Monday, December 22, 2014

Motivational Monday - My Little's Last Will and Testament: Probate Records

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................

BINGO it happened again........  I was in the FamilySearch catalog searching through the New Zealand offerings, I clicked on Probate hoping for some reference to a Will and Last Testament and AND THERE IT WAS the entire will of Hudson and a will for Hannah too. UNBELIEVABLE!!

Yes, another one the says "To view digital images of these New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records, Click here. Not available on microfilm. AND so I clicked.

I put in Hudson Little with the year of his death 1834 and nothing NOTHING!. How disappointing!! Don't know why but I decided to put in a range of years 1834 - 1836 thinking that wills sometimes takes months or even years to complete a probate..........HOT DOG!!  Hudson Little appeared. I was so excited........ and the actually recording of the will and the probate of the will is completely here for me to download and keep all for myself. He wrote his will several years prior, as did she. And then the processing after his death and then her death on the same day.............

There are 18 pages with real time signatures and a wealth of information. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have these documents. AND it maybe able to share theses documents with the descendants still living in New Zealand........  and then again they may already have them.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Obituary - My Little's "DIED ON THE SAME DAY - Early Settlers"

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................  

Thought I would include this map with the Obituary I found so I have something to refer to as I read through it...... thought you would appreciate it also. 

This OBITUARY is lengthy because it is two in one.....  YES! you read right, " Two Obituaries in ONE" [It doesn't get much better than this- a big thank you to whoever wrote it originally]

Died on Same Day
Early Settlers

The unusual  occurrence of husband and wife passing away within 12 hours of each other took place today in the deaths of two highly respected residents of Bunnythorpe, Mr and Mrs Hudson Little. Mr Little who was 92 years of age, died at 1:30am and his wife, who was 90 years of age, passed away an hour before mid-day. Mr and Mrs Little had resided in Bunnythorpe for 43 years. On Christmas Day they would have celebrated thee 63rd anniversary of their marriage.

The late Mr Little's parents lived in Cumberland in the same neighborhood as John Peel, and Hudson Little would relate how he used to play truant from school to follow the huntsman and his hounds on foot as far as possible. However, a sound thrashing from his father, who was incidentally the schoolmaster, led him to deserting his home to work for five years in various parts of England before he came to New Zealand in the sailing ship Columbo in 1864. The voyage lasted 130 days and he landed at Nelson. Walking to Greymouth, Mr Little was engaged for some time on the gold diggings, and later walked to Christchurch, where he undertook carpentering and farm work.

It was at Christchurch  that Mr Little met his future wife, then Miss Hannah Doggett, and they were married shortly afterwards in Rangiora. Soon after their marriage they went  to Cust, where they took up farming. In the next year a severe hailstorm destroyed their 70-acre crop of wheat, the  loss leading to the disposal of the farm. They moved to Carlton, near Rangiora, and resided there for 18 years. The property was disposed of at a figure that was satisfactory to Mr Little and they came to the Manawatu district. within a week of their arrival here they had purchased and had settled on a farm at Dixon's Line, Bunnythorpe, In August 1891. For the next eight years Mr and Mrs Little occupied the property. Mr Little retiring from there.
Not only was Mr Little a successful farmer but he was also a carpenter of no [mean] ability.  He built the family's house at Carlton, and the residence to which he retired, in Ingleby Street Bunnythorpe, as well as a number of other in the district.

Mr and Mrs Little celebrated the 60th anniversary of their wedding on December 25, 1931, and on that occasion they were the recipients of the congratulations of a wide circle of friends. With 43 years of residence in the district Mr Little became well known and highly respected there as well as further afield. About a week ago he entered the Palmerston North Hospital advancing years and the fact that he had lost his eyesight making that course desirable.

