Charles Eyles

M, b. 10 May 1867, d. 2 March 1913
  • Charles Eyles was born on 10 May 1867 in Acrere, Takaka, New Zealand.
  • He was the son of John Eyles and Mary Driscoll.
  • Charles Eyles was baptized on 13 January 1869.
  • At the age of 29 years, 2 months and 13 days, Charles Eyles married Louissa Margrater La Frentz on 23 July 1896 in New Zealand.
  • He was a miner.
  • Charles Eyles died on 2 March 1913 in Tasman Street, Nelson, New Zealand, at age 45.
  • He was buried on 4 March 1913 in Wakapauka Cemetery.

Children of Charles Eyles and Louissa Margrater La Frentz

Charles Edward Eyles

M, b. 23 March 1900, d. 27 October 1978

Charles Edward Eyles (1900-1978) - son of Charles Eyles and Rose Helen Reid. Photo courtesy of Paul Jones
  • Charles Edward Eyles was born on 23 March 1900 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Higgins Eyles and Rose Helen Reid.
  • Charles Edward Eyles was a witness when Charles Higgins Eyles and Rose Helen Reid were (an unknown value) in 1910 in Nelson Street, Blenheim.
  • At the age of 25 years, 6 months and 27 days, Charles Edward Eyles married Edith Rose Langridge on 20 October 1925 in New Zealand.
  • Charles Edward Eyles died on 27 October 1978 in Blenheim, New Zealand, at age 78.

Charles Higgins Eyles

M, b. 9 March 1861, d. 22 July 1945

Charles Higgins Eyles, son of Charles Eyles & Selina Higgins - 1861-1945. Photo thanks to Paul Jones.

  • Charles Higgins Eyles was born on 9 March 1861 in Wairau, New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins.
  • In 1883 Charles senior and his sons Walter and Charles 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."
  • At the age of 30 years, 4 months and 21 days, Charles Higgins Eyles married Rose Helen Reid on 30 July 1891 in New Zealand.
  • About 1910, while at Nelson Street, Blenheim, Charles Higgins Eyles and Rose Helen Reid had a family photograph taken outside their home (an unknown value.)
  • Charles Higgins Eyles died on 22 July 1945 in Wairau, New Zealand, at age 84.
  • He was buried in Blenheim Cemetery.

Children of Charles Higgins Eyles and Rose Helen Reid

Charles Samuel Eyles

M, b. 30 October 1859
  • Charles Samuel Eyles was born on 30 October 1859 in Nelson, New Zealand. His birth was registered in the Nelson Courthouse. It is possible Charles died an infant or at birth as a child of Charles and Selina Higgins was named Charles in 1861.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley.

Charles William Eyles

M, b. 30 March 1846, d. 29 April 1846
  • Charles William Eyles was born on 30 March 1846 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • Charles William Eyles died on 29 April 1846 in New Zealand.

Charlotte Ann Eyles

F, b. 1853, d. 1943

Charlotte Ann McMullan (nee Eyles) 1853-1943. Daughter of Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley. Photo thanks to Helen Jennings
  • Charlotte Ann Eyles was born in 1853 in Richmond, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley.
  • At the age of 22 years, Charlotte Ann Eyles married Charles McMillan on 16 March 1875 in New Zealand.
  • In 1928,her husband, Charles McMillan died in New Zealand.
  • Charlotte Ann Eyles died in 1943 in New Zealand.

