Prebbles of Prebbleton

JAMES PREBBLE, Occ: Carpenter, glazier, 1st mar: as to ANNA MARIA GURR 12 May 1821 in Mersham, Kent, daughter of JAMES  and CATHERINE GURR. (b: 28 Jun 1807 in Maidstone, Kent, and died 01 Apr 1837 in Mersham, Kent. Buried in All Saints Churchyard)

James Prebble

Children of JAMES PREBBLE and ANNA GURR are:

i. GEORGE PREBBLE, b. 1822, Mersham, Kent, England; d. 1884, Christchurch, Canterbury.

ii. RICHARD PREBBLE, b. 1824, Mersham, Kent, England; d. 1888 Prebbleton, Canterbury 

iii. ANN MARIA PREBBLE, b. 1826, Mersham, Kent, England; d. 1913.

iv. WILLIAM PREBBLE  (b. 14 Oct 1827, Mersham, Kent, England; d. 03 Jun 1909, Kimberley, Canterbury) mar: ROBINA MCDONALD

v. EDWARD LAW PREBBLE, b. 1829, Mersham, Kent, England; d. 1921.

vi. MARY ELIZABETH PREBBLE, b. 1833, Mersham, Kent, England; d. 1924He married (2) ANN MARIE STONE 26 Apr 1826 in Ashford Kent, daughter of JESSE STONE and SARAH TAPPENDEN. She was b: 17 Apr 1803 in Kennington, Kent, England, and d: Jan 1879 in Prebbleton, Christchurch, Canterbury.

*2nd Wife of James Prebble was  Ann Marie Stone b: 17 Apr 1803 in Kennington, Kent, England Died: Jan 1879 in Prebbleton, Christchurch, Canterbury) They mar: 26 Apr 1826 in Ashford Kent: 

Their children were: vii. MARY ELIZABETH PREBBLE(b. 1829, Wellington; d. 22 Mar 1882, Wellington); viii. JAMES STEPHEN PREBBLE ( b. 1830; d. 1905); ix. JOHN AURORA PREBBLE (b. 1840; d. 1922); x. THOMAS PREBBLE ( b. 1840; d. 1906)

The Aurora was the first European ship to drop anchor at Port Nicholson (Wellington) This day 20th January 1840 is now celebrated as Wellington Day. Notable people sharing this historic voyage were William Deans and the Gebbies family (naming of Gebbies Pass), the Hays, Sinclairs families and all  together camped on Petone Beach as the Wellington land wasn’t ready for settlement so moved down to the Port Cooper Plains (Canterbury) The Prebble family first settled in the Wellington district now known as Karori  then followed to Canterbury in 1845. The older Prebble male members found work with their old friends - the Deans who had settled at Putaringamotu (Riccarton), with the Greenwoods at Purau, on Banks Peninsula where they were employed to build a house for them at Motonau station, worked for six years for George Rhodes before farming at Gebbies Valley. They were able  in 1854, to purchase 50 acres of land  11 Kilometres sth-west from the centre of Christchurch off the Canterbury Association. They cut the land up into small sections and the township was started by the building of a small store which they later enlarged  and this was later carried on as a hotel . The area was first known as Prebble Town before being called Prebbleton, making it one of the earliest settlements on the Canterbury Plains. The family took an active interest in the progress of the district, the Lincoln Road Board, the Prebbleton School and helped with the building of the first church (All Saints), donating a stain glass window and served the community in the roles of butcher and teacher. Prebble graves stretch from one end of Prebbleton’s All Saints Anglican Church cemetery to the other.

Son WILLIAM PREBBLE was b: 14 Oct 1827 in Mersham, Kent, England; the son of James Prebble who was b: 10 Mar 1799 in Stowting, Kent, England, UK, and d: 13 Jun 1877 in Prebbleton, Selwyn District, Canterbury

William Prebble

WILLIAM PREBBLE (son of JAMES and ANNA MARIA Prebble) was mar: on  29 Dec 1854 in Christchurch to ELIZABETH GIBSON (b: 1829; she d: 22 Mar 1872 in Christchurch, Canterbury).

Their 6 children:

i. William Prebble b: 1855; d: 1940

ii James Walter Prebble b: 1857; Died: 1934

iii Marion Prebble b: 1859; d: 1944

iv Jane Prebble b: 1862; d: 1947

v John Gibson Prebble b: 1865; d: 1932

vi Elizabeth Prebble b: 1867; d: 1951

On the 1st Jan 1875, William Prebble mar: his  2nd wife ROBINA MCDONALD