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  1. Astro Lady's Avatar
    A very sad story and even more so re: the short life of the children.Alas it was very common in those days.My Irish Gt Grandparents had 7 children die under 14 yrs of age in the same family in Sheffield.They were living in Southwick,Durham before then but actually were from Tipperary. Thank you for sharing :-)
  2. Janet in Yorkshire's Avatar
    Thank you both for reading. My Irish connections make me realise what a carefree childhood I had and also just how much my parents strived to ensure that I had all the opportunities they never had. Thanks for everything, Mum and Dad.
  3. Val and George's Avatar
    Goodness 38 is much too young to die. The poor woman would have been worn out and exhausted with trying to survive and look after the children. Childbirth must have been the final straw for her already weakened state.

    A very sad story Janet, but interesting that you were able to glean so much information about them.
    Thank you for sharing.
  4. Tilly Mint's Avatar
    Aww, such a sad account of Bridget's life and so young to die.
  5. Janet in Yorkshire's Avatar
    Hello Craig,

    Lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for finding this blog and for responding to it.
    I'm thrilled by this additional information, which has solved the mystery of Alfred and added a happy ending to his story.
    PM sent to you.

    Many thanks to you and greetings to your wife, my new-found NZ distant relative!

  6. ccollis's Avatar
    Hi Janet. I have just come across this post, and I can solve your mystery for you. My wife is the Gt Gt Granddaughter of Mark and Sarah Finch. Alfred Finch, Mark's son from Thirza Mickleburgh, did indeed come to New Zealand although at this stage we are not sure when. We have information about him living in NZ, marrying and having children.

    Mark and Sarah had 7 children in NZ, and 5 of them died by the age of 2. All five of those children, along with Mark and Sarah, are buried in Springston Cemetery near Christchurch. The two daughters who survived, Louisa and Sarah, appear to have left the area along with Alfred to live in the North Island of NZ, in a town called Pahiatua. There the two sisters married brothers of the Vile family, and Alfred married Ann Elizabeth Mills in 1896. They had four children: Alfred John, Bessie Winifred, Kenneth, and Noreine. Alfred died on 6 August 1944 in Palmerston North, the town where we live, and we have been to his gravesite. I have a bit more information about the family and a couple of photos if you are interested, so let me know your email address if you would like me to send this through.


  7. Janet in Yorkshire's Avatar
    Hello, DJ, How lovely to hear of your connection with Hannah and Edward.
    I am sending you a pm (private message) so please check your notifications at the top of the page and then click on inbox. I'm sure we're going to have a lot of information to share!
  8. DJ from Ontario's Avatar
    Hello. I just came across your post and was very excited to see it. Hannah and Edward were my great great grandparents. I am descended from there 2nd son William and grew up on a farm less than 5 kilometres from the crown land they settled on. I do have some information on the Broughton family before they left England but the only information I have about Hannah before she immigrated was her birthdate and her father's name (James). Our family does have a photo of her. She was a quite a large, tall woman. In contrast her husband Edward was a small man. I have heard a story that she was lonely here and would cry at night missing her family. Also that her parents had told her that when she left England it would be as though she was dead.
    I would be happy to communicate further and share more information about about them and Elma Township in those early days. I would also be very interested in learning more about the Abel family.
  9. Christine in Herts's Avatar
    There's an Alfred FINCH of the right age travelling via Southampton - but it's not until 1924, and he's a manager, heading from London to the USA - of which he's already a citizen.

    You may get more responses to this if you post it in the Research threads.
    But perhaps you're after a different audience?

    Updated 01-08-12 at 21:46 by Christine in Herts