Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thankful Thursday - FIRST Blogiversary January 1, 2015

........and I will say it so it gets said "Thanks to everyone for their support. I do appreciate it. Wow what a great year, so much fun. I doesn't feel like a whole year has gone by already, but it has and  much too quickly. This was my  first year posting on my blog and I have to say it has been a lot of fun, making discoveries and trying to figure out things".

Happy New Year - 2015
What a great way to end the first year and begin another year

Happy First Blogiversary to "In Search of...?" 

First,  I had a great time. I have been trying to make my way through this year, trying to post regularly and trying to keep some consistency to it all.  And I think I did a descent job, I am proud of myself. This is a personal log/blog so I am able to write about what I want which could be good and bad but I think good so far. No tangents, no soapbox speeches- just family and my activities in the genealogical world. And I am really having a great time. I hope there are others that are following me but if not that is OK too I know my family is following along and that is enough for me..........  after all I am talking about my family to my family. Thanks for the encouragement.

Second, I thought it would be a difficult task to write this blog and keep it going but it really hasn't been. After all it is about my family and my memories and activities to share......... so it was easier than I thought it would be once I finally got started. Some feedback from family members told me that they were enjoying the posts so that was encouraging. They gave me some helpful feedback and I am thankful for that. As you have probably noticed over this year......  I am not a writer, not a journal major with proper sentence structure,or proper punctuation. I write like I talk - good or bad that is the way it is. It is just me expressing myself. Hopefully you can overlook that and enjoy the stories behind the writing. Thanks for the encouragement.

In December I just did a complete life study from birth to death of my Great Grand Uncle Hudson Little born in England living his life in New Zealand. I don't know why exactly but New Zealand was just calling to me. Wish I could actually visit but not now. Wish I could do as well for my German line. (big sigh!) I was so jazzed about all the information and documentation I found on him and his wife and their family......... AND now I have a great TO-DO list ready to go to Salt Lake City in February. (Sorting Saturday - Dec 27)

I am also going to go back and review what I did post this year and see what loose ends I left dangling. I am sure there are lots of those loose ends just waiting to be tied up.

What about NEXT YEAR? What about "2015"?
I think I will just continue doing the same as I did this year, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to more discoveries that I can share with my family and with friends.

Happy New Year to all my family and friends.........  it is going to be an exciting year of discoveries.

I look forward to those trips too far away places to research and make finds that I could not have made otherwise. Thanks to all of you for your support.

Wordless Wednesday - In With the New, Out With the Old


It has been a wonderful year............  I look forward to more of the same in the new year of 2015 and there is lots to look forward too......

My calendar is filling up quickly.  I need to keep my to-do list updated because there will lots of scheduled time for researching the family.

February 8-15 Salt Lake City - FGS/ RootsTech Conference
             [Feb 18-24 Santa Clara - Stitches West - knitting]
March 24 - Spring Seminar in Sacramento sponsored by Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society with         D Joshua Taylor
April 25 Sacramento, California - Sacramento German Society Spring Seminar with Dr. Richard Minert +
May 11-17 St. Charles, Missiouri for NGS Conference
June 3-8 Burbank, California - Southern California Jamboree
           [July 9-13 Marshfield Wisconsin Meg Swanson's Knitting Retreat 2.75]
           [August 1-8 Lake Tahoe and Reno - Hot August Nights]
September 17-19 Syracuse, New York FGS Regional Conference
          [October - Lake Tahoe 4 day Retreat for Knitting Guild]

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sorting Saturday - Wrap Up.......... My Little's Research List

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  .................. this is it till after conference 

Looks like I have done as much research as possible on my Hudson LITTLE in New Zealand till after my trip to Salt Lake City. I have my list and I am checking it twice.......  (hahahaha!! sorry I couldn't resist)

I have been putting together what I have on Hudson LITTLE my great grand Uncle born in England and lived his life if New Zealand. I don't think that he ever went back to England or ever saw his parents or siblings again. Too sad. I find that I have more information about him than I thought. I did find more information along the way this month through Find My Past (free weekend),, Google(tombstones, pictures of brother-in-laws of Hudson) Find A Grave and I was so surprised when I actually could download documents (probates, passenger lists) right from catalog.  thank you so much!!

created a timeline for Hudson LITTLE on Dec1 and have found it to very valuable. I re-read it and found that I do have certain items that I did not have when I created the timeline..........progress!