Children of Charlotte Ann Eyles and Charles McMillan

Clara Annie Eyles

F, b. 27 September 1896, d. 1974

Daniel Eyles

M, b. 4 February 1790, d. 7 October 1870

Grave of Daniel Eyles and his second wife Mary Higgens, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.
  • Daniel Eyles was christened on 4 February 1790 in North Waltham, Hampshire, New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Hannah Phillips.
  • At the age of 24 years, 2 months and 3 days, Daniel Eyles married Jane Primmer, daughter of Benjamin Primmer and Martha Newland, on 7 April 1814 in East Meon, Hampshire, England. The marriage was with consent of her parents, witness was Robert Smith. Both were of East Meon.
  • Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 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.
  • Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer immigrated to Nelson, South Island, New Zealand, on 24 September 1841. 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.
  • On 19 June 1842,his wife, Jane Primmer died in Nelson, New Zealand, at age 44. Her death is recorded in a family bible.
  • On 8 February 1845 Daniel's name appeared on the List of Persons Qualified to Appear as Jurors in the Nelson District list. He was a labourer of Maitai Valley.
  • At the age of 58 years, Daniel Eyles married Mary Slade on 4 February 1848 in Nelson, New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • On 24 February 1849 Daniel and his son William were amongst those who were named as persons who qualified as jurors in the District of Nelson 1849-1850. William was a labourer at Waimea and Daniel a labourer at Maitai.
  • On 11 March 1868,his wife, Mary Slade died in Richmond, New Zealand. The "Nelson Evening News" reported:- " 11 Mar, at Richmond, after 3 mths severe suffering, Mrs Eyles, 84 yrs."
  • Daniel Eyles died on 7 October 1870 in Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand, at age 80. His death was reported in the "Nelson Evening Mail on 7 October, 1870 and in the "Colonist" on 11 October 1870. His death certificate shows he died of natural decay and was a settler.
  • He was buried on 9 October 1870 in Richmond Cemetery. His second wife Mary Eyles is buried in the same plot.
  • This story of the Eyles, Holdiway and Cresswell families was written by Mrs Mary Holdaway - a descendant of Jane and Daniel Eyles and John Holdaway - in approx 1960.
    "While the ships of the expedition were lying at anchor off Astrolabe, a boat crew was chosen to row the Beal? boat round the head of Tasman Bay to enable Captain Wakefield and Pilot Cross (I think one other name is mentioned in the records) to find a harbour with suitable land behind and within reasonable distance to make a town and country settlement. This was in October 1841 and John Holdaway was one of the oarsmen, as he told his son Henry, who in turn, told his children. One hundred years later, on the spot at which they landed, we two of these children, saw a memorial unveiled, and afterwards walked up the hill to where they made their first camp, and also raised the British flag.

    A few days later, the "Will Watch" (and other ships "Whitby", "Arrow" and ___) lay outside waiting for the tide to be suitable for entering the haven. It was then that Thomas Cresswell died and was buried on Haulashore Island. (His grave has never been located). The haven was entered on November 1st and then the Expedition men set about preparing for the arrival of their wives and children. The first ship to arrive was the "Fifeshire"? on February 1st, and then the "Mary Ann" came on February 4th and anchored just out from the street which was once called Mary Ann, but for forty years or so has been known as Richardson. Among the passengers on the "Mary Ann" were the Eyles family, their daughter Amelia, Mrs Thomas Cresswell and her children, of whom two, William and Elizabeth grew up to raise families. William who was a tinsmith (and would mend things for his neighbours) went farming at Lower Routere, where Ray, a grandson, and his family are still upholding family tradition as farmers and church workers. Amelia had the tragic news of Thomas' death told her, and over forty years later, she told a daughter-in-law, with tears, of the heartbreak it was.

    Other passengers on the "Mary Ann" were Mary, John Holdaway's wife, and his sons William, George and James and daughter Emma. Elizabeth Cresswell (Amelia and Thomas' daughter) married William Sutton, a Richmond farmer, and their family of eighteen have many descendants. The "Mary Ann" 's women and children were taken up the track which was afterwards named Mary Ann Street, (the name being changed to Richardson Street about 1920.) to the reception place on the Heights, where 100 years later a memorial was raised.

    While the men of the expedition were waiting for farms and sections to be allocated to them, the families, Holdaways, Cresswells, and Eyles lived in cob houses at Almond Tree Flat on the south bank of the Maitai, several miles up the valley. One of the Eyles girls put an almond in the ground, and the "Tree" grew from it. In the June of 1842, Mary, John Holdaway's wife died (in childbirth), and there were then seven children with only one parent each. John wanted Amelia to be his housekeeper, but she refused, and then consented to marry him in August. They commenced with seven children. During the nine years the home was up the Maitai, three daughters and three sons were born to them. Also they lost one, a Cresswell , by drowning. John's occupations during this time included building the home at Richmond with the help of his two older sons William and George, clearing the land, and he also went out with Mr Budge's survey party. Amelia told my mother of going to Takaka with them, and an earthquake coming, and how James, then about nine, came running to the camp calling out 'Mother, Mother. The lakes gone all ………."

