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Northe Residence

Northe Residence 25 Main Street Napier.


Ann Northe

Ann Northe who married Robert
Somerville 23 February 1872.


Benjamin Bayly Johnson

Benjamin Bayly Johnson who married
Elizabeth Northe 26 July 1866.


Eleanor Northe

Eleanor Northe who married Samuel
Evinson 1 September 1862.


Elizabeth Northe

Elizabeth Northe who married Benjamin
Bayly Johnson 26 July 1866.


Hugh Frederick Northey

Hugh Frederick Northey who married
Christina McKay 1875.


Jane Scott

Jane Scott who married John James
Northey 1862.


John James Northey

John James Northey and his 5th child
John born 24 November 1870. John
James & Jane Northey's first child,
John James, was born in 1863 and
died aged 13 months.


John Northey

John Northey (born 24 November 1870)
who married Margaret McConnel.





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Northe/Northey Family History Part II

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Four years after Hugh's passing, his widow Mary married John Mortimer. Mary Mortimer passed over on 11th June 1850 at Parramatta and is buried at St Johns Church of England, Parramatta cemetery. Close to Mary Mortimer's grave is the grave of the Reverend Samuel Marsden. St John's is Australia's oldest European cemetery dating back to 1790. Although it is a Church of England burial ground, not only Anglicans were put to rest there. In days gone by, it was not uncommon to observe Aboriginal burials at St Johns. It is an ancient Dreamtime tradition for Aboriginals to bury their dead so that "what their All Father gave from His earth could be returned to Him."


Getting back to John Northe, he proposed to Nancy O'Donnel but before they could marry, they had to get permission from the Governor's Lady, because her father Hugh had passed over and she was under-age. On 17th November 1838 at Parramatta in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Nancy and John celebrated their nuptials. The courtship was quick - John had only arrived at Port Jackson, Sydney on 1st September 1838. He had sailed via Hobart, Tasmania, as a prison guard on the barque "Wilmot" thought to have left London, England on 4th April 1838.


Chacewater, Cornwall, UK, was hometown for John Northe/Northey. His father, also John, married Maria Williams on 9th November 1797. They had two other sons, Samuel and James and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Ann. John Northe/Northey and his brother Samuel Northey had been miners. In those halcyon days, Cornwall meant a world domination of copper and tin mining. More than 11 million tons of copper were produced by the mines of Cornwall and Devon in the period up to the end of the 19th century, and almost a third of that came from between Camborne and Chasewater. Click here for a map of Chasewater circa 1843.


Samuel was deported to Australia in 1818 for an unknown crime and on 3rd May 1820, John, aged 21, joined the army. Army records show that John Northe was five foot nine inches tall, that he had a fresh complexion, black hair and grey eyes. He was promoted Corporal, Royal Staff Corps, in Corfu on 4th October 1824 and posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia in June 1829 and subsequently served in Gibraltar. John's next posting was to Australia, arriving in Sydney at the beginning of September 1838. He served in the Barrack Ordnance Department in Bathurst NSW. On leaving Bathurst John was presented by the Loyal Kincora Lodge Manchester Unity (Sydney District) with an Illuminated Address.


Kincora Lodge Manchester Unity's Illuminated Address


Along with their first five children, (Maria Mary, born Bathurst 24 December 1839, married Thomas Taylor; John James born Bathurst 7 August 1841 married Jane Scott; William Henry born Bathurst 4 January 1843 married Elizabeth Craig; Eleanor Sarah born Bathurst 6 October 1845 married Samuel Evison and Elizabeth born Bathurst 25 October 1847 married Benjamin Bayly Johnson) Nancy and John sailed to Auckland, New Zealand and took up a posting in the Bay of Islands in December 1847. Their next four children (Robert Northe 10 February 1850 married Mary Ann Alice Earl Summers; Ann 17 December 1851 married Robert Somerville; Hugh Frederick 7 November 1853 married Christina McKay and Josiah 30 April 1857) were born at Te Wahapu, Paihia, New Zealand. John was posted to Napier, Hawkes Bay in 1858 as Barrack Sergeant where their tenth and last child Emily Sarah was born on 9th February 1864.


Following the birth of their fifth child Elizabeth, the number of children that Nancy and John had was of concern to John's sister Elizabeth who wrote writing on both the vertical and horizontal to save paper:

saving paper in historic letters through writing diagonally


139½ Cheapside, London.


My dear Brother and Sister,


I now begin to think it's quite time I should answer your kind letter dated 4 th November 1847 which gave us great pleasure to find your family and self were so well for I begun to think that something had happened to you or that you had forgotten me but no doubt my dear you are of the same way of thinking as myself though absent ever dear. For I am sure you are to me. I was rather surprised to find you going to remove to New Zealand but hope it is to your advantage for it does not matter much where we are as long as we can live and do well, and that is all we must expect in these very bad times. For I can assure you my dear Brother that everything in England and in fact in every other country is dreadfully bad in consequence of the Chartists' meetings which have taken place of late. France and Ireland are in a most dreadful state at present. Nothing but fighting and blood-shed. And God knows how everything will end. But it has made trade so bad that there is nothing to be done. We have done worse this summer than ever done before since we have been in business. But must hope for better times. We have sent you several papers giving an account of all the riots here which we hope you have received. We will write again by the next Packet and my Husband will give you a better account than I can. My Dear John I think it's quite time to stop now and not have any more children, for if you go on this way you will indeed be obliged to make Parcels of them and send them to those who have none, for you certainly will be overstocked, bless their little hearts. How I wish I could see them, give them our kindest love and kiss them and your dear wife for us. And accept the same yourself from your ever affectionate Brother and Sister. John and Elizabeth Ereaux."


