Francis Ewin

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  • Francis Ewin married Jane Davis circa 1850.
  • In 1875 he was a pottery and drain worker.

Child of Francis Ewin and Jane Davis

Frances Myrah Ewins

F, b. 7 May 1854, d. 1 April 1938

Myrah France Bridgeman nee Ewins (1854-1938). Taken c 1905 (Photo supplied by Irene Christie)
  • Frances Myrah Ewins was also known as Myrah Frances.
  • She was born on 7 May 1854 in Quinton, Leicestershire, England.
  • She was the daughter of Francis Ewin and Jane Davis.
  • Frances Myrah Ewins immigrated to Moreton Bay in 1874. Myrah, 21, travelled on the Darling Downs with her aunt and uncle who then went on to New Zealand. The ship's doctor helped her find employment with the wife a Member of Parliment who served the Dalby area.
  • At the age of 20 years, 10 months and 2 days, Frances Myrah Ewins married Charles Walter Daniel Bridgeman, son of Thomas Bridgeman and Jane Eyles, on 9 March 1875 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. Charles was working as a bullock driver in Dalby (taking goods out west and to Gympie) at the time of his marriage. Frances was a 21 year old spinster from Leicestershire, the daughter of a pottery and drain worker Francis Ewin, and Jane Davis. After their marriage, Charles worked as a station hand at Augathella.
  • After their marriage, Frances Myrah Ewins and Charles Walter Daniel Bridgeman moved to Augathella. Charles worked as a stockman on a cattle station. Their first four daughters Jane Deborah, Ethel, Rosina and Frances were born on the station between 1877 and 1881. Charles then worked at Nive Downs for a time. He proposed going further west to Tambo but Frances could not be persuaded, so they returned to Amby Downs where Matilda was born in 1884.
    Sometime between 1884 and 1887 the family went to live with Jane Gillis at Gowrie Little Plain where Daisy was born in 1887. Chales had selected land at Kilbournie and was clearing the land, fencing and building a house for the family. Two more daughters Amelia and Phoebe were born by 1891.
  • Frances Myrah Ewins was mentioned in the book "Haden District Centenary 1876-1976" in an article about Johann Peter Ferdinand (Ferdy) Nothdurft. It read:- Johann Peter Ferdinand Nothdurft selected 140 acres of scrub land at Djuan for 2/6 and acre. His brothers Bill and Dick used to walk from Lily Vale to Djuan on Monday mornings, carrying their weekly supply of food on their backs and walk home again at the week end. Their wage was 2/6 a week.
    After the scrub was felled and burnt a house and barn was (sic) built. HIs father gave him three cows and two draught horses, He married Wilhelmina Wies of Djuan and when he bought a German Waggon he used to take his wife and In-laws to Church. he also had to drive to Meringandan for their supplies and take butter, eggs and milk to exchange for groceries etc.
    In 1911 he sold his property to Frederick Wolski, a neighbour and bought 160 acres at Zahley which is now Kilburnie. This was bought from Mrs Bridgeman who had thirteen children. The house was one large room divided into four with hessian. Later he built a six roomed house which cost 100 pounds. There were 10 children in the family. They had no shed for milking the cows and as soon as each child learned to milk a cow he sat on a block and milked so many each. The separator was fixed on a tree block with two sheets of iron overhead for a roof. In those days admission to dances was 1/6 and a bottle of Wine 1/-.
    Mrs Nothdurft died in April, 1935 and Mr Nothdurft in July, 1946." with Johann Peter Ferdinand Nothdurft.
  • Between 1907 and 1909 Charles and Myrah moved to Cooyar to work on a dairy farm as share farmers. The drought of 1902 had left them in need of cash to continue on their own farm where they continued to live until his death.
    Charles was a skilled carpenter and built many of his children's homes.
  • On 12 November 1910,her husband, Charles Walter Daniel Bridgeman died in Toowoomba General Hospital, Queensland, Australia, at age 65. While travelling to a building job near Chinchilla with his youngest daughter Violet, the cart became bogged after heavy rain. Charles refused to leave his cart, though nearby farmers sheltered Violet for the three days of heavy rain. Charles fearing his valuable tools may be stolen, slept under the cart. He caught a chill and was admitted to the Toowoomba General Hospital. He never recoverd. According to his death certificate he was suffering from pneumonia, empyema and gangrene of the lung and exhaustion. His father's name was given on the death certificate as Thomas Walter Bridgeman and his mother as Jane Eyles. Charles was a carpenter aged 64 years and had married in Dalby 35 years previously to Frances Mary Ewins (eldest child listed on death certificate is 38 years old, so this is not correct). His living issue were Deborah 38, Edith 36, May 34, Frances 32, Matilda 30, Daisy 28, Amelia 26, Phoebe 24, Walter 16, Helen 11 and Violet 7 (many of these ages are incorrect). The informat was E. R. Aland, Secretary of the Toowoomba Hospital.
  • Frances Myrah Ewins died on 1 April 1938 in Chinchilla, Queensland, at age 83.
  • She was buried in Meringandan, Queensland. Charles and Myrah's gravestone reads-
    In loving memory of charles bridgeman died November 12th 1910 aged 65 years erected by his loving wife and family also Myrah Frances Bridgeman died April 10 1936 aged 85 years and 11 months, also infant son Richard Roland died 1895 aged 2 years and 4 months.

