Saturday, December 20, 2014

Surname Saturday- My Little: Connecting to Other Families

Hudson Little, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers, Fathers Side continuing..............

Well I was still curious about the other IVORY families that I found in the Passenger Lists to New Zealand. It felt like they should be related to my Matilda (IVORY) DOGGETT.  Something kept saying go back to Hudson & Hannah's obituary. I did, and reread it. On a whim I copied two phrases, and put them in GOOGLE one by one and boy was I surprised. Thank You GOOGLE.

First Phrase..............
Mr Ivory, who was later Mayor of Rangiora - a document came up "MAYORS OF RANGIORA BOROUGH" Mr Ivory is Aquila Ivory who came to New Zealand on the ‘Glentanner’ and arrived in Rangiora in 1857 - this is the brother of Matilda who was listed on the same passenger list a page before William and Matilda. EUREKA!!

In the early days the Mayors retired annually and either put themselves up for
re-election or stood down.

A Ivory - 1883-1885
Aquila Ivory came to New Zealand on the ‘Glentanner’ and arrived in Rangiora
in 1857. He was a member of a family group consisting of the Ivory,
Stapleforth, Doggett and Jennings families. This family formed the first Baptist
congregation in Canterbury. They built a small chapel in Victoria Street (on the
site of the Queen Street extension) known as ‘Little Bethel.’
Mr Ivory obtained work as a bushman, then became a farmer and later he ran a
grain and estate agency. He was a Councillor from 1879-1883, and from 1889-
1892, in addition to his Mayoralty. His son Joseph Aquila Ivory also served on
the Council in 1931-38, and 1942-47.
He died in 1908 and is buried in the East Belt Cemetery.

Another listing in the Mayors listing was this Charles Ivory Jennings. The Jennings family was mentioned in the information about Aquila Ivory above.... somehow this man is related to the IVORY family but don't know how and not sure if I will take time to go this far off field............ but who knows..... my curiosity might get the better of me someday...... but for now this is as far as I will be going on this family.......... probably a marriage between Jennings and Ivory families. I should check the passenger list again for the Jennings family - they arrived the same year as the Ivory and Doggett families.........  
C I Jennings – 1896-1898, 1914-1921
Charles Ivory Jenning’s parents arrived in New Zealand from London in 1857 to
join other family members already in Rangiora. His father, Charles Sr, was a
carpenter and became the settlement’s first undertaker.
(I did check the passenger list (46 pages) on the Glentanner,1857 and  did not find the Jennings and Stapleforth. So they came on a different ship in the same year)

Second Phrase...........
Mr W E Ivory, a well known Rangiora nurseryman--  found in THE CYCLOPEDIA OF NEW ZEALAND [CANTERBURY PROVINCIAL DISTRICT]PROFESSIONAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL- RANGIORA NURSERY (William Emms Ivory, Proprietor), Rangiora. This is another brother of Matilda who arrived in New Zealand in 1855. This gave a great write up of the Nursery and of William along with his son John Ivory and AND PICTURES OF BOTH MEN. I am beside myself with excitement.........  

Trees have been sent from this well-known nursery not only to the local settlers, but to all parts of New Zealand. It contains thousands of young trees, very large numbers of which are fruit trees, bearing, in season, splendid specimens of fruit. Mr. Ivory was born in Norfolk, England, in 1823. He was brought up as a nurseryman at Breacondale, a horticultural establishment in Norwich, where he served for seven years, and was subsequently gardener at Tring Park, Herts. On arriving in Lyttelton in October, 1855, by the ship “Cash-mere,”
Mr. Ivory experienced some of the difficulties of early colonial life, and had to carry some of his goods over the Lyttelton hills. The first of his swags consisted of a seventy-pound feather bed, which he carried over the hills and down to Ferrymead on his back one morning before breakfast. This historic relic of the early days is still used in the family. In the year of his arrival Mr. Ivory settled in Rangiora, and planted an orchard for one of the earliest settlers who then resided at Rangiora. His object in life was to succeed in raising fruit and ornamental trees, and generally in nursery work, and it was not long before he began to lay the foundations of the now well-known Rangiora Nursery. Many of the original stocks were imported from Great Britain, and through careful attention and plenty of hard work, a considerable area of land is now covered over with nursery stock, or bearing orchard. Mr. Ivory was married about 1843, and had the misfortune to lose his wife shortly after settling in Rangiora; in fact, Mrs Ivory was the second European adult to die in the place. She left two sons and three daughters.

MR. JOHN IVORY is the eldest son of Mr. W. E. Ivory, the proprietor of the Rangiora Nursery. He was born at Norwich, England, in 1844, and accompanied his parents to Lyttelton by the ship “Cashmere” in 1855. The family settled at once in Rangiora, and Mr. Ivory was employed for three years by Mr. Hamilton Ward, brother of the late Mr. Crosbie Ward, chiefly amongst cattle; also by the late Mr. George John Leech, of Rangiora, for three years, and by Mrs Carter, of Seadown estate, Amberley, for three years, in farming work generally.
With the growth and development of the Rangioa Nursery, his services became necessary to his father, and Mr. Ivory has for about thirty-five years been actively engaged in nursery work, principally in superintending the propagating and the packing departments.

Don't you just love Google!!! I DO!! All this information by just putting in a phrase and seeing what comes back. Try it .............

I have to keep in mind, unfortunately the DOGGETT and IVORY surnames are not related to me, but they are connected by marriage to my LITTLE ancestors. I am filling in a lot of the blanks to get a more complete picture of the couple and their family's.............. I find it very interesting to follow these different families and see what happened to them ............   "putting more flesh on their bones"

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