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William SPEARINK 1823-1903 (died in Featherston New Zealand)

Journal by ngairedith

William Spearnik was born in 1823
- do not know where he was from, can you help?
He was in Wellington by 1860:
17th April 1860

William was on the List Of Names Drawn For the Militia as a labourer in the River Hutt (Hutt Valley, Wellington area)

16th February 1872

The annual meeting of the ratepayers of the Featherston Road District was held at the Court-house, Featherston on the 10th inst.
There was a very good attendance, which is usual when question affecting the breeches-pocket are disicussed.
Mr Pharazyn was voted to the chair and the accounts for the past year were duly audited and passed
The state ment showed that ?157 8s 7d had been received from the Provincial Government and ?87 13s 8d collected in rates; and that there was a balance in hand of ?60 10s 7d, which, it was estimated, with the amount due from the Government, would pay for the works now under construction
The following were elected the Board of Wardens, viz, Messrs
Two or three of the members of the old board were proposed buth they declined to serve on the ground that it was hardly worth while to elect a new board for the short time it would have to act


Christmas Cheer
The customary Christmas show of meat by the butchers (in Wellington) took place last evening and as usual attracted a large number of sight-seers
In Mr Luxford`s shop, Manners-street was to be seen the largest beef in town. One large ox, bred by Isaiah Pureto, weighed 1,760lbs (800kg).
The display in Messrs Barbers` shops was considered by many to be the finest of the night
... in sheep the finest specimans were three Romney marsh breed, averaging 140lbs
... 5 Leicesters, bred by Mr Spearnik of Featherston, averaged 110lbs (50kg)

3rd May 1899

- WAIRARAPA NEWS - Featherston This Day
In the election yesterday for a Commissioner for the vacancy on the Town Board, Mr W. Spearnik was returned by 29 votes to Mr C Burt`s 16. Very little interest was manifested in the election, only 45 votes recorded out of 160
- OF NOTE William`s son in law was a Burt ..

18th October 1899

160 ACRES of FIRST CLASS LAND, with an eight-roomed house, dairy, barn and stables, situate at South Featherston and two miles from the Featherston Railway Staion. Cheese Factory adjoining the property. For full particulars, apply to
Mr M. J. H. JACKSON - South Feathersotn
or to Mr W. SPEARINK - Featherston

7th January 1903

The Friends of the late Mr William Spearnik are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral which will leave the residence of Mr Murray J. H. Jackson, Featherson, on Thursday 8th January 1903; at 1.30pm
- A. DONALD - Undertaker
NOTE Mr Murray James Hamilton Jackson 1849-1935

In April 1903 William`s (deceased) estate was valued at ?1483 - equivalent to April 2009 to $226,910.

William married Harriett Dobson in 1852, in Berkshire, England
- he was aged 29

He married Ellen Jane Dillon in Featherston 1878
- he was aged 55
- he was her 3rd husband
- her 1st was Edward Mathews, married Auckland 1866
- her 2nd was William McNassar, married Auckland 1870
(I would like info on William McNassar)
- Ellen was a daughter of Thomas Dillon and Eleanor Nowell of Bath, Somerset who emigrated to New Zealand

He married Maria Ewart (OR Hewitt) in 1884
- he was aged 61

From correspondence from Peter Dillon it is possible that William was married a 4th time ...
Of his marriages only one child has been found so far - that of Wilhelmina Mary Helena "Polly Spearnik (1881-1917)
- Polly married Kenneth Earl Burt (1876-1943) in 1902
- Kenneth was a son of WIlliam Burt and Rebecca Copelane
- after Wilhelmina's death in 1917, Kenneth remarried to Emma Charlotte Newman in 1919

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by ngairedith on 2011-08-11 05:42:20

a VERY BIG thankyou to KiwiCol who sent this message 10 Aug 2011:

I couldnt work out how to reply to your journal on here?