Children of Frances Myrah Ewins and Charles Walter Daniel Bridgeman

Rueben E Excell

M, b. circa 1890

Ada Alma Eyles

F, b. 2 May 1905, d. 18 August 1905
  • Ada Alma Eyles was born on 2 May 1905 in New Zealand. She was a twin to Ivy Grace.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Louissa Margrater La Frentz.
  • Ada Alma Eyles died on 18 August 1905 in New Zealand. Ada's death was announced in the Nelson Evening Mail along with that of her twin sister Ivy:- DEATH. EYLES.—Eyles— On July 18th, 1905, at Harley- street, Nelson, Ivy Grace, twin daughter of Louisa and Charles Eyles, aged 11 weeks.
    Eyles.— On August 18th, 1905, at Harley-street, Nelson, Ada Alma, twin daughter of Louisa and Charles Eyles, aged 15 weeks.
  • She was buried on 20 August 1905 in Wakapauka Cemetery.

Albert Edward Eyles

M, b. 16 November 1866, d. 11 February 1933
  • Albert Edward Eyles was born on 16 November 1866 in Wairau, New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins.
  • Albert Edward Eyles was named as a beneficiary of Charles Eyles's will. On his death Charles left half his property to Albert and half to Walter. Albert's mother, Selina purchased the property from Charles’s estate, and then the next day sold it to Albert for £600. It was mortgaged to Selina and repaid by 1898.
  • Albert Edward Eyles died on 11 February 1933 in Australia at age 66.

Albert Edward John Eyles

M, b. 21 March 1904, d. 2 June 1982
  • Albert Edward John Eyles was also known as Bert.
  • He was born on 21 March 1904 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Louissa Margrater La Frentz.
  • At the age of 23 years and 24 days, Albert Edward John Eyles married Ilean May Newport on 14 April 1927 in New Zealand.
  • Albert Edward John Eyles died on 2 June 1982 in Nelson, New Zealand, at age 78.
  • He was cremated and his ashes are located in the Marsden Cemetery.

Albert Henry Eyles

M, b. 19 June 1914, d. 8 January 1978

Albert Roy Eyles

M, b. 1904

Albert Roy Eyles (1904- ), son of Charles Eyles and Rose Helen Reid. Photo courtesy of Paul Jones

Alice Eyles

F, b. 21 June 1856, d. 11 January 1919
  • Alice Eyles was born on 21 June 1856 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • At the age of 19 years, 8 months and 1 day, Alice Eyles married Thomas Philip Howard on 22 February 1876 in New Zealand.
  • Alice Eyles died on 11 January 1919 in Kaiapoi, New Zealand, at age 62.

Children of Alice Eyles and Thomas Philip Howard

Alice Amelia Eyles

F, b. 29 July 1894, d. 29 May 1970
  • Alice Amelia Eyles was born on 29 July 1894 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Amelia Mytton.
  • At the age of 20 years, 9 months and 7 days, Alice Amelia Eyles married Ernest McKellar Green on 6 May 1915 in New Zealand.
  • Alice Amelia Eyles died on 29 May 1970 in New Zealand at age 75.