The one item that I do not have is documentation of Hudson & Hannah's marriage......  25 Dec 1871 Rangiora New Zealand
       * I do have two sources to check in SLC LIBRARY for marriages for the time frame...... I do want to try looking for the other marriages of their children and grandchildren

Obituary's - want to find the obituary's and gravestones of all of Hudson children and for the next generation
      *  I have found several resources for burial locator's, cemetery transcriptions, NZ obits

Looking for basics.......  B/M/D for Hudson & Hannah's children and grandchildren AND I find there are resources for this at the LIBRARY

I found an interesting resource "Gold Seekers and Bush Rangers NZ 1840-1876" ....  in Hudson's obituary said he originally went to NZ to look for gold. Well you never know what might be in this source.

I want to check on maps of New Zealand........  this is a middle island map, a New Zealand map, a Colony of New Zealand map, and of course there is a south island and a north island map.

There is a book available "Information for people leaving Great Britain, 1854" Sounds interesting.  Never know what you will find.

I do have a couple of microfilm on shipping lists and shipping notebooks.......  I want to see if there is a write up of Hannah's ship crossing.

I found a couple of interesting Microfilms- one on Sheep Owners Return 1880/1890/1900 but I already found these in Find My Past. It simply tells how many sheep you owned each year it was taken. It does act as a census of types- telling you where this person lived, # of sheep and value (I have 1879-1880-1881 1889-1890-1891 1900 1901 so I guess this is one less item I need to look up). IF I have extra time?

..... another one on "Return of Freeholders - I have one from October 1882 Not sure if there are any others. But what it is exactly.......   Looks like you would be a property owner. Looks like the 1882 was the only one done......... it is a census of types: property owner and value of land
JUST GOOGLE IT AND FIND OUT & I DID : compiled from the assessment rolls of the Property-Tax Department (predecessor of the Inland Revenue Department). It lists the names, addresses, and occupations of owners of land in 1882. If the land was in a county, the acreage and value is given. If the land was in a borough or city, only the value is given. At the 1st October, 1882, the male adult population of New Zealand (excluding Maoris) was about 143,000, and, as the number of owners of land was 71,240, it may be roughly stated that every second man was a landowner. However, that figure includes many women who held land in their own right, trustees for marriage settlements, and other trusts.The assessment rolls, from which this resource was compiled, have not survived.

AND the last resource I have to check out - microfilm - is all about Bunnythorpe and the District1872-1952

I don't seem to have anything on newspapers. Did I miss that in the catalog? Gee whiz one more thing.......

So there is my research list for Hudson and Hannah (Doggett) Little and family. This will keep me busy for a day or more. All of this research will be on the B2 Floor of the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City in February 2015. I have never been on this floor before so it will be all new for me. I'll go back and study the floor plan and hopefully become comfortable with it before the conference. I will have two full days for research and then the conference starts..........  past experience tells me by the end of each day of classes I am tired and just want to hang out in my hotel room, so I need to make the most of Monday and Tuesday.

I am excited. I have all this done NOW. A little more organized.                            Now, What else will I research? 

So here's to happy hunting.......... and to successful searches!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past - My Little's Children

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................

again.........  I am looking through the FamilySearch catalog under New Zealand,  Probates.......  they are all available at a click of the mouse NOT available on microfilm........... gold mine!!!

I only found two more probate records for two of the four children of Hudson and Hannah (Doggett) Little. The other two children's probate for William Hudson Little and Alfred Mounsey Little do not show up. But I did find Arthur Louis Little and Amy Jane Little Crawford.

Second son/second child - ARTHUR LOUIS LITTLE 1875-1911 (9 pages)
(my first cousin twice removed)

Arthur is the line that I communicate/email with in New Zealand.  So I am happy to find this probate record, but I am hoping to get in touch with the other descendants of the other 3 children of Hudson and Hannah Little.

The other probate record I located was from AMY JANE (LITTLE) CRAWFORD their third child/ only daughter. (15 pages) (my first cousin twice removed)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - My Little's RIP

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

I certainly got a great surprise this morning when I just decided to use GOOGLE as my search engine ....  I put in "tombstone for Hudson Little in New Zealand" and Find A Grave was one of the choices.  I know that I put the name in at their site and nothing came up so why did it come up now?  I don't know either but it bothers me that it did now but didn't then............  I will need to check out the site more thoroughly to see what the differences are in putting in a name.  Any suggestions out there please let me know.
(pictures from Find A Grave- thank you so much)

Find A Grave             
          Welcome to Bunnythorpe Cemetery, New Zealand 

Welcome to 
Bunnythorpe Cemetery
Maple Street, Bunnythorpe
Palmerston North
Palmerston North City
Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Postal Code 4867

Monday, December 22, 2014

Motivational Monday - My Little's Last Will and Testament: Probate Records

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................

