Howes

 

William Sidney HOWES was born on 11 February 1849 in Newcastle-on-Tyne in Northumberland, England to John HOWES and Sophia SMITH. At the time, the family was living in Miller's Hill, part of Newcastle-On-Tyne.

By the time of the 1851 Census William was living in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and spent most of his childhood here until the family moved to London sometime in the late 1860's. He married Caroline TURNER on 25 September 1870 in St Giles, Cripplegate, in London.

 

 

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Caroline TUNER was born about 1850 in London to Henry TURNER, who was a greengrocer. Nothing else is known about her prior to her marriage, except that on the wedding certificate, an Amelia TURNER is listed as a witness.

While in London they had two children. These were:

 

William and Caroline left Gravesend in London on 10 February 1874 on the sailing ship Atrato, arriving in Lyttleton in New Zealand on 8 June 1874.

Before William and Caroline left England, they had already arranged to work in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine, and their new employer met them at Caroline Bay in Timaru when the ship arrived.

Their daughter, Amelia is also listed as a passenger on the Atrato.  According to the Surgeons report, Amelia died of inflamation of the lungs on 7 June 1874.  Like most deaths at sea, it is likely that her body was thrown overboard, even though the ship would have been in sight of New Zealand at the time.

Once in New Zealand, William and Caroline purchased a farm at Te Moana, near Geraldine and had the rest of their children here. These were:

Florence Ann - born 13 April 1875
John William - born 10 September 1876
Victor Robert - 23 May 1878
Caroline Edith - born 6 March 1880
Mabel - born 26 September 1881
unnamed male - born 2 July 1883
Christopher - born 8 July 1884
Sarah - born 14 October 1886
Mary Ann - born 23 February 1888
Stanley - born October 1889
Arthur James - born 1 March 1891

 

Most of these children were baptised at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine, and three of them are buried in the cemetery at the church. Click here to see photos of that church.

Sometime in the early 1900's they sold the farm and moved to Nelson. Only one of their children, Christopher came to Nelson with them.

 

(William and Caroline HOWES)

By the time William died on 19 March 1932, he had changed his name slightly to William Claude. He was buried in the Stoke Cemetery, near Nelson on 20 March 1932. Caroline died on 25 April 1925 in Nelson and is buried with William.  There was also an obituary notice published about Caroline, which can be found here.

To learn more about William's ancestors, click here.

 

More on their New Zealand Born Children

Florence Ann HOWES

Florence Ann HOWES was born on 13 April 1875 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised on 16 May 1875 at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley. She died on 10 January 1919 as a result of the flu epedemic at the time and is buried in the Fairlie Cemetery at Fairlie. Florence did not marry or have any children.

 

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John William HOWES

John William HOWES was born on 10 September 1876 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised on 21 January 1877 at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley. He picked up an infection after swimming in a flooded river and died as a result in July 1883 and was buried in the Cemetery at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 11 July 1883. John's unnamed five day old brother also died as a result of this infection.

 

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Victor Robert HOWES

Victor Robert HOWES was born on 23 May 1878 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised on 22 June 1880 at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley. He died on 10 February 1962 and is buried in the cemetery at Burke's Pass. Victor married Dolina "Dolly" SMART on 19 December 1907 in Albury.

(Victor Robert HOWES with his wife Dolina "Dolly" SMART)

Victor and Dolena had eleven children:

 

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Caroline Edith HOWES

Caroline Edith HOWES was born on 6 March 1880 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 4 April 1880. She died on 15 May 1956 in Mt Maunganui and was buried on 17 May 1956 in Taumaranui.

She married John Benjamin BREARS on 24 October 1905 in her parents house at Te Moana, near Geraldine. John was born about 1876 and died about 1922 in Taumaranui.

(Caroline with her daughter Edith, and Edith's husband Arthur FINER

Caroline and John had seven children:

 

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Mabel "May" HOWES

Mabel HOWES was born on 26 September 1881 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised on 2 July 1882 at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley. She died on 29 July 1956 in Timaru, New Zealand and was buried in the Fairlie Cemetery on 31 July 1956.

During the 1920's, Mabel and Chris lived on Mabel's brothers farm at Sherwood Downs.  Details of this experience was published in the book Sherwood Downs and Beyond.  Click here to see an extract of that book.

She married John ROWAN at the family residence at Te Moana, near Geraldine on 18 May 1905. John was born about 1874 in Scotland.

They had six children:

 

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Unamed Male HOWES

This child, known as Peter, was never officialy named was born on 2 July 1883 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine. He died on 7 July 1883 as a result of an infection that his older brother, John picked up (John also died of this infection) and was buried in the St Annes Church Cemetery in Pleasant Valley 11 Jult 1883.

 

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Christopher HOWES

Christopher HOWES was born on 8 July 1884 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 7 September 1884. He died on 4 December 1977 in Nelson and was cremated in Nelson on 6 December 1977.

In 1912 his brother James acquired a farm at Sherwood Downs, and with Chris, they worked the farm for a number of years.  Details of this experience was published in the book Sherwood Downs and Beyond.  Click here to see an extract of that book.

He married Sarah Louise HINGSTON on 11 April 1927 in Devonport, Auckland. Sarah was born on 29 July 1901 and died on 27 July 1989.

(Christopher HOWES, photo published 28 September 1916 in the Weekly News with the group of soliders recently injured, or killed in the First World War)

Christopher and Sarah had four children:

 

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Sarah "Sadie" HOWES

Sarah "Sadie" HOWES was born on 14 October 1886 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 31 May 1887. She died on 5 August 1938 in Fairlie and was buried in the Fairlie cemetery on 7 August 1938.

It is known that Sarah never married or have any children.

 

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Mary Ann "Molly" HOWES

Mary Ann "Molly" HOWES was born on 23 February 1888 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 10 June 1888. She died on 25 June 1980 in Palmerston North and was buried in the Kelvin Grove Cemetery in Palmerston North on27 June 1980.

Although no official registration can be found, it is known that she married about 1910 in Palmerston North to James Patrick HEHIR.

(Mary Ann HOWES and her husband James Patrick HEHIR)

Mary and James had five children:

 

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Stanley HOWES

Stanley HOWES was born about October 1889 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine. He died on 2 December 1889 in Pleasant Valley and was buried in the St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 6 December 1889.

 

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Arthur James "Jimmy" HOWES

Arthur James "Jimmy" HOWES was born on 1 March 1891 in Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine and was baptised at St Annes Church in Pleasant Valley on 5 April 1891. He died on28 July 1968 in the hospital at Napier and was buried at Rongotea on 31 July 1968.

In 1912 James acquired a farm at Sherwood Downs, and with Chris, they worked the farm for a number of years.  Details of this experience was published in the book Sherwood Downs and Beyond.  Click here to see an extract of that book.

It is known that Arthur never married or have any children.

(Arthur James is on the right, with his brother Christopher at the family home in Takaka, Nelson about 1906)

 

 

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(this page last updated 20 May 2005)