Morton Families of County Longford, Ireland

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The Morton families of County Longford, Ireland were numerous. The lack of Irish birth, marriage and death records makes linking those families to a common ancestor difficult but not impossible.

This blog is designed to capture all records available from anyone who can trace their ancestry to the Morton families born in County Longford.

In order to do this I need your ancestors birth, marriage and death information and any other research that you or a researcher has undertaken into those families. Initially I will create categories to easily find information about the Morton families and their descendants.

DNA is a great took to link the descendant families who aren’t certain if their Morton families emigrated from Co Longford. While it cant pinpoint who the common ancestor is it can genetically link people. By sharing birth, marriage and death information we can use family trees to identify the common ancestor. If you are interested in taking a DNA test I would recommend you take the Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA – https://www.familytreedna.com/  

Once your results come back or if you have already tested at Ancestry, 23andMe etc please export those results to a Free website called Gedmatch. https://www.gedmatch.com This will allow you to compare your results to all four major testing companies so we can all compare our results

For privacy purposes I do not post information about living people.

About me:

I am a descendant of Elizabeth (Eliza) Morton who was born on 15 June 1841 in Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Morton 1815-1881 and Mary Fawcett 1813-1875. Thomas was the son of Edward Morton. Elizabeth emigrated to New Zealand and married Robert Searight 1841-1873 and had two children. Robert died in tragic circumstances (tree fell on him) and Elizabeth remarried to Moore Ellis Mawhinney. Elizabeth and Moore had six children before Moore died in tragic circumstances (drowning).

Loss of records: The Shrule records covering Baptisms 1727-1882, Marriages 1727-1846 and Burials 1795-1904 were destroyed in the fire in the Public Records Office in 1922. All that remains are Baptisms 1878-1931 and Marriages 1845-1999.

county-longfordMap of County Longford taken from google maps

Births/Baptisms

Abt 1811 Peter Henry Morton – possibly Toome, Taghashinny, Co Longford, Ireland.
Married: Harriett Gibson, in 1842, in Dublin.

12 Sep 1821, baptised 21 Sep 1821 James Morton son of Thomas and Anne Morton

April 1821 Thomas H Morton born in Ballymahon, Co Longford, Ireland. Son of William and Lizzie (Collins) Morton. Grandson of Edward Morton

13 Apr 1825, baptised 17 Apr 1825 Thomas Morton son of William and Margaret Morton

26 July 1837, baptised 10 Sep 1837 John Morton son of William and Ellen

15 June 1841, baptised 25 July 1841 Elizabeth daughter of Thomas and Mary Morton – (this is my line)

Marriages

19 February 1829 Elizabeth Morton marriage to Joseph Newcomen. Elizabeth signs with her X mark.

4 August 1836 William Morton marriage to Ellen Achmuty

8 August 1840 Thomas Morton marriage to Mary Fawcett (my line and each person has signed their name)

1842 Peter Henry Morton married Harriett Gibson, in 1842, in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Children:

  • John Morton born in 1843 in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Henry Morton in 1845, in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Laura Gertrude Morton in 1853 in Canada

13 December 1852 John Morton marriage to Anne Wallace (nee Johnston) in Templemichael. Johns fathers name was Thomas

16 January 1878 John Henry Morton marriage to Anne Cobban in the town of Drogheda. Johns fathers name was Thomas

Deaths

1811 Morton Family Headstone (reads)

Here lieth the remains of Thomas Morton, late of Toome, who departed this life 22 May 1811, aged 47 years.

Also his daughter Anne Morton departed this life 26th June 1811 aged 21 years.  Also his wife Jane departed this life 20th February 1846 aged 70 years.

Also his son John Morton who departed this life 11th February 1861 aged 56 years. Source: IGP

11 February 1864 John Morton who died in Abbeydarrig, Kenagh, Co Longford – the informant was Robert Armstrong – nephew of Creagh

6 June 1875 Mary Morton (nee Fawcett) died in Newcastle, Ballymahon, Co Longford – the informant was John Morton of Newcastle.

10 July 1881 Thomas Morton died 10 July 1881 in Newcastle, Ballymahon, Co Longford – the informant was Grace J Morton of Newcastle.

Thomas headstone read:

Church of Ireland Memorials
Ballymahon, County Longford
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In loving memory of our dear parents
Mary Morton, Newcastle, County Longford who died 6th June 1875, aged 62 years
Also her husband Thomas Morton, who died 10th July 1881, aged 66 years

23 Jun 1882 Joseph Morton died in Newtown, Flanagan, Co Longford – the informant was Eliza Lloyd of Newtown, Flanagan

Other records

County Longford voter list from 1792 showing Mortons.

morton-1792

Source: Transcribed by Thomas F Moffatt

1825 Thomas Morton – Ireland Tithe Applotment Books – Abbeyshrule, Tashiney, Longford, Ireland courtesy of Family Search.

1830 William Morton – Ireland Tithe Applotment Books – Tashiney, Longford, Ireland. Also John Morton of Toome, Longford, Ireland. Image courtesy of Family Search.

1842 Peter Henry Morton joined the RIC and resigned in 1849. Emigrated to Ontario in 1849. Sons John born in 1843 in Dublin and Henry in 1845, in Dublin. Possible. daughter in 1848 in Dublin.

Peter Morton

Enlisted:  1842

Film #:  856058

Page #:  111

5110     MORTON, Peter   31   11-Nov   Longford  Catholic     Mar[ried]  – Reserve, Waterford.

Reg. No.: 5110

Name: Peter Morton

Aged: 31

Height: 5 feet – 9 inches

Religion: Catholic

Married: 1 June 1852

Wife’s County: –

Previous Trade: –

Appointed: 11 November 1842″

John Morton

“Enlisted:  1832
Film #:  856057
Page #:  122
Reg. No.: 1438
Name: John Morton
Aged: 22
Height: 5 feet – 10 inches
Religion: Protestant
Married: 16 September 1835
Wife’s County: Westmeath
Previous Trade: Gardener
Appointed: 20 September 1832”

1854 Griffiths Valuation. John Morton in Taghsheenod, Longford, Ireland. Image source: Find My Past

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Finding my Great Grandfather

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gbhThe photo above is of my grandfather taken during World War II. He was a Private in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Infantry Brigade.

The purpose of this blog is to find my grandfathers biological father. Sometimes it takes a cast of thousands to help find ones family history and other times it takes one person to come forward with information that changes everything.

In 2013 I applied and received my grandfathers pre-adoptive birth record. This showed his mother was Beatrice May Clark and also told me where he was born.

My grandfather was born on the 3 April 1923 in the Salvation Army Bethany Maternity Hospital, 18 Kensington Street, Wellington City, New Zealand. When he was born his mother named him William Nahr Clark.

By great fortune a google search of Beatrice May Clark brought up a tantalising website. A short time later I emailed the website owner and introduced myself and through a few cautious emails discovered a new cousin and was put in touch with one of Beatrices other children – a half brother to my grandfather.

His biological mother Beatrice May Clark was born on the 27 December 1903 in Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand. Beatrice and her family moved to Westport, West Coast, New Zealand around 1908. Beatrice was the daughter of Frederick and May Elizabeth Morton Clark. Frederick (Fred) worked as a clerk and accountant and raised 5 children with May in Westport.

Beatrice grew up in Westport and when she left school she got a job at Bowater and Bryan as a typist. She was 18 years old when my grandfather was conceived making conception around July 1922 and 19 years old when she gave birth.

After Beatrice got pregnant her father found out and she was whisked off to Wellington and spent a few months in the Salvation Army maternity hospital prior to giving birth. The Salvation Army records section has letters from Fred Clark on file instructing the home not to let Beatrice have any contact with her best friend or other people from Westport including some of her own family members and a man named William Nahr nor allow her unsupervised visits out of the maternity home grounds. The Salvation Army records also state that Beatrice named my grandfathers biological father as William Nahr. As each stay in the maternity hospital was not government funded Beatrice was asked if she wanted the State to seek payment for her stay from William Nahr. She and her father declined and instead Fred Clark paid for her stay.

Within a few short days of being born my grandfather was adopted by a husband and wife from Waipukurau, Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. His name was changed at birth to Geoffrey Bernard Harker but his family knew him as Geoff. His adoptive parents were Cyril Geoffrey Edmund and Phyllis Carre Drinkwater Harker. Cyril was a respected politician and lawyer.

In the 1960s Geoff enlisted the help of a few friends and they drove down to the West Coast in search of his biological mother and father. They didn’t know the exact town so went to Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika hoping to find someone who could help him find his parents based on the information Cyril had told him that his mother was Mary Clark/Clarkson and father was a Nahr. They had a video camera and made a film about their trip. Unfortunately the footage doesn’t survive but the family stories from my uncles who have seen it showed that they had such a good time down there that one of Geoffs friends had to be taken by plane back to the North Island due to his injuries!

Geoff told his family a story that he saw someone who looked a lot like him on his trip but never approached him. He also contacted the Nahrs and was told to leave things be. The Nahrs dismissed the relationship and didn’t want anything to do with him. No record was kept of which Nahr family member he spoke to but I suspect it may have been William Nahr.

Unbeknownst to my grandfather Beatrice had died on 30 November 1950 in the Buller District Hospital, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand. While Geoff was searching he never knew she had died over a decade before.

Beatrice is buried at the Orowaiti middle cemetery. I have visited the family grave in Westport on two occasions.

From a few months earlier to not having any information except an old family story to suddenly having found his mothers family seemed like everything had aligned and I would now be able to solve what my grandfather never found.

I contacted a Nahr descendant and told the person my family story and how we linked to the Nahr family. She advised that there would be little interest in the story and that the people were aged and this news would be too shocking for them so that was another dead end.

A few months went by before I found another Nahr family member to contact. She was a journalist in Christchurch who put me in touch with her aunt who was interested in the family history. I told them my family story and curiously they had heard that William Nahr admitted to having a child before he got married. Although the name of the mother was different the similarities between the two stories was encouraging. Once again everything seemed to be aligning.

As part of my family history research I have attempted to prove everything via DNA testing from Family Tree DNA and through http://www.ancestry.com. FTDNA can show the direct male line back thousands of years via a YDNA test and can also show male and female relations via their Family Finder test. Ancestry looks at the male and female lines but the results are only good for 4-5 generations. I previously had two uncles take the YDNA and Family Finder tests to see if anyone genetically matched us. Unfortunately most results were from a few hundred years ago making modern connections difficult at best. The Nahrs offered to take a YDNA37 test and so I sat and waited 3 months for formal confirmation of the relationship.

Unfortunately the test showed that William Nahr wasn’t my grandfathers father. This was extremely disappointing news. I thought through all the variables – was my grandfather mixed up with another baby in the maternity hospital?, was the Nahr who took the DNA test a non biological son? Did the Nahrs not test an actual Nahr? Was Geoffs father someone else entirely than the person his mother named him after? Did the DNA company mix up the results?

In order to start clarifying some of these issues we tested my grandfathers half brother and established that Geoff was Beatrices son. To try and triangulate the Nahr results another one of the Nahr family offered to take the same YDNA37 test. A few months later that also came back as negative.

Given the similarities between my grandfather and one of the male Nahrs some of my family do not believe the DNA tests were done with the best intent. I choose to believe they were. The Nahrs I corresponded with were very helpful to me and shared their family information readily. As I was not there to administer the test there’s always going to be some doubts but if we accept that William Nahr was not the biological father we can try to find who the biological father was. Beatrice was very specific about naming my grandfather after William Nahr and also naming William as the father at the maternity hospital. She most likely told William Nahr he was the father as well.

Beatrice went to live with her sister and her sisters husband in Fielding, Manawatu in the 1920s. Little is known about her movements during this period until she appears in the 1928 electoral role. The record says Private Hospital, Fielding, Spinster. I’m assuming the private hospital is where she worked – if so, are there records of what she worked as?

The next record we have of her is in 1933 when she marries Ernest Edward Allan on the 1 October 1933 at the St Johns Anglican Church, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand. She had 3 children with Ernest before Ernest tragically died from yellow fever in Penang, Malaya just after the start of World War II. Beatrice and two of her children moved back to Westport. Her third child was already at school in Westport.

Five years later she met Edward Murdoch Mulqueen and they married and had one child together.

Out of respect for my grandfathers siblings Id ask anyone who knows the family to not contact them. They were never told any stories about a half brother nor that their mother had another child. They have been very supportive of me and very welcoming of my family.

I was fortunate enough to visit my 3 of my grandfathers 4 brothers and sisters in 2014 and 2015. They are all alive and well. My grandfather would have loved to have met his biological family.

Below is a photo of my grandfather marrying my grandmother on 21 Jun 1947 at the Church of St Michael and St John, Allardice Street, Dannevirke, Manawatu, New Zealand.geoff-getting-marriedWhat I need from you – the public – is any information which might help me find my grandfathers father – my great grandfather. If no one has any family stories then my only hope is for someone to genetically match us.

  • Did you parents/grandparents know Beatrice May Clark? If so do they remember anything about her which might help me?
  • Beatrices best friend lived in Westport much of her life. I have wondered if she had a family and spoke to her children of things long past.
  • I’d encourage people of Westport or whose families used to live or visit Westport in the 1920s to DNA test at http://www.ancestry.com or Family Tree DNA. Ancestry only has one type of DNA test whereas Family Tree DNA has multiple. If you are testing through Family Tree DNA start with the Family Finder test to see if there is a genetic connection to my family and we can go from there. The test is inexpensive at $79 USA plus $12.95 USA for postage. Start with the oldest member of your family first if you can. If you have already tested with www.ancestry.com or 23 and Me and have family from Westport who date back to the 1920s please consider uploading your test results to www.gedmatch.com Gedmatch is a FREE website where you can compare your results to people from multiple testing companies including those of my family. There are instructional guides on how to do this at Gedmatch. If you aren’t technically minded please contact me and I may be able to walk you through it. After you have uploaded your results you will be able to directly compare whether we are related or at the very least find some more of your own family and cousins. Beyond helping me this may spark a continued interest in your own family history! You can also upload your DNA results for free to My Heritage but their database is significantly smaller than ancestry.com which at last count had 5 million people DNA test.

Sadly, my grandfather died 14 years before I ever began my quest to find his family. He died in 1999 and was cremated and his ashes buried in the Paihia Cemetery, Paihia, Northland, New Zealand.

Geoff left behind a wife and 4 children who in 2016 are all still alive. His wife is 96 years old living in Hastings, Hawkes Bay and his children are also in Hastings, Tasmania and Adelaide, Australia

Geoff on the left of the image. Unknown male on the right of the image.

Geoff is in the middle of the image. Unknown males on the right and left.

Page Family of County Dublin, Ireland

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The origins of our Page family are obscure but the earliest records we can find place the family in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland.

William Page married Elizabeth (surname unknown). At this stage of my research I do not have their marriage date or place but based on their childrens baptisms this would have occurred around 1780.

They may have had other children but I have not found any other baptisms on www.irishgenealogy.ie/ than the four listed below:

  • Jeremiah Page 1782
  • Theophilus Page 1784-1837 married Margaret Cummins/Cummings.
  • William Page 1789
  • Sarah Page 1790

The first of their children born was Jeremiah Page who was baptised on 29 September 1782 at St Pauls Church, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Jeremiah Page baptism 1782The second of their children born was Theophilus Page who was baptised on 29 September 1782 at St Pauls Church, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Theophilus Page baptism 1784The third of their children was William Page who was baptised on 1 May 1789 at St Pauls Church, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

William Page baptism 1789The fourth of their children born was Sarah Page who was baptised on 2 May 1790 at St Pauls Church, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Sarah Page baptism 1790At this stage of my research I have only found information about my direct ancestor Theophilus Page.

Theophilus married Margaret Cummins/Cummings in 1814. We have this date from the Dublin, Ireland, Probate Record and Marriage License Index, 1270-1858. At this stage I haven’t found the original record. If you can find this record please Contact Me using the form at the bottom of this post.

40271_B092804-00857Theophilus and Margaret had at least three children:

  • Margaret Page
  • Mary Anne (Anna) Page
  • William Henry Page

The following record states that on the 6 October 1825 Theophilus Page is listed as a petitioner. The date relates to the date of the petition being received, not the actual marriage date.

Theophilus Page marriageIn 1829 Theophilus Page was listed in The Treble Almanac as a Salt Merchant of Ringsend.

Theophilus Page The Treble Almanac 1829In 1835 Theophilus Page was listed as a merchant in Thorncastle-Street, Ringsend in Pettigrew and Oulton, the Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland.

Theophilus Page in Pettigrew and Oulton, The Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1835 ImageIn the same Alamanc in 1835 is is listed as a Salt Manufacturer and Coal Stores.

Theophilus Page Pettigrew and Oulton, The Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1835 Image Theophilus Page - Pettigrew and Oulton, The Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1835 ImageTheophilus Page died on 6 Mar 1837 in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland and was buried on 8 Mar 1837 in St Marks, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. Unfortunately there are very few headstones left in the cemetery as the church ground was sold, many of the headstones removed and some of the burial area is now under a car park.

Theophilus Page Death Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail 11 March 1837The record of Theophilus burial is listed under his wifes name. Theophilus wife outlived him and was mentioned in family letters as dying in 1856.

Theophilus Page burial 1837

 The descendants of Theophilus Page

Margaret Page 1818-1859 was born around 1818 but we have not found her baptism to confirm this date.

Margaret Page married John Wynn McGaveston 1798-1846 on 15 Sep 1842 at St Peters, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. Johns occupation was listed as Surgeon in the East India Company Service. Margaret was a spinster. Both John and Margaret were living in Rathgar. The witnesses were M.A Page and M.F Shaw. M.A Page is likely to be Margaret sister Mary Anna Page.

John McGaveston marriage 1842 Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent 17 September 1842 Source findmypast. Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent 17 September 1842

John McGaveston marriage 1842 - Dublin Morning Register 17 September 1842Source findmypast. Dublin Morning Register 17 September 1842

John and Margarets children were:

  • John Cornwall McGaveston 1844-1925
  • Charles Wynn McGaveston 1845-1855.

The birth of John Cornwall McGaveston was recorded in one of the Dublin newspapers in 1844.

John Cornwall McGaveston birth 1844Source findmypast. Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail – Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

John was a surgeon in the East India Company. He died prematurely in Dublin, County Dublin, on 18 June 1846 leaving Margaret and the two boys. John was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery.

Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland

To the Memory | of | JOHN McGAVESTON | Late Surgeon 2nd Bengal Artillery | Died June 3rd 1846 | aged 49 years | And NICHOLAS McGAVESTON Esq | who died 19 March 1883 aged 80 | Also JOSEPH S. MARTIN | Died 2nd July 1887 aged 47

396 copyPhoto taken by Yvonne Russell in July 2014

After John Wynn McGaveston died his wife Margaret McGaveston (nee Page) traveled to New Zealand aboard the Mariner in 1850 with her two sons and Reverend Robert John Lloyd.

The Mariner sailed from London on 4 April 1850 with 172 passengers for Wellington, Nelson, New Plymouth and Otago. The ship arrived in Nelson 20 September 1850.

One family story is she met Rev Lloyd in Ireland and they decided to move out to New Zealand. The ships manifest listed Margaret as Mrs Lloyd. This may have afforded her some protection from other passengers and crew during the voyage. However the ships register has a note which says Margaret McGaverstone married Rev Lloyd before they sailed from England. This may indicate they shared a cabin together.

Once Margaret and Robert got to New Zealand they married on 14 November 1850 in the Wakefield Church, Wakefield, New Zealand. Margaret would have already been nearly 2 months pregnant at this time. On 19 June 1851 Margaret and Roberts Lloyds first son Bartholomew Lloyd was born.

Margaret and Robert had five children:

  • Bartholomew Lloyd 1851-1923
  • Anna Lloyd 1852-1933
  • Margaretta Lloyd 1855-1856
  • Matilda (Tillie) Lloyd 1857-1920
  • Charles Lloyd 1859-1859

According to Margarets family in Ireland they did not want her to marry Rev Lloyd. Margaret became estranged from her family and did not hear from them again during her short life – something her Irish family was deeply saddened about.

Her mother and sister continued to try and contact her while she was alive and when they were unsuccessful they contacted the postmaster who confirmed the letters were being received by Margarets husband Rev Lloyd but were not passed on.

This information was sourced from letters that were written to Margarets son John Cornwall McGaveston in the 1880s which I have seen transcribed copies of in 2015.

Mrgaret Page Colonist, Volume II, Issue 158, 26 April 1859, Page 2This is one of the few mentions of Margaret Page. The article states she died on 18 April 1959 but her death certificate says 19 April 1959. Image courtesy of Papers Past. Colonist, Volume II, Issue 158, 26 April 1859, Page 2.

Unfortunately no one knows exactly where Margaret is buried. Some sources state Riwaka and others Pangatotara and neither source can identify the burial ground.

The children of Margaret Page

Margarets first child John Cornwall McGaveston married twice and had 17 children between the two wives.

John Cornwall McGaveston 1844-1925 and Mary Anne Whites children:

  • Henry McGaveston 1862– unknown. We have been unable to find what happened to Henry, Can you help?
  • Robert McGaveston 1863-1876
  • Margaret McGaveston 1865-1939 married Wallace Edward Fairhall 1864-1954
  • Amelia (Millie) McGaveston 1866-1956
  • Sarah McGaveston 1868-1944
  • John Cornwall McGaveston 1870-1895
  • Charles Winford McGaveston 1871-1945 married to Ada Materoa Cuff 1872-1919
  • Alfred McGaveston 1873-1952 married twice. The first time to Marie Atlantia Christensen 1872-1917 then to Catherine Mary Malpas 1884-1980
  • Mary McGaveston 1875-1912 married Christopher Piesse 1874-1968

After Mary Anne in 1876 died John Cornwall McGaveston and Penelope Dean Wallis children:

  • Dean Wallis McGaveston 1878-1929 married Bertha Miriam Hunt 1879-1935
  • Theophilus Page McGaveston 1879-1959 married Mildred Eleanor Hewetson 1877-1970
  • Nicholas Arthur (Arthur) McGaveston 1881-1937 married Frances Eleanor Burrell 1885-1968
  • Theodora (Dora) McGaveston 1883-1968
  • Anna Lake McGaveston 1885-1974
  • Clara Evelyn (Evelyn) McGaveston 1887-1978 married Eugene Ronald Cook 1882-1951
  • Samuel Ralph (Ralph) McGaveston 1889-1961
  • William Hilton (Hilton) McGaveston 1892-1975 married Ivy Getrude Tillson 1892-1983

The second child of Theophilus Page was Mary Anne (Anna) Page married Henry Stephenson on 23 Feb 1846 at St Peters Church, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

The Witnesses were William Singleton and Thomas Snowe

Mary Anna Page marriage 1846Source: www.irishgenealogy.ie/

Henry Stephenson and Anna Page Marriage  in 1846

Henry Stephenson and Anna Page Marriage Cork Examiner 2 March 1846Source: Papers Past :Cork Examiner 2 March 1846

Henry Stephenson marriage Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current 27 February 1846Source Papers Past:  Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current 27 February 1846

They had at least two children:

  • Arthur George Stephenson 1847-?
  • Margaretta Theodosia Stephenson 1849-1935

Arthur George Stephenson Baptism 1847Arthur George Stephenson was born 7 August 1847 in Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland.

I have not been able to find any further records of Arthur. He may have died as an infant.

Margaretta was born 13 April 1849 at Wallingford, Rathgar, Ireland which was the McGaveston family home and baptised on 13 June 1849 at St Peters Church, Dublin, Ireland.

Margaretta Theodosia Stephenson baptism 1849Margaretta did not have any family. She died on 31 Dec 1935 at 8 Fitzwilliam Terrace, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Mary Anne (Anna) Stephenson died on 7 Apr 1895 at 8 Fitzwilliam Terrace, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

I cannot find any trace of Henry Stephensons baptism or death. There is some evidence that he abandoned his family.

In 1836 Henry was appointed accountant of the Armagh Branch of the Agricultural and Commercial Bank.

Henry Stephenson Belfast Commercial Chronicle 9 November 1836Source: Papers Past – Belfast Commercial Chronicle 9 November 1836

Henry Stephenson was living in 10 Dawson Street, Dublin. This is the same location that his cousins the Trulocks lived.

Henry Stephenson Farmer's Gazette and Journal of Practical Horticulture 8 June 1850Source Papers Past: Farmer’s Gazette and Journal of Practical Horticulture 8 June 1850

Henry Stephenson and his wifes brother both were connected to the building of the Geelong and Ballarat Railway in Victoria, Australia.

Henry Stephenson 1856The last record I can find of Henry Stephenson is in November 1856 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Henrys residences appear to be Melbourne and 6 Grosvenor Street West Eaton Square, London, England.

William Henry Page and Henry Stephenson - Saunders's News-Letter 15 November 1856Source: Trove – Saunders’s News-Letter 15 November 1856

Theophilus Pages third child was William Henry Page

Like his father William ran the Salt Making business at Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin, Ireland. The Salt making business faced strong challenges from merchants importing cheaper salt which may have pushed William out of business or necessitated a change of business.

William married Joanna Quinlan in 1838 in Dublin, Ireland

They had at least 4 children. The fifth child Anna is unconfirmed. She is buried in the Page family vault but I have not found a baptism for her to William and Joanna Page:

  • William John Page
  • Mary Genevieve Page
  • Clarinda (Clara) Evelyn Page
  • Unknown Page 1850-? (This childs birth was mentioned in the newspaper but may have died before he/she was baptised)
  • Anna Martha (Nannie) Page

 

Seawrights of County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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The Seawrights of County Londonderry, Northern Ireland have a history stretching back at least 300 years. Some of the name variants (Searights/Seerights/Sewrights/Serights/Sayright) have been used interchangeably until more recently where the surname has become standardised by different lines of descendants.

Ive created this webpage to encourage family members from the various descendant lines to contribute information about their Seawright ancestors from County Londonderry. If you have something to contribute please Contact Me. Any United States based families who may have kept family bibles dating back to the 1760s may be able to definitively link various family lines so I would like to encourage you to Contact Me.

At this stage It is just a mass of peoples names, birth, baptism, marriage and burial and death dates where I have found them. Some I have purchased, some have been researched previously and some records I have found on the net or have been emailed to me by other family history researchers. I have also added census, tithe, Will and emigration records. If you have more records please Contact Me.

This is a work in progress.

About Me:

My own Seawright family descends from John Searight via his son William Searights marriage to Rose Smyth. Their son Robert Seawright moved to New Zealand in the 1860s via Australia. Robert, his sister Catherine and brother Andrew Seawright all moved to New Zealand over a 10 year period. There is good evidence to show that Williams father was John Seawright and the Will referred to further down this page is a strong indicator of the link. We dont know who William Seawrights mother was. There is a James Seawright mentioned in John Seawrights Will who may be another son of Williams or one of his brothers children.

William Seawright may have been named after his father but was known as William throughout his short life. John William Seawright known and referred to here as William.

I have a blog about my New Zealand families here:

These were the surviving children of William Seawright and Rose Smyth.

  • John 1838-1901 married Ellen Knipe 1834-1890
  • Charlotte 1840-1924 married James Mackerell 1837-1869
  • Robert 1841-1873 married Elizabeth Morton 1841-1899
  • Andrew 1843-1899 married Lucy Spring 1854-1894
  • Mary 1851-1869
  • Catherine 1852-1935 married Robert Patterson 1838-1903

The Australian Seawrights moved from County Londonderry to Australia in the 1880s and 1890s. The Australians descend from John Seawright and Ellen Knipe.

In 2016 the Australian Seawrights and New Zealand Seawright descendants took Genealogy DNA tests to confirm that we are from the same family line which begins with William Seawright and Rose Smyth. We tested through Family Tree DNA based in the United States. We took two tests – the Family Finder test which looks at your male and female ancestral lines and the YDNA or direct male line test.

It is likely that William and Rose married in the Bellaghy Church around 1837 and their children were also baptised there. Unfortunately the records were destroyed in the 1922 Irish ‘fire’ in Dublin. If you know of any other sources for these records please Contact Me (there is a Contact Me form at the bottom of this webpage).

DNA Testing to prove/disprove linkages between the descendant families

The second purpose of this webpage is to encourage male Seawright descendants with the Seawright surname (or variants) to DNA test through Family Tree DNA to link the families in Canada, United States, Australia, Ireland and other places around the world. The purpose of this is to see if we are genetically related and to definitely link the Seawrights who have speculated or only have old family stories that their families have come from County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The YDNA test traces the direct male line back 160,000 years and if there is a common ancestor the test will show that. Obviously for genealogy purposes we only need the results to show the last few hundred years. The importance of having a direct male line family member take the test rather than one who has been adopted into the family is paramount. If any of the Seawrights descendants from County Down and County Antrim want to test this may prove/disprove any relationship. Currently there are two other Serights/Sewrights from the USA who we match to. Both have their origins in County Londonderry as their earliest known ancestors are from there.

Some names appear in the following records because they were born, married or died in County Londonderry. These people may have been born, married or died elsewhere. Marcus R Searight for example appears to have been born outside of Londonderry but has been included because his children were born in Londonderry.

William Beath Searight may be another family line born outside the county who emigrated for work purposes.

If you know the death date and place of Rose McIntyre nee Seawright nee Smyth please Contact Me.

Acknowledgements:

I have had a growing number of people contribute to the Seawright family project. Some would like to remain anonymous so I thank those people for their contribution to the Seawright family history.

  • Robert (Frank) Seawright – An Australian Seawright descendant.
  • Kenneth Moravec – An Australian Seawright descendant.
  • Dave Bradley

If I have missed acknowledging you please let me know.

Births/Baptisms:

13 May 1805 (Baptism) Jean Searight at Searight town, Ballyscullion. Daughter of David Searight. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90. Residence listed as Craignahorn, Ballywillin.

20 June 1807 (Baptism) Andrew Searight at Ballymacombs. Son of Andrew Searight. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

2 Sep 1809 (Baptism) Betty Searight of Ballymacombs. Daughter of Andrew Searight. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

11 May 1811 (Baptism) James Searight of Ballymacombs. Son of Andrew Searight. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

9 April 1813 (Baptism) Jean Searight of Ballymacombs. Daughter of Andrew Searight. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

4 May 1813 (Baptism) Andrew Searight of Ballymacombs. Son of Andrew Searight and Hannah McCullogh. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

9 July 1814 (Baptism) John Searight of Ballymacombs. Son of Andrew Searight and Hannah McCullogh. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

13 December 1815 (Baptism) Hanna Searight of Ballymacombs. Daughter of Andrew Searight and Hannah McCullogh. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

1824 John Smyth at Tamnadace. Son of Matty Seawright and John Smyth. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

1826 Elizabeth Smyth at Tamnadace. Daughter of Matty Seawright and John Smyth. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

1828 James Smyth at Tamnadace. Son of Matty Seawright and John Smyth. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

1830 Thomas Smyth at Tamnadace. Son of Matty Seawright and John Smyth. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

1832 Stewart Smyth at Tamnadace. Son of Matty Seawright and John Smyth. Castledawson Presbyterian Church register, PRO Mic 1P/90

9 July 1839 James John Searight at Magherafelt. Son of William Beath Seawright and Matilda. Records of Magherafelt Church of Ireland, PRONI MIC1/1/A1

21 July 1843 Georgina Searight at Magherafelt. Daughter of William Beath Seawright and Mary. Records of Magherafelt Church of Ireland, PRONI MIC1/1/A1

20 April 1850 Marcus Searight of Coleraine. Son of Marcus Searight and Mary Jane Knox. Baptised 12 August 1855 at Coleraine Parish.