Alice Ivy Eyles

F, b. 1909, d. 1949
  • Alice Ivy Eyles was born in 1909 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Winifred Clara Eyles.
  • At the age of 19 years, Alice Ivy Eyles married Gilbert Logan Campbell McCallum on 28 January 1928 in New Zealand.
  • Alice Ivy Eyles died in 1949 in New Zealand.

Alick Eyles

M, b. 15 December 1888, d. 29 October 1917

Alick Eyles 1888-1917 - Killed in France. Photo thanks to Helen
  • Alick Eyles was born on 15 December 1888 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Frederick Eyles and Clara Martha Mytton.
  • Alick Eyles enlisted in the Army in 1916. He embarked on the Port Lyttelton from Wellington on 16 December 1916 with the 11th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, (H Company). His next of kin was listed as his mother, Mrs C Eyles of Takaka, Nelson. He served as a Rifleman with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and was fatally injured.
  • Alick Eyles died on 29 October 1917 in Belgium at age 28.
  • He was buried in Wimereux War Cemetery, France.

Amelia Eyles

F, b. 14 September 1816, d. 1 July 1889

Amelia Holdaway (nee Eyles) 1816-1889 - daughter of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer - Photo courtesy of Helen
  • Amelia Eyles was born on 14 September 1816 in East Meon, Hampshire, England.
  • She was the daughter of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer.
  • At the age of 18 years, 9 months and 20 days, Amelia Eyles married Thomas Cresswell, son of William Cresswell and Jane Jackson, on 4 July 1835 in Lasham, England. The marriage record showed them as Amelia Eales and Tom Crosswell.)
  • Amelia Eyles immigrated to New Zealand on 24 September 1841. The Eyles family left from London in the Mary Ann, captained by Bolton arriving at Nelson NZ on 5 February 1842. They were part of the second fleet of ships commissioned by The New Zealand Company to bring settlers to the area around Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand. With Amelia aged 26, were children William 6, Eliza 4, Mary 2 and Charles aged three weeks and her 15 year old brother in law Edward Cresswell (although his name is not on the passenger list) as well as her parents and siblings. Her husband Thomas had travelled on a different ship, the Whitby, which had been part of the first fleet sent to Nelson headed by Captain Wakefield. The NZ Company Embarkment Register shows that Amelia was 26, and that her husband Thomas was with the preliminary expedition. She had four children with her, boys aged 6 and 3 weeks and two girls 4 and 2. Her husband was Thomas aged 26 and their address at the time of application was Medsted, Hampshire. The children were 5, 3, and 1 1/2 at that time. Bett's list of passengers gives the children as William 6, Elizabeth 4, Mary 2 and Charles 3 weeks. It also lists Edward Cresswell aged 15, a labourer.
  • On 22 November 1841,her husband, Thomas Cresswell died at age 27. He had contracted typhoid and took ill while he was still on the Whitby. He was transferred to the Will Watch for special care and nursing but died just before they reached Nelson.
  • At the age of 25 years, 10 months and 24 days, Amelia Eyles married John Holdaway, son of Edward Holdaway and Mary Baker, on 7 August 1842 in Nelson, New Zealand. They were married the same day as Amelia's sister Mary to David Norgate.The marriage was most likely from necessity as John had four young children to care for and Amelia had two. They went on to have another 11 children. The certificate shows that John was a labourer born Lasham, a widower. Amelia was from Madshad (Medsted), a widow. They were married by Charles Waring, sexton. John signed with his mark as did Amelia. Present were Thomas Samuel Tidd, Elizabeth Tidd and Mary Norgate.
  • In February 1861,their daughter, Ada Amelia Holdaway died in New Zealand at age 1. She died from diphtheria as did her brother Albert.
  • On 2 September 1888,her husband, John Holdaway died in Richmond, New Zealand, at age 84.
  • Amelia Eyles died on 1 July 1889 in Richmond, New Zealand, at age 72. Her death certificate shows she was 72 years old, and died of morbus cordis (heart disease). She had been married aged 20 to Thomas Cresswell in Hampshire and again at 25 to John Holdaway. She had 10 surviving children M. 26,36,38,43,44,51 F. 30,40,42,50.
  • She was buried on 4 July 1889 in Richmond Cemetery.