    NOTE:- Henry who was born in 1851 while they lived at Almond Tree Flat bought the home on the property in 1914, which Mr Budge sold in 1860, and we still live there.

    In 1851, the families shifted to Richmond. In the meantime, the Methodists had obtained land for their church and parsonage, and John Holdaway and John Saywell were the Trustees. - speaking of Methodists, they held the very first church service in Nelson, an outdoor one on the banks of th Brook Stream. Richmond and the Waimea were the one Circuit, and had the one Minister. First Reverend S Ironsides, and second Rev John Aldred.

    The settlers faced very hard times, so somewhere about the 1850's the company financed the digging of the Company's "ditch", and William and George, were among the men who tramped from Waimea over the hills to the Moutere to dig the "ditch' which is a stream cutting the length of the Moutere on the Eastern side, to the sea.

    It was in 1856 that their eldest daughter, Ann, died aged 15, and in 1861, two died with diphtheria - Daniel and Ada, aged 6 and 2. They had a doctor when these children were ill, but Amelia, who was a great believer in herbs as medicine, then treated the other ones when they contracted the disease and they all recovered.

    By 1881 the family was scattered, George and James to Blenheim, William still in Richmond, their sister also , and Thomas. Charles first went to Masterton, Ellen to Nelson, Edwin to Lower Moutere, Sarah married Rev Joseph Simmonds and spent a period as a missionary in Fiji. Phoebe was preparing to get married and Henry and Ernest were working the farm when Henry got married and brought his wife to look after the home and his parents, and be hostess to many visitors.

    It was in the 1880's that the copper mine was worked and Henry and Thomas had the contract to cart all their supplies up the valleys and over the hills to the mine, which meant wagons, horses and men had to be employed and paid for. So April 1890 found him leaving Richmond for the farm a Lower Moutere which had been bought for Ernest - but Ernest had become an officer in the Salvation Army and married Elizabeth Edwards, the sister of Jane, Henry's wife. (The last Richmond friend to say goodbye to the family was Alfred Sheat and in 1912 when we drove into Nelson, he was on a visit and was the first to greet us).

    It was only a short time after Henry left, that the home, which in the meantime was occupied by Thomas' family, was burned down. In the years between 1890 and 1914 in which Henry farmed in the Moutere, he made well drained, well worked farm, planted with many acres of orchard and plantations of useful trees on the bare hill sides. Ian a grand son, and Mrs Alan Holdaway still live in homes on part of the farm. Further down, in the centre of Moutere, Edwin brought his family up before they bought a boarding house at the old wharf, and John, his son, then farmed it for some years. (When he came back from WW1 and married, he bought a small holding on the main road at Braeburn where his widow Ivy still lives. Roy the younger son, also had a farm at Braeburn, across the valley from John's.

    1914 World War came, and Alan, Henry's second son, though minus the sight of one eye, was accepted and left with the 9th Reinforcement with his cousin John. They both came home unwounded - Alan a stretcher bearer through 1916 Somme - but worn out. His younger brother Hubert, went in the 18th when he was twenty and came home with German shrapnel in his leg, which he carried to the day of his death (from the 1918 Somme) on April 25th 1963. His chief memorials are the Riverside community which he and his wife founded, and the Methodist church on the hillside there, in the building of which he was a moving spirit. The youngest of the family Edwin (Ted) went into the National Bank, and was finally manager of banks at Lower Hutt and Wellington, and is now Hutt Valley Power Board chairman and city Councillor of Lower Hutt. Arthur, the oldest brother retired and left Ian and family on his part of the farm. Murray, the youngest son is now living at Rangiora and his daughter Illa, lives at Motuela, both daughters married, and her son away in New Guinea.

    Thinking back over the time at the Moutere - when we went there, the only outlets to the main road were over the fields and through the gates of neighbours, and when we left, the Central or West Road had been put through, and also Holdaways Road was opened right to the Main Road with a foot bridge over the river (the old Company Ditch). This road was solely due to Henry's hard work. One recollection of floods seeming to cover the whole valley and taking at least three of the four cart bridges, Drummonds, Edwards and Ching's road bridges - and piling them against the old Jubilee Bridge and damaging it greatly. The old school being pulled down and school being held in the Jubilee Hall - how did they push us in? 80 or 90 and two teachers. Four miles to walk to school, over fields, through fences and gates and over logs, over old water courses - carrying eggs out to the Grocer's cart and the grocer's home at night. No high school in the district at this time, and college was beyond our bank balance, so we left school and we were in our teens as there was no chance of being selected for a scholarship for the older ones of the family (two younger boys went to Nelson College). Our school memories include the relief of Mafeking and the taking of Pretoria when we were sent home for holidays for celebrations. Then the death of Queen Victoria, when we all wore black arm bands.