BINGO it happened again........  I was in the FamilySearch catalog searching through the New Zealand offerings, I clicked on Probate hoping for some reference to a Will and Last Testament and AND THERE IT WAS the entire will of Hudson and a will for Hannah too. UNBELIEVABLE!!

Yes, another one that says "To view digital images of these New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records, Click here. Not available on microfilm. AND so I clicked.

I put in Hudson Little with the year of his death 1834 and nothing NOTHING!. How disappointing!! Don't know why but I decided to put in a range of years 1834 - 1836 thinking that wills sometime take months or even years to complete a probate..........HOT DOG!!  Hudson Little appeared. I was so excited........ and the actually recording of the will and the probate of the will is completely here for me to download and keep all for myself. He wrote his will several years prior, as did she. And then the processing after his death and then her death on the same day.............

There are 18 pages with real time signatures and a wealth of information. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have these documents. AND it maybe able to share theses documents with the descendants still living in New Zealand........  and then again they may already have them.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Obituary - My Little's "DIED ON THE SAME DAY - Early Settlers"

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................  

Thought I would include this map with the Obituary. I found it was great to have something to refer to as I read through it...... thought you would appreciate it also. 

This OBITUARY is lengthy because it is two in one.....  YES! you read right, " Two Obituaries in ONE" [It doesn't get much better than this- a big thank you to whoever wrote it originally]

Died on Same Day
Early Settlers

The unusual  occurrence of husband and wife passing away within 12 hours of each other took place today in the deaths of two highly respected residents of Bunnythorpe, Mr and Mrs Hudson Little. Mr Little who was 92 years of age, died at 1:30am and his wife, who was 90 years of age, passed away an hour before mid-day. Mr and Mrs Little had resided in Bunnythorpe for 43 years. On Christmas Day they would have celebrated their 63rd anniversary of their marriage.

The late Mr Little's parents lived in Cumberland in the same neighborhood as John Peel, and Hudson Little would relate how he used to play truant from school to follow the huntsman and his hounds on foot as far as possible. However, a sound thrashing from his father, who was incidentally the schoolmaster, led him to deserting his home to work for five years in various parts of England before he came to New Zealand in the sailing ship Columbo in 1864. The voyage lasted 130 days and he landed at Nelson. Walking to Greymouth, Mr Little was engaged for some time on the gold diggings, and later walked to Christchurch, where he undertook carpentering and farm work.

It was at Christchurch  that Mr Little met his future wife, then Miss Hannah Doggett, and they were married shortly afterwards in Rangiora. Soon after their marriage they went  to Cust, where they took up farming. In the next year a severe hailstorm destroyed their 70-acre crop of wheat, the  loss leading to the disposal of the farm. They moved to Carlton, near Rangiora, and resided there for 18 years. The property was disposed of at a figure that was satisfactory to Mr Little and they came to the Manawatu district. within a week of their arrival here they had purchased and had settled on a farm at Dixon's Line, Bunnythorpe, In August 1891. For the next eight years Mr and Mrs Little occupied the property. Mr Little retiring from there.
Not only was Mr Little a successful farmer but he was also a carpenter of no [mean] ability.  He built the family's house at Carlton, and the residence to which he retired, in Ingleby Street Bunnythorpe, as well as a number of other in the district.

Mr and Mrs Little celebrated the 60th anniversary of their wedding on December 25, 1931, and on that occasion they were the recipients of the congratulations of a wide circle of friends. With 43 years of residence in the district Mr Little became well known and highly respected there as well as further afield. About a week ago he entered the Palmerston North Hospital advancing years and the fact that he had lost his eyesight making that course desirable.

Mrs Little was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and came to New Zealand in company with her parents as a girl. The voyage who made in the Glentanar, the landing being made at Lyttelton in 1857. The party walked over the Port Hills to Christchurch and pitched their camp on the site which is now known as Cathedral Square. With them was Mrs Doggett's brother, Mr Ivory, who was later Mayor of Rangiora. The family traveled northwards by bullock wagon, crossed the Waimakariri River and continued on to the farm of another brother Mr W E Ivory, a well known Rangiora nurseryman. Mr Doggett unfortunately passed away five weeks later.