Children of Amelia Eyles and Thomas Cresswell

Children of Amelia Eyles and John Holdaway

Amy Gertrude Eyles

F, b. 23 June 1875, d. 1945
  • Amy Gertrude Eyles was born on 23 June 1875 in Wairau, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins.
  • At the age of 16 years, 5 months and 2 days, Amy Gertrude Eyles married William George Stanton on 25 November 1891 in New Zealand.
  • Amy Gertrude Eyles died in 1945 in New Zealand.

Children of Amy Gertrude Eyles and William George Stanton

Amy Louisa Eyles

F, b. 27 January 1887, d. 1966

Ann Eyles

F, b. 9 May 1828, d. 6 March 1907

Ann Cresswell (nee Eyles) 1828-1907. Photo thanks to Helen Jennings

  • Ann Eyles was born on 9 May 1828 in Lasham, Hampshire, England. Other sources have her place of birth as St Normanby, Alton, Hampshire.
  • She was the daughter of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer.
  • Ann Eyles was baptized on 15 June 1828 in Normandy Street Independent, Alton, Hampshire.
  • She immigrated on 24 September 1841 to Nelson, South Island, New Zealand, with Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer. The Eyles family - Daniel 44, an agricultural labourer, Jane 44, Mary 23, a servant, William 18, and agricultural labourer, Jane 16 a servant, John 11, Benjamin 10, Ann 13 and Ezra 2 left from London on the Mary Ann, captained by Bolton arriving at Nelson NZ on 5 February 1842. They were part of the second fleet of ships commissioned by The New Zealand Company to bring settlers to the area around Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand. Their daughter Amelia's husband Thomas Cresswell was on the Whitby, part of the first fleet sent to settle Nelson. Ezra Eyles died on the voyage. The family encountered very hard conditions. They lived in a hut made of Manuka and clay while other families endured in houses consisting of four poles and a fern leaf roof. According to family hearsay one poor man was brought to the Eyles home and laid on the mud floor because his house was not weather proof. It is also said that Jane and her daughter Ann collected flat stones from the river, and using some clay Daniel had collected to plug holes in the wall, build an "oven around the wall and put in what they called on ship a boulli tin for a flue". That was the first chimney. Conditions were wet for the first few months and sickness was rife. Then when the New Zealand Company went broke food was scarce. Over a five week period they only had one loaf of bread in the house and could not purchase tea and sugar. If not for the potatoes they would have starved and Daniel found it difficult to find work. Anne had waited in line for more than an hour sometimes and then missed out at the bakehouse. The family didn't own the land but were squatters.
    The entry in the Embarkation Register for the family is Eyles, Daniel (wife Jane), agric labourer, 44; 3 boys 11,10,3; 1 girl 13. Mary servant 23; William agric labourer 18; Jane servant 16. Their address on the application register was Lasham. The family was recommended by a M Crowley.
  • At the age of 18 years, 4 months and 3 days, Ann Eyles married Edward Cresswell, son of William Cresswell and Jane Jackson, on 12 September 1846 in Nelson, New Zealand. Edward was the younger brother of Thomas Cresswell - husband of Ann's sister Amelia, and had travelled to New Zealand on the Mary Ann.
    At the time they were married Edward was working for a man called Martin for two shillings a week.
    Anne's brother Benjamin lived with them.
    They had a total of twelve children over the next 21 years.
  • Ann Eyles died on 6 March 1907 in Dovedale, New Zealand, at age 78.
  • She was buried in Seaview Cemetery, Stoke, New Zealand.

Children of Ann Eyles and Edward Cresswell

Ann Eyles

F, b. 4 October 1803

Ann Eyles

F, b. 24 April 1864, d. 1864
  • Ann Eyles died in 1864 in New Zealand.
  • She was born on 24 April 1864 in Wairau, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of John Eyles and Mary Driscoll.

