JOHN EDMUND ACKROYD was b: 16 Feb 1839 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England and d: 10 Nov 1921 aged 82Y. He mar: MARIA TAYLOR 1862. She was b; 31 Jul 1845, and died 10 Nov 1921 Temuka.
In 1862 he bought a farm at Waitohi Flat in conjunction with another farmer Henry Roland Goodeve, called "Dairy Green", which they later sold, This gave him the residential qualification to be eligible to vote and he applied to be put on the electoral Roll of the district of Timaru in 23 Apr 1864.
John Edmond Ackroyd; Place of abode - Arowhenua; Qualification - Freehold; Where the property is situated and description - 156 acres. on Rhodes island, Section back of Arowhenua Bush, Geraldine district; Attested by T R Raynor
Timaru Herald, Magistrates Court: AROWHENUA.— Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1866. Before B. Woollcombe, Esq.: Ackroyd v. C. Pia (Maori). Damages, £6. This was an action brought by the plaintiff to recover the sum of £6, the value of two pigs which had been killed by the defendant and eaten by him. The defendant did not appear, and judgment was given for the plaintiff with costs.
Friday June 21 1889: Arowhenua Town Board: Advice from Mr W. Ackroyd and Mr Nicholas re the bad state of road between Tavender's bridge and Mackenzie corner
MARIA TAYLOR: Timaru Herald, 20 July 1910, On Friday last there died at Temuka, Mrs J.E. Ackroyd, aged 60, a daughter of one of Timaru's old identities, Mr Robert Taylor, whom the older people of the town and district will well remember. The deceased's husband survives her, and she leaves a family of ten, eight daughters and two sons.
John Edmund Ackroyd d: 10 Nov 1921, retired farmer at Temuka. Probate Record - late Stamp Duty of £896 1s 4d paid by GWAI in 1922.
His Will: "I desire that my trustees shall expend the sum of £50 in the purchase and erection of a suitable tablet or momento to be placed in St Peter's Church of England at Temuka with the permission of the authories of the said Church" (below: JEA - Bequests to his individual children)
Children of JOHN ACKROYD and MARIA TAYLOR are:
i. EDMOND JONATHAN ACKROYD (b. 31 Dec 1862; Temuka; d: 9 Dec 1903 aged 40Y;) Farmer; He did not marry - Probate 1904.
ii Mary Hannah Ackroyd (b: 18 Aug 1864 in Arowhenua d: 1949 aged 89Y) mar: Leonard Charles Home Rooke (b:1866 to parents Emma and Leonard Home Rooke; Occ: farmer of Arowhenua) d: 1945) They had no children (JEA: Bequeath Mary my gold presentation watch and sum of £600) (LCHR: to my wife £3000, all household furniture, motor car and cows, and income from trusts)
iii. ANNIS ELIZABETH ACKROYD (b. 1866; d: 09 Jul 1936 (JEA: Bequeath £1100) mar: 1895 to JOSEPH LEE b: 1870 in Temuka; d: 16 Apr 1947 Occ: farmer of Brookstead, Queensland Their children: Leonidas Lee b: 1895 in Temuka Died: 02 Sep 1918 in St Quentin, France WW1; Eric Edmund Lee b: 1897; Sidney Lee b: 1898; Dudley Lee b: 1900; Rob Lee b: 1903; Millie Lee b: 1905; Arthur Lee b: 1907, Leslie Lee b: Aft. 1907
iv. ROBERT ACKROYD (b. 1868.d: 1868 aged 2M)
v. LOUISA ACKROYD (1869-1949 aged 79Y) (JEA: Bequeath £1100) mar. 1888. to SYDNEY JOLIFFE MORRIS, Occ: Farmer Ngaruawahia (1861-1914) Their children: Ethel Louisa Morris b: 1889; Florence Eliza Mary Morris b: 1891; Herbert Sydney William Morris b: 1892; Lesley Victor Morris b: 1896; Bertha Evelyn Morris b: 1898; Ruth Gertrude Morris b: 1900; Eustace Gabriel Morris b: 1902; Alma Veronica Morris b: 1904
vi. WILLIAM ACKROYD (b. 1870; d. 1890 aged 19Y)
vii. JANE ACKROYD (1872-1946 aged 73Y) (JEA: Bequeath £600) mar:1892 to Arthur Irwin Logan (1860-1933) Occ: farmer of Studholme Their children Ada Elizabeth b; 1893; Arthur Irwin Logan b: 1895, Edmund Hamilton Logan b: 1898
viii. ADA ACKROYD (1874-1954); mar: 1897 GEORGE MCCULLOUGH (1874-1943) son of Sarah and Samuel McCullough; Farmer of Temuka
viii ADA ACKROYD b 1874 (JEA: Bequeath £600) mar: 1897 George McCullough Occ: farmer of Temuka, Their son Samuel Gilbert McCullough b: 1900
ix HARRIET ACKROYD (1876-1949) (JEA: Bequeath £600) mar: 1902 to William James Lyon (1872 - 1946) Farmer of Temuka Children are Clarence Rowland Lyon b: 1904; Edmund John Lyon b: 1909; Hector b: 1913
ix. ALICE AMELIA ACKROYD (1878- 1925)
x. MABEL ACKROYD, b. 1880; (JEA: Bequeath £500) d: Auckland Star, 9 August 1933 TIMARU A fatality occurred at the Catholic Presbytery at Temuka, 11 miles from Timaru, early this evening when the housekeeper, Mrs mabel Mitten, wife of Mr Patrick Mitten of Temuka, came in contact with current from the electric heater. She was found dead in the bathroom at about six o'clock) She mar. 1900 to PATRICK MITTEN (1871-1946) occ: farmer of Temuka - their children: Mary Teresa Mitten b 1901; John James Mitten 1904; Margaret Elizabeth Mitten 1906
xi. ARTHUR ACKROYD, b. 25 Sep 1882 at Temuka; (JEA: Bequeath my freehold farm 181 acres 2 roods 14 perches known as mile Thorn Farm where my son now resides plus the sum of £500 ) d. 20 Jan 1929, Temuka) mar. 07 Jun 1907, Temuka to EMILY MAUD BENBOW, b. 28 Sep 1887, Temuka to parents Mary and William Benbow; d. 14 Jun 1967, Temuka.
xii Bertha Ackroyd b: 1885 (JEA: Bequeath £850) d: 1950 Mar:: 1908 Joseph Garrett Barry (1879-1937) farmer of Clandeboye. Children - Joseph Barry 1908 and Arthur Edmund Barry 1909
xiii. HERBERT ACKROYD, b. 1887.(JEA: Bequeath all furniture and household effects in my house at th time of my death after each of my children shall have the right to select one article as a momento provided such arictle value does not exceed £5; Bequeath my freehold faarm containing 185 acres 2 rood 18 perches know as Mile Thorn Farm subject to and charged with the payment of £500 to Arthur Ackroyd as representing the difference of value of the said farms) mar: 1928 to Edith Emily Thomas (1898-1963) Their Children - Jim, Jean, Ray Marion and Bill