Mrs Little was also enfeebled by her great age and the shock of the death of her husband proved too much for her.

The sympathy of a wide circle of friends will be extended to the members of the family in their double bereavement. There are left two sons, Mr William Little of Paremata and Mr Alfred Little of Auckland. Another son and one daughter who had accompanied their parents to the Manawatu district, passed away some years ago.
Now I know most of you would agree that this is a great obituary. I could not ask for anything better or different.........  there is so much information in this obituary that you could days/months/years of research from just the information presented.

New Zealand Death Index 1848-1964
Hudson Little
Oct-Nov-Dec 1934
Folio #  3718

Source Information: New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.  Original data: New Zealand Death Indexes

Looking back at the map, you can see where both Hudson and his future wife and family arrived and you can follow each of them as they lived.

FYI: Bunnythorpe & Rangiora are both northeast of Christchurch-- Lyttelton is just below Christchurch

Some of the other names are not listed but I will locate them in time.

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"

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past - My Little - Mirror Mirror Where Are Those Pictures?

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................

I am looking for any pictures of Hudson and Hannah (Doggett) LITTLE 1843 - 1934  Cumberland (Norwich) England and Bunnythorpe, New Zealand

I have contacted my New York cousins and they have no pictures that go back that far in time. I need to contact my New Zealand descendants .......... I hope to be able to contact my third cousin Mary (McIntyre) Hope to see what she has and would be willing to share.

I wonder if there is a genealogy or historical society in their area, I could make contact and see what they may have........  after all the Hudson and Hannah were early settlers in the area.

I am so anxious to see what my Great Grand Uncle and Aunt looked like. I really want to see if there is a family resemblance, to see their coloration, complexion, eyes, nose, ears height, weight etc

............  back to you at another time with more. Anyone have copies of the pictures I am looking for?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Those Places Thursday - My Little - The Other Family Landing in the New Land

Hudson Little my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues.............  

another BINGO!! another dance alone, but I will share it with you because you do understand........

I began this adventure (Dec 1) researching Hudson Little and his wife Hannah Doggett and their children with a free weekend on Find My Past....... then rechecking with, then using Google to locate the tombstones, and now I am searching and recording from the FamilySearch catalog.

This month I have made several comments along the way about keeping a list for my HUGE research plan in Salt Lake City in February2015. Well, I finally went to the catalog online for FamilySearch.........  searching on New Zealand and here is what I found so far...... (I hope you are sitting down because it is BIG!!!)

.......checking under Passenger Lists pops up New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973. I was about to print off the page when I noticed right in the middle of the page says CLICK HERE, not available on microfilm...... WHAT??? so I clicked and it was true, the passenger lists are all available online. I don't have to wait till February2015 to check this out .. I did this right from my the comfort of my home. YIPPEY!!

OK OK......... drum roll please!!!   I found the passenger list of the entire DOGGETT family. This is them sailing from England to New Zealand- landing 3 Oct 1857 in Lyttelton on the South Island. This is Hannah as a young girl, with her parents and other siblings........  how fantastic!! I am so excited!!

This shows the family names, ages (the first & third columns show males and the second & fourth columns show females), where they started from, fathers occupation..... the rest of the columns have to do with how much the individual paid, how much was owed to the provincial government and the far right was the total owed for that family. I also found an IVORY family on the page prior.

IVORY is Matilda's maiden name. Don't know if they are related but I will keep the information till I can prove or disprove it. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Travel Tuesday - My Little - Arriving in a New Land

Hudson Little, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers fathers side continues........... 

I have been lucky to receive two different newspaper accounting's of Hudson Little's arrival in New Zealand but also his departure from England and the route they took from England to New Zealand. YES I AM EXCITED.

A couple of years back I was in charge of 'Look Up's' through my local genealogy society (Root Cellar SGS). I received an inquiry from New Zealand asking about a person in San Quentin Prison. I did the work and emailed the information back. I mentioned at the end of my email that it was such a small world, I had ancestors in New Zealand..........  she wrote back, thanked me, asked me the names of the ancestor, and within a week she sent me this accounting of Hudson Little's travels from England to New Zealand. Now I was very surprised and extremely thankful..........  you never know where that next piece of family information will be coming from.........

