th August 1967 aged 40
- buried PLOT CAC - ROW 9 - AREA Ex Servicemen

- born 19 August 1926
- died 25th July 1982 aged 56
- buried PLOT 297 - ROW 7 - BLOCK Z - AREA Lawn Z with Bruce

- born 1st August 1911
- died 8th November 1990 aged 79
- buried PLOT 9 - ROW R - AREA Lawn A-X with Annie Challis

- born 1860
- married James Challis (1861-1939) in 1890
- died 29th August 1898 aged 38
- buried PLOT PEC - ROW A - AREA Plan II

**Rimutaka photo the highest peak is Mount Matthews, at 940 metres
The road was completed in 1856 and it took William Challis and his family 4 days to cross the range by bullock & cart. Early European settlers drove sheep around the shoreline rather than attempt to cross the Rimutaka Range between Wellington and Wairarapa

JUST FOR FUN - Jump on the back of a Haybusa and do the uphill trip of the Rimutakas, from Wairarapa to the summit (towards Wellington)
- 155 years after the completion & one still marvels at how the men ever built such a road back then using the limited resources they had. If you stay till the end of the ride (about 6 minutes) you are actually in the clouds!

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on 2010-09-07 07:20:25

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by alfredbrucechallis on 2010-10-30 22:19:48

my great grandparents had 22 children and most of these names go back in my family history.

my name at birth was alfred bruce challis but i am known as bruce challis.

i have no chidren so i am the last challis in my line.

i would so so pleased to find relatives in the usa...bruce

by ngairedith on 2012-03-17 05:05:03


by janilye on 2012-03-17 06:54:02

oh ng the bike ride down Rimutaka Hill is a lot of fun. I actually held my breath when he overtook that dark car. Ahhh youth, where's it gone.

by Kerry1950 on 2012-08-23 02:01:59

Iam the son of Bruce and Noreen (Clare) of Masterton moved to Australia NSW

by neich on 2012-11-06 15:35:32

if anyone would like to be in touch with a family researcher, please contact NEICH, I will pass the message on to the lady up Welcome Bay. thank you. If you need headstones photographed at Clareville, Neich is your lady!

by neich on 2013-05-08 03:08:36

The Rimutaka Hill... its 100% better now that Muldoon's Corner has been rectified! Terrific road works for months on this Hill...

by neich on 2013-10-05 02:56:53

Challis. Lindop. Haxton.Catt. anyone that needs help with the family or photographs of any grave at Clareville, just ask and it will be done, sent by email. I do know the families concerned, scattered around NZ and Aus.. Can put family in touch with family ... Always here to help others..

by neich on 2019-07-28 08:30:34

Re Caroline Fensham who married William Challis, she left her husband Henry Fensham in Epsom Surrey, came to NZ as a widow, which was incorrect, but he married again, and is buried at Ashley Road Cemetery. Epsom. Surrey, no headstone. There is a Family Bible in care of Carterton Historical Society, the then Sec. Adele Pentony-Graham was notified about it and was offered to Carterton so went and collected it, there is also one in England for the Fensham family over there, here again Adele has been in touch with family in England. She now concentrates on the local Clareville Cemetery burials.. Clareville Taphophile. but always around to help with enquiries.

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