    From 1914 the memories were mostly war, the boys leaving, news of ANZAC, Egypt and then France, the boys being invalided home, ill or wounded - getting back into civilian life, and hen the depression years, which anyway did not seem any worse than the early settlers had endured. We got rather tired of the unemployables who begged meals or money for work which had to be done over again. We did not refuse meals, even if we had to do without our own, but got very angry at the laziness of some. My father died in 1928 and I was a gardener, so I had to do the slummed? work over.

    Then came the 1939-40, the boys away again. One nephew whose mother (sister Nellie Yull) stayed with us from the time he was three months old (when his dad went into camp) spent 8 years as a Merchant Navy Engineer and married an English wife - was torpedoed once - his ship was bombed another time - donkey engine a casualty - fire bomb raid in Liverpool - a Jap raid at Calcutta when the ship arrived - getting engines put in Liberty ships in USA and going to Vancouver to see engines put in a Canadian Ship. Now Chief Engineer at Waipi Hill outside Roterua. Henry's wife died in 1947 when she was nearly 91 leaving two unmarried daughters in the home they have lived in for almost 55 years.

    Some original rose bushes are still growing and flowering still, in the company of many new ones.

    I became the first woman life member of the New Zealand National Rose Society and Owen accused me of getting swelled head about it, and maybe I did."

Children of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer

Douglas Arthur Eyles

M, b. 6 August 1895, d. 12 May 1957
  • Douglas Arthur Eyles was born on 6 August 1895 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of William Daniel Eyles and Rebecca Alice Cobb.
  • Douglas Arthur Eyles enlisted in the Military in 1915 in Nelson. He was a driver with the 7th Reinforcements Army Service Corps. His next of kin was listed as Mrs R A Eyles of Mouteka Street, Nelson. He embarked from Wellington on 9 October 1915 for the Suez, Egypt.
  • At the age of 27 years, 10 months and 7 days, Douglas Arthur Eyles married Margaret Myra Westrupp on 13 June 1923 in New Zealand.
  • Douglas Arthur Eyles died on 12 May 1957 in Hokitika, New Zealand, at age 61.

Edward Robert Eyles

M, b. 8 October 1891, d. 22 March 1994
  • Edward Robert Eyles was also known as Bob.
  • He was born on 8 October 1891 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Amelia Mytton.
  • At the age of 24 years, 2 months and 14 days, Edward Robert Eyles married Gladys Amelia Wadsworth on 22 December 1915 in New Zealand.
  • On 21 February 1981,his wife, Gladys Amelia Wadsworth died in Nelson, New Zealand, at age 90.
  • Edward Robert Eyles died on 22 March 1994 in Nelson, New Zealand, at age 102.
  • He was buried on 25 March 1994 in Richmond Cemetery.

Eleanor Eyles

F, b. 1 May 1849, d. 1 May 1850
  • Eleanor Eyles was born on 1 May 1849 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • Eleanor Eyles died on 1 May 1850 in Nelson, New Zealand, at age 1.

Eleanor Jane Eyles

F, b. 2 December 1852, d. 11 March 1922
  • Eleanor Jane Eyles was born on 2 December 1852 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • At the age of 21 years, 4 months and 2 days, Eleanor Jane Eyles married William Jabez White on 4 April 1874 in Blenheim, New Zealand. The marriage was reported in The Marlborough Express MARRIAGE. On April 4, at Blenheim, by the Rev. W. Shirrifa, M.A., Mr W. J. White, to Eleanor Jane, second daughter of Mr W. Eyles, Farmer; Richmond, Nelson.
  • In 1909,her husband, William Jabez White died in New Zealand.
  • Eleanor Jane Eyles died on 11 March 1922 in New Zealand at age 69.

