Elizabeth <b>VERRAN</b> + Harry <b>SUMMARSELL</b> + Thomas Henry VERRAN - Gisborne, Dannevirke, Wellington, NSW :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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Elizabeth VERRAN + Harry SUMMARSELL + Thomas Henry VERRAN - Gisborne, Dannevirke, Wellington, NSW

Journal by ngairedith

- was born in County Cork, Ireland a daughter of James VERRAN & Selina BROOM who emigrated to New Zealand via Australia (dates not yet known)
- she married HARRY SUMMARSELL (1861-1913) in Gisborne, Jan 1889

ELIZABETH & HARRY had a son:
1889 - ? Escott Summarsell
- Escott played a lot of football as a Forward for the Napier Pirates
- he married Grace Alice Hilda STEVENS (1892-1965) in 1915
- 3rd of 6 children of John Ascott STEVENS & Eliza Elizabeth SKIPAGE:
1888 - 1946 George Robert Stevens
1890 - 1972 Frank Samuel Stevens
1892 - 1965 Grace Alice Hilda Stevens
1894 - 1967 John Ascott Mozart Stevens
1896 - 1918 Tom Treacy Stevens
1902 - 1977 Doris Mercia Stevens

ESCOTT & GRACE Summarsell had a son:
1916 - 1979 Arthur Ascott Summarsell

21 January 1893 - THAMES, Coromandel
... The Government half-yearly examination for mine managers commences at the Thames School of Mines next Monday morning. The folowing are the candidates:-
ENGINE DRIVERS - James Verran, John Dunstan, A. Allen and F. H. Wilson

8 September 1896 - DEVONPORT, Auckland
... James Verran was an Engineer in Devonport, Auckland when he obtained 500 shares in the Temple Bar Gold Mining Company at Tararu, Thames
Also, John Verran, a Butcher in Devonport, had 500 shares
Also, William Varran, a Butcher in Devonport, had 1000 shares

30 September 1899 - DANNEVIRKE, Manawatu
... TO LET - Cottage with three rooms and scullery in Robjohns street. Rent, 6s 6d per week. Apply to Mrs Summarsell, Gordon street

19 November 1899 - AUCKLAND
... VERRAN-BISHOP, On November 19, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev B. L. Thomas, William the fourth son of James Verran, Engineer, Coromandel, to Catherine (Katie), the eldest daughter of Francis Bishop, Devonport. Napier papers please copy
... NOTE - Katie was Catherine Mary Louise Bishop (1876-1954)
WILLIAM & KATIE's 4 known children:
1900 - 1998 Dorothy Winifred Verran
- Dorothy married Wilfred Malcolm INGRAM (1894-1967) in 1924
1902 - Clifton Webbe Verran
1904 - Beryl Frances Verran
1910 - Joyce Berkley Verran

29 August 1900 - PALMERSTON NORTH
... Escott Summarsell was in Standard III at Campbell street School

8 March 1904 - DANNEVIRKE
... Mrs Summarsell, requests the return of a sunshade, taken in mistake from the Bank of New Zealand

5 December 1904 - WELLINGTON
... The Chief Justice dealt this morning with the case of Elizabeth Summarsell v Harry Summersall, a petition for dissolution of marriage on the ground of desertion. Evidence was given that the parties were married in the Registry Office at Gisborne in January 1889, and lived at Napier, Palmerston North, and Marton until about 1893, when the husband left his wife and has not since cohabited with her. His Honour made a decree nisi, with costs against the respondent husband, and ordered the petitioner to retain possession of the child of the marriage until she makes application for a decree absolute

16 December 1904 - WELLINGTON COLLEGE
... Escott won a Special prize for Woodwork

... Escott came 2nd in the 11 yards open handicap race by finishing in 13 seconds

10 August 1906 - DANNEVIRKE
... Mrs Summarsell advertises to let two furnished rooms with use of kitchen

2 September 1906 - DANNEVIRKE
... In loving memory of Arthur Cowper Knight, who died on September 2nd, 1904
Dear friend thou art not forgotten,
Nor wilt thou ever be,
As long as life and memory lasts
I will fondly think of thee
- Inserted by Escott Summarsell