Mrs Little was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and came to New Zealand in company with her parents as a girl. The voyage who made in the Glentanar, the landing being made at Lyttelton in 1857. The party walked over the Port Hills to Christchurch and pitched their camp on the site which is now known as Cathedral Square. With them was Mrs Doggett's brother, Mr Ivory, who was later Mayor of Rangiora. The family traveled northwards by bullock wagon, crossed the Waimakariri River and continued on to the farm of another brother Mr W E Ivory, a well known Rangiora nurseryman. Mr Doggett unfortunately passed away five weeks later.

Mrs Little was also enfeebled by her great age and the shock of the death of her husband proved too much for her.

The sympathy of a wide circle of friends will be extended to the members of the family in their double bereavement. There are left two sons, Mr William Little of Paremata and Mr Alfred Little of Auckland. Another son and one daughter who had accompanied their parents to the Manawatu district, passed away some years ago.
Now I know most of you would agree that this is a great obituary. I could not ask for anything better or different.........  there is so much information in this obituary that you could days/months/years of research from just the information presented.

New Zealand Death Index 1848-1964
Hudson Little
Oct-Nov-Dec 1934
Folio #  3718

Source Information: New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.  Original data: New Zealand Death Indexes

Looking back at the map, you can see where both Hudson and his future wife and family arrived and you can follow each of them as they lived.

FYI: Bunnythorpe & Rangiora are both northeast of Christchurch-- Lyttelton is just below Christchurch

Some of the other names are not listed but I will locate them in time.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Surname Saturday- My Little: Connecting to Other Families

Hudson Little, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers, Fathers Side continuing..............

Well I was still curious about the other IVORY families that I found in the Passenger Lists to New Zealand. It felt like they should be related to my Matilda (IVORY) DOGGETT.  Something kept saying go back to Hudson & Hannah's obituary. I did, and reread it. On a whim I copied two phrases, and put them in GOOGLE one by one and boy was I surprised. Thank You GOOGLE.

First Phrase..............
Mr Ivory, who was later Mayor of Rangiora - a document came up "MAYORS OF RANGIORA BOROUGH" Mr Ivory is Aquila Ivory who came to New Zealand on the ‘Glentanner’ and arrived in Rangiora in 1857 - this is the brother of Matilda who was listed on the same passenger list a page before William and Matilda. EUREKA!!

In the early days the Mayors retired annually and either put themselves up for
re-election or stood down.

A Ivory - 1883-1885
Aquila Ivory came to New Zealand on the ‘Glentanner’ and arrived in Rangiora
in 1857. He was a member of a family group consisting of the Ivory,
Stapleforth, Doggett and Jennings families. This family formed the first Baptist
congregation in Canterbury. They built a small chapel in Victoria Street (on the
site of the Queen Street extension) known as ‘Little Bethel.’
Mr Ivory obtained work as a bushman, then became a farmer and later he ran a
grain and estate agency. He was a Councillor from 1879-1883, and from 1889-
1892, in addition to his Mayoralty. His son Joseph Aquila Ivory also served on
the Council in 1931-38, and 1942-47.
He died in 1908 and is buried in the East Belt Cemetery.

Another listing in the Mayors listing was this Charles Ivory Jennings. The Jennings family was mentioned in the information about Aquila Ivory above.... somehow this man is related to the IVORY family but don't know how and not sure if I will take time to go this far off field............ but who knows..... my curiosity might get the better of me someday...... but for now this is as far as I will be going on this family.......... probably a marriage between Jennings and Ivory families. I should check the passenger list again for the Jennings family - they arrived the same year as the Ivory and Doggett families.........  
C I Jennings – 1896-1898, 1914-1921
Charles Ivory Jenning’s parents arrived in New Zealand from London in 1857 to
join other family members already in Rangiora. His father, Charles Sr, was a
carpenter and became the settlement’s first undertaker.
(I did check the passenger list (46 pages) on the Glentanner,1857 and  did not find the Jennings and Stapleforth. So they came on a different ship in the same year)

Second Phrase...........
Mr W E Ivory, a well known Rangiora nurseryman--  found in THE CYCLOPEDIA OF NEW ZEALAND [CANTERBURY PROVINCIAL DISTRICT]PROFESSIONAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL- RANGIORA NURSERY (William Emms Ivory, Proprietor), Rangiora. This is another brother of Matilda who arrived in New Zealand in 1855. This gave a great write up of the Nursery and of William along with his son John Ivory and AND PICTURES OF BOTH MEN. I am beside myself with excitement.........  