There are a few differences between the two newspaper accounting's  but the basic information is the same. There is so much detail that you can take a map and map out the route that the ship took from England to New Zealand..............  just wonderful information!

Of course I still need to find the write up for the William Doggett family trip to New Zealand from England in 1857 to Lyttelton on the ship Glentanar - First Families of New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Ship 'Columbus' arrived Auckland, NZ 11 Oct 1864
Archives NZ Wellington Ref: AP 9/3 (repro 1615)
Auckland Provincial Government Immigration Department Letter Book 1859-1864
Register of applications for passages 1859-1872
-- have a listing of passengers - approved applications for assisted passages for ship 'Columbus'

Southern Cross (one of two newspapers) 11 Oct 1864 Arrival of the Columbus from London
The ship Columbus, 1,277 tons, Captain Adie, arrived yesterday evening, and anchored off the North Head. She left the Downs on the 16th June, and took her final departure from Ushant on the 24th June. Experienced light NE trades, and crossed the line on the 27th July, in 25 degree 11' W longitude. The SE trades proved moderate, and the meridian of the Cape was made on the 23rd August. From thence strong W and SW winds prevailed. She ran down her easting as far as 59 degree S, and passing to the south of Tasmania, sighted the North Cape on Saturday last. The barque Guadelette, hence was spoken on the 4th instant, in longitude 163 degree 10' E, latitude 34degree S.

The Columbus was despatched by Messrs Green, Robinson and Co. She is a fine large ship, and has good accomodation., Her commander, Captian Adie, has been presented with a testimonial by the passengers, as a token of their appreciation of his abilities as a mariner, and of the manner in which he has performed his duties., Most of the passengers appear to be in good health, and the ship is in a cleanly state., The following is a list of her passengers and cargo:-  Passengers listed again-  CABIN and STEERAGE........... [many more in steerage than cabin- Hudson Little's name shows in steerage] All the cargo is listed.
Testimonial to Captain Adie: We have great pleasure in publishing the following testimonial to Captain Adie, of the Columbus:..... "To Robert Adie, Esq, Captain of the Ship Columbus, Dear Sir, We, the undersigned passengers by the ship Columbus, from London to Auckland, having experienced your great kindness, consideration, and gentlemanly behavior during the passage are desirous of hereby testifying our grateful appreciation of the same; and ere, we part, beg, as a small token of our esteem, to offer you our most sincere and heartfelt thanks. In conclusion, we beg to wish both you and your wife every happiness and all this world's joys. We remain yours, &c........."

The ship 'Columbus' arrived off the North Head last evening from London, with a full cargo of general merchandise and 185 passengers. The following is a list of their trades and occupations - 13 farm labourers, 28 servants, 14 labourers, 2 ironmongers, 20 farmers, 1 painter, 3 blacksmiths, 1 draper, 4 carpenters, 1 wine merchant, 1 doctor, 1 cook, 1 coal miner. The 'Columbus' has arrived in harbour in good order. The only deaths during the passage were Robert William Blankarn, aged 30, who died on the 29th of Julym, of consumption; and Margart Paul, aged 2 years, who died on the 27th July, of dysentery.

New Zealand Herald (one of two newspapers)11 Oct 1864
Arrival of the Columbus from London
The fine ship Columbus, Captain Robert Adie, arrived off the Heads yesterday evening, after a pleasant passage of 115 days from the Downs.

The following are the particulars of her passage:  passed through the Downs on the 16th June, taking her final departure from Ushant on the 24th. Passed outside the Cape De Verd Islands, experiencing very light NE trades; crossed the Equator on the 27th July, in longitude 25degrees 11' W and had very moderate SE trade winds; crossed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on the 23rd August, running down her eating between the parallels of 40degrees and 49 degrees; in these latitudes, W and SW winds were encountered with very squally wet weather. Off Tasmania, had a hard gale from the NE, which drover her down as far as 50 degreesS; after that light winds prevailed, and the North Cape was rounded at 11:30am, on Sunday last.
The only ship connected with the Colonies spoken during the passage, was the barque Guadalette, five days out from this port, on the 5th inst, in longitude 163degrees 10' E, latitude 34 degrees S; wished to be reported.

The Columbus brings 189 passengers, all in good health, and the ship has arrived in a clean and creditable condition., There were two deaths on the passage - one a child, and the other a yourn man named Robert William Blankam, aged 30 years, who died of consumption on the 29th July. There were also two births on the passage.

