John CROSS' sons from Devon, to South Canterbury New Zealand

John CROSS left his parental home in Axminster Devon and moved to Combeinteignhead (near Exeter) where he married Sarah SETTER in 1855. There they raised fourteen children before Sarah died in 1885 (Brights disease, but probably also exhaustion). By then the five eldest sons had emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, and three more sons eventually migrated to N.Z. In 1905 the eldest son George, by now a land-owning farmer, returned to England (possibly for youngest brother Walter's wedding) and brought his widowed father back to New Zealand. This is some of the family history of the eight migrating brothers:

born.

son


sailed

married

settled at

occupation

children

died

buried

1855

George

George Cross

1874 Atrato

1876 Mary LEWIS

Arowhenua

farmer

Margaret , George Edward, Joseph John , Robert Lewellyn, Louisa Cath, Cecil Thomas, Ebenezer H, Arnold, Ethel Lily, Edith E J, Thomas David, Stanley Morgan, Gladys Mary

1926

Timaru

1858

Ned (Edward)


1883 Merkara

1881 Annie WARREN

Mackay Queensland

farmer

Florence L, Caroline Mary, Annie Warren, Sarah Elizabeth, Lucy Warren, William Henry, Amelia Jane, Ada Bessie, Alice Beatrice, Edward Elias, John Robert

1923

Mackay, Queensland

1862

William

William Cross

1883 Merkara

1889 Mary BENBOW

Temuka

contractor

Mabel Beatrice, Bertha Lucy, Ella Mary, Walter Eric Wm., Stanley Benbow, Vera Muriel

1946

Temuka

1864

John jun.

(Jack)

John (Jack) Cross

1883 Merkara

1899 Margaret RUTTER

Temuka

farmer, carrier

Clarence Errol, Evelyn Malvina, Laurence Henry, Albert Allan, Ronald Ivor, Melva Jean

1949

Temuka

1865

James

James Cross

1883 Merkara

1891 Elizabeth PREDDY

Temuka, various

farmer, builder, carrier

See CROSS & PREDDY in NZ

1948

Temuka

1870

Robert

Robert Cross

c. 1890

1895 Mary DUNFORD

Temuka

farmer, carrier

Herbert Henry, Cyril Charles, Lionel Aug., Standerton Rob, Kathleen Edith, Myrtle Mary, Eileen Lucy, Ronald J., Vivian C 

1948

Christchurch

1873

Henry

Henry Cross

1903 Ruapehu

1897 Beat. MITCHELMORE (Eng)

Pareora

farmer

Winifred, Henry John

1950

Timaru

1876

Charles

Charles Cross

1915 Ionic

1901 Margaret HUGHES (Wales)

Winchester

gardener, dairyman

Thomas Charles, John Henry, Hugh George, Alfred, Margaret Queenie, Edith Mary, Walter Clifford, Gweneth

1952

Christchurch

Ned, William, John jun., and James sailed together on the Merkara to Australia, disembarking at Mackay, but only Ned remained there, the others all finding their way to New Zealand.

John CROSS' New Zealand Descendants

NZ generation 1

NZ generation 2

NZ gen. 3 CROSS sons

NZ gen. 4 CROSS sons

George & Mary

Margaret, George E, Joseph (Jack), Robert L, Louisa, Cecil T, Ebenezer, Ethel, Edith, Thomas D, Stanley M, Gladys

George L, Howard, (Ed)ward J, Douglas, Lloyd W, Robert L, David J, Alister, Stanley R, Sydney, Clifford, Norman, Richard, Evan, Mervyn, Lance, Lloyd G, Arnold, Thomas I,

George E B, Neville W, John E, Allan E, Trevor D, Brian F, John R, Nelson L, Steven B, Adrian J, Brian M, Lewis A, Derek E, Bayne, Phillip, Brendon, Tony, Jamie,

William & Mary

Mabel, Bertha, Ella, Walter E, Stanley B, Vera

Rex, Ian

Stephen, Gary, Darren

John & Margaret

Clarence, Evelyn, Laurence, Albert A, Ronald I, Melva Jean

Brian E, Kevin G, Peter Lindsay, Laurence Ray, Russell A, John Robt., Ronald L,

Richard E, Lindsay D, Michael J, Grant R, Rodrick A, Douglas A, Stuart J, Shawn,

James & Elizabeth

Amelia, Arthur, Harold, Elsie, Florence, Gilbert, Rosina, Francis, Helen . . Family group photo

Vincent, Stuart, Eyon, Bryan A, Trevor, Russell D, Maurice, Lionel R, Edwin, James J, Mervyn J, George T, Douglas G, Keith E, Gilbert C, Bevan J,

Anthony, Richard, Tony, Kevin J, Steven W, William J, Graham L, Anthony E, John Ch., Brent, Daryl, Trevor A, Dwayne, Sean, Nigel P, Vincent G, Barry, Graeme J,

Robert & Mary

Herbert, Cyril, Lionel, Standerton, Kathleen, Myrtle, Eileen, Ronald J, Vivian

Herbert L, Ivanhoe, (Donald) John, Ian Robt, Malcolm R, Graeme C, "Joe" Raymond L,

Daniel J, Bevan T, David J, Gary S, Shayne R,

Henry & Beat.

Winifred, Henry J,

Peter Frederick

Samuel, Nathan, Allen, Lloyd

Charles & Margaret

Thomas C, John H, Hugh G, Margaret, Edith, Walter C, Gweneth

Thomas Ch, Clifford H, Raymond H, Henry G, Herbert J, Desmond H, David L, Malcolm C, Noel A, Mervyn J, Rex W, Gavin G

Graeme J, Brian C, Murray J, Mark, Glen, Michael J, Arthur C, Bruce L, Gordon L, Jonathan, Nigel, Paul S, Gregory D, Timothy, Andrew, Mathew G, Kelvin,

(Children who died in infancy may be omitted) . . . John had two sons who remained in England, but they have only one living male descendant: Robert in Hertfordshire, and he has no surviving son.

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