Part of another "vertical and horizontal" letter John received from his sister Elizabeth reads:




28th February, 1852.


My Dear Brother and Sister,


It is with much pleasure I sit down to drop you a few lines to express my joy at learning by Maria's letter you were all well and in good health. I cannot help thinking that there must be some mistake regarding a letter I sent you some time back to acknowledge having received the malt and letter from Sgt. Hall as you did not mention it. I think you cannot have received it, it was only a few lines for I was so extremely busy all last summer that I scarcely had time to breathe, I was just like a cat in a tripe shop, didn't know what to do first, and then my Dear Brother I have had a great deal to contend with. This dear unfortunate husband of mine, he was twice during the summer taken with delirium tremors and at last was raving mad, they were obliged to put him into the asylum which put me to a very great extra expense and, although he was not with me, still it gave me a very great deal of trouble. Perhaps it was well I was so busy for I had not so much time for fretting but I could not help it at times - thank God he is all right in his mind again but goes just the same as ever. It is astounding what an altered man he is, he is not a bit like what he was, I mean in the face, quite changed. His poor Father brought him back last spring to try him but it was impossible for me to manage my business with him so he was obliged to take him back again, it is very sad for us all but we must all submit to the will of God for no doubt it is for some all wise purpose, so you see my Dear Brother, although I have no family I am not without my trials nor can we expect to be on this side of the grave. One thing I manage to keep up is my spirits as they all tell me in a most surprising manner, and the more business the better. I am plying here, there and everywhere - as the servants say, there is Missus again, she is here, there and everywhere but I am afraid I shall tire you with all this rubbish. Now my Dear John, I cannot tell you how disappointed I was and am still, at Mr. Sergeant Hall not calling to see me although I wrote to invite him to be sure and come to my house and stay when he came to town but I have not heard of him since, he is at Canterbury, or at least he wrote from there. Maria and I talk of going down to see him when the weather gets a little finer, for we long to see someone who has seen you. It is a great pleasure to see Maria and her husband so happy as they are. He was here this morning to see if I was writing you or else he would have written by this packet. They both send kindest love to you all and lots of kisses to the Dear Children. How I wish I could fly a craft and have a game of romps with them but I have nothing to play with but my parrot and my cat; the parrot is quite a companion, she talks so nicely. I have taught her to call the names of the children. Tell the Dear little things that they may look out for a box containing dolls, and extras after you will receive this letter. I should have looked about it before this only as I said before I was so busy and till the winter have been busy having my house painted and papered and all manner of new arrangements. I sent you several papers last summer which I hope you have received, giving an explanation of the Great Exhibition of 1851. My Dear Brother, you tell me that I write in good spirits but I know you will be glad to know that I can do so under all my trying circumstances. I am rather a delicate plant to play with and I feel that if I were to sit down and give way to grief my business would go to rack and that would not do, indeed I am surrounded with kind friends in the summer they always laugh at me and tease me to death when they see me a little low so that I am obliged to give it up and I find it a much better remedy than Holloway's pills would be. My Dear Brother, you say you think that me and the Sidney Merchant would make it all right if anything happened to my poor Dear John, but I am afraid there is no such good luck in store for me; one thing I know he is very fond of me and told the old Lady and some of the gentlemen in the house that he would give anything for such a wife, that if she could wear gold she should have it, and I suppose by this time he could well afford it for he must be up to his neck in it by this time and he was incredibly rich before. I know I have been teased enough about him since, but I can assure you my Dear John that if I were single tomorrow I should not think of taking another husband. I have had two and that ought to be enough for any woman. There are several of them waiting they tell me in joke, but I tell them they will all be disappointed. I have not seen the merchant since but expect to this year; and now, my Dear John, I am afraid you will call me a giddy old woman for writing all this rubbish, but as I am no politician and I can tell you nothing upon that subject and have no other particular news to tell you, I wish to give you something to read although I shall be writing to you again in about a month to let you know by what vessel I shall send the box and, if possible, the ? of your two ? of sisters. I am sure you would laugh if you were here sometimes to hear Maria and I grumbling about which is the tallest of us so we measured to settle the dispute, so she found herself only 4 feet 11 inches and here am I, 5 feet nothing. My Dear John, what a pity you left Bathurst just at the time all the gold mines were discovered. You might have made your fortune but I do hope if Brother Sam does much in that way he will remember you and your family, indeed a little would be very acceptable in this part of the world. My Dearest Brother, I hope you do not suffer so much in your leg as when you wrote to me last. I trust it is quite well again, if not, don't neglect it for it is a bad thing. Give my best and kindest love to your dear wife and kiss her many times for me and tell her from me that she must not allow you to wind up the clock any more for it is quite time to stop when you have six of them. I wish I had Maria here with me, she would be very handy. What a pity the distance is so great. I am sending you the Times paper by this packet where you will see all about the change of Ministers. I must now conclude for you will never be able to make out my scrawl - it is so badly written but I cannot do better, so kiss all the Dear Children for me and accept a thousand for yourself and believe me my Dear Brother and Sister, yours ever affectionate and well wishing Sister, Elizabeth.


Elizabeth Ereaux

Elizabeth Ereaux


From long letters, text messaging has evolved . . . . .





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