Capt. Adie is well spoken of by the passengers, and seems to have won their highest esteem, as will be seen by the following testimonial, which we have much pleasure in giving publicity to: [same as above]
The ship will come up harbour this morning.
Imports Foreign.......[list all the packages and cargo being carried]
PASSENGER LIST: Columbus, ship, 1280 tons, R. Adie, from London
Alphabetical List: HUDSON LITTLE [notation: Hudson would have been age 21]
It also has another alphabetical list of passengers - SC/Southern Cross  NZH= NZ Herald
It lists LITTLE, Hudson but nothing else
Source: Researcher: Chambers Genealogies. Established 16 Dec 2002/ Contact Dawn Chambers. PO Box 30380, Lower Hutt, New Zealand... Researched at the National Archives of the New Zealand Wellington

Not sure if there are actual Immigration Papers entering New Zealand?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Motivation Monday - So You're Going to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City!!

Registration Open
WOW!!! I love going to Salt Lake City for research. I look forward to it every year. You never know what you will find, what is new, finish what you didn't finish from the previous time. 

I have registered to go to FGS/RootsTech2015 in February. I also have reserved my room, so just the packing is left besides getting ready for the LIBRARY. I am really excited about going, as I am every year.  There is so much more to the Conference than just the classes. There are so many extra activities and events planned along with many luncheons with excellent speakers.  So many choices, but most of that is taken care of with the registration to the conference. AND then there is the LIBRARY.

I have been attending RootsTech since it began and look forward to attending every year. I feel so privileged to be able to spent time at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City. The first year or maybe even two, I thought I was preparing to go to the Library to some serious researching, but never seemed to find much. Then I took a class on actually preparing to go to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City. Wow, what a difference it made. So if a session is offered close to you ATTEND IT. It will be well worth the time and energy.

First while still at home I go through my family tree.........  I try to use the To-Do List in my Legacy Family Tree Software Program.....  as I work in my program over the year I try to keep up-to-date and add to the To-Do list as I go. Then at times like this, while thinking about the trip in February, I start compiling a paper To-Do list from my software program........ I try to put family names together and then try to break it down even more than that......... say Vital Records, history of 'whereever', probates etc.......... I even refine the list even more by putting all the books together on one page, all the microfilm together - while refining each page. 

I have spent dozens of hours combing through the LIBRARY catalog........ trying to see what else may be available to look at while I have time. I cannot emphasize enough that the more organized you are the more you will be able to do without getting frustrated. It is stressful enough knowing all this stuff is available and not being ready. So get organized and do your research homework.

What to take to the library: If it is summer, a light sweater. If it is winter, winter jacket, boots, possibly an umbrella..... Oh did I mention they do have lockers so you can put what you want in the locker, the less you have to keep track of the better you will feel. I make sure that I have my laptop (with lock, hard drive, thumb drives & cords), a good paper notebook & pencils, my flip pal scanner, plus my smart phone. This is what I need to research, take notes, copy and maintain information, documents and records. As I said I have a
smart phone (iPhone to be exact) and I use it many ways:  taking pictures of pictures, whole pages of text, written items I need to remember, maintain my schedule at the conference, alert me for coming events. IF the conference has a APP I use every bit of it....... scheduling, alerts, communication, social media, getting around, and keeping in touch with friends. I also have the APP 'Families' on my phone that holds my entire family tree at my finger tips. So while browsing the stacks or away from the laptop, I can simply open my Families APP and check a name, a date, a location or find out a relationship, etc. Life saver!!

I have not been to the LIBRARY since February 2014, but I hear that there are some huge but good changes. There is always someone around to ask questions ...... and some answers are better than others. But now if you need specific help, you go to the help desk and ask. Unlike other years, you are given a buzzer type thing and when a specialist is located, they buzz you. So instead of having to stand in line waiting you are able to go back to serious research until they have located someone to help you. I LIKE THIS!! 

Take time to study the LIBRARY building itself. You can do that online at FamilySearch while still at home. This will be extremely helpful. This is a large facility with 5 floors, it can be overwhelming and yes there is signage for each floor and within each floor but why go unprepared.