15 January 1857 James Searight. Son of Marcus Searight and Mary Jane Knox. Baptised 3 May 1857 at First Coleraine Parish.

26 June 1864 John Mackerell at Mulaghboy. Father James Mackerell. Mother Charlotte Sewright. FHL Film Number: 101090

11 December 1865 Robert Seawright at Ballymacombs. Father John Seawright – farmer. Mother: Ellen Seawright (formerly Knipe). Registered by John Seawright – father.

15 January 1866 Mary Eliza Searight at Eglinton. Father’s Name: Marcus Searight
Mother’s Name:  Mary Jane Knox

23 March 1866 Margaret Seawright at Mullaghboy. Mother: Mary Seawright of Mullaghboy. Registered by Rosey McAteer – present at birth.

18 April 1866 Martha Mackerel at Mullaghboy. Father James Mackerell – a farmer. Mother Charlotte Mackerel (formerly Seawright). Registered by Charlotte Mackerel.

18 December 1866 Ellen Seawright at Ballymacombs. Father John Seawright – farmer. Mother: Ellen Seawright (formerly Knipe). Registered by John Seawright – father.

18 January 1868 Eliza Sewright at Ballymacombs. Father John Seawright. Mother: Ellen Seawright (formerly Knipe). Registered by John Seawright – father.

5 Feb 1868 David Seawright at Eglinton. Father Marcus Searight. Mother Mary Jane Knox. Source: Emerald Ancestors

3 July 1868 Rachel Mackerl at Mulaghboy. Father James Mackerell. Mother Charlotte Senright. FHL Film Number: 101090

11 April 1869 Joseph Sewright at Ballymacombs. Father John Seawright. Mother: Ellen Seawright (formerly Knipe). Registered by John Seawright – father.

30 Jul 1869 Thomas Johnston birth Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (father David Johnston, mother Florence Florinda McAnary)

19 Nov 1869 Henry Seawright at Eglinton. Father Marcus Searight. Mother Mary Jane Knox. Registration Quarter and Year 1869, Registration District  Londonderry
Volume Number  17, Page Number 200

29 Apr 1870 John McCracken at Maghera. Father Hugh McCracken. Mother Margaret Seawright.

7 September 1870 May Elizabeth Morton Searight at Brighton, Charleston, Buller, New Zealand. Father Robert Searight. Mother Elizabeth Morton.

26 October 1870 Mathew James Johnston birth in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (father David Johnston, mother Florence Florinda McAnary)

13 October 1871 Catherine Seawright at Ballymacombs. Father John Seawright. Mother: Ellen Seawright (formerly Knipe). Registered by John Seawright – father.

14 December 1871 Robert Edward Ernest Morton Seawright. Brighton, Charleston, Buller, New Zealand. Father Robert Searight. Mother Elizabeth Morton.

1 Apr 1872 Mary Johnston birth in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (father David Johnston, mother Florence Florinda McAnary)

08 May 1872 Mary Ann McCracken at Maghera. Father Hugh McCracken. Mother Margaret Seawright.

19 Aug 1872 Joseph Seawright at Londonderry. Father Marcus Searight. Mother Mary Jane Knox. Source: Emerald Ancestors

18 Jun 1874 Andrew Adams at Kilrea. Father: John Adams. Mother Mary Anne Seawright.

26 March 1875 Ann Sewright at Ballymacombs. Father John Seawright – farmer. Mother Ellen Seawright (formerly Knipe). Registered by John Seawright – father.

28 March 1878 James Seawright at Derrynaflaw. Father John Seawright – a blacksmith. Mother Mary Mills. Dungiven Parish.

16 June 1881 Sarah Jane Seawright at Ballymacombs. Mother: Mary Anne Seawright a farmers daughter. Registered by Sarah Ann Dickson – present at birth.

28 November 1908 Nellie Seawright at Ballymacombs. Mother: Sarah Jane Seawright a Labourer. No father is listed. Registered by Nancy Chisney – present at birth.

Marriages:

4 March 1811 Andrew Searight marries Hanna McCullogh at Castledawson. The witnesses were James Vance and Nathanel McCullogh.

12 May 1819 Kathy Searight married John Smyth at Castledawson. The witness was Jenny Gibson.

4 October 1842 in Ballymacarrett Church, by the Rev. Thomas Leonard, A.M., Wm. Breath Searight Esq., Maherafelt, to Mary, eldest daughter of Wm. Radcliff, Esq., Ballymacarrett.

13 May 1847 Andrew Seright married Margaret McMillin at Bellaghy Parish Church. Andrew was a bachelor of full age living at Ballymacombs. His father is listed as David Seright – a farmer. Margaret McMillin a spinster of full age is living at Ballymacombs. Margarets father listed as William McMillin – a farmer. Witnesses were: John McMillin and Robert Rankin.

26 June 1851 Marcus R Searight married Mary Jane Knox at Dunluce Presbyterian Church. Marcus was of full age, a bachelor and policeman of Coleraine. He was the son of Edward Searight – a farmer. Mary Jane Knox was a spinster of full age of Coleraine. Marys father was Eagleson Knox a hotel keeper.

02 Oct 1857 Rose Seawright married John McIntyre at Bellaghy Parish. Rose of full age, a widow of Ballymacombs. Rose father was John Smyth – a farmer. John McIntyre of full age, a widower and farmer of Ballymacombs. Johns father was John McIntyre – a farmer. Witnesses were William Fleming and Solomon McIntyre.

Note: Rose was previously married to William Seawright who is the progenitor of the Australia and New Zealand Seawrights.

16 Oct 1857 John Seeright married Ellen Knipe/Snipe at Kilrea Parish. John was a bachelor and farmer living at Ballymacombs. He was also listed as a minor. He was the son of William Seeright – a farmer. Ellen Knipe was of full age and a spinster living at Moyknock. She was the daughter of John Knipe – a farmer. The witnesses were Stuart Lindsay and Joseph Knipe.

Children:

  • William James Seawright 1858-1935
  • John Seawright 1860-1899
  • Thomas Seawright 1862-1930
  • Robert Seawright 1865-1927
  • Ellen Seawright 1866-?
  • Andrew Seawright 1868?-1961
  • Eliza Seawright 1868
  • Joseph Seawright 1869-1911
  • Charlotte Seawright 1870-1901
  • Catherine Seawright 1871-1915
  • Ann Seawright 1875-?
  • Sarah Ellen Seawright 1879-1945

03 Jun 1858 Charlotte Searight married James Mackerell at Ballyscullion. Charlotte was 18, a spinster of Ballymacombs. Her father William Seawright was a farmer. James was 21, a bachelor and farmer of Mullaghboy. James father’s name was  John Mackerell – a farmer. The witnesses were Robert Johnson and James Smyth.

Charlotte and the children emigrated to the USA after the death of James. The children were:

  • Sarah Mackerell 1861-1894
  • John Mackerell 26 June 1864-1934 married Lavinia Judd 1870-1938
  • Martha Mackerell 18 April 1866 – 1954 married Randolph Nelson Blodgett 1876-1949
  • Rachel Mackerell 3 July 1868 – 1954

14 September 1858 James Sewright married Elizabeth Sloss at Magherafelt. James was full age, a bachelor and farmer from Ballymacombs. James father was James Seright – farmer. Elizabeth was full age, a spinster of Ballymulderg.  Elizabeths father was Joseph Sloss – a farmer. The witnesses were Mary Sloss and Robert Boyd. Registration district Magherafelt, Volume 7, Page 809. Source: Find My Past

6 June 1865 David Seawright marries Margaret Burnside at Castledawson Presbyterian Church. David was a bachelor of full age of Ballyscullion – a farmer. Davids father listed as David Seawright – a farmer. Margaret Burnside a spinster of full age living at Kilberry. Margarets father listed as William Burnside – a farmer. Witnesses were: John Burnside and Sarah Burnside.

3 July 1868 Robert Searight marries Elizabeth Morton at the Residence of Rev Joseph White, Charleston, Nelson-Marlborough, New Zealand

Children:

  • May Elizabeth Morton Searight 1870-1960
  • Robert Edward Ernest Morton Searight 1871-1960

7 July 1868 David Johnston marries Florinda McAnary at the Parish of Desertmartin. David was of full age, a bachelor and farmer of Mullaghboy. Davids father was Thomas Johnstone a farmer. Florinda was of full age a spinster of Luney. Florindas father was Matthew McAnary a farmer. The witnesses were William Crossett and Florinda McLean.

Children:

  • Thomas Johnston 1869-1951
  • Matthew James Johnston 1870-1952
  • Mary Johnston 1872-1957

24 March 1869 Andrew Searight married Lucy Spring at the Swan Hotel, Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand.

Children:

  • Joseph Frederick Searight 1873-1946 married Frances Olive Trower 1888-1932
  • Maud Josephine Mary Searight 1875-1913 married Arthur Archie Adams
  • Ernest Searight 1877-1902
  • Henry Searight 1877-1878
  • Robert Searight 1880-1975 married Annie Elizabeth Connor 1881-1976
  • Charlotte Mary Searight 1882-1968 married John Henry Hicks

30 April 1869 Margaret Seawright marries Hugh McCracken at St Conlus Church of Ireland, Termoneeny. Margaret was of full age, a spinster of Knockloughrim. John Seawright listed as her father – a labourer. Hugh was of full age, a bachelor and butcher of Carricknakielt. James McCracken listed as his father – a farmer. Witnesses were William KcKeown and Thomas Shiels.

Children:

  • John McCracken 29 April 1870
  • Mary Ann McCracken 8 May 1872
  • Margaret Jane McCracken 15 April 1875

2 Jan 1871 Catherine Searight marries Robert Patterson at Brighton, West Coast, New Zealand

Children:

  • John Patterson 1871-1953
  • James Patterson 1873-1950
  • Robert Patterson  1874-1961
  • William Patterson  1875-1941
  • Anabella Patterson 1876-1944
  • Catherine Patterson 1878-1954
  • Isaac Patterson  1879-1936
  • Mary Ann Patterson  1881-1947
  • Hugh Patterson  1881-1961
  • Thomas Searight Patterson 1885-1976
  • David Patterson 1887-1918
  • Henry Patterson 1889-?

31 July 1873 Mary Anne Seright marries John Adams at Bellaghy Church. Mary Ann a spinster of Ballymacombs of full age. Andrew Seright is her father – a farmer. John Adams of Moy, a bachelor. Samuel Adams is the father – a farmer. Witnesses were James Adams and James ?

Children:

  • Andrew Adams born 18 June 1874
  • Samuel Adams 29 March 1878
  • Sarah Adams 30 January 1880
  • Hugh Adams 23 February 1882
  • William Adams 2 January 1884
  • John Adams 21 September 1886
  • Robert Adams 6 March 1889
  • Margaret Adams 6 December 1891
  • Mary Adams 28 June 1894

18 June 1891 James Seawright marries Ann Henderson at Castledawson Presbyterian Church. James a widower and labourer of Tamlaghtduff. James father was Robert Seawright – a farmer. Ann Henderson a spinster of full age of Tamlaghtduff. William Henderson is her father – a farmer. Witnesses were John Graham and Martha McNeill.

16 April 1892 May Elizabeth Morton Searight married Frederick Clark at St Stephens Parsonage, Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand

Children:

  • Olivia Latonia De Courcy Clark 7 November 1892
  • Eileen Mabel Clark 23 February 1894
  • Ethel Elizabeth Clark 10 January 1897
  • Morton Leslie James Clark 10 May 1899
  • Beatrice May Clark 27 December 1903
  • Fawcett Seddon Clark 30 August 1905

21 Mar 1893 Margaret Ellen Seawright married Robert Simpson Walker at Dungiven Presbyterian Church. Margaret was a spinster living at Dungiven. She was the daughter of John Seawright a labourer. Robert was a railway worker living at Coleraine. He was a bachelor and the son of John Walker a farmer. The witnesses were Annie Walker and John Seawright.

Children:

  • Mary Walker 3 January 1894
  • Robert Walker 22 February 1895
  • Margaret Walker 12 April 1897
  • Lily Walker 9 June 1905
  • Susan Walker 2 March 1910

5 December 1895 Robert Searight married Margaret Ferguson at Dungiven Presbyterian Church in the Parish of Dungiven, Civil District Newtown Limavady, County Londonderry. Robert was a bachelor living at Dungiven. He was the son of John Searight a labourer. Margaret was a spinster living at Straid Hill. Her father was Joseph Ferguson a farmer. The witnesses were John Searight and Jane Ferguson.

01 May 1899 Matthew James Johnston married Florence Hind Saunders in Roma, Queensland, Australia.

Children:

  • Lionel Saunders Johnston 1900-1978
  • Gordon David Johnston 1903-?
  • Allan Matthew Johnston 1906-1948

4 May 1899 James Seawright married Margaret Thompson at Bovevagh Church of Ireland. James was a bachelor living at Owenbeg. James father was John Seawright a shoemaker. Margaret was a spinster living at Gortgarn. Margarets father was Edward Thompson a labourer. The witnesses were Alexander Thompson and Betty Mawhinnie.

3 Jul 1901 Mary Johnston married Sidney Charles Luck at St. Pauls, Mackay, Queensland, Australia.

Children:

  • Florinda Luck 1902-1935
  • Norman Collin Luck 1904-1937
  • David Johnston Luck 1905-1979
  • Olive Mary Luck 1910-1994
  • Gwenneth Moya Luck 1914-1961

12 April 1909 Sarah Jane Seawright married John Russell at Bellaghy Church. Sarah a spinster, age 27 of Ballymacombs, Bellaghy. No father listed. John Russell a bachelor, age 29 of Ballymacombs, Bellaghy. Johns father listed as William Russell – Labourer. Witnesses David James Vance and Mary Elizabeth Vance.

Children:

  • William Russell born 3 April 1910 in Ballymacombs
  • Henry Russell 4 July 1911 in Ballymacombs
  • Robert Russell 19 March 1913 in Ballymacombs
  • Elizabeth Russell 30 November 1914

24 May 1927 Robert Seawright married Mary Jane Reilly at Cumber Upper Presbyterian Church. Robert was a bachelor living at Straidhill Park. Roberts father was John Seawright a blacksmith. Mary was a spinster living at Moyse Limavady. Marys father was William Reilly a farmer. The witnesses were Samuel Craig and Maggie Murphy.

Deaths and Burials

1835 Matilda Seawright. Inscription: SEAWRIGHT [Granite slab] Erected by William Blath Seawright in memory of his beloved wife Matilda who died …. [1835] aged [21] years. Graveyard: Magherafelt 1st Pres, Magherafelt, County Londonderry. Source: http://www.ancestryireland.com

31 March 1866 David Seright at Ballyscullion. Age 54, married and a farmer. Witnessed by Jane Seright present at death.

2 May 1867 Thomas Johnston (husband of Mary Seawright) at Mullaghboy, Ballyscullion. He was a widower and the death was certified by his son Seawright Johnston. His death certificate states he was 68 years old making his birth around 1799.

8 December 1867 Martin Seewright at Ballyscullion. Age 64 years a bachelor and farmer. Jane Seewright of Ballyscullion present at death.

28 Dec 1868 Mary Eliza Searight at Eglinton. Age 3. Father Marcus Searight of Eglinton present at death.

4 January 1869 David Searight. Born in the same year he died. Event Type  Death
Event Date  1869, Event Place  Londonderry, Ireland, Registration Quarter and Year  1869, Registration District  Londonderry, Age  0, Birth Year (Estimated)  1869
Volume Number  2, Page Number  172

7 January 1869 Edward Searight. Event Type  Death, Event Date  1869, Event Place  Londonderry, Ireland, Registration Quarter and Year  1869, Registration District  Londonderry, Age  6, Birth Year (Estimated)  1863, Volume Number  2, Page Number  172

13 August 1873 Robert Searight at Grey River Hospital, Greymouth, Westcoast, New Zealand

29 January 1878 Jane Seawright at Ballyscullion. Age 29 years, a spinster and daughter of a labourer. Witnessed by Jane Seawright who was present at death.

9 April 1878 Andrew Seawright at Ballymacombs. Age 74 years, married and a farmer. Witnessed by John Adams who was present at death.

1 February 1884 Jane Searight at Ballymacombs. Age 62 years, a widow of a farmer. Witnessed by Eliza Searight – daughter, present at death.

2 February 1889 Andrew Seawright at Devils Creek, Reefton, Buller, West Coast, New Zealand

27 Dec 1898 Marcus Seawright at Poyntzpass, Co Armagh. Source: Emerald Ancestors. Marcus moved from Co Londonderry.

6 April 1890 Eliza Searight at Ballymulderg. Age 65 years, married wife of James Searight – a farmer. Witnessed by Robert ?ross present at death – brother?

18 February 1900 Margaret Seawright at Ballymacombs. Age 96, a widow and housekeeper. Witnessed by Mary Ann Adams present at death. (Wife of Andrew Seawright who died in 1878)

26 Jun 1902 Annie Seawright at Poyntzpass, Co Armagh. Source: Emerald Ancestors. Annie moved from Co Londonderry.

5 Aug 1902 William Seawright at Poyntzpass, Co Armagh. Source: Emerald Ancestors. William moved from Co Londonderry.

29 Mar 1903 David Johnston died at Mackay Gaol, Mackay, Queensland, Australia.

26 February 1908 Seawright Johnston at Mullaghboy, widower aged 70 years and a farmer. Joseph Johnston (his nephew) was present at his death and signed with his x. Joseph was from Mullaghboy.

12 August 1914 Ann Seawright at Bellaghy.  Age 71 years, a widow of a farmer. Witnessed by John Daws brother in law present at death.

1917 Mary Seawright. Birth year 1847, Age at death 70, Registered year 1917, Registered quarter/year  Apr – Jun 1917, Registration district Coleraine, Volume  1,
Page  335

7 July 1918 Eliza Seawright at Ballymacombs. Age 72 years, a spinster. Witnessed by Sarah J Russell, niece, present at death.

17 June 1922 Martin Seawright at Ballymacombs. Age 72, a bachelor and farmer. Witnessed by Sarah J Russell – niece present at death.

24 April 1924 Charlotte McKrell at Binghampton, Broome, New York, USA. (Charlotte McKrell/Mackerell nee Seawright – wife of James Mackerell. Her birth date is listed as 4 July 1847 but this is unlikely as she would have been 11 when she married James Mackerell).

7 March 1925 Margaret Seawright (nee Ferguson) wife of Robert Seawright aged 77 years. Banagher Presbyterian Church County Londonderry. In this Church Graveyard there is a headstone on the grave of Margaret Ferguson, wife of Robert Seawright. The following is a transcript of the headstone on the History from the Headstones website:

SEAWRIGHT In memory of Margaret FERGUSON, beloved wife of Robert Seawright, Straid, died 7th March 1925, aged 77 years.

30 April 1948 Allan Mathew Johnston in Gympie, Queensland, Australia. Lionel Saunders Johnston was the witness.

13 October 1952 Mathew James Johnston in Clayfield, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Gordon David Johnston was the witness.

1 November 1954 Rachel McKrell at the Binghampton State Hospital, Binghampton, New York, USA. (Rachel was the daughter of James Mackerell and Charlotte Seawright)

26 September 1957 Mary Luck nee Johnston in Warwick, Queensland, Australia. Norman Collin Luck was the witness.

10 July 1978 Lionel Saunders Johnston in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Alan David Johnston was the witness.

The following are references to the Seawright families listed chronologically

Will 5 October 1758 (abridged)

On 11 October 1748 Andrew Seright of Ballymacombs in the Parish of Ballyscullion bequeathed to his son Martin Seright half of his land in Ballymacombs – a proportion of Vinters, Co Londonderry. (Martin is unmarried). Andrews wife Mary is bequeathed the other half of his land. Martin and Mary are to have half the house each and goods. Also left is Andrews proportion of Vinters, County Londonderry.

While speculative the ownership of Vinters land may imply that the Serights were part of The Plantation of Ulster by Scottish and English settlers and could have their origins in either one of those places.

No other children are mentioned.

Tithe Applotments 1828

Seawright, Townland: Ballynease Year: 1828
Seawright, Andw. Townland: Ballymacomb Year: 1828
Seawright, Davd. Townland: Ballymacomb Year: 1828
Seawright, David Townland: Ballyscullion Year: 1828
Seawright, John Townland: Ballymacomb Year: 1828
Seawright, Martin Townland: Ballymacomb Year: 1828

Freeholder Records 1829?

John Seawright – 10 pound yearly value

John Seawright Ballmacombs Freehold land valueSource: PRONI

Census 1831

Martin Seright
Robert Seright
John Seright
Andrew Seright

First name(s)  Andrew
Last name  Seright
Census year  1831
House number  107
Townland  Ballymacombs
Parish  Ballyscullion
Barony  Loughinsholin
County  Londonderry
Number of families  1
Number of males  2
Number of females  3
Number of Presbyterians  5
Country  Ireland
Record set  Ireland Census 1821-1851
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  David
Last name  Seright
Census year  1831
House number  74
Townland  Ballyscullion
Parish  Ballyscullion
Barony  Loughinsholin
County  Londonderry
Number of families  1
Number of males  4
Number of females  1
Number of Presbyterians  5
Country  Ireland
Record set  Ireland Census 1821-1851
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  John
Last name  Seright
Census year  1831
House number  112
Townland  Ballymacombs
Parish  Ballyscullion
Barony  Loughinsholin
County  Londonderry
Number of families  1
Number of males  4
Number of females  3
Number in Established Church  7
Country  Ireland
Record set  Ireland Census 1821-1851
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Martin
Last name  Seright
Census year  1831
House number  111
Townland  Ballymacombs
Parish  Ballyscullion
Barony  Loughinsholin
County  Londonderry
Number of families  1
Number of males  1
Number of females  1
Number of Presbyterians  2
Country  Ireland
Record set  Ireland Census 1821-1851
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Robt
Last name  Seright
Census year  1831
House number  113
Townland  Ballymacombs
Parish  Ballyscullion
Barony  Loughinsholin
County  Londonderry
Number of families  1
Number of males  3
Number of females  2
Number in Established Church  5
Country  Ireland
Record set  Ireland Census 1821-1851
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

9 April 1831

William Seawright of Magherafelt is sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. In 2016 I contacted the various archives in Ireland to see if there are records of this case exist and it appears none exist.

William Seawright 9 April 1831 - Londonderry Sentinel - Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland22 Jun 1831

David Searight appears in the valuation Office Books. He is listed in the Field Book, Londonderry, Loughinsholin, Ballyscullion, Ballyscullion West. He is listed as having a house and office.

david-searight-1832Source: The National Archives

Will 1840

First Name  ANDREW
Last Name  SERIGHT
Year  1840
Diocese  DERRY
County  Antrim, Donegal, Londonderry (Derry), Tyrone
Record set  W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858, 5 vols (1909-1920)
Category  Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory  Wills & probate
Collections from  Ireland

1846 Freemasons Register

43991_3082375_0012-00105William Beath Seawright. The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Collection: Freemasons of Ireland Membership Registers; Volume Number: Volume IV. Source ancestry.com

17 August 1850 Will of John Seeright

In the Name of God Amen. I John Seeright of Bally McCombs and parish of Balysculin and County of Londonderry being of proper mind and Memory thanks be to god for his Mercies as man is Mortal I think it my bounded Duty to Settle All my wordly affairs. I bequeath my soul to the Lord who gave it to me. I allow my body to be buried in a Desant way. I Bequeath my Daughter Jane Swan one acre of Labour ground in the Crossland and A Cow’s grass. I allow her my own roome with byer and Durighill Stead with the third of the garden Durin her natural life. The above to be off the head of the whole Land and if she Dont Chose to Live by the Land I allow her to be paid five pound per year and that quarterly. I allow her bead and beadstead and Chairs and press and the young cow and if she goes to Live with James Swond she forfits all her right and like of the above. Eye allow as mush of the Land to be sol (sold) as amount til Eighteen or twenty pound a year for to pay the Dept and the remander to bee Devided in two Shairs. the one half to William and the other half to Jean Swan and Jeams Sewright with my Kitchen to Jeams (could be Jean or James) And the about to stand so till all paid to Francis Linsay. when all Depts is paid I allow the one half to my sun William and his airs and I allow the other half to my gran sun Jeams Sewright and his Laful aires (lawful heirs). if the said Jeams Sewright sells his part he is to pay Thomas Johnson thirty pounds and if he Dies without a laful aire his part of the Land is to be Divided one acre and A cows Grass to Thomas Johnson my Grand Sun and the remander to go to Williams part of the Land. if the said Jeams Sewright marrys and (upon dying first)… .. first his wife has no Children she is to get support During her widow hood. I Bequeath my bead and ..(press) to my Grand Dauter Sharlet Sewright. if my sun william Gets beter well he is to get my clock. I allow my Dauter Mary Johnston thirty pound to be paid in three Equal Shares three years between every Share the first payment three years after my Death. I Bequeath my Dauter Ellen Smyth one pound to be paid one year after my Death. I allow Jeams Sewright the half of the horse and Cart and all the farming uteticls (utensils) By paying william or his aires thirty shillings. The Land is not to be Divided till the Dept is paid. if the said James marrys and pays the Half of the Dept He is to Get His part of the Land.

If william Doth not come to his health Jeane is to get the Clock and all the moveably in my house. During her Life She is not to Dispose of them But till …(thame? or thems) that takes the Best Caire of Her. I allow Jeams the black cow. Jeams is not dispose in or about the house without his aunts Leave or the Exector. I allow my Gran Dauter Sharlot Sewright ten pound to be paid when she is twenty five years of age of Jeams part of the Land. I apoint John Kelly of Sand morns and Thomas Johnston of Mullough boy John Dickson Senr to Bee my Executors and administerators. this is my Last Will and testament Dated this Seventen of Aug eighteen Hundred and fifty

Sined Saild and Delivered (Signed, Sealed and Delivered)

Witness present

John Dickson

Joseph Dickson

John Dickson

Griffiths Valuation 1858-1859

Searight, Andrew L: Ballymacombs More
Searight, David L: Ballymacombs More
Searight, David L: Ballyscullion West
Searight, John L: Ballymacombs More
Searight, Martin L: Ballymacombs More
Searight, Martin L: Ballyscullion West

Griffiths Valuation 1859

First name(s)  DAVID
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  occupier
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYSCULLION, WEST
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  HENRY S.B.
Lessor’s last name  BRUCE
Occupier’s first name(s)  DAVID
Occupier’s last name  SEARIGHT
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  JOHN
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  occupier
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYMACOMBS MORE
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  EARL OF
Lessor’s last name  STRAFFORD
Occupier’s first name(s)  JOHN
Occupier’s last name  SEARIGHT
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  JOHN
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  lessor
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYMACOMBS MORE
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  JOHN
Lessor’s last name  SEARIGHT
Occupier’s first name(s)  –
Occupier’s last name  Unoccupied
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  MARTIN
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  occupier
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYSCULLION, WEST
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  HENRY S.B.
Lessor’s last name  BRUCE
Occupier’s first name(s)  MARTIN
Occupier’s last name  SEARIGHT
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  MARTIN
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  occupier
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYMACOMBS MORE
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  EARL OF
Lessor’s last name  STRAFFORD
Occupier’s first name(s)  MARTIN
Occupier’s last name  SEARIGHT
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  MARTIN
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  occupier
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYMACOMBS MORE
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  ROBT.
Lessor’s last name  BATESON
Occupier’s first name(s)  MARTIN
Occupier’s last name  SEARIGHT
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  MARTIN
Last name  SEARIGHT
Role  occupier
Year  1859
Printing date  1859-03-02
Townland  BALLYMACOMBS MORE
Civil Parish  BALLYSCULLION
Barony  LOUGHINSHOLIN
Poor Law Union  MAGHERAFELT
County  Londonderry (Derry)
Lessor’s first name(s)  LOUISA
Lessor’s last name  TRENCH
Occupier’s first name(s)  MARTIN
Occupier’s last name  SEARIGHT
Act  15&16
Record set  Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Land & estates
Collections from  Ireland

Londonderry County Extractions (over 1 Acre) 1873-75

Seawright

Owner Name             Owner Residence

Seawright, Andrew    Ballymacombs,  Bellaghy
Seawright, James      Ballymacombs,  Bellaghy
Seawright, John        Ballymacombs,  Bellaghy

1878 Will

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Andrew Seawright late of Ballymacombs County Londonderry Farmer who died 9 April 1878 at same place were granted at Londonderry to Margaret Seawright of Ballymacombs the Widow.

1882-1890 Seawright emigration to Australia

Name:                           Ship                              Age        Arrival Date

  • Thomas Saywright        Compta                         20          2 June 1882
  • John Searight                Shannon                       22          16 March 1884
  • Joseph Seawright         Wistow Hall                   16          25 August 1885
  • William Seawright         Wistow Hall                   26          25 August 1885
  • Robert Seawright         Wistow Hall                   18          25 August 1885
  • Andrew Seawright        Tara                              15          1 April 1890
  • Charlotte Seawright     Tara                              20          1 April 1890
  • Ellen Seawright            Tara                              39          1 April 1890
  • John Seawright             Tara                              38          1 April 1890
  • Sarah Seawright           Tara                              11          1 April 1890

1898 Will

Probate of the Will of Marcus Searight late of Poyntzpass County Armagh Gentleman who died 27 December 1898 granted at Armagh to William Searight Henry Searight and Joseph Searight all of Poyntzpass Merchants.

