I decided to take some time last weekend and take advantage of the free weekend with FindMyPast.com.
I wanted to see what was available for my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers fathers side. He decided to travel from England to New Zealand but NOT to America where other siblings sailed off too and some stayed in England. Why did he choose to go to New Zealand and not to America? No NO, I'll answer that question right away, he was not a convict, he went willingly to New Zealand. Just got figure out WHY did he go there?
Hudson LITTLE was the 4th son, 6th child out of 10 for Isaac and Jane (Mounsey) Little of Cumberland, England.
b: 17 Mar 1843 Cumberland England & d: 23 Nov 1934 Rangiora Bunnythorpe New Zealand.
Well I put in Hudson Little at FindMyPast.com and came up with lots of documents but no pictures(darn it!)
TIME LINE for Hudson.............
1843 1st quarter Born Cumberland, England [England and Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)] 11 March 1843
1843 - 23 Apr 1843 Christening son of Isaac & Jane Little Cumberland, England[England, Select births and Christenings 1538-1975 (Ancestry.com Nov 2014)]
1851 UK Census Hudson 7years old, from Cumberland, Bassenthwaite Scholar[Ancestry.com 2011]
1861 UK Census Hudson 21 years (should be about 17) showing as a farm servant living on the Jonston family farm in Cumberland, England (shows he is born in Bassenthwaite, Cumberland, England)
1864 I have notation but no source: Hudson to NZ in 1864 on ship called 'Colombo' to Nelson
1874-75 New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1865 to 1869 Transcription (Find My Past Nov2014)
1877 The New Zealand Gazette ........page 99 Land Transfer Act Notices
2928... Hudson Little -- 20 acres (FindMyPast Nov 2014)
1878 New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1878 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1879 1880 1881- New Zealand Sheep-farmers 1881-1918 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1881 New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1881 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1882 A Return of the Freeholders of New Zealand, October 1882, Transcriptions (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1890 1891 New Zealand: Sheep farmers 1881-1918 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1893 New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1893 transcriptions (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1896 New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1896 Transcriptions (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1900 1901 New Zealand: Sheep Farmers 1881-1918 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1911 New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1911 Transcription (Find My Past Nov 2014)
1934 New Zealand Death Index 1848-1964 (Ancestry.com)
I also found Hudson in the New Zealand Cities Directory's from 1898 to 1933 as a farmer. But No obituary, no marriage records. No birth of children.
BUT as you can see I did find quite a number of documents to fill in Hudson LITTLE's timeline..........
Lots of research still to do. Maybe this will be the line I'll work on while in Salt Lake City in February. I do have knowledge of living descendants still in New Zealand so I need to get myself in gear...........high gear!!
NOTE: I reversed the birth and death dates for Hudson LITTLE...... I wrote originally wrote b:1934 d:1943 But it is b:1943 and d: 1934......... sorry. I have corrected above but it went out with the incorrect dates so anyone coming back will get the right information........... SB