Children of Eleanor Jane Eyles and William Jabez White

Elizabeth Eyles

F, b. 1815, d. 25 October 1899

Elizabeth Tidd (nee Eyles) 1815-1899. Thanks to Helen J.
  • Elizabeth Eyles was born in 1815 in East Meon, Hampshire, England.
  • She was the daughter of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer.
  • At age 25 years, her marriage to Thomas Samuel Tidd was registered in the September 1840 Quarter at the St Leonards, Foster Lane, London Registration District. Thomas was a policeman.
  • Elizabeth Eyles and Thomas Samuel Tidd immigrated to Nelson, South Island, New Zealand, on 24 September 1841. Elizabeth 26, and Thomas 24, and their daughter Esther aged 6, left from London on the Mary Ann, captained by Thomas 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.
  • Elizabeth Eyles witnessed the marriage of John Holdaway and Amelia Eyles 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.
  • Elizabeth Eyles's and Thomas Samuel Tidd's daughter Elizabeth was born 15 June 1852 in Nelson. Her father was a farmer at the time.
  • When their daughter's Elizabeth and Amelia were married, Thomas' occupation was given as a brewer.
  • On 20 February 1877,her husband, Thomas Samuel Tidd died in Turf Hotel, Stoke, New Zealand. He was a Hotel Keeper. His death was announced in the Nelson Evening Mail and read:- " Tidd.— At Stoke, Thomas Samuel Tidd, aged 56 years. " and in the Wanganui Chronicle - " DEATH.
    Tldd.— On the 21st February, nt Stoke, Nelson, Mr Thomas Samuel Tidd, after a long and painful illness, father of Mrs Samuel Prosser, of Wellington aged 57 years."
  • Elizabeth Eyles died on 25 October 1899 in Richmond, New Zealand. Her death certificate shows she was an 84 year old widow and she died from pneumonia. She had been born in Hampshire, England, married England and had four surviving children M 57, F 63, 59, 50.
  • She was buried on 27 October 1899 in Richmond Cemetery, South Island, New Zealand.

Children of Elizabeth Eyles and Thomas Samuel Tidd

Elizabeth Mary Eyles

F, b. 12 May 1886, d. 2 August 1942
  • Elizabeth Mary Eyles was born on 12 May 1886 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Walter Nugent Eyles and Mary Thomas.
  • Elizabeth Mary Eyles died on 2 August 1942 in Wairau, New Zealand, at age 56. Her death was registered under the name May Elizabeth Eyles.

Elizabeth Mary Jane Eyles

F, b. 21 August 1848, d. 15 November 1922
  • Elizabeth Mary Jane Eyles was born on 21 August 1848 in Geelong, Victoria.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley.
  • Elizabeth Mary Jane Eyles immigrated on 22 December 1852 to Nelson, New Zealand, with Charles Eyles and Mary Ann Dunkley. 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.
  • At the age of 18 years, 3 months and 8 days, Elizabeth Mary Jane Eyles married James Holdaway, son of John Holdaway and Mary Norgate, on 29 November 1866 in Wairau, Blenheim, New Zealand. They had fifteen children.
  • Elizabeth Mary Jane Eyles died on 15 November 1922 in Blenheim, New Zealand, at age 74.

Children of Elizabeth Mary Jane Eyles and James Holdaway

Elon Eyles

M, b. 25 November 1787
  • Elon Eyles was also known as Eeles.
  • He was baptized on 25 November 1787 in North Waltham, Hampshire.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Hannah Phillips.
  • Elon Eyles died in Union Workhouse.
  • He was buried on 3 May 1864 in North Waltham.

Elsie Maud Eyles

F, b. 16 March 1895, d. 1979
  • Elsie Maud Eyles was born on 16 March 1895 in New Zealand. Her death record shows her year of birth as 1897.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Higgins Eyles and Rose Helen Reid.
  • Elsie Maud Eyles was a witness when Charles Higgins Eyles and Rose Helen Reid were (an unknown value) in 1910 in Nelson Street, Blenheim.
  • At the age of 17 years, 8 months and 25 days, Elsie Maud Eyles married Frederick James Saunders on 11 December 1912 in New Zealand.
  • Elsie Maud Eyles died in 1979 in New Zealand.