2 September 1907 - DANNEVIRKE
... KNIGHT - In loving memory of Arthur Cowper Knight, who passed away on 2nd September, 1904
Three years to-day since you passed away,
And friends around think of you no more;
But your memory won't fade from my thoughts like a dream,
And my lips need not speak when my heart mourns for thee.
- Inserted by Escott Summarsell

... NOTE on Arthur Cowper Knight (1849-1904)
- (dates are my additions) 8 Oct 1886, The Partnership heretofore subsisting between William Frederick Knight (1848-1920), Arthur Cowper Knight (1849-1904), Francis John Knight (1852-1922), Benjamin Leonard Knight (1856-1942) and Herbert Douglas Knight (1859-1933), at Hastings, Clive, Te Ate and Tahoraite, in the Provincial District of Hawkes Bay, as Contractors, Timber Merchants and Sheep-farmers, under the style or firm of 'Knight Brothers', has this day been dissolved by mutual consent
- 7 Sep 1904, The late Mr Arthur Cowper Knight, who died at Rotorua a few days ago, was a highly-respected sawmiller in Hawkes Bay, whre he had lived many years. He arrived in the colony about 40 years ago at the age of 15, and after living at Kerereru for some time, he went to the Thames diggings, where he spent about two or three years with his father, Mr William Knight, who is still living in Dannevirke, at the age of 80 years (1824-1907). Returning to Hawke's Bay, he caught a chill, which sent him into a long illness that was not cured by a special trip to the United States. He went to Rotorua for his health, which had again broken down after he had resumed business again successfully as a sawmiller, and it was while he was in the thermal district that death supervened. He was a much esteemed man
- Arthur is buried in the Settlers Cemetery, Dannevirke

17 January 1913
... Harry Summarsell dies in New Zealand at the age of 52. His burial not yet found

31 August 1918 - TRENTHAM CAMP
... Escott Summarsell was a Lieutenant Corporal with the 46th Reinforcements, Specialist Company

1 October 1919
... Elizabeth moved to Sydney as a Widow, which means after 1913. She there met Thomas Henry VERRAN and married him, as his 3rd wife, in Hurstville, Registry Office, NSW. She was then aged 50 and Thomas was 59
Thomas Henry Verran (1860-1938) was born in Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Thomas married:
wife 1 Mary MOYLE and they emigrated to North Queensland, settling in Charters Towers. The town was founded in the 1870s when gold was discovered by chance at Towers Hill on Christmas Eve 1871 by 12-year-old Aboriginal boy, Jupiter Mossman
THOMAS & MARY's 4 CHILDREN (born in Charters Towers)
... 1
1884 - 1966 Mary Ellen Verran

- Mary Ellen married Bertie Howard Foster CARVOLTH (1878-1925) from Lannarth, Cornwall, England on 6 June 1906 & had 3 children in Charters Towers & 1 in NSW
- Mary Ellen next married William George MUNT in 1926 in Ipswich, Queensland & had a son
... 2
1888 - 1966 Ann Maria Verran

- died in Sydney
... 3
1891 - 1977 William James Thomas Verran

- died in Sydney
... 4
1897 - 1897 Eveline Verran

- died in Charters Towers

Mary (nee Moyle) died 11 Jan 1901 in Queensland
Thomas remarried:
wife 2 Annie Elizabeth CARTWRIGHT 12 June 1903 in Queensland and they moved down to Sydney (about 2,000km south)
- they had a daughter in 1904

Thomas & Annie divorced in 1914
Thomas remarried:
wife 3 Elizabeth SUMMARSELL (nee Verran, our subject) in 1919 in Sydney
Thomas Henry Verran died 30 January 1938 in Marrickville, NSW
... NOTE Elizabeth was born a Verran and she married a Verran. Being an unusual name Marg and I are hoping someone may know of a connection

22 April 1941
... Escott Summarsell's son, Arthur Ascott Summarsell (Elizabeth's grandson), was with the New Zealand Police Force. He and a number of other young Officers were appealed by the Director of National Service against going to war on the grounds of public interest

Of interest ...