Wife: Jane
Son: George H, Marcus (deceased) – his share to exclude his widow and heirs – if any.
Sons: William, Henry, Joseph
Daughters: Bessie, Annie

1900 Probate

Name  Margaret Seawright
Event Type  Probate
Event Date  18 Feb 1900
Event Place  Londonderry
Beneficiary’s Name  Mary Ann Adams

1900 Land return for Seawright Johnston

Seawright Johnston Land Return

1901 Census:

First name(s)  George H
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Brother
Marital status  Single
Marital status as transcribed  Not Married
Sex  Male
Age  45
Birth year  1856
Birth place  Londonderry (Derry)
Occupation  Commercial Clerk
Townland/Street  Poyntzpass
District electoral division  Poyntzpass
County  Armagh
Religion  Episcopal Church
Literacy  Read and write
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Armagh/Poyntzpass/Poyntzpass/1037245/
Family member first name(s)  William, Annie, Joseph, George H
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1901
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Henry
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Head of Family
Marital status  Married
Marital status as transcribed  Married
Sex  Male
Age  27
Birth year  1874
Birth place  Londonderry (Derry)
Occupation  Publican
Townland/Street  Poyntzpass
District electoral division  Poyntzpass
County  Armagh
Religion  Church of Ireland
Literacy  Read and write
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Armagh/Poyntzpass/Poyntzpass/1037283/
Family member first name(s)  Henry, Annie
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1901
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  John
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Head of Family
Marital status  Married
Marital status as transcribed  Married
Sex  Male
Age  40
Birth year  1861
Birth place  Londonderry (Derry)
Occupation  Agricultural Labourer
Townland/Street  Owenbeg
District electoral division  Dungiven
County  Londonderry
Religion  Presbyterian
Literacy  Read and write
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Londonderry/Dungiven/Owenbeg/1524143/
Family member first name(s)  John
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1901
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  John
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Boarder
Marital status  Single
Marital status as transcribed  Not Married
Sex  Male
Age  26
Birth year  1875
Birth place  Londonderry (Derry)
Occupation  Boot Maker
Townland/Street  Carlisle Street
District electoral division  Court Ward
County  Antrim
Religion  Presbyterian
Literacy  Read and write
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Antrim/Court_Ward/Carlisle_Street/963988/
Family member first name(s)  Andrew, Maggie, John, Rachel, Annie, Isabella
Family member last name  Logan, Searight, Jervis, McFarlane
Record set  Ireland Census 1901
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Margaret
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Wife
Marital status  Married
Marital status as transcribed  Married
Sex  Female
Age  48
Birth year  1853
Birth place  Londonderry (Derry)
Occupation  –
Townland/Street  Straid
District electoral division  Banagher
County  Londonderry
Religion  Presbyterian
Literacy  Read and write
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Londonderry/Banagher/Straid/1527054/
Family member first name(s)  Robert, Margaret
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1901
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Robert
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Head of Family
Marital status  Married
Marital status as transcribed  Married
Sex  Male
Age  30
Birth year  1871
Birth place  Londonderry (Derry)
Occupation  Farmer
Townland/Street  Straid
District electoral division  Banagher
County  Londonderry
Religion  Presbyterian
Literacy  Read and write
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Londonderry/Banagher/Straid/1527054/
Family member first name(s)  Robert, Margaret
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1901
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

1902 Will

Probate of the Will of William Searight late of Poyntzpass County Armagh Publican who died 5 August 1902 granted at Armagh to Edward Griffith Grocer and James A. Gilleland N.S. Teacher.

Wife Margaret Anne (Annie) Searight
Brothers: Henry, Joseph,
Sisters: Annie, Bessie

Probate of the Will of Annie Searight late of Passview Poyntzpass County Down Spinster who died 26 June 1902 granted at Belfast to Matthew M’Comb Farmer.

Brother George
Sister Bessie McComb and Matthew McComb

1911 Census:

First name(s)  Henry
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Head of Family
Marital status  Married
Marital status as transcribed  Married
Sex  Male
Age  38
Birth year  1873
Birth place  Co Londonderry
Occupation  Spirit Merchant
Townland/Street  Poyntz Pass Town (part of)
District electoral division  Poyntz Pass
County  Armagh
Country  Ireland
Religion  Church of Ireland
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Armagh/Poyntz_Pass/Poyntz_Pass_Town_(part_of)/307618
Family member first name(s)  Henry, Annie, Florrie, Muriel, Norah
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1911
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Margaret
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Wife
Marital status  –
Marital status as transcribed  –
Sex  Female
Age  49
Birth year  1862
Birth place  Co Derry
Occupation  –
Townland/Street  Straid
District electoral division  Banagher
County  Derry (Londonderry)
Country  Ireland
Religion  Presbyterean
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Londonderry/Banagher/Straid/598055
Family member first name(s)  Robert, Margaret
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1911
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

First name(s)  Robert
Last name  Searight
Relationship to head  Head of Family
Marital status  Married
Marital status as transcribed  Married
Sex  Male
Age  41
Birth year  1870
Birth place  Co Derry
Occupation  Farmer
Years married  15
Townland/Street  Straid
District electoral division  Banagher
County  Derry (Londonderry)
Country  Ireland
Religion  Presbyterean
Image link  http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Londonderry/Banagher/Straid/598055
Family member first name(s)  Robert, Margaret
Family member last name  Searight
Record set  Ireland Census 1911
Category  Census, land & surveys
Subcategory  Census
Collections from  Ireland

robert-searight-1911-census-londonderry1922 Will

Seawright Martin of Ballymacombs county Londonderry farmer died 17 June 1922 Probate Belfast 23 January to Andrew Adams and John Junkin farmers. Effects £36.

1924 Death Certificate of Charlotte Mackerell/McKrell nee Seawright

death - McKrell Charlotte

Other

The following are records which have not been verified or the people may be linked to one of the family members above.

Children of William and Margaret Snipe of Moynock (tanner)
William 20 Aug 1826
Robert 27 Apr 1828
John Thomas 29 July 1832
Matty 27 Apr 1838
Children of John and Anne Snipe of Moynock
Sarah 30 Jan 1829
Robert 17 Jan 1830
Child of Samuel and Hannah Snipe of Moynock
Samuel 15 Apr 1830

Descendants of Jacob O’Donnell of Ballylough, County Down, Northern Ireland

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Our O’Donnell family story begins in Ballylough (Baile-an-locha; “the townland of the lake”), County Down, Northern Ireland in the early 1800s. Ballylough is a townland lying about 2.5 miles north of Seapatrick village. Seapatrick village is now indistinguishable from the town of Banbridge, which has spread outwards over the years to absorb Seapatrick village.

At this stage I have not been able to go further back in history so have put together this webpage to encourage other family members to contribute more information to our family history.

Because we do not know where our O’Donnells came from if other male O’Donnells from Summer Island, County Armagh would like to DNA test to see if our Jacob O’Donnell was part of your family please Contact Me (there is a form at the bottom of this web page for you to Contact me) I may be able to help with the purchase of the DNA test kit from Family Tree DNA. You would need to have the O’Donnell surname and be able to trace your family back to the early 1800s/late 1790s in County Armagh or County Down or surrounding areas. The DNA will prove/disprove we have a recent common ancestor. The test can be done anonymously ie: if you do the test I can use a pseudonym instead of your name or use my name as the test subject. This will guarantee your privacy

I do not put information about living people on web pages for obvious privacy reasons.

If you are going to use information from this page please acknowledge where you got it from. Please seek permission before using any images or information unless you are a direct descendant.

If you have information to contribute or just want to make yourself known please use the Contact Form at the bottom of this page.

29 January 2017 Update: I have added the obituary of Hans H Hansen

30 August 2016 Update: I have found and added the death location of Elizabeth Hansen nee O’Donnell and her husband Hans Hansen. I have added photos of their headstones and death certificates. I have also added Elizabeths obituary.

18 March 2016 Update: We have found another one of the New Zealand O’Donnell childrens name (Richard O’Donnell named after Williams O’Donnells brother) and found another in the employ of William Morton Purkis, a solicitor in Hokitika although the daughter is unnamed.

10 October 2015 Update: I have added Richard O’Donnells (Williams O’Donnells brother) marriage certificate.

16 September 2015 Update: An American descendant of William O’Donnell and a New Zealand descendant of William O’Donnell took a Family Finder DNA test from Family Tree DNA. This conclusively proves that the New Zealand and USA families have William O’Donnell as their common ancestor!

12 September 2015 Update: The Northern Ireland researcher I paid to find the O’Donnells completed her research and sent me the results. We now have the death date for Jacob O’Donnell. We now know that Richard O’Donnell was in the British Royal Artillery and fought in India and other far flung countries. He married 18 months before he died although I have not been able to find if he had a child or what happened to his wife.

We have been unable to find Hannah O’Donnells (nee Harrison) death or if she remarried. We have been unable to find Richard O’Donnells baptism.

4 July 2015 Update: I have added some more newspaper stories about William O’Donnell.

2 July 2015 Update: I am employing an Irish History researcher to find more about the O’Donnells by searching the PRONI/GRONI plus other sources in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

30 June 2015 Update: I have added some death certificates for William, Richard and Isaac O’Donnell from Ireland and New Zealand and the burial certificates for Isaac and Richard. I have also added the marriage certificate of William O’Donnell and Jane Eliza Campbell.

I have also added a photo of the Irish/USA O’Donnells!

One of the USA O’Donnell descendants is taking a DNA test to see if we can genetically link the American and New Zealand families. If you are interested in helping and are an O’Donnell descendant I would need the oldest person who is a direct descendant you can find to take a Family Tree DNA Test. The logic behind using the oldest person possible is that the further way you are from the person we are trying to link you to (William O’Donnell) the greater chance that no matches may show even though you are genetically related. 4th cousins have a low likelihood of matching. The test is inexpensive.

14 June 2015 Update: I have been contacted recently by an O’Donnell researcher who has posed an interesting theory which requires greater exploration:

I feel there may be a connection between your County Down O’Donnell’s and a family living at Summer Island, County Armagh – the two locations being 18 miles apart.

The John O’Donnell living in the late 1700’s at Summer Island is the son of a Catholic priest in charge of Mevagh parish, Donegal who married the daughter of the resident Church of Ireland clergyman and succeeded his father in law as clergyman of the same parish.

Catholics and Protestants in Ulster province rarely changed religion thus presenting a filter to distinguish families of the same surname. Furthermore, John of Summerhill had a brother Richard who remained in Mevagh parish – families of all religions in Ulster carried first names through generations suggesting that the appearance of a Richard in your line could indicate a link to Summerhill. The links below relate to the Summer Island O’Donnell’s and some background to the family roots in Mevagh parish.

If you have any further information about this theory please Contact Me.

The O’Donnells of Ballylough

On 13 September 1829 Jacob O’Donnell married Hannah Harrison in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The Minister/Priest was Francis Burrowes.

We do not have Jacobs year of birth or baptism but his death registration shows he was born around 1803. We also do not have Hannahs date of birth or death. The surname O’Donnell was unusual for this part of Northern Ireland and Jacob appears to have been the only person with that surname in Ballylough which may indicate that he or his family were originally from another area in Co Down or Northern Ireland. He may be linked to the other O’Donnells in Co Down or the records are simply missing. There are other Harrison families in County Down but I have been unable to find who Hannahs parent were.

Jacobs occupation for the baptisms of his children was a Weaver.

Jacob and Hannah had at least four children. There may be other children so we need your help finding them.

  • William O’Donnell was born on 15 June 1830 and baptised on 20 June 1830 in the Seapatrick Church of Ireland.
  • Isaac O’Donnell was born in 1833 and baptised on 24 March 1833 in the Seapatrick Church of Ireland.
  • Jane O’Donnell was born on 19 February 1836 and baptised on 2 March 1836 in the Seapatrick Church of Ireland.
  • Richard O’Donnell was born around 1839/1841.

The only records we can find of relevant baptisms are on http://www.ancestryireland.com and the results are listed the following way:

Name: William O’Donnelly

Parish/District: Seapatrick Church of Ireland
Address 1: BALLYLOUGH
Address 3: Banbridge
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: 15:06:1830
Date of Baptism/Registration: 20:06:1830
Father’s First Name: JACOB
Father’s Surname: O’DONNELLY
Mother’s First Name: HANNA
Mother’s Surname: HARRISON
Comment 2: Other possible spelling: JACOB DONNELLY Minister/Priest: Francis Burrowes

Name: Isaac O’Donnell
Parish/District: Seapatrick Church of Ireland
Address 1: BALLYLOUGH
Address 3: Banbridge
Sex: Male
Date of Baptism/Registration: 24:03:1833
Father’s First Name: JACOB
Father’s Surname: O’DONNELL
Father’s Occupation: WEAVER
Mother’s First Name: HANNAH
Comment 2: Other possible spelling: JACOB DONNELL Minister/Priest: DICKINSON D.

Name: Jane Donnel
Parish/District: Seapatrick Church of Ireland
Address 1: BALLYLOUGH
Address 3: Banbridge
Date of Birth: 19:02:1836
Date of Baptism/Registration: 02:03:1836
Father’s First Name: JACOB
Father’s Surname: DONNEL
Father’s Occupation: WEAVER
Mother’s First Name: HANNAH
Comment 2: Minister/Priest: DICKINSON D

Jacob O’Donnell died on 31 December 1842 in Ballylough, County Down, Northern Ireland. He left a Will which was lodged in 1843 but unfortunately this seems to have been lost/destroyed in the 1922 ‘fire’ in he Dublin records office.

irishwillsiv-002954Nothing more is known about Hannah O’Donnell than her name appearing in the Spirit Grocer records. She is listed from 1838-1844 which implies that she outlived Jacob and may have continued to stay in Ballylough. At this stage I haven’t found when or where she died. Given the ages of her children when Jacob died she would have needed financial support. Hannahs son Richard named William O’Donnell as his next of kin in his Royal Irish Constabulary record in 1862 which may mean that Hannah had died by this stage.

Spirit Grocer

Jacob and Hannahs O’Donnells eldest child William O’Donnell married Jane Eliza Campbell on 10 February 1854 in Tullylish, County Down, Northern Ireland. William was also a weaver.

Marriage Parish Church, Tullylish, Co. Down, Feb. 10 1854
William O’Donnell, of age, Bachelor, Weaver,  residence Ballylough,
father: Jacob O’Donnell, Weaver.
Jane Eliza Campbell, 19, Spinster, residence Annaghanoon (Donaghcloney),
father: William Campbell, Weaver.
Signed: William O’Donnell and Jane Eliza Campbell her X mark
Witnesses Robt. Harvey, Joseph Graham.

img491A copy of the marriage certificate of William O’Donnell to Jane Eliza Campbell.

William and Jane had 5 children who were all born in Northern Ireland. At this stage I haven’t found their births or baptisms so I am unable to confirm exactly where they were born but later obituaries indicate that at least one of the children was born in Magherana, County Antrim. Other records state Belfast, County Antrim.

  • James O’Donnell who died in infancy/childhood
  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) O’Donnell 1855-1933 married Hans H Hansen 1870-1938
  • Isaac O’Donnell 1857-1931 married Augusta (Gussie) Tonn 1870-1935
  • Jacob O’Donnell 1858-1915 married Annie Keller then Isabella (Bella) De Valencia 1878-1939
  • Jane Eliza O’Donnell 1862-1949 married John Lazinbat 1854-1902

More searching of records might reveal where and when they were baptised but so far the records searched are:

  • Donaghcloney COI MIC/93/2 1855-1864
  • Seapatrick COI – MIC1/83 1855-1864

A family story says that William left his family to make his fortune in the goldfields of New Zealand around 1864 with the intention of bringing his family out. This was the last the family ever saw him. It was quite unusual for anyone from Ireland to travel directly to New Zealand. It is more likely that William travelled via Australia whose goldfields were in full swing at the time. I have not been able to find his entry into Australia or New Zealand.

Williams two sons Isaac and Jacob moved to Galveston, Texas, United States. The family story is that they then brought their sisters and mother out to the United States.

  • Isaac O’Donnell at one time stated he arrived in 1876 at aged 19 and another time in 1884 at age 27.
  • Jacob O’Donnell at one time stated he arrived in 1874 at aged 16 and another time in 1880 at age 22
  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) O’Donnell stated she arrived in 1891
  • Jane Eliza O’Donnell stated she arrived in 1882 but this is one year after her marriage to John Lazinbat in the United States
  • Jane Eliza O’Donnell (nee Campbell) married Antonio Leon on 8 Jul 1887 in Galveston, Texas so her arrival was before this date.

O'Donnells

This is a spectacular photo of the USA O’Donnells. Thanks to an O’Donnell descendant for the photo.

Bottom row:  Pearl O’Donnell (standing), Augusta O’Donnell (nee Tonn), Lizzie O’Donnell standing), Jane O’Donnell (nee Campbell). The next four are the two sisters Jane and Elizabeth (Lizzie), (Elizabeth is most likely on the far right) and we aren’t sure who the two children are (probably Ekia?)  The top row from the left William O’Donnell, Ike (Isaac) O’Donnell, unknown male and Jacob O’Donnell on the far right. Is the man standing in the middle at the back Antonio Leon or Hans H. Hansen?

While in the United States Williams children married and had families.

Isaac O’Donnell and Augusta (Gussie) Tonn has the following children:

  • Pearle Margaret O’Donnell
  • Lizzie Belle O’Donnell

1.Pearle Margaret O’Donnell 1890-1958 who married Fred Oscar Koos Jr 1888-1959

They had:

  • Roy O’Donnell Koos 1911-1989 who married Nettie Jennie Lee 1908-1995
  • Kenneth Frederick Koos 1912-1992 who married Barbara Vogt Johnston
  • Pearl Lorraine Koos 1919-1990 who  married John Beniost 1913-1992

2. Lizzie Bell O’Donnell 1894-1954 who married Ira James Lightfoot 1890-1923

They had:

  • Unnamed Lightfoot 1917-1917
  • Jean Elizabeth Lightfoot 1921-2003 who married Michael Francis Collerain

Lizzie never remarried and is buried with Ira.

Jacob O’Donnell and Isabella (Bella) De Valencia had the following children:

1. William Opunake O’Donnell 1899-? who married Adelia Hilman McLendon 1902-1956. Do you know when and where William died. If so please contact me!

William and Rebecca O'Donnell

William O’Donnell and his sister Rebecca taken around 1947 on the Davis farm. Image courtesy of Katherine Melo.

They had:

  • Druselle O’Donnell 1922-2006 who married Clinton Crawford 1919-1967 then Joseph Henry Gast 1906-1977.
  • Delma O’Donnell 1924-1987 who married Charles Cole Smith?

Druselle had one child with Clinton Crawford. Druselle had one child with Joseph Henry Gast.

Delma has one child with Charles Cole Smith

2. Rebecca Plymouth O’Donnell 1901-2001 married Britton Teston 1900-1980 then Frank Ray Sayre 1889-1985. No known children.

3. Taranaki (Terry) O’Donnell 1903-1973 who married Evelyn Kerry. No known children. Terry may have also married Lillian A Dixon. Terry may have also married Ailetta Beatrice Dismuke.

Did Taranaki and Evelyn have children? If you have more information about this family line please contact me. Did Taranaki and Lillian have children? Did Terry and Ailetta have children?

Evelyn and Terry O'DonnellTerry O'Donnell and Evelyn Kelly

Both of these images are of Terry O’Donnell and Evelyn Kelly

4. Hawera O’Donnell 1904- 1998. Hawera appears to have been married at least twice. She first married George Finch then Charles Reynolds before living in a common law relationship with Richard Mitchell Givens and Charles Reynolds. No known children.

Hawera O'Donnell 13 Feb 1927

Hawera O’Donnell 13 Feb 1927

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Hawera O’Donnell 16 Sep 1928

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Hawera O’Donnell and Charles Reynolds headstone in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Section 1, Grave 763-B. Image source: the Arlington National Cemetery website. Note that Haweras first name has been mispelt.

Jane Eliza O’Donnell 1862-1949 and John Lazinbat 1854-1902 had the following children:

  • Louis Lazinbat 1883-?
  • Ekia Lazinbat 1888-1960
  • Donnell Lazinbat 1891-1936
  • Ethel Annie Lazinbat 1895-1896
  • William Lazinbat 1896-?

1. Louis Lazinbat 1883-?  married Agnes Nora Maroney

They had:

  • John James Lazinbat
  • Edward Francis Lazinbat married Esther
  • James Donnell Lazinbat married Nettie Jane Pigman

2. Ekia Lazinbat 1888-1960 married Emmett Robert Green 1886-1960

They had:

  • Ruth Green
  • Robert Marmet Green
  • James Green married Bernadine ?

3. Donnell Lazinbat 1891-1936 married Mary Doura 1893-1975

They had:

  • Emmet Lazinbat 1911-1971 married Virginia
  • Arnold Donnell Lazinbat 1916-2004 married Phyllis Machalek 1913-1976

 

Elizabeth (Lizzie) O’Donnell 1855-1933 married Hans Hansen 1870-1938

After Lizzies mothers death she and Hans moved to Buchanan, Berrien, Michigan, USA. After Lizzies death Hans remarried.

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local-happenings-berrien-county-record-6-april-1933-page-3-column-2“Local Happenings”, Berrien County Record, 6 April 1933, page 3 column 2

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Elizabeth Hansen nee O'Donnell Obituary The News Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan) Friday March 24 1933

Elizabeth Hansen Obituary. The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan) – Friday, March 24 1933. Image source http://www.newspapers.com

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Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, Berrien, Michigan, USA. Image courtesy of Bob Brown

Hansen (family grave stone)

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, Berrien, Michigan, USA. Image courtesy of Bob Brown

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Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, Berrien, Michigan, USA. Image courtesy of Bob Brown.

Elizabeth Hansen nee O'Donnell Death 1933Elizabeth Hansen death certificate. Image source: www.seekingmichigan.org

Hans H Hansen Death 1938Hans H Hansen death certificate. Image source: www.seekingmichigan.org

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William O’Donnells life in New Zealand

William O’Donnell must have written to Jane in the early 1880s notifying her that he was living in Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand. Jane may have been in Ireland or had moved to the USA by this time. Jane still had family back in Ireland who could have sent Williams letter on to her. William did not live in Taranaki until mid to late 1878 and appears to have moved from New Plymouth to Opunaki around 1881. This information would then have been relayed to their sons Jacob and Isaac who were in the USA. The sons then sailed to New Zealand to look for him in the 1880s. I expect they arrived in Opunake after he had died in 1884 and were unable to find any trace of him. His grave at that point was unmarked. Jane Eliza O’Donnell (nee Campbell) married Antonio Leon in 1887 in the USA and William died on 9 October 1884. Jane may have well and truly thought William was dead by this stage and married Antonio.

Williams American granddaughter Rebecca O’Donnell flew to New Zealand in 1991 and was able to find where he was buried and had a headstone installed to remember William by.

While in New Zealand William met my third great grandmother Martha McCarthy 1850-1890 and they lived together in a common law relationship for around a 12 years 1866-1878. Martha also originated in Ireland as well but we have no shipping records or other details to assist us find anything out about her.

We know next to nothing about Martha. After William left her in 1878 she struggled to provide for her kids and took three of them with her when she moved to Wellington, New Zealand in 1879. In Wellington she later met and married a man named Patrick South in 1889. When she got married she named her parents as James McCarthy and Elizabeth Adams. I haven’t been able to find anything else about them or confirm the people she named were her parents. A year later on 18 October 1890 she was dead at age 40. We don’t know where she’s buried in Wellington and there appears to be no record of her burial.

Martha may have come to New Zealand with other family members or come over as a servant of a family. If the date she used when she got married was correct she would have been 15 years old when she started having children. She may have met William in Australia and they may have come over together as a couple however this is unlikely because the earliest child we can find was born in 1867.  It would have been highly unusual for a woman to travel from Ireland by herself at age 14/15 to New Zealand in the midst of the Australasian and New Zealand gold rushes.

There was a notice in the local Hokitika newspaper announcing the birth of her twins in 1869 asked the Sydney papers to copy the story. This could have been because she or William had family in Sydney. If the date she used when she married was not correct she may have been 5-15 years older than she stated.

If you have any information about her please contact me.

William and Martha had 6 children while living in Waimea (Goldborough)/Hokitika/Kumara on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. We only know the names of 5 of them:

  • Richard O’Donnell 1867-1929
  • Unknown female
  • James O’Donnell 1869-1949
  • Mary O’Donnell
  • Charles O’Donnell 1875-1956
  • David O’Donnell1878-1930

William and Marthas children:

Mary O’Donnell

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Mary Jane O'Donnell (s)

Photos of Mary O’Donnell (later Mary Jane O’Donnell). We think the first image is a copy of another older, identical photo of Mary Jane taken in Imperial studios operating at 109 Elizabeth Street Melbourne between the years of 1884 & 1886. Mary would have been 15-17 years old! If you have a better theory about the two photos please contact me.

We have no idea what happened to her but would love to find out. Unfortunately we cannot work out Mary Jane O’Donnells age but believe she was born around 1869 and possibly one of the twins mentioned below. There are no family stories to assist with what happened to her but she must have stayed in contact with James as the photos we have come from what was left of his collection.

Charles O’Donnell 1875-1956 I tracked down in part by utilising family stories and part by good utilisation of death certificates and probate records. Charles is buried in the Wooroloo Cemetery in Western Australia. Charles spent  most of his life in Western Australia after leaving the Orphanage. He never married or had kids and spent his life as a miner. Unfortunately we have no photos of Charles which is a great disappointment.

8 Nov 1882 Charles was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Nelson, New Zealand
1903 he was living in Eucla, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
1906 he was living in Higginsville, Coolgardie, Western Australia, Australia
1910 he was living in Dundas, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
1943 he was living in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
18 May 1954 e was living in 31 Varden Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
28 Sep 1956 he died at Wooroloo Sanatorium, Wooroloo, Western Australia, Australia
1 Oct 1956 he was buried in Wooroloo Cemetery, Wooroloo, Western Australia, Australia in the Roman Catholic Section. Grave 514. No Headstone
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Photo taken in February 2016 by me. Charles is in a grave with only a marker to indicate where he is physically buried.

James O’Donnell 1869-1949 (later James Harris O’Donnell) eventually moved to Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand and had a family but was at one point in Western Australia prior to 1899. While I haven’t found any record of James in Australia I have tracked his life in New Zealand including his family of which I am a descendant. James headstone in the Taruheru Cemetery has the incorrect birth date on but there appears to be some confusion about James age by his wife when she registered their childrens births as well.

This is a photo of James Harris O’Donnell

James Harris O'Donnell (s)David O’Donnell 1878-1930

David O'Donnell marriage

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These two photos show a younger David with a wife and the other appears to be a shot taken earlier as David appears younger.

David has been much more difficult to locate and we think we have found the right person and his descendants but are having difficulties locating them. Our David went to the Klondike goldrush in Canada around 1898 and we have found him on the Canadian census in 1901.

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Painting of David O’Donnell with two unknown other people. Date unknown. The painting was given by Charlotte O’Donnell (nee Franklin) to my uncle Andrew Harker in the 1960s. The painting would be 70-100 years old.

Either this was:

  • David in Canada in 1900 before returning to New Zealand or
  • David went back to Canada to hunt in his later years or
  • David stayed in Canada his entire life or
  • David may have had this painted later in his life in New Zealand as a gift for his brother James O’Donnell. The background look like props used for photos.

What happened to him after that we cannot say for sure. We are assuming that David returned to New Zealand but have no proof of this. Neither photo identifies who took it or exactly when it was taken.

When James got married he added a middle name to make James Harris O’Donnell. The David we have traced in New Zealand we also think added a middle name. When David got married he added Lewis to make David Lewis O’Donnell. There is another variant of his middle name making it David Louis O’Donnell but based on Alwyns middle name he settled on Lewis.

David married Elizabeth (Lillias) Virginia Wheatley 1873-1961 in Tasmania on 10 January 1904. David stated his birthplace was Nelson, New Zealand but as with all the other O’Donnell family members there are no birth or baptism records. David would have been two years old when he moved from Waimea to Wellington and the Orphanage in Nelson would have been his “home’ from around age 5. For all intensive purposes Davids significant memories would have been of living in Nelson for around 11 years. Without the use of a telephone he could not call his older brother to confirm his parents names on his wedding certificate which again changed a couple of times. I greatly doubt any of the boys advertised they were raised in an orphanage due to the social stigmas institutions like those had.

By 1905 he was living in Wellington and continued to live there for the next 9 years. David was a builder at this time and built some houses which still can be seen today. David also had business interests in Western Australia and stories about him can be found on the Trove newspaper website. David also tried to set up a mining company in the South Island and a prospectus was offered for people to buy shares into. We dont know if this ever got off the ground.

In 1914 David was living in Auckland with Lillias. At some point he met Ethel Josephine Baggstrom and either had a child with her around 1915 or adopted her child. That child was Alwyn Lewis O’Donnell. In his probate David left provision for Ethel, Lillias and Alwyn. I have been unable to contact any living Baggstrom family members who might be able to confirm what happened to Ethel. We know she married Harry Hume Austin in 1934 and she later died in 1961 at aged 88.

David Lewis O’Donnell died in 1930 in Auckland, New Zealand. He provided well for his family and the probate is quite extensive. Despite that he was buried without a headstone in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Hillcrest, Auckland, New Zealand.

Despite extensive searching I have not been able to find what became of Alwyn apart from the following.

  • Alwyn was a pilot or trainee pilot during World War II
  • Between 1938 and 1954 he lived in Auckland
  • In 1950 he married Merle O’Brien and they had a son together Roy David O’Donnell in 1952.
  • Alwyn moved with his mother and Roy to Sydney, Australia but didnt take Merle with him.
  • In 1961 Merle and Alwyn divorced.
  • In 1968 Lillias died in Manly, New South Wales. Alwyn lists himself as her stepson on the death certificate.
  • In 1981 Alwyn appears on the 1981 electoral role in Wellington, New Zealand. His name appears as Alvin Lewis O’Donnell.
  • In 1980 Roy is living in Cromer, Mackellar, New South Wales, Australia
  • In 1981 he appears to be living in Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Here are two photos of Alwyn and Merle getting married in 1950.

Merle O'Brien's wedding to Alwyn O'Donnell - Mum as flower girl far right

Merle O'Brien's wedding to Alwyn O'Donnell - Mum flower girl front left.

Photos courtesy of an O’Brien family descendant on 4 January 2015.

Roys mother Merle married shortly after she got divorced and had at least two children of which I have been able to get in touch with them. They would also like to know where their missing brother is and they would dearly love to get in touch with him.

If anyone knows Alwyn or Roy Id like for them to get in touch. Hopefully this will confirm that my David O’Donnell is one in the same person.

At the very least your sisters would like to get hold of you!!!

If anyone has suggestions about how to find Roy or Alwyn or has been in contact with them since 1981 I would really appreciate you contacting me.

William O’Donnell and Marthas story continued:

Official documents state that Martha left William before he moved to Kumara. This was probably around late 1877/early 1878. William was summonsed to Hokitika for the support of his children but was unable to pay. After he had paid his debts and the stables he built had been sold to pay the outstanding rent owed he had no money to pay for the maintenance of his children.

Hokitika in the 1870s - Taken by James Ring

This is a photo of Hokitika in the 1870s taken by the photographer James Ring. Image courtesy of The National Library of New Zealand.

In December 1878 Martha took James from Hokitika to Wellington, New Zealand most likely by boat. She left Charles and David with a Mrs Weston who resided in Tancred Street, Hokitika. She later sent for the two other boys Charles and David O’Donnell. Martha utilised the RM Court in Hokitika to seek maintenance costs for the children and William was required to pay the funds – but never did.

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Thanks to Aisla Corlett for this letter from the Dunedin Archives. Image taken in 2016.

From what I can establish William and Marthas oldest child Richard was already working in Kumara by this stage. One of their daughters was working for William Purkiss. Whether this child was Mary Jane O’Donnell or another sister remains to be seen.

Within 3 years of Martha moving to Wellington the three boys were removed from their mothers care and placed in St Marys Industrial School aka the Stoke Orphanage in March 1882. No mention was ever made of Marthas other three children with William. At the age of their confinement:

  • James was listed as being 12 years and 11 months old.
  • Charles was listed as being 6 years and 5 months old.
  • David was listed as being 5 years and 1 month old.

The official records noted that William O’Donnell was living in Opunake by 23 November 1882. This information was supplied by Martha in a statement to police.

It was noted that all three children had been at school when they were removed from Marthas care.

  1. James had been attending Thorndon District School in Thorndon Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  2. Charles and David had been at The Infant School, Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand

There does not appear to be any records of these schools.