Emily Lottie Eyles

F, b. 1918, d. 21 March 1943

Esther Eyles

F, b. 29 November 1835, d. 18 October 1931
  • Esther Eyles was also known as Esther Eyles Tidd.
  • She was born on 18 May 1834 in Lasham, Hampshire. She was a twin to Ezra.
  • She was baptized on 29 November 1835 in Lasham, Hampshire.
  • She was the daughter of Thomas Samuel Tidd and Elizabeth Eyles.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Esther 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.
  • Esther Eyles immigrated on 24 September 1841 to Nelson, South Island, New Zealand, with Elizabeth Eyles and Thomas Samuel Tidd. Elizabeth 26, and Thomas 24, and their daughter Esther aged 6, left from London on the Mary Ann, captained by Thomas 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.
  • At the age of 17 years, 5 months and 24 days, Esther Eyles married John Sutton, son of George Sutton, on 23 May 1853. According to family hearsay, during her lifetime Esther gave birth to 12 living children and suffered 16 miscarriages.
  • On 31 March 1924,her husband, John Sutton died in Richmond, New Zealand, at age 93.
  • Esther Eyles died on 18 October 1931 in Richmond, New Zealand, at age 95.
  • She was buried on 20 October 1931 in Richmond Cemetery.

Children of Esther Eyles and John Sutton

Esther Jane Eyles

F, b. 13 October 1858, d. 6 April 1938
  • Esther Jane Eyles was born on 13 October 1858 in Blenheim, New Zealand. Her birth record stated "a daughter."
  • She was the daughter of John Eyles and Mary Driscoll.
  • At the age of 18 years, 6 months and 20 days, Esther Jane Eyles married William Henry Moore on 3 May 1877 in Stoke, New Zealand. The application to marry was made at the Nelson courthouse on 18 April 1877.
  • Esther Jane Eyles died on 6 April 1938 in New Zealand at age 79.

Child of Esther Jane Eyles and William Henry Moore

Ettie Nellie Eyles

F, b. 6 January 1897, d. 1973

Ezra Eyles

M, b. 3 June 1838, d. 19 October 1841
  • Ezra Eyles was baptized on 3 June 1838 in Lasham, Hampshire, England. He may have been the son of Elizabeth. He was adopted by his grandparents Daniel and Jane.
  • He was born on 3 June 1838 in Lasham, Alton, Hampshire. His father Daniel was a labourer, Jane, nee Primmer of Lasham was the informant and signed with her mark.
  • He was the son of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Ezra 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.
  • Ezra 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.
  • Ezra Eyles died on 19 October 1841 in Sulawest Tenga, Indonesia, at age 3. He died aboard the Mary Ann aged 3 years and was buried at sea Lat 30.59N Long 19.3W.

Ezra Eyles

M, b. 18 May 1834, d. before 1841
  • Ezra Eyles was born on 18 May 1834 in Lasham, Hampshire, England.
  • He was the son of Thomas Samuel Tidd and Elizabeth Eyles.
  • Ezra Eyles was baptized on 29 November 1835 in Lasham, England. He was a twin to Esther.
  • Ezra Eyles died before 1841. He did not immigrate to New Zealand with the family.

Florence Eyles

F, b. 2 December 1869, d. 6 September 1962

Florence Eyles 1869-1962, daughter of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins
  • Florence Eyles was born on 2 December 1869 in Wairau, New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins.
  • At the age of 19 years, 1 month and 21 days, Florence Eyles married Fredrick Arthur Levy on 23 January 1889 in New Zealand.
  • Florence Eyles and Fredrick Arthur Levy were divorced. On 4 August 1899, the Marlborough Express reported:- Wellington, August 4. In the Divorce Court Judge Edwards granted a decree nisi in the case in which Mrs Florence Levy applied for the dissolution of marriage with Frederick Arthur Levy, of Sydney. At the first hearing His Honor said it appeared the husband was domiciled in Melbourne, and he was doubtful whether he had jurisdiction, but to-day he said he was satisfied he had jurisdiction.
  • At the age of 34 years, 4 months and 28 days, Florence Eyles married Anders Christian Knudson Hauberg on 30 April 1904 in New Zealand.
  • Florence Eyles was given as next of kin when her son Arthur Mervyn Levy joined the 3rd New Zealand Rife Brigade during WWI; At the time he was living at Solway, Masterton and gave his next of kin as his mother, Mrs C A Hanberg of Solway. He embarked from Welllington on 9 October 1915 for the Suez.
  • Florence Eyles lived in Brook Street, Nelson, at the time her son by her former marriage to Frederick LEVY was killed in France
    in 1916.
  • On 24 September 1934 Cantue and Florence purchased a double plot at the Wakapuaka Cemetery.
  • On 25 July 1944,her husband, Anders Christian Knudson Hauberg died in New Zealand.
  • Florence Eyles died on 6 September 1962 in New Zealand at age 92.
  • She was buried on 10 September 1962 in Wakapauka Cemetery, Nelson.

