James Richard (Dick) Pelvin

James Richard Pelvin known as Dick, was b: 14 Sep 1865 at Timaru, South Canterbury - the first New Zealand born Pelvin child of parents Richard and Elizabeth. He d: aged 70 years Jun 13, 1936. 

Dick on 5th Feb 1890 mar: Mary O'Gorman at the Catholic Church, Timaru by James Foley in the presence of Maurice O'Connor of Wai-iti, labourer of Gleniti, Timaru and Bridget O'Connor of Wai-iti. Mary was born in 1865 in Galway, Ireland to parents Roger O'Gorman and Mother Mary nee Kelly.
1890 NZ PO Directory - James Richard and brother George Pelvin are farmers at Redcliff (stated to be 15 Miles west from Waitaki North -  Rail from Dunedin or Christchurch and thence by horse!)
George d: 27th April 1890: "News has just come that Mr George Pelvin died in Waimate yesterday evening. He was a strong, good young man and the pride of his family. He was part owner of a threshing mill and traction engine, which he had been working up to a few days ago, and at which he caught a cold or had an attack of influenza but nothing serious was apprehended. Suddenly, however, he has received "the call" which is coming to us all, and the whole community here are in sympathy with the bereaved family, whose sorrow, having come in a day, is all the worse to bear"
1891 Dick and Mary celebrated the birth of their son James Patrick - he was just one year old when Mary died on 06 Aug 1892 in Timaru aged 27 years and was bur: 8/8/1892 at the Timaru Cem.
1892 - Funeral Notice: The friends of Mr Richard Pelvin, jnr., are respectfully informed that the funeral of his late wife Mary, will leave his residence, Claremont, THIS DAY, August 8th, at 2 p.m. for the Cemetery. J Lister, Undertaker
Infant son Jim was brought up by grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Pelvin until Dick remarried in 1896. His 2nd marriage is recorded in Chalmers Church Dunedin - Marriage Register Marriage: James Richard PELVIN aged 33 years to Catherine McDONALD on 4th Aug 1896 in the house of John McAlpine, South Dunedin by J M Fraser, Minister. Witnesses were Neil McDonald, Master Mariner of Dunedin and Alice Bassett, Dressmaker of Dunedin.

Catherine b: Invernesshire, Scotland in 1858 was the daughter of John  McDonald, farmer and Alexandrina nee McDonald - it was said Kate was reputedly descended from the McDonalds of Glencoe and related to Lochie McDonald one of New Zealand's great boxers of the 1920's. Proud owner of two sky terriers, Hector and Flora were named after two well known members of the Glencoe clan of Glencoe.
In 1897 they lived at Kensington, Timaru where son Jim attended the South School (admitted 20 Sep 1897) At the end of 1901 they moved to Glenavy and Jim went to the Tawai School. Times were hard and Dick had financial problems and on 22nd Dec 1906 is adjudged bankrupt: Farmer: PELVIN James Richard - Waimate. He found work droving and Catherine became guardian that year of  young nieces as well as step-son Jim.
1906: Tawai School Records Admission Date 20 Nov - Katherine McDONALD (b: 05 Apr 1900) Last School: Albany Street, Dunedin and Mary McDONALD (b: 25 Oct 1901); Last School Kakanui ; Parent / Guardian Mrs Pelvin; Address Waitaki;
In 1911, Catherine and Dick Pelvin were at Mosgiel - Dick found work as a labourer, and later that year, they moved to the Hawkes Bay, where they lived at Queen Street, Hastings and then at Te Mata, Havelock North. They returned later to Timaru where Catherine died and was buried on 7th March 1924 aged 68 years. In 1928 Dick is farming at Gleniti and later at Waitohi and passed away aged 70 years on Jun 13, 1936 and was bur. at Timaru Cem.
Son Jim (James Frederick) became a motor mechanic.
Waimate Daily Advertiser, 14 April 1913: On Saturday afternoon a car driven by Mr J. F. Pelvin, and containing an old and a young man—relations of the driver—as passengers, left Timaru for Waimate. When going at a normal pace along King Street a stray terrier dog chased the car and got into the front wheel on the left hand side and skidded the car into the post on the left side of the road, at the (foundry gate. The car would be travelling at about eight miles an hour at the time, and struck a post with a crash with the radiator. Despite the short notice the driver had the engines shut off and the brakes on. All the occupants were thrown out heavily but none received serious injury. The elderly man sustained a bruise on his forehead, but the driver of the car was found to have fared worse, his injuries consistingof a piece of glass in his shoulder, a sprained thumb and cut hand.. Although walking about and looking on all appearance quite cool and collected, he was really quite unconscious, till medical aid was rendered when he was conveyed to the hospital. He is now alright again ; The car was practically, ruined. The dog that caused the accident was forgotten for a while and it remained pinned under the car for 10 minutes. When released it scampered away besplattered with blood.
On 15th Sept 1914 at the Registrars Office, Timaru he mar: Christina Isabella Colville. She was b: 13th Oct 1891 in Glentunnel, 39 miles west from Christchurch, the daughter of  Alexander and Isabella Colville. (Scroll down page)
Timaru taxi owner Jim and Christina Pelvin's two sons were born in 1915 and 1917. Jim receives a Military Call Up -  2nd NZEF Reserve 1918; Place Timaru; Occ: Motor engineer. The devastating influenza epidemic followed:

PELVIN.—On July 5th. at Timaru, Frederick Bruce, the beloved infant son of Mr and Mrs J. Pelvin; aged 1 year and 3 months.on July 5th

Then followed the death on Oct 4, 1918, aged 27 years of JAMES FREDERICK  - he was bur: three days later at Timaru Cem. with his son 

NZ Probates: Name PELVIN James Frederick Place Claremont, Timaru Occ; Farmer Court Timaru Archives Reference CAHY CH 145 1469 Probate Number 1469 Filed Date 3 Sep 1919 Intestate (Letters of Administration)
6 yrs later, Christine remarried on 28 Jan 1920 at the Registrars Office to Arthur Dunnill. He was b: 23 Sep 1892 to parents were John Dunnill and Caroline Elizabeth nee Mitchell - his brother Thomas Wales Dunnell was
witness. Arthur had been brought up at St Andrews and Timaru, and was a farmer when he died in 1924. He is buried with his brother at Timaru Cemetery. Christina Dunnill d: in 1972.
JAMES (JIM) ALEXANDER PELVIN (surviving son of JAMES FREDERICK and CHRISTINA PELVIN), was b: 04 Apr 1915 in Timaru - he d: 12 Oct 1977 at his residence 238 King Street, Temuka aged 62 Years and was bur: 12/10/1977 at Temuka Cemetery.
Jim attended the Claremont School 26 Sep 1921 and in 1926 is on the Seadown School register before he took up the work of a carpenter.

He mar: GLADYS MAY PROFFIT in 1941 in Registrars Office, Timaru. She was the daughter of EDWIN PROFFIT and MINETTA NICHOLAS and was b: 25 Nov 1914 in Whangamomona and d: at Temuka aged 69 years.

Jim and Gladys had 8 children:

i. Betty May Pelvin was b: 23 Oct 1935 in Temuka, and d: 14 Dec 1997 in Timaru, Bur: Geraldine Cem. She mar: 8 May 1965 to John Goodwin at Temuka. Their Geraldine born family are: 

i. Dennis Vincent Goodwin mar: to Ruth Heather nee Coles b: Ashburton. They lost their dau: Grace in 1997; Emily Mae Goodwin and Patrick James Coles Goodwin

ii. Christine Margaret Goodwin mar: to Brendan John Spring b: New Plymouth - their 3 children b: at Gisborne are Mary Elizabeth, Anna Marguerite and Liam Patrick Spring  

iii. Andrew John Goodwin and partner Nadine Murchie's son is Vini-Kruz Murchie Goodwin

iv. Kathryn Anne Goodwin and Steven Douglas Ray's children b: at Palmerston Nth are Johnny Douglas Goodwin Ray  and Neve Bethany Goodwin Ray  

ii. Bruce Edward James Pelvin mar: 1962 to Janice Fay Wood (b: 1944 at Timaru; she d; 7 May 2009 in Marlborough). Their sons b: at Timaru are:

i. Wayne Thomas James Pelvin mar: Angela Marie nee Inwood - they have three children: Chad Anthony Bruce; Arana Louise and Cody Trent Pelvin

ii. Lesley  Alexander Charles Pelvin mar: Ann Marie nee Daly - their family are Rachael Anne; Benjamin Matthew and Lora Leigh Pelvin.

iii. Grant  Bruce Pelvin mar: to Teresa Jayne nee Doyle.

iii. Murray Edwin Harry Pelvin (b: 5 Nov 1942 at Temuka, d: 16 May 2015) He mar: 27 Mar 1965 to Merlene nee Hawthorne - their family:

i. Nicola  Ann Pelvin mar: to Wayne Robert Doake;  children are Alanna Catherine Anne and Michell Wayne Doake

ii. Tracey  Adele Pelvin mar: to Ian Alexander Dippie - they have 2 daughters Jessica Adele and Hannah Ashley Dippie

iii. Fraser Murray Pelvin

iv. Craig  Edwin Pelvin mar: to Christine Erin* nee Allen; their children are Olivia, Thomas and Lily Pelvin.

iv. Robert Alexander Pelvin mar: to Christine May Sim - Children are:

i. Mark Robert  Pelvin has a son Braedan Mcgregor Pelvin

ii. Susanne Joy Pelvin

iii. Hayden  Charles Pelvin

v. Trevor Andrew Pelvin mar: (1) Robin Fay Taylor - Their two children

i. Shane  Michael Pelvin

ii. Dianne Fay Pelvin has a daughter - Kimberley Jane Pelvin

   Trevor Pelvin mar: (2)  Delwyne Joy nee Acott;  they have 3 children -

iii. Darren Andrew Pelvin

iv. Ursula Rose Pelvin

v. Zoe Louise Pelvin

vi. Donald Charles Pelvin mar: (1) Sharon Annette Margaret nee Smith- their daughters  are:

      i. Amy  Jane Pelvin

      ii. Jade Anna Pelvin

 Donald Pelvin mar: (2) on 28 Apr 1985 to Alison Margaret nee Curtis at Timaru. She was b: 16 Jun 1959 in Timaru where she d: on 20th  Dec 1992 - their son is

      iii. Jeremy Donald Pelvin

 Donald mar: (3) Karyl June nee Jackson

vii. Graham Lindsay Pelvin mar: Lorna Elizabeth nee McGregor - Their children are:

i. Bevan James Pelvin

ii. Nigel David Pelvin

iii. Megan Elizabeth Pelvin


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