Make you sure check when the LIBRARY is open - what days of the week are they open, and what are the hours each day. They are closed on Sundays. They do have a 10 minute orientation video to watch when you first come in. Yes, it will be helpful to watch. Take the time. Where are you going to eat? YES EAT. There are designated areas for food and drinks. There are tours you can take. There are also classes you can take while visiting the :LIBRARY. I just looked and it looks like there are only classes scheduled on Monday and then nothing more that week. But the other weeks have classes each day. So if you go another time check that schedule before you go so if you see something that interests you,  you can work that into your LIBRARY experience. You can also pick up a paper copy of the classes being offered at the door as you come in. You never know what has changed. 

Probably the one thing you will need to be aware of while balancing the LIBRARY and the conference experience is PATIENCE. With two conferences being presented in the same time frame and all attending being family researchers EVERYTHING will be crowd, you will need PATIENCE

Enjoy! Happy Hunting!

Census Sunday - Following Hudson Little with Census & Other Documents

 Hudson Little my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues.............  

I did locate the United Kingdom Census for 1841- 1851 & 1861. I only added the basic information for the 1841 because Hudson was not born yet. But I wanted to see where the family was living 10 years prior and it looks different than the 1851 when Hudson first appeared.

1841 England, Wales, & Scotland Census Transcription - Find My Past Nov 2014
Street: Church Town, Parish: Castle Sowerby, registration district: Penrith, County: Cumberland, England archive reference: HO107, piece #: 172; book #: 1, folio # 4, page #: 2, record set: 1841 England, Wales, & Scotland Census........  Isaac & Jane LITTLE with 5 children NO Hudson yet

1851 England Census...... civil parish: Bassenthwaite; county/island: Cumberland; country: England; registration district: cockermouth; sub-registration district: Keswick; ED: 4a; household schedule #: 30
house name: Halls, Street: North Row, Parish: Bassenthwaite, County: Cumberland, Registration District: cockermouth, archive reference HO107, piece #2434, folio: 39,page 9, record set: 1851 England, Wales, & Scotland Census

1. ISAAC LITTLE 45 (abt 1806) HEAD; spouses name: Jane; gender: male; where born; Castle Sowerby, Cumberland, England- Schoolmaster
2. Jane  wife 38  (1813) Cumberland, Greystone
3. Isaac son  10  (1841) Cumberland, Castle Sowerby  scholar
4. HUDSON son 7 (1844) Cumberland, Bassenthwaite   scholar, regisration district: Cockermouth;
      sub-registration: Keswick; ED 4a; household schedule# 30
5. Jane Eliza  dau 5 (1846) Cumberland, Bassenthwaite

1861 England, Wales, & Scotland Census Transcription 
House name: Halls, Street: High Side, Parish & Ecclesiastical district: Bassenthwaite, Registration district: Cockermouth, County: Cumberland, England Enumeration district 13, piece # 3933, folio # 67, page #  9, record set: 1861 England, Wales, & Scotland Census - with parents Isaac & Jane and two children Mounsey & Joseph- NO HUDSON at home but (see below)

1861 England Census..............  civil parish: winder; Cumberland, England - reg dist: Whitehaven; sub dist: Harrington; ED #10; household schedule: 77

1. HUDSON LITTLE - 21- abt 1840; single; farm servant; male; B: Basenthwaite, Cumberland, England [in obituary it said he left home after thrashing and worked on his own for about 5 years- I think he aged a couple of years - maybe he told them he was 21 or maybe who every gave the information didn't really know or thought he was 21- I am certain this is my guy]
2. John Jonston - head- 48, married; farmer of 101 acres; Cumberland, Kirkandoures(?)
3. Elizabeth - wife,44
4. Sarah - dau, 20
5. John - son, 16
6. Mary - dau, 11
7. Joseph - son, 7
8. Ann Yowart - visitor 20

New Zealand has never published censuses preferring to keep them for statistical purposes only

So I have tracked Hudson through all the census available........ and since New Zealand has not published their census I have a New Zealand Electoral Rolls documented from 1874 to 1911. I also have him listed in the New Zealand Cities Directory from 1898 to 1933. So I am comfortable knowing where he was almost every year of his life ......... Dec 1 when I started on this look at Hudson Little I did do a timeline first

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sibling Saturday - My Little's birth

Another sibling- another child born to Isaac & Jane Little -  the 6th of 10 children - 4th son ....  welcome to Hudson Little

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................