Trees have been sent from this well-known nursery not only to the local settlers, but to all parts of New Zealand. It contains thousands of young trees, very large numbers of which are fruit trees, bearing, in season, splendid specimens of fruit. Mr. Ivory was born in Norfolk, England, in 1823. He was brought up as a nurseryman at Breacondale, a horticultural establishment in Norwich, where he served for seven years, and was subsequently gardener at Tring Park, Herts. On arriving in Lyttelton in October, 1855, by the ship “Cash-mere,”
Mr. Ivory experienced some of the difficulties of early colonial life, and had to carry some of his goods over the Lyttelton hills. The first of his swags consisted of a seventy-pound feather bed, which he carried over the hills and down to Ferrymead on his back one morning before breakfast. This historic relic of the early days is still used in the family. In the year of his arrival Mr. Ivory settled in Rangiora, and planted an orchard for one of the earliest settlers who then resided at Rangiora. His object in life was to succeed in raising fruit and ornamental trees, and generally in nursery work, and it was not long before he began to lay the foundations of the now well-known Rangiora Nursery. Many of the original stocks were imported from Great Britain, and through careful attention and plenty of hard work, a considerable area of land is now covered over with nursery stock, or bearing orchard. Mr. Ivory was married about 1843, and had the misfortune to lose his wife shortly after settling in Rangiora; in fact, Mrs Ivory was the second European adult to die in the place. She left two sons and three daughters.

MR. JOHN IVORY is the eldest son of Mr. W. E. Ivory, the proprietor of the Rangiora Nursery. He was born at Norwich, England, in 1844, and accompanied his parents to Lyttelton by the ship “Cashmere” in 1855. The family settled at once in Rangiora, and Mr. Ivory was employed for three years by Mr. Hamilton Ward, brother of the late Mr. Crosbie Ward, chiefly amongst cattle; also by the late Mr. George John Leech, of Rangiora, for three years, and by Mrs Carter, of Seadown estate, Amberley, for three years, in farming work generally.
With the growth and development of the Rangioa Nursery, his services became necessary to his father, and Mr. Ivory has for about thirty-five years been actively engaged in nursery work, principally in superintending the propagating and the packing departments.

Don't you just love Google!!! I DO!! All this information by just putting in a phrase and seeing what comes back. Try it .............

I have to keep in mind, unfortunately the DOGGETT and IVORY surnames are not related to me, but they are connected by marriage to my LITTLE ancestors. I am filling in a lot of the blanks to get a more complete picture of the couple and their family's.............. I find it very interesting to follow these different families and see what happened to them ............   "putting more flesh on their bones"

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past - My Little - Mirror Mirror Where Are Those Pictures?

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................

I am looking for any pictures of Hudson and Hannah (Doggett) LITTLE 1843 - 1934  Cumberland (Norwich) England and Bunnythorpe, New Zealand

I have contacted my New York cousins and they have no pictures that go back that far in time. I need to contact my New Zealand descendants .......... I hope to be able to contact my third cousin Mary (McIntyre) Hope to see what she has and would be willing to share.

I wonder if there is a genealogy or historical society in their area, I could make contact and see what they may have........  after all the Hudson and Hannah were early settlers in the area.

I am so anxious to see what my Great Grand Uncle and Aunt looked like. I really want to see if there is a family resemblance, to see their coloration, complexion, eyes, nose, ears height, weight etc

............  back to you at another time with more. Anyone have copies of the pictures I am looking for?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Those Places Thursday - My Little - The Other Family Landing in the New Land

Hudson Little my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues.............  

another BINGO!! another dance alone, but I will share it with you because you do understand........

