Ancestors of Alice Harriet Bishop, wife of James Benbow

JOHN BISHOP was Alice's grandfather and was born 1797 where his occupation was a Tallow Chandler
He married MARY ANN CASS who was born in Arreton, Isle of Wight and he died 1845.
1851 Census of Dorset Grove Buildings, Fordington
Bishop Mary Ann 57 Head born Hants
Bishop Louisa 21 Housemaid Born Fordington
Bishop John 19 Masons labourer Born Fordington
Bishop Charles 14 Millers labourer Born Fordington

Alice's father, CHARLES WILLIAM BISHOP was born June 06, 1838 in Fordington, Near Dorchester, Dorset, England, Baptism: St George Church, Fordington, Dorset. He immigrated to Lyttleton, Canterbury Abt. 1858, (he must have paid his fare as he is not recorded as assisted) Occupation - Storeman, Publican, Contractor
The Christchurch Militia list (Record of all person between the ages of 18 and 60 years residing within 15 miles of the Christchurch Land Office, and liable to serve for the year 1860-61) Bishop Charles, Cashel Street, Shopman

Marriage:On 4 June 1862, The Rev H B Cocks of St Michaels Church, Christchurch performed a marriage ceremony uniting Mary Ann Wadsworth (19) spinster daughter of THOMAS WADSWORTH and ANNA MOTT, who had been in residence 3 years with the consent of her father as she was under-age, Thomas Wadsworth to Charles Bishop (24) storeman who had been in residence 4 years. Witnesses were Thomas Wadsworth and Eliza Ward

Alice Harriet Bishop's grandfather, Thomas WADSWORTH was born 1818 in Northampton, England; Married: 1842 in St Sepulchre Parish Church, Northampton to Anna MOTT who died in 1858.After the death of wife Anna, Thomas WADSWORTH remarried Harriet WOODING in 1858 in Northampton, England and immigated with the family the following year on the Strathallen to Lyttleton. His children:

(1) Mary Anne WADSWORTH Born: May 24, 1843 in Northampton, England Died: August 03, 1873 in Waihi Crossing, Canterbury and she is buried in the Geraldine cemetery. She married Charles William BISHOP. Mary Anne's parents had immigrated October 12, 1858, Arr Lyttleton 21 Jan 1859 Strathallen - her Occupation was given as Domestic Servant

(2) William WADSWORTH Born: 1845 Died: 1861

(3) Alfred John WADSWORTH Born: December 1847 Died: 1913 in Auckland m (1) Ellen BAGUEST; *2nd Wife: Mary HANSEN; *3rd Wife: Alice JOHNSON Married: 1869

(4) Elizabeth Anna WADSWORTH Born: September 1850 Died: 1913 in Hastings m.(1)John WOODING; *2nd Husband was John PATTERSON

(5) Emma Harriet WADSWORTH Born: 1855 Died: 1877 in Nelson

Thomas Wadsworth built the Orari Accommodation House and Hotel and he also ran the ferry that crossed the Tekapo River
Charles Bishop followed his father-in-law Thomas Wadsworth into the licensed trade in Orari, and applied for a publican's Licence. The annual licensing meeting at Timaru for the year ended June 1868 granted one to C Bishop at Waihi Crossing. This crossing was where the State Highway met the road west to Geraldine.
The construction of the Railway and railway bridges over the Canterbury rivers reduced the need for ferries and public houses and within 5 years, Charles took up land and became a freeholder with land at Winchester. It was customary at that time for the high country run holders to call tenders for land clearance, grass sowing, shearing and harvesting. Charles set up as a contractor and carter so that he could organise such tasks and carry the produce from beyond Geraldine.
By this time he and Mary Anne had three daughters and one son. A further son died early in 1872 and following the birth of yet another son, Mary Anne died of Phthisis aged 30 years.

Timaru Herald 5 May 1873
The Friends of Mr Charles Bishop are invited to attend the funeral of his late wife at 12 o'clock on Wednesday 6th inst. James Chapman, Undertaker


i. HENRY CHARLES THOMAS BISHOP, b. 1862; d. 1864, Christchurch. Burial: Barbadous Cemetery, Christchurch

ii. ALICE HARRIET BISHOP, b. September 08, 1864, Christchurch; d. 1938, Rakaia, Canterbury; m. JAMES (JIM) BENBOW, 1882; b. November 29, 1854, "Weston" Burford, Shropshire; d. 1946, Rakaia.
Lyttleton Times 1864 Baptism: August 06, 1865, St Luke, Christchurch Bishop September 8th, wife of C Bishop. A daughter. ALICE HARRIET BISHOP:Sponsers at baptism were Charles Bishop (father) storeman of Christchurch, the mother Mary Ann Bishop and Mrs T Wadsworth by Rev George Carpenter

iii. WILLIAM CHARLES BISHOP, b. 1867; d. 1942, Ashburton; m. FRANCES KING, 1884.


v. LUCY ESTHER BISHOP, b. 1870; m. DAVID SWANEY, 1892.

vi. FRANCIS THOMAS BISHOP, b. 1872; d. 1872, Geraldine.

vii. THOMAS BISHOP, b. 1873; d. 1873, Geraldine

Notes: Christchurch electoral roll 1868-9 - Elector 105 Qualified by leasehold part sect Kilmore St, Christchurch
Timaru Electoral Roll 1872-73 - Charles Bishop, Waihi Crossing, Household, Township of Winchester, Sect 32, Geraldine
Geraldine Electoral Roll 1899 - Elector 289, Charles Bishop, Winchester, Carrier, qualified by freehold

Charles Bishop married (2) JEANETTE ASCOLI November 13, 1876 in St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Chrstchurch. He married (3) SARAH IRVINE (NEE WOODING) August 13, 1892 in Registrars office, Ashburton.
He died May 05, 1911 at his home, Winchester, Canterbury.

Death and burial notices in Temuka Leader and Timaru Herald 5 May 1911 and also Temuka Leader Dec 20, 1879; Burial: May 08, 1911, Temuka Cemetery

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