The orphanage records state that :

  • James O’Donnell was in Western Australia in March 1896. James resided with Patrick Byrne a farmer of Nelson from 25 October 1884. James was discharged 9 Dec 1887 – Aged 18 years, 8 months.
  • Charles O’Donnell was in Australia in April 1896. Charles had been working for Michael Hanson, Farmer of Stanley Brook on 6 October 1891. He was discharged from the orphanage on 24 December 1891.
  • David O’Donnell had gone to the Klondyke as of August 1900. He was discharged from the Orphanage on 29 December 1893. When David was discharged he was given a bank draft for 29 pounds, 11 shillings and 5 pence by the orphanage. A small fortune for the day.

We know that William abandoned his New Zealand family in 1878. None of the recent generations of our family knew anything about Mary but if she was James twin then she would have almost been 13 and old enough to work. Its unlikely that Martha tried to follow William to Kumara. Martha had repeatedly contacted the police and courts about maintenance for their children which in multiple instances was denied. She was effectively a single woman with no income trying to raise 6 kids.

After leaving Kumara William moved to New Plymouth in Taranaki, New Zealand then to Opunake, Southern Taranaki, New Zealand and lived a solitary life working as a Pound Keeper and Horse Dealer before dying in 1884. No mention was made of any children when he died intestate. Opunake wasn’t a bustling metropolis then or now. Perhaps William wanted a fresh start and by writing to Jane he intended to finally bring his other family out to New Zealand.

It had been previously established by courts in Hokitika and Wellington that all 6 children by Martha were Williams although due to William circumstances few maintenance orders were ever issued.

There is one “Unknown” O’Donnell child we simply know nothing about and have no photos or family stories to confirm what ever happened to them. Apart from a set of twins being born in 1870 in Auckland Beach near Waimea to an O’Donnell family we think are ours there are no birth, marriage or death records for them and no cemetery records we can link to our family. Richard was born in 1867 and Charles in 1876 leaving a big gap between birth ages which could account for the other children. If Martha and William lived together prior to 1867 then there is a possibility that there was another older sibling.

These children would have been living in Waimea, Hokitika or Kumara and may have stayed there. If they had families their descendants may never know they were originally O’Donnell children. If you think you might be related the easy way to solve your family history is through DNA testing through Family Tree DNA. Our family have been tested so I encourage you to.

William O'Donnell Headstone

This is William O’Donnells gravesite in Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand. Photo taken by Deanne Cook on 22 Aug 2014. Headstone purchased by Rebecca O’Donnell (Williams granddaughter) in 1991.

The following are some stories about William O’Donnell from the New Zealand newspapers that help build a picture of his life.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 715, 8 January 1868, Page 2This is the earliest newspaper story which mentions our William O’Donnell. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 715, 8 January 1868, Page 2.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 787, 1 April 1868, Page 3

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 787, 1 April 1868, Page 3

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 795, 10 April 1868, Page 2

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 795, 10 April 1868, Page 2

O'Donnells Bridge Approval

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 11 April 1868.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 821, 11 May 1868, Page 2

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 821, 11 May 1868, Page 2

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 869, 6 July 1868, Page 4

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 869, 6 July 1868, Page 4

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 886, 25 July 1868, Page 2

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 886, 25 July 1868, Page 2

William O'Donnell Saves larger

William O’Donnell while living in Waimea rescued the passengers of a coach that became stuck in a flood swollen river. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 15 May 1869. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 15 May 1869.

O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 1578, 18 October 1870, Page 2

This is the only birth notice I can find of any of the six O’Donnell children. We still dont know which children this story refers to. Based on the physical appearance of Mary and James we are assuming they were twins and this is one of the reasons they stayed in touch for a time. What contradicts this is that when James was sent to the Stoke orphanage his birth year was given as 1869. If his mother was illiterate this may account for the mixed dates. I have not been able to find the Sydney link. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 1578, 18 October 1870, Page 2.

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William O’Donnell while living in Waimea advertised tolls for use of his bridge. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 17 Dec 1870.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 1965, 17 January 1872, Page 2

Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 1965, 17 January 1872, Page 2

Purchase of O'Donnells Bridge 1874

William O’Donnells bridge to be sold and William compensated. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 18 Jan 1872.

West Coast Times and Observer 13 May 1872

On 13 May 1872 William had an unclaimed letter. Source Papers Past.

O'Donnells Bridge 8 June 1872

William O’Donnells bridge in a state of disrepair. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 8 June 1872.

William O'Donnel Liquor License 1874

William O’Donnell while living in Waimea applying for a Liquor License. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 3 Apr 1874.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 3120, 6 October 1875, Page 2Other locals protested against William O’Donnell having a 5 acre lease at Waimea Creek. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 3120, 6 October 1875, Page 2

West Coast Times 22 Sep 1875 William O'DonnellWilliam while living at Auckland Beach had purchased 5 acres of land to build accommodation. Source Papers Past.  West Coast Times 22 September 1875.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 2358, 18 October 1876, Page 2William O’Donnell applied to lease more land at Waimea Creek. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 2358, 18 October 1876, Page 2

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William O’Donnell while living in Waimea applying to buy land at Waimea Creek. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 8 Nov 1877.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 2699, 23 November 1877, Page 3

We know these were William O’Donnells stables based on a written statement by Martha that William used the money he made from the sale of O’Donnell bridge to build his stables in Kumara. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 2699, 23 November 1877, Page 3. A few months later in 1878 the Albion Hotel was still for sale and under mortgagee sale.

West Coast Times 6 May 1879 Page 5 William O'Donnell

William O’Donnell while living in Auckland Beach (right next to Waimea) leased land at Kumara. It appears he spent all the funds doing this and did not provide anything for his children. This is the last time he appears in newspapers in the West Coast. Source Papers Past. West Coast Times 6 May 1879.

West Coast Times 12 Dec 1881 William O'Donnell

By this stage William had left Waimea, Kumara and Hokitika and had moved to Opunake, Taranaki but the bridge he built was still in operation in 1881. West Coast Times 12 December 1881. Source Papers Past.

William O'Donnell as witness in a stabbing case in Opunake 2

William O’Donnell was a witness in a Court Case while living in Opunake, Taranaki in 1882. The incident occurred in 1881. Source Papers Past.

WOD Pound 1882

William O’Donnell notice of employment while living in Opunake, Taranaki on 1 May 1882. Source Papers Past.

Taranaki Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 4032, 3 May 1882, Page 3 William O'Donnell

Another story about William O’Donnell working as a Poundkeeper. Taranaki Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 4032, 3 May 1882, Page 3. Source Papers Past.

WOD Poun Ad 1882

William O’Donnell advertised impounded animals while living in Opunake, Taranaki on 2 June 1882. Source Papers Past.

William O'Donnell West Coast Times , Issue 851, 15 June 1868, Page 4Source Papers Past. West Coast Times , Issue 851, 15 June 1868, Page 4

Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume IV, Issue 541, 9 July 1883, Page 3 William O'Donnell

William O’Donnell  was still working as a Pound Keeper in 1883. Source Papers Past. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume IV, Issue 541, 9 July 1883, Page 3.

The Hawera and Normanby Star 6 Mar 1884 William O'Donnell

William was unsuccessful in purchasing land. Source Papers Past. The Hawera and Normanby Star – 6 March 1884.

The Hawera and Normanby Star 21 Oct 1884 William O'Donnell

This is the final mention I can find of William O’Donnell. I haven’t been unable to locate a death notice. It confirms that none of his children were staying with him when he died. Source Papers Past. The Hawera and Normanby Star – 20 October 1884.

William O'Donnell Death 1884This is a copy of William O’Donnells death certificate. As no one really knew William the details on his certificate aren’t very informative.

Isaac O’Donnell

Like most of the other O’Donnell family members very little is known about Isaac – the brother of William O’Donnell.

He was a weaver before joining the Royal Irish Constabulary at 20 years of age on 15 Dec 1854. He was also listed as a Protestant.  His service number was 19269. He was posted to County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Isaac served for 30 years and 1 month and retired with a pension of 71 pounds per annum on 1 Feb 1885 – a good sum in those days.

He got got promoted 3 times in 1855, 1868 and 1870.

Isaac was buried in the Belfast City Cemetery. Isaac O’Donnell of 96 Main St, Larne, age 58, died Royal Hospital 13 December 1893 and was buried in the Belfast Cemetery on 15 December 1893. He was unmarried and had no children.

Isaac O'Donnell DeathIsaac O’Donnells death certificate.

Isaac died from disease of the liver. The witness to his death was his brother in law William Campbell of 51 Copperfield St.

Isaac O'Donnell Burial in BelfastIsaac O’Donnells burial certificate.

Jane O’Donnell

There is no information known about Williams sister Jane. Can you help and locate it?

Richard O’Donnell

We have no birth of baptism record for Richard and again know very little about him except what his Royal Artillery record provides us.

Richard stated he was born at Tullylish, Co Down, Northern Ireland about 1841. Richard must have had a strong accent as this has been transcribed badly as Killybush and Cullghesh, Co Down.

When he enlisted in 1862 he named William O’Donnell (his brother) as his next of kin.

First name(s)    RICHARD
Last name    O’DONNELL
Birth year    1841
Birth parish    CULLGHESH
Birth town    BANBRIDGE
Birth county    DOWN
Birth country    IRELAND
Service number    5701
Rank    –
Regiment    Royal Artillery
Document Type    Attestation
Attestation year    1862
Attestation Day    –
Attestation Month    1
Attestation age years    21
Attestation age months    –
Attestation Corps    Royal Artillery
Attestation service number    5701
Discharge Corps    Royal Artillery
Series    WO97 chelsea pensioners british army service records 1760-1913
Box    3581
Box Record Number    67
Record set    British Army Service Records 1760-1915
Category    Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory    Regimental & service records
Collections from    Great Britain

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In 1881 Richard was in the census and was listed as living in St Mary, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales.

GBC-1881-4362344-00107On 5 April 1882 he married Elizabeth Mary Smith at Plymouth, Devon, England.

img660Richards marriage certificate showing his father as Jacob O’Donnell. I haven’t been able to trace what happened to his wife – can you help?

Richard was living at 95 Whitla Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland and died at age 43 on 11 December 1883. He was buried in the same plot that Issac was later buried in on 14 December 1883

Richard O'Donnell DeathRichard O’Donnells death certificate.

Richard died of consumption/pneumonia in a workhouse in Belfast. He may have been in an infirmary attached to a workhouse due to his poor health.

Richard O'Donnell Burial in BelfastRichard O’Donnells burial certificate.

If you have more information about the O’Donnells please contact me.

 

Halbert Families of Newcastle upon Tyne

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I have put this blog together to encourage other Halbert descendants to contribute to the amazing family tree that we have. As a descendant of Thomas Halbert 1806-1865 who was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne there are literally thousands of descendants from his family line alone. If you then add in the other family lines we are almost probably looking at tens of thousands of descendants of William and Alison Halbert.

You can contact me by scrolling down to the Contact Form at the bottom of this page. I do not put information about living people in my posts.

Little is known about the origin of our Halbert family. We have not yet been able to link the progenitor of our English, Australian and New Zealand families to any of the Scottish or English Halbert families prior to 1763.

Our family story starts with William Halbert born about 1742. We have this date based on his age at the time of his death. We have not been able to find his birth or baptism certificate nor evidence of who his parents were nor his place of birth.

There are a few options as to whom his parents could be but no proof yet.

  1. George Halbert married Elspeth McNaught in 1736. Their son William was baptised 17 July 1743 in Coylton, Ayr, Scotland
  2. William Halbert married ?  Their son William Halbert baptised 7 July 1734 in Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland

If you have other options please Contact Me. There is a form at the bottom of this webpage where you can Contact Me.

William Halbert married Alison Potts before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne England between 1763 and 1766.

Alisons parents were John Potts and Isabel Steele.

John Pots and Isabel Steele married in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland on 14 May 1731.

They had at least four girls:

  • Janet Potts baptised on 26 August 1733 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland. She married William Wilkison on 30 April 1755 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland
  • Isabel Potts baptised on 31 August 1735 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland. She married Robert Old on 9 August 1772 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland
  • Mary Potts baptised 24 May 1741 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland. She married Andrew Ker on 22 August 1763 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland.
  • Alison Potts 1743-1814 was baptised in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland on 13 November 1743. She married William Halbert on 21 August 1763 in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

There may be other family members we havent found yet.

The Potts surname isnt unique to that part of Scotland. There are multiple John Potts and at least two married in Kelso, Roxburghshire within a short time of each other. There are also a host of other Potts families in close proximity to each other.

There is a John Potts born in 1700 and baptised on 24 October 1700 to Alexander Potts and Mary Kirkwood in Kelso, Roxburghshire.

There is a John Potts born in 1711 and baptised on 27 September 1711 to James Potts in Oxnam, Roxburghshire.

If you have explored these lines in greater detail please contact me.

The Halbert Families of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.

The Halbert families of Newcastle upon Tyne begin with William and Alison (Alice) Halbert (nee Potts). William was a successful tailor. They had at least 14 children but tragically most of them died very young.

  1. Elizabeth Halbert Abt 1766-1771 was one of their first children. There may have been others born before they left Scotland or even after their arrival in Newcastle. She died on 27 Jul 1771.
  2. William Halbert abt 1766-1777- 1815. He died on 27 June 1815 in Black Boy Charre, Newcastle. He married Sarah (surname unknown). She died in February 1814. William was buried in the Ballast Hills Burial Ground, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England on 28 June 1815.

They had multiple children:

  • Sarah Halbert died 1795
  • William Halbert born 1792
  • Alice Halbert born 1794
  • John Halbert 1796-1854
  • Sarah Halbert born 1798
  • Elizabeth Halbert born 1799
  • George Potts Halbert 1802-1851
  • Joseph Halbert 1803-1838
  • Elizabeth Halbert 1804-1807
  • Mary Ann Halbert 1805-1806
  • Thomas Halbert 1806-1865 (unverified link to this family)

William and Sarah both died young and left behind a young family. There are no family stories about who looked after the children or whether they were raised by other family or became orphans. William and Sarah died penniless.

3. John Potts Halbert 1768-1826 married Mary Ann Hixon and had at least 9 children.

  • Richard Halbert 1793-1807
  • John Halbert 1794-1795
  • Mary Ann Halbert 1798-?
  • Alice Halbert 1799-1846
  • William Halbert 1800-1800
  • Elizabeth Halbert 1801-1880
  • Frank Hixon Halbert 1804-1805
  • John Potts Halbert 1808-1879
  • Richard Jackson Halbert 1809-1862

4. George Halbert 1771-1773

5. George Halbert 1773-1822.

6. Elizabeth Halbert 1775-? married Matthew Corner

7. Joseph Halbert 1776-1776

8. Alice Halbert 1778-1824 married Edward Aitkine Davidson 1777-1825 and had at least 7 children

  • Jane Aitkine Davidson 1805-1856
  • Alice Potts Davidson 1806-1817
  • Catherine Davidson 1807-?
  • William Davidson 1810-?
  • Edward Aitkine Davidson 1812-?
  • Elizabeth Davidson 1814-1818
  • Thomas Featherson Davidson 1815-?

9. Joseph Halbert 1779-1813

10. Robert Halbert 1781-1786

11. Isabella Halbert 1783-1838 married George Gouinlock and had at least 1 child

  • Georgina Isabella Gouinlock 1813-?

12. Anna Halbert 1784-1789

13. Anne Halbert 1785-?

14. Jane Halbert 1787-1789

In the Will of William Halbert 1742-1803 he names George Halbert as his executor. William leaves ample provision for his wife Alice with the stipulation that is he dies the residual monies are to be distributed to his other children. He names John, William, Joseph, Elizabeth, Alice and Isabella who were all alive in 1803.

William Halbert signature in 1803William Halberts signature taken from his Will.

 

Descendants of William Searight of County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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The Searight name has a number of popular variants including Seawright (see also Seabright but not to be confused with the Seabright families) Seeright, Seewright and Seright among others. Transcribing the name over the centuries has given rise to some very odd variations Im sure were not helped by strong Irish accents. In addition, we have a number of our Searight families who use one variant while another family line uses an alternate spelling. Some of these families began in Northern Ireland but they moved to Australia and then to New Zealand. Some of their descendants are now in South Africa. Other lines moved to the United States and Canada. By the 1880s nearly all County Londonderry Seawrights had emigrated seeking opportunities in other parts of the world.

Ive put this blog together to try to encourage descendants of the Searight families to contact me and share more information about our mutual family history. The New Zealand descendants include the McQuillans, Mitchells, Robsons and Clark families from Reefton, Crushington, Greymouth and surrounding areas. Their descendants have spread out over New Zealand. The Mawhinney families descendants have a mutual ancestor – Eliza Morton – who married a Searight and who are directly related to us.

2 April 2016 Update: The DNA tests confirm that the Australian and New Zealand Seawrights are genetically related ie we have a common ancestor. An Australian Seawright took the Family Finder and YDNA tests from the genealogy testing company Family Tree DNA. Multiple New Zealand Searight descendants have taken the Family Finder test and have matched the Australian Seawright family. The tests also show direct genetic links to the Seright and Seawright families in the USA via the YDNA (direct male ancestor) family line.

The Australian Seawrights have the same common ancestors William (John) Searight and Roseanna (Rose) Smith/Smyth.

  • Mary Seawright born in 1851 and died in 1869 in Queensland, Australia. She died without marrying.
  • John Seawright born in 1838 and died in 1901 in Queensland, Australia. He married Ellen Knipe/Snype/Snipe who died in 1890. They had at least 12 children.
  • William James Seawright 1858-1935
  • John Seawright 1860-1899
  • Thomas Seawright 1862-1930
  • Robert Seawright 1865-1927
  • Ellen Seawright 1866-?
  • Andrew Seawright 1868?-1961
  • Eliza Seawright 1868
  • Joseph Seawright 1869-1911
  • Charlotte Seawright 1870-1901
  • Catherine Seawright 1871-1915
  • Ann Seawright 1875-?
  • Sarah Ellen Seawright 1879-1945
  • Charlotte Seawright who was born in 1840. She married James Mackerell 1837-1869. They had at least 4 children. Charlotte may have emigrated to the United States after the death of her husband. Charlottes married name has a large number of variants not helped by Charlotte being aware how to spell it.
  • Sarah Mackerell 1861-
  • John Mackerell 1864-
  • Martha Mackerell 1866-
  • Rachel Mackerell 1868-

One of the Australian Seawrights has a family bible which links the Australian and New Zealand families. If you have it could you please send me a copy of the family records information.

If you are a Seawright and would like to help determine if you are related to our County Londonderry families you can Contact me and we can arrange a DNA test through Family Tree DNA. The tests will tell us if we have a common ancestor 150, 200, 300, 400+ years ago. It only involves a swab of your mouth saliva and 2 minutes of your time. Theres no blood involved! The results will compare to my family who are Searight family members from Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. My preference is for a male with the Seawright surname and preferably the oldest male member in your family line.

Our New Zealand families know very little about the origins of our Searight families other than what has been written in probate records, Wills and on death certificates. My New Zealand Searights parents were William Searight and Rosanna Smyth who were from Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. This information comes from Andrew Searights death certificate which stated his parents were William and Rosanna. With the death of the last of the three original New Zealand Searights this may have been corrupted or corrected to John Searight and Rose Smith. John and Rose were named on Catherine Pattersons (nee Searight) death certificate. Ive found that death records are far less reliable than records which living ancestors made. The information for death records can come from multiple sources including people who knew little or nothing about the family however this is the only information we have – for now.

My New Zealand Searight families started with two brothers and a sister:

  • Robert Searight 1841-1873
  • Andrew Searight 1843-1889
  • Catherine Searight 1852-1935

My Searight family started with Robert Searight who was born about 1841 in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Robert left Liverpool, England on 2 Aug 1857 and sailed to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where he arrived on 28 Nov 1857. The Victorian goldfields were in full swing at this stage and he may have tried his hand there before moving to New Zealand or may have met up with family members who had moved previously. At this stage I have only just stared exploring the Irish roots of the Searight family. If you are a Searight researcher please Contact Me if you have more information.

Records of travel between Australia and New Zealand during the peak gold rush periods are scant at best. The incredible volumes of people traveling hoping to make it big meant that many never got recorded. The first mention of Robert Searight in New Zealand is in the Otago Daily Times , Issue 920, 1 December 1864, Page 8.

Robert Seawright Otago Daily Times , Issue 920, 1 December 1864, Page 8Image courtesy of Papers Past

Robert next appears in the Colonist, Volume XI, Issue 1099, 7 April 1868, Page 3 after being viciously assaulted in Brighton, near Charleston, Nelson-Marlborough, New Zealand. Brighton at the time was at the end of a short lived mining boom which began in 1866. Because of the Fenian uprising troops were sent from Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand to quell the disturbances on the West Coast.

Robert Seawright Colonist, Volume XI, Issue 1099, 7 April 1868, Page 3Image courtesy of Papers Past

A few months later he married Elizabeth (Eliza) Morton 1845-1899 on 3 July 1868 at the Residence of Rev Joseph White, Charleston, Nelson-Marlborough, New Zealand. His occupation at that time was “carter”. A carter was a person who drove a strong vehicle with two wheels which was used for carrying heavy goods of various kinds. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Morton and Mary Fawcett (Faucett) from Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland. Thomas was the son of Edward Morton.

Robert and Eliza had two children:

1. May Elizabeth Morton Searight born 7 Sep 1870 in Brighton, Charleston, Nelson-Marlborough, New Zealand. May married Frederick Clark on 16 Apr 1892 in Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand. They had 6 children:

  • Olivia (Olive) Latonia De Courcy Clark 1892-1972
  • Eileen Mabel Clark 1894-1972
  • Ethel Elizabeth Clark 1897-1931
  • Morton Leslie James Clark 1899-1984
  • Beatrice May Clark 1903-1950
  • Fawcett Seddon Clark 1905-1977

2. Robert Edward Ernest Morton Searight born 1871 in Westport, Westcoast, New Zealand. Robert married Clare Felix Goullet ?-1946 in South Africa. They had two children:

  • Robert Morton Felix Searight 1908-2001
  • Claire Elizabeth Searight 1911-2002

The only picture we have of an early Searight family member come from the Cyclopedia of New Zealand online. It is an image of Robert Edward Ernest Morton Searight. By this time he had started using Seawright as his surname.

Robert SearightRobert Seawright formerly Working Foreman in charge of the Consolidated Goldfields Company’s aerial tramway, was born at Westport in 1871, and was educated at his native place. After leaving school he took to mining, of which he has made a practical study in all its branches. It has been aptly said that a gold-digger is nothing if not a master of all trades, and this is so with Mr. Seawright. He has held responsible positions at the Globe, Venus, Cumberland and Progress mines. In order to gain a wider knowledge, Mr. Seawright went to Australia in 1894, and visited the goldfields of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and West Australia, and the workings of the famous Southern Cross mine. On returning to New Zealand in the following year, he was employed at the Progress mines, Reefton. When the Consolidated Goldfields Company took over the property, he was employed on the aerial tramway as well as at the water race. Mr. Seawright takes a great interest in athletic matters, and is a good long distance runner, having competed at Wellington and other race meetings. He is well known in social matters, and is generally popular amongst the mining community.

Article sourced from The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

Roberts father Robert Searight 1841-1873 died tragically when a tree he was cutting down fell on him fracturing his skull. He was taken to the local hospital and died 3 months later. The following stories document these events. The Concord Hotel which he occupied with his family had only just been completed.

Robert Searight Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1562, 7 August 1873, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Colonist, Volume XI, Issue 1099, 7 April 1868, Page 3Robert Searight Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1568, 14 August 1873, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1568, 14 August 1873, Page 2

Searight DeathImage courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1568, 14 August 1873, Page 2

Robert was buried in Kororo Cemetery, Greymouth on 14 Aug 1873 – Plot number 139. The grave-site is unmarked.

Robert Searight - Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1569, 15 August 1873, Page 2Robert died without leaving a will, although an inquest into his death took place. Eliza may have continued to run the Concord Hotel for a short period after Roberts death. At Roberts inquest a man named Moore Mawhinney was witness.

The Concord Hotel may have been bought or leased immediately after Roberts death by Charles Harvey Boase who applied for a spirit license on 6 May 1873.

Concord Hotel Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1539, 10 July 1873, Page 1Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1539, 10 July 1873, Page 1

In this article Eliza was refused a license for the Argus Hotel in  April 1874. She may have known that the Concord Hotel was about to be sold. Eliza Searight - Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1782, 22 April 1874, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1782, 22 April 1874, Page 2

Eliza may have continued to run the Concord Hotel for Mr Boase until it appears to have been purchased or leased by S.G Rowley as she was still living there when it was going to be leased.

Eliza Seawright Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1792, 4 May 1874, Page 1 Image courtesy of Papers Past –  Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1792, 4 May 1874, Page 1

The Concord Hotel was put up for sale in July 1874.

Concord Hotel - Grey River Argus, Volume XV, Issue 1840, 29 June 1874, Page 3Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XV, Issue 1842, 1 July 1874, Page 3

By 5 December 1874 Peter Gilmartin applied for a license for the Concord Hotel but did not turn up to the license hearing so it was refused.

Concord Hotel - Grey River Argus, Volume XV, Issue 1976, 5 December 1874, Page 2The following article from 1875 illustrates that Eliza continued to try to make her own way after her husbands death by seeking the transfer of other hotel licenses into her own name. The laws or social attitudes of the time may have prohibited a woman being a licensee but it didn’t appear to stop Eliza taking over other hotel licenses. Roberts brother Andrew Searight seemed to have purchased the Concord Hotel at some point as when he died his widow Lucy tried to take over as licensee and was also refused the license.

Mrs Searight Grey River Argus, Volume XVI, Issue 2049, 3 March 1875, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XVI, Issue 2049, 3 March 1875, Page 2

On 8 Jun 1876 Eliza Searight married Moore Ellis Mawhinney 1842-1891. They had 5 children together.

  • Ethel Maude Mawhinney 1878-1927 married John Murray McQuillan 1874-1923
  • Mabel Grace Mawhinney 1880-1947 married William Chinnery Vivian Mitchell 1873-1952
  • George Mawhinney 1881-1944 married Elizabeth Clements 1891-1942
  • Thomas Mawhinney 1884-1884
  • Sarah Katherine Beatrice Mawhinney 1885-1971 married Edward Sutherland Robson ?-1938

In 1890 Eliza and Roberts daughter Mabel Searight was sick enough that they local newspaper wrote about her. She went on to lead a full life so perhaps was unscathed by the epidemic.

Mawhinney and Searight - Grey River Argus, Volume XXXIX, Issue 6941, 18 December 1890, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XXXIX, Issue 6941, 18 December 1890, Page 2

Moore Mawhinney like Elizas first husband died in tragic circumstances leaving a young family on 9 Apr 1891.

Moore Mawhinney - New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8538, 11 April 1891, Page 5Image courtesy of Papers Past – New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8538, 11 April 1891, Page 5

A second article in greater detail.

Moore Mahinney Death Inangahua Times, Volume XVI, Issue 20223, 13 April 1891, Page 4Image courtesy of Papers Past – Inangahua Times, Volume XVI, Issue 20223, 13 April 1891, Page 4

Eliza continued the family business and appears to have eventually been given a license of her own. At times she has transferred licenses to other owners and then sought other licenses for herself. Whether the prevailing opinions had changed allowing women to be licensees I dont know. Perhaps someone versed in licensing regulations from the period could contact me.

Elizabeth Mawhinney - Inangahua Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 503, 21 January 1895, Page 3Image courtesy of Papers Past – Inangahua Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 503, 21 January 1895, Page 3

Eliza Mawhinney - Inangahua Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 511, 4 December 1895, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Inangahua Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 511, 4 December 1895, Page 2

Eliza Mawhinney died on 29 Jun 1899 and was buried on 2 Jul 1899 in the Old Reefton (Pioneer) Cemetery, Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand in the same plot as Moore Mawhinney.

Moore Ellis and Elizabeth MawhinneyMoore Ellis Mawhinney and Eliza Mawhinney (nee Searight, nee Morton). Photo taken by me in January 2015 at the remnants of the Reefton Cemetery.

Andrew Searight 1843-1889 was Roberts Searights brother.

Andrew (another Irishman) has most likely traveled to Liverpool, England where he departed on 8 Jun 1861 and sailed to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia arriving on 12 Aug 1861.

The earliest trace I can find of Andrew is in New Zealand marrying Lucy Spring 1854-1894 on 24 Jun 1869 at the Swan Hotel, Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand.

They had 6 children:

  • Joseph Frederick Searight 1873-1946 married Frances Olive Trower 1888-1932
  • Maud Josephine Mary Searight 1875-? married Arthur Archie Adams
  • Ernest Searight 1877-1902
  • Henry Searight 1877-1878
  • Robert Searight 1880-1975 married Annie Connor
  • Charlotte Searight 1882-?

By September 1869 Andrew had  been operating a licensed house.

Andrew Searight West Coast Times , Issue 1237, 9 September 1869Image courtesy of Papers Past – West Coast Times , Issue 1237, 9 September 1869, Page 2

In 1877 Andrew is living in Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand. Again we have not been able to locate his arrival into New Zealand.

Andrew Searight - Grey River Argus, Volume XXI, Issue 2724, 7 May 1877, Page 4Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XXI, Issue 2724, 7 May 1877, Page 4

Andrew spent his life in New Zealand working as a mine manager and prospector but also ran licensed hotels and accommodation with his wife.

Andrew Searight West Coast Times , Issue 3111, 17 March 1879, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – West Coast Times , Issue 3111, 17 March 1879, Page 2

Andrew Seawright Inangahua Times, Volume XIII, Issue 20558, 28 September 1888, Page 4Image courtesy of Papers Past – Inangahua Times, Volume XIII, Issue 20558, 28 September 1888, Page 4

Like his brother Andrews life was cut short in a fairly horrific and very similar type of accident.

Andrew Seabright - Star , Issue 6462, 4 February 1889, Page 4Image courtesy of Papers Past – Star , Issue 6462, 4 February 1889, Page 4

Andrew Searight - Press, Volume XLVI, Issue 7272, 4 February 1889, Page 5Image courtesy of Papers Past – Press, Volume XLVI, Issue 7272, 4 February 1889, Page 5

Andrew Searight Death Grey River Argus, Volume XXXVII, Issue 6358, 6 February 1889, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Grey River Argus, Volume XXXVII, Issue 6358, 6 February 1889, Page 2

I havent been able to find much reference material about Lucy.

Andrews wife Lucy died in 1894

Lucy Searight - Inangahua Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 316, 17 May 1894, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past – Inangahua Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 316, 17 May 1894, Page 2

Catherine Searight 1852-1935 left London on 21/22 Jan 1869 and sailed to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the “Flying Cloud” arriving on 30 Apr 1869 before moving to New Zealand in 1870.

Catherine married Robert Patterson in Brighton, West Coast, New Zealand on 2 Jan 1871. The witnesses were: Robert and Elizabeth Searight, Publicans of Brighton, West Coast, New Zealand. Catherine Searight was listed as a minor.

Catherine and Robert had 12 children.

  • John Patterson 1871-1953
  • James Patterson 1873-?

Mr. James Patterson , one of the sons of the late Mr. Robert Patterson, was born at Reefton in the year 1873. He has been associated with the business, which he now manages in conjunction with his brother, since he was fourteen years of age.

  • Robert Patterson married Katherine Thomson
  • William Patterson
  • Annabella Patterson married Alexander Doig
  • Catherine Patterson
  • Isaac Patterson 1880-1936 married Lucy May Smith

Mr. Isaac Patterson acts in conjunction with Mr. James Patterson in the management of the business left by their late father. He was born at Reefton, in 1880, and, after undergoing a legal and commercial training in Wellington, returned to take up his present business.