Child of Florence Eyles and Fredrick Arthur Levy

Florence Helen Eyles

F, b. 1892, d. 31 December 1923

Florence Eyles (daughter of Charles Eyles & Rose Helen Reid) 1892-1923. Photo thanks to Paul Jones

Child of Florence Helen Eyles

Child of Florence Helen Eyles and Arvid Marcus Leonard Falk

Frances Amelia Eyles

F, b. 1 October 1881, d. 31 January 1883
  • Frances Amelia Eyles was born on 1 October 1881 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Eyles and Amelia Mytton.
  • Frances Amelia Eyles died on 31 January 1883 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.
  • She was buried on 2 February 1883 in Richmond Cemetery.

Frederick Eyles

M, b. 29 July 1854, d. 10 September 1933
  • Frederick Eyles was born on 29 July 1854 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of William Eyles and Amelia Catherine Thorn.
  • At the age of 29 years, 6 months and 24 days, Frederick Eyles married Clara Martha Mytton on 22 February 1884 in New Zealand.
  • Frederick Eyles and Clara Martha Mytton lived in Takako, Nelson.at the time their son Alick died of wounds in Belgium on 29 October 1916.
  • On 7 March 1932,his wife, Clara Martha Mytton died in Motupipi, New Zealand.
  • Frederick Eyles died on 10 September 1933 in Motupipi, New Zealand, at age 79.
  • He was buried on 11 September 1933 in Rotoua Cemetery.

Children of Frederick Eyles and Clara Martha Mytton

Frederick William Eyles

M, b. 13 August 1865, d. 10 January 1957
  • Frederick William Eyles was born on 13 August 1865 in Wairau, Blenheim, New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Selina Higgins.
  • At the age of 21 years, 3 months and 14 days, Frederick William Eyles married Jane Hudson Melicen Clarke on 27 November 1886 in New Zealand.
  • At the age of 42 years, 6 months and 16 days, Frederick William Eyles married Mary Lucy Davis Freeman on 29 February 1908 in New Zealand. Their marriage was reported in The Marlborough Express Eyles—Freeman.—At Chatham Islands, on February 22nd, 1908, Frederick William Eyles, to Mary Lucy Davis Freeman, only granddaughter of the late John Davis, Port Underwood.
  • On 8 July 1946,his wife, Mary Lucy Davis Freeman died in Wairau, New Zealand.
  • Frederick William Eyles died on 10 January 1957 in Blenheim, New Zealand, at age 91.

Children of Frederick William Eyles and Mary Lucy Davis Freeman

Grace Margarita Eyles

F, b. 20 January 1911, d. 1963
  • Grace Margarita Eyles was born on 20 January 1911 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of William Daniel Eyles and Rebecca Alice Cobb.
  • At the age of 20 years, Grace Margarita Eyles married William Fred Cobb in 1932 in New Zealand.
  • Grace Margarita Eyles died in 1963 in New Zealand.

Harold Percy Arthur Eyles

M, b. 21 January 1886, d. 28 October 1951
  • Harold Percy Arthur Eyles was also known as Percy.
  • He was born on 21 January 1886 in New Zealand.
  • He was the son of Charles Eyles and Amelia Mytton.
  • At the age of 23 years, 4 months and 12 days, Harold Percy Arthur Eyles married Dora Florence Hope on 2 June 1909 in New Zealand.
  • On 20 February 1932,his wife, Dora Florence Hope died in New Zealand.
  • Harold Percy Arthur Eyles died on 28 October 1951 in Takaka, New Zealand, at age 65.
  • He was buried in East Takata Cemetery.