I began this adventure (Dec 1) researching Hudson Little and his wife Hannah Doggett and their children with a free weekend on Find My Past....... then rechecking with, then using Google to locate the tombstones, and now I am searching and recording from the FamilySearch catalog.

This month I have made several comments along the way about keeping a list for my HUGE research plan in Salt Lake City in February2015. Well, I finally went to the catalog online for FamilySearch.........  searching on New Zealand and here is what I found so far...... (I hope you are sitting down because it is BIG!!!)

.......checking under Passenger Lists pops up New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973. I was about to print off the page when I noticed right in the middle of the page says CLICK HERE, not available on microfilm...... WHAT??? so I clicked and it was true, the passenger lists are all available online. I don't have to wait till February2015 to check this out .. I did this right from my the comfort of my home. YIPPEY!!

OK OK......... drum roll please!!!   I found the passenger list of the entire DOGGETT family. This is them sailing from England to New Zealand- landing 3 Oct 1857 in Lyttelton on the South Island. This is Hannah as a young girl, with her parents and other siblings........  how fantastic!! I am so excited!!

This shows the family names, ages (the first & third columns show males and the second & fourth columns show females), where they started from, fathers occupation..... the rest of the columns have to do with how much the individual paid, how much was owed to the provincial government and the far right was the total owed for that family. I also found an IVORY family on the page prior.

IVORY is Matilda's maiden name. Don't know if they are related but I will keep the information till I can prove or disprove it. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Travel Tuesday - My Little - Arriving in a New Land

Hudson Little, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers fathers side continues........... 

I have been lucky to receive two different newspaper accounting's of Hudson Little's arrival in New Zealand but also his departure from England and the route they took from England to New Zealand. YES I AM EXCITED.

A couple of years back I was in charge of 'Look Up's' through my local genealogy society (Root Cellar SGS). I received an inquiry from New Zealand asking about a person in San Quentin Prison. I did the work and emailed the information back. I mentioned at the end of my email that it was such a small world, I had ancestors in New Zealand..........  she wrote back, thanked me, asked me the names of the ancestor, and within a week she sent me this accounting of Hudson Little's travels from England to New Zealand. Now I was very surprised and extremely thankful..........  you never know where that next piece of family information will be coming from.........

There are a few differences between the two newspaper accounting's  but the basic information is the same. There is so much detail that you can take a map and map out the route that the ship took from England to New Zealand..............  just wonderful information!

Of course I still need to find the write up for the William Doggett family trip to New Zealand from England in 1857 to Lyttelton on the ship Glentanar - First Families of New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Ship 'Columbus' arrived Auckland, NZ 11 Oct 1864
Archives NZ Wellington Ref: AP 9/3 (repro 1615)
Auckland Provincial Government Immigration Department Letter Book 1859-1864
Register of applications for passages 1859-1872
-- have a listing of passengers - approved applications for assisted passages for ship 'Columbus'

Southern Cross (one of two newspapers) 11 Oct 1864 Arrival of the Columbus from London
The ship Columbus, 1,277 tons, Captain Adie, arrived yesterday evening, and anchored off the North Head. She left the Downs on the 16th June, and took her final departure from Ushant on the 24th June. Experienced light NE trades, and crossed the line on the 27th July, in 25 degree 11' W longitude. The SE trades proved moderate, and the meridian of the Cape was made on the 23rd August. From thence strong W and SW winds prevailed. She ran down her easting as far as 59 degree S, and passing to the south of Tasmania, sighted the North Cape on Saturday last. The barque Guadelette, hence was spoken on the 4th instant, in longitude 163 degree 10' E, latitude 34degree S.

