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STEPHEN WATKINS was b: 14 Apr 1786 in Shuckburgh, Warwickshire, UK, and d: 19 Feb 1856 in Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire. He mar: 22 Aug 1806 in Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire to MARY HEDMAN (b: 1786, and d: 18 Oct 1863 in Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire.)


Generation 2: CHARLES WATKINS was born 1816 in Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire, Bapt: 28 Jul 1816, Hellidon; CHARLES mar: 1839 JANE JOHNSTON (. b: Abt. 1816; she d: 20 Nov 1842 in Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire.

CHARLES WATKINS  mar: (2) 1845 to ANN PERKINS  - their children were:

i. CHARLES WATKINS (b. 17 May 1851, Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire; d. 26 Feb 1875, Waltham, Christchurch.

ii. HARRIETT WATKINS, (b. 17 May 1851, Hellidon, Daventry, North Hamptonshire; Bapt: 11 Jul 1841, Hellidon; d. 08 Sep 1851, Hellidon, North Hamptonshire).


Generation 3. CHARLES WATKINS (b: 17 May 1851 in Hellidon; Bapt: 13 Jul 1851, Hellidon, and d: 26 Feb 1875 in Waltham, Christchurch. He d: of hepatitis and was bur: at Barbadoes St. Cemetery in Chch. He was just 24 years old.

He married 10 Mar 1873 to FANNY WILLIAMS in St Mary's Church, Leamington Priors, Warwickshire, daughter of WILLIAM WILLIAMS and HANNAH COLES. She was b: 22 Dec 1842 in Hellidon, Daventry, Nth Hamptonshire, and d:15 Apr 1883 in Christchurch. Bur: 17 Apr 1883, Scottish cemetery (now Addington)


i. ANNIE WILLIAMS WATKINS, (b. 13 Aug 1871, Hellidon, Northamptonshire; d. 08 Aug 1942, Christchurch)

ii. JOHN WATKINS, {b. 13 Aug 1871, Hellidon, Northamptonshire; d. 1872)

iii. ADELINE WATKINS, (b. Dec 1873, Hellidon, Davetry, Northamptonshire; Bapt: 26 Feb 1874, Hellidon, was aged 3 mths when immigration from England in 1874; d. 1962 aged 88Y ) 

Her nephew: Cecil Valentine Watkns lived with Adeline at Rangiora.

 Adeline mar: 8 Oct 1924, at age 50 to HENRY JACKSON, at the Baptist Church, Rangiora; ( Marriage - Ages: 47 / 51: occ: farmer / nurse: born: Fernside, Nth Canterbury / Helidon, Northamptonshire, England: parents: Joseph & Emma Jackson, nee LOVEDAY, occ; farmer; Charles & Emma Watkins, nee WILLIAMS, occ: builder; witness: E. George, tram conductor, Christchurch; niece Hilda Harding, school teacher, Christchurch; niece Ruth Harding, shop assis. Rangiora:

Charles and Fanny  first settled in Waltham, Christchurch where Charles passed away in Feb 1875 about 7 months after they arrived in NZ on the Eastern Monach (  "Account of the Voyage") He is buried at Barbadoes St. Chch. Their daughter  "Elizabeth" was born 4 months later.

iv. ELIZABETH (BESSIE) WATKINS, b. 16 Jun 1875, Sydenham, Chistchurch; d. 27 Jul 1909, Rangiora, Nth Canty;  

Generation 4:  (i) ANNIE WILLIAMS WATKINS (b:13 Aug 1871 in Hellidon, Northamptonshire; d: 8 Aug 1942 in Christchurch; Bur: Bromley Cem. Plot 5731) She mar: 23 Feb 1895 DAVID HEGGIE CRICHTON at the Registrars Office, Christchurch, son of ALEXANDER CRICHTON and AGNES HEGGIE (b: 29 Jan 1865 in Newburgh, Fifeshire, Scotland, He immigrated 1888, on the "Tongariro". Occ: Shepherd; Occ: 1913 - Carter; he d: 12 Apr 1950 in Christchurch; Bur: Bromley Cemetery Plot 5731


i ELSIE CRICHTON (b. 24 Aug 1895, Linwood Christchurch; d. 11 Jul 1916) ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS. LEVEL CROSSING FATALITY. CHRISTCHURCH NURSE KILLED. An young assistant nurse at Nurse Overton's Maternity Home in Merivale Lane named Elsie Crichton aged 20 years, whose parents reside at Rangiora, left the nursing home last night early, to catch an outwardbound tramcar into the city, in order to keep an appointment. She was crossing Papanui Road, when she was struck by car by the corner of Merivale I Lane and suffered fatal injuries. Her skull was fractured, and she died shortly afterwards in the General Hospital. Her daughter:

ATHOL MAUD (SUE) CRICHTON, ((b. 31 Dec 1914, 56 Essex St , Christchurch from Rangiora; she was cared for by her grandparents; d. 07 Jun 2007, Ashlea Grove Resthome, Lawrence; Bur: 11 Jun 2007, Lawrence Cem)  She mar: 26 Mar 1938 to HENRY BRUCE* PELVIN at the Presbyterian Church, Linwood, Christchurch (He was b: 16 Jan 1917 in Christchurch, son of ROBERT PELVIN and SARAH DAVIDSON and d: 8 Jul 2002 in Monticello Veterans Home, Dunedin.) Thir children Donald Bruce* and Sarahanne (Sarah) Elizabeth Pelvin.

ii Alick Crichton b: 1897; d: 9 Sep 1936 at Christchurch, late of Rangiora aged 39Y; Bur: 11 Sep 1936 at the East Belt Baptist Cem, Rangiora

iii Donald Heggie Crichton (b. 1899; d: 1962)

iv Myrtle Heggie Crichton b. 23 Sep 1901; d: 1910 and was buried at Rangiora.

v William David Crichton (b. 5 Sep 1905; d: 1977 ) Press; 29 June 1939: The engagement is announced of Ivy, second daughter of Mr and Mrs G. H. Murfitt (Rangiora), to William David, younger son of Mr and Mrs D. H. Crichton (Dudley street, Addington); He mar; 1941, occ: shepherd of Waiau, to Ivy Frances Murfitt  b: 17 Sep 1915;  d: 2010 aged 94Y

vi Vera May Crichton b. 1908

iv. ELIZABETH (BESSIE) WATKINS ( b: 16 Jun 1875 in Sydenham, Chistchurch, Bapt: 15 Sep 1875, Sydenham Methodist Church, Christchurch; d: 27 Jul 1909 in Rangiora, Nth Canty. Bur: 28 Jul 1909, Anglican Cem., Rangiora)

Bessie had 2 children - father NR.

i. WILLIAM ARTHUR WATKINS (b. 28 Sep 1895, Female Refuge ChCh; d. 26 Jan 1896, Female refuge, ChCh. Burial: 27 Jan 1896)

ii. CECIL VALENTINE WATKINS (b. 10 Feb 1898, Dickens St. ChCh; Cecil  lived with his Aunt Adeline in Rangiora; he had Parkinsons disease and d. 26 Dec 1969, Public Hospital, Timaru. Bur: 27 Dec 1969, Timaru Cem.)

Bessie  (no mar: record found) mar: FRANCIS HERBERT HARDING son of THOMAS HARDING and SARAH METCALF, (b: 26 Apr 1864 in Carness Station, Ashburton, he d: 18 Nov 1941 at the Public Hospital, Christchurch. Bur: Bromley Cem. ChCh)


iii. HILDA HARDING (b. 05 Aug 1900, Willow St, ChCh; Bapt: 01 Apr 1911, St Matthews, St Albans, ChCh; d. 1978, Christchurch.) A teacher, Hilda became principal of the Maori Girls College in Chch for 27 years. She received a recognition from the Queen for her work in education for the Maoris.

Te Wai Pounamu Maori Girls' College. The Marsh family home was converted for up to twenty boarders. The running costs - a quarter came from fees paid by parents and the rest from the diocese, from subscriptions and from Government scholarships. After two years in the city Winifred Opie was married and resigned at the end of 1923. She and her staff were described as "a beacon light to the lives of the scattered girls of the southern Maoris".

For the next fourteen years sisters of the Christchurch-based Community of the Sacred Name were in charge. In March 1927 the fine chapel in indigenous style was dedicated, with its kowhaiwhai ornamentation; the cost was mostly met by an anonymous gift. Over the years other buildings were improved. But at the end of the decade the economic depression hit Maori as hard as anyone, and fees became impossible to collect. In 1932, with the roll standing at nine, the founder Charles Fraer died and a carved memorial inscription was placed in the chapel as "he tohu aroha". His loss was offset by the arrival that year  fo Hilda Harding, who became Principal in 1937 and was to remain for a further twenty-five years.

iv. CAROLINE RUTH* HARDING (b. 15 Sep 1903, Rangiora, Nth Canty; Bapt: 21 Apr 1911, St Matthews, St Albans, ChCh; d. 13 Apr 1977, Calvary Hospital, ChCh; Bur: 15 Apr 1977, Crem. Bromley Cem, ChCh) mar. 16 Aug 1933 to JOSEPH WILLIAM SCOTT PONTON at All Saints Anglican Church, Sumner, ChCh; (he was b. 20 Jul 1901, Roslyn Dunedin; d. 26 Jul 1975, Christchurch. Bur: 29 Jul 1975, Crem, Bromley Cem.) They had 3 children 

Their mother Elizabeth d; at age 34 in 1909 and the two girls  were put into an orphanage  Her death is registered as Bessie Harding

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