Murray Escott Verran is buried in Pukerimu Lawn Cemetery, in Paeroa
- he was born in Paeroa 1943, lived in Willoughby street
- he died 23 Oct 1944 aged 11 months

Henry Escott Verran also buried in Pukerimu
- he was born in Karangahake 1908, lived in Willoughby street
- died 23 January 1986 aged 77
- 8th of 8 children of Thomas Henry Verran & Mary Ann WHELAN:
1897 - 1994 Selina Verran
- Selina married Reginald Errol CAMPBELL (1899-1974) in 1919
1898 - 1927 Thomas Llewellyn Verran
- Thomas died age 29
1901 - 1901 James Verran
- James died aged 12 hours
1902 - 1902 Mabel Verran
- born 24 Jan 1902, Mabel died aged a few hours
1902 - 1988 James Verran
- born 30 Dec 1902
1904 - 1958 John Verran
- spouse not known
1906 - 1971 Mary Verran
- Mary married ? JOHNSON
1908 - 1986 Henry Escott Verran

A James Michael Verran (1851-1922) was born in Tresithick Feoch, Kea, Cornwall, England to John VERRAN & Ann MITCHELL and died in Waipukurau Hospital aged 71, buried Waipawa

A Thomas Frederick Summarsell (1859-1915) lived in Poverty Bay, New Zealand

A Frank Summarsell served in WWI as Private 3020 with 3rd Light Railway Field Company in the Australian Imperial Force. He enlisted on 13 May 1918 from Narrabri West, New South Wales. His next of kin was his brother F. Summarsell, School House, Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, England. He returned to Australia 19 Aug 1919

A James Victor 'Jim' Verran served in WWII as Squadron Leader (bomber pilot). He missed out on an RNZAF commission in 1939 when the RNZAF recruiting drive had proved so successful that the lists were closed before the letter "V" had been reached and so travelled to London and joined the RAF. By July 1940 he was flying Whitley V bombers with No. 102 Squadron, completing 35 operations. He was born 9 December 1915 in Waipawa, Hawkes Bay. He ended the war a POW at Stalag IXC and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was awarded a DFC in 1941, a Bar in 1945 and was also mentioned in dispatches. He died 25 July 2004 in Bexhill, England (fascinating bio at his link)

There was a John Moyle Verran (1852-1933) born in Gwennap, Cornwall, England, who moved to Christchurch with his brother Richard (1856-1941). Son of Richard VERRAN & Loveday Hart MOYLE who settled in Australia. (Thomas Henry Verran married a Mary Moyle, see 1919 timeline)

see also Verran Marriages in NZ

NOTES from Marg
Elizabeth Verran, (nee Verran, formerly Summarsell) & Thomas Henry Verran in later life, lived in Marrickville NSW and both died there
- Thomas Henry died 30 January 1937 aged 76
- Elizabeth died 1 October 1946 aged 77
There is also a Caroline VERRAN lurking in the records . She married John Francis CARRIGAN in Sydney 1922. No known children. Caroline CARRIGAN (1891-1973) was a daughter of John Verran. Elizabeth VERRAN, formally SUMMARSELL nee VERRAN left her small estate, (?850 in 1946) to Caroline
There was a death notice in the Sydney Morning Herald 28 Jun 1973 - "Loved wife of late J. F. CARRIGAN, loved sister of Albert, Jane and late John VERRAN

Please leave comments below if you can add to this family, especially that of Elizabeth Verran prior to her arrival in New Zealand and how & when she did arrive etc

Charters Towers mining settlement 1890 (see 1919 in timeline)

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by ngairedith on 2012-05-18 22:36:18

by MargM on 2012-09-16 08:38:20

Hello ngairedith,
Just re reading all your VERRAN notes . Ann Maria DORSETT nee VERRAN died in Brisbane 10 Oct 1966, not Sydney

Annie CARTWRIGHT was older than I thought . She had no middle name and was b in Balmain Sydney 1869

To the best of my knowledge Elizabeth SUMMARSELL nee VERRAN migrated direct to NZ from where ever she came from & not via Australia first


Marg Morters


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