The Columbus was despatched by Messrs Green, Robinson and Co. She is a fine large ship, and has good accomodation., Her commander, Captian Adie, has been presented with a testimonial by the passengers, as a token of their appreciation of his abilities as a mariner, and of the manner in which he has performed his duties., Most of the passengers appear to be in good health, and the ship is in a cleanly state., The following is a list of her passengers and cargo:-  Passengers listed again-  CABIN and STEERAGE........... [many more in steerage than cabin- Hudson Little's name shows in steerage] All the cargo is listed.
Testimonial to Captain Adie: We have great pleasure in publishing the following testimonial to Captain Adie, of the Columbus:..... "To Robert Adie, Esq, Captain of the Ship Columbus, Dear Sir, We, the undersigned passengers by the ship Columbus, from London to Auckland, having experienced your great kindness, consideration, and gentlemanly behavior during the passage are desirous of hereby testifying our grateful appreciation of the same; and ere, we part, beg, as a small token of our esteem, to offer you our most sincere and heartfelt thanks. In conclusion, we beg to wish both you and your wife every happiness and all this world's joys. We remain yours, &c........."

The ship 'Columbus' arrived off the North Head last evening from London, with a full cargo of general merchandise and 185 passengers. The following is a list of their trades and occupations - 13 farm labourers, 28 servants, 14 labourers, 2 ironmongers, 20 farmers, 1 painter, 3 blacksmiths, 1 draper, 4 carpenters, 1 wine merchant, 1 doctor, 1 cook, 1 coal miner. The 'Columbus' has arrived in harbour in good order. The only deaths during the passage were Robert William Blankarn, aged 30, who died on the 29th of Julym, of consumption; and Margart Paul, aged 2 years, who died on the 27th July, of dysentery.

New Zealand Herald (one of two newspapers)11 Oct 1864
Arrival of the Columbus from London
The fine ship Columbus, Captain Robert Adie, arrived off the Heads yesterday evening, after a pleasant passage of 115 days from the Downs.

The following are the particulars of her passage:  passed through the Downs on the 16th June, taking her final departure from Ushant on the 24th. Passed outside the Cape De Verd Islands, experiencing very light NE trades; crossed the Equator on the 27th July, in longitude 25degrees 11' W and had very moderate SE trade winds; crossed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on the 23rd August, running down her eating between the parallels of 40degrees and 49 degrees; in these latitudes, W and SW winds were encountered with very squally wet weather. Off Tasmania, had a hard gale from the NE, which drover her down as far as 50 degreesS; after that light winds prevailed, and the North Cape was rounded at 11:30am, on Sunday last.
The only ship connected with the Colonies spoken during the passage, was the barque Guadalette, five days out from this port, on the 5th inst, in longitude 163degrees 10' E, latitude 34 degrees S; wished to be reported.

The Columbus brings 189 passengers, all in good health, and the ship has arrived in a clean and creditable condition., There were two deaths on the passage - one a child, and the other a yourn man named Robert William Blankam, aged 30 years, who died of consumption on the 29th July. There were also two births on the passage.

Capt. Adie is well spoken of by the passengers, and seems to have won their highest esteem, as will be seen by the following testimonial, which we have much pleasure in giving publicity to: [same as above]
The ship will come up harbour this morning.
Imports Foreign.......[list all the packages and cargo being carried]
PASSENGER LIST: Columbus, ship, 1280 tons, R. Adie, from London
Alphabetical List: HUDSON LITTLE [notation: Hudson would have been age 21]
It also has another alphabetical list of passengers - SC/Southern Cross  NZH= NZ Herald
It lists LITTLE, Hudson but nothing else
Source: Researcher: Chambers Genealogies. Established 16 Dec 2002/ Contact Dawn Chambers. PO Box 30380, Lower Hutt, New Zealand... Researched at the National Archives of the New Zealand Wellington

Not sure if there are actual Immigration Papers entering New Zealand?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Motivation Monday - So You're Going to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City!!

Registration Open
WOW!!! I love going to Salt Lake City for research. I look forward to it every year. You never know what you will find, what is new, finish what you didn't finish from the previous time. 