  • Mary Anne Patterson
  • Hugh Patterson married Karen Bettine Berthelson ?-1972
  • Thomas Searight Patterson 1885-1976 married Isabella Park Moonie 1889-1965
  • David Patterson
  • Henry Patterson

Robert died on 25 Apr 1903 in Reefton. After his death his family paid for a brief biography to be entered in the Cyclopedia of New Zealand.

Mr. Robert Patterson was born in Killyleagh, County Down, Ireland, in the year 1838. He went to Victoria, Australia, in 1854, followed goldmining at Ballarat and Castlemaine, and was one of the original holders of the well-known Catherine reef. In 1861, Mr. Patterson arrived in Otago, on his way to Gabriel’s Gully, and utterwards worked over most of the southern gold fields. He was then attracted to the West Coast, and commenced business as a storekeeper at Kanieri. Afterwards he removed to Brighton, and ultimately to Reefton, where he established his business in 1872, and had associated with him for a time, the late Mr. James Patterson, his brother. Mr. Patterson was a member of the local school committee for a number of years, and was for some time chairman of the Inangahua County Council. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Patterson married Miss Searight, of Bellaghay, Ireland, in 1871, and left a family and nine sons and three daughters, when he died in 1903.

Patterson, Robert . Merchant, Broadway, Reefton. This business was established by the late Mr Robert Patterson, in the year 1872. The building was burnt down in 1874, and was replaced by the present building, which was considerably enlarged and renovated in the year 1899. It stands on a freehold section, measuring thirty-three feet by ninety-nine feet, and consists of a double-fronted shop, offices, and store room, with a residence at the back. Since the death of Mr. Patterson, in 1903, the business has been conducted by Messrs James and Isaac Patterson.

Information courtesy of The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

Catherine died on 8 Jun 1935 in Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand.

William Seawright who died in 1856 had a will which was being administered by his son John Seawright. DNA tests taken in 2016 confirm that John Seawright mentioned was the son of William and brother to Robert, Andrew, Catherine, Charlotte and Mary Seawright. John later lost all his land and moved to Queensland, Australia with his family. James Smyth could have been Williams wife Rose Smyth family.

William Seawright

Descendants of Thomas Halbert 1806-1865

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Descendants of Thomas Halbert 1806-1865

Thomas Halbert imageThomas Halbert 1806-1865 – Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand. Unknown source for the image. Possibly from a private collection. Do you know where this image originally comes from? – please Contact Me if you do. The earliest I can find this image being used is in 1927 in the following book.

Thomas HalbertImage courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum

Ive created this webpage to look at where Thomas Halbert came from, who his family were and to try to work out why he came to New Zealand. Unlike other settlers a lot of this information has been lost. Where possible I am using original source documents to accurately record dates of birth, marriage and death of his ancestors and descendants and to identify where he was living throughout his life.

I would like to encourage descendants of Thomas Halbert 1806-1865 to come forward with information, photos and stories about some of our earlier ancestors including the children and grandchildren of Thomas. I understand that some descendants do not want to look at this history but many others do. Like most families there are skeletons in the closet which people do not want aired and so its a delicate balance trying to find the family history when some do not want it explored or told.

Some of the major family lines who are descended from Thomas include the Halbert, Pere, Wyllie, Heany, Mataira, Cuff, Gordon, Cunningham, Tatae, McGaveston, Harker, Paratene, Kohere and Gannon families among many others. I would like to collate as much birth, marriage and death information about the families and eventually have this published in a book. To do this I need your help with the family history/whakapapa. Theres a Contact Me form at the bottom of this webpage if you would like to help.

The second major purpose of this was to find a direct male Wi Pere or Thomas Halbert Jr descendant who was willing to help me find who Thomas Halberts parents and family were using modern scientific methods – Family Tree DNA testing.

This is a work in progress and Ill add more as time allows. If you would like something clarified, images added or anything else I’m only an email away.

If you are going to use images or information from this site please acknowledge where you got them from.

While most of my information is on this website you can connect with some of your other Halbert/Pere cousins using this Thomas Halbert facebook group:

Thomas Halbert

Contents of this webpage:

  • Preface
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Updates
  • Introduction
  • The Origin of the Halbert families of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead
  • Thomas Halbert 1806-1865 – facts, myths and more
  • Thomas Halberts life – A chronological history
  • How we know about Thomas Halbert – investigating what we know
  • The Australian Halberts
  • Did Thomas have a middle name?
  • Tracing Thomas family using modern techniques
  • Thomas Halberts 6 wives
  • Resources
  • In memory of Thomas Halbert

About the author

I am a descendant of Thomas Halbert and Kaikiri. Kaikiri (also known as Keita Kaikiri/Kaikeri) was Thomas 5th wife. They had four girls who survived to adulthood. The last of those born was Martha (Maata) Rewanga Halbert who is my direct ancestor. Martha married Arthur Francis Cuff and had one daughter Ada Materoa Cuff. Martha died having her second child leaving Ada as an only child until her father remarried. Ada had 5 children with Charles Winford McGaveston. Charles son John Wynn McGaveston married Dorothea O’Donnell and had my grandmother who is still alive aged 97.

None of my blogs will contain information about living people for privacy reasons.

Acknowledgements

During my research I have been helped by an increasing number of friends, newly found family members (many of whom we have a common ancestor Thomas Halbert 210 years ago) and other people interested in Thomas Halbert.

I also offer my thanks to the Thomas Halbert Jr descendant in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand who has taken the DNA test on behalf of the New Zealand Halberts.

A big thank you to the two different Australian Halbert family lines – Garry Halbert and Steve Halbert who have taken a DNA test and shown that we – The New Zealand Halberts – are directly related to them. We have the same common ancestors William and Sarah Halbert from Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

As always thanks go to my cousin Ailsa who is based in Queensland, Australia who has offered me much research advice and research support as well as spending countless hours researching some of the descendants of Thomas Halbert.

Thanks go to Peter John Te Otene Gordon who started researching the Halbert and Gordon families decades ago before the advent of the internet. He started some research into the Halbert families in Newcastle upon Tyne and Australia. Some of his written letters to the Australian Halberts are still around today.

Last but not least I am indebted to Ingrid in England who has spent countless hours going through 300 year old documents to research the births, baptisms, marriages and deaths of our Halbert family and she is not even related to us!

Tracing Thomas Halbert has and will continue to need your support. There is still plenty of time for you to Contact Me if you have photos, stories or any genealogical information about the descendants of Thomas Halbert – particularly your family whakapapa.

Nga Mihi Nui

Cameron

Updates:

10 June 2017. I have added a photo of Hetekia Te Kani Pere

18 February 2017 – I added some images of Kate Halbert/Wyllie/Gannon to the blog.

17 December 2016 – I added a letter from Bishop William Williams to Sir Donald McLean which mentions Wi Pere and Thomas Halbert among others

20 August 2016 – I have added Thomas Halberts arrival in Tasmania in 1829 and shipping record to Port Jackson in 1830.

3 July 2016 – I have added two shipping records I think demonstrate that Thomas Halbert was in New Zealand as early as 1832 and travelled to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

10 June 2016 – I have added more information about Thomas Halberts 1806-1865 aunts, uncles, grandparents and their origins plus some of the other Halbert families who may/may not be related to us and who emigrated from Scotland in the 1850s and 1860s.

12 March 2016 – I have added a letter written by Thomas Halbert in 1845. This shows his signature. I have also added some information about the Te Kupenga I land on the River Arai that Thomas Halbert sold and was later resold.

12 December 2015 – I have added some more information about Thomas Halbert written by Ruth Guscott in her book in 1943 called Summary of European Settlement Prior to 1840 on the East Coast of New Zealand from Ahuriri to Wharekahika.

31 July 2015The YDNA (direct male line) results have come back to show we (The NZ Halberts) have the same common male ancestor as the Australian Halberts who are from Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead in England.

Many thanks to our cousin in Hastings, Hawkes Bay who volunteered to take the test. Without his help I would not have been able to prove Thomas Halbert was related to the Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead families and more importantly Thomas was the son of one of the Halbert men.

The second purpose of the test is to try and work out who the Australian and NZ families common ancestor is. We need to know if that common ancestor is William Halbert 1742-1803 or his son William Halbert 1766-1815 or one of his brothers George Halbert, Joseph Halbert or John Potts Halbert. It is very unlikely John was Thomas father as he had a family of his own.

In order to be able to work this out I paid to upgrade the tests of the NZ Halberts. The Aussie Halberts (Garry and Steve) have graciously paid to upgrade their own results. Its not a cheap exercise costing around $220 USA per test to upgrade the results from YDNA 37 to YDNA 111.

Please take 5 minutes to view the following document. This briefly shows you what we were trying to work out. I know this conflicts with the information provided by Thomas Halbert Jr and later used by the authors of the book about Wi Pere but no one has undertaken detailed research into Thomas Halbert and his English and Scottish origins.

TH20 July 2015 – I added Thomas Halberts death certificate. There is no doubt that he died in the Taruheru River near Makaraka, Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

31 March 2015 – Recent test results by the Australian Halbert line show that the New Zealand Halberts are related!!! The Aussie Halberts match 6 members of my immediate and close family which are the children of Kaikiri. The centimorgan (cM) matches range from 31cM to 9cM. This definitively confirms Thomas was from the Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead families. The test was called the Family Finder test which looks at DNA from the test subjects parents, great grandparents all the way to the great great great great grandparents. The next test called the YDNA test shows whether Thomas Halbert was a direct male descendant from the Newcastle upon Tyne families. The were two lines of Halberts who moved to Australia from England from the mid to late 1850s. I believe that both of these family lines were Thomas Halberts nephews. They were his brother John Halberts children.

The Origins of the Halbert Families of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead

The Halberts of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead started their lives in Scotland. William Halbert married Alison (Alice) Potts in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland on 21 August 1763. Kelso had a textile industry and this is perhaps where William Halbert learnt his craft.

William Halbert marriage to Alison Potts 1763The marriage of William Halbert to Alison Potts in 1763. Image purchased from Scotlands People.

I have found a baptism for Alison Potts in Scotland but not found one for William Halbert. Was William born in another part of Scotland? It is unlikely that William would have traveled far from where he lived to marry Alison unless he had moved to establish himself for work purposes. There was a family of Halberts living in Newcastle prior to William and Alison moving there but there are no known links between the families.

Alison Potts father was named John Potts. Most likely her mother was Isabel Steele and they married on 14 May 1731 in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland. John died on 27 April 1802 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland and Isabel died on 13 December 1804 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland.

They had at least four girls:

  • Janet Potts baptised on 26 August 1733 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland. She married William Wilkison on 30 April 1755 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland
  • Isabel Potts baptised on 31 August 1735 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland. She married Robert Old on 9 August 1772 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland
  • Mary Potts baptised 24 May 1741 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland. She married Andrew Ker on 22 August 1763 in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland.
  • Alison Potts 1743-1814 was baptised in Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland on 13 November 1743. She married William Halbert on 21 August 1763 in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Alison Potts 1743 BerwickThe baptism of Alison Potts. Image purchased from Scotlands People.

If you view a modern map of Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland and Newcastle upon Tyne the distances between the two locations is very small even if you take into account the lack of ‘modern’ roads in the 1760s. The area where they married was a short distance from Coldstream a place well known in that time period for English people to travel and marry.

Kelso MapIf you have explored any of these lines in greater detail please contact me.

The Halbert families of Newcastle upon Tyne begin with William and Alison (Alice) Halbert (nee Potts). William was a successful tailor. They had at least 14 children but tragically most of them died very young.

  1. Elizabeth Halbert Abt 1766-1771 was one of their first children. There may have been others born before they left Scotland or even after their arrival in Newcastle. She died on 27 Jul 1771.
  2. William Halbert abt 1766/1777- 1815. He died on 27 June 1815 in Black Boy Charre, Newcastle. He married Sarah (surname unknown). She died in February 1814. William was buried in the Ballast Hills Burial Ground, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England on 28 June 1815.

They had multiple children:

  • Sarah Halbert died 1795
  • William Halbert born 1792
  • Alice Halbert born 1794
  • John Halbert 1796-1854
  • Sarah Halbert born 1798
  • Elizabeth Halbert born 1799
  • George Potts Halbert 1802-1851
  • Joseph Halbert 1803-1838
  • Elizabeth Halbert 1804-1807
  • Mary Ann Halbert 1805-1806
  • Thomas Halbert 1806-1865

William and Sarah both died young and left behind a young family. There are no family stories about who looked after the children or whether they were raised by other family or became orphans. William and Sarah died penniless.

3. John Potts Halbert 1768-1826 married Mary Ann Hixon and had at least 9 children.

  • Richard Halbert 1793-1807
  • John Halbert 1794-1795
  • Mary Ann Halbert 1798-?
  • Alice Halbert 1799-1846
  • William Halbert 1800-1800
  • Elizabeth Halbert 1801-1880
  • Frank Hixon Halbert 1804-1805
  • John Potts Halbert 1808-1879
  • Richard Jackson Halbert 1809-1862

4. George Halbert 1771-1773

5. George Halbert 1773-1822 married Mary Elliot and had at least 1 child

Sarah Halbert 1807-?

6. Elizabeth Halbert 1775-? married Matthew Corner and had no children.

7. Joseph Halbert 1776-1776

8. Alice Halbert 1778-1824 married Edward Aitkine Davidson 1777-1825 and had at least 7 children

  • Jane Aitkine Davidson 1805-1856
  • Alice Potts Davidson 1806-1817
  • Catherine Davidson 1807-?
  • William Davidson 1810-?
  • Edward Aitkine Davidson 1812-?
  • Elizabeth Davidson 1814-1818
  • Thomas Featherson Davidson 1815-?

9. Joseph Halbert 1779-1813

10. Robert Halbert 1781-1786

11. Isabella Halbert 1783-1838 married George Gouinlock and had at least 1 child

  • Georgina Isabella Gouinlock 1813-?

12. Anna Halbert 1784-1789

13. Anne Halbert 1785-?

14. Jane Halbert 1787-1789

Thomas Halbert 1806-1865

Thomas Halbert (also known as Tame Poto Harapata, Tommy Short or Tommy) is one of my ancestors and by descent there are a few thousand people currently alive in New Zealand who can trace their ancestry back to him due to a colourful life and a large number of children with multiple different wives. “Thomas six alliances with Maori women of high standing made him famous locally, and earned him, among Europeans, the nickname of Henry VIII”.

Compared to the other settlers in Turanganui-a-Kiwa “Great standing place of Kiwa” later Turanga then later Gisborne in Poverty Bay, New Zealand very little is known about Thomas prior to his arrival in New Zealand. Apart from a handful of memories by Thomas son we glean a lot of what we know about Thomas from historical documents in libraries in Gisborne, the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne,  the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand, Old Land Claims by Thomas, early census, shipping logs, electoral roles, newspapers and books held by various libraries throughout New Zealand and Australia.

There is a painting of Thomas at the Rongopai Marae at Waituhii along with his son Wi Pere painted in much more recent times. The image I have used above is of Thomas but little is known about its origin. Who supplied it to the Tairawhiti museum? It may have been Peter Gordon but no one has recorded who gifted the image. This blog is to encourage my cousins and other descendants of Thomas to help me find out where he came from and to clarify the enduring misinformation about Thomas – some of which has been printed and some of which is passed down generation to generation without ever seeking out the source.

In life Thomas worked as a whaler, trader, land dealer and farmer and is considered one of the founding fathers of modern day Gisborne in Poverty Bay, New Zealand. Thomas place in history should not just be consigned to that of progenitor. While he had far more successes matrimonially than as a businessman who sold items on credit then never got paid for them he was one of a handful of Pakeha (foreigner) men and women settlers and missionaries living in Turanga for decades prior to heavy colonisation.

Thomas like John William (J.W) Harris who arrived shortly before him was a pioneer settler in Turanga. Turanga in the 1830s was a land under Maori control and this control was maintained for decades after Thomas arrived. For some descendants of Thomas Halbert his arrival along with Harris and others marked the end of Maori life as it had been for hundreds of years. The foreign cultures clashed with Maori culture and tradition despite Turanga having a slower pace of change compared to to other populist areas of New Zealand. Only in the mid 1860s did this dynamic drastically change and so the fortunes of the original peoples of the land.

I feel compelled to point out that this isn’t a blog debating Thomas and his contemporaries impact on Maori society. I know that some 150 years on some descendants still don’t like to talk about Thomas in a positive light but know that many others do. Thomas is one of their tipuna and also one of mine. No one has undertaken systematic research into the Halbert English/Scottish families until now. As with all good research I need your help to fill in the missing pieces so that if you can help I encourage you to Contact Me.

Thomas had a lot of opportunity to be as successful as other settlers but for the most part appears to have chosen a different path. He was heavily connected to local tribes who initially utilised his access to guns, gunpowder and modern tools and amenities. When bans on selling guns and gunpowder to Maori were in effect Thomas remained connected to the local tribes and his importance was maintained with marriages to high ranking women resulting in the many children of Thomas that were born.

Rongowhakaata and The Crown by Bruce Stirling better explains one element of the relationship between settlers and local Maori than I can:

If nothing else, Halbert’s colourful life epitomises several characteristics of Turanga settlement. Early settlers were closely tied to their Maori patrons (with marital ties clearly being severed should a new patron adopt a particular settler)……”

Halbert’s experience also indicates that the links between settlers and Maori were wide-ranging, and that the links between local iwi ran even deeper and were further developed through marriages to settlers.

Some of the earliest information we have about Thomas comes from his son Thomas Matewai Halbert (junior) 1863-1928. Thomas Halbert Junior was 2 years old when his father died so his information about his father is likely to have come from his mother, family and associates of Thomas Halbert senior.

He stated that his father was from Newcastle on Tyne and of Anglo Scottish descent. He said Thomas senior was the son of Robert Halbert. It was believed that he was English on his fathers side and Scottish on his mothers side. Nothing was handed down to the exact place of Thomas birth nor the exact date so we had estimates ranging from 1802-1808.

Thomas Halbert junior was interviewed in the early 1920s by author J.A MacKay. It is highly likely that some of his memories may not be as accurate as we would have liked. Memories 60 years after the fact aren’t ever going to be perfect, especially when they aren’t his memories. Thomas Halbert junior recalled things as he remembered them and I have been researching which of these memories can be proven using historical birth, marriage and death documents.

In 2013 I paid a researcher in England to find Thomas and his parents based on his birth being in Newcastle upon Tyne. Despite a lot of research no concrete evidence of any Thomas being born in Newcastle upon Tyne was found. We did find a Thomas Halbert being baptised in Gateshead in 1814 at aged 8 meaning his birth was 1806. Gateshead is right next door to Newcastle so its very likely that while Thomas may have been born in Newcastle he was baptised in Gateshead.

The baptism that was found is the only baptism of any Thomas Halbert who is descended from the Newcastle upon Tyne families. Just to make things that much more difficult for my research the baptism records Thomas Halberts parents as Thomas and Sarah Halbert.

I believe the original baptism registration was most likely a mistake and Thomas father was incorrectly listed. If Thomas Halberts parents were accurately recorded then there is no birth or marriage record for Thomas and Sarah Halbert currently available but this is unlikely because Thomas is one of the Newcastle upon Tyne Halberts.  The Halbert families of Newcastle upon Tyne all descend from William and Alice Halbert and were related to each other.

The baptism record directly conflicts with the information about Thomas father being named Robert mentioned by Thomas Halbert Jr and also used in the book about Thomas son William (Wi) Pere. There is no evidence of any Robert Halbert who could have been Thomas father. The only Robert born in Newcastle upon Tyne to William and Alice Halbert died at aged 5. Robert Halbert was born on 17 October 1781 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He was baptised on 18 Oct 1781 at Castle Garth Presbyterian-NC, Newcastle upon Tyne and he died on 30 Mar 1786 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

On the same day Thomas was baptised in Gateshead a Sarah Halbert was baptised but to John and Dorothy Halbert nee Gibson. John was Thomas older brother making Sarah Halbert his first cousin. The baptism certificate of Thomas Halbert is most likely our Thomas. It is the only record to fit the right age and location. I believe that Thomas fathers name was incorrectly entered on the baptism register by the priest (these things did happen and happened in other records for other Halbert families). John Halbert would have known who Thomas fathers was as they had the same father. There are no other Thomas Halberts born before our Thomas Halbert 1806-1865. There are no other families who moved into the area who could account for Thomas parents. In support of this is the fact that there are no other Halberts born in a 30 year time frame to Thomas and Sarah Halbert or a Thomas Halbert with any other wife. This would make Thomas an only child and also does not explain what happened to his parents and why there is no marriage record or record of any other Thomas Halbert.

Supporting Facts

There is no mention of a Thomas Halbert alive when William Halbert Sr (Thomas grandfather) died in 1803. William Halbert left a Will detailing who his surviving children were. When this Will was created our Halbert family were the only Halbert family living in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. The family were not living in Scotland. The Halberts had not been living in Scotland for 30+ years. All living children of William Halbert Sr were mentioned in his Will. If our Thomas father was named Thomas he would have appeared in William Halbert Will. If he was an outcast from the family there would have been a baptism, marriage or death record for him and there isn’t. I am continually checking in case new records come to light but there is no evidence of a Thomas born before our Thomas was born in 1806 in Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead.

The following is William Halberts Will. Note the names of all the surviving male and female children at the time of his death. There is no Robert Halbert. In case you are having trouble reading each image please ensure you click on the image then click it again to enlarge it.

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In the Will of William Halbert 1842-1803 he names George Halbert as his executor. William leaves ample provision for his wife Alice with the stipulation that if she dies the residual monies are to be distributed to his other children. All the following children were alive in 1803. All the other children predeceased them. He names:

  • John Halbert
  • William Halbert Jr
  • George Halbert
  • Joseph Halbert
  • Elizabeth Halbert
  • Alice Halbert Jr
  • Isabella Halbert

And their mother Alice Halbert

William Halbert signature in 1803William Halberts signature and seal taken from his Will.

There is no Thomas and Sarah Halbert as the parents of any children before or after Thomas. This would make Thomas an only child and also does not explain what happened to his parents.

The people who I believe are Thomas parents are William and Sarah Halbert died in 1815 and 1814 respectively. Both were around 49 years old and they had a young family who would largely have been of working age when they died. Thomas was baptised on the same day in the same place as his cousin because his older brother was now his carer.

William Halbert Jr died 6 months after Thomas was baptised leaving him as an 8 year old without parents. Thomas had older brothers and sisters who would have cared for him. I do not believe Thomas was part of the John Potts Halbert (brother to William Halbert Jr and Thomas uncle) family as they didn’t baptise him. Similarly if he was George Halberts son why didn’t he raise him and why wasn’t his name recorded on the baptism record? George Halbert married Mary Elliott on 22 Apr 1807 at Saint Nicholas, Durham, England and had a daughter on 20 December 1807. It’s very unlikely George was Thomas Halberts father. George may have helped raise Thomas Halbert but there are no family stories to tell us this. Joseph Halbert most likely died in 1813 so this rules him out of raising Thomas. In 2016 I found the death of Joseph Halbert who died in 1813 in St Mary’s, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Joseph was a member of the Northumberland Militia. While this doesn’t rule out Joseph being Thomas father it makes it very unlikely.

By process of elimination we can rule out most of the other male lines as being Thomas father. If Thomas wasn’t part of the family of William and Sarah Halbert or John Potts Halbert then the only other people who could have been his father were George Halbert or Joseph Halbert and Thomas did not name any of his surviving children George as was the naming tradition. Because Thomas was baptised on the same day as John Halberts child Sarah then there is the good possibility that John may have raised Thomas.

Could Thomas Halbert have been the illegitimate child of William Halbert or George Halbert or Joseph Halbert or John Potts Halbert? That is always a possibility but the DNA tests the New Zealand and Australian Halbert families have undertaken has proven Thomas is the son of one of those four men.

William and Sarah Halbert died poor and this was noted on the burial register. The family couldn’t afford the funeral costs. With a young family the kids wouldn’t have had the money to pay for the funeral so perhaps this is where the “poor” part comes in as someone working as a tailor should have been doing well unless he was sick and dying for a long period. Tuberculosis was estimated to have killed one third of all people who died in Britain between 1800 and 1850. If this is the case then no other family member helped pay the funeral costs. Williams two brothers John and George and mother Alice were all declared bankrupt a few years earlier with only John recovering his finances. Joseph is almost non existent in the records.

This is a copy of the baptism register showing Thomas Halbert being baptised in 1814 at aged 8 and on the same day as Sarah Halbert who I think is his first cousin – Thomas older brother (John Halbert) daughter. John Halbert married when he was 17 years old.

Thomas Halbert baptism - 25 Dec 1814 Copy 1I believe this record shows that Thomas Halberts father incorrectly recorded and that the evidence shows that Thomas parents were William and Sarah Halbert. Williams parents (Thomas grandparents) were William Halbert and Alison (Alice) Potts.

Thomas Halbert 1806-1865 parents were:

William Halbert (Tailor) died in Black Boy Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. He was buried on 28 June 1815 at the Ballast Hills Burial Ground, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. He was aged 49 years.

Sarah Halbert (maiden name still unconfirmed – possibly Kemp) died Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. She was buried on 20 Feb 1814 at the Ballast Hills Burial Ground, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. She was listed as the wife of William Halbert, Tailor, Age 43 Years, Poor (the family couldn’t afford the burial fee).

If you can find their marriage please Contact Me.

The good candidate for their marriage is (but this is not confirmed): William Halbert married Sarah Kemp on 31 August 1791 at Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, London, England. Protestants had to get married in the church of another faith in order for that to be considered a valid marriage.

In searching the records for the marriage of William Halbert of London there’s nothing else on him. There are no London tax records, no Wills, no children being born, no burials for him and Sarah – nothing!

Did William and Sarah marry then move back to Newcastle upon Tyne and have their children?

I found that there were other Halberts living in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England. This may derail the marriage theory or it could be pure coincidence. Their names include

  • Martha Halbert baptised 17 February 1782. Father James and mother Elizabeth.
  • Elizabeth Halbert died 4 December 1792 aged 79 and was poor.
  • Eleanor Halbert died 11 October 1799 aged 86.

The 10 children of William and Sarah Halbert were:

  • William Halbert born 1792-?
  • Sarah Halbert died ?-1795
  • Alice Halbert born 1794-?
  • John Halbert born 1796-1854. Died 9 Apr 1854 at Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
  • Sarah Halbert  born 1798-?
  • Elizabeth Halbert born 1799-Before 1804
  • George Potts Halbert born 1802-1851. Died At Sea aboard the Barque Ellen on 2 Sep 1851.
  • Joseph Halbert born Abt 1803 and died in 1838. I am still searching for his marriage.
  • Elizabeth Halbert born Abt 1804-1807. Buried 30 Apr 1807 at the Ballast Hills Burial Ground, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. Aged 2
  • Mary Ann Halbert Abt 1805-Sep 1806. Buried 3 Sep 1806 at the Ballast Hills Burial Ground, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. Aged 1.
  • Thomas Halbert  born 1806-1865

There were large families of Halberts in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead all were related to each other from the late 1760s onwards. Many of the successive generations had large families. Not all records for Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead are available or have been scanned in.

In the late 1850s another Halbert moved from Scotland to Newcastle upon Tyne and also had a large family. It is unknown if they are related but their names need to be considered when doing research.

Other Halbert families in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and surrounding localities.

George Halbert was born about 1831 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and was also a tailor. His mother was Jane Smith. He married Sarah Haswell in 1858 in Newcastle upon Tyne and had the following children:

  • Sarah Jane Halbert born abt 1858
  • Margaret Halbert born abt 1860
  • Robert Halbert born abt 1864
  • Joseph Halbert born abt 1866
  • George Halbert born abt 1868
  • Christiana Halbert born abt 1870 died 1880
  • Ellen Halbert born abt 1872 married George Noble Lowther
  • John Halbert born abt 1874
  • Louisa Halbert born abt 1876
  • William Halbert born abt 1878

There is another Halbert family. James Halbert emigrated from Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

He married Ann Jupe in Hartlepool at the Church of St. Hilda. On 25 Oct 1873 James Halbert (bachelor, iron-worker), age 24, of Hartlepool, son of James Halbert (wool-dresser) married Ann Jupe (spinster), age 20, of Hartlepool, daughter of George Jupe (mariner), married after banns by D. R. Falconer Witnesses: J.A. Osbon, C. Pollock

They had the following children:

  • Jane born abt 1875
  • Henrietta (Hetty) born abt 1876
  • Mirian born abt 1877
  • George born abt 1881
  • Annie born abt 1883
  • Robert Rankine Halbert born abt 1886
  • Abraham born abt 1889
  • Stephen born abt 1892
  • Christina born abt 1894
  • Fred born abt 1896

Thomas Halberts life in New Zealand

While in New Zealand Thomas lead a full life living with local Maori before building/purchasing his own home and land. Thomas stayed connected to local tribes with a series of marriages and there is some evidence he played a part in the lives of some of his children and grandchildren. There seems to be a perception among some of his descendants that he abandoned his children but if this was the case why did he continue to live so close to many of them. He could have easily left Poverty Bay or moved into Gisborne or gone back to Australia or Newcastle upon Tyne if this was the case. Thomas also gifted land to at least one of his grandchildren. Thankfully some of Thomas life is documented and we do have some letters that he wrote at the time which are housed in the Alexander Turnbull archives.

Our knowledge of Thomas prior to his time in New Zealand is very limited. Like many New Zealand settlers he first appears in Australian shipping records.

The following shipping records show Thomas Halberts arrival in Hobart, Tasmania (Van Diemans Land) on 14 December 1829 aboard the ship the Surrey. The Surrey left London on 11 Aug 1829 carrying 200 prisoners to Tasmania. When the ship arrived only one convict had been lost. Thomas Halbert was listed as one of the ships crew. He was not a convict and he was not a ships Captain.

30170 CSO1-4360000230170 T Halbert 1829 arrival0000Source: Tasmanian Archives

Surrey The Hobart Town Courier Sat 19 Dec 1829Source: Trove. The Hobart Town Courier Sat 19 Dec 1829

Thomas most likely worked his way to Tasmania on the ship Surrey perhaps in search of a better life or simply for adventure. We can rule our Thomas jumping ship as sailors, military personnel and others who deserted their commitments invariably ended up in the local papers and Thomas was not one of these. Thomas lived in Tasmania for around 6 months before he boarded the brig ‘The Bee’ on 2 May 1830 bound for Circular Head, Tasmania as part of the Van Diemans Land Company. By some odd fortune and incompetence by the ships captain Thomas never made it to Circular Head, Tasmania and ended up in Port Jackson, New South Wales on 5 May 1830.

imaus1787_081195-0668The ships manifest shows that Thomas had signed onto the Van Diemans Land Company to work as a ‘mechanic’. A mechanic was used to describe most trades from shepherds, servants, to actual tradesmen like carpenters etc. In 2016 I paid a researcher to see if Thomas was paid a wage by the Van Diemans Land Company and he was not. This indicates he never went back to Tasmania and instead stayed in Port Jackson where the opportunities were far greater.