Anna Eyles

F, b. 18 May 1860, d. 17 January 1935
  • Anna Eyles was born on 18 May 1860 in Richmond, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • At the age of 16 years, 10 months and 20 days, Anna Eyles married Edward Mytton, son of Edward Mytton and Martha Unknown, on 7 April 1877 in New Zealand.
  • On 22 March 1908,Anna Eyles's mother, Amelia Catherine Thorn died in Motueka, New Zealand, at age 81. Catherine's death was announced in the Nelson Evening Mail :- DEATH. EYLES.— On March 22nd, 1908, Catherine Amelia, relict of the late William Eyles, of Richmond, aged 82 years, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs Edward Mytton, Thorpe.
  • Anna Eyles died on 17 January 1935 in New Zealand at age 74.
  • She was buried on 19 January 1935 in Richmond Cemetery.

Children of Anna Eyles and Edward Mytton

Annie Eyles

F, b. 1883, d. 18 December 1961
  • Annie Eyles was born in 1883 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Walter Nugent Eyles and Mary Thomas.
  • At the age of 21 years, Annie Eyles married William Gridley on 21 July 1904 in New Zealand.
  • Annie Eyles died on 18 December 1961 in Blenheim, New Zealand.

Child of Annie Eyles and William Gridley

Arthur Norman Eyles

M, b. 19 November 1899, d. 31 July 1918
  • Arthur Norman Eyles was born on 19 November 1899 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Amelia Mytton.
  • Arthur Norman Eyles died on 31 July 1918 in Nelson, New Zealand, at age 18.
  • He was buried in Dovedale Cemetery. He was buried next to his father and later his mother.

Ashley Charles Eyles

M, b. 7 June 1908, d. 30 January 1984
  • Ashley Charles Eyles was born on 7 June 1908 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Oliver Charles Eyles and Sarah Beatrice Win.
  • At the age of 26 years, Ashley Charles Eyles married Doris Ernestine Duncan in 1935 in New Zealand.
  • Ashley Charles Eyles died on 30 January 1984 in New Zealand at age 75. He was from the Napier District.
  • He was cremated in Hastings Crematorium.

Barbara Eyles

F, b. circa 1914

Benjamin Eyles

M, b. 15 January 1833, d. 25 May 1882

Benjamin Eyles (1833-1881) and his sister Mary (1818-1888). Photo Courtesy of Helen Jennings
  • Benjamin Eyles was born on 15 January 1833 in Lasham, Hampshire, England.
  • He was the son of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer.
  • Benjamin Eyles was baptized on 25 May 1833 in Normandy St, Alton, Hampshire, England.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Benjamin Eyles was living in the household of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer in Lasham, Hampshire. Daniel is shown as a 45 year old agricultural labourer, living with his wife Jane also 45, sons John 10, Ben 8, and Ezra 3, and daughter Esther(daughter of Elizabeth) aged 7.
  • Benjamin Eyles immigrated on 24 September 1841 to Nelson, South Island, New Zealand, with Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer. The Eyles family - Daniel 44, an agricultural labourer, Jane 44, Mary 23, a servant, William 18, and agricultural labourer, Jane 16 a servant, John 11, Benjamin 10, Ann 13 and Ezra 2 left from London on the Mary Ann, captained by Bolton arriving at Nelson NZ on 5 February 1842. They were part of the second fleet of ships commissioned by The New Zealand Company to bring settlers to the area around Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand. Their daughter Amelia's husband Thomas Cresswell was on the Whitby, part of the first fleet sent to settle Nelson. Ezra Eyles died on the voyage. The family encountered very hard conditions. They lived in a hut made of Manuka and clay while other families endured in houses consisting of four poles and a fern leaf roof. According to family hearsay one poor man was brought to the Eyles home and laid on the mud floor because his house was not weather proof. It is also said that Jane and her daughter Ann collected flat stones from the river, and using some clay Daniel had collected to plug holes in the wall, build an "oven around the wall and put in what they called on ship a boulli tin for a flue". That was the first chimney. Conditions were wet for the first few months and sickness was rife. Then when the New Zealand Company went broke food was scarce. Over a five week period they only had one loaf of bread in the house and could not purchase tea and sugar. If not for the potatoes they would have starved and Daniel found it difficult to find work. Anne had waited in line for more than an hour sometimes and then missed out at the bakehouse. The family didn't own the land but were squatters.
    The entry in the Embarkation Register for the family is Eyles, Daniel (wife Jane), agric labourer, 44; 3 boys 11,10,3; 1 girl 13. Mary servant 23; William agric labourer 18; Jane servant 16. Their address on the application register was Lasham. The family was recommended by a M Crowley.
  • As a child Benjamin contracted polio which left him with severe disabilities. Benjamin was a bachelor who lived with his sister Ann and her husband Edward Cresswell.
  • Daniel, William and Benjamin Eyles names were amonst those who partitioned to the Government for additional funding for Public infrastructure for the Nelson District. The letter was published in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 9 September 1848.
  • Benjamin Eyles died on 25 May 1882 in Stoke, Waimea, Nelson, New Zealand, at age 49. His death certificate showed he was a labourer and died of paralysis.
  • He was buried on 28 May 1882 in Seaview Cemetery (Wesleyan), Stoke, New Zealand. The cemetery record gives his year of death as 1881 and date of burial as 30 May.