William was Christened 11 Apr 1824 at Clanfield, Oxfordshire, England, son of Richard Spearink and Mary Blonden.
William on his third marriage names his mother as Mary Blonden, or possibly Blondeu.
He and Harriet Dobson had Selina in NZ in 1855

He had at least one daughter with his second wife Emma Charlotte
LIGHT?BURT. The engagement is announced between Phyllis Lorraine, youngest daughter of Mrs. E. C. and the late Mr. K. E. Burt, Bartholomew Road, Levin, and Kenneth Henry, only son of Mr. and the late Mrs. H. Light, Woodham Road, Christchurch.
Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 98, 23 October 1944, Page 6
This couple married in 1946, and Kenneth Henry Light died in 2006, did not notice a death for Phyllis Lorraine Light

"MRS SELINA JACKSON - The death occurred this morning of Mrs. Selina Jackson, widow of the late Murray Jackson, of 61 Cole Street, Masterton.
The late Mrs. Jackson, who was born at Ludlam's Gardens, Lower Hutt in 1855, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Spearink, who arrived in New Zealand in 1852 from Middlesex, England. She had been an active member of the Methodist Church ever since her marriage there in 1876. For many years she had been an enthusiastic member of the Masterton Methodist Ladies Guild and Missionary Auxillery and was an ardent supporter of the Temperance movement, being a working member of the W.C.T.U.
The funeral will take place onThursday, leaving the residence following a service at 11am for Masterton Cemetery."

Jackson .? On the 11th Ootober, at South Featherston. the wife of Murray J. H. Jackson, of twin sons ; all doing well.

New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1893
Jackson Murray James H Featherston Sheep farmer
Jackson Selina Featherston Married

Harriet Dobson has proved hard to track back all I have is
So far the only likely Harriet to show was the daughter of Sarah Dobson a singlewoman, did Harriet just pluck a father's name for appearance sake?

In 1851 Harriet was 27 and a servant at Upper Newton, Buckland, Berkshire, the census gives her birthplace as Hinton, Berkshire.

(There are a couple of Dobsons on the 1851 census born at Hinton, Ann about 1826, being closest in age.)

When she died her age is given as 52 years. She died at Featerston, 23 Oct 1875

William Spearink worked for Alfred Ludlam, some notes i made for him are:
In 1841 with brother john and parents at Clanfield, Oxfordshire.

In 1851 William is servant at Tudor Farm, Great Farringdon, Berkshire .

Place Great Faringdon ED 9d Sched 191 Addr Tudor Farm Name William Spearink Rel Servant Status U Age 27 Sex M Occupation Farm servant Birth place Clanfield, OXF, ENG Disab ? TNA Ref HO107 1687 Folio 350 Page 49

At the time of his marriage William marked and stated he was residing at Faringdon, son of Richard Sperrink, both labourers, Harriet Dobson was of Newton in the Parish of Buckland and said that she was dau of Richard Dobson. Charles Lapworth and Elizabeth Parks were the witnesses.

Charles Lapworth appears on the 1881 census as a farm labourer at Buckland with wife Jane and daughter Gabia. So in 1852 would have been a few years older than the marriage participants.

New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Volume XIX, Issue 1956, 30 April 1864, Page 4

LIST of all persons who have claimed between the 1st January and 31st March, 1864, to have their names inserted in the List of Voters for the ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF WAIRARAPA

Spearink, William Featherston freehold Featherston, rural sections 469 and 470, house

Evening Post, Volume VIII, Issue 278, 24 December 1872, Page 2
5 Leicesters, bred by Mr. Spearink, of Featherston, and averaging ll0lbs, were also fine sheep.

New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1896
Spearink William Featherston farmer

160 ACRES of FIRST-CLASS LAND, with an eight-roomed house, dairy, barn, and stables, situate at South Featherston, and two miles from the Featherston Railway Station. Choose Factory adjoining the proporty. For full particulars, apply to Mr. M. J. H. JACKSON, South Featherston ; Or to Mr. W. SPEARINK, Featherston.
Several times in 1899.

Evening Post, Volume LVII, Issue 103, 3 May 1899, Page 6
Featherston, This Day, Mr. J. G Cox has again been elected Synodsman by St. John's Vestry, for the next three years. In the election yesterday for a Commissioner for the vacancy on the Town Board, Mr. W. Spearink was returned by 29 votes to Mr. C. Burt's 16 Very little interest was manifested in the election, only 45 votes being recorded out of 160.

Evening Post, Volume LXV, Issue 5, 7 January 1903, Page 6
Funeral notice.

Probate Case Files: Wellington High Court SPEARINK, William 1903 Wellington High Court $1483

My father was impressed with your Pecks of Taita site

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