Thomas Halbert - The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Thursday 6 May 1830Thomas Halbert is mentioned as a passenger on the brig ‘The Bee’. Source: Trove. The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Thursday 6 May 1830

Family stories state that Thomas Halbert landed on the East Coast of New Zealand on a whaler based out of Sydney and on his arrival he was in his mid 20s. There are no records to show how long Thomas was in Mahia but same family stories state that ‘His first home in New Zealand was Nukutaurua in Mahia where he resided for 18 months. He like other Pakeha traders, whalers and settlers had a Maori wife and they had a child (a boy) together who died in infancy. When he moved to Poverty Bay she did not accompany him’.

If Thomas had a child and that child died in infancy then Thomas had been living in Mahia for at least 10 months with family stories stating this was as long as 18 months. Thomas may have arrived in Mahia in early 1831. Thomas was in his mid 20s when he arrived in New Zealand.

The following two records show Thomas Halbert arriving in Port Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from New Zealand.

imaus1787_081196-023419 December 1832 Thomas Halbert left New Zealand aboard the Prince of Denmark schooner and arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia with a cargo of 40 tons of flax and 1 ton of whalebone on 2 January 1833. Thomas was a steerage passenger. Source: New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922. Courtesy of ancestry.com

The Prince of Denmark was a known flax and whaling ship based out of Sydney, Australia which also hunted seals along the coastlines of New Zealand. There are records which show this schooner landed in Poverty Bay.

imaus1787_081196-083813 October 1834 Thomas Halbert left New Zealand aboard the Bardester barque and arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 2 November 1834. Thomas was a passenger in a cabin.

The note by the Captain appears to say: This vessel saw nothing of the Alligator or the schooner. The natives of Cooks (County) ? ? have taken and destroyed another vessel belonging to Robert Lawson? called him “Mary and Elizabeth”.

Source: New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922. Courtesy of ancestry.com

On the same ship were three ‘New Zealanders’ (Maori). Also aboard the same ship was Barnett Burns who had strong links with Poverty Bay. You can read more about the colourful character Barnett here:

Some family stories state that Thomas jumped ship in New Zealand. The fact he sailed back to Port Jackson in 1832 and 1834 disputes this. Thomas worked for John William Harris (J.W Harris) in the late 1830s. J.W Harris was employed by J.B Montefiore based out of Port Jackson and Thomas may have well been employed in a capacity to harvest whales and seals working for both of them or simply manning a whaling station and working with local Maori for items to trade for the Australian market under the direction of Montefiore or J.W Harris.

Ruth Guscott looks for evidence that Thomas Halbert was living in Poverty Bay from 1832 before indicating that there is not enough evidence to dispute the 1832 arrival date. Ruth didn’t find the records I found above and nor has any other researcher or interested family member. Records from the era are scant at best and Thomas own testimony that he had lived in the area for 8 years is used to support this date of arrival. Thomas contemporary J.W Harris supported the 1832 date of arrival. Thomas oldest son Otene Pitau birth date varies depending on the source of the information. If his birth was around 1834 that would indicate that Thomas had been living there for nearly a year prior to that date. Thomas may have had other children other than his child in Mahia before Otene Pitau who did not survive birth or childhood.

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Thomas Halbert continued to be involved in whaling working for another settler J.W Harris in 1837 at the mouth of the Turanganui River.

On 5 May 1838 Thomas was witness to a land sale by Kautia – chief of Turanga. The land known as Waiangaruawai was bought by J.W Harris and R Espie for 10 pounds sterling.

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Image courtesy of the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection –  NZETC.

By 1839 Thomas had moved on to raising pigs for export.

In 1839 Halbert had been gifted a block of land by Te Whanau-a-Kai for his son, William Pere (Wi Pere). This was the 1004 acre Pouparae Block situated on the northwest of the Matawhero Block. Halbert, who knew William Williams quite well, sold this block to him and J.W. Harris, on 18 December 1839 for goods and cash.
This block later became the subject of legal proceedings as Wi Pere contested the ownership and sale of the land. Ultimately Wi Pere withdrew his claim.
I do wonder if Thomas sold the land because of the relationship he had with Wi Peres mother which appears to have been fractured at best. Contrast this with Thomas giving blocks of land to some of his other grandchildren for their future.
William Williams had married Thomas and Riria Mauaranui (Wi Peres mother) and most likely married Thomas to his later wives. My own ancestor Kaikiri – Thomas 5th wife was later known as Keita Kaikiri most likely after her conversion to Christianity.
On 20 October 1839 Thomas name was mentioned in a land sale as his property bordered another being sold. The property being sold was called Tutoko and was sold by three chiefs Moike, Poki Poki and Huri Miti.  Abraham Selvey purchased it for 12 pounds sterling.
On 14 December 1839 Thomas purchased 4 acres on the River Arai for 15 pounds sterling. This was printed in an Australian newspaper in the next year.
Thomas Halbert The Sydney Herald 30 March 1841
Image courtesy of Trove. The Sydney Herald 30 March 1841
On 17 December 1839 Thomas purchased “Tahunuiorangi” in Turanga, Poverty Bay which was about 6 acres with a house and fence. He paid 37 pounds sterling. The witnesses were J. Jury and Thomas Uren.
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Image courtesy of the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection –  NZETC.
On 18 December 1839 Thomas purchased 1000 acres on the River Arai. The price paid was consideration, cash and merchandise with a value of 300 pounds sterling.
On 4 Nov 1840 Thomas Halbert while in Auckland wrote to claim that he had purchased some blocks of land. These lands were purchased pre Treaty of Waitangi. On 3 Sep 1844 his claims to the land were not upheld. Much like other settlers who traded a lot of guns, gunpowder, blankets etc for land when the Treaty was signed the settlers had no written proof of the sale and their claims were voided by the government. This changed the way they did business in later years.
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Images courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
On 20 Feb 1843 a Mat Halbert was the witness to a land transfer between  Abraham Selvey and Thomas Uren. Selvey sold one half of his Tutoko block for 15 pounds sterling. (This is most likely a typo and the name should be Thos Halbert).
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Thomas Halbert was named as a land claimant in 1844.
Thomas Halbert - Daily Southern Cross, Volume I, Issue 43, 10 February 1844, Page 3Source: Daily Southern  Cross, Volume I, Issue 43, 10 February 1844, Page 3
 On 28 January 1845 Thomas was a witness to a block of land called Matawhero being sold to Thomas Norcross. Payment was one female horse. The land was sold by two chiefs of the Whanau a Iwi.
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On 3 Feb 1845 Thomas was the witness to land known as Koupou being sold to J.W Harris. The land was sold by the Ngatikouwaipia chiefs. The land was sold for one female horse.
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On 15 February 1845 Thomas Halbert transferred land title to James Henry King. The value was 105 pounds sterling. The witnesses were J.W Harris and Robert Deacon.
On the same day James Henry King transferred land title to Thomas Halbert for 30 pounds sterling. Witnesses were J.W Harris and Edward Deacon.
On 18 Feb 1845 Thomas transferred land title to John Williams Harris in trust for his son Edward Francis Harris. Consideration was one old bay Mare valued at 35 pounds sterling.

TurOldP0400 smallThe following is an undated letter by Thomas to Sir Donald McLean. Note the signature of Thomas. This becomes important later when trying to decide if Thomas ever had a middle name. A recent book has added middle name for Thomas when there never was one.

Horse Sale Thomas Halbert to Sir Donald McLean (1)The following is a letter from Thomas Halbert dated 4 December 1845. This earlier letter is used as part of an 1869-1872 land claim to Te Kupenga I which I have listed further down this page.

026Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=1001245. Photographed by “Spades”.

Thomas is mentioned by Sir Donald McLean in his travels from Hawke’s Bay to Poverty Bay seeking land to buy, and carrying out some of his magistrate duties. McLean took the yearly production figures from settlers in Turanga including those of Thomas Halbert:

Yearly returns from Thomas for 1851:

  • 2000 bush wheat
  • 20 bush maize
  • 2 tons pork
  • 8 tons potatoes
  • 5 head cattle

Thomas Halbert yearly export figuresImage courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=1001245

The census was undertaken in 1851 and Thomas is included. He is listed as a trader for W Morris. Thomas Halbert is listed as having 2 boys and 3 girls.

The two boys could have been Otene Pitau and William Halbert (Wi Pere). As Otene was adopted then perhaps Thomas didnt count him as his child anymore and there was another unknown son of Thomas. The 3 girls could have been Kate Halbert, Sarah Halbert and perhaps a child who died. Mary Halbert was born about 1853 and Martha Halbert born about 1856 so could not have been counted in the 1851 census. It is very likely that Thomas had more children with Kaikiri who died while very young. The gaps between the childrens ages confirm that Thomas and Kaikiri were together for an extended period and had most likely had more kids. The age difference between Kate and Sarah is nearly 10 years.

The earliest detailed statistics concerning the European population of Poverty Bay (including the names of half-castes), together with particulars of the district’s exports, its wooden buildings, its stock and the amount of land in cultivation by Pakehas in February, 1851, appear in lists among the McLean papers in the Alexander Turnbull Library at Wellington. Probably they were compiled by W. B. Baker, of Tolaga Bay, but some of the particulars are in Mr. McLean’s handwriting. Where the wife was a native, her name is not shown. The return enumerates 44 adults (including 14 women), 35 children and 25 half-caste children ranging in age from 1 year to 17 years. Additions and corrections made by the author appear in parentheses.

  • Thomas Albert (Halbert), a trader for (W.) Morris.
  • Peter Simpson, a trader for (W.) Morris, and Mrs. Simpson.
  • Peter Pullman (? Poulgrain), trader, his wife and six children.
  • Rev. T. S. Grace (who was relieving Archdeacon Williams), Mrs. Grace and three children.
  • (George) Rich, settler, Mrs. Rich and the Misses Rich (2).
  • (Andrew) Arthur, shoemaker.
  • “Carrots,” or Stapleton, sawyer.
  • “Shoemaker Dick,” or Bourke, shoemaker.
  • “French Peter,” or Gerron, sailor.
  • “Scotch Jock,” or Gemmell, sawyer.
  • “Old Con” (Cornelius) Ryan, sawyer.
  • W. B. Cooper, carpenter, Mrs. Cooper and four children.
  • (J. H.) King, settler, Mrs. King and four children.
  • William Tarr, settler, Mrs. Tarr and eight children.
  • Mr. (J. W.) Harris, settler (and trader).
  • Edward Deacon, trader.
  • A Frenchman (name untraced).
  • Thomas Norcross, bullock driver.
  • William McMillan, settler.
  • John Hervey, trader.
  • “Old McKay” (James Mackey), sawyer.
  • William Brown, trader.
  • (Robert) Espie, carpenter.
  • “Old Browne” (J. G. Browne), blacksmith.
  • “Bob,” or Robert Newnham, ship’s carpenter.
  • “Jock,” or John Baxter, labourer.
  • “Jack the Shoemaker,” or John Burton, shoemaker.
  • (Thomas) U’Ren, stonemason, Mrs. U’Ren and eight children.
  • (James) Dunlop, settler, Mrs. Dunlop and two children.
  • (A.) Smith (“Yankee” Smith), trader, and Mrs. Smith.
  • Misses Williams (2) (daughters of Archdeacon W. Williams).

The half-caste children are listed with only the father’s surname: Simpson (1 boy), Harris (3 boys), Halbert (2 boys and 3 girls), Mackey (2 boys), Arthur (1 boy and 2 girls), Jones* (1 boy and 2 girls), Smith (1 girl), Campbell* (1 girl and I boy), Brown (1 girl and 2 boys), Espie (2 girls). In the cases marked with an asterisk the fathers were, apparently, out of the district. Several of the early residents bore the surname “Smith,” although “Yankee” Smith is the only one enumerated in the census.

Census information courtesy of J.A MacKay.

No records or oral histories state what happened to Keita Kaikiri after the birth of her last child Martha Rewanga Halbert. Did she die in child birth or another unknown cause? When did she die and where? If you have any information please contact me.

Swift Justice

On 20 February 1851 McLean issued a search notice for Thomas house after other traders J.W Harris, T U’Ren, R Espie, J.H King and J Dunlop informed him that Thomas was selling guns and gunpowder to Maori. McLean had been in Turanga since early February 1851 and the other settlers seized the opportunity to contact him.

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The following is Robert Espies letter to McLean about Thomas Halbert. McLean countersigns on 20 February 1851.

015smallBelow is confirmation letter written on 20 Feb 1851 by McLean that he had received Robert Espies letter about Thomas Halbert selling gunpowder. McLean formally acknowledges receiving the letter. No doubt this is what Espie used to show Thomas.

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Halbert Charge of Selling Gunpowder 1851The above image is McLeans diary entry which mentions Espie and Uren – a transcript of the relevant section is below:

Thursday 20th. February 1851.

Issued a summons for T. Halbert to appear before me at 10 a.m. tomorrow, to answer the charge of Espie for having sold gunpowder to an aboriginal native, named Paraone te Wae; also swore in a man named Uren, to act as Special constable, giving him a search warrant for seizing any munitions of war he might find about the premises of T. Halbert.

Thomas Halbert Search Notice Feb 1851A transcription of the above letter authorising Thomas Uren to search Thomas Halberts home is below:

Turanga Poverty Bay.

To Mr. Thomas Uren, Special Constable.

You are hereby authorised to enter and search the house and premises of Thomas Halbert, trader, at Whero Whero, and to seize whatever powder, guns, percussion caps, shot, lead, or other munitions of war you may find there.

Given under my hand this 20th. day of February 1851.

(Signed)
Donald McLean.
J.P.

McLean swore in Thomas Uren. It appears that Uren didnt know how to spell Thomas Halbert name when he recorded that he served the summons to Halbert to appear in court. The following document was written 20 Feb 1851 shows Uren referring to Halbert as Alfred:

Thomas UrenImage courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library. http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=1025988

This led to Thomas being charged and he was the first person to appear in court in Poverty Bay.

The following are McLeans witness statements from the court case on 21 February 1851 and subsequent verdict.

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I have transcribed the above letter by McLean to the Governor about the case and the subsequent fine levied.

51/459 17 March 1851 Insp Police N Plyth reporting conviction offence of Thomas Halbert for selling powder to the Natives.

Turanga 22 February 1851

When preparing on the 20th inst to return to Ahuriri I received information that a trader named Thomas Halbert had been guilty of dispersing of a quantity of powder to the natives of this district.

Not having a policeman with me I swore in a special constable to apprehend Thomas Halbert issuing at the same time a warrant to search for whatever powder and ammunition might be found on his premises. The search was conducted with vigilance but only one canister of powder was found.

 It seems that Thomas Halbert at the request of the natives purchased a cask containing several canisters of powder from one of the trading schooners that frequent this coast. Leithart the master of the schooner having informed Halbert that the law respecting the retail of powder was either repealed or relaxed.

 Yesterday I held a court to enquire into the case which was numerously attended by natives and Europeans although it was the first held in this part of the island. I am glad to state that the upmost decorum was observed by all who were present.

 As the case is one of considerable importance in its various bearings I have deviated from the usual course of transmitting the depositions through the legal authorities and herewith enclose them direct to yourself in the hope that you will have the goodness to bring them first under the consideration of the Governor in chief should his excellency be returned from the ? when this letter reaches Auckland.

 At first sight this fine inflicted for such a serious violation of the “Arms Importation Ordinance” may appear small, but I must his Excellency write justify the decision when I state the reasons by which I was actuated.

1st I considered it advisable that the case should be summarily settled in the presence of the several natives concerned, all of whom expressed ? sympathy on behalf of Thomas Halbert a poor trader who has lived upwards of 18 years among them, is connected with them by marriages has several half caste children and generally bears a good character.

 2. In order to save Halbert from being committed to save (of which the natives her have a particular horror aligning their dread of one as principal objection to the sale of their land) they agreed not only to give up the 15 canisters of powder sold to them, but also to pay a portion of whatever fine may be inflicted either in produce or money very justly observing that Halberts guilt in selling the powder was not so great as that of the importer who had brought such a temptation on the coast.

3rd his excellency will no doubt be pleased to hear that the natives have actually come forward to pay a portion of the fine inflicted, one of them a young teacher named Paora has on his own account paid 4 pounds, another Raharuhi offered to dispose of his cattle sooner than let Tommy as they call Halbert go to the Auckland gaol nor have the Europeans been backward in their contributions to prevent such an alternative, although I am glad to find that they generally condemn the act of which Halbert has been guilty.

Under these circumstances, it being the first offence and taking into consideration the doubts entertained at Turanga as to the existing force of the “Arms importation and sale ordinance”, having also the powder sold to the natives returned, I considered it would have been impudent to impose on an indigent party a higher penalty even if it were within my jurisdiction to do 20 than 20 pounds, which amount with 14/b costs is herewith forwarded 20 pounds – 14/6 to be disposed of as his Excellency the Governor may be pleased to direct.

The adjudication of this case on the spot will be productive of much good among the natives by showing them that the laws although mildly administered cannot be trampled upon by English subject without impunity

I have the honor to remain Sir your most obedient Lieutenant

Donald McLean

Inspector of Police

McLean Magical Effect on Natives 1851The above diary entry by McLean shows that after the fine was paid he noted:

I hear that the settlement in the powder case has had a magical effect on the natives; many of them paying up debts that were given for lost; and demanding what was due to them from the traders.

On 13 September 1851 Thomas was mentioned in a Sydney newspaper as assisting the passengers and crew of The barque Eudora which ran aground in Poverty Bay.

The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List 13 Sep 1851Image courtesy of Trove. The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List 13 Sep 1851

The court case also seems to have the desired effect on Thomas Halbert who wrote the following letter to McLean on 23 September 1851

Thomas Halbert Horse Sale 1851

Again the signature of Thomas Halbert is Thos Halbert. The major other variant is Thomas Halbert. There is no mention of a “Lindsay” in Thomas Halberts name (more about this later on).

On 30 June 1853 Thomas had an unclaimed letter.

Thomas Halbert - New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Volume IX, Issue 855, 12 October 1853, Page 4Image courtesy of Papers Past. New Zealand Spectator and Cooks Straight Guardian Volume IX Issue 855 12 October 1853.

Between 1853 and 1864 the electoral roles listed Thomas as a settler and trader in Turanga, Poverty Bay who had a Freehold Estate and at other times he is listed as a householder. The early record keepers often confused Turanga with Tauranga and Thomas is listed twice in both locations. This is one of the reasons for renaming Turanga to Gisborne.

31832_226067__0001-00033In April 1854 Thomas was living in Wero Wero, Poverty Bay, New Zealand

thomas-halbertSource: Papers Past – New Zealander, Volume 10, Issue 834, 12 April 1854

On 4 October 1854 Thomas Halbert has another unclaimed letter.

thomas-halbert-new-zealander-volume-10-issue-884-4-october-1854Source: Papers Past. The New Zealander, Volume 10, Issue 884

On 15 June 1855 Thomas contributed towards the patriotic fund.

Thomas Halbert Daily Southern Cross, Volume XII, Issue 831, 15 June 1855, Page 2Image courtesy of Papers Past.

On 17 July 1855 Thomas Uren transferred land to Thomas Halbert called Tutoko for the sum of 10 pounds sterling.

On the same date Uren and Corenlius Ryan also sold another parcel of land at Tutoko to Thomas for 20 pounds sterling.

On 18 Nov 1856 Thomas Halbert transferred land title from himself to his son in law James Wyllie child named William H Wyllie. Most likely this is William Hince Wyllie who was born in 1855 and was killed by Te Kootis men in 1868.

TurOldP0398 smallThe following letter was written by Thomas Halbert to Donald McLean on 2 June 1857.

2 Jun 1857 by Thomas Halbert in Poverty Bay to Sir Donald McLean (1)2 Jun 1857 by Thomas Halbert in Poverty Bay to Sir Donald McLean (2)Images courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library. I have transcribed the letter:

Poverty Bay June 2 1857

Mr Maclean

Sir I am sorry to trouble you But under existing circumstances I am obliged so to do on this day a party of natives came down to me about a house payment for the piece of land my house stands upon which was a previous agreement with them and morris I ? rent the house from morris at present but them hearing of my having had 3 homes handed ? down to take one and couple it with my Boat I am quite agreeable to give them a house according to agreement but hearing that buying or leasing is illegall but cannot think of so doing until I hear from you I have received the greatest unmanly abuse from them and they treated simpson with a double allowance of abuse besides taking his mear (mare) by force Because he would not consent to give it to them I have to say that raharuhi was not in this as far as I can hear a few lines sir from an ? to them might be good

Your ? humble servant

Thos Halbert

P.D if you do not consent to their wishes we are to be drove from this place at any moment they think proper which would be to our own great disadvantage them being in our debt

The following letter is supposedly penned by Thomas Halbert and is written in Maori. It is dated 18 January 1862. I have to follow up why its attributed to Thomas apart from the Poto reference.

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Images courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22831920

A transcription of the letter can be found below. Was Thomas writing it on behalf of Paremata Uruotaane?

Paremata, Uruotaane

18 January 1862

To McLean, Searancke and the people appointed to work for the Queen

Greetings to you both. I’ve a question for you about the £500 for Waitotara that you both laid down at Whanganui for the people of Waitotara. Sirs, I don’t know how that money was used up, and if you know about that, then explain it to me. For I don’t know about it and no letter has yet come to me about it, although I’ve heard that that money was all taken by Ngararu. So I’ve another request of you, that if a letter has come to you setting out the allocation of that money, then give some for me, £300, and at once when my letter gets to you two. For I haven’t had any of that money and that is why I ask you to give me some now, and because I myself own a side of that land that was given to you. If you will arrange that, then write to me, and if not, still write to me. That is all.

From Poto

In 1863 Thomas was mentioned in the Land Claims Commissioner Report. I havent been able to verify if this is the Pouparae block that Wi Pere Halbert later tried to claim as his rightful inheritance.

Thomas Halbert 1863 Land Claims Commissioner ReportOn 30 June 1864 Thomas had an unclaimed letter:

thomas-halbert-wellington-independent-volume-xix-issue-2083-5-july-1864Source: Papers Past – New Zealander, Volume 10, Issue 884, 4 October 1854

On 30 June 1865 Thomas had an unclaimed letter. If it was a letter from his family they probably didnt know he had died by this stage. At best it would have taken at least 8 weeks for the news to reach his family by ship from England.

Th 1865 Letter27 May 1869 The following are 3 pages of a letter from Bishop William Williams to Sir Donald McLean which mention Wi Pere and Thomas Halbert among others.

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Napier May 27, 1869 My dear Mr. McLean Mr. Domett in his note of April 17 says, ”The objection before Mr. Bell was made by the mother (Riria Te Mauharanui) of the half-caste son of Thomas Halbert, to the effect that the land was given for her child by the original owners”. In answer to this I have to remark 1st That Rawiri Titirang the father of Riria was one of the principal promoters of the transfer of the land from Thomas Halbert to myself, and expected that the land would be occupied by a son of mine who afterwards died. 2. No objection was ever mooted until after the marriage of Mr. Wyllie to a sister of Wi Pere, at whose instigation it was that the objection was raised. 3. There were others among the principal owners who upon the hearing of the case before Mr. Bell supported the objection of Riria. These natives all withdrew their objection subsequently and assisted in the survey, particularly Wi Haronga who was chief of the original owners of the land. 4. Mr. Biggs was appointed by the Government to enquire into this claim and certified that there is no longer any objection raised to my claim. Believe me, My dear Sir Most truly yours W. Waiapu D. McLean Esq.

The following related to Thomas Halbert sale of Tu Kupenga and subsequent ownership of Te Kupenga I from 1869-1872.

022023024025On 30 October 1882 Wi Pere mentioned Thomas Halbert (as his father) over land Thomas sold to Bishop Williams. It appears that at one point Bishop Williams agreed to sell it back but after the Hauhau uprising this offer was rescinded.

THWP3Source Native Claims to Land in Poverty Bay – Session II 1884 New Zealand.

On 10 June 1927 Thomas was mentioned by J.W Harris Jr in a letter he wrote to the local paper.

Thomas Halbert Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 135, 10 June 1927, Page 6Image courtesy of Papers Past. Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 135, 10 June 1927, Page 6

In 1949 Joseph Angus (J.A) McKay released his book Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z. Thomas featured in that book in a chapter called “Tommy Short” and His Six Wives.

You can find the book here. I have copied the information below:

Known to the natives as “Tame Puti” (“Tommy Short”), Thomas Halbert reached Poverty Bay in 1832. One of his land claims (4/11/1840) bears a declaration to the effect that he had then lived in the district for eight years. In the Harris Memoirs it is stated that, soon after Harris settled in Poverty Bay in 1831, Halbert arrived, and then some others, notably R. Espie and A. Arthur.

Thomas Halbert junior (born in 1863) told the writer that his father was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne; that he was of Anglo-Scottish descent; and that he landed at Poverty Bay from a three-masted whaler. He went to trade at Mahia for a short period before he settled permanently in Poverty Bay. [As Barnet Burns had cleared out from his trading post there, it is not unlikely that Halbert was sent by Harris to replace him.] Whilst his father was at Mahia he made the first of six matrimonial ventures. His initial spouse belonged to the Rongo-wahine tribe. They had a son who died in infancy. The first Mrs. Halbert did not accompany her husband upon his return to Poverty Bay.

Whilst Halbert was at Mahia he had for an assistant a pakeha who had landed from the same vessel. Cannibalism had not then been completely given up there. One day, they found portion of a human body which had been sent as a gift to their hosts by a neighbouring tribe, but they feared that, if they buried it and the grave was found, that method of disposal would lead to suspicion falling upon them.

Upon his return to Poverty Bay, Halbert set up as a trader in the locality now known as “The Willows.” Soon, he began to do a roaring trade in muskets as well as tobacco, blankets, etc., but, on account of giving too much credit, he had to give up business. On many occasions after his death, his son Wi Pere said to old customers: “Look here, you fellows! Pay me what you owed my father!”

It was probably in 1834 that Halbert took up his residence at Muriwai. He had married again, his second wife being Pirihira Konekone, who belonged to T’Aitanga-a-Mahaki tribe. They quarrelled after she had become an expectant mother, and she went to live with Lazarus (Raharuhi), who, having no children of his own, gladly adopted her infant at birth. The child was named Otene Pitau, and he became a leader among the natives at Pakirikiri. Otene married Mere Whiti Hone (a sister of Tom Jones). He died at Manutuke on 13 August, 1921.

Halbert then associated with Mereana Wero, also of T’Aitanga-a-Mahaki tribe, but she was quickly displaced by a rival named Riria Mauaranui. So disgusted was Mereana by being slighted in such a manner that she took a negro for husband; there was no issue of the union. In turn, she entered into another marriage to become the mother of Peka Kerikeri. Riria, who belonged to T’Aitanga-a-Mahaki, bore a son. Wi Pere, who was destined to play an important part in the political life of Poverty Bay and the East Coast. He told the Native Land Court (Gisborne minute book No. 26) that he was born on 7 March, 1837, and that date also appears in his own account of his life which was posthumously published in The Gisborne Times on 16 February, 1916.

When Halbert went to Turanganui in 1837 to assist Harris to operate his whaling station, he retained his home at Muriwai. Its position is shown on a marine survey plan of the East Coast which was compiled in page 105 that year by Captain Wing of the schooner Trent. His neighbours then, according to evidence given before the P.B. Crown Grants Commission in 1869, were William Morris, James Wilson and Peter Simpson.

Upon purchasing “Pouparae” in 1839, Halbert went to reside there for the purpose of rearing pigs for export. During the hearing of his claim to the property, he stated that Wi Pere was his only child at the time of the purchase. His omission of Otene Pitau can be explained only by the suggestion that, as Lazarus had adopted that child, he (Halbert) felt that he had no further claim to him. A statement by Halbert in 1859 with reference to Wi Pere: “Now that he is 21 years old” has been taken in some quarters to mean that Wi was not born until 1838. On the other hand, his father might have intended merely to indicate that Wi had attained legal age.

Halbert’s fifth marital alliance was with Kaikeri, who belonged to Rongowhakaata tribe. This proved a much more durable marriage, the issue comprising several children: Keita (Kate), who became the wife of James Ralston Wyllie, and, after his death, the wife of M. J. Gannon; Mere, who became Mrs. Heany, and, later, Mrs. Donald Gordon; Maata (Mrs. Cuff); and Sarah (Mrs. Cunningham), who was the mother of Moana Paratene, a sister of whom married Reweti Kohere, of East Cape.

It fell to Halbert’s lot to have still another wife, Maora Pani, who also belonged to Rongowhakaata tribe. [She had been married previously to Tiopira, and a child of that union became Mrs. J. Woodbine Johnson.] Their children comprised: Thomas Halbert junior; twins, who died in infancy; and Matewai (Alice), who became Mrs. Mataira, of Nuhaka. Maora lived until October, 1913. Upon Halbert’s death, she had remarried, her second husband bearing the name Donaldson.

Death in a terrible form overtook Halbert one dark night in April, 1865. With two brothers named Yates, he had been drinking on board a schooner that was lying in the Taruheru River near Makaraka. On their way back to the landing-place, their flat-bottomed boat overturned in a shallow, but very muddy, spot. According to a correspondent of the Hawke’s Bay Herald, all three were wearing heavy sea boots. One of the Yates brothers got ashore, but the other (George) and Halbert sank so deep in the silt that they could not extricate themselves, and had so to remain until the tide rose and death put an end to their sufferings.

In 2010 a descendant of Wi Pere named Joseph Anaru Te Kani Pere launched the book called Wiremu Pere: The Life and Times of a Maori Leader, 1873-1915. The book chronicles the life of Wi Pere, a son of Thomas Halbert.

How we know about Thomas Halbert

The most widely quoted and misquoted information about Thomas Halbert comes from the author J.A McKay.

There are notes that J.A McKay used in the preparation of his book “Historic Poverty Bay” in 1949 which contains some information about Thomas Halbert. The following are notes from manuscripts some of which didn’t make it into his book:

  • It is understood that Thomas landed on the East Coast of New Zealand on a whaler based out of Sydney and on his arrival he was in his mid 20s.
  • His first home in New Zealand was Nukutaurua in Mahia where he resided for 18 months. He like other Pakeha traders, whalers and settlers had a Maori wife and they had a child (a boy) together who died in infancy. When he moved to Poverty Bay she did not accompany him.
  • Thomas disclosed to his contemporaries that he had at least two brothers and two sisters at “home” probably referring to somewhere in England or Scotland.
  • After he had taken up residence in New Zealand one of his sisters a Mrs Carrot, latterly of London, had maintained correspondence with him.
  • In the early days Thomas was visited by some of his nephews who were living in Australia. Whether they emigrated or not no one remembers.

I have been working with an English based friend to discover more about the Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead Halberts which supports some of the information that McKay wrote but not all of it.

In Gateshead a Mary Halbert married a man named David Carrott on 22 August 1836. This is likely to be the sister to whom Thomas referred but is most likely his first cousin. Mary had a different father than what is named on Thomas baptism certificate and there are no records of any other Thomas Halbert from the early 1800s in Gateshead or Newcastle Upon Tyne apart from the baptism. Marys sister Sarah Halbert was baptised at the same time and in the same place as Thomas. This is not just a coincidence. Thomas was too old to be part of Mary or Sarahs families – the parents of those children were too young. The parents of Sarah and Mary were John Halbert and Dorothy Gibson. John was born in 1796. John would have been 10 years old when Thomas was born so this is not Thomas father!