Beverly Eyles

F, b. circa 1913

Catherine Elizabeth Eyles

F, b. 10 March 1858, d. 10 December 1902
  • Catherine Elizabeth Eyles was also known as Kate.
  • She was born on 10 March 1858 in Richmond, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • At the age of 16 years, 9 months and 19 days, Catherine Elizabeth Eyles married Charles William Lucas on 29 December 1874 in Blenheim, New Zealand.
  • At the age of 33 years, 9 months and 20 days, Catherine Elizabeth Eyles married Daniel Scarlett on 30 December 1891 in Motueka, New Zealand.
  • Catherine Elizabeth Eyles died on 10 December 1902 in Waimangaroa, New Zealand, at age 44.

Child of Catherine Elizabeth Eyles and Charles William Lucas

Cecilia Higgins Eyles

F, b. 4 February 1860, d. 14 May 1927
  • Cecilia Higgins Eyles was born on 4 February 1860 in Blenheim, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins.
  • At the age of 19 years, 9 months and 17 days, Cecilia Higgins Eyles married Robert Henry Witt on 21 November 1879 in New Zealand.
  • Cecilia Higgins Eyles and Robert Henry Witt lived in Croydon Rooad, Te Popo, at the time their son William Wallace left Wellington for the Suez
    on 16 October 1914.
  • Cecilia Higgins Eyles and Robert Henry Wittwere living in Mountain Road, Statford, when their son Charles Henry was killed in action in France
    on 10 May 1918.
  • Cecilia Higgins Eyles died on 14 May 1927 in Huinga, Statford, Taranaki, New Zealand, at age 67.

