Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Eliza FOARD 1831-1876

Eliza Foard was born c1831 in Mayfield, Sussex, England, the seventh child of Stephen Foard and Sarah Boots. She was baptized on 10 Apr 1831 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Eliza eventually had eleven siblings, namely: William b1817, Sarah b1820, Henry b1821, John b1823, Stephen b1826, Benjamin b1828, Dinah b1835, Alexander b1837, Frances b1839, Elizabeth Ann b1841, and Charlotte b1844

In 1841 she resided at High Street, Mayfield and by 1851 Eliza was living as housekeeper to her widowed brother William and his three young children at 16 Crown Square, Camberwell, Surrey.

When she was 25, at the Parish Church of St Giles, Camberwell, in the presence of brother William and sister Frances, she married Daniel KING (son of John KING and Hannah) on 18 October 1856

Daniel and Eliza had the following children:

  1. Henry T KING was born about Sep 1857 in Newington, Surrey, England.
  2. Eliza Ellen KING was born in 1859 in Newington, Surrey, England. She died on 08 Feb 1936 in Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand.. She married Amos DOUBLE on 07 May 1877 in Primitive Methodist Church, Timaru, South Canterbury, NZ.
  3. Daniel Edward KING was born in Jan 1861 in Uckford, Sussex, England. He died on 28 Oct 1949 in Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand.. He married Alice RYAN on 05 Jul 1883 in at the home of Daniel Edward King, Temuka..
  4. Thomas KING was born about 1865 in Lambeth, Surrey, England. He died on 25 Sep 1944 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. He married Isabella MILES on 12 Feb 1885 in Office of the Registrar, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ.. He married Margaret MARRA on 06 Oct 1909 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
  5. Sarah KING was born about 1867 in Lambeth, Surrey, England.
  6. John KING was born about 1870 in Lambeth, Surrey, England.
  7. Elizabeth Ann KING was born 1873.

Between her marriage and 1874 Eliza and family lived at Mayfield and Croydon.

At age 40 Eliza, Daniel and their 6 youngest children emmigrated to New Zealand aboard the 'Carisbrooke Castle' which departed London 30 May1874 and arrived at Lyttleton, New Zealand on 3 September 1874. An epidemic of measle broke out soon after departure claiming the life of 20 children, this must have been horrific for the family who had no way to escape the cramped and closed living conditions. An account of the voyage and other interesting miscellaneous information can be read at 

To date no record has been found as to why Henry Thomas did not accompany the family to New Zealand.

By October 1875 Eliza and Daniel were expecting their first New Zealand born child.

       8.  Ruth KING was born on 24 May 1876 in Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand.

Elizas new life in the new country was very short lived, just a couple of hours after the birth of Ruth she died of confinement complications. The inquest recorded in 'the Timaru Herald' on 26 May 1876 gives quite a detailed and damning account.

Although the report states there had been nine children only eight births have been found to date.

To date I have not been able to locate any further documentation of Elizas death or burial details.

Sadly baby Ruth lived only 11 months before succombing to bronchitis on 14 April 1877. Her death certificate states she was buried at Temuka Cemetery although I have been unable to locate any documentation, I like to think baby Ruth and Eliza are resting together.

A historic non-fiction snapshot re the birth of baby Ruth (some poetic licence has been taken)...
I don’t blame my Daniel. This was my ninth baby, I never ad a doctor at any of them. I knew what to expect.

My Daniel ad done the best by us all when he brought us to New Zealand, near on two year ago, and we was settled proper now. I was glad for the clean air, and my Daniel ad plenty of farm-work to keep us all warm and fed. It weren’t no ardship when we found we was having another wee one.
When my time come, Ann Barrett and Mrs Murphy attended me from alf past one. I’d ad Ruth by four. She was perfect... an angel ...we was both doin’ well when they left at six.  Ann ad to get her Geordies breakfast.
When she came back at eight I weren’t  feelin’ too good but I didn’t want no doctor, I said I’d be good again by lunch.
My Daniel wanted to get the doctor too, but I just wanted a little cornflour to elp my faintness ... and a little drop of brandy...but soon I got to dreadin and was afeared  about wee Ruthie... I didn’t want Daniel to leave me... I was feelin real bad.
Daniel went for the doctor anyway, but when he got ‘ere at nine thirty it was too late.
The jury said if Daniel ad sent for the doctor in time I would probably be saved, but e only done what I told im. It weren’t is fault.

from original  document available at:
INQUEST. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 1431, 30 May 1876 King

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Rose Elizabeth BIRD 1892-1896

For a long time Rose was just a namesake.

My mother Edna Rose O'MALLEY, had been told she was named for a young sister of her mother who had died... that was it! Mum had never asked any further questions and no other information was given, in fact it was only mentioned to me in passing and by chance one day.

My nana Beatrice BIRD, was the youngest of the two surviving sisters, Doris was the other. It was not known if Rose was older or younger, or whether she had died before or after the family emigrated from England to New Zealand.

Occasionally lady luck gives us a break, or maybe it is our ancestors helping hand... but late 2009 I had managed to reconnect with Lorraine THACKWELL, the daughter of Doris, with whom we had lost contact fifty years earlier. Unfortunately she knew nothing of or about our Rose but a few months later the renewed contact and talk of our family history set her amongst some bits and pieces given to her fifteen years earlier by her sister-in-law after her older brothers passing.
THERE IT WAS! a memorial card for Rose.

This information was timely as I had arranged a trip to England to visit significant ancestral sites and I was due to leave in less than a month.

On 10th September 2010 I was able to take a bunch of flower, sit, and spend some time with our elusive Rose Elizabeth.

Sadly site K-61-F is an unmarked grave, however upon my entry into Dronfield Cemetery two cute little squirrels were playing 'catch me if you can' as they scurried up, down, and around a beautiful old oak tree just along from Roses final resting place setting a playful and tranquil child friendly scene.

When I arrived home I sent for Roses death certificate. She had died at home, 7 Hartington Road, Dronfield, North East Derbyshire, of Pertussis (whooping cough), Acute Bronchitis, and Pneumonia. Less than 3/4 mile from her final resting place.

Rest in Peace Sweetheart... you are no longer lost and will never be forgotten... two of my own grand-daughters are named Sophie Rose and Lilly Rose.