Australian Halberts

One of the old stories about Thomas Halbert is that he was visited by his nephew/s from Australia. The nephews, the story goes on to say, were the children of James Halbert who it is said was Thomas brother. I think this information was confused as James Halbert arrived in Australia in 1854. He had no sons who would have been old enough to sail to New Zealand to visit Thomas before he died in 1865. More likely if someone did visit him was that it was James or Michael Halbert – his nephews. It was common for emigrants to write home to thier families and while there are no letters surviving newspapers documented that Thomas received letters. A generation after Thomas Halbert was born his cousins were naming their children Thomas. Id like to think its because he stayed in contact with his family. As we know Thomas was in New Zealand in 1832 his niece Mary Halbert married David Carrott on 22 Aug 1836 in Gateshead Fell, Durham, England. Some of the information about Thomas Halbert has some truth in it but it is not quite accurate.

James Lamb Halbert 1828-1907 sailed from Liverpool on the 13th June 1854 and arrived in Melbourne on the 18th August 1854 aboard the SS Great Britain. In the passenger logs hes listed as James Charlton. He married Isabella Miller 1828-1906 and had 13 children. This is most likely the James Halbert referred to as being Thomas brother. Remember that some of the names and dates of people may have been mixed up by Thomas Halbert Jr. James would be 22 years younger than Thomas. Its extremely unlikely that James is Thomas brother but is likely that James was Thomas nephew. James got into a bit of trouble before leaving England hence the alias. James Halbert and his brother Michael had a brother Thomas born in 1842 so while some families do have children of the same name this usually only occurred when they thought the first child was going to die so named another child the same name. If the first child survived then there would be two in the same family with the same name.

Michael Lindsay Halbert 1838-1907 also moved to Australia but we haven’t found his departure from England or arrival in Australia. His death certificate says he arrived about 1854 but death certificates in general rely on someone else to provide the information so aren’t always accurate as we would like. I also believe Michael is a nephew of Thomas. Michael married Clara Smith 1839-1899 on 24 March 1860 in Kingower, Victoria, Australia and had 12 children.

If Thomas was visited during his lifetime these are most likely the nephews who visited him. There is some evidence that a Michael Halbert from Australia moved to Gisborne in the 1890s before returning to Australia. He would have met Thomas Halbert Jr and this could be where the memory is derived. There are shipping records to show that other Newcastle based Halberts visited New Zealand during and after Thomas Halberts death.

Did Thomas Halbert have a middle name?

No. The only source which has said Thomas had a middle name was the book about Wi Pere. There is not one documented piece of evidence to show Thomas had a middle name. Neither Thomas Halbert Jr nor J.A McKay ever mentioned a middle name. None of the letters Thomas wrote contained a middle name. This name was only added by the authors of the book about Wi Pere. As the focus of the book was about Wi Pere no one did research into Thomas Halberts background and as such the information about him is not referenced beyond stating that Thomas Halbert Jr provided it when Thomas Jr did not state his father had a middle name.

Unfortunately once something is published the information ‘becomes pseudo fact’. I encourage you all to research this aspect yourself. There is not one piece of evidence to show Thomas Halbert ever had a middle name. The only person who had the Lindsay middle name was Thomas nephew Michael Lindsay Halbert who was born in 1838 in Gateshead, Durham, England.

You are welcome to contact me if you think you can show that Thomas Halbert had a middle name!

Tracing Thomas family using modern techniques

McKays book (again quoting Thomas Halbert Jr) says that Thomas had a brother James who emigrated to Australia. In Australia there are still living descendants of the Newcastle upon Tyne Halberts. The Australian families had big families as well – a Halbert trait?

I have one person descended from Thomas Halbert Jr who has taken a test through this company-  Family Tree DNA. The tests have conclusively shown a link between the families.

Many thanks to the two different Aussie Halberts for graciously taking the YDNA test and showing that the New Zealand and Australian Halbert families are related.

If there is an English Halbert will to take the test please contact me. This will provide the cross check between the New Zealand and Australian samples.

If you arent sure what a DNA test can do Ill briefly explain it.

In order to take the YDNA test you needed to be a direct male line descendant of Thomas Jr the son of Thomas Jr and his son and his son and so on. We could not use any children adopted by any of the Halbert families nor use any female descendants. The YDNA test only used male DNA and requires a direct male ancestor with the Halbert surname.

A man’s patrilineal ancestry, or male-line ancestry, can be traced using the DNA on his Y chromosome (Y-DNA) through Y-STR testing. This is useful because the Y chromosome passes down almost unchanged from father to son, i.e., the non-recombining and sex-determining regions of the Y chromosome do not change. A man’s test results are compared to another man’s results to determine the time frame in which the two individuals shared a most recent common ancestor, or MRCA, in their direct patrilineal lines. If their test results are a perfect, or nearly perfect match, they are related within genealogy’s time frame.[8]

For example:

Thomas Halbert had two sons who survived to adulthood and had families. Wi Pere and Thomas Halbert Jr. Otene Pitau did not have any biological children that anybody knows of.

Thomas Halbert Jr had three male children. These children could have been tested

  • Thomas Tawera Halbert
  • Rangi Halbert
  • Hoane John Halbert

Those three males had male children. Their male children can be tested. Each subsequent generation of males can be tested if their father was a Halbert. No daughter or sons of daughters can be tested. The test will not work if you are from a daughter of Thomas Halbert or any other line that does not have the Halbert surname.

You needed to be a direct male descendant.

If you are living in England or Scotland you need to be a direct male line descendant from any of the other male Halbert families and would carry the Halbert surname.

The test worked like this: A mouth swab is sent to you in the mail. You swab the inside of your mouth then place the swab inside a tube and send back to the USA by normal airmail. Your test results are available 8 weeks after being received. Once available, the results are compared to other members online without identifying you. In the case of the YDNA test it showed The Aussie Halberts and The New Zealand Halberts are related.

By looking at the direct male line I hope to refine who the NZ and Australian Halberts common ancestor is ie: do they have the same father, grandfather, great grandfather etc.

A second test I paid for was called Family Finder which compares the results of the test subjects males and females lines in the last few hundred years so that if the Australian Halbert descendants and New Zealand Halbert descendants had a different father but a different same mother we could see they are related that way. This results of the test showed the the Australian and NZ families were genetically linked ie we had a common ancestor in the last 5 generations.

The test involved a cotton bud wiped on the inside of a persons cheek with a sterile swab – there was no blood involved!

The tests were analysed in the USA – not in NZ or Oz. Ive taken these tests myself as have my family.

This is what the test kit looks like:

swab-kit All the test required was a swab of the the inside of  a persons mouth. Once that was done the mouth swab was put into the vial and mailed back to the lab.  It was that easy and took about 2 minutes to complete. No blood! No needles! It still took me over 9 months to find one of our cousins to take the first test and another year to find another Halbert descendant to take the second test and there were many knock backs and cousins who weren’t interested.

Thomas Halberts six wives

If you know more information about Thomas six wives please contact me. A lot of the information from this period needs to clarified. Most of this information can be found in the story Tommy Short and his six wives. I have added some notes which never made the book or were changed from the book. If you have birth, marriage or death certificates you can share please contact me. It will save me having to purchase them.

The six wives of Thomas were:

  1. Name unknown of the Rongomaiwahine tribe in Mahia
  2. Pirihira Konekone of Manutuke, Turanga
  3. Mereana Wero of Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Turanga
  4. Riria Mauaranui of Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Turanga
  5. Kaikiri of the Ngati Kaipoho hapu of the Rongowhakaata people of Manutuke, Turanga
  6. Maora Pani of the Rongowhakaata and Rakaipaaka tribes

The eight children of Thomas Halbert who survived to adulthood are (these are largely the anglicized names except Otenes):

  1. Otene Pitau Halbert
  2. William Pere Halbert
  3. Kate Halbert
  4. Sarah Halbert
  5. Mary Halbert
  6. Martha Rewanga Halbert
  7. Alice Matewai Halbert
  8. Thomas Halbert

Scholars have suggested Thomas Halbert had 11 children who survived to adulthood but I disagree. If you think Thomas had more children please Contact me. Peter Gordon in his research into the descendants of Thomas also highlighted that Thomas only had 8 children who survived to adulthood. There is circumstantial evidence that Thomas had other children who died while young but their births, names and other details are unknown.

Thomas eldest child (whom he probably named) may have been named after his own father or grandfather as was Scottish tradition. The names of Thomas children are very similar in that they follow naming conventions to his own family in Newcastle upon Tyne. Otene Pitau was most likely not named by Thomas or his name was changed after he was whangai.

More about these women and their families is detailed below. If you have additional information to add please Contact me.

The wives and families of Thomas Halbert 1806-1865

1. Her name is unknown. There was no living issue as the boy died in infancy. She was likely from Nukutaurua in Mahia and this occured around 1830/1831. If your whanau (family) have maintained their oral history perhaps someone knows who this person was. If you do could you please contact me.

2. Pirihira Konekone 1810-1902 of Manutuke who belonged to Te Aitanga a Mahaki. Thomas married her around 1834-1835. They had one son named Otene Pitau. Otene was immediately adopted by Raharuhi Rukupu (Lazarus) and raised as his own son and was for many years a leader of the Ngati Kaipoho hapu of Rongowhakaata. It is unlikely that Thomas Halbert got to name his son.

Otene PitauThis picture shows members of the first meeting of the Takitimu Maori Council, in front of the second Poho o Rawiri Meeting House on 10 June 1902. They are: seated; Mr Brooking; Otene Pitau. Front row standing; Takina of Kaiti; Charles Ferris of Gisborne; Hetekia Te Kane Pere of Gisborne; Paratene Tatae of Manutuke; Hemi Tutapu; Matenga Taihuka Te Kooti (on far right). Back row; Hapi Hinaki of Whangara; Paora Kohu of Muriwai; Pewhairangi of Tokomaru Bay; Rangi of Tolaga Bay; Arani Kunaiti of Te Reinga. Image courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand.

10 June 1902This picture shows Otene Pitau seated in the center and Hetekia Te Kane Pere standing third from the right at the back. Photo courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum. Taken in June 1902 in front of the second Poho o Rawiri Meeting House.

According to the Rogan Family papers Otene adopted his brother (Wi Pere) daughter Mere Tahatu Pere who died in 1883. Otene also adopted Heta Te Kani grandson of Rawiri Te Eoke after whom the Poho O Rawiri Meeting House was named.

3. Mereana Wero 1817-? of Te Aitanga a Mahaki. She was almost immediately replaced by Thomas next wife much to her disgust. There were no children from the marriage. Mereana immediately married a man of African descent before marrying again and becoming the mother of Peka Kerikeri. Some descendants of Mereana have said that Thomas was not in a relationship with Mereana.

4. Riria Mauaranui  1812-1902 belonged to Te Aitanga a Mahaki. According to McKay their child was destined to play a very important part in the political life of the East Coast. Wi Pere 1837-1915 developed into a bright and shrewd youngster and consequently his father was anxious that he should secure a good education. If he could have his way Wi Pere would have gone to Auckland for his schooling. It so happened that Riria did not like the idea of her son being separated from her. At this time Halbert was about to embark on a trading journey and he invited her to think over the matter in his absence. This Riria did and to her disgust she learned that the school to which her husband wished Wi to be sent was presided over by a Negro. In due course Halbert returned and when he again raised the question of Wi’s schooling Riria at once created a very angry scene. “Do you imagine” she said to Halbert “that I will agree to have any son of mine taught by a mangamanga?”. Halbert was non plussed. Riria at the time was using a meat chopper and raising it above her head and gesticulating fiercely. She ended the argument by averring that sooner than allow Wi to go to a school of such a character she would chop him up in little bits.

Thomas married Riria on 21 April 1839 two years after Wi Peres birth. They were married by Bishop William Williams. Shortly after this official marriage Thomas left Riria and married his next wife.

Wi Pere 2 Wi Pere. Gordon, P J : Maori portraits. Ref: 1/2-034936-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23096412

Wiremu Pere

This image is one of the few that shows Wi Pere had light (blue) coloured eyes.

Clarke, William Henshaw, 1831-1910. Photograph of Wiremu Pere. General Assembly Library :Parliamentary portraits. Ref: 35mm-00114-C-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23091665

Wi Pere 1Wiremu Pere. Hamlin, E J : Portraits of Maori men. Ref: 1/2-020082-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22852547

WPPortrait of Wiremu Pere. General Assembly Library :Parliamentary portraits. Ref: 35mm-00189-B-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23037355

maori-leaders-1908

  • On floor (L-R); Henare Te Raumoa Balneavis, Henare Ruru, Timoti Maitai.
  • Seated; Wi Pere (2nd left), Te Huinga (Lady Carroll, 4th left), Patoromu Ruru, Paora Kohu (1st & 2nd right).
  • Standing; Idie Ferris (2nd left), Take Kerekere (right)

Gordon, Peter John Te Otene, fl 1970. Maori Leaders of Gisborne. Ref: 1/2-044562-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22678554

20015c.tifMembers of the House of Representatives. Ref: 1/2-032234-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23178299

Wi PereDeputation of Urewera chiefs to Richard John Seddon (4th from right), at the Ministerial Residence in Molesworth Street. James Carroll is on the extreme left. Taken by an unidentified photographer in September 1895.

The deputation of Urewera chiefs included: Marunui, Harehare, Rewi, Tokopounamu, Mihaere, Te Korowhiti, Paraki, Te Peere, Wharekotua, Wharepapa, Tuhoto, and Ngapuhi. Wi Pere, MP for the Eastern Electorate, was also present. Not all of those named are in this photograph.

Ref: 1/2-098554-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22824026

None of the images of Wi Pere show that he actually had blue eyes. This seems to be a mark of the photographic methods of the time as some of my other ancestors with blue or green eyes show as having brown eyes.

Wi Pere married Arapera Tautahi O Te Rangi Matenga 1837-1918 and had at least 7 children:

  • Albert Pere
  • Aotea Pere
  • William Bill Pere
  • Te Pakaru Halbert 1853-1857
  • Hetekia Te Kani Pere Halbert 1859-1925 married Riripeti Rangikohera Ranginui 1859-1903. Hetekia also married Paku Peperatua Tipoki and Taraipine Tutaki 1862-1948.

Hetekia Te Kani Pere Copy smallHetekia Te Kani Pere with the mother of Rev Wi Tangahau. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum.

Hetekia Ta Kane Pere smallHetekia Te Kani Pere is seated in the front row on the left. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum.

OLD SETTLER REUNION PICNIC: Photograph taken at Ewen Cameron’s property, Toanga, Cameron’s Bush, Bushmere Road, Makauri in 1898. Granny Tarr is in the centre. Others include Mesdames Atkins, Steggall, M. Hall, W. Benson, Goldsmith, A. Gray, T. Finnucane, G. Davis, and Steele, with Messrs Tibbel, Chas. Evans, T. U’Ren, M. Hall, Blackstock, Tarr, Finnucane, J. Woodbine-Johnson, Hume, W. C. Walsh, J. Maynard, W. Bidgood, A. Parkes, W. Tarr, Lawson, R. Thelwall, M.Jennings, J. McKenzie, J. Atkins, McDermot, Wm. King, C. W. Ferris, and Hetekia Te Kani Pere in front reclining on the ground. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum.

Hetekia and Riripeta had at least 4 children:

    • Apanihitia Halbert 1881-1883
    • Putiputi Halbert 1882-1906

020-3-15_A_PERE_Putiputi&Mirianata copy smallThis is an image of Putiputi Halbert and Mirianata Halbert – first cousins. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum.

    • Te Mana O Turanganui A Kiwa i Tangohia Halbert 1884-1889
    • Rongowhakaata Pere Halbert 1894-1973 married Patehepa (Pat) Tamatea and had at least 7 children
  • Hineikoia Riripeti Halbert 1916-1969
  • Te Iho o Te Rangi Halbert 1917-1976
  • Arapera Halbert 1919-2001
  • Te One Matariri (Doss) Halbert 1920-1979
  • Rangiwahipu Te Waituhi Halbert 1921-1984
  • Te Raumiria Nita Halbert 1926-1974
  • Te Nonoikura (Nona) Hinemanuhiri Halbert 1933-1999

Hetekia and Paku had at least 1 child

  • Kairangatira Pere Halbert 1878-1976 married Henry Kingi 1880-1963
  • Mere Tehatu Halbert 1860-1883
  • Moanaroa Te Pere 1865-1935

5. Keita Kaikiri (Kaikiri) 1818-? was married to Thomas around 1839/1840. I havent been able to locate a reference to them being married in a church but suspect that Thomas married most of his wives in a church or was married by a minister. I havent been able to find much about Kaikiri. Historians have ostensibly concentrated on Wi Pere and his lineage and Kaikiris daughter Keita (Kate) Halbert who later became Mrs Wyllie then later Mrs Gannon. If you are another Kaikiri descendant and have any information about her please contact me – shes my tipuna too! The daughters of Kaikiri seem to know very little about their mother. I do wonder if Kaikiri died after having Martha Halbert and the surviving children were raised by Thomas Halbert and Maori relatives before James Ralston Wyllie and his wife Kate Halbert had guardianship of Sarah, Mary and Martha Halbert. Did Thomas Halbert marry Maora Pani because Kaikiri had died?

Kaikiris parents were Noamaitai and Ani Ranigmatepii II. Noamaitai and Ani Ranigmatepii II had at least 3 children:

  • Kaikiri
  • Maata Rewanga
  • Apera Te Awahuka

Noamaitai and Ruta had one child:

  • Maraea

The 4 children of Thomas and Kaikeri were (Note: Ive seen reports that Thomas and Kaikiri had 7 children. This appears to be information from MacKay that gets quoted an re-quoted without checking the facts). They may have had 7 children but only four survived to adulthood. The census information for 1851 bears out that Thomas and Kaikiri had a larger number of children. There are also a large gaps between the childrens births which may indicate that other children were born:

  • Keita (Kate) Halbert 1840-1913, became the wife of James Ralston Wyllie 1831-1875 on 14 August 1854 and after his death became the wife of Michael Joseph Gannon 1853-1922 on 9 June 1881.

Kate WyllieKate Wyllie (Halbert) with her brother Wi Pere. Photo courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum. The was also identified as a photo of Martha Rewanga Halbert and Wi Pere by other whanau. The majority view is that this is Kate Halbert and Wi pere.

Kate Wyllie 2Kate Wyllie (Halbert). Photo courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum.

Kate Wyllie

wyllie_kate_900-4-copyImage courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

101-18-colour-Gisborne1871 copy smallThis is Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand in 1871. This is shortly prior to the Wyllie house being built but it gives you a good idea of what Gisborne was like shortly after Thomas Halberts death. If you are going to order the original from the Tairawhiti museum it will look different as the original was hand coloured. I have removed the colour to bring out the details in the image. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

101-54_WFC_A260_1876 copy smallThis is the house of James and Kate Wyllie (Halbert) circa 1875. The Wyllie house is on the opposite bank to the township in a field by itself. Photo courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum. Please note I have edited the image to remove some of the spots and other damage done. If you are going to order the original from the museum its going to look different.

Kate and James had 9 children

  • William Hince Wyllie died 1855-1868 – slain by Te Kootis men.
  • Hannah Tungia Ralston Wyllie 1857-1880 married Robert George Gibbons Jr
  • Flora Sarah Ralston Wyllie 1859-1930 married Henry Christopher Lynch Boylan then Edgar Henry Pavitt
  • Gavin Ralston Wyllie 1862-1930 married Te Paea Parengaio Wirihana then married Maud Emily Skeet
  • Alexander Ralston Wyllie 1863-1949 married Sylvia May Wilkinson
  • James Ralston Wyllie 1865-1886
  • Nigel Ralston Wyllie 1867-1934
  • Kate Ralston Wyllie 1869-1941 married Edgar George Stevens
  • William Anderson Wyllie II 1875-1940 married Evelyn Alice Mansel

The following is an image of Kate Ralston Wyllie.

900-wyllie-03-wyllie-katejnr-copyImage courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

After James died Kate married Michael Joseph Gannon on 9 June 1881 in St Marys Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand. She names her father as Thomas Albert and mother as Keita Kaikiri. At this stage she is referring to her self as Isabella Kate Wyllie. The following is a copy of her marriage certificate.

Kate Wyllie marriageKate and Michael had 4 children

  • Arthur Te Wawata Gannon 1878-1943 married Edna Hiria Kelly then Mary Theresa May Lindsay
  • Lockie Gannon 1881-1949 married Eleanor Rogan
  • Eleanor Rewanga Gannon 1882-1964 married Hugh Gresham
  • Mere (Mary) Catherine Tahatu Gannon 1883-1984 married Robert Bertie Young

Kate Gannon (seated in black holding a child) with Wi Pere (seated front left), Heni Carrol (Lady Carrol), Laughlin Gresham, Aunty Mary, Aunty Nellie, Hugh Gresham in Auckland, New Zealand.

wyllie_900-9-copyImage courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

Kate Gannon (fourth from the top left) at a wedding reception.

wyllie_900-10-copyImage courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

The following is Kate Gannon (nee Wyllie, nee Halbert) death certificate. Thomas Halbert is named as her father.

Kate Gannon DeathThe certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

  • Hera (Sarah) Ngaihika Halbert 1850-1920 who married William Alexander Wyllie on 12 August 1864 then married James Cunningham on 29 November 1866 then Paratene Tatae. If you know more about Paratene and Heras marriage please contact me. Sarah died in November 1920 and is buried at the Manutuke Urupa, Manutuke, Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand

Before people got married they were required to fill out an Intention to Marry (ITM). This is Sarah and Williams ITM from the 9 August 1864. Thomas Halbert was still alive when Sarah got married. Once again Thomas Halbert name has no mention of as middle name. Interestingly Thomas Halbert signature is only represented with an “x”. As with Sarah Halbert he may have been absent and not able to sign. There is overwhelming evidence Thomas could write.

Sarah Halbert ITM

This ITM was purchased from the Auckland Archives but these can be obtained for free if you visit the archives.

This is the marriage certificate of Sarah Halbert to William Alexander Wyllie. The witness here was James Ralston Wyllie. Sarah has signed using her mark. This usually indicates she was not able to write or was not present.

William Alexander Wyllie marriageThe certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

This is William Alexander Wyllies death certificate. James Ralston Wyllie was the informant:

William Alexander Wyllie deathThe certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

Sarah married James Cunningham two year later. James Ralston Wyllie was the witness:

James Cunningham marriageThe certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

Sarah and James had 7 children

  • Jean Cunningham
  • Robert Cunningham 1869-?
  • Jane Cunningham 1871-?
  • Bridget Cunningham 1872-?
  • William (Bill)  Cunningham 1874-1927
  • Walter Cunningham 1876-?
  • James Cunningham 1879-?

Sarah and Paratene had 4 children

  • Moana Paratene Tatae
  • Keita Kaikiri Tatae 1886-1865
  • Reremoana Paratene 1889-1981
  • Kauna (Karina) Paratene Tatae 1891-?
  • Mere (Mary) Halbert 1853-1932 married Sergeant Major Alexander M Heany in 1871 and she divorced him in 1892 and then married Donald Gordon 1862-1952

Alexander Heaney Marriage 1871This is Mary Halberts marriage to Alexander Heaney. They have recorded Marys surname incorrectly. James Ralston Wyllie was the witness to the marriage and was most likely Marys guardian. The certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

Mary and Alexander had 8 children:

  • William Halbert Heany 1871-1918 married Annie Mary Lukashefske
  • Mary Jane Heany 1874-? married William McLeod
  • Arthur M Heany 1876-1900
  • Blanche Martha Heany 1878-1924
  • Ernest Heany 1881-1916
  • Herbert Norman Heany 1881-?
  • Herbert Heany 1884-1948 married Olive Saies
  • Walter Selwyn Heany 1887-1952 married Kate Joseph

I believe the following document is Marys marriage to Donald Gordon on 27 April 1892. Peter Gordon also believed this was the marriage of Mary to Donald Gordon. It was nearly unheard of for women to divorce men in New Zealand in the 1890s. Mary married Donald a few weeks after her divorce from Alexander Heany. When a woman divorced she could refer to herself as a spinster (unmarried woman). You will see that Mary has listed her mother as Ki Kira. I think this was meant to be Kaikiri. The person writing down the name may not have had a good understanding of Maori names or Marys mother may have died when she was very young and she never really knew her mothers name. There is the possibility that Mary was asked her mothers married name. On Marys death certificate it says that she married Donald in Auckland. It also says her mother was Kikeri Halbert and her father was Thomas Halbert a Sea Captain. Once again there is no mention of a middle name for Thomas Halbert.

Donald Gordon marriageThe certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

Mary and Donald had 5 children:

  • Arthur Gordon
  • Cyril M Gordon 1895-1899
  • Donald Paratene Gordon 1896-1911
  • Ruby Delia Gordon 1894-1948
  • John Claud Gordon 1889-1942. Also known as Claude John Gordon. His birth certificate lists Alexander Heany as his father and he was born Claude John Heany. In order to prove whether Alexander Heany or Donald Gordon was the biological father of John Claud Gordon you would need a direct male descendant of Donald Gordon to YDNA test plus one of Donald Gordons brothers descendants to YDNA test. Alternatively you would need a direct male descendant of Donald Gordon to YDNA test plus one of Alexander Heanys brothers descendants. It must be an unbroken male line from each of the two families. If this is something you want to pursue and need help I can offer you advice on how to proceed.

This is Mary Ann Gordon (nee Wyllie, nee Halbert) death certificate.

Mary Ann Gordon DeathThe certificate was purchased from the NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

  •  Maata (Martha) Rewanga Halbert 1856-1874 married Arthur Francis Cuff 1841-1909. Do you have any photos of Maata or her sisters or mother? If so please Contact Me.

Helen (nee Younger), Arthur, Bertha, Louise, Lionel and Arthur Cuff Edited 2This photo is of Arthur Francis Cuff and his second wife Helen Murray Younger and family. Arthur remarried a year after Maata died. Arthur Francis Cuff is seated on the right of this picture.

Arthur Francis CuffArthur Francis Cuff.

Martha and Arthur had 1 child before she died while giving birth to her second child on Friday 12 August 1874. Martha was buried in Turanganui Native Church grounds on 14 August 1874. This church is long gone but the remnants of the cemetery are now located in Hirini Road Cemetery, Kaiti, Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand.

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  • Ada Materoa Cuff 1872-1919. Ada married Charles Winford McGaveston 1871-1945

Ada Materoa Cuff (small)Ada Materoa Cuff. Source: Collection of Cameron Day.

IMG_0613 copy 2 smallAda Materoa Cuff. Source: Collection of Royce Lincoln

Ada and Charles had 5 children:

  • John Wynn (Jack) McGaveston 1898-1955 who married Dorothea O’Donnell 1897-1988
  • Charles Arthur (Arthur) McGaveston 1900-1945 married Jeanie (Jean) Harrison 1908-1987
  • Winnona Margaret McGaveston 1901-1952 married Hugh Ogilvie Rowley 1904-1973
  • Doris Isabella Bertha McGaveston 1904-1956 married David Alen Ivory 1907-1973
  • Murray Robert Piers McGaveston 1906-1976 married Loma Royce Gordon 1920-2000

JUDD-MCGAVESTON-JOHNSTONECampc1910 LargerA photo taken in Gisborne of the McGaveston, Judd and Johnstone families camping on the beach in 1910. Photo courtesy of the Jim Fairhall Collection.

LF_2016_Scan_1 copyAda Materoa McGaveston with three of her five children: Murray Robert Piers McGaveston at back. Winnona Margaret McGaveston on the left and Doris Isabella Berth McGaveston on the right. Image taken around 1909. Photo courtesy of Dean McGaveston.

Ada Materoa McGaveston Death Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14852, 4 March 1919, Page 4Image source: Papers Past. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14852, 4 March 1919, Page 4

Ada died suddenly in 1919 at Kaiti Beach leaving a young family behind. One of the  family stories are that Charles sister moved from Nelson to Gisborne to help him raise the children.  However – most of Charles children were of a reasonable age by the time Ada died except Murray who our family says was looked after by his older brother John and his wife Dorothea.

Ada was later buried at Taruheru Cemetery. Her gravesite was unmarked until recently when I paid for a headstone to be erected in October 2014. The plot is a double plot likely intended for Charles to be buried there as well.

Ada Headstone

6. Maora Pani 1813-1913. Maora was previously married to Tipira Hape and had around 10 children with him, When she married Thomas in 1860 she had a further 4 children but only two survived to adulthood. She was in her late 40s at this time.

  • Thomas Halbert (Junior) 1863-1928 who married Matehaere Brown.

They had 7 children:

  • Thomas Tawera (Moana) Halbert married May Tuihana Smith 1886-1944 then married Jennie Humphreys
  • Horiana Halbert 1887-1888
  • Iria I Te Rangi (Rangi) Lawrence Halbert 1888-1958 married Katarina Hiratu Rangi Bennett 1895-1988
  • Hoani John Te Tahinga Halbert 1890-1958 married Mary (Molly) Elizabeth Drain
  • William (Billy) Parekura Halbert 1892-1964 married Emmeline Young
  • Heni Te Raupare Halbert 1897-1985 married Leonard (Len) Charles Eade 1909-1980
  • Huia Te Oriwa Halbert 1902-1992 married George Mervyn Chrisp 1903-1993.

020-3-32_HALBERT_Huia_&_Heni copy smallHuia and Heni Halbert taken about 1910. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum.

Thomas Halbert Jr Family (resized)Thomas Halbert II with his wife and family. From left, Rangi, Hone (John), Matahaere, Heni (standing) Huia sitting, Thomas & William (Wiremu). Photo courtesy of Adrian Clark.

044561 copyThis photo comes from the collection of Peter Gordon some of which is held in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. Peter wrote that the people were:

Back: ? , Matehaere Halbert,?
Front left: Reweti Kohere, ? , Idie Ferrie, ? , Thomas Halbert II

Having showed this photo to the Kohere family they have confirmed that isnt Reweti Kohere. Based on the age of Matahaere who is framed by the doorway I think Thomas Halbert II is on the left.

Maora and Thomas then had:

  • Twins who died in infancy
  • Matewai Arihi (Alice) Halbert 1865-1938 who married Karepa Tukareaho Mataira 1853-1929

Alice and Karepa had 13 children:

  • Haerengaarangi Mataira 1883-1950 married Hamuera Runga Te Ngaio
  • Maora Pani Mataira 1884-1919
  • Karepa (Joe) Paku Mataira II 1885-1964 married Kate Smith
  • Alice (Arihia) Mataira 1887-1940 married Wi Katena
  • Te Ratu Mataira died as an infant
  • Te Ratu Jack Calvin Mataira married Hine Wirangi Whakaware (Brown)
  • Wiremu Pere Mataira (Rev) 1895-1961 married Agnes Olivia (Akenehi Oriwia) Patricia Newton
  • Emma Materoa Mataira died as an infant
  • Matenga Tukareaho (Dick) Mataira married Oka Wilson
  • Elizabeth (Riripeti Nanny) Mataira married Waaka Beattie . Elizabeth married Ray Kahuroa Hohipa. Elizabeth married Turei Ataria.
  • Lena (Erina or Rina) Ira Mataira married Piha Waerea. Lena married James Waerea
  • Eunice Wahanga Mataira married Munro Smith. Eunice married Arthur Pere
  • Manutuke (Manu) Mataira 1914-1990

Otene Pitau, Thomas Halbert Jr, Wi PereThis image is of three sons of Thomas Halbert – Otene Pitau, Thomas Halbert Jr and Wi Pere. I would dearly like a better copy than this one. This image is from Mackays book Life in Early Poverty Bay.

