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Name Birth/Death Submitter
Campbell, Mary (nee McGinn) b.c.1852 Jan Slater
Hammond, Alexander b.1846; d.1938 Robyn
Irwin, William Hamilton d.1868 Val Irwin
Knox, Elizabeth (nee Russell) b.1809; d.1908 Len Swindley
Mansfield, Elizabeth b.1815; d.1915 Robyn
Maxwell, Andrew b.c.1836; d.1918 Gerald Raymond
McElroy, Owen b.c.1860; d.1946 Sarah Knowles
McElroy, Mary (nee Managh) b.1854; d.1943 Sarah Knowles
Mullan, Robert Francis b.1847; d.1928 Mary Skipworth
Mullan, Thomas b.1840; d.1918 Mary Skipworth
Swain, Ellen (nee Hagan) b.1836; d.c.1927 Linley Hooper
Watson, Sarah Ann (nee Mansfield) b.1834; d.1906 Robyn

The World’s News (Sydney, Australia), 23 January 1909
The late MRS. KNOX, of Auckland, New Zealand, who was born in the village of ARDSTRAW, COUNTY TYRONE, bequeathed £4000 for the deserving poor of the village and district and £500 towards the improvement of the Ardstraw Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Knox left nearly £100,000, of which £70,000 goes to charitable and public institutions, and nearly £23,000 to nephews, nieces, and friends, several of whom live in the neighbourhood of Ardstraw.

The Auckland Star, 20 October 1908
MRS. ELIZABETH KNOX A very old resident of Auckland, MRS. ELIZABETH KNOX, died at her residence, Symonds Street, yesterday evening at the great age of 99 years. She had been bedridden for the past few months, and death took place quietly in her sleep. Deceased was a native of COUNTY TYRONE, IRELAND, being a MISS RUSSELL, and was born at Ardstraw Bridge. She was married to the late MR. CHARLES KNOX, and came with her husband to Auckland in the very early days, when the city was but an assemblage of tents and huts, with but little promise of growing into the fine town that has since developed on the banks of the Waimate. Prior to coming to New Zealand, Mr. and Mrs. Knox spent a couple of years in Sydney [Australia]. Shortly after arriving here, Mr. Knox, who was born as far back as 1809 in County Tyrone, Ireland, and had a thorough knowledge of farming, purchased 300 acres of land between where St. John’s College now stands and Tamaki. There in a few years, he, by hard labour, carved out a home and developed a fine property which supported hundreds of cattle, sheep and horses. During the number of years Mr. Knox occupied this farm, he was continually improving and adding to its value. Mr. and Mrs. Knox made two trips to the Old Country and previous to his death Mr. Knox was contemplating a prolonged tour through America and Europe, when a stroke of paralysis seized him and he never fully recovered. He had a third stroke which cut him off on the 5th of December 1871 at the age of 62 years and his widow was his sole survivor. Mr. Knox was a thorough colonist, who, undeterred by the early pioneer struggles and hardships, retired with a large fortune acquired through perseverance and thrift. Previous to his last completed tour, he sold a considerable part of his estate, but a large portion remained in the possession of Mrs. Knox. Although Mr. Knox abstained from taking part in public affairs, his well-known acts of kindness and monetary help placed many a poor struggling colonist on the way to success. Mrs. Knox was a worthy and devoted wife who cheered her husband by her courage and sympathy through all his vicissitudes and hardships of the early pioneer days, and also helped him in a practical way in the management of his farm; in fact her knowledge of stock and farming was equal to that of her husband. Mrs. Knox has resided in her villa, Symonds Street and until near the end of her long life was a hearty old lady retaining until near the last the distinctive traits of her country – keenness of wit and tongue, together with robust health. For over 30 years, Mrs. Knox had resided with her niece, MISS RUSSELL.........It is an open secret that most of the Auckland Charitable institutions will benefit from the will of Mrs. Knox, who for many years, has in a quiet and unobtrusive manner, assisted in good works. The interment will take place tomorrow in the Symonds Street cemetery.

