Elizabeth "Betsy" Peardon
Family 1: Solomon John Harper
- Sex: F
- Born: 1809 in Cornwall
- Reference: 401
From the book "Of Toffs & Toilers" by G.C. Buckley tells of the voyage of the "Westminster" to New Zealand. A N.Z. book.
Elizabeth became a widow, (when?) and the HARPER family sailed for NZ on the 611 ton "Westminster". The ship left Deal on 8 November 1842 with 61 adults on board bound for Plymouth to take on final passengers, winds freshened and she put back to Deal on 10 November, finally reaching Plymouth on 17 November. On December 4 rowboats took each party and their baggage out to join the jumble on the deck. She left Plymouth at 11am on the same day. There were 221 emigrant passengers under the charge of Surgeon C. Wm L. Gordon. Most of the 104 emigrant adults and 117 children were from Yorkshire. Some were from Cornwall, a few Irish and Scottish. The men were chiefly masons, bricklayers, agricultural workers and mechanics - tradesmen of the times. The shipping list has Elizabeth HARPER, widow age 34. Elizabeth Ann 13, Edwin 7, Mary 5 on embarkation No: 1313 while William Harper 16 is on embarkation 1281.
Also on board were William PEARDON 37 and his wife (nee GREY) 21 on embarkation No: 1312, a Henry ADAMS was also on the same number, William PEARDON died on the voyage out.(William PEARDON married Ann Grey, sojourner on 18 Jan 1831 at St Stephens, Launceston, witnesses were Ann PEARDON and Joseph WARRING).
On board were the STEPHENS family of Richard 37, Ann 35, Eliza (Elizabeth) 8, John 5 and Ann 2. (Ann PEARDON married Richard CONGDON, sojourner, on 3 May 1835 at St Stephens Launceston, witnesses were William PEARDON and James CROCKER, a church official) The family name should be CONGDON on the shipping list and the reason for the change is not known (for a time the name appeared as CONGDON-STEPHENS in NZ). Their embarkation Number was 1390.
Also aboard was a George BENNET, 27, single.
The "Westminster" arrived in Auckland on 7 April 1843 and within a week, Elizabeth HARPER had married George BENNETT at St Paul's Church in Auckland.
The 1843 Police Census has George BENNETT living in a wooden house at Mechanics Bay Auckland. In the house was 2 males over 21, 1 female over 21, 3 sons and 2 daughters, 4 of the occupants were Mechanics or Artificer. Richard STEPHENS (CONGDON) and his family of 1 adult male, 1 adult female. 1 son and 2 daughters were also living in Mechanics Bay in a Raupo Hut with 1 Mechanic in the household.
The 1844 Police Census has a BENNETT living at Fore St, Auckland. In the wooden house was 3 adult males, 1 adult female and 2 daughters, 3 were mechanics and 1 was a Professional, Landowner, Merchant or Banker. Richard CONGDON and family were living at Tamiki.
The 1845 Police Census has a Geo DENNETT, carpenter, as the owner of a property in Parnell with Arch SHARPE as the tenant.
*ELIZABETH ANN HARPER, (daughter of Elizabeth) married John SOUTHGATE in 1847. John SOUTHGATE was a seaman off the "Westminster" and had 'mutinied' on the voyage out. His punishment, when he arrived, had been one years hard labour. He spent one day working on Queen St, 4 days working on another street, and 2 days working on the 'Jetty'. John and Elizabeth settled in Warkworth where John was a Publican and Elizabeth is reputed to have been a fine cook.
SOUTHGATES are buried at Warkworth Cemetery. They had a daughter, Sarah, b 24 February 1853, d 20 April 1920, 67yrs. Sarah married a WOODCOCK.
, b. in Launceston Cornwall
- Married: 21 MAR 1827 in St Stephens Launceston Cornwall
- Marriage fact: in Witnessed by John Congdon and William Peardon
- William Peardon Harper, b. 1826
- Elizabeth Ann Harper, b. 1830 in St Austell Laungston Cornwall
- Edwin Harper, b. 1835
- Mary Harper, b. 1837
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