England and Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription (Find My Past Nov'14)
First Name: Hudson
Last Name: Little
Birth Year: 1843
Birth Quarter: 1
Mothers Last Name: [blank]
District: Cockermouth
County: Cumberland
Country: England
Volume: 25
Page: 97
Record Set: England & Wales birth 1837-2006
Category: Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
Record Collection: Births & Baptisms
Collections from: United Kingdom

England, Select births and Christenings 1538-1975  ( nov'14)
Name: Hudson Little
Christening: 23 Apr 1843
Bassenthwaite, Cumberland, England
Father: Isaac Little
Mother: Jane

FHL FIle # 90561
Source Information: England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013

I have the exact date of birth [17 March 1843] but have no source. It came from my cousin Barb in New York who received the info from Hudson's descendants in New Zealand. When the record does not give exact dates where do you look for that? Even though I have found this information on birth and christening, I guess I should find the original at Salt Lake City, so I will add this to my list of things to do while at the LIBRARY.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Those Places Thursday - My LITTLE in New Zealand - Another Day in the Life Of Hudson Little

Hudson LITTLE, my great grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  .................. 

BINGO!! I found where Hudson got his first name.......... it came from Hudson's father's (Isaac Little) mother 'Jane HUDSON'  Mystery solved! Ahhh these little things mean a lot, happy dance. ......

Well now,  a new family name to research!!  HUDSON  (SOMEDAY?! but it is on the list)

I found this map among my cousin's things........... It has been marked with several descendants home towns. (this only gives me more researching to do.......  yea!!

I really like this second map of Australia, which shows its relationship to New Zealand and Tasmania. I believe that several descendants have left New Zealand for Australia. SO AGAIN, additional research.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Follow Friday - My LITTLE in New Zealand continues

Hudson LITTLE, my Great Grand Uncle on my Mothers Fathers side continues  ..................  

Still researching a free weekend on FINDMYPAST.COM I put in Hudson's wife's name "Hannah Sarah DOGGETT" and nothing came up ........  a Sarah Doggett showed up but nothing for the name Hannah. I know that she came from England to New Zealand as a young lady with her parents. But I do not have their names while I was doing this research but found two more generations soon after.

Hudson and Hannah were married on 25 Dec 1871 Rangiora NZ (no source yet)

More research needed........... I really used FindMyPast on the free weekend, so need to look for other sources now.....

 Here is what I found about early British family naming patterns.........

The first son was named after the paternal grandfather
• The second son was named after the maternal grandfather
• The third son was named after the father
• The fourth son was named after the oldest paternal uncle
• The fifth was named after the second oldest paternal uncle or the oldest maternal uncle
• The first daughter was named after the maternal grandmother
• The second daughter was named after the paternal grandmother
• The third daughter was named after the mother
• The fourth daughter was named after the oldest maternal aunt
• The fifth was named after the second oldest maternal aunt or the oldest paternal aunt
If there was duplication (for example, the maternal grandfather and maternal father had the same name 
Scott Smith-Bannister, Names and Naming Patterns in England, 1538-1700. (Oxford Historical Monographs) New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

I applied the naming pattern above and some matched.  This may have been late enough in the 1800's when they weren't using the naming pattern as often. 

Hudson's Father: Isaac    Mother: Jane
     Grandfather: John     Grandmother: Jane
                                          Hannah's Father: William    Mother: Matilda
                                                     Grandfather: William    Grandmother: Hannah

Hudson & Hannah had four children.............   
William Hudson Little  b: 1 Oct 1872 New Zealand / Married Rosie Dixon b: 11 Nov 1878 New Zealand
Arthur Louis Little b: 12 Feb 1875 New Zealand / Married Mary Sophie Osbourne b: unknown
     children: Marie Irene Little; Hugh Hudson Little; Lawrence Charles Little
Amy Jane Little b: 10 June 1877 New Zealand / Married: unknown Nissen
Alfred Mounsey Little b: 18 May 1879 New Zealand / Married: Isabel Frances Walker-New B:10 Oct 1885
     children: Kitty Francis New; Aileen Hannah Sarah Little 

A couple of Hudson' siblings match names with Hudson's father and Grandfather.
Hudson's siblings names are : Mary, John, Anne, William, Isaac, Jane Eliza, James, Mounsey, Joseph

Interesting!! Maybe further back in time these other first names would come up again. I just don't have it that far back yet. 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Travel Tuesday - My LITTLE in New Zealand

I decided to take some time last weekend and take advantage of the free weekend with

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 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  ( Nov 2014)]
1851  UK Census  Hudson 7years old, from Cumberland, Bassenthwaite Scholar[ 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 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 (

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!!
Continuing ..............  

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