In October 1868 20 year old Mark Finch married his first cousin Thirza Mickleburgh in the parish church at Horningtoft Norfolk. (Thirza was 13 years older than Mark.) The couple were recorded in their home in Horningtoft when census was taken on 2 April 1871 and just a week later, on 9 April, Thirza gave birth to their first child, a son, whom they named Alfred. Sadly Thirza died and ten days later she was laid to rest in the village churchyard. Baby Alfred was not baptised until October 1871, an event which took place in Matishall, Norfolk the home of one of Mark's older married sisters.
Mark Finch married again in the Spring of the following year - his new bride was Sarah Ann Farrow, a younger sister of the wife of Thirza's brother, William Finch Mickleburgh. On 11 October 1872 Mark and Sarah boarded the "Crusader" at London and set sail for New Zealand. They travelled alone as a married couple, classed as Government Immigrants, landing at Lyttleton 5 January 1873.
By 1880, they'd had five children, of whom only two daughters survived.

When census was taken in 1881, 9 year old Alfred was recorded at Mattishall, at the home of his aunt Sarah and her husband William Cole.
After that, the trail goes cold - I can't find him in any later English census, but nor can I find a specific record for him sailing to NZ to join his father, although family legend claims he did!
Mark Finch was a saddler and bootmaker when he died from peritonitis on 19 December 1893 in Lincoln NZ. According to his will, he had two daughters and a 22 year old son.

Can anyone shed any further light on the life of Alfred Finch?