If you have a better copy of this image could you please Contact Me.

020-1-1_PITAU_Otene_HALBERT_Thomas-Jnr_PERE_Wi copyThe three sons of Thomas Halbert – Wi Pere, Thomas Halbert II and Otene Pitau. Image courtesy of the Tairawhiti Museum. This is an adapted cut-and-place version from the bromide.

Resources:

Thomas life in New Zealand is fairly well documented and you can find snippets about his life, matrimonial adventures and brush with the law in varying sources including:

In the following books brief references to Thomas can also be found. The first is written about his son William Pere Halbert known as Wiremu Pere (Wi Pere). This book utilises most of J.A MacKays information about Thomas but also injects some information that I have been unable to verify and it is not referenced. The book refers to Thomas having a middle name of Lindsay but no other sources or historical manuscripts refer to Thomas having a middle name. No other sources including his son Thomas Halbert Junior ever referred to Thomas as having a middle name. If you have the answer to where this middle name came from please contact me.

Wiremu Pere: The Life and Times of a Maori Leader, 1873-1915. I have just bought this book myself and this is a great book not only for Pere descendants but for people of Poverty Bay. This is the source which refers to Thomas having a middle name when he did not. It also says Thomas father was Robert Halbert when he was not.

The second is written by the great grandson of Thomas named Rongowhakaata Pere Halbert and his family called Horouta – The History of the Horouta Canoe, Gisborne and East Coast.

If you are going to buy it – its actually cheaper on eBay (as of October 2014) and well worth it for descendants of the East Coast tribes. I just bought it myself.

The third is written by J.A MacKay called Historic Poverty Bay.

Papers Past has some old newspaper stories about Thomas and some of his children such as Otene Pitau, Kate Halbert/Wyllie/Gannon and Wi Pere. Its a free to use resource.

In memory of my tipuna (ancestor) Thomas Halbert 1806-1865

The colourful Halbert met a terrible death. On the night of 12 April 1865 he was returning from a drinking session on board a schooner berthed in the Taruheru River, when his boat overturned in the shallow muddy water. Halbert sank deep into the silt and was drowned by the rising tide. A short distance from where he died Thomas was laid to rest.

Thomas_Halbert_Death_1865_5762This is Thomas death certificate I purchased from the New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages website. It confirms where and when he was found following his accident. I do not think the age given is correct as this is likely to be a guess by J.W Harris. You will also note there is no middle name for Thomas.

The certificate states Thomas was “Found drowned in the River Taruheru near Makaraka on 16 April”.

Thomas was buried in the Makaraka (Houhoupiko) Cemetery, Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand. No records were kept of where exact Thomas was buried in the cemetery – do you know the location? If you do know please contact me. Thomas was buried in a grave next to George Yates who died along with Thomas on that fateful night. As one of his descendants I along with other descendants would like to have a plaque put up commemorating Thomas but cannot begin this process until the exact location of Thomas burial has been established. Rest assured that if we ever do find the location of Thomas burial we will consult with the descendants prior to putting up a plaque or headstone.

In recent decades the Gisborne council staff further trashed the cemetery burying some headstones, throwing others in the Taruheru river and when some were in disrepair they hastened their loss. It is unlikely that Thomas had a headstone which may have survived that long. Even if he did it may have been destroyed during the great purge of the cemetery although it isnt recorded by the diligent people who have been monitoring what has happened to the cemetery. There is no desire by the council to correct wrongs from previous councils who trashed the cemetery. The council is meant to be erecting a plaque to those people who lost headstones. It still doesn’t mean that Thomas will have his name on that plaque as it only covers people who are known to have had graves.

Someone must know where exactly he is buried – please contact me if you do!

 

Thomas Halbert Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume 8, Issue 602, 25 April 1865, Page 1Source: Hawke’s Bay Herald, Volume 8, Issue 602, 25 April 1865, Page 1

Thomas Halbert Death 1865Source: Papers Past – New Zealand Herald, Volume II, Issue 462, 6 May 1865

Thomas Halbert Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume 8, Issue 607, 6 May 1865, Page 3Source: Hawke’s Bay Herald, Volume 8, Issue 607, 6 May 1865, Page 3

 

White Family of Hampshire, England

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Ive put together this blog to encourage other descendants of the White family of Hampshire, England and Riwaka, New Zealand to come forward with new clues to our family history and hopefully some photos which are sadly lacking. Our White family name died out in New Zealand in 1919 with the last of the male line carrying the name. There are many descendants from the two daughters of the family who between them had 19 children!

In this blog I will start from the last born of the White family and work my way backwards through the births, marriages and deaths of my White family in Hampshire.

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A photo of Mary Anne White taken in the early 1860s. Image courtesy of the Nelson Provincial Museum collection. Sadly, this is the only image we have of her. If you have another photo please contact me.

My ancestor Mary Anne White 1842-1876 was the youngest child of parents from Shalden, Hampshire, England.

Mary Anne was conceived in Shalden, Hampshire prior to her father sailing on the Whitby from Gravesend, England to Nelson, New Zealand. Her mother boarded the Lloyds with their remaining children 5 months later on what became an ill fated voyage.

Mary Anne White was born 29 January 1842 in Riwaka, New Zealand. I have not been able to find a birth certificate and it does not look like the birth was registered. Most likely this is because the colony was still developing, land being cleared and new settlers were arriving and public administration practices were not in place to manage the growing population.

Mary Anne married John Cornwall McGaveston 1844-1925 on 23 December 1862 and had 9 children and died during childbirth having her 10th child. As this child did not survive it is not counted among the children she gave birth to.

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John Cornwall McGaveston. Image courtesy of the Nelson Provincial Museum collection.

Their children were:

  • Henry McGaveston 1862– unknown. We have been unable to find what happened to Henry. Can you help?
  • Robert McGaveston 1863-1876
  • Margaret McGaveston 1865-1939 married Wallace Edward Fairhall 1864-1954
  • Amelia (Millie) McGaveston 1866-1956
  • Sarah McGaveston 1868-1944
  • John Cornwall McGaveston 1870-1895
  • Charles Winford McGaveston 1871-1945 married to Ada Materoa Cuff 1872-1919
  • Alfred McGaveston 1873-1952 married twice. The first time to Marie Atlantia Christensen 1872-1917 then to Catherine Mary Malpas 1884-1980
  • Mary McGaveston 1875-1912 married Christopher Piesse 1874-1968

Mary Anne died 8 Sep 1876. She was buried on 10 Sep 1876 in Pangatotara Cemetery, Motueka, New Zealand. A once in a lifetime flood in 1877 may have carried away her headstone as today there is no marker to indicate where in the cemetery she is buried. There are no known plot maps to assist in this regard. We do have a list of burials in the cemetery and the list shows Mary Anne and her son Robert who died a few months before her.

Charles White 1841-1841 was born in Shalden, Hampshire in 1841 and died  aboard the Lloyds on the voyage to Nelson, New Zealand in 1841. It must have been incredibly difficult for their mother to be pregnant and lose a baby with no family support in such a short period of time.

David White 1839-1919 was born in Shalden, Hampshire and died in Riwaka, Motueka, New Zealand. He never married or had children. David like his father and older brother were members of the Oddfellows (These types of organisations were set up to protect and care for their members and communities at a time when there was no welfare state or national health service). We have no photo of David and would dearly like to find one. If you have a photo or more information about David please contact me.

Henry White 1836-1837 was born in Shalden, Hampshire and died there around 1 year of age.

Elizabeth White 1834-1918 was born in Shalden, Hampshire and died on 21 Feb 1918 in Moteuka, New Zealand

2493 Elizabeth White smallThis may be an image of Elizabeth White. If you are a Knowles descendants perhaps you could email me with more information.

These three images are confirmed images of J.D Knowles and some of his children. Images courtesy of the Nelson Provincial Museum collection.

Elizabeth married Joseph Dale Knowles 1827-1917 on 22 Feb 1862 and they had 10 children.

  • Thomas Knowles Abt 1861-?
  • Catherine Maria Knowles 1863-?
  • Ruth 1864-1949
  • Adam 1865-1953
  • Marion 1867-1954
  • Janet 1869-1956
  • David Knowles 1870-?
  • Francis (Frank) 1872-1958
  • Eleanor (Ellinor) 1874-1965
  • Emma 1876-1965
  • Samuel Francis (Sam) 1877-1950
  • William Gibson 1879-?

George White 1833-1913 was born in 1833 in Alton, Hampshire, England and died 5 Sept 1913 in Riwaka, Tasman, New Zealand.

20620 George White smallPhoto of George White. Image courtesy of the Nelson Provincial Museum collection.

Source: Fergus Holyoake Collection of the Motueka and District Historical Association 765/1 Sundry George White passenger on Lloyds February 1842

RIW920/1 Riwaka Cricket team 1867. Photo is thought to be taken at the
Ferry Hotel on the Riwaka side of Motueka Bridge Dodson was the proprietor
of the hotel and the river ferry carried passengers only. Believed license
was first granted in 1847 Edward McNabb was first proprietor and ferryman
Back L to R Mr Nicholson, Adolph Dodson, Geo Painter, Thos Goodall,
Peter Askew, John Drummond, Geo White, Thos Inglis, J McMahon, Robert
McNabb, Edward F McNabb
Front W Price, Joseph Lewis

George never married or had children. We are fortunate that there is a photo of George taken to commemorate one of the last living people who travelled on the Lloyds ship to settle in Riwaka. We dont have a photo of David (junior) who was also alive at this time nor the story written about those settlers.

The father of the White family children was David White 1808-1883. He was born in 1808 in Shalden, Hampshire. He died on 6 Dec 1883 in Pangatotara, Tasman, New Zealand. Davids death certificate was filled in by his son in law J.D Knowles who stated he was 81 years old making his birth around 1802. David was baptised in 23 Dec 1808 in Shalden, Hampshire. A six year gap between birth and baptism was not unheard of in those days but not usual.

Sarah White

David White

These are copies of copies of copies of photos reportedly of Sarah White (nee Jenkins) and David White taken in New Zealand. Do you have better copies that I can use? If you do please contact me.

David married Sarah Jenkins 1806-1862 on 15 Dec 1832 in The Church of St Lawrence, Alton, Hampshire, England. We have not been able to find the birth or baptism of Sarah in Shalden or Alton so she may have been born elsewhere and moved at some point. In the 1841 census Sarah stated that she was 39 years old making her birth in 1802. David and Sarahs ages were incorrectly listed but the truth lies in the need by the New Zealand Company of many and women who were aged 30 or less to settle the rugged lands of New Zealand.

David White arrived in Nelson on the Whitby on the 4th November, 1841.

On the ship manifest David was listed as:

  • White, David, 30 · Agricultural Labourer

Lloyds carried the wives and families of the advance party from the Whitby and the Will Watch. The joy of their arrival was sobered by the news that 65 children had died during the voyage. Of the 56 families on board, 16 lost all of their children. Only two passengers were classed as adult males. Cases of whooping cough were allowed to board, and the disease spread quickly. Food and medication were inadequate for the large number of children. Captain William Green and his crew slept with some of the women migrants. The surgeon was incompetent. On arrival Arthur Wakefield wrote scathing reports of their conduct which tightened sailing instructions for future migrant ships.

On the ship manifest Sarah was listed as:

  • White, Sarah, 35 · Wife
  • White, George, 10
  • White, Elizabeth, 6
  • White, David, 3
  • White, Charles, 3 mths (died on board)

Davids parents were John White 1770-1853 and Martha Gardiner 1773-1854.

John was born in Chawton, Hampshire and baptised on 10 June 1770. He died in Dec 1853 in Alton, Hampshire.

Martha was born on 14 May 1773 in East Worldham, Hampshire. She died in Jan 1854 in Alton, Hampshire.

Martha married John on 12 October 1795 in Shalden, Hampshire, England and they had 12 children

  • Elijah 1796-?
  • James 1798-1880
  • George 1800-1879
  • Elizabeth 1801-?
  • William 1803-?
  • Samuel 1805-1872
  • Thomas 1807-1867
  • David 1808-1883
  • Henry 1811-1837
  • Eli 1813-?
  • Sophia 1815-1899
  • Martha 1817-?

If you can fill in any of the gaps please use the contact form at the bottom of this post.

Johns parents were Elijah White 1737-1788 and Elizabeth Gill ?-1780.

Elijah was born in Ropley, Hampshire, and died in 1788 in Chawton, Hampshire. On 3 Feb 1758 he married Elizabeth in Chawton, Hampshire. Elizabeth was buried on 16 May 1780 so I would assume she died 1-2 days prior. I have not been able to find her birth, baptism or parents names.

Elijah and Elizabeth had 6 children.

  • George 1758-1758 buried 15 June 1758
  • Elizabeth 1759-?
  • Elijah 1761-? married Ann Richardson on 25 Apr 1785
  • James 1764-? married Sarah
  • Sarah 1767-?
  • John 1770-1853

Elijahs parents were John White (dates unknown) and Elizabeth Carter 1695-?. On 2 Mar 1720 John married Elizabeth in Medstead, Hampshire.

In order to research Johns baptism date I hit a brick wall. Between 1680 and 1705 there were 59 John Whites baptised in Hampshire. Trying to find the correct John involves more than finding a John White born in Medstead, Hampshire. Coincidentally there is a baptism of a John White in Medstead but John may have been baptised in Alton, Shalden, Chawton etc. Can you help locate the correct baptism record?

John and Elizabeth had 10 children.

  • John 1721-?
  • William 1723-?
  • Elizabeth 1724-1725
  • Elizabeth 1726-?
  • Robert 1728-?
  • Thomas 1730-?
  • Edward 1731-?
  • James 1732-?
  • Samuel 1735-?
  • Elijah 1737-1788

McGaveston Family of Ireland

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Ive started this blog about the McGaveston family to encourage other family members to contribute family photos, stories and other related historical memorabilia to preserve what we have. I have a number of photos of the McGaveston family from the 1860s to 1940s. If you have better copies of any of the photos below or would like to Contact Me please use the form at the bottom of this page. If there are photos you would like to share but do not want them published please Contact Me. Only deceased people will appear on my web pages for obvious privacy issues.

Ive noticed recently that a number of people on Ancestry.com and My Heritage are simply using the photos on this blog without acknowledging where they came from. You owe it to your own research to always acknowledge the source of the information. Please seek permission before you use these images and information. Direct descendants are welcome to use the information at anytime. I do encourage you to make contact with me to discuss our family history.

I am also looking for photos of the White family of Riwaka (David, Sarah, David Jr, George, Elizabeth and Mary Anne White), Knowles family (Joseph Dale Knowles and his wife Elizabeth and family) of Panagatotara and Lloyd families (Descendants of Reverend Robert John Lloyd and Margaret Page) of Nelson and Palmerston North.

The McGaveston name has a lot of variants in historical records which include McGaviston, MacGaveston, McGaverstone, Gaviston, Gaveston, MccGaveston, Mc Gaveston etc and these variants among others need to be considered when doing research into the family. Also keep in mind that records from the early 1800s and entire 1700s may use the Latin versions of the name ie: Petrus for Peter, Joannes for John, Guilemus for William etc

If you can help I’m looking for these records in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland:

  • Nicholas McGaveston birth around 1753 (and any other family)
  • Mary McGaveston nee Kelly death (between 1786-1794)
  • Rosanna McGaveston death (after 1803)
  • Peter McGaveston baptism (between 1760 and 1790)
  • Mary McGaveston baptism around 1798
  • Peter McGaveston death (after 1808) or emigration
  • Mary McGaveston marriage to Mathew Hilton in 1819 in the Diocese of Ossory. Marys surname is possibly listed as McEvistone.
  • Margaret Page baptism (around 1818 in Dublin)
  • William Henry Page baptism and death. William was the son of Theophilus Page and Margaret Cummings/Cummins
  • William Henry Page marriage to Johanna Quinlan in 1838
  • Margaret Cummings/Cummins baptism around 1790 and death in 1856 as the wife of Theophilus Page
  • Georgina Gratham (or Duffield) baptism around 1770 in Ireland, marriage to Lieutenant Cummins/Cummings (we dont have his first name), baptisms of her 4 children then marriage to William Trulock 1772-1832 and death around 1814 in Dublin.
  • Mary Quinlan (probable sister to Joanna Quinlan). This is still an unconfirmed connection but she married in 1831 to James Walker Esq in Dublin). Mary Walker died 17 January 1865 and James had predeceased her. She was buried in the Page family vault at Glasnevin Cemetery. She like some of the other Page family lived at 4 Martello Terrace, Kingstown. Mary was the witness at the baptism of William John Page along with John Quinlan. Mary and James Walker were the witnesses at the baptism of Mary Genevieve Page.

Mary Walker Death Freeman's Journal - Thursday 19 January 1865The Origin of the McGaveston name

Family stories which have been passed down for over 200 years are that the McGaveston name was originally Gaveston and that our family have their origins in Gascony in France. You can read more about this region here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gascony

The McGaveston surname may derive from Gaveston which derives from Gabaston – a town in Southern France on the Gabas River. The Mc part of the name was added when the Gavestons migrated to Ireland and denotes that were not Irish or not from Ireland.

The family story also says that the name was originally from the family of Piers De Gaveston. The origin of the McGaveston name remains obscure and needs a lot of research. Piers had no legitimate male heirs.

One family story passed down through the generations is that Piers had an illegitimate male child who survived to adulthood. This child was not officially recognised and there is no mention of him in literature from the period or in more recent times. This child of Piers has held an unbroken male line since the 1300s. The McGaveston coat of arms has three eaglets while Piers had six eaglets.

The Gaveston surname occurs in greater frequency in France and England in modern times. Where the origin of the name has been explored there are enduring links to Piers De Gaveston and his family but a significant body of work needs to be undertaken to explore this further.

Another story is that while we are related to Piers it is through another of his parents family lines.

We have YDNA tested a direct male McGaveston family member through Family Tree DNA and have the family DNA on file in case there is a close genetic match. As of 13 February 2016 there are no close matches but there are genetic matches from 500-1000 years ago but no surname matches.

McGaveston Decendants

Nicholas McGaveston was born around 1753 (place unknown but Ireland or France) and died in November 1823 in Stevens Street, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. He was buried on 30 November 1823 at St Nicholas Without, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. Like many of the other headstones from the cemetery Nicholas headstone was most likely removed as part of the cemetery is now under a car park.

All modern day McGaveston family members are descended from him. The only other early record we have of a McGaveston in Ireland in the latter part of the 1790s is of Peter McGaveston who married a Mariannam Reily in St Peters Church, Dublin, Co Dublin Ireland in April 1808.

Based on the date this occurred he could be a younger sibling of Nicholas or a son of Nicholas. The witnesses to this marriage were Joanne May and Anna Ward. No parents of either person marrying were recorded.

We have no other record of Peter (recorded as Petrus) anywhere to be able to determine the exact relationship. Peter was also the sponsor at the baptism of Nicholas McGaveston (junior). At this stage I haven’t found a death record for Peter or Mariannum although there is the possibility the could have emigrated to the USA or Canada.

Nicholas McGaveston married Mary Kelly in December 1786 at St Mary’s, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. The witnesses were: Arthur Southwel and Margaret Byrne.

Nicholas McGaveston marriage to Mary 1786Source: Catholic Parish Registers, The National Library of Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Microfilm Number: 09148 / 03.

We dont know what happened to Mary except she most likely died before 1794. Did Nicholas and Mary have Peter McGaveston as their son?

Nicholas McGaveston married Rosanna Higgins on 30 December 1794 at St Andrews, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. The witnesses for this marriage were: Michael Phean and John McGaviston. Was John McGaviston Nicholas father or was he the brother to Nicholas?

Nicholas McG marriage to Rosanna Higgins

Source: Catholic Parish Registers, The National Library of Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Microfilm Number: Microfilm 09491 / 04.

Nicholas and Rose had at least three children. At the time Nicholas became a father he was 42.

The three children of Nicholas and Rose were

  • Mary McGaveston married Mathew Hilton
  • John McGaveston married Margaret Page
  • Nicholas McGaveston married Henrietta Bournes then married Catherine Ennis.

The first of Nicholas and Rosannas children was:

  • Mary McGaveston 1796-1867

Mary married Matthew Hilton 1787-1867 in 1819 in Ireland.

This could well be the reference to their marriage in 1819 but I have not had time to see if the relevant marriage register contains the full record or if the register still survives.

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Image courtesy of Findmypast. A letter from Margaret Elizabeth Hilton to her cousin  John Cornwall McGaveston stated that the marriage of Mathew and Mary occurred in 1819.

Mary and Mathew had 8 children (4 boys and 4 girls) of which at least 7 survived to adulthood. If you are able to find baptisms of the children please contact me. In a letter from Margaret Elizabeth Hilton to her nephew John Cornwall McGaveston in New Zealand she wrote that in 1884 only two of the Hilton children (her and Mary) were still alive.

  • Mary Rosanna Hilton 1820-1900
  • John Hilton 1821-1880
  • Jane Hilton 1825-1864
  • Margaret Elizabeth Hilton 1831-1894
  • William Alexander Hilton 1836-1865
  • James Hilton
  • Unknown female
  • Unknown male

James Hilton may have also been part of this family. He was mentioned in newspapers in Callan, Co Kilkenny, Ireland at the same time as Mathew Hilton his possible father. An unknown female Hilton and another unknown male Hilton we have no record of but these people were mentioned in family letters.

The following are possible baptisms for some of the Hilton children. Given Mathew Hiltons occupation as Land Steward meant that he moved around there is a possibility that some or all of these are the Hilton children. Curiously the Mary Hilton baptism (if accurate) could predate Mathew and Marys marriage.

Mary Hilton Birth 1819

Mary Hilton baptism in 1819

John Hilton Birth 1821

John Hilton baptism in 1821

Jane Hilton Birth 1825

Jane Hilton baptism in 1825

James Hilton Birth 1823

James Hilton baptism in 1824.

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Margaret Elizabeth Hilton baptism 1832

Margaret Elizabeth Hiltons baptism in 1831. Image courtesy of www.irishgenealogy.ie

  • Mary Rosanna Hilton born around 1820 in Ireland and died 30 March 1900, Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA. Mary moved from Ireland to Norwich, Chenango, New York, USA in 1851.

Mary appears in the 1855, 1860, 1875 and 1880 censuses.

Mary was living with her niece Annie R Hilton in Knoxville, Tennessee when she died.

Mary had lived near her brother John Hilton for most of her adult life and she requested to be buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Norwich, Chenango. In Marys Will she requested that she buried right next to her brother John. She died without marrying.

Mary Hilton Wed 4 Apr 1900 Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph

Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph Wednesday 4 Apr 1900

Her body arrived back in Norwich, Chenango at 4.30pm on 2 April 1900.

Mary Rosanna Hilton - burial info

Information courtesy of the Chenango County Historian’s Office – 6 May 2016

Mary Rose Hilton

Photo courtesy of JTF on findagrave.com.

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Source: Probate Records, 1798-1970; Author: New York. Surrogate’s Court (Chenango County); Probate Place: Chenango, New York on ancestry.com

Mary required the following people to attend the reading of her probate:

  • William Gaveston Hilton living in New Haven, Connecticut (Her brother Williams son)
  • William M Hilton living in Norfolk, Virginia (Her brother Johns son)
  • Mary Elinor Horton living in Wilmington, North Carolina (Her sister Janes daughter)
  • Annie Ruth (Ruth Annie) Hilton (Listed as the niece of Mary Hilton living in Wilmington, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee). She is the person who Mary was staying with when she died. She is most likely to be Johns daughter ‘Nellie’.
  • Dr Silas Pratt Wright was also from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mary Rosanna Hilton - Will infoInformation courtesy of the Chenango County Historian’s Office – 6 May 2016

Mary R Hilton Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph 9 June 1900

Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph 9 June 1900

Mary R Hilton Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph 20 May 1903

Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph 20 May 1903

  • John Hilton 1821-1880  moved from Ireland to Norwich, Chenango, New York, USA in 1851 with his sisters Jane and Margaret Hilton.

If the following story is the correct John Hilton (his father was also a land steward at Co Tipperary) followed in his fathers footsteps but quickly fell foul of one of the locals.

John Hilton Land Steward The Pilot 16 August 1848

Source findmypast. The Pilot 16 August 1848

The following is the passenger list that shows John, Margaret and Jane Hiltons arrival in the New York on 3 March 1851 aboard the Garrick. The ship originally departed from Liverpool, England. All three are listed as Irish Famine Immigrants.

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John married an American born woman named Rebecca Rood 1837-1869 and had two girls and a boy. Rebecca was the daughter of Henry Rood and Lovina Chittendon.

John and Rebeccas children were:

  • William H Hilton 1863 – ?
  • Mary (Nellie) Hilton 1865-? Nannie and Mary may be the same person but their names appear differently in alternating cenuses. Mary last appears in the 1880 census living with her mother sister Julia M Rood. In the census she is listed as crippled.
  • Anna Ruth (Nannie) Hilton 1867- 1929. She was also known as Annie Ruth Hilton/Ruth Annie Hilton/Anna Ruth Hilton. She moved to Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA and worked as a teacher until she died on 7 October 1929.

Anna Hilton Wednesday 20 Dec 1882 Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph

Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph – Wednesday 20 Dec 1882

Annie Hilton Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph Sat 8 March 1884

Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph Sat 8 March 1884

Anna Hilton Sat 22 MAy 1886 Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph

Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph Sat 22 May 1886

Annie Hilton Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph Sat 11 Sep 1886

Annie Hilton is still living in Norwich in 1886. P Rood is Perry Rood who was her mothers brother. Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph Sat 11 Sep 1886

Annie R Hilton Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph 29 Jul 1891

Annie R Hilton now of Wilmington, North Carolina is visiting the Edwin S Clark family of Preston. Source: Chenango Semi Weekly Telegraph 29 Jul 1891

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Source: Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1959; Roll #: 10 on ancestry.com

Her death certificate contains no useful information as neither parent is named. Her age at death is listed as 49 years old making her birth around 1881 which doesn’t correspond with the birth age above. While reviewing the census information for Annie she was more ‘generous’ with her age as she got older. In the 1900 census she listed her birth as 1869. By the 1920 census she listed her birth date as 1885!

Annie Hilton Headstone

Annie Hilton is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA. Image courtesy of Sue Reneau Damewood at Findagrave

John Hiltons wife Rebecca Hilton died on 30 October 1869 in New South Berlin, Chenango County, New York, USA.

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Rebecca was buried in 1869 at Riverside Cemetery, South New Berlin, Chenango, New York, USA.

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This is a picture of Rebeccas original headstone which appears to say John Hilton…DIED…1869. If so, it may have originally said Rebecca Hilton wife of John Hilton died in 1869.

Photos courtesy of Wendy Bovee Oldham on findagrave.com.

The image below is of an inscribed monument with her father, mother and two sisters who died after her. Rebeccas name was most likely added at a later stage as the original headstone of Rebeccas lies broken in pieces.

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John Hilton appears in the 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1875 and 1880 censuses.

John Hilton 5 Oct 1864 Chenango Telegraph

John Hilton (an Irishman) producing the largest potatoes even seen in Chenango. Source: Chenango Telegraph 5 Oct 1864

John Hilton 21 Oct 1863 Chenango Telegraph

John Hilton selling a prized pig for $2. Source: Chenango Telegraph 21 Oct 1863

john-hilton-1865-chenango-telegraphJohn Hilton selling squashes at the Chenango County Fair. Source: Chenango Telegraph 4 October 1865

In 1865 John appears in the U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865

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John died on 27 December 1880 in Norwich, Chenango, New York, USA. He is also buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Norwich, Chenango.

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John Hilton death notice. Source: Chenango Union 30 December 1880

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John Hilton death notice. Source: The Chenango American 6 January 1881 – page 2

John Hilton Headstone

Photo courtesy of JTF on findagrave.com.

  • Jane Hilton 1825-1864 moved to the USA with John and Margaret before moving to Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina and marrying James Wilson 1825-1891 and had three children of which two survived to adulthood. Their children were:
  • Mary Elinor Wilson 1852-1944
  • Matilda Jane Wilson 1855-1877
  • Robert Wilson 1860-?
  1. Mary Elinor Wilson 1852-1944 married Rufus Horton 1852-1884 on 23 March 1876 in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA

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North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. Microfilm. Record Group 048. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC on ancestry.com.

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North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. Microfilm. Record Group 048. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC on ancestry.com.

Mary and Rufus had two children

  • John T Horton 1877-
  • Sadie Horton 1879-1952 married Samuel Person Cowan 1852-1918 then married George Davis 1880-1937

Sadie married Samuel Person Cowan on 28 Dec 1897 in New Hanover, North Carolina, USA when she was 17 years old even though the certificate says she was 19. Samuel was 45 years old but he stated he was 43. Samuel died on 28 Nov 1918 in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA.

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North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. Microfilm. Record Group 048. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC on ancestry.com

Sadie then married George Davis on 5 Oct 1927 in New Hanover, North Carolina, USA. George died on 6 Mar 1937 in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA and Sadie died on 5 Jan 1944 in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA.

Sadie Horton Davis Headstone

Sadie was buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA. Image courtesy of ‘River Rat’ from findagrave.

Sadie stated that she wanted to be buried near George and that she wanted a headstone erected for them both. Sadie also specified that she wanted a headstone for her mother Mary Elinor Horton nee Wilson.

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Will courtesy of North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 on ancestry.com. Platt W Davis was George Davis brothers son. Mary Horton and Annie Horton appear to be Rufus Hortons brothers children. Sadie never had children with either husband.

Mary Elinor Horton nee Wilson died at 907 Market Street, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina on 5 Jan 1944.

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Image courtesy of ancestry.com

Mary Elinor Horton nee Wilson Headstone

Mary was buried on 6 Jan 1944 at Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA. Image courtesy of ‘River Rat’ from findagrave.

Rufus Horton News and Observer, 24 Jul 1884, Thu, Page 1Source: News and Observer, 24 Jul 1884, Thu, Page 1

I have not been able to find where Rufus is buried in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

I have not been able to find the burial location of Jane nor a death certificate or any other reference to her death. If you can help please Contact Me.

James Wilson The Wilmington Morning Star, 13 Feb 1891, Fri, Page 1

James Wilson death notice. Source: The Wilmington Morning Star, 13 Feb 1891, Fri, Page 1

James Wilson (2) The Wilmington Morning Star, 13 Feb 1891, Fri, Page 1

The Wilmington Morning Star, 13 Feb 1891, Fri, Page 1

Janes husband James Wilson died in 12 February 1891 and was like some of his other family members buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA Plot: Sec H Lot 139-142

James Wilson Headstone 1891

Image courtesy of John Evans on findagrave.

2. Matilda Jane Wilson 1855-1877 married Benjamin Murphy 1851-1908 on 18 October 1876 at Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA. 

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Images courtesy of North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. Microfilm. Record Group 048. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC on ancestry.com