Topic: John Henry Garmonsway (1835-1915)

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John Henry Garmonsway was in the 2nd Waikato Militia. He was my third great uncle - Debbie McCauley

John Henry Garmonsway was born in Shoreditch, London, England, on 3 June 1835. He was christened at St Leonard's, Shoreditch, London, on 25 December 1835. His parents were Edward Watts Garmonsway and Letitia Ann King who married in St John's Parish, Church of Ireland, Limerick, on 10 January 1831.

John emigrated to New Zealand with his family when he was aged seventeen. They left from Gravesend bound for Auckland, New Zealand on 14 January 1852 aboard the InchinnanDuring the voyage a severe outbreak of measles and chicken pox occurred and his younger sister Jane was one of twenty-three who died. The ship reached Auckland after a voyage of 135 days on 27 May 1852.

On 19 December 1859 John married Crichton Petrie in Auckland (reg. 1859/1379). They had seven children together:

  1. Letitia Garmonsway (1862-1919). Born in Auckland on 10 March 1862 (reg. 1862/5097). On 14 August 1880 she married Robert Richard Stewart (1854-1910). Letitia died on 30 March 1919 and was buried in Taupiri Cemetery.
  2. Edward Alexander Garmonsway (1864-1864). Born in Auckland on 24 April 1864 (reg. 1864/22809). Died in 1864.
  3. John Henry Garmonsway (1865-1955). Born in Alexandra [now Pirongia] on 16 November 1865 (reg. 1865/9827). He married Edith Helen Such in Kawhia on 27 August 1900. He died, aged 90, in 1955.
  4. James Garmonsway (1868-1915). Born in Alexandra [now Pirongia] on 23 December 1868 (reg. 1868/16010). In 1911 he married Caroline Ellen Amoore. James died in Mataroa on 15 December 1915 (reg. 1915/8518). His accidental death as a resut of his horse falling and throwing it's rider was reported in the Auckland Star on 17 December 1915.
  5. Christiana Augusta Garmonsway (1870-1870). Born on 4 July 1870 (reg. 1870/14694). She died four months later on 30 November 1870 (reg. 1870/9420).
  6. Charles Thomas Garmonsway (1871-1967). Born in Onehunga on 1 August 1871. He married Annie FLorence Edith Bradshaw in 1902, divorcing in 1917. He died in 1967 (reg. 1967/34719).
  7. Helen Blair Garmonsway (1873-1972). Born in Ngaruawahia on 12 July 1873 (reg. 1873/12756). In c1893 she married John Dawson (c1875-1944). Helen died on 30 September 1972 (reg. 1972/43583) and was buried in Hillsborough Cemetery in Auckland.
  8. Francis Garmonsway (1876-1958). Born in Alexandra [now Pirongia] on 28 July 1876. He served in the South African War (Boer War) (1899-1902). Francis married Lilian (c1881-1920). In 1930 he married Lylie Vickery (1898-1976). Francis died in Taihape on 21 November 1958 (reg. 1958/25729). He is buried with both is wives in Taihape Cemetery.

On 16 September 1864 John enlisted in the Waikato Militia (2nd Regiment - No. 1295) from Alexandra. At the time he enlisted he was married with two children. Condition No. 10 in the terms of enlistment for the Waikato Militia states, “Every settler under these conditions, who upon being relieved from actual service, receives a certificate of good conduct, will be entitled to one town allotment and one farm section [minimum of 50 acres]”. The Militia was disbanded in 1867 and replaced by the Armed Constabulary. John's land grand was West 40 and Alexandra became 'Pirongia' in 1896 due to confusion with its namesake in Otago.

From 'He was known as "Jack" and was the first of the N.Z. family progenitor's children to marry. John Henry was listed in the 1865/66 Electoral Roll in the City of Auckland West electorate living in Princes Lane. In 1869 he was listed in the Auckland Provinicial Highway Rolls 1863-70 at Pirongia located in the North Island's Waikato region, about 11 km west of Te Awamutu and 30 km south of N.Z.s largest inland city of Hamilton. During the soldier settler era Pirongia was known as Alexandra. In the "Return of Freeholders for 1882" he was listed as a baker at Alexandra with freehold land valued at £4.'

Crichton died in Pirongia at age 38, on 14 August 1885 (reg. 1885/3189).

John died, aged 81, on 29 July 1915 (reg. 1915/5175). He was buried in Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland on 31 July 1915. 



Auckland Libraries (NZ Militia, Volunteers and Armed Constabulary of New Zealand 1863-1871).

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Edward Garmonsway and Letitia King: Their descendants. A booklet to commemorate the Garmonsway family reunion held 16-17 April 1983 in Cambridge, N. Z. (1983) by Barbara Kelly, Julie Fox and Peter Wood.

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John Henry Garmonsway (1835-1915)

Note:Regiment No: 1295
First Names:John Henry
Last Name:Garmonsway
Date of Birth:3 June 1835
Place of Birth:Shoreditch, London
Country of birth:England
Date of death:29 July 1915
Place of burial:Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Date of Arrival:27 May 1852
Name of the ship:Inchinnan
Date of sailing:14 January 1852
Port of arrival:Auckland
Sailed from:Gravesend
Spouses name:Crichton Petrie
Spouses date of birth:c1847
Spouses date of death:14 August 1885
Spouses place of death:Pirongia, New Zealand
Date of marriage:19 December 1859
Place of marriage:Auckland
Fathers name:Edward Watts Garmonsway
Fathers date of birth:21 June 1809
Fathers place of birth:Shoreditch, London, England
Fathers date of death:16 September 1875
Fathers place of death:Paterangi, Te Awamutu
Mothers name:Letitia Ann King
Mothers date of birth:21 December 1809
Mothers place of birth:Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Mothers date of death:25 January 1892
Mothers place of death:Pirongia, Waikato
Military Service:Waikato Milita (2nd Regiment)

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