The Auckland Star, 29 January 1909
A North of Ireland journal contains the following paragraph referring to the bequest left by the late MRS. KNOX: - “The chief topic of conversation in the village of ARDSTRAW, CO. TYRONE, and for a few miles around for the past few days has been the Knox bequest of £4,500. Newsagents selling the “Irish Daily Telegraph” which contained the report on Monday last were quickly sold out. In the forges, of which there are not a few in the locality, at the creamery and in the fields, everyone is talking about the matter. Speculation is rife – (1) as to whether the £4,000 is intended for the village or parish; (2) whether the £500 is to be literally spent on the church edifice. The late Mrs. Knox was a sister of the late JAMES RUSSELL of KILLEN and ROBT. RUSSELL of CHURCHTOWN, near Ardstraw. She and her husband went to New Zealand over 60 years ago. The city of Auckland was then an assemblage of tents. Having a thorough knowledge of farming, he purchased 300 acres at a cheap rate. As the city of Auckland grew the land increased in value quickly and it now stands valuable house property”. 

Owen McELROY born c. 1860, Fintona, Co. Tyrone; died 27 May 1946, Halcombe, Manawatu, New Zealand. His wife,

Mary McELROY (Managh), wife of Owen McElroy, born 12 Nov 1854, Drumlister, Co. Tyrone; died 14 Jul 1943 in Halcombe, Manawatu, New Zealand

WESTPORT, August 3 [1928] The death took place this evening of Mr Robert Francis Mullan. Born in Dungannon, County Armagh, Ireland, in 1847, deceased arrived in Queensland in 1867, later going to New South Wales. He came to New Zealand in 1870, and worked at mining at Giles Terrace, also in connexion with boating operations between Westport and Lyell diggings, and in contracting on the Buller road. In 1880 he was appointed clerk to the Buller County Council, which position he held until, through failing health, he retired in 1908. Other positions he held, were secretary of the Buller Hospital Board, Westport Domain Board, and Westport Permanent Building Society. He had three sons and two daughters, all of whom, except one son, John, who succeeded him as county clerk, predeceased him. One son was killed in France during the Great War, and another while serving in the South African War.**[**Incorrect, son Robert who served in South Africa lived the rest of his life in Westport] He is also survived by his widow. Deceased was a man of sterling qualities and of kindly, sympathetic, and charitable nature. His passing is deeply regretted. Press 4 August 1928


Mr. Thomas Mullan, late inspector Manawatu Railway Company, died at his residence, Wanganui-avenue, Auckland , on Friday last, aged 79. Mr. Mullan was a native of Dungannon, Ireland, and came out to Victoria , and subsequently to New Zealand , at the time of the goldfields rush on the West Coast. Some years later he removed to Wellington , and was an inspector of works during the construction of the Manawatu Railway line, on the completion of which undertaking he was appointed inspector of permanent way to the company. He retired on superannuation on the Government taking over the railway. The late Mr. Mullan, who was well known in Wellington , was a member of the Masonic body. He leaves a widow, two sons—Mr. T. Mullan ( Auckland ) and Mr. Edward Mullan (now on active service) —and two daughters—Mrs Alexander Nichol ( Newtown ), and Mrs. Athol Waters (Northland). Mr. Robert Mullan, of Westport , is a brother of the deceased. The interment took place at Auckland on Saturday. Evening Post 14 Jan 1918


Sarah Ann Mansfield was born 20 September 1834, Co. Tyrone to Andrew Thomas Mansfield (labourer) and Mary Mullen. She died 6 November 1906 in Harrisville, New Zealand and was buried at Pukekohe East Cemetery. 95 Runciman Road, Pukekohe East.

Sarah married John Watson on 22 October 1859 at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast in the presence of James Watson and Margaret McNamara.

John Watson was born 14 August 1838 in Belfast, Ireland to Andrew Watson (weaver) and ?

John died on 13 August 1909 in Harrisville, New Zealand and was buried Pukekohe East Cemetery, 95 Runciman Road, Pukekohe East.

John and Sarah came to New Zealand aboard the “Ganges” leaving from Cork, 4 November 1864. They arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on 14 February 1865. They lived all their life in Harrisville and Pukekohe, New Zealand. They were part of the Waikato Immigration Scheme.

They had 9 children.

1. Catherine born 16 April 1860, Ireland. Died 19 Oct 1913 Pukekohe was married to Lewis Walter King 1 July 1880. No children. Lewis was born in Cape Town South Africa. Died 24 March 1918.