Children of Cecilia Higgins Eyles and Robert Henry Witt

Child of Cecilia Higgins Eyles and William Henry Mills

Charles Eyles

M, b. 26 January 1821, d. 5 April 1886

Charles Eyles 1821-1886. Thanks to Helen Jennings

  • Charles Eyles was born on 26 January 1821 in Lasham, Hampshire, England.
  • He was the son of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer.
  • Charles Eyles was christened on 11 February 1821 in Lasham, Hampshire, England.
  • He enlisted in the Army. In 1843 he was part of the Northampton Regiment.
  • At the age of 22 years, 2 months and 23 days, Charles Eyles married Mary Ann Dunkley, daughter of Thomas Dunkley and Mary Smith, on 18 April 1843 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. Both were of full age. He was a Private in the 11th Regiment of Foot. They were living at Regent Street at the time. He was sent to Australia as a convict guard. He and Mary Ann were stationed in Hobart, Tasmania. A Mrs Eyles arrived in Hobart on the Enterprise from London on 17 February, 1844. The ship left Cowes on 1 November 1843 and amongst the passengers were a Mr and Mrs Dunkley and several children.
    Their first child Henry was born in Hobart in 1844 but he died that year. Another son was born in 1847 in Hobart. He too died an infant in 1847. Charles left the army and moved to Geelong in Victoria where two daughters, Harriet and Elizabeth were born. A Mrs Eyles arrived from Geelong with two children on 20 November 1852 on the Flying Fish - perhaps the family returned to Tasmania before leaving for New Zealand.
  • Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley immigrated to Nelson, New Zealand, on 22 December 1852. Charles came from Melbourne, Australia in the Spray with his wife Mary Ann and daughters Elizabeth and Harriet. Charles was described as a 27 year old digger (he may have tried his luck at the gold fields). Mary Ann was 25.
  • Charles was known to the family as "Naughty Charles" and is said to have fathered a number of other children, one by the name of Prog Stratford.
  • On 1 July 1854 William Eyles and brother Charles appeared on the Electoral Roll list for Waimae East, published in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 1 July 1854.
  • On 18 February 1855 a notice appeared in the Colonist newspaper stating that " On the application of Constable Knapp a prohibition order was granted prohibiting any licensed person in the Stoke Licensing District from selling to Mary Ann Eyles of Richmond any liquor for the space of one year."
  • Family hearsay has it that Mary Ann was an alcoholic, and the marriage was not a happy one. On 26 September 1855 Charles placed the following advertisement in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle ."CAUTION TO THE PUBLIC. Whereas my wife, Mrs Mary Ann Eyles, has left her home without any provocation on my part, I hereby give notice that I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract. Charles Eyles, Waimea East, 18 September 1855".
    Mary Ann must have returned home as a son, Walter was born the following November.
  • About 1859 Charles Eyles began living with Selina Higgins in Blenheim, New Zealand. Selina was the granddaughter of Mary Higgins, the second wife of Charles's father Daniel. She lived just across the road from Charles and Mary Ann with her grandmother. Selina was 23 and Charles in his late 30's.
    Charles left his wife Mary Ann in Richmond and went to live in Blenheim with Selina and the children. Selina gave birth to their first child, Cecilia, in February 1860, just over three months after Mary Ann had given birth to Charles Samuel Eyles late October 1859. All of the children of the relationship are registered in Blenheim Courthouse under the name of EYLES, the name by which they were known.
  • Between 1866 and 1868 Charles was a provincial council member for the Lower Wairau District.
  • In 1883 Charles and his sons must have been having problems with people coming on to his land. He placed the following advertisement in the Marlborough Express on 19 March 1883 -
    "Notice. Any Persons trespassing on our Land in search of Game, will be prosecuted as the law directs, CHARLES EYLES, WALTER N. EYLES, CHARLES EYLES Jnr, Blenheim"

    According to the 1882 Freeholders Census, Charles was a farmer at Dovedale, Waimea and had 131 acres of land worth £400. On the same census Selina owned 150 acres at Blenheim with the value of £1400. This land was mortgaged to her son Albert Edward in 1866 after his father Charles had died.
  • Charles Eyles died on 5 April 1886 in Grovetown, Marlborough, New Zealand, at age 65. His death certificate showed he died of cellulitus of the scalp and exhaustion. His living children were listed as Walter 28, Elizabeth 37, Harriet 35, Charlotte 33, Esther 30. His children by Selina were not recorded.
  • He was buried on 6 April 1886 in Omaka (Taylor) Cemetery. His grave is not marked.
  • He left a will. On his death Charles left half his property to Albert and half to Walter. Albert's mother, Selina purchased the property from Charles’s estate, and then the next day sold it to Albert for £600. It was mortgaged to Selina and repaid by 1898.

Children of Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley

Children of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins

Charles Eyles

M, b. circa 1757, d. August 1822
  • Charles Eyles was also known as Erles or Eales.
  • He was born circa 1757. He was possibly born at Monk Sherborne, Hampshire.
  • Charles Eyles married Hannah Phillips, daughter of Charles Phillips and Jane Harris, on 6 June 1785 in North Waltham, Hampshire.
  • Charles Eyles died in August 1822.
  • He was buried on 11 August 1822 in North Waltham, Hampshire.

Children of Charles Eyles and Hannah Phillips

Charles Eyles

M, b. 23 May 1851, d. 31 March 1905
  • Charles Eyles was born on 23 May 1851 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • At the age of 25 years, 10 months and 15 days, Charles Eyles married Amelia Mytton on 7 April 1877 in New Zealand.
  • On 31 January 1883,his daughter, Frances Amelia Eyles died in Richmond, New Zealand, at age 1. Frances' death was announced in the Nelson Evening Mail :-Eyles- January 31. at Richmond. Frances Amelia Eyles the beloved daughter of Charles and Amelia Eyles of Dovedale aged 1 year and 5 months.
  • Charles Eyles died on 31 March 1905 in Motueka, New Zealand, at age 53.
  • He was buried in Dovedale Cemetery. His wife Amelia and son Arthur were buried next to him.

Children of Charles Eyles and Amelia Mytton