I have registered to go to FGS/RootsTech2015 in February. I also have reserved my room, so just the packing is left besides getting ready for the LIBRARY. I am really excited about going, as I am every year.  There is so much more to the Conference than just the classes. There are so many extra activities and events planned along with many luncheons with excellent speakers.  So many choices, but most of that is taken care of with the registration to the conference. AND then there is the LIBRARY.

I have been attending RootsTech since it began and look forward to attending every year. I feel so privileged to be able to spent time at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City. The first year or maybe even two, I thought I was preparing to go to the Library to some serious researching, but never seemed to find much. Then I took a class on actually preparing to go to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City. Wow, what a difference it made. So if a session is offered close to you ATTEND IT. It will be well worth the time and energy.

First while still at home I go through my family tree.........  I try to use the To-Do List in my Legacy Family Tree Software Program.....  as I work in my program over the year I try to keep up-to-date and add to the To-Do list as I go. Then at times like this, while thinking about the trip in February, I start compiling a paper To-Do list from my software program........ I try to put family names together and then try to break it down even more than that......... say Vital Records, history of 'whereever', probates etc.......... I even refine the list even more by putting all the books together on one page, all the microfilm together - while refining each page. 

I have spent dozens of hours combing through the LIBRARY catalog........ trying to see what else may be available to look at while I have time. I cannot emphasize enough that the more organized you are the more you will be able to do without getting frustrated. It is stressful enough knowing all this stuff is available and not being ready. So get organized and do your research homework.

What to take to the library: If it is summer, a light sweater. If it is winter, winter jacket, boots, possibly an umbrella..... Oh did I mention they do have lockers so you can put what you want in the locker, the less you have to keep track of the better you will feel. I make sure that I have my laptop (with lock, hard drive, thumb drives & cords), a good paper notebook & pencils, my flip pal scanner, plus my smart phone. This is what I need to research, take notes, copy and maintain information, documents and records. As I said I have a
smart phone (iPhone to be exact) and I use it many ways:  taking pictures of pictures, whole pages of text, written items I need to remember, maintain my schedule at the conference, alert me for coming events. IF the conference has a APP I use every bit of it....... scheduling, alerts, communication, social media, getting around, and keeping in touch with friends. I also have the APP 'Families' on my phone that holds my entire family tree at my finger tips. So while browsing the stacks or away from the laptop, I can simply open my Families APP and check a name, a date, a location or find out a relationship, etc. Life saver!!

I have not been to the LIBRARY since February 2014, but I hear that there are some huge but good changes. There is always someone around to ask questions ...... and some answers are better than others. But now if you need specific help, you go to the help desk and ask. Unlike other years, you are given a buzzer type thing and when a specialist is located, they buzz you. So instead of having to stand in line waiting you are able to go back to serious research until they have located someone to help you. I LIKE THIS!! 

Take time to study the LIBRARY building itself. You can do that online at FamilySearch while still at home. This will be extremely helpful. This is a large facility with 5 floors, it can be overwhelming and yes there is signage for each floor and within each floor but why go unprepared.

Make you sure check when the LIBRARY is open - what days of the week are they open, and what are the hours each day. They are closed on Sundays. They do have a 10 minute orientation video to watch when you first come in. Yes, it will be helpful to watch. Take the time. Where are you going to eat? YES EAT. There are designated areas for food and drinks. There are tours you can take. There are also classes you can take while visiting the :LIBRARY. I just looked and it looks like there are only classes scheduled on Monday and then nothing more that week. But the other weeks have classes each day. So if you go another time check that schedule before you go so if you see something that interests you,  you can work that into your LIBRARY experience. You can also pick up a paper copy of the classes being offered at the door as you come in. You never know what has changed. 

Probably the one thing you will need to be aware of while balancing the LIBRARY and the conference experience is PATIENCE. With two conferences being presented in the same time frame and all attending being family researchers EVERYTHING will be crowd, you will need PATIENCE

Enjoy! Happy Hunting!