2. Mary born 16 Jan 1861, Ireland. Died on arrival in 1865 to New Zealand. Died 26 February 1865.

3. Andrew born 9 Dec 1864 on board the Ganges in the “Seychelles” Died: 6 Dec 1933 in Pukekohe. He married Lily Culbertson Anderson 10 Nov1891in Te Aroha New Zealand. Lily was born 28 July 1866; died 20 December 1938. They had one child Allan Murray, born 1902; died 20 August 1969. Buried in Otahuhu Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand. Area 2 Lot No 765. ( I have info on all their children if you want them)

4. William John born 30 Aug 1867 Pukekohe, New Zealand. Died 22 Aug 1940. Buried Ngaruawahia Cemetery Row B Block 4 360H. He married Helen Mary Andrews 15 May 1899. Born 1868; died 4 March 1946. They had 3 children. (I have their details also)

5. Mary Anne born 6 Mar 1870 Pukekohe, New Zealand. Died 2 May 1873, Pukekohe . No burial place. Her name is on the family headstone at Pukekohe East Cemetery.

6. James born 19 December 1872 Pukekohe, New Zealand. Died 10 Apr 1924 Patea, New Zealand. He married Annie Josephine Grant 25 October 1877; died 8 June 1947 in Patea. They had 4 children (I have the details if you want them)

7. Robert born 28 Sept 1873 Pukekohe East, New Zealand; died May 1934 Rangariri, New Zealand. He married Annie Andrews in 1907. Annie died 11 May 1964. 4 Children

8. Alexander born 7 July 1875 Pukekohe East , New Zealand; died 1 Feb 1946, 72 years in Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand. He married Mary McKerrow born 1 April 1875 Balclutha, New Zealand (twin); died 11 July 1965 in Ponsonby, Auckland. 90 Years. Buried Waikemete Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand.

9. Annie Euphemia Elizabeth born 25 May 1877 Pukekohe, New Zealand. Died 13 Sept 1888 of small pox in Pukekohe, New Zealand. Buried Pukekohe East Cemetery with her parents.

Elizabeth Mansfield born 1815; died 10.November.1915 (death certificate); Buried Waiuku Cemetery New Zealand. Her first husband was Alexander Hammond (Can’t find any details on a marriage or births) Her second Husband was Patrick Hennessy. (Carpenter) died 30.August.1904 74yrs Buried: Waiuku Cemetery. They were married 18.September 1861 at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa. The sailed to New Zealand on the Steinwarder 17.August 1864 to Auckland. Landing 14.October 1864. Alexander Hammond born 1846 Cookstown, Co Tyrone was on the same boat as them. He died 28.July.1938 Waiuku, New Zealand. Buried: Waiuku Cemetery. He married Margaret Emma King 1878. She was born 1859 in Cape Town, South Africa and died 18.June.1932 73 years. They had 9 children.

Ellen Swain (nee Hagan) born 1836 Inish, Sultan townland, Termonmaguirk, Co. Tyrone, died c.1927 New Zealand

Andrew Maxwell b.c.1836, Drumlegagh Townland, Ardstraw Parish, Co. Tyrone; emigrated to New Zealand 1866; d. 1918 in New Zealand (photo taken before he left Co. Tyrone)

Mary McGinn b.c.1852 Ramackan Townland, Termonmaguirk Parish, Co. Tyrone came to New Zealand on the “Conflict” at age 23 as a servant, arriving 29 January 1876. Her parents were John McGinn and Rose Rice. On 8 March 1879, Mary married Duncan Campbell at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. She died 15 Dec 1905 and was buried Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch. Duncan at age 11 had emigrated from Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland with his parents and siblings to Tasmania, Australia on the “Persian”, arriving 31 Oct 1857. The family moved to Victoria about 1875; then Duncan seems to have moved to New Zealand.

New Zealand Herald – 19 March 1868 - IRWIN— On March 18th, at Union-street, Freeman's Bay, Captain H. H. Irwin, late of the 8th Royal Tyrone Fusiliers, and of Drumglass House, County Tyrone, Ireland. The funeral will leave his late residence, Union-street, on Friday afternoon, at half-past 3 o'clock. Note: This should read Captain W H Irwin (William Hamilton Irwin son of James Moore Irwin of Drumglass House). From