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Leonard John & Margaret Clark

Leonard John Clark b: 07 Sep 1879 in Awhitu son of ALFRED CLARK and SARAH BARNARD;

He mar: 5 Jan 1904 in St. John's Methodist Church, Hardy Street, Nelson to Margaret Louisa Evans Wilkins (b: 1880

Intention to Marry - 1904; District: Nelson; Date: 5 Jan; Groom; Leonard JohnCLARK, Clerk, 24, Bachelor, Wainer Road, Nelson, there 4 days; Bride: Margaret Louisa Evans WILKINS, , Domestic Duties, 23, Spinster, Van Dieman Street, Nelson, there 1 month; Marriage Place: St. John's Methodist Church, Hardy St; Celebrant: W.J. Williams, Methodist

Margaret's parents were Henry WILKINS  (1860-1918) & Margaret EVENS [Evans] (1860-1890)who mar: 1880  in Nelson. Margaret nee EVENS tragically died in 1890. Margaret Louisa Evans Wilkins was the eldest child of this family b: 23 Oct 1880. Her siblings were Amelia Emily (b: 1882)  Joseph George Henry (b: 1883) William (b: 1884) Thomas Frederick (b: 1885) Charles Burtrand (b: 1888) Florence Elder Bray (b: 1889)    In 1893, Margaret's father Henry married Susan TAYLOR (marriage not reg) 


Len and Maggie were strongly involved with the activities of the Taranaki Street Methodist Church in Wellington and was Manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Wellington for many years

1899: Evening Post, 26 Aug: secretary treasurer for the Wesley Cricket Club Held various office for the Wesley Church and staging conferances and various venues for the parishioners

1908 Evening Post, 2 Oct: Mr. L. J. Clark, who has resigned the secretaryship of the Wellington Christion Endeavour Union in order to give more attention to the Taranaki-street Junior Endeavour Society, of which he is leader, was presented last evening with a roller-top desk as a mark of the union's appreciation of his seven-years' services.

1913: Evening Post, 22 April: FAREWELL TO MR. AND MRS. L. J. CLARK - A representative gathering of the members of Taranaki-street Methodist Church assembled in Wesley Hall last evening to entertain and bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Clark, who are leaving the Dominion for Sydney this week, Mr. Clark having received the appointment to a responsible position in the Singer Company's head office in Sydney.

Mr. Clark has been very closely identified with the Church, and has filled its most important official positions during the past sixteen years. Rev. S. G. Chapman, and Messrs Bennett, Cooper, and Brabin, representing various sections of Church work, spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. and Mrs. Clark's services, and wished them God-speed. Mr. E. Kellow, on behalf of the circuit, presented Mr. Clark with a valuable gold chain and pendant, and Mrs. Clark with a gold wrist watch. Mr. Brabin, on behalf of the Endeavour Society, gave Mr. Clark a travelling rug. Mr. Clark suitably responded. Musical and other items were given during the evening.

1913 Evening Post, 26 April: Mr. L. J. Clark, late manager to tho Singer Sewing Machine Company, Wellington, has been appointed auditor to the company in Australia and left by the "Ulimaroa" yesterday. Mr. Clark has been in the employ of the company for the past 14 years, and the New Zealand staff yesterday presented him with a handsome dressing-case.

He may have been involved with the company that Wilfred a Silk Merchant, formed in Australia.  After returning to NZ, He lived in  Haitaitai or Kilbirnie, Wellington and became manager of a small string of shops around NZ selling Singer Sewing Machines - this involved quite a lot of travel, visiting these shops.

1937 Evening Post, 17 Aug: FUNERAL: CLARK: The Friends of the late Leonard John Clark are invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave the Wesley Church, Taranaki Street, Tomorrow (Wednesday), August I8, 1937. for the Karort Cemetery, after service, which, commences at 2 p.m. Robert R. Wilson and' Sons, Ltd., Funeral Directors. 

1937: At the time of his death  he was a Company Manager of Singer Sewing Machine Co., Auckland and lived at 20 Maidavale Road, Roseneath, Wellington

Death Notice - Dominion - 18th Aug 1937 -CLARK, on August 17th 1937 at Wellington, Leonard John, dearly loved husband of Margaret Louisa Clark of 20 Maidavale Road, Roseneath, and father of Elsie and Tom.

Funeral Notice: The friends of the late Leonard John Clark are invited to attend his funeral which will leave the Wesley Church, Taranaki Street today (Wednesday) August 18, 1937 for the Karori Cemetery after service which commences at 2 pm.

Headstone: ILMO Leonard John bho Margaret Clark died 17 August 1937 aged 58. Until the day break.

Probate: Occ: Company Manager; Court: Wellington; No. 61182 Filed 23 August 1937 - Will made on 3 April 1935 making his wife Executrix and leaving everything to her absolutely. In the event that his wife predeceased him, he appointed his daughter sole Executrix. The Will appears to leave everything then to his son "for the proper education, maintenance and advancement in life" until he reached the age of 21 and the balance of any monies to then go to him

At the time of Margaret's death she was living at 35 Raurenga Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. She was Crem: 29 Apr 1967, Purewa Cemetery, Auckland; Burial Ashes: 05 May 1967, Karori Cemetery, Wellington - Area 05, Block A, Row 19, Plot 013  


i. ELSIE MARGARET CLARK, b. 9 Sep 1907, Wellington, NZ; he d. 12 Jun 1987, North Shore, Auckland. Crem. 15 Jun 1987, North Shore Crem.)

She mar: 1930 to ALLAN MERVYN BURTON. He was b: 26 Nov 1898 to parents  John Burton (1849-1933) and Mary Maria Bryant (1858-1922) He was one of their family of 9 children; Elva Ricketson Burton; Edward Leonard Burton (1882-1970) Harold Percy Burton (1885-1962) Joseph Christie Burton (1886-1959) Edith Mary Burton (1889-1951) Stanley Cossentine Burton (1890-1950) Ernest Arthur Burton (1893-1936) Arnold Bryant Burton (1895-1983)

Marriage Allan and Elsie Burton

Allan Burton's family's company was called "Burton's Bread", which sold bread and other bakery products in much of the North Island. He travelled around because of the bread business and linked up with the local Methodist Church when in Wellington where he met Elsie.  Serviceman: WW2: 1940-45.  moved to Auckland 

Their children are JOHN and Judy BURTON.

ii. THOMAS BURTON CLARK (b: 9 Jun 1918 NSW, Aus; Occ. Bank Mgr; d: 27 Dec 1969, Lawrence aged 51Y Crem 30 Dec 1969 Anderson Bay Cem.) 

He mar: 7 Sep 1943, Wesley Church, Taranaki Street, Wellington to EARLE LYNETTE PARIS (b. 07 Jan 1919, Dunedin to parents Rev. Percy Reginald PARIS (1882-1942) and Violet Rosetta CLARK (1881-1961); she d: 22 Oct 1994, Morrinsville)


Mar: 7th Sept 1943 at Wesley Church, Taranaki Street, Wellington between Thomas Burton CLARK, 25, Bank Clerk, Bachelor, b: Sydney, NSW, residence Wtgn, parents Leonard John CLARK, Company Manager, and Margaret Louisa nee WILKINS and Earle Lynette PARIS, 24, Spinster, b: Dunedin, residence Wellington, parents Percy Reginald PARIS, Methodist Minister of Religion, and Violet Rosetta nee CLARK. Witnesses: Athlone Lorraine Paris, Civil Servant, Wtgn and Eric Charles Hale, Civil Servant, Wtgn. Serviceman WW2

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